Posts for category: Cosmetic Dentistry
You can ask almost anyone and they will tell you that they desire a more appealing smile. Due to this, the demand for cosmetic dentistry has experienced a sharp increase in the last several years, and, as part of that increase, more and more people are looking for a great teeth whitening system. Teeth whitening is a minimally invasive procedure that can drastically improve the look of your smile.
While there are many products that whiten your teeth, it is important to first understand why your teeth are discolored to begin with.
Here is a list of the most common reasons why people experience tooth discoloration:
- Old Age: Over time, the enamel of our teeth wears down from day-to-day activities and the things we eat. When your enamel wears down, the inner portion of your tooth is exposed, and this causes your teeth to appear more yellow.
- Foods/Beverages: If you are eating foods or drinking drinks that contain food coloring, are acidic, or have dark pigments, they can cause discoloration. Your enamel, while usually translucent, contains microscopic areas that can trap food particles and cause your teeth to look discolored.
- Tobacco Usage: No surprise here, but tobacco is not good for your overall or oral health. Tobacco causes an increase of plaque and tartar build up and can cause your teeth to look discolored.
- Trauma/Injury: Discoloration is quite common for a tooth after it has received some type of trauma or injury. This can be from biting into something and fracturing/cracking your tooth, or from getting hit in the mouth.
- Pharmaceuticals: Many prescription drugs and medications can cause discoloration as a side effect.
Why is it important to know why your teeth are discolored?
Knowing what caused your discoloration will play an important role in how your specific case is treated. For example, a teeth whitening product that contains a bleaching agent will not be able to treat certain types of discoloration. In addition to this, if you have received a restoration like bonding, a crown, or filling, these will not respond to a bleaching agent.
Make sure you stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages to keep an eye out for our next blog article. In this article, Dr. Florian will look at what teeth whitening treatment options are available.
Are you interested in teeth whitening in North Royalton, OH?
Cosmetic dentistry is growing in popularity, and, one of the most common cosmetic procedures is orthodontics to correct imperfections in your smile. But, did you know that orthodontics is also for functional and health reasons as well? When discussing orthodontics, there are two popular choices: traditional braces and Invisalign.
While both Invisalign and traditional braces are considered orthodontic treatments, they are very different. Traditional braces are made up of wires, brackets, and rubber bands that cannot be removed, and gradually move your teeth. On the other hand, Invisalign is a set of clear trays that are designed to be worn successively over a period of time to correct your smile. Invisalign, as the name suggests, is virtually invisible.
Below, Dr. Florian outlines several advantages that Invisalign offers over traditional braces.
Before offering any advantages of Invisalign, Dr. Florian wants to dispel a common misconception of Invisalign. Many times, patients think Invisalign will be much more expensive than traditional braces. This is usually not true at all. Invisalign and traditional braces are typically very close in price.
Advantage 1: Removable trays
When you have traditional braces, they are in your mouth 24/7 for the duration of your treatment. Due to this, you are limited in the types of food you can eat. With Invisalign, when it comes time to sit down for a meal, you can simply pop your tray(s) out and eat whatever you like. We recommend brushing following your meals.
Advantage 2: Comfort
With traditional braces, you have a mouth full of metal. Unfortunately, this metal has a tendency to poke you and cause discomfort in your mouth. With Invisalign, you don’t have to worry about any poking or prodding from wires or brackets.
Advantage 3: Invisible for every day life
As you go throughout your day wearing Invisalign, people will not be able to tell you are wearing them unless they look very closely at your smile. With braces, it is not hard to see the wires and brackets that cover all of your teeth.
Advantage 4: Easier hygiene
If you opt to receive Invisalign, they will be much easier to keep clean than traditional braces. Additionally, cleaning your teeth is much easier with Invisalign. When it comes time to brush, floss, and use mouthwash, you simply pop your tray out and clean your teeth. With traditional braces, brushing is much harder, and people usually don’t even attempt to floss while wearing braces. This can lead to many oral health issues like cavities.
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If you ask anyone, they will tell you that they want a beautiful smile full of healthy teeth. Some people have been told that this is out of reach, and that their teeth are too damaged to be fixed. However, this is not true! Dental implants offers almost everyone an opportunity to have a beautiful smile.
