As a dentist, I’ve realized one of my greatest joys is seeing the reaction of people once they see their “new smile” after cosmetic dentistry. For many who have spent years, or even most of their lives, concealing a smile with their hand or turning away from people when laughing, seeing them “light up” because of a beautiful smile is a moment I savor as much as the elated patient.
Cosmetic dentistry not only enhances the appearance of your smile, it tends to boost confidence and encourages you to smile more often. However, the skills and commitment to precision and exceptional quality greatly determine the overall results, and ultimately, the satisfaction of the patient.
Over the years, I’ve seen how poor skills and cheap material can leave an individual with “fake” looking teeth. For example, one new patient arrived after investing in closing a gap between his two front teeth. Rather than involve the bordering two or four teeth to distribute the balance, the dentist had merely filled in the gap, creating two very wide teeth. This left the man with “bunny teeth” that made him embarrassed to smile.
In cosmetic dentistry, advanced training in the latest esthetic technology, techniques, and materials can make a significant difference in one’s outcome. Another example is how light is reflected off teeth and the opalescence of teeth. Opalescence describes a slight transparency around the outer edges of each tooth. These factors play a major role in creating a smile that looks like you were born with it versus one that looks like one that’s had “dental work.”
Porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, bonding, and teeth whitening are primarily the options used to enhance a smile. These procedures are often completed in just one or two visits.
Bonding is used primarily to repair chips or cracks, make selected teeth shorter or longer and cover tooth roots exposed by receded gums. The shade of the bonding material is selected to match neighboring teeth and painted on to natural teeth. After the material is properly shaped, a process hardens the material and it is polished for a flattering sheen. With bonding, most applications can be completed in just one appointment.
However, for the most natural look and best longevity, we recommend porcelain veneers or crowns. Unlike bonding, veneers have an edge when it comes to durability and longevity. While porcelain veneers are more expensive, many people feel they are well-worth the difference.
Porcelain veneers are like fingernail-thin shells, each custom-created to specific shapes and shades to enhance the teeth most visible in a smile. For both porcelain veneers and crowns, many are made by a dental lab we know mirrors our own commitment to perfectionism.
Most treatments are completed in two visits. The first visit removes some enamel from the front of the tooth for veneers. For crowns (caps), which cover the entire tooth, more enamel is removed so the protective porcelain crown can be placed to a proper height. Before you leave, we place temporaries on the prepared teeth so you can enjoy a natural look while your final ‘restorations’ are made.
At the second appointment (usually 2-3 weeks after the first), the temporaries are removed and the final veneers or crowns are adhered to each tooth with a special adhesive. Your bite is then checked for proper alignment.
We offer a free, no obligation consultation so you can learn the best options for your smile. During this time, we can also discuss affordable payment plans so you can enjoy your beautiful, new smile while making easy monthly payments.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
It’s pretty obvious that a beautiful smile has advantages. Not only does an appealing smile enhance facial appearance, it tends to boost self-confidence and self-esteem. People with attractive smiles are also perceived by others to be more successful and smarter.
According to Kelton market research, one 2012 study (shared online by Cision PR Newswire: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/first-impressions-are-everything) included over 1,000 American adults.
Participants were asked to react to photos of people with varying smiles. The results indicated that those with straight teeth were deemed 57 percent more likely to get a date than those with crooked teeth.
Nearly 30 percent of those polled reported the first facial featured they noticed was an individual’s teeth. And, almost 75 percent stated they would trust someone with a nice smile over and above those who had a good job, attire, or vehicle.
As a dentist, I have seen firsthand the difference an attractive smile can have on an individual’s self-esteem, confidence level, and being socially comfortably. Research also shows that a beautiful smile can make an individual feel happier and even extend their lifespan.
Studies have found that the simple act of smiling causes the release of endorphins in the brain, chemicals that create sensations of happiness. Apparently, even when we ‘fake’ a smile, these endorphins react the same way. (A good reason to smile when you’re down!)
It has also been found that people who smile often extend their lifespans by up to 3 years, while frequent frowners lose a year, on average. Smiling seems to be a way to live longer and be happier during your life!
