Long-time Denture Wearers Find Way To Dental Implants Through All-On-4.

posted: February 15, 2019

Imagine a center brick in a brick wall that begins to crumble. It makes sense that removing the brick and leaving the space open will eventually weaken the entire wall. To preserve the strength of the wall, the brick should be repaired or quickly replaced. 

In the natural design of your “bite,” the upper teeth and lower teeth work in unison. Each one serves as a support to the others around it. For example, a tooth helps to keep those on either side in their proper positions as well as the one above or below to its proper height.

Once the process of tooth loss begins, whether a tooth is removed due to infection, decay, an overload of fillings, a crack, or an injury, its presence (above and below the gum line) is still important to other teeth. Just like a brick wall, lack of its support will result in other teeth becoming more vulnerable to tilting, turning, and so on.

There is a misconception that removing a tooth rather than trying to save it will be the cheapest option. There is a domino effect that results, including the potential for continued tooth loss of neighboring teeth. People are often unaware of the long-term effects of leaving an open space.

When we are unable to save teeth, we recommend replacement options. This, ideally, occurs with a dental implant. Dental implants are advised because they are held in the jaw bone, just as natural tooth roots. This foundation restores the same, dependable foundation for biting and chewing. It also helps to preserve the bone mass of the supporting structures of remaining teeth.

Dental implants recreate stimulation to the jaw bones that secure tooth roots. Without this, the bone begins to shrink in height and width. This occurs in a ‘melting away’ of bone mass through a process known as resorption. This begins the domino effect

Bone loss in one area affects the supportive foundation of adjacent teeth. This causes neighboring teeth to become vulnerable as their supportive structure declines. These teeth have a higher risk for being the next to be lost as a result. Thus, one open space leads to another, and so on, and so on.

Too, people are often unaware that a denture or partial actually accelerates the process of resorption. While these appliances may recreate the presence of teeth above the gum line, what is occurring below is very different. The pressure of these appliances on the ‘ridge’ that once supported tooth roots speeds up the rate of bone loss.

When a patient is interested in dental implants, tired of the frustrations associated with dentures and partial dentures, the amount of bone mass they have remaining is a guiding factor in my recommendations. Why?

Like teeth, a dental implant is dependent on a solid foundation. Without sufficient bone mass, the size of an implanted “core” can’t be adequately supported. Too, a lower jaw bone has a nerve that runs vertically through it. An implant cannot be placed in its proximity or eventual removal will be necessary.

By the same token, the upper jaw must be to a certain mass to sufficiently support dental implants. When an implant is placed in shallow bone, the sinus cavity can be too close to the implanted site. There is a risk that the implanted portion will work its way into that proximity. Again, removal can be eventually needed if this occurs.

This is why it is so important to select an implant dentist carefully. When he or she is fully trained in the diagnosis (selection of the best type) and placement of ALL implant systems, your results have a greater potential to provide you with a lifetime of confident eating and smiling. However, a dentist trained in only one or two implant systems is limited in their recommendations. You could end up making an investment that fails to fully achieve your needs and goals that another type may have been better suited to provide.

With decades of advancements in implant dentistry, there have been refinements to the implant systems available. There are now a number of types to select from, each designed to accommodate specific needs and preferences. When shallow bone mass exists, however, one particular type has proven to be beneficial and effective.

While it was once necessary to rebuild bone mass through bone grafting or applying bone rebuilding materials, the All on 4 Dental Implant system can eliminate that need. Through an elongated design and placement at unique angles at strategic points, patients who have experienced severe bone loss can even enjoy the benefits of dental implants.

Using only four implants to support a full upper or lower arch of teeth, All-On-4 also lowers treatment costs since implant fees are based on the number of implants placed, While helping to curtail treatment fees, the teeth attached to All-On-4 implants are non-removable (“fixed”). This means you don’t have to take your teeth out of your mouth to clean them. You brush and floss them just as your would natural teeth!

Best of all, All On Four can effectively manage the forces of biting and chewing. They support a full arch of replacement teeth that restore the ability to eat the foods you love again, laugh with confidence, and wake up with a fabulous smile!

To discuss the All-On-4 process or any tooth replacement options, call 843-871-6351 or tap here for a no-charge consultation. During this time I’ll answer your questions, discuss treatment fees, and what to expect during the treatment process. While you’re here, we can also have you meet with our financial coordinator who will explain easy payment plans that are interest-free with no down payment required.

Take charge of your smile by preventing tooth loss through thorough hygiene at home and regular dental check ups. However, if you’ve found yourself in dentures and desire a better way to eat, smile, and be confident with others, the consultation appointment is a good way to understand the options that are available to you.

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Treat Yourself To Teeth Whitening For A Dazzling Smile For The Holidays (And Beyond)!

posted: October 23, 2018

When people smile our way, there is just something about white, bright teeth that draw us in. And, whitening is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to improve the appearance of a smile.

What can whitening your teeth do for you?

Studies have shown that it can make you appear more attractive to the opposite sex. For example, according to an article in the Huffington Post, a study conducted at Loyola University found that teeth whitening greatly increased the potential to be asked out for a second date. The study also showed a 59 percent increase in dates perceiving their new acquaintance with white smiles as being outgoing and more social.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam-lodolce/5-proven-ways-to-be-way-m_b_10871124.html

Whitening your teeth is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to perk up your appearance and enhance how others see you. Whitening teeth can even help you look younger.

As we age, teeth tend to yellow or brown. Whitening teeth can take years off your appearance. White teeth also project an image of a good commitment to oral hygiene since they appear to be cleaner and brighter.

A bright smile can boost self-confidence as well. When you feel good about the appearance of your smile, it can prompt you to smile more often. Research shows that smiling boosts the brain’s ‘feel good’ chemicals. This is true even when ‘faking’ a smile.

Another bonus of whiter teeth is how they can camouflage flaws in a smile. Crowded, crooked teeth seem less prominent when teeth are a lighter shade.

While drug store types may seem like they’re good buys, our Nite White system by Zoom provides results that are far more dramatic with better longevity. This holiday season, you can have a bright, white smile that stands out beautifully – and, at a very affordable rate.

Now through December, we are offering Nite White take home kits at a special rate of only $150. This includes trays and 6 tubes of gel. If you’ve already whitened your teeth and just need a touch up kit, just $50 will provide you with 3 tubes of gel to get your smile back to a dazzling level.

Let your smile sparkle for the holidays – and beyond! – with a whitening system that is safe, affordable and offers dramatic results. Call 843-871-6351 or tap here to discuss whitening options and other ways to enjoy the advantages of a fabulous smile!

