When people smile our way, there is just something about white, bright teeth that draw us in. And, whitening is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to improve the appearance of a smile.
What can whitening your teeth do for you?
Studies have shown that it can make you appear more attractive to the opposite sex. For example, according to an article in the Huffington Post, a study conducted at Loyola University found that teeth whitening greatly increased the potential to be asked out for a second date. The study also showed a 59 percent increase in dates perceiving their new acquaintance with white smiles as being outgoing and more social.
Whitening your teeth is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to perk up your appearance and enhance how others see you. Whitening teeth can even help you look younger.
As we age, teeth tend to yellow or brown. Whitening teeth can take years off your appearance. White teeth also project an image of a good commitment to oral hygiene since they appear to be cleaner and brighter.
A bright smile can boost self-confidence as well. When you feel good about the appearance of your smile, it can prompt you to smile more often. Research shows that smiling boosts the brain’s ‘feel good’ chemicals. This is true even when ‘faking’ a smile.
Another bonus of whiter teeth is how they can camouflage flaws in a smile. Crowded, crooked teeth seem less prominent when teeth are a lighter shade.
While drug store types may seem like they’re good buys, our Nite White system by Zoom provides results that are far more dramatic with better longevity. This holiday season, you can have a bright, white smile that stands out beautifully – and, at a very affordable rate.
Now through December, we are offering Nite White take home kits at a special rate of only $150. This includes trays and 6 tubes of gel. If you’ve already whitened your teeth and just need a touch up kit, just $50 will provide you with 3 tubes of gel to get your smile back to a dazzling level.
Let your smile sparkle for the holidays – and beyond! – with a whitening system that is safe, affordable and offers dramatic results. Call 843-871-6351 or tap here to discuss whitening options and other ways to enjoy the advantages of a fabulous smile!Read More
What do model Lauren Hutton, songstress Madonna, and actor Samuel L. Jackson have in common? They each share the trait of gapped front teeth. This trait, which actually is fairly common — affecting up to 25% of American adults, according to the American Dental Association (ADA) — is known in the dental profession as a diastema.
Having a gap between upper front teeth is a genetic trait and occurs more often in Black males who are more prone to the trait than females.
Once felt to cause an awkward appearance when smiling, adults today are more comfortable with a disastema, largely due to celebrities who have refused to
let the trait interfere with smiling with pride. After all, can you imagine Lauren Hutton without her smile as it is or Michael Strahan smiling any differently than with his now-famous gap?!
We believe the most important part of smiling has to do with the health of a smile. When teeth and gums are healthy, smiling with confidence is a perk of good oral health. However, some smile traits can make smiling seem awkward for some individuals. In addition to gapped teeth, having a gummy smile (which exposes too much gum tissue above teeth in a full smile) can cause some to ‘hold back’ rather than smile joyfully.
If a diastema is causing you to feel less than comfortable when smiling, you’ll be pleased to learn that filling this space can often be done in just one or two visits, and very affordably. We begin by assessing the width of the gap. When the open space is minimal and the two front teeth are not wide, we may be able to focus treatment on just those two teeth.
However, filling a wider gap by trying to widen the two front teeth can result in “bunny teeth.” To avoid this, it may be necessary to involve more than just the two gapped teeth. The material that is used may also depend on the width of the gap. The one recommended for you will be explained. The two options typically used for correcting a diastema are:
• Bonding – This treatment uses a tooth-colored composite resin that is painted onto natural teeth. The material is carefully shaped to fill in the space between the teeth. The procedure often requires just one visit and numbing needs are minimal. The process begins with a careful shade matching so the composite resin blends naturally with the color of the teeth involved in treatment. Then, the teeth are ‘roughed’ and a conditioning material is applied so the bonding adheres properly. After the bonding has been shaped and contoured, an ultraviolet light is used to harden the material. Finally, the material is polished to a natural sheen.
Although bonding is an affordable option that can repair flaws in a single visit, its drawbacks should be considered. For example, bonding material isn’t as strong as porcelain, which is used in veneers and crowns. This makes bonded teeth are at greater risk for chips. Bonding material also stains or yellows more easily.
• Porcelain Veneers & Crowns – The closest thing to the durability and longevity of natural teeth is porcelain. Superior to any other material used in cosmetic dentistry, porcelain restorations even reflect light as a natural tooth and can provide an opalescence so natural no one would suspect you’ve had ‘dental work’. Porcelain is highly durable (a particular advantage for front teeth) and more resistant to staining. For wide gaps, just four or six veneers can recreate a smile beautifully while eliminating the former space.
For some gaps between teeth, moving natural teeth into proper alignment through orthodontic treatment may be the best option. We work with several exceptional orthodontists and can request an evaluation to determine if your diastema requires this type of treatment.
Keep in mind that realigning teeth may not only close the space between your teeth, it may help to create a healthier smile. Teeth that are in proper alignment are easier to keep clean and help you avoid problems associated with misalignment, including TMJ disorder. This can lead to teeth that are chipped, broken or worn as well as jaw joint pain, headaches, migraines, ear ringing, dizziness, night-time clenching and/or grinding, and jaw popping.
Begin by scheduling a free consultation to discuss the options that may be best for you. During this time, I can also have our Financial Coordinator discuss affordable payment plans that can break treatment fees into easy monthly payments.Read More
Every time I go to have my oil changed or tires rotated, I know the time and money required is to prevent problems or extend the life of my investment as much as possible. It makes handing over my credit card a little easier since I’m willingly taking steps to avoid larger expenses that could have been prevented.
This is why your 6-month dental check-ups and cleanings are so important. By removing built-up tartar, you can avoid the time and expense for cavity repair and gum disease treatment. However, these visits can help you avoid much greater expenses, some you may not realize.
For example, during these appointments, we check your bite alignment. Why is this important?
Every tooth in your mouth is designed to interact with neighboring teeth. For instance, an upper front tooth is bordered by teeth on each side as well as one below it. The teeth on each side help to keep adjacent teeth in their proper positions. The one below it – the one it ‘meets’ – helps to keep it at a proper length. Without the tooth below, the upper tooth would elongate. Without the teeth on each side, the tooth would turn or tilt.
It doesn’t take much to create a domino effect when it comes to the balanced alignment of how the upper teeth meet lower teeth. When just one tooth moves out of position, the others can bear the brunt of misalignment or malocclusion.
