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
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
For a number of reasons, we often recommend Dental Implants to our patients when it comes to replacing natural teeth. For those who are missing all upper or lower teeth, several strategically-placed implants can often support a full arch. This restores biting and chewing comfort and dependability.
However, not everyone can afford Dental Implants or wants to undergo the procedures to have them. Here, we are respectful of all patients as to the tooth replacement option that is best for their preferences. Our goal is to provide each patient with an excellent fit and optimal comfort for all options in tooth replacement. For some, this may be through a full denture.
People are often surprised to learn that today’s Cosmetic Dentures can restore the ability to eat comfortably and securely with the added benefit of providing a more youthful smile. In addition to having advanced training and skills, I use advanced dental technology and materials to create a natural look and feel with a secure fit and exceptional durability.
Cosmetic Dentures are able to provide a more youthful smile because the process begins with the custom-design of the gum base that supports the teeth. With the proper increase in the distance between the upper and lower jaws, Cosmetic Dentures can often provide a sort of ‘mini facelift.’ This helps to smooth out the wrinkles around the mouth and lift lower facial muscles that lessens facial sagging.
In addition to creating a more youthful look of the face, your smile will have a more flattering look as well. For each individual, we enhance the look and feel of the teeth in Cosmetic Dentures and design your smile according to your preferences. For example, we can create teeth to the degree of whiteness you desire. We can also design the height of teeth so they are at a more flattering height. Lastly, we can adjust the gum line (area that shows above each tooth) so it is to a level that is esthetically-pleasing.
You’ll also appreciate that Cosmetic Dentures will never LOOK like dentures! No one will suspect you are a denture wearer or are wearing ‘fake’ teeth. Rather than feel self-conscious with replacement teeth created by cheap denture clinics, the teeth in Cosmetic Dentures are made so you will never look like you wear dentures! The teeth will also provide the luminosity and opalescence of natural teeth, even reflecting light as natural teeth.
For patients who still have remaining natural teeth, we use the same artistry in designing Cosmetic Partial Dentures. These are created with a gum portion that blends naturally with existing gums and custom-designed teeth that have a highly-natural appearance.
In our dental office, we make the design of a beautiful smile part of the overall construction of Cosmetic Dentists and Partials. We want you to have a smile you feel good about; one that makes you want to share it often! Let’s discuss the tooth replacement option of your choice during a no-charge, no obligation consultation. Call 843-871-6351 to schedule.Read More
“A rose is a rose,” is a common alteration of Shakespeare’s “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Both mean the same, basically, in that one rose is the same as all the others. However, we know that’s not the case.
One dental office or one 6-month dental cleaning may be far different in one office than the other. For example, one dental office may make comfort a high priority while another moves patients through care in a rushed pace with little regard to comfort.
In our office, we’ve taken a number of measures to ensure patients understand the difference as well as feel it. We hope that each patient comes to find, with each appointment, that it’s not one thing but a combination of things that make the difference.
Below, we’ve listed a few areas we know affords our patients with an elevated standard of care as well as a noticeably high level of comfort:
• Advanced Technology – We’ve carefully incorporated a number of state-of-the-art features that shorten treatment time, enhance results, and optimize comfort. These include Cone Beam Imaging (for 3-dimensional views of teeth, gums and supporting bone structures), CEREC 3D computerized technology (for one-appointment crowns and implant restorations), ‘Silent’ Drills (that eliminate the high-pitched whine of a drill, replacing it with a gentle whir), and Laser Dentistry (which reduces bleeding and speeds healing).
• Staff Longevity – I am so proud of the longevity of each team member. For decades, many have worked by my side and become “like family” to patients. Newer staff members have immediately sensed the unified team spirit here, feeling fully supported in their commitment to excellent patient care.
• Exceptional Comfort – In addition to oral sedation (a sedative in pill form), I am Certified to provide I.V. sedation (twilight sleep). This provides a deeper level of comfort through ‘sleep dentistry’ and erases most, if not all, memory of treatment afterward. In addition to sedation options, all measures are taken for the highest level of patient comfort possible, starting with a gentle touch and care that is paced to each individual’s specific need.
