Know The Medications & Supplements That Don’t Mix Well

posted: January 09, 2019

At each visit, we ask patients to update their medical status as well as check the list of all medications – those prescribed as well as taken as supplements. Although this may seem an insignificant part of your oral care, it is vital information.

To the surprise of many, there are a number of medications that contribute to oral problems. For instance, adults taking antidepressants and high blood pressure medications were found to have elevated levels of plaque and signs of gingivitis.

A a side effect of more than 400 medications is ‘dry mouth’, a condition that contributes to higher plaque levels and the development of periodontal (gum) disease. Without a sufficient flow of saliva, oral bacteria can accumulate. Hence, the formation of plaque, which is the sticky film of bacteria that coats teeth and gums.

If you have been prescribed medications that cause oral dryness, ask your physician if an alternative is available. Also, drink plenty of plain, filtered water throughout the day to support oral moisture. (Tea, coffee, and colas don’t count! They actually contribute to oral dryness even more!) Too, oral rinses are available OTC that can also help minimize the risks associated with dry mouth.

People are often surprised to learn just how much sugar exists in cough drops, medications in syrup form and antacids contain sugars that often leave a sticky residue on teeth, making them more susceptible to decay.

Oral contraceptives and blood pressure medications have been linked to mouth sores and inflammation. Certain antibiotics and ibuprofen can cause lesions or ulcers in the mouth. Tetracycline, typically used for treating acne, can discolor teeth as well as supporting bone.

And, the list of problems go on and on. For example, calcium channel blockers used to control high blood pressure can contribute to gum tissue overgrowth. Gingival enlargement, a condition that causes the gums to swell and grow over teeth, can lead to severe periodontal infection.

As more and more people turn to herbal supplements as a ‘safe’ alternative to synthetic medications, be aware that what is not known CAN hurt you. And, much is NOT known about many of the companies packaging these supplements or what they’re putting into the mix.

Too, it is important to know that some dental patients can have serious side effects these supplements. For example, Ginkgo Biloba and Vitamin E can act as blood thinners. When combined with aspirin, the combination may cause difficulties in blood clotting. For patients undergoing surgical procedures, this can be a serious problem.

Taking high dosages of vitamins before undergoing anesthesia can also put you at risk. For instance, high doses of Vitamin C can weaken the efficiency of anesthesia. On the flip side, supplements such as Kava and St. John’s Wort can accentuate anesthesia’s effectiveness. (Kava has actually been banned in the U.S. but still attainable through some online vendors.)

Especially concerning are the herbal supplements with a high risk of interfering with medications. In addition to Kava, Gingko, and St. John’s Wort, these include Black Cohosh, Dong Quai, Hawthorn, Evening Primrose Oil, and Yohimbe. Be sure, also, that your prescribing physician is aware you are taking these supplements.

It is also risky to ‘bargain hunt’ online for herbal supplements, lured by low cost with unknown manufacturers. Some unregulated distributors in foreign countries could be shipping you unsafe ingredients, including lead and mercury. It is best to shop U.S. based companies with familiar brand names.

As your Summerville dentist, it is important that we are aware of all prescription and over-the-counter medications you take. This way, we can help you avoid issues that can be risky or leave you vulnerable to undesirable reactions or future problems. Keep us informed of any new medications you are taking as well as those that have been eliminated from those listed in your file.

While not all side effects create high risk, we want to ensure each dental visit provides you with an individualized approach to your care. Working together, we can achieve this! Bring current medication information (including dosage) to every appointment.

Need an appointment to update your smile? Call 843-871-6351 or tap here to begin.

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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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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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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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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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Easy Ways To Have A Beautiful Smile

posted: December 07, 2016

When we see someone smile at us, their smile seems to trigger a happy feeling inside. Although we may not realize what causes this, researchers have determined that it results from a reaction in our brains.

Researchers found that smiling triggers the release of endorphins, which are the feel-good chemicals in the brain. Studies have also shown that the action of smiling – even when you fake a smile – causes these same endorphins to release. This means we can boost our mood by smiling, whether we feel like smiling or not!