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Gapped Teeth Often Repaired In Just One Or Two Visits.

posted: September 11, 2018

What do model Lauren Hutton, songstress Madonna, and actor Samuel L. Jackson have in common? They each share the trait of gapped front teeth. This trait, which actually is fairly common — affecting up to 25% of American adults, according to the American Dental Association (ADA) — is known in the dental profession as a diastema.

Having a gap between upper front teeth is a genetic trait and occurs more often in Black males who are more prone to the trait than females.

Once felt to cause an awkward appearance when smiling, adults today are more comfortable with a disastema, largely due to celebrities who have refused to

Model Lauren Hutton

let the trait interfere with smiling with pride. After all, can you imagine Lauren Hutton without her smile as it is or Michael Strahan smiling any differently than with his now-famous gap?!

We believe the most important part of smiling has to do with the health of a smile. When teeth and gums are healthy, smiling with confidence is a perk of good oral health. However, some smile traits can make smiling seem awkward for some individuals. In addition to gapped teeth, having a gummy smile (which exposes too much gum tissue above teeth in a full smile) can cause some to ‘hold back’ rather than smile joyfully.

If a diastema is causing you to feel less than comfortable when smiling, you’ll be pleased to learn that filling this space can often be done in just one or two visits, and very affordably. We begin by assessing the width of the gap. When the open space is minimal and the two front teeth are not wide, we may be able to focus treatment on just those two teeth.

However, filling a wider gap by trying to widen the two front teeth can result in “bunny teeth.” To avoid this, it may be necessary to involve more than just the two gapped teeth. The material that is used may also depend on the width of the gap. The one recommended for you will be explained. The two options typically used for correcting a diastema are:

• Bonding – This treatment uses a tooth-colored composite resin that is painted onto natural teeth. The material is carefully shaped to fill in the space between the teeth. The procedure often requires just one visit and numbing needs are minimal. The process begins with a careful shade matching so the composite resin blends naturally with the color of the teeth involved in treatment. Then, the teeth are ‘roughed’ and a conditioning material is applied so the bonding adheres properly. After the bonding has been shaped and contoured, an ultraviolet light is used to harden the material. Finally, the material is polished to a natural sheen.

Although bonding is an affordable option that can repair flaws in a single visit, its drawbacks should be considered. For example, bonding material isn’t as strong as porcelain, which is used in veneers and crowns. This makes bonded teeth are at greater risk for chips. Bonding material also stains or yellows more easily.

• Porcelain Veneers & Crowns  – The closest thing to the durability and longevity of natural teeth is porcelain. Superior to any other material used in cosmetic dentistry, porcelain restorations even reflect light as a natural tooth and can provide an opalescence so natural no one would suspect you’ve had ‘dental work’. Porcelain is highly durable (a particular advantage for front teeth) and more resistant to staining. For wide gaps, just four or six veneers can recreate a smile beautifully while eliminating the former space.

For some gaps between teeth, moving natural teeth into proper alignment through orthodontic treatment may be the best option. We work with several exceptional orthodontists and can request an evaluation to determine if your diastema requires this type of treatment.

Keep in mind that realigning teeth may not only close the space between your teeth, it may help to create a healthier smile. Teeth that are in proper alignment are easier to keep clean and help you avoid problems associated with misalignment, including TMJ disorder. This can lead to teeth that are chipped, broken or worn as well as jaw joint pain, headaches, migraines, ear ringing, dizziness, night-time clenching and/or grinding, and jaw popping.

Begin by scheduling a free consultation to discuss the options that may be best for you. During this time, I can also have our Financial Coordinator discuss affordable payment plans that can break treatment fees into easy monthly payments.

Call 843-871-6351 to schedule or tap here to begin. Also, check out our Smile Gallery to see a few smile makeovers!

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How To Spend Less On Dentistry

posted: May 31, 2018

Every time I go to have my oil changed or tires rotated, I know the time and money required is to prevent problems or extend the life of my investment as much as possible. It makes handing over my credit card a little easier since I’m willingly taking steps to avoid larger expenses that could have been prevented.

This is why your 6-month dental check-ups and cleanings are so important. By removing built-up tartar, you can avoid the time and expense for cavity repair and gum disease treatment. However, these visits can help you avoid much greater expenses, some you may not realize.

For example, during these appointments, we check your bite alignment. Why is this important?

Every tooth in your mouth is designed to interact with neighboring teeth. For instance, an upper front tooth is bordered by teeth on each side as well as one below it. The teeth on each side help to keep adjacent teeth in their proper positions. The one below it – the one it ‘meets’ – helps to keep it at a proper length. Without the tooth below, the upper tooth would elongate. Without the teeth on each side, the tooth would turn or tilt.

It doesn’t take much to create a domino effect when it comes to the balanced alignment of how the upper teeth meet lower teeth. When just one tooth moves out of position, the others can bear the brunt of misalignment or malocclusion.

While a tooth that has become crooked may seem to create like a minimal flaw in your smile’s appearance, the problem can go much deeper than esthetics. For example, bite misalignment can lead to teeth that break, chip, or crack. It is also what leads to TMJ (jaw joint) disorder.

TMJ disorder can result in frequent headaches; migraines, ear ringing; dizziness; night-time clenching and grinding; jaw popping, and sore facial and neck muscles. Because some of these symptoms are seemingly unrelated to bite alignment, many people spend years seeking relief, going from doctor to doctor, trying different medications, and undergoing procedures – all coming up short of actually resolving the true source of the problem.

Another check we perform during your dental hygiene visits is to look at the condition of your gums.

Periodontal (gum) disease can begin without obvious symptoms, symptoms that YOU may not notice. However, we are trained to catch early warning signs such as gums that are pulling away from their tight seal around teeth. Gums that bleed easily during ‘probing’ are also signs we note.

Yet, when it comes to your gum tissues, which cover the entire oral cavity, there ae additional problems that we can address during your oral hygiene visit. One, in particular, is to examine any lumps or bumps that can indicate oral cancer.

During your exam, you may notice us feeling around inside your mouth. We look under your tongue and on the inside of your cheeks. What we’re looking for are unusual areas that can be early signs of oral cancer.

Oral cancer is one of the deadliest of all cancers due to its dreadful survival rate. If caught early, treatment requirements may be minimal. During this exam, we check for discolored spots, lumps, and growths that may indicate the need for a biopsy.

Other problems that your gum tissues can reveal are oral fungal infections, such as thrush. This can be an uncomfortable condition that is contagious. Even pregnant females can pass this on to their unborn babies. We can also note the emergence of things like canker sores and recommend ways to minimize their discomfort and duration.

If signs of a cavity exist, we can address the problem before it becomes a bigger problem! Filling a small cavity is a much simpler procedure than having to crown a tooth that has a large cavity. And, it is less of an expense.