While a tooth that has become crooked may seem to create like a minimal flaw in your smile’s appearance, the problem can go much deeper than esthetics. For example, bite misalignment can lead to teeth that break, chip, or crack. It is also what leads to TMJ (jaw joint) disorder.
TMJ disorder can result in frequent headaches; migraines, ear ringing; dizziness; night-time clenching and grinding; jaw popping, and sore facial and neck muscles. Because some of these symptoms are seemingly unrelated to bite alignment, many people spend years seeking relief, going from doctor to doctor, trying different medications, and undergoing procedures – all coming up short of actually resolving the true source of the problem.
Another check we perform during your dental hygiene visits is to look at the condition of your gums.
Periodontal (gum) disease can begin without obvious symptoms, symptoms that YOU may not notice. However, we are trained to catch early warning signs such as gums that are pulling away from their tight seal around teeth. Gums that bleed easily during ‘probing’ are also signs we note.
Yet, when it comes to your gum tissues, which cover the entire oral cavity, there ae additional problems that we can address during your oral hygiene visit. One, in particular, is to examine any lumps or bumps that can indicate oral cancer.
During your exam, you may notice us feeling around inside your mouth. We look under your tongue and on the inside of your cheeks. What we’re looking for are unusual areas that can be early signs of oral cancer.
Oral cancer is one of the deadliest of all cancers due to its dreadful survival rate. If caught early, treatment requirements may be minimal. During this exam, we check for discolored spots, lumps, and growths that may indicate the need for a biopsy.
Other problems that your gum tissues can reveal are oral fungal infections, such as thrush. This can be an uncomfortable condition that is contagious. Even pregnant females can pass this on to their unborn babies. We can also note the emergence of things like canker sores and recommend ways to minimize their discomfort and duration.
If signs of a cavity exist, we can address the problem before it becomes a bigger problem! Filling a small cavity is a much simpler procedure than having to crown a tooth that has a large cavity. And, it is less of an expense.
We can also help in the prevention of tooth loss by checking teeth that are showing signs of break down. When a tooth is cracked, fractured, or overloaded with fillings, the potential for losing the tooth increases.
Tooth removal is necessary when a tooth breaks off below the gum line. To save the tooth, we can advise an inlay or a crown (cap) to help prevent the need to remove it (resulting in time and expense to replace it).
One of the most effective ways we can support patients during their cleanings and exams is to provide easy-to-follow recommendations and instructions for their at-home care. For example, if we note that a patient is being less-than-thorough with certain back teeth, our hygienists can discuss holding the toothbrush at a different angle. Or, the hygienist may advise using an oral rinse to replenish moisture if ‘dry mouth‘ seems to be a challenge.
So you see, these 6-month check-ups are important ways to have a healthy mouth and enjoy a bright smile between visits! They can help you save time and money by helping you avoid problems, or minimize those that do occur.Read More
A friend once shared that, after enduring years of back aches and pain, an orthopedist determined that the cause was one leg being shorter than the other. It wasn’t obvious to her but the slight disparity had led her on a long, frustrating journey of doctors’ visits, medications, diagnostic tests, and out-and-out guesswork.
The body is a miraculous structure. Yet, it relies on a delicate balance in order to operate as intended. Just as the balanced length of our legs affects the smooth flow of our posture, gait, and stance, so does the balance of how your teeth fit together. A slight disparity here, too, can cause problems that radiate far beyond the mouth.
When the upper teeth do not properly align with the lower teeth, it’s not always obvious – initially. Problems tend to occur at a gradual pace. For example, teeth that slowly become crowded and crooked may eventually fail to meet harmoniously while chewing. This can lead to a number of problems, including chipped, worn, broken, or fractured teeth. And, the condition can contribute to seemingly unrelated problems.
Misaligned teeth can cause the TMJ, or jaw joints, to be strained. These joints, located in front of each ear, are what hinges the lower jaw to the skull. When these joints move together fluidly, they function without stress or strain when speaking, laughing, and eating.
However, when the bite is not properly aligned, it can lead to issues that disrupt the balance that is needed for ease of function. These problems are known as TMJ disorder, which can lead to:
• Clenching and/or grinding teeth during sleep
• Aching jaw joints
• Ear ringing
• Jaw popping
• Sore facial, shoulder or neck muscles
• Difficulty opening the mouth fully
Misaligned teeth also create a higher risk for cavities and gum disease along with breaks that can result in tooth removal. For example, when upper teeth and lower teeth do not meet properly, one may ‘hit’ a neighboring tooth awkwardly, typically while eating. When a tooth breaks below the gum line, a crown can no longer save the tooth and it must be removed. A lost tooth leads to many decisions and costs for replacement.
In cases of mild bite misalignment, treatment requirements may be as simple as the reshaping of selected teeth. Some cases may involve the crowning of certain teeth in order to restore proper balance. Other cases may require orthodontic treatment to fully resolve the problems related to bite alignment.
Misaligned teeth will not improve without correction. At the very least, improperly aligned teeth will increase your potential for developing cavities or gum disease. Over time, however, many of these cases lead to problems that cause the problems mentioned prior, includign migraines, dizziness, or worn or broken teeth.
If you have crowded, crooked teeth or are experiencing problems associated with TMJ disorder, restoring proper bite alignment can give you a healthier foundation for your teeth and gums, help you avoid TMJ-related problems, and may even enhance the appearance of your smile.
Begin by calling 843-871-6351 to schedule a no-charge consultation. I’ll explain ways we will evaluate your bite and determine if your bite alignment is the true source of your symptoms. If so, we can develop a treatment plan to help you overcome the problems in the most conservative way possible.
I remember a patient sharing with me the reason she decided to have a smile makeover. “A friend showed me a photo she’d recently taken and I thought ‘What a horrible picture,’ until I realized I’d been saying that about EVERY photo I’d seen of me for the past ten years.”
My sentiments exactly! We all want to think of ourselves as looking a certain way (which is usually younger and thinner!). As we age, that image we have of ourselves may age, too, but usually not at the same pace as our actual years!
When we find that our smile isn’t as bright or as wide as it used to be, could it be because it hasn’t aged very well?
The aging process tends to dull or darken the shade of teeth. Too, smiles with a few slightly crooked teeth in younger years tend to worsen with age, tilting more and bunching up. Teeth may also chip or become worn from night-time clenching or grinding.
