Dental Tips Blog

Dec
31

Black Teeth and Other Bizarre Dental Trends

Check out a few of these once-popular dental trends that astound, impress, and horrify us today.

Tooth Blackening

At one time, black teeth (ohaguro) were considered a mark of beauty in Japan. This was especially so when they contrasted with the white makeup of a geisha. The practice was believed to have strengthened teeth.

Egyptian Bridgework

This archaeological find isn’t so much bizarre as it is innovative. The early Egyptians apparently had a technique for bracing false teeth over a gap in the gums using gold or silver wire.

What isn’t entirely know is whether this extensive bridgework (which looks like it could have been painful) was performed on living patients or dead ones. It’s possible they only placed a dental bridge on a dead body to make it look good in preparation for burial.

Mayan Tooth Bling

The Mayans had some pretty advanced cosmetic dentistry. Mixing a resin with crushed bone, they would bind gems to carefully carved holes in teeth. They’d get creative with all kinds of precious stones and metals.

Analyzing those teeth today reveals that the Mayans knew a thing or two about tooth anatomy – their restorations usually stayed well away from the nerve inside of the tooth.

Tooth Sharpening

Teeth have been sharpened in countries all over Africa, South America, South East Asia, and the South Pacific. Cultural reasons for doing so include:

  • Class distinction
  • Religion
  • Gender distinction
  • Superstition
  • To look like sharks (that is an actual reason)

Thankfully, today’s cosmetic dental procedures are far safer, kinder to teeth, and more hygienic. There is plenty of room for self-expression within the bounds of safe cosmetic dentistry. Ask your dentist about treatment options for whitening, straightening, and otherwise enhancing your teeth to fit the modern ideal of health.

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

Dec
19

What is Restorative Dentistry?

General dentistry is pretty much the same thing as “restorative” dentistry. If you visit a general dentist, you will find a variety of restorative procedures are available in a family-friendly atmosphere.

To “restore” something means to bring it back to it’s former function and design. Whether it’s a piano, antique book, piece of vintage clothing, or a smile, restoration can work wonders.

When you suffer from a tooth fracture or cavity, your mouth just doesn’t work the way it used to. You may have trouble chewing. Constant pain could interfere with sleep. Gaps may collect pieces of food. Teeth might start shifting out of alignment.

The goal of restorative dentistry is to fill in those empty spaces, cure sore spots, get rid of disease, and strengthen your bite. Basically, whatever it takes to get you smiling again!

Here are some examples of restorative dental treatment options you can choose from.

Fillings

Cavities are excavated and filled in with a metal or resin-based material.

Crowns

A dental crown or “cap” is ideal for a tooth with extensive damage. It replaces the entire outer layer of enamel.

Indirect Restorations

Inlays and onlays are made outside the mouth and fit neatly inside prepared teeth.

Full And Partial Dentures

Sometimes, teeth do need to be replaced altogether.

Implants

Dental implants are the most permanent option for replacing lost teeth.

You will also hear of “cosmetic” dentists. Cosmetic dentistry places a focus on enhancing the appearance of your smile even if there’s nothing bothering you. Your general dentist can provide cosmetic treatments as well (veneers or whitening, for example.)

Schedule an appointment and ask about what you can do to keep your smile strong, comfortable, and gorgeous.

Posted on behalf of:
Dona W. Prince, DDS
4220 Sergeant Rd #100
Sioux City, IA 51106
(712) 274-2228

Nov
30

The Emotional Impact of a Beautiful Smile

Wow! A beautiful, healthy smile may be more important than you think. Have you ever seen someone who refused to smile? Was it really that they were angry…or just embarrassed by the bad teeth hidden inside? Was that someone you still wanted to meet? Date? Hug? Work for? Did you still feel good inside when you shot them a smile and got no reaction (or a frown) back?

A beautiful smile can…

Lift Your Spirits

The flash of that smile can be a like a wink, a thumbs up, a silent way of telling you that everything will be okay. There’s a saying that you might not remember what a person says to you, but you’ll always remember how they made you feel. How does a winning smile make you feel?

Make or Break First Impressions

A great smile could equal a job offer, a pageant crown, a first date, or even an opportunity to be on TV. It could be as simple as the retailer choosing to wait on you first because your smile got his attention. It could mean that the airline who lost your luggage is suddenly bending over backwards to make it right. Do you favor those who smile? 

A Boost in Your Health

When you take pride in your smile, you may suddenly take pride in the rest of your appearance, too. “Maybe I do have time to make a salad, go to the gym, get that physical scheduled…?” Feeling good is contagious! Will you share your beautiful smile today? Call your dentist to see what type of cosmetic  dental treatment solutions are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767

Nov
29

Four Reasons Why You Deserve Beautiful Teeth

You weren’t naturally blessed with a gorgeous smile, but you’ve learned to accept it. There are other things you’re happy with…your hair…your waistline…you can’t have it all, right? Actually, there’s more to be said about having beautiful teeth than you might realize. Plus, it’s easier than ever to finally have the “smile of your dreams” with a little help from your dentist.

