Archive for November, 2014

Oral Health Care for the Whole Family

Friday, November 28th, 2014

One thing that can make an entire family smile is good oral health. When everyone has healthy teeth and gums, there is more reason to show off those great smiles. Oral health issues can even run in families, so taking care of a problem in one person may help other family members as well by alerting them to the condition.

Family dentists can benefit everyone in your household. This type of dentist treats all family members, no matter what their age is. Young children, teens, adults, and seniors are all treated in one dental practice. Family dentistry focuses on taking care of the oral health needs for everyone in the family, and offers a variety of benefits by doing so.

Establishing a healthcare relationship with a family dentist means that everyone goes to the same office for appointments. The dentist and staff get to know each person, and can provide a level of comfort knowing that everyone is receiving the same standard of care. Family dentists understand your needs and those of other family members too.

Family dentists are trained and experienced in providing care for all kinds of issues. This always includes routine dental care like cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, and fillings. Some family dentists also perform procedures like implants, veneers, bonding, contouring, root canal treatments, and even orthodontics. You should choose a family dentist who offers services that meet the needs of every family member.

Another thing that family dentists are skilled in is teaching patients the best ways to care for their own oral health. Children may need to be taught how to properly brush and floss, teenagers might need reminders about consistent care or maintenance with braces, and adults often require special attention for good gum health. Seniors face unique challenges related to maintaining their oral health in order to keep their natural teeth. Family dentists understand the needs of patients at each stage of life, and can provide optimum treatment for those specific challenges.

Your smile is one of your most valuable assets and your oral health should not be compromised. Finding a good family dentist is your first step in the right direction.

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Changes That Can Improve Your Smile

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Dentists today are no longer focused only on looking for tooth decay and correcting oral health issues. Cosmetic dentistry also offers smile makeovers, which is the process of using various procedures and treatments to create a brand new smile.

There are many things that go into an appealing smile. Ideally, your bite should fit together properly, teeth should be straight and white, gums should correspond with your teeth well, and more. When one or more of these factors isn’t there, your smile may not the one you’ve dreamed of having. A smile makeover can take care of all that.

Teeth whitening
Teeth that are yellowed and dingy can make an otherwise nice smile look uncared for and unhealthy. Transforming stained dull teeth into shiny pearly whites can make a huge impact. Professional teeth whitening is a simple and effective way to boost your smile in just an hour.

Reshaping teeth
If your issue involves the shape or size of your teeth, bonding or porcelain veneers can come to the rescue. Teeth that have been worn down from years of use or bad habits can be restored, or the edges of teeth that aren’t uniform can be corrected. Bonding may be done in a short time in one dental visit, and veneers takes a few weeks but can dramatically change your smile.

Gum contouring
Your gums might be too high or too low on your teeth, creating an appearance of teeth that are too large or small. Gum contouring restructures your gums so that they fall in a more appealing place along your teeth, forming a nice line in a better location.

Misalignment
A great smile begins with a proper bite, so making sure your teeth fit together correctly when your mouth is closed is an important element of a smile makeover. If your bite or your teeth need to be realigned, you might choose Invisalign clear aligners. This innovative system provides an alternative to traditional braces and allows correction without cumbersome or embarrassing metal in your mouth.

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What are Temporary Veneers?

Friday, November 14th, 2014

The decision to get dental veneers to transform your smile into one of beauty and longevity is an exciting one. You probably can’t wait to show off your brilliant new smile. However, before you achieve the final results, part of the process is wearing temporary veneers while your permanent ones are being prepared. Luckily it is a short part of the process, usually about two weeks, but it shouldn’t be overlooked.

Most dentists take a mold of your teeth to create a model for your new smile. Each tooth is prepared using wax mock-ups to simulate veneers, which offers an opportunity for you to approve your veneers before the final ones are placed. You can see how they look and feel, and adjustments may be made if you are unhappy with anything before getting the final porcelain veneers. It is more convenient and less expensive to make changes at the temporary veneer stage instead of the final stage.

Although your temporary veneers will be similar to the permanent ones in length, shape, and alignment, the color may be a little different. Since they are made of different materials, temporary veneers often do not look as natural. Rest assured that your final permanent veneers should blend right into your natural smile.

Eating may be a little uncomfortable when wearing temporary veneers. Your teeth may be more sensitive than usual. It is advised to avoid foods that are sticky, chewy, crunchy, or hard to prevent damage to your veneers. Also, color additives can stain your temporary veneers. Eating and speaking may take a little getting used to as you adjust to wearing temporary veneers.

You should not floss your teeth while wearing temporary veneers because they do not have gaps between them. Even if you are careful, these veneers can fall off. See your dentist immediately for replacement to protect your slightly shaven tooth underneath and to reduce sensitivity.

Temporary veneers are a stepping stone to achieving your new smile. If you experience issues or have doubts during this stage of the process, be sure to voice your concerns to your dentist. You can work together to be very happy with your permanent dental veneers.

If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist in Richmond VA, contact our office today.

Home Remedies for Teeth Whitening

Friday, November 7th, 2014

It can be difficult to avoid the signs of aging and lifestyle on your teeth. They can become stained or yellowed over the years, but they don’t have to remain that way. You might choose to have your smile professionally brightened at your dentist’s office, but you’ll want to maintain those pearly whites. Here are some tips you can follow at home to keep your smile bright and beautiful.

Eat crunchy foods.
Crunchy foods are often acidic, which means they naturally help clean your teeth. Examples include apples, pears, celery, and carrots. Crunchy foods are also more abrasive, so the cleaner your teeth will become as they are naturally scrubbed during chewing. The cleaning benefit comes with the crunch, so eat them in their whole form instead of cutting or crushing them up.

Consume dairy products.
Foods like milk, cheese, and yogurt contain minerals such as phosphorus and calcium. These mineral help strengthen your teeth and make them whiter. Your smile will be more appealing and healthier when you include dairy in your diet.

Don’t forget strawberries.
The malic acid in strawberries helps reduce tooth discolorations, and the rough texture of the fruit buffs your tooth enamel. This creates a smoother and brighter look. In addition to eating strawberries, you can also crush them to mix with a half teaspoon of baking soda and a bit of lemon juice. Apply this mixture onto your teeth for five minutes to improve their appearance.

Try baking soda.
As mentioned above, baking soda can help clean teeth if used in moderation. Rub a pinch of baking soda onto your teeth and then rinse it away, or mix it with hydrogen peroxide and salt to naturally brighten your smile.

Use a straw.
If you can’t eliminate dark beverages like wine or colas from your diet, drink them from a straw so that the liquid goes straight into your mouth instead of over your teeth.

Get an electric toothbrush.
Stubborn stains on tooth surfaces are often more responsive to cleaning with an electric toothbrush instead of a manual one.

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