• Complete Dentistry – In addition to providing all phases of Dental Implants, you’ll find all levels of dental care are covered – for all ages and all needs. Everything from six-month checkups to root canals to tooth replacement to therapy to treat gum disease – our patients appreciate having all services in one, convenient location.
• Skilled, Ethical Care – Our patients know our recommendations are made based on what is in their best interests. By instilling a sense of confidence with each, they have faith in us to provide the best care according to their individual needs and goals. This has created strong bonds that we feel is the foundation of “exceptional dentistry.”
You should feel positive about your dental caregivers, at every visit. If you feel something is missing in your relationship with your dental office, consider scheduling a no-charge consultation appointment. During this time, we’ll discuss how our office may be compatible to your needs and desires, enabling you to achieve a healthy, confidence smile you’ll love to share.
Call 843-871-6351 to schedule. I look forward to meeting you and including you as one of our many happy patients!Read More
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.
Holiday parties, business gatherings that provide social opportunities, family meals, gift giving and even bumping into friends while Christmas shopping… all times for happy smiles. The holidays, more than any other time of the year, seem to be filled with smiles and laughter.
Do you feel good about the appearance of your smile?
If not, one of the fastest ways to improve a smile’s appearance is to whiten your teeth. Tooth whitening is also one of the most affordable ways to perk up a smile.
A bright smile heightens confidence when smiling. When you feel confident about how your smile looks, it makes you want to smile more often. According to research, the act of smiling creates a boost in manufacturing the brain’s ‘feel good’ chemicals, known as endorphins.
In addition to a more attractive smile, white teeth project the appearance of healthy teeth. When teeth are shiny and bright, people perceive them as clean and well-tended.
Whiter teeth can also create a younger look. The aging process can cause teeth to become more brown or gray. Whitening can trim years off one’s appearance.
Plus, a brighter smile can give you a face lift of sorts! When teeth are whiter, the eyes focus more on the smile. When you smile, facial muscles pull wrinkles and sags upward and smooth out fine lines.
A particular advantage of whiter teeth is how a bright smile can help to camouflage flaws. For example, crooked teeth are less prominent when they are a lighter shade.
For many reasons, whitening teeth can certainly make a significant difference in how you feel when you smile. While drug store whitening kits may seem to be practical options, our Nite White take home whitening system is safe, affordable and effective. The results are far more dramatic with far better longevity. Plus, these make terrific gifts for that special smile you love!
Call 843-871-6351 to learn more about tooth whitening. Make your smile sparkle and shine this holiday and beyond!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!
If you smoke, you don’t need another lecture about its hazards. In our office, we pride ourselves on being a ‘lecture-free zone.’ However, we also pride ourselves on being good communicators to our patients. You see, we believe patients are better able to maintain good oral health when they know not only WHAT to do, but WHY each step is necessary.
If you are a smoker, here are some facts that you may not realize when it comes to your smile:
• Smokers have a greater risk of periodontal (gum) disease, more frequent bad breath, higher levels of plaque, stained teeth, and slower healing following extractions, gum treatment and oral surgery.
• Smoking is very drying to oral tissues. This provides an ideal environment for oral bacteria to reproduce and accumulate in the mouth. When the mouth can no longer combat the bacteria levels, the gum tissues become inflamed. This is the beginning of gum disease.
• In early stages, gum disease causes persistent bad breath, sore gums and gums that bleed easily when brushing. As it progresses, gum tissues turn red and pus pockets form. Eventually, the bacteria work their way down to attack supporting bone and tissues surrounding tooth roots. This can cause teeth to loosen which may lead to removal. Gum disease is the nation’s leading cause of adult tooth loss.
• Losing teeth leads to a number of problems relating to your overall health. While some people assume that losing natural teeth is a ‘normal’ part of the aging process, studies show that people who wear dentures die an average of ten years earlier than those who have their natural teeth. Denture wearers also take more medications, have more gastrointestinal problems and are less socially active.