Here are four reasons why you should finally consider getting a little cosmetic dental work done:

A Renewed Confidence

Maybe you didn’t realize that you never smile in photographs…it’s become such a habit over the years, but it boils down to not liking how your teeth look. Being free of having to hide your teeth can give you the confidence to go throughout the day with a higher level of self-esteem. 

An Investment in Your Career

Making a great first impression often starts with smiling when you enter the room. Studies have shown that people with whiter, straighter, more appealing teeth are more likely to do well in job interviews and be awarded a higher paying salary. 

A Happier Demeanor

People who feel good about their teeth are apt to smile more frequently. As such, others think of them as happier and more of a joy to be around. If you smile more, you’re likely to have more friends than other people.

New Social Opportunities

Great looking teeth can give you the boost necessary to go out of your way to meet new people, talk at parties, or even finally ask your crush out on a date.

Book a private consultation with your dentist today to find out what cosmetic dental options are available. You might just be surprised at how easy the process is!

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

Nov
29

A New Smile in 1, 2, or 3 Trips to the Dentist

Cosmetic dentistry can be as simple or complex as necessary. What most people don’t realize though, is that you can make improvements to your smile’s appearance in just a couple of trips to your dentist’s office.

When you’re short on time, here are cosmetic dentistry options you might want to think about: 

If You Only Have Time for One Appointment

Talk to your dentist about whitening your teeth. You can usually choose to have a custom tray made for use at home, or opt to have your teeth whitened in about an hour at the dentist’s office. Whitening can make your smile look younger and brighter. It’s almost always the first step to a more complex smile makeover, as other treatments may need to be made to match the rest of your smile. 

When You Can Squeeze in a Second Visit

No-prep veneers or cosmetic bonding are usually recommended after you’ve whitened your teeth, so that everything blends in. An impression is taken at your first visit and the no-prep veneers are ready to bond in place at the next appointment. Additional bonding can be used on other teeth to round-out your overall smile aesthetics. 

Three Appointments? No Problem!

Getting traditional porcelain veneers usually requires a three-visit process: the consultation, preparation, and placement. If you’re whitening or bonding teeth at the same time, these will be phased over the course of your appointments.

Talk to your dentist about what smile options are set for you. It’s easier and more straightforward than ever to finally have a smile you can feel proud of showing off.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

Nov
12

Five Cosmetic Treatments for a Dazzling Smile

Curious about what your smile makeover options are? While most people opt for a combination of various cosmetic dental treatments, some find one that works well on its own and provides everything that they’re looking for.

Here are five that you might want to consider:

Veneers: Dental veneers offer the most life-changing, dramatic cosmetic enhancement in modern dentistry. You can use veneers to make your teeth look straighter, whiter, and properly shaped. They’re bonded directly over the front of your teeth, hiding what’s tucked away behind them. 

Tooth Bonding and Recontouring: Small gaps and chips in your teeth don’t necessarily mean that you need veneers. Conservative bonding or adjustment to your tooth shape can provide significant results without requiring more extensive treatment. 

Whitening Your Teeth: Brighter tooth enamel can make a person’s smile look more youthful and appealing. Depending on how much time you have on hand and the level of brightness you want to achieve, the best choices are a professional take-home kit or in-office laser whitening treatment. 

Getting Braces: Tooth colored braces and clear aligners help to straighten your teeth so that they are easier to care for and won’t wear down so much. There are also “cosmetic” braces available that only straighten your front teeth (taking less time to complete.) 

Gum Recontouring: The shape of your gum tissue can make your teeth look short or even lopsided. Adjusting your gumlines can give you a fuller, even smile and erase “gummy” grins.

Talk to your dentist today about your top choices, to see how you could have a beautiful smile in no time.

Posted on behalf of:
True Dental
1257 Annapolis Rd.
Odenton, MD 21113
(443) 438-1054

Aug
30

How to Choose the Right Cosmetic Dentist

Did you know that cosmetic dentistry isn’t really a specialty? At least, not in the way orthodontics or gum treatment can be.

Virtually any dentist can market their cosmetic dental services in a way that makes them sound like an expert. So if you plan to start creating your dream smile sometime soon, how can you pick the right professional to help you?

Accreditation Counts

While a dentist can’t exactly become certified in cosmetic procedures, he or she can show in other ways that this is a serious endeavor.

A dentist who truly focuses on providing quality cosmetic care will always look to broaden their skills and knowledge. Attending continuing education, workshops, seminars, and fairs to explore the latest and greatest techniques is one way a dentist can distinguish himself or herself.

In your search for the perfect cosmetic dentist, pay close attention to the credentials and educational achievements listed on the practice’s website.

Ask For Proof

Cosmetic dentists who are proud of what they do will gladly show you before-and-after photos of some of their cases. A lot of these will probably be posted on the office’s website. These dentists will gladly answer your questions and have lots of positive patient testimonials to show off.