None of these things help create a smile that is aging gracefully. They are flaws that cause many people to ‘hold back’ on smiling fully.
With a new year, consider a new YOU by achieving a more youthful, flattering smile. Modern dentistry offers exceptional techniques, materials and technology to create results that are beautiful, natural-looking, durable and long-lasting.
In our office, we utilize advanced technology that enables many procedures to be completed in just one or two visits. We even use a ‘silent’ drill that makes a gentle whir rather than the high-pitched whine people anticipate (and always dread hearing) in dental procedures.
Here, your comfort is always a priority. We offer a number of comfort options, including Oral and I.V. Sedation (twilight sleep) in addition to a gentle touch. Your safety is monitored by trained staff members throughout treatment and all sterilization meets or exceeds standards set forth by OSHA.
Yet, what sets us most apart are the results. Our patients are wowed by the fabulous results that a smile makeover has on their appearance, self-confidence, and feeling of outgoing-ness. Patients who have had smile enhancements tell me they smile more often, smile wider and feel more positive about their overall appearance. It’s not unusual for a patient who has completed smile enhancement to lose weight, update their hairstyle or become more involved socially.
For most smile makeovers, we use porcelain veneers and/or porcelain crowns. Porcelain is highly durable and resists stains better than any other material used in dentistry. It has a natural opalescence, even reflecting light as a real tooth. And, porcelain lasts a long time. It’s ‘staying power’ is excellent.
For those who are missing natural teeth, we can place porcelain crowns on implants or create porcelain bridges that are supported by porcelain crowns. We can also discuss whitening natural teeth prior to placing porcelain crowns or veneers to ensure you receive the preferred degree of whiteness that blends all teeth together attractively.
If you’d like to feel great about smiling, let’s discuss your smile during a no-charge consultation appointment. Call our friendly staff at 843-871-6351 to schedule.
You’d expect problems to eventually emerge when forcing something to fit when it simply does not. For example, cramming your foot into a too-small sized shoe will eventually lead to problems with the toes and joints in the foot. You’d expect that – right?
This is also true for teeth that are crowded and crooked, which can lead ‘bite’ problems. Bite problems occur when the upper teeth do not rest properly on the lower teeth. The ‘misalignment’ of just one tooth, such as a tooth that is too long or short, can create disharmony in the fit of upper to lower teeth.
Although, visually, a patient may think their fit is an aligned one, the misalignment can lead to a number of problems. Bite problems can result in teeth meeting each other improperly. This can cause teeth to become chipped, fractured or broken. When a tooth breaks below the gum line, it will likely require removal.
A misaligned bite can also lead to strain on the jaw joints, commonly referred to as TMJ. These joints, located in front of the ears, hinge the lower jaw to the skull. When these joints are stressed, the jaws may move during sleep in an attempt to find a relaxed position. This attempt to self-adjust can cause the jaws to shift, often triggering a grinding or clenching motion.
In addition to putting teeth at risk from grinding and clenching, TMJ disorder can lead to:
Worn teeth from grinding causes the tops of teeth to flatten out. This creates a straight line without the contours of natural teeth. Worn teeth from grinding also compromise the health of teeth in other ways. As teeth grind back and forth, tooth enamel is worn down, leaving them susceptible to decay and sensitivity.
While your 6-month checkups include an evaluation of your bite and detecting signs of abnormal wear, worn teeth are not always present when TMJ problems exist. Many people with TMJ disorder experience symptoms (such as frequent headaches or jaw joint tenderness) before their teeth show signs of wear.
If you suspect your TMJ is the source of the symptoms mentioned above, the problem will only worsen without correcting your bite alignment. We begin by using diagnostic measures to pinpoint if TMJ disorder is truly the source of your symptoms. If so, we will develop a treatment plan to restore proper bite alignment and alleviate stress from the jaw joints.
In some cases, we can correct minor problems through the reshaping of selected teeth. However, if more extensive reshaping is needed, crowns may be advised. In our office, we can provide one-visit crowns if this should be part of your treatment plan. (For more information on CEREC 3D crowns, visit: http://smilesbyandrews.com/comfort-advanced-features/). Severe misalignment may need orthodontic realignment to adequately restore the proper fit of upper and lower teeth.
Resolving bite problems early can help you avoid more extensive treatment time and expense. Begin with a free, no-cost consultation by calling 843-871-6351. During this time, we’ll discuss options that are appropriate for your individual needs. If desired, our Financial Coordinator can review payment plans are interest-free with no down payment required.Read More
The mouth is an important part of each day. Through it, you receive nourishment, begin the digestive process, communicate verbally and relay emotions. Yet, when most of us think of our mouths, it is our smiles that stand out in the forefront.
Your lips, teeth and gums are components of your smile, which, according to studies, does far more than enhance (or detract from) facial appearance. Studies show that you can improve your psychological and physiological state by smiling, even when you fake a smile. Smiling is also said to improve immunity and helps you tolerate pain and frustration to a greater degree.
Certainly, a beautiful smile has an impact on one’s outer appearance. Yet, smiling also makes us feel good, even when we don’t feel like smiling. Research has shown that smiling increases endorphins, a chemical in your brain that gives you a natural high. When endorphins are released through smiling, it creates feelings of happiness.
It is also estimated that people who smile often lengthen their lifespans by two years, on average. On the flip side, those who frown more decrease their lives an average of a year.
Another benefit of smiling is how it pulls facial muscles upward. This gives you a more youthful appearance and smooths lines. You get a bit of a face lift just by smiling!
Our patients who’ve completed smile makeovers tend to smile more often and really SMILE from the inside out! While smiling comes easy for those who feel good about the appearance of their smile, a smile that has chips, gaps, breaks, stains and missing or crooked teeth can make people feel uneasy or even embarrassed. Some people cover their mouths to conceal the flaws that make smiling awkward.
If you are uncomfortable with smiling as fully as you’d like, today’s cosmetic dentistry can create a beautiful smile you’ll love to share. In our office, we use modern dental technology, the latest techniques and exceptional materials to create smiles with natural appeal that complement each individual. These include:
Porcelain Crowns & Veneers – Porcelain is the superior material when it comes to smile enhancement. This provides the highest degree of luminosity and longevity available. Porcelain crowns and veneers can beautifully recreate a smile for the most natural look and feel possible. Porcelain also resists staining and has a durability that is exceptional to any other material used in cosmetic dentistry. For the 6 or 8 teeth most visible in a smile, porcelain crowns or veneers can change an unflattering smile to one that you’ll want to share often!
