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WHITE DRESS… Yellow Teeth?

WHITE DRESS… Yellow Teeth?

Wedding season is around the corner and at our office, this usually means a rise in cosmetic procedures. Whether you’re the bride or groom, or if you are simply a participant or a guest, having a bright beautiful smile is now back on the priority list. There are many paths to a whiter smile, some are easy and inexpensive, while others can put a bit of dent in the pocketbook. Download PDF Version ?THE RIGHT WHITE The simplest thing you can do for a whiter smile is to get a professional cleaning at your dentist. Oftentimes the yellowing we see on our teeth is simply superficial staining that has built up over time. A good cleaning and polishing usually will result in an immediate lightening of your teeth. Follow up your fresh new smile with the purchase of a mechanical toothbrush. There are several brands of electric toothbrushes out there, as long as they come with a wall charger, and are not just battery operated, they should work much better than a manual brush to maintain your healthy smile. Teeth whitening procedures have become commonplace and prices have come down significantly. Everyone’s teeth tend to whiten at different rates however, so some products may work for you while others may seem like they accomplish nothing. Over-the-counter whitening products are effective, but tend not to give you that “wow” factor. Also the results usually fade pretty quickly. The most effective and long-lasting method of whitening is consistent at-home whitening with custom trays made by your dentist. Follow that up with an in-office whitening treatment and you have a recipe for bright beautiful teeth! ?SMILE, WITH...
One Step at a Time

One Step at a Time

2013 has come to an end and we find ourselves at the beginning of an exciting new year! The common cliché is the “New Year’s Resolution,” where people decide to make a significant change in their lives. Unfortunately, for most people, making big changes in your lifestyle can be very difficult to start and even harder to keep. Whenever I recommend changes in a patient’s habits, I always recommend small, gradual changes that are made with consistency. These are far more effective than drastic changes implemented for a month or two. We’ve all known someone who engages in a fad diet, only to put the weight right back on a few weeks after they’ve finished. So what changes can you make to your dental health, which are simple, and easy to maintain? Download PDF Version DIET The most effective anti-cavity treatment, believe it or not, is controlling your diet. Cutting sweet and acidic drinks like pop and juice will go a very long way towards preventing cavities. Everyone knows pop is bad for you, from the standpoint of calories as well as sugar and acidity. But often, people substitute other drinks, which they think are better for them. The most common is natural fruit juices. I will concede that natural sugar is better than artificial sugar, but in the end it’s still sugar, and that means it is food for bacteria. Not to mention most fruit juices are very acidic, as well. The acid in both pop and juice weakens your enamel and the sugar feeds the bacteria already in your mouth to start multiplying and producing more acid! The end...
Brighten Your Smile Hollywood Style

Brighten Your Smile Hollywood Style

When people think of cosmetic dentistry, the first thing that typically comes to mind is an expensive Hollywood smile. Although that may have been the case in the 1990s, times have changed. Simple cosmetic dental procedures, once available only at a highend boutique style dental office, are now becoming more and more mainstream. Cosmetic bonding, using tooth-colored fillings or bondings is the simplest and most inexpensive way to alter misshapen or chipped teeth, and close small gaps. Bonding is a single visit procedure, covered by most insurance plans, and best of all, it’s painless! Cosmetic bonding will look good for a few years, but eventually will need to be replaced as the material ages and stains. This is normal wear and tear. Download PDF Version A longer-term solution to fixing cosmetic issues is the porcelain veneer. Again, a procedure that once was out of reach for most people is now a great alternative to bonding. A thin facing of porcelain is bonded over the existing tooth. This sometimes requires a small amount of tooth structure to be smoothed away, although it can occasionally be done without removing any tooth structure at all. The advantages of porcelain over bonding are many. Porcelain is color stable, it will resist even the most dark staining foods/drinks. You can correct larger gaps and chips, and even correct crooked teeth. The porcelain is very strong, and veneers can last decades without any problems. One cosmetic solution, often overlooked, is orthodontic alignment of teeth. In the past, the only way to achieve straight teeth was with traditional braces (brackets and wires). There are now a plethora of systems that can correct crooked teeth and spaces without braces. Popularized by the Invisalign system, clear aligners are a great alternative to braces. The best part is that these systems are all removable! So if you...