I Just Had Veneers Done, How Do I Care for Them?

What is a cosmetic dentist

It is no secret that Americans care about how their teeth look. Almost all of us (99.7%) consider a good looking smile to be important to our social lives. At least three-quarters of us worry that a smile that looks less than great will hurt our careers. As a result, we spend a lot on cosmetic dentistry and tooth whitening products. It has been estimated that people in the United States spend $1.4 billion each year on tooth whitening products and services every year. It is one of the main things that sends people to family dentistry centers around the country.

Dental veneers are becoming more and more popular. A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain or other material that is applied to the surface of a tooth to change its look and shape. Their use has skyrocketed in the last few years. Thei Continue reading

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How to Keep Your Smile Bright as You Age

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Ask the person beside you if he or she believes a healthy smile is socially important and the answer is almost guaranteed to be a yes. Almost every adult surveyed (99.7% to be exact) by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) said they consider a healthy smile socially important. The AACD also found that over 50% of U.S. adults consider our smiles to be the physical feature which remains the most attractive as we age. To keep your smile at its best year after year, here are some essential care tips:

  • Perfect your technique

    Most of us never had proper tooth brushing instruction. Hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to the gum line. Use gentle, circul Continue reading
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What Are Dental Implants?

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Dental problems are rampant in the United States. There are more than 30 million people who have lost all of their teeth on at least one jaw. At least 15 million of these people have gotten bridges or crowns for at least some of these missing teeth. An estimated 15% of the American edentulous population goes in to have dentures made every year. The problem is nearly three-quarters of all people in the country, or 74%, think having a good smile is very important to career success. For people who would rather not go the crown or denture routes, there is another way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants look the most like natural teeth. But, “what are dental implants?” you ask. Read on to learn more.

What Are Dental Implants?

Quite simply, they are replacement teeth roots. Unlike dentu Continue reading

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Fear the Dentist No More!

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What are people most afraid of? You’ve probably heard most of the big ones by now: death, flying, darkness, public speaking, and spiders. But what about dentists? If you have this phobia, you’re not alone. Odontophobia or Dentophobia is a pretty common fear among humans both young and old. Dental procedures can feel invasive, and oftentimes patients feel helpless and insecure lying on their back while someone investigates their pearly (or not so pearly) whites under a bright overhead light. And, if nothing else, no one wants to hear that they’ve done a poor job of taking care of themselves.

But whether we like them or not, dentists are important in many ways. Oral health is deeply connected to our overall health. Plus, Continue reading

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How to Have a Beautiful and Healthy Smile

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If there’s anything you should know about Western aesthetic values, it’s that we absolutely love our teeth. In a recent AACD survey, an overhwelming 99.7% of adults reported that having a healthy smile was socially important. Additionally, almost three-quarters of adults feel that having an unattractive smile can hurt their career success, while 32% of people report that they are “concerned by the look of their teeth.”
Given this clear obsession with having the pearly whites out there, it may strike you as odd when you find out that the state of oral hygiene in the United States isn’t exactly bright and sparkling at the moment. Statistically speaking, 78% of people have Continue reading

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When To Look For Emergency Dental Care

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How often do you think about your oral health? Are you the type of person that regularly schedules dentist appointments and enjoys them, or the type of person that only goes to the dentist when you have been in pain for several days? The truth is that oral health is extremely important, and the more you know the better off you are. Here’s some general dentist information to know:

1. Importance Of Your Smile – Studies show that virtually all adults (99.7%) believe that a healthy smile is socially important, and nearly 75% of adults feel that having an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s career success. Talk about important! In general dentist’s recommend scheduling a cleaning and checkup Continue reading

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When Should Kids Develop Healthy Dental Habits?

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It is essential to our oral health that children are taught and encouraged to develop healthy dental habits as they grow and develop. If healthy habits are developed when they are young, they are more likely to maintain those healthy habits when they are adults. Each person only gets one set of adult teeth, and those teeth need to last from early childhood through senior years.

