Dental Tips Blog

Jan
3

5 Ways to Get a Beautiful Smile in Time for Your Wedding

Posted in Teeth Whitening

You don’t need a special reason to show off your smile with confidence. But your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event that will be memorialized for decades to come in photos and videos. You want to look especially good on your very special day!

Here are a few ways you can make your smile look younger, healthier, and brighter in time for your wedding day. At least a couple of these solutions are guaranteed to work with any budget and schedule.

  1. Professional Teeth Whitening

You can’t go wrong with teeth bleaching. A professional teeth whitening treatment will take years off your smile in a single appointment and saves you the risk and hassle of experimenting with at-home teeth whitening.

  1. Dental Bonding

A small patch or two of tooth-colored filling material can completely transform your smile in minutes. Dental bonding is an instant fix for minor smile imperfections like chipped and unevenly-spaced teeth.

  1. Dental Veneers

If you have the month to schedule a few appointments for veneers, go for it! Veneers completely cover the fronts of your upper front teeth to give you a permanently beautiful and uniform smile.

  1. Accelerated Ortho Treatment

Dying to close up that gap between your front teeth before your wedding? You may qualify for a problem-focused short-term braces treatment.

  1. Dental Crowns 

Caps are the classic solution for enhancing smiles and have the added advantage of restoring damaged teeth. 

Make time to visit a cosmetic dentist several months to a few weeks before your big day. You’ll get more recommendations for fast and affordable treatments that will give you the smile of your dreams just in time for the wedding of your dreams!

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 953-1752

Jan
3

Should You Buy an Online Whitening Kit?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

In your pursuit of a whiter, brighter smile, you may have tried every bleaching product on the shelves at the store. You’re frustrated that nothing seems to have worked until now. In desperation, you turn to the vast array of products available online.

Some teeth whitening products found on shopping sites even claim to be professional-grade.

While there may be some seemingly good-quality teeth bleaching products available on the web, you might want to think twice before purchasing one.

Online Whitening Kit Drawbacks

First of all, you can’t always know whether the teeth bleach manufacturer is a company you can trust when you purchase online. You may end up with an ineffective or harmful product. What if you have an allergic reaction to an ingredient in the bleach or suffer some other negative effect? If you purchase from an international supplier then your litigation options are few.

Next, there’s the fact that shipping impacts product quality. The most effective teeth whitening solutions need to be kept cool. Since you can’t always control how the product ships to you, there’s a chance that you end up with an ineffective or damaged product.

Finally, there’s the fact that some teeth just won’t get any whiter no matter what you do. Teeth can become discolored due to causes that aren’t reversed by bleaching. You might just be wasting money by trying to bleach such teeth. 

The Best Teeth Whitening Technique

The safest, fastest, and most effective way to change your tooth color is to visit an experienced cosmetic dentist. Only after a dental exam will you know whether or not teeth bleaching is right for you. Call your dentist today to plan a visit.

Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 622-5050

Oct
17

4 Ways to Fix a Discolored Tooth

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Do you have a front tooth that’s stained so badly that you’re embarrassed to show it off?

You’re far from alone. Many people just like you have been able make such teeth look perfectly normal again, with the help of cosmetic dentistry.

Here are four procedures that can help your stained tooth to look better, as well.

  1. Professional Teeth Bleaching

The most conservative treatment option and the first one you should consider is teeth bleaching. Professional teeth whitening can remove years of heavy stain buildup from deep within a tooth. A cosmetic dentist can let you know whether or not your tooth is likely to respond to professional whitening.

If not, your tooth will likely benefit from one of the other treatments.

  1. Dental Veneer

A veneer is an ultra-slim porcelain cover that slips over the front of your tooth. It can completely obscure the underlying stain and create a perfectly white and smooth facade. Veneers are perfect for teeth that don’t get any lighter with teeth bleaching therapy.