• Smokers decrease life expectancy by 10–15 years, on average. Smoking is attributed to almost one-third of all cancer diseases and deaths. Women who smoke are at risk for early menopause while men who smoke have a higher risk of impotency. Pregnant women who smoke have an increased risk for first-trimester spontaneous abortion, preterm births, low birth weight babies and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
• Second hand smoke contains over 50 carcinogens and other harmful chemicals. Children of smoking parents commonly wake up with ‘smoker’s cough.’
If you’ve thought about kicking the habit, you’ll notice the positive effects almost immediately. In just 48 hours, damaged nerve endings will start to regenerate, restoring the sense of smell and taste. In 3 days, your lungs will begin to repair and you’ll notice breathing is easier and air intake is fuller. Within 2 weeks, blood circulation in your gums and teeth is similar to that of a non-smoker with your risk for heart attack now declining. In a month or so, your circulation will greatly improve, walking will be easier and your chronic cough will have cleared up.
Who needs a lecture when the facts are so clear? While adults can choose to smoke or not as they accept the risks, knowing these risks is important.
For those who want to kick the habit, there are excellent online sources, including: http://smokefree.gov/Read More
I was recently asked about oil pulling. Although I’d heard of it, I decided to do some research to get better informed.
The internet is full of followers who apparently claim the action “pulls” bacteria and toxins from the body through the mouth. Oil pulling, an ancient folk remedy, involves swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil in the mouth for at least 5 and up to 15 minutes and spitting it out. The most common oil for this practice is coconut oil although sesame, olive and palm oils are also used.
Those who practice Ayurvedic health holistic medicine feel this daily action helps to balance the energy in the body that affects our physical, physiologic and mental state. Some believe it also lowers susceptibility to disease. However, most who practice oil pulling do so for perceived oral health benefits.
Oil pulling loyalists claim it improves gum problems, removes plaque and even whitens teeth. Like a number of claims on the internet, however, what is truth and what is fiction may conflict with what is best for your oral health.
In the pro column for oil pulling is research that shows oil pulling does help to reduce bad breath and oral bacteria. Even so, one study compared oil pulling’s effectiveness to no more than that of over-the-counter mouthwash containing chlorhexidine, which is a common ingredient.
In the con column, the American Dental Association (ADA) cites a “lack of science” and does not recommend oil pulling as either a supplement to oral hygiene nor as a replacement for standard oral health treatments. They feel research results have been based on too small samplings with no adjustments for demographic variations. They also cite the failure of previous research to incorporate blind testing.
While the ADA monitors how future research is conducted, they are firm that some past studies have fallen short in their claims of oil pulling’s benefits. They stated, “scientific studies have not provided the necessary clinical evidence to demonstrate that oil pulling reduces the incidence of dental caries, whitens teeth or improves oral health and well-being.”
The main concern in the dental profession is that the act of oil pulling has caused some devotees to forego traditional oral care regimens of twice daily brushing and daily flossing. These time-honored actions have proven to be effective maintenance for good oral health. As a dentist, I’m concerned that people who substitute this routine in favor of oil pulling are at higher risk of dental decay and periodontal (gum) disease.
If oil pulling is done in addition to a thorough oral hygiene regimen at home, I don’t see a potential for harm. However, there are many unsubstantiated claims on the internet and I hope that people choose to stick with safe, time-tested methods for maintaining a healthy mouth.
This reminds me of when baking soda was lauded as an inexpensive alternative to toothpaste. We now know that baking soda is far too abrasive for teeth and gum tissues. Consistent users actually wore down healthy gum tissues and eroded protective tooth enamel, leaving them vulnerable for cavities and gum disease. Although there is no indication that oil pulling will do harm, I feel it is best done in conjunction with a thorough brush-&-floss routine.
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
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
With the holidays come festive gatherings! This season provides a wonderful time to come together with friends, family and cohorts, often surrounded by cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. While many people abide carefully by the familiar ‘Don’t Drink & Drive’ rule, it’s not as widely known just what wine and other alcoholic beverages can do to your smile.