It’s obvious that an attractive smile can significantly enhance one’s facial appearance. However, when people feel good about how their smile looks, they tend to smile more often. While this can give your mood a dose of happy, a confident smile also makes a positive impression on others. An individual who smiles often is more likely to be deemed outgoing, happy and confident.smiling dental patient

Smiling also improves facial appearance. For example, smiling pulls facial muscles upward to give a mini-face lift of sorts. Of course, when you feel good about the appearance of your smile, smiling comes easier. As a dentist, I’ve witnessed how insecure a flawed or decayed smile can makes people feel. Some people even developed a habit of covering their mouth to conceal a smile with flaws that make smiling awkward.

If you have crooked, misshaped or stained teeth, decay or a ‘gummy smile,’ you may not be smiling as often or as openly or often as you’d like. Fortunately, modern dental techniques and materials offer exceptional options to recreate a confident, flattering smile. Too, today’s technology can also recreate a new smile in just one visit, in many cases. Today’s options include:

Whiteners – While ‘drug store’ whitening kits can lighten the shade of natural teeth, the degree of whitening is often minor and lasts for a brief amount of time. Once you add up the expenses for repeated touch-ups, the cost typically outweighs the results.  The Nite White system we offer provides a much higher degree of whitening that lasts for a long time at an affordable price.

Porcelain Crowns & Veneers – Porcelain 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. Plus, porcelain’s durability is also exceptional to any other material used in cosmetic dentistry. Our CEREC 3D technology can create beautiful, natural-looking crowns while you wait.

Bonding – Chipped, uneven, gapped, discolored or poorly-shaped teeth may be greatly improved with the application of bonding. Bonding is a material painted over tooth surfaces and can correct some smile flaws. While not as durable or stain-resistant as porcelain, bonding has good longevity for an affordable cost. It can also be shade-matched to blend attractively with other teeth with the procedure taking just one visit.

Dental Implants – For those who are missing one or more natural teeth, Dental Implants restore your ability to bite and chew foods comfortably and speak and laugh with confidence.  Dental Implants are held by the jaw, just as natural tooth roots were once. This provides the same, sturdy foundation as natural teeth.  And, because the teeth attached to the implants are designed for each individual, creating an attractive smile is a normal part of the process.

Gum Recontouring – When gum tissue is too high above top teeth most visible in a smile or there are varying levels of gum arches over each tooth, a smile line can be evened out with a dental laser. The laser provides a precision line for natural-looking contours and minimizes treatment time. And, because there is minimal bleeding, healing time is much faster than with surgical contouring or grafting.

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

A terrific smile can make a dramatic difference in one’s appearance, self-esteem and self-confidence. And, patients are like that their new smile can be completed while they make affordable monthly payments. Call toll free 1-877-966-9009 to arrange a free consultation to discuss the smile you desire. We can also review payment plans that allow you to make easy monthly payments, most with no interest or down payment required.

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Crown Lengthening Made Easy

posted: August 19, 2016

Most people are aware of what a crown (or ‘cap’) is and why they are needed. However, crown lengthening is not a familiar term to many people because it is not a regular part of crown placement. However, the results of crown lengthening can make a positive difference to a smile’s health and appearance.

Essentially, crown lengthening is a procedure that re-positions or removes gum tissue. In most cases, it is performed to improve the appearance of a smile.

Before & After of crown lengthening procedure

Before & After of crown lengthening procedure

In the majority of cases, crown lengthening is performed to correct an uneven smile line. This is when the gum tissue that arches each tooth is at a higher or lower level than the arches over surrounding teeth. Even when teeth are nicely aligned, this ‘up and down’ line creates a jumbled look for teeth most visible in a smile. By creating a unified smile line over teeth, crown lengthening provides a more flattering appearance.

Crown lengthening is also done to repair a ‘gummy smile.’ A gummy smile is one that shows too much gum tissue above the teeth. Katie Couric’s smile is a good example. This genetic trait is not detrimental to one’s oral health but does cause some people to feel self-conscious when smiling. In mild cases, gum tissue can be removed without the need to crown teeth. However, crowns are often recommended so the gums can be recontoured to a more natural level.