We can also help in the prevention of tooth loss by checking teeth that are showing signs of break down. When a tooth is cracked, fractured, or overloaded with fillings, the potential for losing the tooth increases.

Tooth removal is necessary when a tooth breaks off below the gum line. To save the tooth, we can advise an inlay or a crown (cap) to help prevent the need to remove it (resulting in time and expense to replace it).

One of the most effective ways we can support patients during their cleanings and exams is to provide easy-to-follow recommendations and instructions for their at-home care. For example, if we note that a patient is being less-than-thorough with certain back teeth, our hygienists can discuss holding the toothbrush at a different angle. Or, the hygienist may advise using an oral rinse to replenish moisture if ‘dry mouth‘ seems to be a challenge.

So you see, these 6-month check-ups are important ways to have a healthy mouth and enjoy a bright smile between visits! They can help you save time and money by helping you avoid problems, or minimize those that do occur.

If you’re behind on your regular dental cleanings and exams, call 843-871-6351 to schedule. New patients are always welcome. And, remember – patient comfort is a high priority at every visit!

You may wish to begin with a free consultation. During this time, we can also have our Financial Coordinator discuss easy payment plans, some with no down payment required and interest-free.

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Why A Beautiful Smile Matters, And How To Get One.

posted: May 03, 2018

It’s pretty obvious that a beautiful smile has advantages. Not only does an appealing smile enhance facial appearance, it tends to boost self-confidence and self-esteem. People with attractive smiles are also perceived by others to be more successful and smarter.

According to Kelton market research, one 2012 study (shared online by Cision PR Newswire: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/first-impressions-are-everything) included over 1,000 American adults.

Participants were asked to react to photos of people with varying smiles. The results indicated that those with straight teeth were deemed 57 percent more likely to get a date than those with crooked teeth.

Nearly 30 percent of those polled reported the first facial featured they noticed was an individual’s teeth. And, almost 75 percent stated they would trust someone with a nice smile over and above those who had a good job, attire, or vehicle.smiling woman

As a dentist, I have seen firsthand the difference an attractive smile can have on an individual’s self-esteem, confidence level, and being socially comfortably. Research also shows that a beautiful smile can make an individual feel happier and even extend their lifespan.

Studies have found that the simple act of smiling causes the release of endorphins in the brain, chemicals that create sensations of happiness. Apparently, even when we ‘fake’ a smile, these endorphins react the same way. (A good reason to smile when you’re down!)

It has also been found that people who smile often extend their lifespans by up to 3 years, while frequent frowners lose a year, on average. Smiling seems to be a way to live longer and be happier during your life!

I have had many patients who have been fortunate to have naturally beautiful smiles. Genetics has been their greatest asset in addition to having proper dental care during adolescent years as their adult teeth developed.

For many, the advantages of orthodontic treatment (braces) as teens and the benefits of frequent dental visits provided a leg up in the resulting appearance and health of their adult smiles.

However, many people weren’t born with a beautiful smile. Some experienced breakdown over the years, resulting in crooked, decayed, chipped or discolored teeth. Genetics may have given them teeth that were misshapened or gums that interfered with the flattering framing of teeth, such as in a ‘gummy smile.’

Everyone seems to desire a smile that makes them feel good from the inside out. However, the only deterrent for some when it comes to cosmetic dentistry is the cost for treatment.

In our office, we understand that budget constraints may hold people back from the smile they desire. That is why we offer several payment plans, most that are interest-free with no down payment required. These allow the individual to enjoy their new smile while making affordable, monthly payments.

Another issue that holds some people back is concern over achieving a natural look. No one wants to invest in cosmetic dentistry only to end up with a smile that looks fake. In our office, we create beautifully shaped and shaded crowns (caps) and veneers that have an exceptionally-natural look and feel, even reflecting light as natural teeth. And, using the durability of porcelain for dental crowns and veneers, the longevity is outstanding.

Our dental technology is also the most advanced available, enabling us to create precision-made restorations in a single appointment. With CEREC 3D technology, you often avoid the need to wear a temporary while waiting for a dental lab to create your final result. This also means that treatment time is reduced and numbing requirements are reduced by 50 percent.

Is fear of dentistry holding you back? We can help with that. In addition to offering oral sedation, I am certified to administer IV sedation (twilight sleep). While both provide relaxation and an amnesiac effect, highly fearful patients find that IV sedation provides the deeper level of a sleep state that is reassuring for their needs.

As a dentist, there are few things as satisfying as handing a patient a mirror to view the final results of a smile makeover. Their expressions alone are worth a thousand words. I’ve had patients cry with tears of joy when seeing their new smile and how it lights up their entire face.

We offer free consultations for people who wish to discuss esthetic dentistry options. During this time, we can also discus projected fees and payment plans. Call 843-871-6351 to schedule your consultation.

 

 

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Could Headaches Or Migraines Be Coming From Misaligned Bite?

posted: April 26, 2018

A friend once shared that, after enduring years of back aches and pain, an orthopedist determined that the cause was one leg being shorter than the other. It wasn’t obvious to her but the slight disparity had led her on a long, frustrating journey of doctors’ visits, medications, diagnostic tests, and out-and-out guesswork.

The body is a miraculous structure. Yet, it relies on a delicate balance in order to operate as intended. Just as the balanced length of our legs affects the smooth flow of our posture, gait, and stance, so does the balance of how your teeth fit together. A slight disparity here, too, can cause problems that radiate far beyond the mouth.

When the upper teeth do not properly align with the lower teeth, it’s not always obvious – initially. Problems tend to occur at a gradual pace. For example, teeth that slowly become crowded and crooked may eventually fail to meet harmoniously while chewing. This can lead to a number of problems, including chipped, worn, broken, or fractured teeth. And, the condition can contribute to seemingly unrelated problems.

Misaligned teeth can cause the TMJ, or jaw joints, to be strained. These joints, located in front of each ear, are what hinges the lower jaw to the skull. When these joints move together fluidly, they function without stress or strain when speaking, laughing, and eating.

However, when the bite is not properly aligned, it can lead to issues that disrupt the balance that is needed for ease of function. These problems are known as TMJ disorder, which can lead to:

• Headaches
• Migraines
• Clenching and/or grinding teeth during sleep
• Aching jaw joints
• Dizziness
• Ear ringing
• Jaw popping
• Sore facial, shoulder or neck muscles
• Difficulty opening the mouth fully

Misaligned teeth also create a higher risk for cavities and gum disease along with breaks that can result in tooth removal. For example, when upper teeth and lower teeth do not meet properly, one may ‘hit’ a neighboring tooth awkwardly, typically while eating. When a tooth breaks below the gum line, a crown can no longer save the tooth and it must be removed. A lost tooth leads to many decisions and costs for replacement.