Bonding – Teeth that are chipped, uneven, gapped, stained or poorly-shaped can often be correctly with the application of bonding. In bonding, a material is coated over tooth surfaces and and then shaped and polished to correct smile flaws. While not as durable or stain-resistant as porcelain, bonding provides good longevity at an affordable cost. It can be shade-matched to blend attractively with surrounding teeth and is typically completed in just one visit.
Teeth Whitening – Although some people believe that drug store whitening systems are helpful, their effectiveness is minimal compared to the systems available through a dentist. When you consider their cost, minimal effect and the frequency needed to keep your teeth white, drug store systems are hardly worth the time or investment. Our use-at-home Nite White tooth whitening system is highly affordable and provides a much higher degree of whitening with excellent longevity.
Gum Re-contouring – Your smile is not just teeth. Your gum tissues are also an important part of your smile’s appearance. Think of the gum tissue that arches each tooth like a frame for beautiful artwork. Having the gum line in a balanced order over teeth enhances the overall look of a smile. Using a dental laser, we can contour gum tissues to create an attractive smile in a process that is comfortable and requires minimal healing time.
Dental Implants – The gap in a smile left by missing teeth sends a negative message that can label an individual unfairly. For people who are missing one or more natural teeth, Dental Implants can restore the ability to smile attractively, speak and laugh confidently, and bite and chew comfortably. Since the teeth attached to the implants are custom-made crowns, we create an attractive smile in the process.
Cosmetic Dentures – When people are missing all upper or lower teeth, some choose to replace them with full dentures. Today’s dental techniques and materials make it possible to combine replacement gum tissue and teeth that results in an appealing smile and more youthful appearance.
A flattering smile can make a dramatic difference in one’s appearance, self-esteem and confidence level. Many procedures in modern cosmetic dentistry can be completed in just one or two visits. We also offer payment plans that fit most budgets and are interest-free.
Call 843-871-6351 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to discuss the beautiful smile you desire.Read More
Our body language says more about our moods, feelings and overall state than we may realize. In an article in April 2016’s Prevention magazine, some secrets were revealed by the author of “What Every Body Is Saying.” Joe Navarro is a retired FBI agent who shares some of the hints we give off. (https://www.prevention.com/mind-body/read-body-language)
For example, when we really like a person, our toes will point towards that individual each time we are around them. The same is true when we don’t like a person. Our feet tend to turn away from them. Apparently, feet are what Navarro refers to as “the most honest body part.”
However, what does our smile say? Studies have shown for years that a first impression is made in 4-5 seconds. And, it’s a lasting impression. Someone with a warm, open smile projects a positive self-image and draws us in. We find our own moods being affected when encountering these people.
What does a smile with flaws say to others? While we tell ourselves we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, people do it all the time. Today’s society tells us to assess others based on inner qualities, still we know that appearance plays a major role in how we are perceived.
This was shown to be the case in a conducted by Kelton Research for Invisalign of over 1,000 American adults. (http://keltonglobal.com/invisalign_smile_study-breakout_report/) Using pictures of both men and women with straight and crooked teeth and varying tooth issues, participants were asked for honest opinions without being aware that they were comparing people with straight teeth to crooked teeth.
According to their findings, Americans perceive people with straight teeth to have more desirable qualities than those with crooked teeth, including attributes such as being happy and professionally successful.
Nearly 30% stated the first thing they notice when meeting others is their teeth. About 24% say a smile is also what they remember most afterward.
In the Kelton survey, respondents felt that people with straight teeth were 45% more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a job and 58% more likely to be successful and wealthy. When compared to people with crooked teeth, those with straight teeth were also deemed 57% more likely to get a date based on their picture alone.
As a dentist, I’ve heard many reasons why people decide to have smile enhancements, often after years of concealing their smile with a hand or smiling with lips only. And, it’s not just crooked teeth that make people feel awkward about their smiles.
Discoloration can cause uneasiness when smiling as well as teeth that are worn, chipped, broken or missing. Showing too much gum tissue above teeth (known as a ‘gummy smile’) can also cause people to “hold back” from smiling fully.
Sometimes, it’s a special event in one’s life that causes an individual to say, “Now’s the time. I’m doing this.” I’ve had women share how they felt they’d always put their family’s needs first and decided “it’s my turn.” I’ve had men tell me they felt their teeth were holding them back from climbing the career ladder or being able to get a date. As the survey above shows, this may very well have been the case.
Regardless of the reason, the reality is how a smile makes you feel from the inside out. People who feel confident with the appearance of their smiles tend to smile fuller smiles, and more often. This projects a self-image that is positive and happy, and it’s often contagious! Smiling at someone often brings a smile back!
If you’ve considered cosmetic dentistry, one of your concerns may be, “Will my new smile look like I’ve had dental work?” The answer is NO! When you place yourself in the right hands, an experienced, highly-skilled dentist who uses the finest materials and dental lab will give you a look and feel that is natural.
Today’s porcelain crowns and veneers are designed to have a natural luminosity and opalescence. This means that light can penetrate the tooth at some edges and reflect light naturally, just as natural teeth do. You’ll have no signs of ‘dental work.’
Additionally, a well-trained dentist can have each tooth involved in treatment shaped to complement facial features. Look for dentists who are members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Another concern may be the cost of treatment. Cosmetic dentistry is an elective procedure, meaning the fee is out-of-pocket in most instances. However, our office offers several payment plans that can break the total fee into easy monthly payments. Most plans are interest-free with no down payment required.
Many smiles take shape with the placement of just 6 to 8 veneers or crowns. Some only need 4. What is going to provide you with the best results can be discussed in a free consultation appointment. Call 843-871-6351 to arrange a time when we can privately discuss your best options.
And, if fear has prevented you from achieving the smile you desire in the past, we can help with that, too. I am certified to administer I.V. sedation (‘twilight sleep’) and also offer oral sedation. Both provide total relaxation and erase most, if not all, memory of treatment afterward. Plus, we pride ourselves on our gentle touch. If you’d like to speak with other patients who have overcome their dental fears in our care, let us know.
Your smile should reflect you at your best! It can! Let’s discuss the options that can help you enjoy smiling — a full, happy smile — soon!