I have had many patients who have been fortunate to have naturally beautiful smiles. Genetics has been their greatest asset in addition to having proper dental care during adolescent years as their adult teeth developed.
For many, the advantages of orthodontic treatment (braces) as teens and the benefits of frequent dental visits provided a leg up in the resulting appearance and health of their adult smiles.
However, many people weren’t born with a beautiful smile. Some experienced breakdown over the years, resulting in crooked, decayed, chipped or discolored teeth. Genetics may have given them teeth that were misshapened or gums that interfered with the flattering framing of teeth, such as in a ‘gummy smile.’
Everyone seems to desire a smile that makes them feel good from the inside out. However, the only deterrent for some when it comes to cosmetic dentistry is the cost for treatment.
In our office, we understand that budget constraints may hold people back from the smile they desire. That is why we offer several payment plans, most that are interest-free with no down payment required. These allow the individual to enjoy their new smile while making affordable, monthly payments.
Another issue that holds some people back is concern over achieving a natural look. No one wants to invest in cosmetic dentistry only to end up with a smile that looks fake. In our office, we create beautifully shaped and shaded crowns (caps) and veneers that have an exceptionally-natural look and feel, even reflecting light as natural teeth. And, using the durability of porcelain for dental crowns and veneers, the longevity is outstanding.
Our dental technology is also the most advanced available, enabling us to create precision-made restorations in a single appointment. With CEREC 3D technology, you often avoid the need to wear a temporary while waiting for a dental lab to create your final result. This also means that treatment time is reduced and numbing requirements are reduced by 50 percent.
Is fear of dentistry holding you back? We can help with that. In addition to offering oral sedation, I am certified to administer IV sedation (twilight sleep). While both provide relaxation and an amnesiac effect, highly fearful patients find that IV sedation provides the deeper level of a sleep state that is reassuring for their needs.
As a dentist, there are few things as satisfying as handing a patient a mirror to view the final results of a smile makeover. Their expressions alone are worth a thousand words. I’ve had patients cry with tears of joy when seeing their new smile and how it lights up their entire face.
We offer free consultations for people who wish to discuss esthetic dentistry options. During this time, we can also discus projected fees and payment plans. Call 843-871-6351 to schedule your consultation.
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.
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.
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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!
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
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
When a tooth is crowned (‘capped’), it places a ceramic covering over the remaining natural tooth. This may be done after a cavity has been removed and the tooth remaining requires more surface restoration than a filling or inlay can provide.
Crowns are custom-designed to a precision size, shape and shade. They are created to not merely blend esthetically with adjacent teeth but interact properly. For example, a crown should meet the teeth above or below as well as fit harmoniously with the teeth on each side. Without this unity, bite misalignment can occur.
A crown is secured to the prepared tooth with an adhesive that is very strong. It prevents the crown from loosening when flossing, eating or chewing gum, for example. So, when there are rare instances when a patient calls to say a crown has come off, after examination, we find it is typically due to clenching or grinding. These are common symptoms of bite misalignment.
When upper and lower teeth do not meet harmoniously, the lack of unity can create strain on the TMJ, or ‘temporo-mandibular joints.’ When these joints are strained, you may also experience headaches (which often lead to frequent migraines), sore jaw joints, difficulty opening the mouth fully, dizziness and ear ringing.
People with bite misalignment are often unaware that they have it. Most reactions tend to occur during sleep, such as clenching teeth and/or grinding teeth back and forth. This is due to the jaw joints’ attempt to self-adjust in an attempt to find a position that is less strained.
To understand this, consider an individual who has one leg shorter than another. While their gait will compensate to support walking and running without obvious interference, symptoms will eventually arise. These are usually in the form of low back pain, hip pain or knee strain.
While you may not feel your bite is ‘off,’ the results of bite alignment can lead to the need for costly repairs to chipped, broken and worn teeth. And, in some cases, the re-cementing of crowns or veneers.
If a crown should come off, carefully rinse the crown and wrap it so it is protected and safe. Call our office immediately and, if after hours, you will be given instructions on reaching us or a doctor who is on-call.