In cases of mild bite misalignment, treatment requirements may be as simple as the reshaping of selected teeth. Some cases may involve the crowning of certain teeth in order to restore proper balance. Other cases may require orthodontic treatment to fully resolve the problems related to bite alignment.

Misaligned teeth will not improve without correction. At the very least, improperly aligned teeth will increase your potential for developing cavities or gum disease. Over time, however, many of these cases lead to problems that cause the problems mentioned prior, includign migraines, dizziness, or worn or broken teeth.

If you have crowded, crooked teeth or are experiencing problems associated with TMJ disorder, restoring proper bite alignment can give you a healthier foundation for your teeth and gums, help you avoid TMJ-related problems, and may even enhance the appearance of your smile.

Begin by calling 843-871-6351 to schedule a no-charge consultation. I’ll explain ways we will evaluate your bite and determine if your bite alignment is the true source of your symptoms. If so, we can develop a treatment plan to help you overcome the problems in the most conservative way possible.

 

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Many Ways To Improve The Appearance Of A Smile

posted: January 30, 2018

I remember a patient sharing with me the reason she decided to have a smile makeover. “A friend showed me a photo she’d recently taken and I thought ‘What a horrible picture,’ until I realized I’d been saying that about EVERY photo I’d seen of me for the past ten years.”

My sentiments exactly! We all want to think of ourselves as looking a certain way (which is usually younger and thinner!). As we age, that image we have of ourselves may age, too, but usually not at the same pace as our actual years!

When we find that our smile isn’t as bright or as wide as it used to be, could it be because it hasn’t aged very well?

The aging process tends to dull or darken the shade of teeth. Too, smiles with a few slightly crooked teeth in younger years tend to worsen with age, tilting more and bunching up. Teeth may also chip or become worn from night-time clenching or grinding.

None of these things help create a smile that is aging gracefully. They are flaws that cause many people to ‘hold back’ on smiling fully.

With a new year, consider a new YOU by achieving a more youthful, flattering smile. Modern dentistry offers exceptional techniques, materials and technology to create results that are beautiful, natural-looking, durable and long-lasting.

In our office, we utilize advanced technology that enables many procedures to be completed in just one or two visits. We even use a ‘silent’ drill that makes a gentle whir rather than the high-pitched whine people anticipate (and always dread hearing) in dental procedures.

Here, your comfort is always a priority. We offer a number of comfort options, including Oral and I.V. Sedation (twilight sleep) in addition to a gentle touch. Your safety is monitored by trained staff members throughout treatment and all sterilization meets or exceeds standards set forth by OSHA.

Yet, what sets us most apart are the results. Our patients are wowed by the fabulous results that a smile makeover has on their appearance, self-confidence, and feeling of outgoing-ness. Patients who have had smile enhancements tell me they smile more often, smile wider and feel more positive about their overall appearance. It’s not unusual for a patient who has completed smile enhancement to lose weight, update their hairstyle or become more involved socially.

For most smile makeovers, we use porcelain veneers and/or porcelain crowns. Porcelain is highly durable and resists stains better than any other material used in dentistry. It has a natural opalescence, even reflecting light as a real tooth. And, porcelain lasts a long time. It’s ‘staying power’ is excellent.

For those who are missing natural teeth, we can place porcelain crowns on implants or create porcelain bridges that are supported by porcelain crowns. We can also discuss whitening natural teeth prior to placing porcelain crowns or veneers to ensure you receive the preferred degree of whiteness that blends all teeth together attractively.

If you’d like to feel great about smiling, let’s discuss your smile during a no-charge consultation appointment. Call our friendly staff at 843-871-6351 to schedule.

 

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Worn Teeth & Other Signs Of Bite Problems

posted: October 23, 2017

You’d expect problems to eventually emerge when forcing something to fit when it simply does not. For example, cramming your foot into a too-small sized shoe will eventually lead to problems with the toes and joints in the foot. You’d expect that – right?

This is also true for teeth that are crowded and crooked, which can lead ‘bite’ problems. Bite problems occur when the upper teeth do not rest properly on the lower teeth. The ‘misalignment’ of just one tooth, such as a tooth that is too long or short, can create disharmony in the fit of upper to lower teeth.

Although, visually, a patient may think their fit is an aligned one, the misalignment can lead to a number of problems. Bite problems can result in teeth meeting each other improperly. This can cause teeth to become chipped, fractured or broken. When a tooth breaks below the gum line, it will likely require removal.

Worn teeth from grinding

A misaligned bite can also lead to strain on the jaw joints, commonly referred to as TMJ. These joints, located in front of the ears, hinge the lower jaw to the skull. When these joints are stressed, the jaws may move during sleep in an attempt to find a relaxed position. This attempt to self-adjust can cause the jaws to shift, often triggering a grinding or clenching motion.

In addition to putting teeth at risk from grinding and clenching, TMJ disorder can lead to:

  • Frequent headaches or migraines
  • Sore jaw joints
  • Dizziness
  • Ear ringing
  • Limited ability to open the mouth

Worn teeth from grinding causes the tops of teeth to flatten out. This creates a straight line without the contours of natural teeth. Worn teeth from grinding also compromise the health of teeth in other ways. As teeth grind back and forth, tooth enamel is worn down, leaving them susceptible to decay and sensitivity.

While your 6-month checkups include an evaluation of your bite and detecting signs of abnormal wear, worn teeth are not always present when TMJ problems exist. Many people with TMJ disorder experience symptoms (such as frequent headaches or jaw joint tenderness) before their teeth show signs of wear.

If you suspect your TMJ is the source of the symptoms mentioned above, the problem will only worsen without correcting your bite alignment. We begin by using diagnostic measures to pinpoint if TMJ disorder is truly the source of your symptoms. If so, we will develop a treatment plan to restore proper bite alignment and alleviate stress from the jaw joints.

In some cases, we can correct minor problems through the reshaping of selected teeth. However, if more extensive reshaping is needed, crowns may be advised. In our office, we can provide one-visit crowns if this should be part of your treatment plan. (For more information on CEREC 3D crowns, visit: https://www.smilesbyandrews.com/comfort-advanced-features/). Severe misalignment may need orthodontic realignment to adequately restore the proper fit of upper and lower teeth.

Resolving bite problems early can help you avoid more extensive treatment time and expense. Begin with a free, no-cost consultation by calling 843-871-6351. During this time, we’ll discuss options that are appropriate for your individual needs. If desired, our Financial Coordinator can review payment plans are interest-free with no down payment required.

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Cosmetic Dentistry Can Give You A WOW Smile!

posted: October 10, 2017

The mouth is an important part of each day. Through it, you receive nourishment, begin the digestive process, communicate verbally and relay emotions. Yet, when most of us think of our mouths, it is our smiles that stand out in the forefront.

