A Simple Beginner’s Guide to Teeth Whitening

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Your smile is the first thing others notice about you. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 99.7% of Americans believe a smile is important for socializing, and 75% of people feel that an unattractive smile could potentially harm them in their career. So, it comes to no surprise that Americans spent about $1.4 billion on tooth whitening procedures ever year. Looking to whiten your teeth? Here is a beginner’s guide to teeth whitening.

Why are your teeth discolored?
There are many different causes of discolored teeth. This includes drinking dark liquids, taking antibiotics, genetics, and not cleaning our teeth regularly.

Internally, our teeth become discolored because of changes in the enamel and the dentin. This happens when there is an exposure to high levels of fluoride, root canal issues, developmental disorders, tooth decay and their restorations, and certain cases of trauma.

What can my family dentist do to help me?
A popular option is tooth whitening gel, which dentists apply to the front eight teeth. This is a controlled, pain free method and you will see results that same day. It’s not only the fastest method, but the safest, too. You can eliminate discoloration caused by aging, eating certain foods, and smoking through this method.

Additionally, if you have serious discoloration issues, a cosmetic dentist can apply porcelain dental veneers. These are paper thin wafers that are bonded to the teeth, and can change the size, color and shape of teeth. Additionally, they are particularly helpful if you suffer from broken, chipped, misaligned, or uneven teeth.

This is a permanent procedure as your teeth are filed down, and requires local anesthesia if you so choose. They are also stain resistant, and the color can be chosen so that your teeth appear whiter. As they bond to your teeth, they help to strengthen weaker teeth.

Dr. Dave is a family dentist that offers cosmetic dentistry along with implant dentistry. If you are looking for a dentist, call up Dr. Dave and his office will help you with any dental concerns you may have!

Porcelain Veneers: Behind-the-Scenes

porcelain veneersEveryone wants whiter teeth. In the United States, patients spend $1.4 million on whitening procedures alone, ranging from basic chemical whitening trays to laser-activated in-office procedures. In extreme cases, patients can even undergo full dental replacements on titanium implants. But if you fall somewhere in between (i.e. if your teeth show some visible decay that chemical whitening can’t hide, but are otherwise healthy and strong), then porcelain veneers may be the perfect solution.

Porcelain veneers are exactly what they sound like — false, porcelain fronts installed over your existing teeth. Picture the false store fronts on a movie set for an old Western. Veneers will not only cover decay spots or badly stained teeth, but they’ll also in effect seal off the tooth from further damage.

The process is fairly straightforward. A patient receives a series of dental exams, which gauge everything from enamel strength to root health. Dental molds are taken so the veneer (or veneers) can be created to exactly match the tooth it’s replacing, including shape, size, and shade. Then a thin layer of enamel (usually around a millimeter is removed from the existing tooth, so that the veneer doesn’t protrude farther out than the surrounding teeth.

The porcelain veneers are created and bonded to the tooth, and the patient’s smile is instantly restored to its former glory. For patients who might find cosmetic dentistry too expensive at first glance, veneers can also be made from a composite resin, which may make the procedure more affordable. Be advised, however, that porcelain veneers are inherently stronger than the plastic ones, and will therefore last longer.

Porcelain veneers are a great middle ground between general whitening and full implant-based replacement. If you’re self-conscious about your teeth because of unsightly decay spots, ask your dentist about veneers, so you can stop hiding your smile from the world.

Just What Is It That Cosmetic Dentistry Can Do for You?

Just What Is It That Cosmetic Dentistry Can Do for You?
Welcome back, patients one and all, to another edition of Ask Dr. Dave. As always, I am your host, Dr. Dave, and I am here to answer your medical and dental questions.

This week I have a fun topic. This is a topic that I get asked about fairly regularly, and I have decided that it is about time I address it. So, without further ado, read on and have your questions answered.

Dear Dr. Dave,
I have been seeing signs for all of these “top cosmetic dentists” around my city and even in my dentist’s office. I do not know who or what these top cosmetic dentists could be, much less what they do. Not only that, but if I wanted to go to one, how do I find a cosmetic dentist that I can trust? If there are so many out there advertising their services, I definitely want to make sure I am choosing the right one.

Could you perhaps provide a little bit of an explanation as to what services these mysterious top cosmetic dentists offer, and point me in the right direction for finding the right one for me?
Thank you so much for your time and services,
Edna Scott

Dear Ms. Scott,
Thanks so much for asking about this topic. As I mentioned earlier, you are certainly not the only one out there who is curious about cosmetic dentistry. Before we delve into cosmetics, let us quickly go over what it is that your standard dentist does.

Regular dentists are concerned with oral health and dental hygiene. Through procedures like dental cleanings, they focus on treatment, maintenance and prevention of your overall oral health. They know how important healthy teeth and gums are, because the state of your mouth can affect the health of your whole body.

Cosmetic dentists, while concerned about those things, do nothing to treat them. Instead, they are all about the aesthetics of your mouth. They can provide dental implants, and whitening solutions such as a peroxide solution or porcelain veneers. Their job is to give you that winning smile.

To find one amidst the sea of dozens, your best bet would be to consult your regular dentist. If he or she cannot provide you with the service that you desire, at least you can get a recommendation for someone who can. If you trust your dentist with your overall dental health, trust your dentist with the person to make it look good too.

I hope that answers your questions, Edna, and those of my other readers as well. Cosmetic dentistry continues to grow in popularity as the technology improves and the prices drop. So talk to your dentist, and see if you can benefit from these services too.