If you desire to have a beautiful smile, and think implants are for you - there is some information you need to know first. Dr. Florian wants you to understand that it is imperative that your gums and jaw bone are healthy enough to undergo the procedure. This is because your jaw bone and gums are the anchors for your new teeth. If you want to determine if your gums and jaw bone are healthy enough to withstand the procedure please contact Dr. Florian today!
Another bit of information that is important regarding dental implants is the two types of implants: endosteal and subperiosteal.
Endosteal implants are in the bone and use screws or blades that secure into your jaw bone. Each of these endosteal implants will hold several teeth in place and are a good option for people who wear dentures.
Subperiosteal implants are designed for patients who do not have sufficient jaw bone for endosteal implants. Subperiosteal implants are on the bone, and use metal wiring and your existing gum to secure your dentures.
Lastly, Dr. Florian wants you to know that the dental implant process usually requires the work of a dentist and periodontist. The process is several steps, including:
Tooth replacement - You may need one or more teeth replaced or restored. A dental crown or other restoration option may be required in order to strengthen your teeth enough to support your implant, dentures, or a dental bridge.
Sinus augmentation - Your bone mass will me maximized by elevating your sinus floor.
Ridge modification - Your gum line is elevated for a couple of reasons including to better use a bone substitute and to help develop your jaw bone.
After your procedure is complete it is important to maintain routine checkups. Along with these checkups, you need to develop healthy hygiene habits at home.
Info To Know About Dentures
A denture is a dental appliance that is a good replacement if you have lost your real teeth. Dentures are able to be removed when needed and are made to closely resemble the look of your real teeth.
Dentures can be broken down into two categories: complete dentures and partial dentures.
Complete dentures are employed by Dr. Florian when all of your teeth are missing. Complete dentures will closely resemble the look and feel of your real teeth. Complete dentures will give you your healthy and happy smile back. Complete dentures are then broken down into two different categories: conventional and immediate. A conventional denture is manufactured and ready for use after your teeth have been removed and gums have had the chance to heal. This process typically takes approximately four to six weeks. An immediate denture is manufactured before your appointment and placed immediately. After your gums heal, your immediate denture will usually need to be altered.
Partial dentures, or a bridge, are utilized by Dr. Florian when some of your real teeth are still remaining and healthy. A partial denture is used for a couple of reasons. First, a partial denture will fill the spaces created by missing teeth making your smile look complete. Secondly, by filling the gaps in between your real teeth, they will be kept from shifting and changing position in your mouth.
Dentures are strong appliance and can last for a long period of time if properly maintained. However, like almost all restorations and dental appliances, dentures may need to be redone, adjusted, or repaired due to normal wear and tear.
There are many reasons why someone should consider dentures which include:
- Complete loss of all teeth within your mouth.
- Loss of multiple teeth within your mouth that create gaps.
- To strengthen your facial tissues and give you an attractive, healthy smile.
- To make chewing and talking easier.
For part 2 of our look at tooth sensitivity, we'll be looking at some of the causes. Here are a few notables ones:
Since tooth decay results in the loss of enamel and exposes the more sensitive parts of the tooth, it stands to reason that it would make your teeth react to hot/cold and sweet/acidic foods. Having the tooth decay treated will resolve the problem.
Teeth can shift for a number of reasons, including missing teeth, bone loss and thumb-sucking. The surrounding teeth will move to fill the the void in the case of a missing tooth. If your teeth have shifted, it may cause them to hit too soon or too hard when you bite. This can be fixed with bite correction.
Your mouth, gums and teeth can become infected, and some times, extreme sensitivity is a symptom of this. It's important to have this treated right away, as these infections can cause major health problems.
A traumatic event can lead to tooth sensitivity. Sometimes this can mean large things (like cracking a tooth), and other times it can be smaller events like biting down to hard, or having a tooth drilled. This type of sensitivity can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to subside.
Dentin, the layer beneath tooth enamel, is very sensitive, and its exposure to the elements is the most common cause of tooth sensitivity. This often happens because of gum recession from gum disease.
We'll look more at dentinal sensitivity in our third post. In the mean time, if you happen to be suffering from mouth pain, don't put off having it checked out. Make an appointment at our office in North Royalton today.