Your lips, teeth and gums are components of your smile, which, according to studies, does far more than enhance (or detract from) facial appearance. Studies show that you can improve your psychological and physiological state by smiling, even when you fake a smile. Smiling is also said to improve immunity and helps you tolerate pain and frustration to a greater degree.

Certainly, a beautiful smile has an impact on one’s outer appearance. Yet, smiling also makes us feel good, even when we don’t feel like smiling. Research has shown that smiling increases endorphins, a chemical in your brain that gives you a natural high. When endorphins are released through smiling, it creates feelings of happiness.

It is also estimated that people who smile often lengthen their lifespans by two years, on average. On the flip side, those who frown more decrease their lives an average of a year.

Another benefit of smiling is how it pulls facial muscles upward. This gives you a more youthful appearance and smooths lines. You get a bit of a face lift just by smiling!

Our patients who’ve completed smile makeovers tend to smile more often and really SMILE from the inside out! While smiling comes easy for those who feel good about the appearance of their smile, a smile that has chips, gaps, breaks, stains and missing or crooked teeth can make people feel uneasy or even embarrassed. Some people cover their mouths to conceal the flaws that make smiling awkward.

If you are uncomfortable with smiling as fully as you’d like, today’s cosmetic dentistry can create a beautiful smile you’ll love to share. In our office, we use modern dental technology, the latest techniques and exceptional materials to create smiles with natural appeal that complement each individual. These include:

Porcelain Crowns & Veneers – Porcelain is the superior material when it comes to smile enhancement. This provides the highest degree of luminosity and longevity available. Porcelain crowns and veneers can beautifully recreate a smile for the most natural look and feel possible. Porcelain also resists staining and has a durability that is exceptional to any other material used in cosmetic dentistry. For the 6 or 8 teeth most visible in a smile, porcelain crowns or veneers can change an unflattering smile to one that you’ll want to share often!

Bonding – Teeth that are chipped, uneven, gapped, stained or poorly-shaped can often be correctly with the application of bonding. In bonding, a material is coated over tooth surfaces and and then shaped and polished to correct smile flaws. While not as durable or stain-resistant as porcelain, bonding provides good longevity at an affordable cost. It can be shade-matched to blend attractively with surrounding teeth and is typically completed in just one visit.

Teeth Whitening – Although some people believe that drug store whitening systems are helpful, their effectiveness is minimal compared to the systems available through a dentist. When you consider their cost, minimal effect and the frequency needed to keep your teeth white, drug store systems are hardly worth the time or investment. Our use-at-home Nite White tooth whitening system is highly affordable and provides a much higher degree of whitening with excellent longevity.

Gum Re-contouring – Your smile is not just teeth. Your gum tissues are also an important part of your smile’s appearance. Think of the gum tissue that arches each tooth like a frame for beautiful artwork. Having the gum line in a balanced order over teeth enhances the overall look of a smile. Using a dental laser, we can contour gum tissues to create an attractive smile in a process that is comfortable and requires minimal healing time.

Dental Implants – The gap in a smile left by missing teeth sends a negative message that can label an individual unfairly. For people who are missing one or more natural teeth, Dental Implants can restore the ability to smile attractively, speak and laugh confidently, and bite and chew comfortably. Since the teeth attached to the implants are custom-made crowns, we create an attractive smile in the process.

Cosmetic Dentures – When people are missing all upper or lower teeth, some choose to replace them with full dentures. Today’s dental techniques and materials make it possible to combine replacement gum tissue and teeth that results in an appealing smile and more youthful appearance.

A flattering smile can make a dramatic difference in one’s appearance, self-esteem and confidence level. Many procedures in modern cosmetic dentistry can be completed in just one or two visits. We also offer payment plans that fit most budgets and are interest-free.

Call 843-871-6351 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to discuss the beautiful smile you desire.

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Cosmetic Dentistry Improves Smile’s Appearance, And More!

posted: August 23, 2017

Our body language says more about our moods, feelings and overall state than we may realize. In an article in April 2016’s Prevention magazine, some secrets were revealed by the author of “What Every Body Is Saying.” Joe Navarro is a retired FBI agent who shares some of the hints we give off. (https://www.prevention.com/mind-body/read-body-language)

For example, when we really like a person, our toes will point towards that individual each time we are around them. The same is true when we don’t like a person. Our feet tend to turn away from them. Apparently, feet are what Navarro refers to as “the most honest body part.”

However, what does our smile say? Studies have shown for years that a first impression is made in 4-5 seconds. And, it’s a lasting impression. Someone with a warm, open smile projects a positive self-image and draws us in. We find our own moods being affected when encountering these people.

What does a smile with flaws say to others? While we tell ourselves we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, people do it all the time. Today’s society tells us to assess others based on inner qualities, still we know that appearance plays a major role in how we are perceived.

This was shown to be the case in a conducted by Kelton Research for Invisalign of over 1,000 American adults. (http://keltonglobal.com/invisalign_smile_study-breakout_report/) Using pictures of both men and women with straight and crooked teeth and varying tooth issues, participants were asked for honest opinions without being aware that they were comparing people with straight teeth to crooked teeth.

According to their findings, Americans perceive people with straight teeth to have more desirable qualities than those with crooked teeth, including attributes such as being happy and professionally successful.

Nearly 30% stated the first thing they notice when meeting others is their teeth. About 24% say a smile is also what they remember most afterward.

In the Kelton survey, respondents felt that people with straight teeth were 45% more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a job and 58% more likely to be successful and wealthy. When compared to people with crooked teeth, those with straight teeth were also deemed 57% more likely to get a date based on their picture alone.

As a dentist, I’ve heard many reasons why people decide to have smile enhancements, often after years of concealing their smile with a hand or smiling with lips only. And, it’s not just crooked teeth that make people feel awkward about their smiles.

Discoloration can cause uneasiness when smiling as well as teeth that are worn, chipped, broken or missing. Showing too much gum tissue above teeth (known as a ‘gummy smile’) can also cause people to “hold back” from smiling fully.

Sometimes, it’s a special event in one’s life that causes an individual to say, “Now’s the time. I’m doing this.” I’ve had women share how they felt they’d always put their family’s needs first and decided “it’s my turn.” I’ve had men tell me they felt their teeth were holding them back from climbing the career ladder or being able to get a date. As the survey above shows, this may very well have been the case.

Regardless of the reason, the reality is how a smile makes you feel from the inside out. People who feel confident with the appearance of their smiles tend to smile fuller smiles, and more often. This projects a self-image that is positive and happy, and it’s often contagious! Smiling at someone often brings a smile back!

