Archive for October, 2013

What’s a Smile Makeover All About?

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Not everyone is blessed with a perfect smile, but now there is the option of having a smile makeover to obtain the smile you always wanted. Cosmetic dentists can repair missing, broken, gapped, stained, or misaligned teeth with all kinds of modern technology that will have you smiling from ear to ear.

A smile makeover may include both surgical and non-surgical procedures that correct a variety of problems with your teeth and gums. It provides customized solutions for your specific issues. Some of the common problems addressed with smile makeovers include missing teeth, bite problems, gapped or uneven teeth, cracks, chips, and discoloration.

The first step is to schedule an appointment with a qualified cosmetic dentist for a consultation in which you can convey your goals and expectations, and learn about options for restoring your smile. The dentist will likely also consider your age, skin tone, gum tissue, facial shape, and lips in order to help you achieve the best smile for you.

Some of the procedures often performed in a smile makeover include:

  • Dental implants and crowns to replace missing teeth
  • Teeth whitening to restore stained or discolored teeth
  • Porcelain veneers that cover the fronts of your teeth to improve their appearance
  • Contouring to reshape teeth
  • Bonding to hide imperfections
  • White fillings to reshape teeth or change color
  • Dentures made to function and look like natural teeth
  • Braces to correct crowded or crooked teeth, or to repair bite problems

Contact our Richmond Virginia dental office to learn about smile makeovers.

No Excuses for Skipping Your Dentist Appointment

Monday, October 21st, 2013

It’s easy to come up with excuses for skipping your visit to the dentist. Maybe you’re too busy, can’t take time off work, or just don’t like going for a checkup. However, it’s time to put the excuses aside! There are some very important reasons for you to make seeing your dentist twice a year a priority.

The obvious benefit is that you’ll come away with a brighter, healthier smile. Tooth stains can be removed much better than you’re able to do at home, and plaque can be cleared away from hard-to-reach areas. Also, your dentist can remove tartar that you can’t get rid of yourself.

Gum disease
Your dentist will examine your mouth for signs of gum disease. It is the main cause of adult tooth loss, but can be reversed with proper dental hygiene if it’s caught early. Steering clear of gum disease can also benefit your overall health, because it has been linked to heart attacks and strokes.

Oral cancer
A screening for oral cancer will be performed at your dental visit. This painless scan of your mouth and tongue can save your life, as oral cancer is very treatable if found early.

Other issues
Your dentist will be able to watch for signs of any other problems that might be occuring that you haven’t even noticed. For example, a professional will notice wear on your teeth and determine if it’s a sign that you grind your teeth. Symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues might also be apparent to your dentist.

Role model
Don’t forget that any little ones in your household are watching you. Set a good example of regular dental visits and proper oral hygiene so that your kids will learn lifelong good habits as well.

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Brightening Your Smile

Monday, October 14th, 2013

It is a common goal for people to want to obtain a white, bright, radiant smile. Yellowed or discolored teeth stand in the way of that brilliant look. There are lots of ways that can help you achieve a brighter smile. Here are some suggestions.

Use whitening products
A multitude of products are available at your drugstore to help you whiten your teeth at home. These include items like toothpastes, strips, gels. Be careful not to apply them too often because overuse can damage your tooth enamel. Another option is professional whitening at your dentist’s office. Professional whitening uses stronger ingredients that provide more dramatic and faster results.

Brush with baking soda
A simple technique is brushing your teeth with baking soda, which has long been known to whiten teeth. In fact, many over-the-counter whitening products contain baking soda. It is acceptable to use plain baking soda instead, just brushing it on with your toothbrush to form a paste on your teeth.

Try strawberries
Another home remedy is grinding up strawberries and rubbing the paste on your teeth. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes, and then rinse your mouth and floss in case any seeds have become lodged in your teeth. It’s also helpful to brush with baking soda afterwards.

Avoid items that stain
To limit tooth discoloration, avoid consuming foods and drinks known to stain. This includes items like red wine, coffee, tea, berries, and curry. If you do have such foods, clean your teeth as soon as possible to help reduce the amount of stains that stick.

Don’t smoke
Smoking yellows your teeth and causes mouth odors, so eliminating this habit will help your oral health.

Consider veneers
If your teeth are severely stained, especially if it is a result of taking certain antibiotics or medication that causes discoloration, many times the only way to really achieve a white smile is to get dental veneers. These porcelain shells hide all kinds of imperfections that your teeth may have.

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Who Needs Dental Veneers?

Monday, October 7th, 2013

It’s not unusual for people to have problems with their teeth that make them self-conscious and hesitant to smile. Veneers can provide a way to transform an imperfect smile into one they’ve always wanted. They are very thin, customized shells that fit over the fronts of your teeth to cover problems. Usually made of porcelain or composite, veneers are a great way to improve your smile.

However, veneers are not suitable in every case. Sometimes due to your oral health condition or specific problems you have, other solutions might be more appropriate. Veneers are a permanent choice that you’re making for your mouth, so you need to be certain they are right for you. Here are some guidelines to help you determine if you are a good candidate for dental veneers.

Tooth decay can weaken teeth and make them unable to support veneers. Also, teeth that have fillings already might not allow a natural-looking veneer.

Gum disease
Before you can safely get veneers, you should undergo treatment for any gum disease you might have. It’s important to be in good oral health before veneers are applied.

Bad habits
Teeth grinding, nail biting, and habitual chewing on hard items like ice or pencils can damage your veneers. Break these habits if you want your restorations to last.

If your teeth are crooked or misaligned, consult an orthodontist to see if that is a better solution for your condition. Straightening your teeth might resolve your issues so that veneers are no longer necessary. They are not intended to repair severely crooked teeth or misaligned bites.

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