Another reason for crown lengthening is to save a tooth that has broken close to the gum line. In many cases, a tooth that breaks at the gum line must be removed. However, crown lengthening procedures may be able to remove  gum tissue to expose enough tooth structure to support a crown. This helps the patient avoid the decisions – and subsequent costs – of tooth replacement.

Crown lengthening can also seal the gum tissue that surrounds a tooth at its base. When a crown is placed, the gums at its entry point require time before they become securely attached. This helps to prevent the entry of bacteria that can lead to periodontal (gum) disease. Crown lengthening can help to secure gum tissues around the crown to protect from bacterial penetration.

The procedure of crown lengthening is known as a gingivectomy. It is typically performed while the patient relaxes under oral sedation. Afterwards, the patient may have some swelling and tenderness for a day or so. However, most patients do fine with over-the-counter medications although we make prescription strength available, if desired. Smokers can expect a longer healing period due to the drying effects of the chemicals in tobacco.

Generally, patients notice improvement each day and feel gums are back to normal within a couple of weeks. However, the esthetic results of crown lengthening can be seen much sooner! The beautiful look that crown lengthening provides will be obvious rather soon!

Crown lengthening is a safe, successful procedure. In our office we use a dental laser, which helps to provide a precision line, enhances comfort and speeds healing. If reshaping your gums could give you a more appealing smile, begin with a free consultation to discuss the smile you desire. Call toll free 1-877-966-9009 to schedule.

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Affordable Options For A More Beautiful Smile

posted: May 03, 2016

Very few of us are born with a beautiful smile. For people who had orthodontics as teens, those smiles typically evolve into more appealing adult smiles. Yet, various flaws cause many adults to conceal their smile with a hand or smile with lips only to avoid showing their teeth.

Smiling is a positive part of our lives. Studies have even shown that smiling can boost your mood, even if you smile when you don’t feel like it. People who smile often not only project a more positive and outgoing individual, they extend their lifespans by up to ten years, on average, according to some research.

As a significant part of one’s facial appearance, a smile is important. When people feel confident with the appearance of their smile, they tend to smile more often. Yet, it doesn’t take much to detract from the beauty of a smile and, therefore, the confidence to share it.

A chipped tooth, teeth that are discolored, crowded and crooked teeth, having a ‘gummy smile’ or a gap between front teeth — any of these can make an individual feel awkward when smiling. Fortunately, modern cosmetic dentistry offers excellent options to repair these flaws, many at a very affordable price.

One of the fastest and least expensive ways to improve the appearance of a smile is to whiten it. A white, bright smile is more appealing and often perceived as healthy and well-cared for. We offer an exceptional take-home whitening system, priced affordably, that provides far superior results that the over-the-counter versions at drug stores. Plus, the whitening you’ll achieve will last far longer.

For chips and even some gaps, bonding offers a natural look and feel that is both affordable and done in a single visit. This is a material that is ‘painted on’ your teeth. It is shaped to repair flaws and then polished for a natural finish. Bonding can also be used to elongate teeth to correct an uneven smile line.

Gum recontouring is not a costly procedure, but the results can have a dramatic effect on the appearance of a smile. When an individual shows too much gum tissue above upper teeth when they smile, it’s referred to as a ‘gummy smile.’ This can be repaired with comfort and precision in our office using a dental laser. The laser is also ideal for reshaping gum tissues over single teeth to even out the gum arch to match neighboring teeth.

The ideal method for reshaping and enhancing teeth is porcelain. Porcelain veneers and crowns have exceptional durability, resist staining and even reflect light as natural teeth. Too, their longevity is exceptional. While they are more expensive than other options in esthetic dentistry, their value is superior. And, in many cases, applying just two or four veneers to teeth most visible in a smile makes a dramatic difference in appearance.

The best way to determine the best options for you (which may be a combination of two or more) is to arrange a consultation. This time, at no cost to you, provides an opportunity to discuss your desires and learn which options can fulfill your goals at a cost you’ll be able to manage comfortably. We can also have our Financial Coordinator discuss payment options with you. Some require no down payment with no interest charged.

Call toll free 1-877-966-9009 to schedule. Your fabulous smile may be easier to achieve than you think!

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