  1. Dental Onlay

Onlays are dental fillings that are molded outside the mouth and then cemented into the prepared tooth in one solid piece like dental crowns. An onlay is more conservative than a crown since it covers less area but is just as strong. It’s perfect for replacing stained portions of your tooth that are weak.

  1. Dental Crown 

A crown will cover your whole tooth and mask all stains. As an added plus, your dental insurance may even pick up the cost for this procedure since it also serves a restorative function.

Ask a cosmetic dentist near you which treatment is best for hiding your stained tooth.

Posted on behalf of:
Buford Family Dental
4700 Nelson Grogdon Blvd. NE #210
Buford, GA 30518
678.730.2005

Sep
13

Trying to Whiten Your Teeth? 4 Common Mistakes to Avoid!

Posted in Teeth Whitening

You’d love to have a whiter smile, but your teeth won’t brighten if you keep on making these common bleaching mistakes…

  1. Scrubbing with Baking Soda

Baking soda is gritty enough that it scrubs away stains on the surface of your tooth enamel. It can’t reach pigments that are embedded deep inside your teeth. You could brush with baking soda for years and never see your teeth get any whiter than they are right now.

  1. Overloading the Gel Tray

Have you ever tried one of those teeth whitening gels that you wear in a little rubber tray? They can be quite effective . . . if you use them correctly.

In the spirit of “more is better” you might be overloading your trays with the whitening gel. The problem is that this can lead to sensitive teeth and irritated gum tissue. Your poor mouth will then be so sore that you’ll give up on bleaching your teeth.

  1. Trying to Whiten Teeth That Can’t Be Bleached

Do you have that one odd tooth that refuses to whiten no matter what you try? You’re wasting time and money by trying. Some teeth won’t bleach because they’re discolored from the inside. Teeth that have experienced advanced decay or severe trauma may be permanently stained. Alternatively, that tooth may have a dental cap and dental restorations don’t change color.

  1. Using Whitening Strips

Whitening strips can be effective, but they usually can’t deliver the bleaching agent in between teeth. Your teeth may get nice white fronts, but they could still have dark stains around the edges.

Contact a cosmetic dentist in your area to find out the best way to whiten your unique smile.

Posted on behalf of:
ConfiDenT
11550 Webb Bridge Way, Suite 1
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 772-0994

Sep
10

5 Questions Older Adults Have About Their Oral Health

Posted in Teeth Whitening

The aging process brings along a host of bizarre and sometimes scary changes. Your dental health is no exception. Here are five questions you may ask as the years go by and the answers you’ll need.

Question #1: “Why are my teeth so sensitive?”

Gum recession, aged restorations, and thin tooth enamel can all contribute to more sensitive teeth. Lots of fluoride and a desensitizing toothpaste can provide you some relief. Avoid very hot or cold foods and drinks, as well.

Question #2: “How can I get whiter teeth?”

Teeth darken with age from stain and thinning enamel. Professional teeth whitening can help. You might get the best results, however, from masking your tooth color completely with veneers or crowns.

Question #3: “What can I do about dry mouth?”

Saliva productions slows down with age and taking certain medications can make the situation worse. Stay hydrated with water and chew on sugar-free mints or gum to stimulate as much natural saliva flow as possible.

Question #4: “Will I need a denture?”

Not everyone loses their teeth due to age. If you take good care of your teeth and gums, you may be able to avoid the need for a denture.

Question #5: “Is there any way to avoid the need for dental treatment?”

Visit your dentist for regular checkups. Frequent dental cleanings and routine x-rays will help you detect and treat problems before they have the chance to worsen. This will help you avoid the need for complicated and uncomfortable dental treatment in your later years.

Visit your local dentist to get the answers to other question you may have about aging and your dental health.

Posted on behalf of:
Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 297-0401

Sep
9

5 Common Oral Hygiene Myths

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Believing in these five common dental myths could be destroying your family’s smiles.

Myth #1: A hard-bristled toothbrush works better than soft ones.

