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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!

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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

 

The Worst Foods for Your Teeth

In Dental Care on March 1, 2011 at 4:30 AM

Here’s some interesting stuff from Delta Dental…The average American has three decayed teeth by age 17, in large part due to eating sugary foods. The sticky plaque on your gums and teeth that causes decay is a magnet for sugar. The bacteria in plaque turn sugar into acids that are powerful enough to dissolve the hard enamel that covers your teeth. That’s how cavities get started. If you don’t eat much sugar, the bacteria can’t produce as much of the acid that eats away enamel.1, 2

Stay away from these sweet culprits to reduce harmful acids that destroy your teeth:

  • Sugary candies and sweets that stick in your mouth
  • Starchy carbohydrates that can get stuck in your teeth
  • Carbonated soft drinks
  • Fruit juice

Go for the whole fruits with lots of fiber and less sugar. Juices sometimes have added sugar, so they are more damaging to your teeth than the natural sugar in whole fruits.3 Besides being laden with sugar, most soft drinks contain phosphoric and citric acids that erode tooth enamel.3 Starches, which are complex carbohydrates, can also linger in your mouth. If you eat sweets, go for those that clear out of your mouth quickly.1 So thumbs down for lollipops, caramels, and cough drops that contain refined sugar.

If you eat sweets, it’s best to eat them as dessert after a main meal instead of several times a day between meals. Whenever you eat sweets—in any meal or snack—brush your teeth well with a fluoride toothpaste afterward.1

 

1 “Snack Smart for Healthy Teeth.” National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. www.nidcr.nih.gov/health/pubs/snaksmrt/main.htm 

2 “Tooth Decay.” Academy of General Dentistry. www.agd.org/public/OralHealthFacts/files/pdfgenerator.aspx?pdf=FS_ToothDecay.pdf  Accessed 2008.

3 ”Nutrition.” Academy of General Dentistry. www.agd.org/public/OralHealthFacts/files/pdfgenerator.aspx?pdf=FS_Nutrition.pdf Accessed 2008.