If it will be several days before you can have the crown re-cemented, most drug stores sell a temporary adhesive designed to keep the crown in place until it can be reattached securely. DO NOT USE MATERIALS SUCH AS ‘CRAZY GLUE’ OR OTHER PERMANENT AGENTS!!! These not only seep dangerous chemicals into the mouth, removing them from the natural tooth portion underneath the crown can require extreme measures that take away from the remaining tooth. When this is needed, a new crown will be needed as well.
When using temporary adhesive materials (available in the dental care aisle of drug stores), remember to proceed gently in these areas. Until you can get into our office for reattachment, chew on the opposite side of the loose crown and brush gently in that area. Delay flossing around the tooth. When swishing, don’t use much force during swishing or spitting. Again, proceed gently.
Verifying bite alignment is a painless procedure. And, for those who have straight teeth, many are surprised when told their bite alignment is off. However, it’s not necessarily crowded, crooked teeth than contribute to misalignment. Teeth that are too long, too short, or even missing teeth can throw the alignment of a bite just enough that the TMJ reacts with symptoms that can eventually require resolving.
If you are experiencing headaches, jaw tenderness, worn teeth, or other potential signs of bite misalignment, call our office to request a Consultation appointment. I am happy to explain the process to evaluate your bite alignment and methods to restore your bite to its proper position.
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Very few of us are born with a beautiful smile. For people who had orthodontics as teens, those smiles typically evolve into more appealing adult smiles. Yet, various flaws cause many adults to conceal their smile with a hand or smile with lips only to avoid showing their teeth.
Smiling is a positive part of our lives. Studies have even shown that smiling can boost your mood, even if you smile when you don’t feel like it. People who smile often not only project a more positive and outgoing individual, they extend their lifespans by up to ten years, on average, according to some research.
As a significant part of one’s facial appearance, a smile is important. When people feel confident with the appearance of their smile, they tend to smile more often. Yet, it doesn’t take much to detract from the beauty of a smile and, therefore, the confidence to share it.
A chipped tooth, teeth that are discolored, crowded and crooked teeth, having a ‘gummy smile’ or a gap between front teeth — any of these can make an individual feel awkward when smiling. Fortunately, modern cosmetic dentistry offers excellent options to repair these flaws, many at a very affordable price.
One of the fastest and least expensive ways to improve the appearance of a smile is to whiten it. A white, bright smile is more appealing and often perceived as healthy and well-cared for. We offer an exceptional take-home whitening system, priced affordably, that provides far superior results that the over-the-counter versions at drug stores. Plus, the whitening you’ll achieve will last far longer.
For chips and even some gaps, bonding offers a natural look and feel that is both affordable and done in a single visit. This is a material that is ‘painted on’ your teeth. It is shaped to repair flaws and then polished for a natural finish. Bonding can also be used to elongate teeth to correct an uneven smile line.
Gum recontouring is not a costly procedure, but the results can have a dramatic effect on the appearance of a smile. When an individual shows too much gum tissue above upper teeth when they smile, it’s referred to as a ‘gummy smile.’ This can be repaired with comfort and precision in our office using a dental laser. The laser is also ideal for reshaping gum tissues over single teeth to even out the gum arch to match neighboring teeth.
The ideal method for reshaping and enhancing teeth is porcelain. Porcelain veneers and crowns have exceptional durability, resist staining and even reflect light as natural teeth. Too, their longevity is exceptional. While they are more expensive than other options in esthetic dentistry, their value is superior. And, in many cases, applying just two or four veneers to teeth most visible in a smile makes a dramatic difference in appearance.
The best way to determine the best options for you (which may be a combination of two or more) is to arrange a consultation. This time, at no cost to you, provides an opportunity to discuss your desires and learn which options can fulfill your goals at a cost you’ll be able to manage comfortably. We can also have our Financial Coordinator discuss payment options with you. Some require no down payment with no interest charged.
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There are many ways to enhance the appearance of a smile. Today’s advancements in dental techniques and materials provide excellent options to improve the appearance of teeth with a natural look and feel.