A missing tooth is more than a flaw in the appearance of one’s smile. It can lead to problems with the proper alignment of neighboring teeth. When teeth tilt or turn out of their proper positions, the result can lead to chips, fractured or broken teeth, night-time grinding or clenching, worn teeth, headaches, migraines, jaw joint pain and more.
The best time to replace a lost natural tooth is immediately after it’s removed. However, today’s dentistry offers exceptional ways to replace teeth at any time, even though that have been missing for decades.
Through advanced materials, techniques and technology, replacing one, several or an entire ‘arch’ of missing teeth can be done to provide stability, dependability and comfort with an exceptional look and feel in the process.
Dental Implants – I recommend implants to most individuals because they are a ‘one and done’ investment. When properly maintained, an implant is designed to last a lifetime. They are the closest thing to natural teeth because the implanted portion is supported by your jaw bone, just as your natural tooth roots were once. This means they restore a natural biting strength and stability. The teeth attached to an implant will not move while eating and will cause no uncomfortable rubbing on gum tissues. And, because an implant does not rely on neighboring teeth for support do not need crowning. That means the integrity of surrounding is protected. Another bonus of an implant is its ability to protect bone mass. By recreating stimulation in the jaw bone, similar to what a natural tooth root provides, the process of bone resorption is halted. An example of this bone loss is the ‘granny look’ of long-time denture wearers. Bone loss thins and weakens the strength of the jaw bone. Dental implants preserve the jaw bone, helping you to maintain a healthy bone mass.
Crown-&-Bridge – When replacing one or several teeth in one area, some people prefer a bridge that is supported by natural teeth on each side. To support a bridge (of one or more teeth) the natural teeth on both sides are crowned. Then, the crowns connected to the replacement tooth or teeth being replaced. In our office, we use the state-of-the-art computerized technology of CEREC 3D. This technology can take measurements and create ceramic crowns and bridges while you wait. By eliminating the need for a dental lab, this means you don’t have to wear a temporary and won’t need a second appointment to have the final ‘restoration’ placed. And, this process cuts numbing requirements in half! CEREC 3D means you can walk out of our office with your final crown-&-bridge ready to enjoy, all in one visit!
Partial Dentures – A partial denture is designed to replace several upper or lower teeth. Typically, a partial connects replacement teeth to a framework, which is then secured to existing natural teeth with a fit that is stable and comfortable. Because a partial is created to the contours of your gums and custom shade-matched, it will blend attractively with natural teeth and gums.
Full Dentures – For people who are missing all of their upper or lower teeth, a ‘full arch’ denture can be made to restore the look of a full smile. While not as secure as Dental Implants, they are made to fit comfortably for chewing and speaking. Dentures offer a more affordable way to enjoy a full, comfortable smile that restores confidence when speaking or laughing with others. Relines can be done periodically should the denture begin to slip (due to jaw bone resorption).
We believe every patient should enjoy a confident, comfortable, and attractive smile. We want you to understand all your options so you can select the best tooth replacement for your needs and goals.
Call 843-871-6351 for a no-cost, no obligation consultation. During this time, I’ll discuss the best options based on your needs and preferences. While you’re here, our financial coordinator can go over payment options. Some require no down payment and are interest-free.Read More
Think about how you FEEL when you smile at someone. Do you feel glad to show your smile? Do you feel your appearance improves when you smile? Do you feel you create positive feelings amongst those who see your smile?
Smiling does more than relay a happy message to others. Your smile should make you feel good because you know it is a positive reflection on you.
We all know that an attractive smile can enhance overall facial appearance. However, when people feel confident with the appearance of their smile, they tend to smile more. Research has shown that the benefits of an appealing smile extend far beyond what can be seen.
Studies have found that smiling causes a release of the brain’s ‘happy’ chemicals, known as endorphins. And, apparently, you cause the same reaction even when you ‘fake smile’ and smile when you don’t feel like it. That smile still causes a release of these endorphins.
Another bonus of smiling is its ability to make us look younger? Smiling pulls facial muscles upward, providing a mini-face lift, of sorts. It smooths out sags and softens wrinkles. Look in the mirror and smile to see for yourself!
Naturally, smiling comes easy for those who feel good about the appearance of their smile. Unfortunately, most of us weren’t born with a naturally-attractive smile. When a smile is flawed with chips, gaps, breaks, stains and missing or crooked teeth, smiling can make people feel uneasy or even embarrassed. Some people will even cover their mouths to conceal the flaws that make smiling awkward.
If you are uncomfortable with smiling as openly as you’d like, modern dental techniques and materials offer exceptional ways to enjoy a confident, flattering smile. These include:
Porcelain Crowns & Veneers – Porcelain is the ultimate when it comes to smile enhancement. This material gives the highest degree of luminosity and longevity available in dentistry. Porcelain crowns and veneers can beautifully recreate a smile for the most natural look and feel possible. Porcelain also resists staining and has a durability that is exceptional to any other material used in cosmetic dentistry. For the 6 or 8 teeth most visible in a smile, porcelain crowns or veneers can change an unflattering smile to one that you’ll want to share often!
Bonding – Teeth that are chipped, uneven, gapped, stained or poorly-shaped can often be correctly with the help of bonding. In bonding, a material is coated over tooth surfaces and shaped to correct smile flaws. While not as durable or stain-resistant as porcelain, bonding gives good longevity at an affordable cost. It can be shade-matched to blend attractively with surrounding teeth and is typically completed in just one visit.
Whiteners – TV ads tout the effectiveness of drug store whitening systems. Yet, the true level of whitening is often minor and lasts for a brief amount of time. When you consider the costs for frequent touch-ups, the expense typically outweighs the results. Our take-home Nite White tooth whitening system provides a much higher degree of whitening with excellent longevity, and it’s at an affordable price.
Dental Implants – The gap in a smile left by missing teeth often sends a negative message that can label an individual unfairly. For people who are missing one or more natural teeth, Dental Implants can restore the ability to smile attractively, speak and laugh confidently, and bite and chew comfortably. Since the teeth attached to the implants are custom-made crowns, we can create an attractive smile as part of the process. In our office, we can create your implant crowns in just one visit using the computerized technology of CEREC 3D. These custom-made replacement teeth are beautiful and durable with a natural look and feel.