To begin, any beverage containing alcohol has a drying effect on oral tissues. When these tissues dry, oral bacteria are not being effectively washed from the mouth through saliva flow. The more bacteria in your mouth, the faster they reproduce. This leads to bad breath and eventually progresses to gingivitis and gum disease. Add sugary mixers to alcohol and you have a perfect recipe for developing cavities and gum problems.
Today, wine is the preferred alcoholic beverage since many people feel it is a healthier choice. While moderate wine consumption is said to lower blood pressure, it isn’t beneficial when it comes to your smile.
To begin, most people are aware that red wine can stain teeth. However, white wine also has a tint and can contribute to discoloration. Yet, changing the tint of your teeth isn’t the worst of it.
Wine (red, rose` and white) is highly acidic. In the mouth, this acid mixes with digestive acids produced each time you eat or drink. This double level of acid can eat away at tooth enamel, eroding the protective shell on teeth and increasing your risk for cavities.
As a matter of fact, studies have shown that this high level of acid can soften tooth enamel within just ten minutes of consuming wine. Think about the amount of damage to teeth that can occur over the course of several hours as you sip.
I’m certainly not saying you should avoid indulging in a cocktail or two (unless you’re the designated driver). However, I’d like to share some tips that may minimize potential risks to your smile.
Begin by asking for a glass of plain water (sparkling types can be acidic) with your alcoholic beverage. Take a couple of gulps every 10-15 minutes and let the water to sweep over the teeth before swallowing. If possible, swish with water after each beverage.
Be careful not to rush to brush your teeth after imbibing. Because the effects of alcohol put teeth at risk for 20-30 minutes after consumption, the abrasiveness of tooth paste combined with the scrubbing of a toothbrush will damage enamel while it is still vulnerable. Waiting 30 minutes before brushing gives the acid levels in your mouth time to subside.
Also, consider using a prescriptive fluoride toothpaste or oral rinse during your oral hygiene routine at home. These products can help reinforce the strength of tooth enamel. Ask about types that can work best for you by calling or at your next visit.
The health and appearance of tooth enamel is worth keeping in great shape for the sake of your smile. If you need to erase staining, ask us about the Nite White tooth whitening system. This dentist level professional whitening kit is affordable and easy to use.
However, when it comes to tooth enamel, once it’s worn away, it’s gone for good. Without tooth enamel, your teeth are at high risk for problems that require time and expense to repair.
Ask how you can minimize your risks for these problems and protect your oral health. And, smile beautifully as you enjoy the holidays with others!Read More
When it comes to improving the appearance of your smile, whitening your teeth is one of the fastest and most affordable ways available. Even though lightening the shade of teeth may seem capable of making only a slight change, whitening teeth can often make a significant improvement on the appearance of a smile as well as how you feel when you smile.
A few reasons tooth whitening is so beneficial include:
• A gleaming smile is more attractive. White teeth that sparkle and shine are simply more appealing.
• A bright smile helps people feel more confident when smiling. When you feel your smile looks good, it makes you want to make more often. When you smile, research shows you boost your brain’s endorphins (those ‘feel good’ chemicals), giving you a natural high!
• Whiter teeth camouflages flaws. Crooked teeth, for example, are less prominent when they are a lighter shade.
• White teeth project an appearance of healthy teeth. When teeth are gleaming and bright, people perceive them as clean and well tended.
• Whitening teeth can help you to look younger. The aging process can cause teeth to deepen in color, becoming more brown or gray. By whitening them, you can shave years off your appearance.
• A brighter smile can give you a mini face lift! When your teeth are whiter, the eye’s focus jumps to your smile. When your smile is the center of attention, wrinkles or sags are less obvious.
While drug store types may seem like they’re reasonable purchases, our NITE WHITE take home whitening system is safe, affordable and effective. The results are far more dramatic with far better longevity.
Call 843-871-6351 to learn more about tooth whitening and additional ways you can love your smile!Read More