Hard bristles can irritate the gums, causing recession and even wear away notches in tooth enamel. Soft toothbrush bristles are sufficient for gently brushing away soft, sticky plaque buildup. Even hard bristles can’t get rid of calcified tartar and stain; you’ll need to visit the dentist to have those tougher deposits removed.

Myth #2: Teeth bleaching is bad for teeth.

Teeth bleaching is actually not bad for teeth at all, as long as you do it properly. Professional teeth whitening is the safest and fastest way to get a brighter smile. Bleaching on your own at home could result in sensitive tooth enamel and irritated gums.

Myth #3: Flossing makes your gums bleed.

Flossing won’t harm your gums as long as you do it gently. If flossing or brushing makes your gums bleed, that’s a sign that they’re already inflamed from excessive plaque buildup.

Myth #4: Baby teeth don’t matter because they’ll fall out, anyway.

Baby teeth are extremely important to a child’s well-being, speech, and dietary habits. They also play an important role in the development of the adult teeth. Children’s teeth cannot be overlooked when it comes to your family’s dental health.

Myth #5: Pregnancy causes tooth-loss.

Pregnant women are often inclined to avoid the dentist and may even neglect their own dental health because of other medical concerns. This oversite is what leads to dental problems. Having a baby in itself doesn’t necessarily jeopardize teeth.

Are there any other dental myths that you’re living by right now? Find out by visiting a family dentist near you.

Posted on behalf of:
Bayshore Dental Center
810 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd #2900
Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 330-2006

Aug
6

6 Ways to Treat Tooth Stains at Home

Posted in Teeth Whitening

The following tips can help you discover a whiter smile right from the comfort of your own home.

Use a Whitening Rinse

Teeth whitening rinses contain carefully measured amounts of hydrogen peroxide. Peroxide is the active ingredient that lifts stain embedded in tooth enamel. If you rinse every day, it can subtly brighten your teeth.

Brush Three or More Times a Day

Dental plaque discolors teeth if it’s left there long enough. Gentle brushing multiple times a day will help prevent plaque from dulling your smile.

Avoid Staining Foods

The best way to treat stained teeth is to prevent the stain in the first place. Stay away from dark-colored foods like coffee and tea, red wine, cola, curries, and tomato sauce. Brighter teeth also make a good incentive to quit smoking which also badly stains teeth. Avoid pigments and you can avoid the majority of dental stain.

Rinse After Each Meal

It can be hard to avoid all staining foods. Make it a practice to sip on water throughout your meal and then swish well with water afterwards.

Baking Soda Scrub

Used about once a week, baking soda is a good way to buff out surface stain. Don’t use it too often or you can irritate your gums.

Activated Charcoal Soak

Scientists are still debating the claims that charcoal can absorb pigments from teeth, but it may be worth a try. Pour a small amount of charcoal powder on a damp toothbrush and spread it on your teeth. Leave it there for a few minutes without scrubbing since brushing it in can scratch enamel.

Still not seeing whiter teeth? Contact a cosmetic dentist near you for more teeth whitening recommendations.

Posted on behalf of:
Precision Digital Dentistry
674 US-202/206
Suite 7
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 955-6999

Aug
5

5 Tricks to Keep Your Coffee from Staining Your Teeth

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Coffee may be the lifeblood that helps you get through each hectic day. It may be a gourmet hobby. Coffee drinking could be the shared bond that links your social circle.

Whatever the appeal for you, you’re a self-professed coffee addict.

If only your addiction didn’t show in your smile! Coffee is a notorious tooth-staining beverage.

The good news is that you can still maintain white teeth and a healthy smile with these tips from dental professionals.

Use a Straw

Coffee stains your teeth by coming into direct contact with them. To avoid this, simply use a straw.

Bonus points for using your own reusable travel straw! Plastic straws are bad for the environment. You can keep your smile bright and your java-guzzling habit alive all while making a positive contribution to the level of waste you contribute to.

Shorten Your Coffee Breaks

The longer you sip on your cup of joe, the longer your teeth get to soak up that rich brown color. It’s okay to have coffee, just try to finish each cup in one sitting rather than slowly sipping on it for an hour at a time.