Cosmetic Dentures – When people are missing all their upper or lower teeth, some choose to replace them with full dentures. Modern techniques and materials in dentistry make it possible to create an attractive look that blends replacement gum tissue and teeth to fill out the mouth, resulting in an appealing smile and more youthful appearance.
A flattering smile can make a dramatic difference in one’s appearance, self-esteem and confidence level. Many of the procedures in modern cosmetic dentistry can be completed in just one or two visits. Our payment plans make it possible for most budgets to make affordable monthly payments while enjoying the benefits of a beautiful smile they love to share.
Find out what is best for you. Call toll free 1-877-966-9009 to schedule a no-charge consultation to discuss the smile you desire.Read More
One of the reasons we wash our hands during the day is to prevent the harmful effects of germs we’ve been exposed to. By minimizing germ exposure, it’s much easier to avoid getting a cold or the flu than endure the misery and loss of time these illnesses cause.
The same is true for dental problems. You’d rather avoid a cavity than need to have one repaired – right? Although daily home care and regular dental cleanings help to prevent problems from occurring in the first place, certain factors can heighten our susceptibility.
By knowing what can place you at higher risk for cavities, gum disease and other oral health problems, you can avoid many. These include:
• High Levels Of Bacteria – We all have bacteria in our bodies. However, there are two types (abbreviated as SM and LB) that have been found to be particularly harmful to teeth. People who have higher levels of these bacteria have proven to also have
a higher risk for tooth decay. Additionally, these bacteria are contagious and can be passed to another through food sharing or kissing.
• Inadequate Saliva Flow – Saliva is the mouth’s natural rinsing agent, helping to continually move bacteria out of the mouth. Certain medications, age, or particular foods and beverages can contribute to dry mouth. A dry mouth offers an ideal breeding ground for oral bacteria growth and reproduction. The more bacteria in the mouth, the higher your risks for the formation of cavities and gum disease. Plus, a dry mouth leads to stinky breath!
• Deep Pits & Grooves – The pits and grooves of back teeth provide havens for oral bacteria. Some people have very deep pits and grooves, creating a warm, moist hideout that is ideal for bacteria growth. The same is true for crowded, crooked teeth. Their tight angles make brushing less effective and provide nooks for bacterial buildup.
• High Sugar Diet – Bacteria in your mouth thrive on refined sugar. From this, an acid is produced which attacks tooth enamel. When this acid combines with the digestive acids in the mouth that occur each time you eat or drink, you get a double whammy that actually softens tooth enamel for 20 or so minutes after eating. This leaves teeth especially vulnerable to oral bacteria.
• Exposed Tooth Roots – Aging, too rigorous brushing, or bite misalignment can cause gum tissues to pull away from teeth. This can expose the darker, sensitive portions of a tooth’s root. While this distracts from the appearance of a smile, it also increases the potential for tooth decay.
Rather than devote the time and expense to repair cavities or gum disease, take easy measures to prevent them in the first place!
1). Wetter is better! Keep your mouth moist by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. If you take medications that are drying, ask your doctor or pharmacist if there are alternative medications that have less drying side effects. Limit alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods — all drying to the mouth. And, the worst cause of oral dryness – smoking. Your smile is another reason to kick the habit!
2). Keep oral bacteria levels under control with the help of antibacterial rinses. While these aid in replenishing oral moisture, those containing chlorhexidine also help to reduce harmful bacteria in the mouth.
3). If your teeth have deep grooves and pits, ask your dentist about sealants to cover and protect these areas. Vulnerable teeth can also be protected with inlays, onlays or crowns. Crowded or crooked teeth can be straightened with orthodontic realignment. However, crowns or veneers may be sufficient in restoring proper alignment to selected teeth (and a more appealing smile in the process!).
4). Limit snacking between meals. Anytime you eat or drink (other than water), your mouth reacts by producing a digestive acid that attacks tooth enamel. Try to stick with the ‘3-squares’ rule and limit sugar and carbohydrates. Because the acid from refined sugar is most harmful to teeth and gums, limiting sweets will help you avoid oral problems (AND keep your waistline in check, too!).
5). Be committed to your daily oral care regimen at home. Twice daily brushing and flossing are the best ways to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Use a soft to medium tooth brush and fluoridated toothpaste, brush at least two minutes per time and avoid using a scrubbing motion. Be highly committed to your 6-month cleanings and exams. These appointments are structured to create a ‘clean slate’ in your mouth so you can maintain a healthy smile between visits.
We want to help you avoid the need for dental repairs and time in the treatment chair! During your next visit, ask how you can have a healthier smile, fresher breath, and spend less on dental repairs. Or, call us to arrange a no-cost consultation: 1-877-966-90009.
Keeping teeth clean, free of cavities and preventing periodontal (gum) disease are important steps for good oral health. While scientific studies have shown our overall health is intricately connected to our oral health, the appearance of a smile is also important.
It’s obvious that a beautiful smile enhances facial appearance. Yet, research conducted by Beall Research & Training of Chicago cites how the benefits of an attractive smile actually go much further. In an independent study of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), a social psychologist and market research professional showed how an appealing smile can make you appear more intelligent, interesting, successful and wealthy.
Using facial photos, over 500 American adults were asked to quickly rank each on their being attractive, intelligent, successful in their career, wealthy, popular with the opposite sex, happy, friendly, interesting, kind and sensitive to others.
The photos were of one set of both males and females prior to having cosmetic dentistry and another set after treatment completion. Although the study participants were not told that smiles were a factor in the rankings, the results showed that an attractive smile does have an impact on creating a positive impression.
However, this survey focused on how smile enhancements made others feel. The positive impact on those who have an improved appearance thanks to a new smile are significant as well. Smile enhancements tend to boost self-esteem, self-confidence and feeling positive.
Smiling also makes us look younger. Smiling pulls the facial muscles upward, which creates a bit of a face lift! And, smiling is so much easier when the appearance of a smile evokes confidence.
As a dentist, I’ve seen how troubling it can be for those who have smiles that cause awkwardness or even embarrassment. Yet, today’s dentistry offers exceptional techniques and materials that can beautifully correct crooked teeth, decay, stained teeth or a ‘gummy smile.’
Some of the options to create a more confident, appealing smile include:
Whiteners – While ‘drug store’ whitening products can make improvements in the shade of natural teeth, the degree of whitening is often minor and doesn’t last very long. Too, after adding up the costs for repeated upkeep, what is spent typically outweighs the results. The whitening systems provided by a dentist give a much higher level of whitening that lasts for a long time for affordable fees. For example, our take-home whitening kit, Nite White, is practical for about any budget and gives a dental office degree of whitening with excellent longevity.