If you’ve considered cosmetic dentistry, one of your concerns may be, “Will my new smile look like I’ve had dental work?” The answer is NO! When you place yourself in the right hands, an experienced, highly-skilled dentist who uses the finest materials and dental lab will give you a look and feel that is natural.

Today’s porcelain crowns and veneers are designed to have a natural luminosity and opalescence. This means that light can penetrate the tooth at some edges and reflect light naturally, just as natural teeth do. You’ll have no signs of ‘dental work.’

Additionally, a well-trained dentist can have each tooth involved in treatment shaped to complement facial features. Look for dentists who are members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Another concern may be the cost of treatment. Cosmetic dentistry is an elective procedure, meaning the fee is out-of-pocket in most instances. However, our office offers several payment plans that can break the total fee into easy monthly payments. Most plans are interest-free with no down payment required.

Many smiles take shape with the placement of just 6 to 8 veneers or crowns. Some only need 4. What is going to provide you with the best results can be discussed in a free consultation appointment. Call 843-871-6351 to arrange a time when we can privately discuss your best options.

And, if fear has prevented you from achieving the smile you desire in the past, we can help with that, too. I am certified to administer I.V. sedation (‘twilight sleep’) and also offer oral sedation. Both provide total relaxation and erase most, if not all, memory of treatment afterward. Plus, we pride ourselves on our gentle touch. If you’d like to speak with other patients who have overcome their dental fears in our care, let us know.

Your smile should reflect you at your best! It can! Let’s discuss the options that can help you enjoy smiling — a full, happy smile — soon!

 

 

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Missing Teeth? Many Options To Replace Them.

posted: August 17, 2017

A missing tooth is more than a flaw in the appearance of one’s smile. It can lead to problems with the proper alignment of neighboring teeth. When teeth tilt or turn out of their proper positions, the result can lead to chips, fractured or broken teeth, night-time grinding or clenching, worn teeth, headaches, migraines, jaw joint pain and more.

The best time to replace a lost natural tooth is immediately after it’s removed. However, today’s dentistry offers exceptional ways to replace teeth at any time, even though that have been missing for decades.

Through advanced materials, techniques and technology, replacing one, several or an entire ‘arch’ of missing teeth can be done to provide stability, dependability and comfort with an exceptional look and feel in the process.

Dental Implants – I recommend implants to most individuals because they are a ‘one and done’ investment. When properly maintained, an implant is designed to last a lifetime. They are the closest thing to natural teeth because the implanted portion is supported by your jaw bone, just as your natural tooth roots were once. This means they restore a natural biting strength and stability. The teeth attached to an implant will not move while eating and will cause no uncomfortable rubbing on gum tissues. And, because an implant does not rely on neighboring teeth for support do not need crowning. That means the integrity of surrounding is protected. Another bonus of an implant is its ability to protect bone mass. By recreating stimulation in the jaw bone, similar to what a natural tooth root provides, the process of bone resorption is halted. An example of this bone loss is the ‘granny look’ of long-time denture wearers. Bone loss thins and weakens the strength of the jaw bone. Dental implants preserve the jaw bone, helping you to maintain a healthy bone mass.

smiling dental patient

There are exceptional options in tooth replacement today. The goal is to restore smiling confidence!

Crown-&-Bridge – When replacing one or several teeth in one area, some people prefer a bridge that is supported by natural teeth on each side. To support a bridge (of one or more teeth) the natural teeth on both sides are crowned. Then, the crowns connected to the replacement tooth or teeth being replaced. In our office, we use the state-of-the-art computerized technology of CEREC 3D. This technology can take measurements and create ceramic crowns and bridges while you wait. By eliminating the need for a dental lab, this means you don’t have to wear a temporary and won’t need a second appointment to have the final ‘restoration’ placed. And, this process cuts numbing requirements in half! CEREC 3D means you can walk out of our office with your final crown-&-bridge ready to enjoy, all in one visit!

Partial Dentures – A partial denture is designed to replace several upper or lower teeth. Typically, a partial connects replacement teeth to a framework, which is then secured to existing natural teeth with a fit that is stable and comfortable. Because a partial is created to the contours of your gums and custom shade-matched, it will blend attractively with natural teeth and gums.

Full Dentures – For people who are missing all of their upper or lower teeth, a ‘full arch’ denture can be made to restore the look of a full smile. While not as secure as Dental Implants, they are made to fit comfortably for chewing and speaking. Dentures offer a more affordable way to enjoy a full, comfortable smile that restores confidence when speaking or laughing with others. Relines can be done periodically should the denture begin to slip (due to jaw bone resorption).

We believe every patient should enjoy a confident, comfortable, and attractive smile. We want you to understand all your options so you can select the best tooth replacement for your needs and goals.

Call 843-871-6351 for a no-cost, no obligation consultation. During this time, I’ll discuss the best options based on your needs and preferences. While you’re here, our financial coordinator can go over payment options. Some require no down payment and are interest-free.

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A Beautiful Smile Shines From Inside Out!

posted: March 28, 2017

Think about how you FEEL when you smile at someone. Do you feel glad to show your smile? Do you feel your appearance improves when you smile? Do you feel you create positive feelings amongst those who see your smile?

Smiling does more than relay a happy message to others. Your smile should make you feel good because you know it is a positive reflection on you.

We all know that an attractive smile can enhance overall facial appearance. However, when people feel confident with the appearance of their smile, they tend to smile more. Research has shown that the benefits of an appealing smile extend far beyond what can be seen.

Studies have found that smiling causes a release of the brain’s ‘happy’ chemicals, known as endorphins. And, apparently, you cause the same reaction even when you ‘fake smile’ and smile when you don’t feel like it. That smile still causes a release of these endorphins.

Another bonus of smiling is its ability to make us look younger? Smiling pulls facial muscles upward, providing a mini-face lift, of sorts. It smooths out sags and softens wrinkles. Look in the mirror and smile to see for yourself!

Naturally, smiling comes easy for those who feel good about the appearance of their smile. Unfortunately, most of us weren’t born with a naturally-attractive smile. When a smile is flawed with chips, gaps, breaks, stains and missing or crooked teeth, smiling can make people feel uneasy or even embarrassed. Some people will even cover their mouths to conceal the flaws that make smiling awkward.

If you are uncomfortable with smiling as openly as you’d like, modern dental techniques and materials offer exceptional ways to enjoy a confident, flattering smile. These include:

Porcelain Crowns & Veneers – Porcelain is the ultimate when it comes to smile enhancement. This material gives the highest degree of luminosity and longevity available in dentistry. Porcelain crowns and veneers can beautifully recreate a smile for the most natural look and feel possible. Porcelain also resists staining and has a durability that is exceptional to any other material used in cosmetic dentistry. For the 6 or 8 teeth most visible in a smile, porcelain crowns or veneers can change an unflattering smile to one that you’ll want to share often!