Rinse After Each Drink

Swish vigorously with plain water after a serving of coffee. This will loosen up a lot of stain particles and prevent them from settling into your tooth enamel.

Use Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Products

Products that contain baking soda or hydrogen peroxide can lift superficial coffee stains.

Ask Your Dentist About Professional Teeth Bleaching

The best way to get out stubborn coffee stains is to have your teeth whitened in a dental office. Ask a local cosmetic dentist today about effective teeth whitening options.

Posted on behalf of:
Riverwood Dental
3350 Riverwood Pkwy #2120
Atlanta GA 30339
(770) 955-2505

Jun
22

Is It Possible to Lighten Dental Crowns?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

If you are considering teeth whitening, you should be aware that once a dental crown cemented into your mouth, there’s no way to change it’s color. Any teeth whitening products you use will work on your natural teeth, but teeth bleaching won’t have an effect on your ceramic dental work.

On the plus side, there are a couple of ways you can work around this problem.

Whiten Your Teeth Before Getting a Crown

The only way to ensure that a crown matches your tooth color is to whiten your natural teeth first. Dentists color crowns to match the shade of the existing teeth. So once you bleach your teeth to the hue you like, you can get your cap made to blend in.

Get a New Dental Crown

The most definitive way to get a whiter dental crown is to replace it entirely. Dental crown porcelain has a solid surface, so it can’t lighten with exposure to teeth bleaching agents.

Capped molars don’t always need to be replaced since they aren’t too visible. But the crown on a capped front tooth is worth replacing. Keep in mind that most porcelain dental crowns need replacement within 10-15 years anyway, so it’s not wasteful to update your cap a little sooner.

Choose an Alternative Before Getting a Crown

If you haven’t gotten the crown yet, then check with your dentist to find out whether you really need one. Most cosmetic issues are easy to solve with more conservative procedures such as bonding or dental veneers.

Dental crowns are essential restorations for saving teeth with deep cavities and fractures. If you need a crown, whiten your natural teeth first.

For a healthy and beautiful smile, ask your dentist about the benefits of dental crowns.

Posted on behalf of:
Laguna West Dental Care
9098Laguna Main St Ste 8
Elk Grove, CA 95758
(916) 683-7300

May
18

5 Causes of Tooth Discoloration

Posted in Teeth Whitening

No one likes stained teeth. Healthy, pearly-whites represent youth, beauty, and friendliness. To keep your own smile as bright as possible, avoid these five major causes of tooth discoloration.

Dark-Colored Foods

Pigments found naturally in some of your favorite foods may be to blame for your darkening teeth. The most common culprits are:

  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Curry
  • Berries
  • Red wine
  • Soda
  • Tomato sauce

Cut back on how often you eat these foods or switch to lighter-colored alternatives.

Tobacco

Tobacco products are notorious tooth-stainers. The desire to get a whiter smile could be the boost you need to quit if you’ve used tobacco until now.

Mouthwash

Some mouth rinses contain antibacterial agents that will leave dark stains on tooth enamel. Cetylpyridinium chloride is often found in alcohol-free mouthwash. Chlorhexidine gluconate is a powerful antigingivitis prescription rinse. Both of these substances can cause some annoying brown buildup on your enamel.

Age

Tooth color is largely determined by your individual ratio of dentin to enamel. Enamel is the outer layer that obscures dentin’s dark hue and gives teeth their whiteness. Just underneath is the dentin is the yellow material that makes up most of your tooth.

If you have more dentin than enamel, your teeth will naturally look yellow. Unfortunately, enamel wears away with time and the dentin layer gets thicker. This means that your teeth can look yellower as you get older.

Poor Oral Hygiene

Plaque is a soft deposit made up of bacteria. These germs release acids that etch and stain your enamel. So if you don’t regularly remove plaque, it can discolor your smile.

For help lightening your tooth color or removing stain, schedule a teeth whitening appointment at your local dental office.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

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