Porcelain Crowns & Porcelain Veneers – Porcelain provides the most natural luminosity and longevity available in dentistry. Porcelain crowns and veneers can beautifully recreate a smile for the most natural look and feel possible. Plus, porcelain’s durability is also exceptional to any other material used in esthetic dentistry.
Bonding – Chipped, uneven, gapped, discolored or poorly-shaped teeth may benefit from bonding. Bonding is essentially ‘painted on’ and polished to give a natural look in an affordable way that can correct many smile flaws. It can be shade-matched to blend attractively with neighboring teeth and, while not as durable or stain-resistant as porcelain, has excellent longevity for the cost. Typically, the procedure is completed in one visit.
Dental Implants – Implants are positioned in the jaw bone, restoring the same foundation as your natural teeth once had. With this foundation, implants are able to restore your ability to bite and chew foods comfortably and enable you to speak and laugh confidently. And, because the teeth attached to the implants are custom-designed for each individual, incorporating a more flattering smile is a normal part of the process.
Cosmetic Dentures – For individuals who wish to replace all upper or lower missing teeth with full dentures, modern techniques and materials enable us to create an attractive look that fills out the mouth for a more youthful appearance.
Crown-&-Bridge – For those who are missing one or several teeth in one area, a Crown-&-Bridge combination is an excellent way to replace teeth with a natural appearance. Using durable, natural-looking ceramic crowns to support a bridge of teeth, we can often create your final result in one visit using our advanced CEREC 3D computerized technology.
Enjoy the endless benefits of a beautiful, healthy smile. Call toll free 1-877-966-9009 to arrange a free consultation. During this time, I’ll discuss options that may work best for your needs and goals. Additionally, we can explain payment plans that are available that break treatment fees into easy monthly payments.Read More
When we see someone smile at us, their smile seems to trigger a happy feeling inside. Although we may not realize what causes this, researchers have determined that it results from a reaction in our brains.
Researchers found that smiling triggers the release of endorphins, which are the feel-good chemicals in the brain. Studies have also shown that the action of smiling – even when you fake a smile – causes these same endorphins to release. This means we can boost our mood by smiling, whether we feel like smiling or not!
It’s obvious that an attractive smile can significantly enhance one’s facial appearance. However, when people feel good about how their smile looks, they tend to smile more often. While this can give your mood a dose of happy, a confident smile also makes a positive impression on others. An individual who smiles often is more likely to be deemed outgoing, happy and confident.
Smiling also improves facial appearance. For example, smiling pulls facial muscles upward to give a mini-face lift of sorts. Of course, when you feel good about the appearance of your smile, smiling comes easier. As a dentist, I’ve witnessed how insecure a flawed or decayed smile can makes people feel. Some people even developed a habit of covering their mouth to conceal a smile with flaws that make smiling awkward.
If you have crooked, misshaped or stained teeth, decay or a ‘gummy smile,’ you may not be smiling as often or as openly or often as you’d like. Fortunately, modern dental techniques and materials offer exceptional options to recreate a confident, flattering smile. Too, today’s technology can also recreate a new smile in just one visit, in many cases. Today’s options include:
Whiteners – While ‘drug store’ whitening kits can lighten the shade of natural teeth, the degree of whitening is often minor and lasts for a brief amount of time. Once you add up the expenses for repeated touch-ups, the cost typically outweighs the results. The Nite White system we offer provides a much higher degree of whitening that lasts for a long time at an affordable price.
Porcelain Crowns & Veneers – Porcelain gives the highest degree of luminosity and longevity available in dentistry. Porcelain crowns and veneers can beautifully recreate a smile for the most natural look and feel possible. Plus, porcelain’s durability is also exceptional to any other material used in cosmetic dentistry. Our CEREC 3D technology can create beautiful, natural-looking crowns while you wait.
Bonding – Chipped, uneven, gapped, discolored or poorly-shaped teeth may be greatly improved with the application of bonding. Bonding is a material painted over tooth surfaces and can correct some smile flaws. While not as durable or stain-resistant as porcelain, bonding has good longevity for an affordable cost. It can also be shade-matched to blend attractively with other teeth with the procedure taking just one visit.
Dental Implants – For those who are missing one or more natural teeth, Dental Implants restore your ability to bite and chew foods comfortably and speak and laugh with confidence. Dental Implants are held by the jaw, just as natural tooth roots were once. This provides the same, sturdy foundation as natural teeth. And, because the teeth attached to the implants are designed for each individual, creating an attractive smile is a normal part of the process.
Gum Recontouring – When gum tissue is too high above top teeth most visible in a smile or there are varying levels of gum arches over each tooth, a smile line can be evened out with a dental laser. The laser provides a precision line for natural-looking contours and minimizes treatment time. And, because there is minimal bleeding, healing time is much faster than with surgical contouring or grafting.
Cosmetic Dentures – For adults who prefer to replace all upper or lower missing teeth with full dentures, modern dental techniques and materials enable us to create an attractive look that fills out the mouth for a more youthful appearance.
A terrific smile can make a dramatic difference in one’s appearance, self-esteem and self-confidence. And, patients are like that their new smile can be completed while they make affordable monthly payments. Call toll free 1-877-966-9009 to arrange a free consultation to discuss the smile you desire. We can also review payment plans that allow you to make easy monthly payments, most with no interest or down payment required.Read More
There are many misconceptions when it comes to our smiles. For example, people often assume that seeing blood in the sink when brushing is a good sign. (It’s NOT!) When seeing a new patient who has a problem tooth, however, one of the most troubling things I can hear is, “I’ll lose my teeth as I age anyway so just pull it.”
While our grandparents may have assumed they would eventually end up in dentures, today’s dentistry knows better. Using proper techniques for twice-daily brushing, daily flossing and keeping the mouth moist means you should be able to enjoy a naturally-healthy smile for a lifetime.
Studies have shown there are tremendous benefits to keeping your natural teeth. Since teeth are positioned in the jaw bone, they help to maintain its mass. Without tooth roots that keep the jaw stimulated, the bone begins to shrink. This can lead to eventual tooth loss.