Bonding – Teeth that are chipped, uneven, gapped, stained or poorly-shaped can often be correctly with the help of bonding. In bonding, a material is coated over tooth surfaces and shaped to correct smile flaws. While not as durable or stain-resistant as porcelain, bonding gives good longevity at an affordable cost. It can be shade-matched to blend attractively with surrounding teeth and is typically completed in just one visit.

Whiteners – TV ads tout the effectiveness of drug store whitening systems. Yet, the true level of whitening is often minor and lasts for a brief amount of time. When you consider the costs for frequent touch-ups, the expense typically outweighs the results. Our take-home Nite White tooth whitening system provides a much higher degree of whitening with excellent longevity, and it’s at an affordable price.

Dental Implants – The gap in a smile left by missing teeth often sends a negative message that can label an individual unfairly. For people who are missing one or more natural teeth, Dental Implants can restore the ability to smile attractively, speak and laugh confidently, and bite and chew comfortably. Since the teeth attached to the implants are custom-made crowns, we can create an attractive smile as part of the process. In our office, we can create your implant crowns in just one visit using the computerized technology of CEREC 3D. These custom-made replacement teeth are beautiful and durable with a natural look and feel.

Cosmetic Dentures – When people are missing all their upper or lower teeth, some choose to replace them with full dentures. Modern techniques and materials in dentistry make it possible to create an attractive look that blends replacement gum tissue and teeth to fill out the mouth, resulting in an appealing smile and more youthful appearance.

A flattering smile can make a dramatic difference in one’s appearance, self-esteem and confidence level. Many of the procedures in modern cosmetic dentistry can be completed in just one or two visits. Our payment plans make it possible for most budgets to make affordable monthly payments while enjoying the benefits of a beautiful smile they love to share.

Find out what is best for you. Call toll free 1-877-966-9009 to schedule a no-charge consultation to discuss the smile you desire.

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Afraid Of The Dentist? Let Us Help Before You Have Emergency Needs.

posted: March 24, 2017

As a dentist with a reputation for patient comfort, we occasionally see a new patient who is ‘forced’ into dental care because the pain has become so severe he or she can no longer avoid treatment. Sadly, many have already lost natural teeth and are at risk of losing more. Most have some level of gum disease.

When teeth are lost, a destructive cycle begins. It is a fact that, when a tooth is lost, the next you’ll lose is one adjacent. Too, natural tooth roots nurture and stimulate the jaw bone that supports them. When a tooth root no longer exists, the bone goes through a process known as ‘resorption.’ This is a shrinking of bone mass that can affect the health of neighboring teeth and contribute to changes in facial appearance.

A declining jaw bone leads to deep wrinkling around the mouth and jowls that form from the detachment of facial muscles. Bone loss also causes the mouth to appear collapsed into the face and the chin to point. This creates what is referred to as a ‘granny look.’

In addition to a higher risk of tooth loss, adults who avoid dentistry are at higher risk of gum disease. Periodontal disease is the nation’s leading cause of adult tooth loss. Even worse, the infectious bacteria of gum disease can become bloodborne through tears in weakened gum tissues.

Research has found the bacteria of gum disease can trigger inflammatory reactions elsewhere in the body. This potent bacteria has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, some cancers, preterm babies, memory loss and erectile dysfunction (ED).

A healthy smile is good for you, inside and out! In addition to supporting your overall health, studies have shown that smiling causes the release of endorphins, the brain’s ‘happy’ chemical. And, this occurs even when you ‘fake’ a smile. Too, people who smile frequently are estimated to add up to seven years to their lifespans.

A number of studies have been conducted over the years to show the power of a smile. (See: http://www.naturalhealth365.com/smiling.html/ for a summary of several). Yet, smiling occurs easily when an individual feels good about how their smile looks. When a smile is clean and healthy, it’s easy to smile even if some ‘flaws’ exist (such as gapped, crooked or chipped teeth).

My team and I pride ourselves on our commitment to combine exceptional care with a gentle touch. For patients who have high levels of fear, however, it is a challenge to just walk in the front door. During consultations, it is not uncommon for both men and women to become tearful as they recall traumatic experiences in a dental chair. These memories are so deeply embedded that many will endure severe pain rather than see a dentist.

Dental fear is nothing to be ashamed of and can be overcome. We realize that perceived pain can seem just as real as actual pain for those who had traumatic episodes in the past. However, we know that these fears can be overcome by many. We have hundreds of once fearful patients who now walk in with a smile and leave smiling, knowing their oral health is in excellent shape. You, too, can achieve this regardless of your level of fear.

For many anxious or fearful patients, we add Oral Sedation to treatment. This provides total relaxation during treatment and is helpful for patients who have lengthy appointments. For a deeper level of sedation, some patients prefer I.V. Sedation (twilight sleep). This requires a longer recovery time but allows patients to sleep through their visits. Both sedation options erase most or all memory of treatment afterwards.

No matter what your fear level, you can rest assured that your comfort is always a priority in our office. We want you to feel relaxed before, during and after your visit. And, like many of our formerly fearful patients, we know you can achieve a healthy, confident smile without having a white-knuckled experience!

Begin by calling toll free 1-877-966-9009 to arrange a no-cost consultation. This is a friendly discussion in our private consultation room, which is removed from the clinical side of the office. During this time, comfort options will be discussed as well as how we can structure your care at a pace that’s comfortable for you.

Don’t let your fears destroy your smile. In the right hands, you can achieve the healthy, attractive smile you’ve imagined.

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Factors That Contribute To The Need For Dental Repairs

posted: March 20, 2017

One of the reasons we wash our hands during the day is to prevent the harmful effects of germs we’ve been exposed to. By minimizing germ exposure, it’s much easier to avoid getting a cold or the flu than endure the misery and loss of time these illnesses cause.

The same is true for dental problems. You’d rather avoid a cavity than need to have one repaired – right? Although daily home care and regular dental cleanings help to prevent problems from occurring in the first place, certain factors can heighten our susceptibility.