Sadly, not all children are set to develop healthy dental habits. According to the CDC, roughly one in five children in the United States have untreated cavities. The current statistics on this issue are over 19% of children ages 2 to 5 have untreated cavities and almost 23% of children ages 6 to 19 so. Untreated cavities are dangerous because they can quickly lead to tooth decay, which can result in the loss of th Continue reading

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What Cosmetic Dentistry Can Do For You

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Despite literally 99% of people in the U.S. believing that a nice smile is socially key, we as a nation are not very good at general dental care. We’re supposed to brush our teeth twice a day for instance, and yet only 56% of women and 49% of men manage the chore. A pitiful 22% floss daily, and three quarters of the population will experience their first cavity before reaching adulthood.
That’s a lot of punishment for your poor teeth! Many of you schedule a cleaning with your dental group once a year (okay, once every three years), and call it a day. Maybe before a particularly important event you’ll splurge on the dentist-recommended tooth whitener, but otherwise, you’ve grown Continue reading

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What to Expect with Dental Implants

We judge each other on our smile. There is no doubt about that. Many people say they like people with attractive and confident smiles more than people without. The problem is that Americans often need more than just whitening to help their smiles. Some estimate that the number of people with bridges, dentures or crown replacements for teeth is about 15 million. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, nearly 70% of all adults are missing at least one tooth. These tooth losses are due to tooth decay, gun disease, failed root canals or accidents. At least 92% of people between the ages of 20 and 64 have cavities. This is only increasing as more and more people lose or break teeth. One alternative to these replacements is the dental implant.

Dental implants replace broken or missing teeth in a different way than dentures or bridges. Dentures and bridges need to be anchored to other teeth. The surrounding teeth have to be altered to make room for the replacements. A dental implant, on the other hand, is anchored in the jaw and the only area impacted is the place where the missing tooth was. This makes the process less disruptive for the rest of the mouth.

What is the dental implant process?

  1. X-rays show if there is enough bone to support a dental implant. X-rays will show if a person is a good candidate for a dental implant. If the problem tooth is still in place, it needs to be removed before any further work can be done. When the area heals, the time varies with the patient, the next step can be done.
  2. A titanium anchor is placed in the jaw. An oral surgeon anchors the titanium piece into the jaw. This can have the  stud attached or that will be added in the next step. This can be done under general or local anesthesia. Again, the area needs to heal. If there are no problems with this anchor the next step will take place a short time after this.
  3. The stud is attached to the implant and the crown is put on that. If the stud was not attached to the anchor, it is put in now. The next step is to add the crown, which will look and feel like a regular tooth. The implant process is now complete.

There are about three million people who currently have dental implants in the United States. This number is only expected to rise as the success rate for a dental implant is nearly 98%. The industry is expected to grow to about $6.4 billion by 2018.

Dental implants should be treated like regular teeth. The main difference is that the surface is more porous so more care should be taken when cleaning, flossing and using mouth wash. The surface can turn into a haven for all sorts of bacteria. With proper care, they can last a very long time.

The best part of a dental implant is that it does look and feel like a regular tooth. There is no need to remove it for any reason. Once it is in, it is in. Unless it breaks, there should be no reason to play with it ever. This makes its care a lot easier than dealing with dentures, which can be loose and also impact how people speak and eat. These are not concerns that people who have at least one dental implant should ever have to even think about.

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New Techonolgies for Cosmetic Dentistry

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Your smile is your biggest asset. At least, that’s what nearly all Americans believe. Cosmetic dentistry procedures have made great strides in recent years and dental cleanings, tooth whitening and veneers are now easier to afford than ever before. With a little help from top cosmetic dentists, you can look your best and make that great first impression with a sparkling smile.

Putting your best smile forward

There is one thing that nearly all Americans agree on: 99.7% believe that your smile is your greatest social asset, according to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. And 75% of Americans Continue reading

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