Meet With The Dentist

It’s perfectly fine to schedule a consultation with a potential cosmetic dentist and then decide. Get a feel for whether the dentist is genuinely trying to understand your goals and priorities. Help him or her out by bringing along photos of what you want your smile to look like.

With a little time and persistence, you can find the perfect cosmetic dentist!

Posted on behalf of:
Red Oak Family Dentistry
5345 W University Dr #200
McKinney, TX 75071
(469) 209-4279

Jul
31

4 Ways to Reshape Your Smile

Are you unhappy with the shape of your smile?

Perhaps you have some teeth that you feel are:

  • Too big
  • Uneven
  • Rough
  • Gapped

There’s nothing like a balanced smile to show others you take your oral health and beauty seriously! You’ve got several options for achieving that goal.

  1. Bonding Or Veneers

You can close up gaps and smooth out chips with the help of porcelain dental veneers. These slim porcelain veneers neatly mask imperfections in your tooth and give a uniform appearance across multiple teeth.

Not ready to commit to veneers?

That’s okay – dental bonding is next on the list. Your dentist can bond just a small bit of material to your tooth to make a big difference. While bonding isn’t as complete as a veneer, it’s a conservative first step towards a gorgeous smile.

  1. Enamel Shaping

Did you know that it’s actually possible to shape your teeth themselves?

As long as your teeth are healthy enough to spare a little enamel, they can be polished to look more in line.

  1. Orthodontic Treatment

You can never be too old to benefit from wearing braces. Having just one tooth out of line could be enough to skew your whole smile. Correct that problem and you’ll be amazed at the difference.

  1. Gum Recontouring

Your teeth may not even be the problem. Uneven gum growth and recession can create an uneven smile. Dentists have techniques for gently removing and reshaping tissue around your teeth to discover a brighter smile.

Say “goodbye” to your old smile and welcome a new start! Ask your dentist which cosmetic dental treatments can make a difference in your life.

Posted on behalf of:
Elegant Smiles
1955 Cliff Valley Way NE #100
Brookhaven, GA 30329
404-634-4224

Jul
25

Should I Get a Smile Makeover?

Botox needs to be redone, hair grows out, and makeup needs to be reapplied.

Most makeovers don’t last.

But once you score that even, confident, sparkling smile, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to hold onto. You could probably enjoy those benefits for the rest of your life.

A better question is: Why shouldn’t you get a smile makeover?

Smile Makeover: What’s Involved?

Your smile makeover is a highly personalized project that combines elements of surgical, orthodontic, and restorative dental techniques. None of it is necessary, per se. You just pick and choose which changes you’d like to see happen and your dentist explains which methods will get you there.

It’s easy to be overwhelmed while planning your makeover. Where do you begin? How do you get more specific than “bright and even teeth?” Your dentist will help you here too with the planning.

Factors like your natural tooth size and shape, bite discrepancy, and even gum color can affect the choices you make. A cosmetic dentist can help you make smart decisions.

Smile Makeover: Can You Afford It?

Most cosmetic dental procedures are not covered by insurance, unfortunately. But your dental office likely has some great financing plans to help you comfortably cover the costs. Start out small, if needed. A little dental bonding could be just right for you, for now. You can go for a more lasting option later on, when you’re ready.

Imagine the priceless benefits to your self-confidence that a smile makeover can give you. Then think about whether you can afford to miss out.

Contact your dentist to set up a smile consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Lufkin Family Dental
701 S. John Redditt Dr.
Lufkin, TX 75904
(963) 634-5102

Jul
17

Today’s 3 Most Popular Cosmetic Dental Treatments

Do you love your smile? Thanks to cosmetic dentistry, there are actually many ways you can make it look even better. Here are just a few examples worth your consideration…

Teeth Whitening

This is probably the easiest way to give your smile a new look.

Teeth whitening can be done from the convenience of your own home with custom trays that you get at the dental office. Bleaching your teeth through this method lets you control how white they get, and how fast.

Your other option is to have your teeth lightened almost instantly by scheduling an in-office professional whitening session. In just one hour, you can take years off your smile by brightening it with a light-activated bleaching treatment.

Porcelain Veneers

Popular with movie stars and other celebrities, porcelain dental veneers can give you the most dramatic smile makeover.

A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that slips right over the front of your tooth. Your dentist will gently trim away the thinnest layer of enamel possible so that your veneer fits seamlessly.

Veneers are conservative but can completely cover up imperfections like:

  • Deep staining
  • Roughened enamel
  • Chips
  • Unevenly sized teeth
  • Gaps in your smile

Cosmetic Dental Crowns

If strength and beauty are what you need, then a dental crown is probably right for you.

Yes, dental crowns do more than protect decayed molars. In fact, crowns that go on front teeth are carefully designed to look just like natural teeth.

Dental crowns reinforce teeth weakened by damage or decay and can fill out the shape of a flawed front tooth.

Which cosmetic treatment will have the biggest impact on your smile?

Plan a visit with your dentist to find out.

Posted on behalf of:
Atencio Family Dentistry
3773 Baker Ln #3
Reno, NV 89509
(775) 829-8684

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