By knowing what can place you at higher risk for cavities, gum disease and other oral health problems, you can avoid many. These include:

• High Levels Of Bacteria – We all have bacteria in our bodies. However, there are two types (abbreviated as SM and LB) that have been found to be particularly harmful to teeth. People who have higher levels of these bacteria have proven to also have

a higher risk for tooth decay. Additionally, these bacteria are contagious and can be passed to another through food sharing or kissing.
Inadequate Saliva Flow – Saliva is the mouth’s natural rinsing agent, helping to continually move bacteria out of the mouth. Certain medications, age, or particular foods and beverages can contribute to dry mouth. A dry mouth offers an ideal breeding ground for oral bacteria growth and reproduction. The more bacteria in the mouth, the higher your risks for the formation of cavities and gum disease. Plus, a dry mouth leads to stinky breath!
Deep Pits & Grooves – The pits and grooves of back teeth provide havens for oral bacteria. Some people have very deep pits and grooves, creating a warm, moist hideout that is ideal for bacteria growth. The same is true for crowded, crooked teeth. Their tight angles make brushing less effective and provide nooks for bacterial buildup.
High Sugar Diet – Bacteria in your mouth thrive on refined sugar. From this, an acid is produced which attacks tooth enamel. When this acid combines with the digestive acids in the mouth that occur each time you eat or drink, you get a double whammy that actually softens tooth enamel for 20 or so minutes after eating. This leaves teeth especially vulnerable to oral bacteria.
Exposed Tooth Roots – Aging, too rigorous brushing, or bite misalignment can cause gum tissues to pull away from teeth. This can expose the darker, sensitive portions of a tooth’s root. While this distracts from the appearance of a smile, it also increases the potential for tooth decay.

Rather than devote the time and expense to repair cavities or gum disease, take easy measures to prevent them in the first place!

1). Wetter is better! Keep your mouth moist by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. If you take medications that are drying, ask your doctor or pharmacist if there are alternative medications that have less drying side effects. Limit alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods — all drying to the mouth. And, the worst cause of oral dryness – smoking. Your smile is another reason to kick the habit!

2). Keep oral bacteria levels under control with the help of antibacterial rinses. While these aid in replenishing oral moisture, those containing chlorhexidine also help to reduce harmful bacteria in the mouth.

3). If your teeth have deep grooves and pits, ask your dentist about sealants to cover and protect these areas. Vulnerable teeth can also be protected with inlays, onlays or crowns. Crowded or crooked teeth can be straightened with orthodontic realignment. However, crowns or veneers may be sufficient in restoring proper alignment to selected teeth (and a more appealing smile in the process!).

4). Limit snacking between meals. Anytime you eat or drink (other than water), your mouth reacts by producing a digestive acid that attacks tooth enamel. Try to stick with the ‘3-squares’ rule and limit sugar and carbohydrates. Because the acid from refined sugar is most harmful to teeth and gums, limiting sweets will help you avoid oral problems (AND keep your waistline in check, too!).

5). Be committed to your daily oral care regimen at home. Twice daily brushing and flossing are the best ways to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Use a soft to medium tooth brush and fluoridated toothpaste, brush at least two minutes per time and avoid using a scrubbing motion. Be highly committed to your 6-month cleanings and exams. These appointments are structured to create a ‘clean slate’ in your mouth so you can maintain a healthy smile between visits.

We want to help you avoid the need for dental repairs and time in the treatment chair! During your next visit, ask how you can have a healthier smile, fresher breath, and spend less on dental repairs. Or, call us to arrange a no-cost consultation: 1-877-966-90009.

 

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Affordable Ways To Have A Beautiful Smile

posted: February 02, 2017

Keeping teeth clean, free of cavities and preventing periodontal (gum) disease are important steps for good oral health. While scientific studies have shown our overall health is intricately connected to our oral health, the appearance of a smile is also important.

It’s obvious that a beautiful smile enhances facial appearance. Yet, research conducted by Beall Research & Training of Chicago cites how the benefits of an attractive smile actually go much further. In an independent study of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), a social psychologist and market research professional showed how an appealing smile can make you appear more intelligent, interesting, successful and wealthy.

Using facial photos, over 500 American adults were asked to quickly rank each on their being attractive, intelligent, successful in their career, wealthy, popular with the opposite sex, happy, friendly, interesting, kind and sensitive to others.

The photos were of one set of both males and females prior to having cosmetic dentistry and another set after treatment completion. Although the study participants were not told that smiles were a factor in the rankings, the results showed that an attractive smile does have an impact on creating a positive impression.

However, this survey focused on how smile enhancements made others feel. The positive impact on those who have an improved appearance thanks to a new smile are significant as well. Smile enhancements tend to boost self-esteem, self-confidence and feeling positive.

Smiling also makes us look younger. Smiling pulls the facial muscles upward, which creates a bit of a face lift! And, smiling is so much easier when the appearance of a smile evokes confidence.

As a dentist, I’ve seen how troubling it can be for those who have smiles that cause awkwardness or even embarrassment. Yet, today’s dentistry offers exceptional techniques and materials that can beautifully correct crooked teeth, decay, stained teeth or a ‘gummy smile.’

Some of the options to create a more confident, appealing smile include:

Whiteners – While ‘drug store’ whitening products can make improvements in the shade of natural teeth, the degree of whitening is often minor and doesn’t last very long. Too, after adding up the costs for repeated upkeep, what is spent typically outweighs the results. The whitening systems provided by a dentist give a much higher level of whitening that lasts for a long time for affordable fees. For example, our take-home whitening kit, Nite White, is practical for about any budget and gives a dental office degree of whitening with excellent longevity.

Porcelain Crowns & Porcelain Veneers – Porcelain provides the most natural luminosity and longevity available in dentistry. Porcelain crowns and veneers can beautifully recreate a smile for the most natural look and feel possible. Plus, porcelain’s durability is also exceptional to any other material used in esthetic dentistry.

Bonding – Chipped, uneven, gapped, discolored or poorly-shaped teeth may benefit from bonding. Bonding is essentially ‘painted on’ and polished to give a natural look in an affordable way that can correct many smile flaws. It can be shade-matched to blend attractively with neighboring teeth and, while not as durable or stain-resistant as porcelain, has excellent longevity for the cost. Typically, the procedure is completed in one visit.

Dental Implants – Implants are positioned in the jaw bone, restoring the same foundation as your natural teeth once had. With this foundation, implants are able to restore your ability to bite and chew foods comfortably and enable you to speak and laugh confidently. And, because the teeth attached to the implants are custom-designed for each individual, incorporating a more flattering smile is a normal part of the process.

Cosmetic Dentures – For individuals who wish to replace all upper or lower missing teeth with full dentures, modern techniques and materials enable us to create an attractive look that fills out the mouth for a more youthful appearance.

Crown-&-Bridge – For those who are missing one or several teeth in one area, a Crown-&-Bridge combination is an excellent way to replace teeth with a natural appearance. Using durable, natural-looking ceramic crowns to support a bridge of teeth, we can often create your final result in one visit using our advanced CEREC 3D computerized technology.

Enjoy the endless benefits of a beautiful, healthy smile. Call toll free 1-877-966-9009 to arrange a free consultation. During this time, I’ll discuss options that may work best for your needs and goals. Additionally, we can explain payment plans that are available that break treatment fees into easy monthly payments.

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