For teeth most visible in a smile, I typically recommend porcelain veneers or crowns. Porcelain is the closest match in durability, appearance and feel to natural teeth. A porcelain veneer or crown can even reflect light naturally with a tooth-like opalescence.
Porcelain veneers and crowns, however, do come with higher fees than bonding. Bonding can be a beneficial aid in improving a smile when repairing chips, small spaces, discoloration or minor re-shaping. It is also used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam (silver) fillings or protect an area where a tooth’s root is exposed due to gum recession..
In our office, we use advanced technology that provides beautiful, durable CEREC 3D crowns in a single visit. However, the process of Bonding can be done in one appointment as well and is less expensive than many cosmetic procedures.
Bonding uses a “composite resin” that is shade-matched to the tooth being repaired. The tooth is first ‘roughened’ so the resin adheres properly. The resin is then applied to the tooth and carefully shaped. A special light is used to harden the resin and the surface is polished.
The disadvantage of bonding is it is not as strong as porcelain. It can also be stained easily from red wine, tea, coffee and smoking. While shade matching of bonding can prevent a ‘patchwork’ appearance, it does not have the luminosity of porcelain that truly mimics the natural appearance of teeth.
While bonding is ‘painted’ onto a tooth, a porcelain veneer or crown is cemented to it. This helps to bolster the tooth, increasing strength and longevity. Porcelain is an excellent option for those who have crooked, gapped, short or poorly-shaped teeth. It does not stain easily and has a superior tooth-like appearance.
However, the price difference may be the deciding factor for some. When people on tight budgets chip a front tooth, bonding can repair the flaw attractively and affordably. While porcelain may be the ideal, bonding can be the next best thing.
Smile enhancements can make a tremendous difference in one’s appearance as well as give a boost to self-confidence and self-esteem. If you’ve contemplated improving your smile, first consider the dentist who will help you achieve your goals. As a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, I bring a combination of skills, techniques, materials and technology to each case.
Then, your options can be discussed and associated costs determined. We provide a free, no-obligation consultation so you can make the decisions that are best for you.
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As a dentist, there are few things as satisfying as handing a patient a mirror to view the final results of a smile makeover. The expressions alone are worth a thousand words. I’ve had patients cry with tears of joy when seeing their ‘new you’ as a result of smile enhancements. Their new smile seems to transform them from the inside out!
The benefits of a beautiful smile are endless. A great-looking smile improves facial appearance, boosts self-confidence and self-esteem and tends to be shared with others more often. When people smile more, they appear happier, friendlier, kinder and more content.
An appealing smile is also good for your longevity. Research has shown that people who smile more often extent their lifespans by up to 3 years, while those who frown frequently trim off a year, on average. Smiling apparently triggers endorphins, the chemical in the brain that creates happy feelings. Even faking a smile can have a positive effect.
One deterrent for cosmetic smile enhancements is treatment cost. Sometimes, however, placing veneers on just 4 teeth can make a marked improvement in appearance. The number of teeth included in treatment depends on where the patient will get the best results in a full smile while conforming to a budget they can manage.
We offer several payment options for people who want to enjoy their new-&- improved smile sooner than later. Most are interest-free with no down payment required. They break payments into monthly amounts that are manageable for most every budget.
Another issue that holds some people back from smile improvements is concern the outcome will look natural. No one wants to end up with plastic-looking teeth or ‘Chicklet’ teeth. In our office, we create beautiful shaped and shaded restorations that look and feel so natural your smile will never reveal ‘dental work.’ These crowns and veneers even reflect light as natural teeth. And, the longevity is exceptional.
Another bonus is in our dental technology. Because we utilize the most advanced dental technology available, we can create precision-made crowns and veneers ‘while you wait.’ This means you won’t have to wear a temporary while a dental lab creates your final restorations. Additionally, treatment time is reduced and numbing requirements are cut in half.
It won’t cost you a thing to learn the options that will provide you with the desired outcome. We offer a free consultation to discuss what will create the look you want and determine projected fees. Call toll free 1-877-966-9009 to schedule.