Have you ever thought that it would be nice to whiten your teeth, but felt like it would be too much trouble or expense? The good news is, it’s not. Although in the past teeth bleaching was considered very expensive and cumbersome, advances have occurred and times are different now. You now have different options for brightening your smile. Here is an explanation of the two most effective ways for teeth whitening.
Traditional Bleaching Trays: This is the type of whitening that you are probably already familiar with. If you decide this is the right treatment for you, you will need to visit your dentist’s office. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and then deliver custom trays that fit over your teeth perfectly. Your dentist will then provide a special gel composed of a whitening agent. You will fill your trays and wear them according to the schedule your doctor decides is appropriate. An advantage to this method is that you can whiten at a slower rate and with a lower concentration if your teeth are prone to sensitivity.
Zoom® Whitening: If you have heard of in-house teeth whitening, you most likely have heard about Zoom whitening. You can have your teeth whitened as many as 5 shades lighter in one dental appointment. If you don’t want the hassle of placing trays on every night, this may be the treatment that is right for you. Your friends and family will notice the beautiful change too! Sometimes individuals can experience sensitivity during this procedure, so be sure to discuss this with your dentist.
It’s never too late to get those coffee and age stains erased. Make sure that you choose a dentist that has experience in cosmetic dentistry procedures for the best possible outcomes.
There are many considerations that a person should make before committing to teeth whitening. If you decided to get a teeth whitening kit and bleach your teeth yourself, would you be happy if all of your teeth whitened except one? It is important to consult with you cosmetic dentist about tooth whitening because there are many potential obstacles. Here is a small list of possible outcomes:
- Has your tooth had a root canal performed on it? Root canals can cause a tooth to discolor and, unfortunately, bleaching won’t change that.
- Do you have exposed roots? These surfaces don’t tend to whiten very effectively. You may need to choose a different cosmetic procedure such as porcelain veneers.
- Do you have veneers, crowns or bridges? Any of these will not bleach the same as your natural teeth and so you may need to replace these at the end of whitening to make them match.
You smile many times a day. You don’t want to have a glaring defect that you know you’re showing off every time you give a friendly hello. Your cosmetic dentist can help you avoid these issues. You just need to call!
Think you know all there is to know about your gums? Here are some interesting facts about periodontal disease, more commonly referred to as “gum disease.”
64.7. The number of Americans who have periodontitis, which is an advanced form of gum disease. 1 That’s half of all adults over age 30! Think you might have gum disease? Look for swollen or red gums, tender gums, gums that pull away from teeth, or your teeth feeling loose. Of course, a visit to your Crown Council dentist can tell you the state of your gum health—and what you can do about—right away.
13.5. The percent of the country that flosses every day. 2 Yikes! Brushing and flossing daily is vital to keeping your gums healthy and avoiding the painful consequences of periodontitis.
4,500. The age of the oldest periodontal disease patient we know about. 3 Scientists recently discovered a mummy over 4,500 years old that showed clear signs of gum disease. So even though dentists haven’t been diagnosing it that long, periodontal disease is as old as the pyramids!
55. The number of grams you should eat of lactic acid-containing foods every day. 4 A study in the Journal of Periodontology revealed that people who at this much (which is a little less than four tablespoons) per day of foods with lactic acid (think dairy products like yogurt and cheese) had less gum disease than those who skipped their dairy.
2007. The year things turned around for teeth! A study was released in 2007 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that more Americans than ever are keeping their natural teeth these days. 4 That means that gum disease is being taken care of and people are seeking dental treatment to avoid losing teeth or having them extracted. Good news for teeth around the country!
Crown Council dentists offer the full gamut of periodontal services. We screen our patients for gum disease, help them avoid it in the first place, and have a multitude of strategies for treating gum disease when we do encounter it. Use our search tool to find a periodontal specialist near you and set up an appointment to discuss your unique situation and concerns.
As a sampling, many Crown Council dentists offer periodontal maintenance, scaling and root planning, crown lengthening, and osseous surgery. Wonder what we’re talking about? Give your Crown Council periodontal specialist a call today!
Information used from the following website, accessed 05/20/2015: 1. http://www.perio.org/newsroom/periodontal-disease-fact-sheet
You may be tempted to leave the gap in your mouth alone, especially if the tooth was in the back of your mouth and can’t be seen as easily as a front tooth. You wouldn’t be the only one; many folks have chosen to ignore tooth loss. Some leave it be, others get a bridge, and still others who have lost many teeth may opt for a denture.
The problem is that losing a tooth comes with a myriad of implications that you might not think (or even know) about right now.
- Proper dental hygiene. It can be hard to keep the space between teeth clean, especially if the spot is tender. Food can easily get trapped, flossing becomes harder, and brushing may not completely clean the area. This can lead to bad breath (halitosis), gum disease, and a host of oral health issues.
- Discomfort. There’s a reason that babies don’t chew their food until they have teeth. Chewing on raw gums is downright uncomfortable. Because of this, many dental patients end up only eating on one side of their mouth or avoiding certain foods. Not only is this inconvenient, but it can even cause nutritional deficits.
- Bone loss and altered face shape. When a tooth is lost, the jaw can atrophy over time. Eventually and especially with multiple tooth loss, the face can actually take on a sagging appearance, even with a bridge or denture.
