Posts for: April, 2018
If you're ready to put the "pizzazz" back into your smile, your dentist may be able to help. It's possible your dull, dingy smile could be transformed with teeth whitening.
Teeth whitening or bleaching is a technique that applies a solution with a bleaching agent (usually up to 35% hydrogen peroxide in an office setting) to the teeth to whiten them. Although there are Do-It-Yourself home whitening kits you can use, there are a few good reasons why you should first consider a whitening procedure in a dental office setting.
To begin with, you should first have your teeth examined by a dentist to determine why they're discolored. Certain foods and beverages we consume or tobacco habits are the usual culprits causing stains on the enamel, the outermost tooth layer. These are the kinds of stains targeted by most whitening solutions.
But the interior of a tooth can also become discolored for reasons like trauma, past dental work or tetracycline use at an early age. If your staining is internal (intrinsic) rather than external (extrinsic) reducing that discoloration will require an invasive procedure only a dentist can perform—a home kit won't be able to do the job.
Another reason for having your teeth whitened by your dentist (even extrinsic staining) involves your time and the degree of brightness you'd like. Because dentists use stronger bleaching solutions (home kits usually use a weaker solution of 10% carbamide peroxide) it takes fewer sessions than home kits to achieve results—and they may last longer. In addition, dentists have more control over the level of brightness to match your expectations of a more subdued, natural look or a dazzling "Hollywood" smile.
A dentist can also help you navigate special circumstances like matching and managing natural teeth whiteness with dental restorations (which don't bleach) or special whitening situations like a single discolored tooth.
Even if you eventually decide to go the home kit route, consulting with a dentist first can still prove helpful. You'll get expert advice on products, tips on how to apply them and how to prolong the whitening effect. Whichever way you go, home kit or dentist, you can gain a brighter, more confident smile with teeth whitening.
If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Important Teeth Whitening Questions…Answered!”
Bad smile? Porcelain veneers can give you the Hollywood smile you've always dreamed of. Veneers can make an imperfect smile look flawless. Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are placed over the front teeth. Southshore Dental, which is located in Trenton, MI, offers porcelain veneers to their patients. Here are the top five reasons to consider porcelain veneers in Trenton, MI.
1. Cover Crooked Teeth- Crooked teeth can be embarrassing, causing people to hide their smile. Dentists use porcelain veneers to improve teeth that are crooked. Veneers are very effective in covering up cosmetic imperfections and giving patients the appearance of a beautiful smile.
2. Whiten Stained Teeth- Pigments from beverages and foods, certain medications, and smoking can stain your teeth. Stained teeth can affect your self-esteem. Porcelain veneers will make your pearly whites bright and shiny and make you feel good about yourself. This approach allows you to improve the shape and color of your teeth at the same time.
3. Fix Gapped Teeth- A diastema is a gap or space between two teeth. Having a gap between your teeth can affect your confidence. Dentists use porcelain veneers to close gaps between the teeth. These ceramic shells fit snugly over your front teeth to create an evenly-spaced smile.
4. Restore Chipped Teeth- Chipping a tooth is a common phenomenon. An accident, sports injury, or chewing something hard can cause a tooth to chip. Your dentist can use porcelain veneers to restore your chipped teeth. Porcelain veneers will make your chipped teeth look whole and healthy again.
5. Cover Worn-Down Teeth- Some of the factors that can lead to worn-down teeth are tooth grinding, and brushing aggressively, and eating foods that have a high acid content. Your dentist can fix your worn-down teeth through the use of veneers. Veneers essentially replace tooth enamel. Veneers are less likely to wear down than your original teeth.
6. Strengthen Teeth- Porcelain veneers provide resilience and strength comparable to the enamel on your teeth. These shells can strengthen and protect vulnerable teeth that have cracks or chips. This is possible due to the durable, high-quality material that composes porcelain veneers as they cover your teeth.
Ready to take your smile from ordinary to extraordinary? Call Southshore Dental at 734-675-0585 today to schedule a dental consultation in Trenton, MI and serving Grosse Ile, Wyandotte, and Riverview, MI, areas. Porcelain veneers have helped millions of people transform their smiles, boost their self-esteem, and improve the quality of their lives. And they will do the same for you!
Not long ago the dental bridge was the alternative treatment of choice to partial dentures for restoring lost teeth. Over the last few decades, however, dental implants have nudged bridgework out of this premier spot.
That doesn’t mean, though, that bridgework has gone the way of the horse and buggy. In fact, it may still be a solid restorative alternative to partial dentures for certain people.
A traditional bridge consists of a series of porcelain crowns affixed to each other like pickets in a fence. The end crowns are fitted onto the teeth on either side of the empty tooth space; known as abutment teeth, they support the bridge. The crowns in the middle, known as pontics (from the French for “bridge”), replace the teeth that have been lost.
Bridges have been an effective and cosmetically pleasing method for tooth replacement for nearly a century. To achieve those results, though, a good portion of the abutment teeth’s structure must be removed to accommodate the crowns. This permanently alters these teeth, so they’ll require a restoration from that point on.
Dental implants, on the other hand, can be installed in the missing space without impacting any neighboring teeth. What’s more, implants provide greater support to the underlying bone than can be achieved with bridgework.
But not everyone is a viable candidate for implants, and ironically the reason most often has to do with the bone. If a patient has suffered significant bone volume loss, either because of disease or the long-term absence of the natural teeth, there may not be enough bone to properly support an implant. Unless we can adequately restore this lost bone volume through grafting, we’ll need to consider another type of restoration.
That’s where bridgework could be a viable option for patients in this or similar situations. With continuing advances in materials and new applications, the traditional bridge still remains an effective and important means to restore a smile marred by missing teeth.
If you would like more information on dental restoration options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”