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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!

Cosmetic Dentistry Does Not Have To Break the Bank

In Cosmetic Dentistry on March 24, 2011 at 4:30 AM

Usually when we think of cosmetic dentistry we see dollar signs, and then we opt for the quick fix that will both make us feel like we took care of the problem, and didn’t have to take out a second mortgage to do so. But just like anything else, as cosmetic dentistry procedures become more commonplace we can now seriously consider that anchorperson cosmetic smile makeover we’ve been hemming and hawwing about for years.

Ok, maybe not everyone is up for the full mouth restoration or a complete set of upper and lower veneers. Let’s take a look at some of the options available to us at our regular dentist, that won’t cost an arm and a leg, or a visit to a cosmetic dentistry specialist.

Tooth Bleaching or Whitening

Tooth whitening is among the most popular forms of cosmetic dentistry, with most procedures done in the office and completed in an hour or two. The effects are virtually instant; we can walk into the dental office with stained teeth, and leave with white shiny chompers. Whether it is bleaching trays or some cool space age technology requiring us to don sunglasses that would protect us from a solar storm, the thing to remember is there are options. Talk with your dentist if you are concerned about the cost of whitening or bleaching procedures that are amongst the most affordable types of cosmetic dentistry.

Shaping and Contouring

Here is another common cosmetic dentistry procedure most of us have already had, we just didn’t think of it as ‘cosmetic.’ Tooth shaping and contouring can eliminate small gaps in teeth, and correct small chips and cracks. Another procedure that won’t require a significant investment or more than one office visit.

Crowns and Bridges

Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist (Colgate.com). Crowns are commonly referred to as caps by most of us that don’t hold dental degrees; basically they cover a damaged tooth. Bridges for the most part are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth – you don’t think that cosmetic dentistry?

Our dentist may recommend a crown to:

  • Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment

The above mentioned procedures account for three of the more common forms of cosmetic dentistry. And even though dental insurance won’t completely cover the treatment plan in some cases, costs are relatively affordable especially when we factor in the single office visit required for the shaping, contouring, and whitening. Crown and bridge work often requires more time in the chair, and at least a couple appointments…unless of course your dentist has crown-in-a-day capability. Ask your dentist if they use Cerec technology for a single visit crown, and enter the world of CAD/CAM dentistry!

Source for crown & bridge info: http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Oral-and-Dental-Health-Basics/Checkups-and-Dental-Procedures/Crowns-Bridges/article/What-are-Dental-Crowns-and-Tooth-Bridges.cvsp

 

It’s Wedding Season…

In Dental Humor - Oxymoron? on July 20, 2010 at 10:58 PM

Are you looking for that sparkling white smile reminiscent of your favorite TV anchorperson?

How about the perfect complement to that oh so chic spray-on tan?

Ok, maybe not…in fact, please….NO!

But in all seriousness, we get a lot of our patients asking about whitening their smiles around this time of year. So often in fact, we have decided to conduct some purely unscientific, totally unreliable research. The number one reason we have heard – from our friends and families, as to why the majority of patients seem to choose summertime to whiten their teeth – is…drum roll please….an upcoming wedding. Sounds like a good enough reason. After all, it is wedding season…

Yup, it seems like the most celebrated of summertime nuptial get-togethers has a significant impact on the number of tooth whitening procedures we perform in the office.

In honor of this most esteemed time of year, we will be asking you for your input to further our area of extensive study toward this most interesting connection. Please feel free to comment, ask us about teeth whitening options on your next visit, and most importantly please share our most recent scientific findings with your friends and family.

If you are interested in learning more about the whitening options available to you, please visit our website, leave a comment here, drop an email, or simply give us a ring at the office. We’ll be happy to help you navigate your way through the teeth whitening maze craze. And if you’re one of the lucky ones out there to be witnessing matrimonial history this summer, consider how much more confidence you’ll have on the dance floor with that radiant new smile!

Now on to the boring stuff…

The following info on teeth whitening is courtesy of Internet Dental Alliance, Inc:

Procedures vary in both cost and time – depending on the whitening system that is selected by the patient. Some procedures are performed during your normal dental visit, using an in-office system such as laser bleaching, some of these you may have heard about or possibly even seen on TV. These in office methods lighten teeth instantly.

The same results may be obtained more economically through a dentist-supervised at-home bleaching program. Often, these procedures take a bit longer to achieve the desired whitening effects. Even some teeth whitening systems bleach your teeth while you sleep! These often work in 10 to 14 days (or nights). And still others whiten your teeth from two to four hours a day, requiring three to six weeks to complete treatment. There is a virtual menu of options available today.

Also, it’s important to know that certain types of stain respond better to different types of whitening materials. In such cases, your dentist may recommend one method over the other.

The best thing to do is ask us which procedure is best for your particular dental situation!

Tell us your whitening story, we’d love to hear your experience.