- Further tooth loss. This can happen for several reasons. Because maintaining oral hygiene is more difficult with gaps in your mouth, gum disease can result and eventually end up in tooth loss. Teeth can also be harmed by receiving a bridge. When a bridge is placed, the adjacent teeth have to be prepped by having some enamel removed and being reshaped to allow room for the bridge appliance. This damage can sometimes lead to tooth loss as well.
The truth is, with modern technology such as dental implants and implant-anchored dentures, the domino effect of tooth loss can be curbed. Implants are easy to clean and just as strong and comfortable as natural teeth. They help you keep your jaw bone nice and strong, and help you avoid losing any more teeth.
Dental implants are the best tooth replacement option out there, and many of our Crown Council dentists specialize in placing and restoring dental implants. Use our Crown Council dentist finder tool to find a dental implant specialist near you. Scheduling a consultation is the first step to learning about the implant options available to you and getting on your way to a healthy and beautiful smile!
How are you feeling these days? Are you exercising regularly, eating healthy, drinking plenty of water, and getting enough sleep? The research just keeps flooding in about how a healthy lifestyle can add years to your life, keep you out of the hospital, help you feel more energetic, and even relieve depression and anxiety. Did you know that another important part of your overall health is your oral health?
It’s easy to think that tooth troubles stay in your mouth. The truth is, though, that oral disease can lead to sickness in other parts of the body, too. The latest studies have been showing a strong link between gum disease and cardiovascular disease. That means someone who doesn’t take care of their gums is at a higher risk of heart attacks, heart failure, and chest pain.
WHY is gum disease linked to heart disease? We’re not sure, but research suggests that the bacteria in your mouth can get into your blood stream when you have gum disease and cause your body to respond defensively, increasing inflammation. The bacteria can travel from the mouth to the heart or to other vital organs in the body, causing inflammation where they land.
Don’t worry, though. Gum disease is easy to prevent. Here are a few tips:
1. Brush your teeth every day, twice a day, with a soft toothbrush. Try to brush for at least two minutes. Not sure how long you brush? Set a timer—you might find you brush for less time than you think.
2. Floss every day. It’s okay to only do this once a day. Use an interdental cleaner like floss, a water flosser, or an inter-dental toothbrush.
3. Don’t forget to pick toothpaste with fluoride in it. Many kinds of toothpaste are specifically formulated with anti-inflammatory properties, and these are great for fighting gum disease.
4. Visit your Crown Council dentist every six months for a regular cleaning and checkup. This is crucial to get a thorough cleaning that you can’t do at home, to review oral hygiene and tips, to discuss worries or potential issues that have arisen, and to get your dentist’s mark of approval. It’s the only sure-fire way to know that you are free of gum disease and have a healthy mouth.
If you think you might have gum disease, it’s important to make an appointment with your Crown Council dentist right away to get treatment and avoid serious oral and systemic health complications. Common symptoms of gum disease include the following:
• Chronic bad breath
• Gum tenderness
• Bleeding gums
• Gums that seem to pull away from teeth
• Teeth feeling loose
To learn more about oral health and what you can do to fight gum disease, visit the Crown Council website at http://crowncouncil.com/why-visit-a-family-or-general-dentist-regularly/periodontal-disease.
Information was accessed on the following website on 06/02/2015: http://www.colgateprofessional.com/Professional/v1/en/us/locale-assets/docs/OSH-CardiovascularHealth-Healthy-Mouth-Healthy-Body.pdf
“She laughs at everything you say. Why? Because she has fine teeth.”
It’s true that people who are confident in their smiles are more likely to smile, laugh, and even talk—because they aren’t afraid that others will notice their teeth.
We at Crown Council find that our patients feel self-conscious about several different dental issues. The most common ones tend to be yellow or grey teeth, crooked teeth, missing teeth, and misshapen teeth. It is incredibly gratifying when our patients walk out of their Crown Council dentist’s office with the smiles they have wished for for years!
If you deal with discolored teeth, most Crown Council dentists offer teeth whitening right their comfortable offices. Some tooth stains are too aggressive for teeth whitening to completely remove, and in these cases porcelain veneers can be the answer. No matter the stain, we have the solution.
Nobody has to live with missing teeth. With bridges, crowns, and dental implants, you can have full chewing ability restored and avoid the embarrassment of that gap in your smile.
Crooked teeth can be fixed in a variety of ways. If teeth are only superficially misaligned, porcelain veneers can give you the perfect, white, straight smile you’ve longed for. If teeth need further straightening, your Crown Council cosmetic or general dentist can refer you to an excellent orthodontist for treatment.
Sometimes the shape of teeth makes our patients self-conscious. If your teeth are too small, too large, or have been broken or chipped, you can still have the smile you desire! Crowns, veneers, and other cosmetic dentistry procedures can remedy any of these maladies.
We hope this article gives you an idea of the vast capabilities cosmetic dentistry offers to restore and revitalize your smile. If you feel that your smile needs some rejuvenation, contact your local Crown Council dentist to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation. We can analyze your smile and help create an all-encompassing plan to restore your smile’s va va voom!