It is a fact that people with their natural teeth live ten years longer than denture wearers, on average. This is likely due to the ability to eat a healthy diet and feeling confident to stay socially active. Because of the worry that surrounds denture wearers when it comes to eating and laughing, the sense of insecurity causes many to avoid social situations.
Want to keep your teeth for your lifetime? You can! Be committed to the following steps and you will greatly increase your potential to have a naturally-healthy smile:
• Think the brush-&-floss routine is a dated way to keep teeth healthy? It’s still the gold standard in keeping oral bacteria to a minimum. Brush with a soft to medium bristle tooth brush using a fluoridated toothpaste. (Never use abrasive substances to brush, such as baking soda, which can wear away precious tooth enamel.) Use a swirling motion rather than scrub teeth back and forth. Floss daily or use a water or electronic flosser. Finish up by brushing your tongue or using a tongue scrapper to uproot millions of oral bacteria embedded in the tongue.
• Straight teeth are easier to keep healthy. When teeth are crowded and/or crooked, bacteria can easily accumulate in tight angles that become bacterial breeding grounds. Straight teeth are not only easier to keep clean, they support proper bite alignment. This minimizes your potential for stress on the TMJ (jaw joints). Strain on these joints can lead to headaches, night-time grinding and clenching, worn teeth and cracked or chipped teeth.
• Keep your mouth moist. A dry mouth provides an ideal environment for oral bacterial growth. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and limit foods and beverages that are caffeinated and drying to oral tissues. These include coffee, tea, colas and chocolate as well as spicy foods. If you take medications that are drying to the mouth, ask your Doctor about less-drying alternatives. Also, consider using an oral rinse formulated specifically to replenish moisture. Sugarless gum can help to promote saliva flow as well.
• Limit carbs and sugar. The acids produced in the mouth by carbohydrates and sugary foods and beverages super-charge bacterial growth and are damaging to tooth enamel. Limit these for the good of your smile and your waistline!
• Be committed to your 6-month exams and cleanings. These visits are designed to create a periodic ‘clean slate’ for teeth. During these visits, our Hygienists remove calculus (or tartar) that form the cement-hard bacterial colonies attached to teeth. We also perform an annual Oral Cancer screening using early-detection technology. These screenings are very important since Oral Cancer is one of the deadliest of all cancers with one of the worst survival rates.
Our goal is to help you keep your natural teeth healthy and IN your mouth all of your life! When problems arise, we will recommend treatment to protect and extend the life of your teeth. However, when teeth are lost, we can explain your best options for replacement and to avoid putting other teeth at risk.
If you feel you have a mouthful of problems or have already lost natural teeth, let’s halt the process. Call toll free 1-877-966-9009 for a no charge consultation. Here, we’ll discuss how we can restore your oral health for a lasting, healthy smile!Read More
It seems with each passing decade, I catch an unexpected glimpse of myself in a mirror and think, “Who is that older gentleman?” only to realize he’s ME! Yet, while I’ll always have an image of myself that is younger (and thinner!) than reality, I am aware of how significantly that image can turn on us when we feel our appearance is not as we desire.
While definitions of beauty vary, symmetry is a common component of how most deem a beautiful face. A balanced alignment of eyes with both sides of the mouth, nose and cheeks mirroring one another has become a standard that is often used. However, to a growing number of individuals, beauty is enfolded in an aura of confidence.
In order to be confident, however, you must feel confident. So, it makes perfect sense to examine what creates a confident individual. Many would say that it’s feeling good about the impression you make on others. And, right or wrong, Americans live in a society where a large part of this impression is created by what others see on the outside.
Over the years, I’ve seen countless patients who, after years and years, decided to have a smile makeover. Today’s cosmetic dentistry offers a number of durable, natural looking and long-lasting options to improve the appearance of a smile. In some instances, for example, placing porcelain veneers on just the front six upper teeth can dramatically change the appearance of a smile, and of one’s facial appearance, in the process.
Some of you may recall a TV series that ran from 2002 to 2007 called “Extreme Makeover.” In each episode, an individual was selected for a ‘head to toe’ makeover that typically included weight loss, plastic surgery, hair and makeup, and smile enhancement. What was revealed as among key criteria for the candidates selected was their need for cosmetic dentistry. Why?
What was determined once the show began was how significantly an appearance changed with smile improvements alone. While losing weight, toning up, a nose job or brow lift were all beneficial, it was the smile that seemed to be the centerpiece of how ultimate beauty emerged.
After smile enhancements are completed, I’ve seen many patients break out in tears at the sight of the ‘new you’ they see in the mirror. And, although cosmetic dentistry can be a financial stretch for some people, I’ve never had a patient who didn’t feel their new smile was anything but “worth every cent.” Most add, “I only wish I’d done this years ago.”
Yet, it’s not what occurs in the moments after their new smile is completed that is as meaningful (to me, as a dentist) as what I see emerge over time. Many smile makeover patients lose weight, seek promotions at work or better jobs, get a new hairstyle, dress more fashionably, are more outgoing, smile more often and seem genuinely more upbeat about their lives. It’s as if their new smile uncovered a piece of self-esteem that had been hidden away behind a smile that made them feel less than who they wanted to be.
As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, science has shown the dramatic effect of a smile on our overall demeanor. Apparently, smiling causes the brain to release endorphins. These are the brain’s chemicals that are your mood-boosters. What’s amazing is in findings that even when a person fakes a smile, the brain still reacts in this positive way.
So, smiling often is a good thing. When we feel our smile is a complement to our appearance, we tend to use it more often. This creates a domino effect. Since our mood is boosted from our brain’s chemical reactions, it makes us feel more positive. Feeling more positive makes us feel more confident. And so on.
Whether you need to replace missing teeth, old crowns or bridgework, need to realign crooked or crowded teeth, or need to repair broken, chipped or worn teeth, today’s cosmetic dentistry offers many options. And, many are surprised at the affordability of achieving the smile they desire.
Begin with a free, no obligation consultation. We’ll talk about options that may work best for your goals, comfort options, payment plans and anticipated time frame. Keep in mind that our advanced technology can provide same-day results for some procedures – with beautiful results!
When you consider the small amount of space that a smile has on our bodies, it amazing at how significantly it can conform our appearance and mindset one way or another. Yet, what nature may have denied some, modern dentistry can give back! Call toll free 1-877-966-9009 to schedule our time together.Read More