Posts for tag: Cosmetic Dentistry
Previously, Dr. Florian introduced teeth whitening and discussed the most common causes of tooth discoloration. In addition to this, we also discussed why the cause of your discoloration will determine which type of treatment plan will work best for you.
Below, Dr. Florian examines the many types of teeth whitening procedures/products:
At-home teeth whitening:
At-home systems will vary from dental office to dental office. Take home systems can either be custom-made trays or generic trays. These trays will typically be filled with a liquid or gel and worn over night or twice per day for a half hour at a time. These systems can typically whiten your teeth by 3-8 shades and will take a couple of weeks to show results.
In-office teeth whitening:
An in-office procedure is the quickest way to whiten your teeth. While this system does require a visit to the office, and more chair time, it is your best bet to quickly whiten your teeth before an important event! Typically, a product will be applied to your teeth for 30 minutes to an hour. Your dentist may also use a specialized light to enhance the product that is applied to your teeth.
While these types of products cannot harm you, they may not produce the results that you desire. Unfortunately, these products lack a bleaching agent to whiten your teeth by more than just one shade. The abrasives in these products can remove surface stains, but not stains that are within your teeth.
These products are available on the shelves of supermarkets and convenience stores, just like toothpaste. Unlike toothpaste, these products do contain a bleaching agent. However, the bleaching agent in these products will not be as strong, or tailored to your case, like an at-home whitening system from your dentist. If you use an over-the-counter product, you are paying a similar price to systems available through your dentist, and you are losing out on your dentist’s expertise.
As we stated in our previous blog article, products that contain bleach cannot correct all kinds of issues. For certain issues, like discoloration caused by trauma or medication, you may require veneers to have a whiter smile. A veneer is a thin ceramic shell that fits over the surface of your tooth to change the shape, size, and/or color of your teeth. You can choose which shade you want your veneers to be.
Before choosing any type of whitening product or system, make sure you consult with your dentist first. It is critical to know what is causing your discoloration, and how it needs to be approached before starting treatment.
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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.
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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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We know, everyone wants to have a smile they can take pride in. Sadly, not everyone has perfect teeth and have been told alternatives are out of reach. However, there may be hope for you with dental implants! Dental implants give people a great set of teeth and beautiful smile. Dr. Florian has some information for you to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants or not!
The first thing to consider when thinking about dental implants are your gums and jaw bone. If your gums and jaw bone are not healthy enough to undergo the procedure, you will be unable to have dental implants. The best way to determine the health of your gums and jaw bone is to consult your periodontist. If it is found that your gums and jaw bone are healthy enough, you are more than likely a candidate for dental implants. However, below is a list of people who may not be suited:
- Those who are still growing, or minors.
- Women who are pregnant.
- Those who are heavy smokers.
- Those who have diseases like diabetes, heart conditions, immune deficiencies, and more!
If you are a candidate, and choose to undergo implant therapy, your procedure will be performed by an oral surgeon - like a periodontist, who will work with your dentist. Initially, your dentist or his staff will do x-rays and other evaluations in order to determine the best course of action.
After this step, your oral surgeon will place the implants and the healing process will begin. After you implants have healed enough, your new teeth will be placed. The process of receiving dental implants can take six months or more for proper healing and to ensure the procedure was a success. It is important to brush, floss, and use mouthwash in order to maintain proper oral health.
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.