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Form Follows Function with Cosmetic Dentistry

In Cosmetic Dentistry on May 12, 2011 at 4:30 AM

Sure, dental veneers are a great way to snazz up your smile. And teeth whitening once or twice a year will certainly brighten up those stained and discolored teeth. But if things are not copacetic under the surface, then what’s the point?

Cosmetic dentistry has gotten a bad rap over the years, with most of us thinking most cosmetic procedures were generally reserved for the aesthetically inclined dental patient that can afford the seemingly expensive cosmetic procedures. Truth is, cosmetic dentistry is just the practical application of finishing the job and ensuring your smile is as dazzling as it can be.

Just like it makes no sense to slap a shiny veneer on an unhealthy tooth, it also is a disservice to not complete the job and give your smile the credit it deserves. After the drilling and filling, doesn’t there need to be some attention given to the contouring and appearance of your teeth?

A healthy smile is great…but a healthy and dazzling smile is better!

After all, we probably keep our regularly scheduled dental appointments in order to maintain optimal oral health; but we’re also concerned with how our teeth look to others. Call it vanity, or call it self-confidence. But whatever you call it, just don’t ignore the aesthetic value of cosmetic dentistry.

We all buy the latest and greatest techno gadgets, and don our automobiles with all sorts of after-market cosmetic adornments from rims to radios. We go to the gym to buff out our bodies and improve our overall health, cosmetic dentistry is the same thing. Ask your dentist how they can finish the job and you’ll be presented with an array of cosmetic procedures from efficient to extravagant. We spend money on products to grow hair, creams and gels to reduce cellulite; forget about the amount of money spent on make-up.

Don’t ignore your teeth any longer, it could be your ticket to new love or even a new job. Once your grill is prepped and patched, take advantage of the aesthetic value cosmetic dentistry provides. It doesn’t have to break the bank.

If you were doing some home remodeling would you leave the paint off the walls once the structural work was complete?

Of course not, so don’t continue to ignore the appearance of your teeth after the normal drill and fill is complete.

It’s already been proven, a healthy and dazzling smile makes for a more memorable first impression. Click here to see the Top 4 reasons why cosmetic dentistry will immediately provide a return on investment.

From bleaching to bonding, to tooth reshaping and contouring, most of us have at one time or another undergone some type of cosmetic dentistry procedure. After our dentist is finished drilling or scaling (or lasing) whatever oral malady befell us in the first place, there often needs to be some window dressing work to be done. Dental crowns, porcelain veneers, cosmetic bleaching, and tooth bonding are all procedures performed every day in your neighborhood dental office.

And here’s a news story from today involving the practical application of cosmetic dentistry. No matter which side of the fence you’re on, if cosmetic dentistry procedures can benefit our oral and overall health while simultaneously improving our appearance, that’s what we call a WIN-WIN situation!

When it comes to treating and correcting chipped, stained, broken, or missing teeth, our cosmetically-inclined dentists are there for us. To find out what option is best for you, ask your dentist.

Maybe they’ll even bust out the iPad to illustrate the before and after possibilities of your smile situation.

Is there an app for that?

And if you’re proud of the cosmetic work your dentist provided, let them know. Search them out on Facebook and post a comment to their wall!

Can you think of any other dental or cosmetic procedures that seem like pure vanity but are actually effective treatments to better our overall health?

A Crown in One Day…Eh?

In Dental Humor - Oxymoron? on April 7, 2011 at 4:30 AM

In our ongoing efforts to promote socially connected and locally identifiable dentistry, we look north to Regina, Saskatchewan. That’s right. Regina. Saskatchewan.

It’s better than Saskatoon. Or is it?

We might get in trouble for that; if we were talking hockey or any other provincially based hot button issue for sure. But we’re not, we’re talking dentistry. And in the interest of having a little fun at the expense of our upstairs natural resourcefully gifted neighbor, we bring you this bit of technology meets dentistry – single visit dental crowns.

Straight off the presses of The Regina Leader-Post, comes this story on single visit dental crowns and CAD/CAM dentistry.

Basically the term single visit dental crown means we (as dental patients) can now have our dental crown ready to go into our mouths in one office visit. Normally the process for dental crowns takes at least two office visits, on top of what previously required the usual two weeks for the dental lab to fabricate the actual crown. This can all now be done chairside in the dental office with CAD/CAM technology.

Guess what?

They actually do this stuff in the States too. For more information on what crowns are made of, and reasons why we may need a dental crown, click here.

That’s a pretty significant amount of time saved; and with technological advances of today becoming commonplace tomorrow, could we assume the financial savings are sure to follow?

Assume that one eh?

It’s our guess that sometimes a single visit crown makes sense if the person and all other variables equals a good candidate. And sometimes the traditional method may fit best. Be sure to ask your dentist about the pros and cons of single visit dental crowns, and how CAD/CAM dentistry can benefit your situation. Your dentist is the most qualified person to answer that question. Maybe even use their Facebook page to ask your most burning dental crown question?

Sounds crazy…until you need a crown.

P.S. – we sincerely hope no Canadians were harmed while reading this.

P.P.S. – Raise your hand if you think that video was for dentists only!

That little voice is saying…”nobody is reading this anyway.”

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Expensive?

In Dental Care on January 27, 2011 at 4:00 AM

Cosmetic dentistry doesn’t have to be a time consuming and expensive process, nor is it reserved for the TV anchorpeople of the world. Some procedures simply involve subtle changes, often requiring no more than a single office visit. And a lot of us have had cosmetic dentistry before – sometimes without even knowing it.

From bleaching to bonding, to tooth reshaping and contouring, most of us have at one time or another undergone some type of cosmetic dentistry procedure. This is because after the dentist is finished drilling or scaling (or lasing) whatever oral malady befell us in the first place, there often needs to be some window dressing work to be done. Dental crowns, porcelain veneers, cosmetic bleaching, and tooth bonding are all procedures performed every day in your neighborhood dental office.

When it comes to treating and correcting chipped, stained, broken, or missing teeth, your cosmetically inclined dentist is there for you. To find out what option is best for you, ask your dentist. And to learn more about cosmetic dentistry from the AGD, click here.