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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?

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Chicklet Teeth…Remarkable?

In Teeth Whitening on April 12, 2011 at 4:30 AM

Until we read this article on the HattiesburgAmerican.com, we didn’t think having Chicklet Teeth was a good thing.

In reading the article, it seems a local attorney was rather displeased the appearance of his teeth. Maybe not so displeased as to sick the legal dogs on anyone, just generally unhappy with the way his teeth looked and what he could do about it. Specifically, the article mentioned the man being unhappy and embarrassed with the shade of his teeth, even after having them professionally whitened. We figured it’s a good time to review some teeth whitening options.

Whether we’re talking at home treatments, which the aforementioned attorney credits with effectively whitening his teeth, or tooth whitening procedures performed in the dental office, there are many options out there to fit any budget. We surmise a standard caveat with any tooth whitening would be, “results may vary.”

If it’s due to tobacco use, coffee, or colas, it’s our guess some methods of tooth whitening can yield better results than others. Sometimes at home treatments can magically transform your dull looking smile into a cheeky anchor person grin, and sometimes the help of a professional is required. Our dentists can best prescribe an effective tooth whitening treatment plan, or we can go it alone and walk the aisles of the local supermarket. The options range from whitening toothpaste and mouthwash, to high-tech gels and sophisticated lasers to zap away years of autumn colored sheen. While teeth whitening methods and results vary, one thing is certain, if your smile is more reminiscent of Austin Powers more so than Steve Austin, you have bigger fish to fry. And, probably more serious dental problems to address before any cosmetic tooth whitening procedures.

According to 1sttoothwhitening.com; at about age thirty, there’s a natural dimming of dentin beneath your tooth enamel. If you smoke or drink coffee or colas, all the exercise and low-fat foods can’t hide the yellowing effect. Your smile will give your age away.

If you have questions about what tooth whitening or bleaching method is best for you, ask your dentist.

And if you’ve experienced some similar results with your chicklets, let’s hear it!

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.