Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
When considering “smile makeover” options, it’s easy to focus on whitening, veneers or implants — techniques and materials focused mainly on the teeth and gums. But if you don’t also consider the bigger picture of how your upper and lower teeth come together to form your bite, these efforts may be a lot like picking out paint colors for a house with foundation problems.
That’s why orthodontics, the dental specialty concerned with the bite, could be a consideration in your smile makeover plan. Moving teeth into better positions not only improves your teeth’s function and health it could also help facilitate any cosmetic changes that follow.
The first step, of course, is to visit an orthodontist, a dentist with advanced training and experience in tooth alignment and function, for a comprehensive evaluation. Orthodontists are also knowledgeable in the growth and development of the bite, and so can develop a treatment approach that reflects the patient’s needs, whether a child or adult.
Treatments vary, depending on your particular needs. Fixed appliances like metal or clear braces that can’t be removed by the patient are the standard treatment for most malocclusions (bad bites). Clear aligners, removable trays that fit over the teeth with programmed incremental movements of the teeth, find the greatest application with adults. Orthodontists may also use specialized appliances, like temporary anchorage devices (TADs), which work to isolate teeth that need to be moved from those that don’t.
In comprehensive makeovers, orthodontists will work with a team of other dentists and specialists, including periodontists (specializing in the gums, bone and other supporting structures of the teeth) and oral surgeons. In these cases, orthodontic treatment may occur before or after other treatments with the overall goal of producing a beautiful, transformed smile.
If you would like more information on how orthodontics can transform your smile, 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 “The Magic of Orthodontics: The Original Smile Makeover.”
In the first two parts of this blog series, we covered what you can expect before and on the day of your surgery. From the final piece of the blog series, you will be able to gain a better understanding of what to expect post-surgery. The Southshore Dental staff will cover what you should do so your new smile can last a lifetime, including:
- Choosing the right food to chew during the healing time
- Why you should stop smoking
- How much rest you’ll need
- Ongoing maintenance
Dental implants require the right preparation, not only for the surgery itself but also for your recovery. From choosing the right foods to focusing on your oral health care, here are the steps you should take to make sure you have a successful dental implant surgery.
Choosing the Right Food
For the first 24 hours after surgery, you need to only eat soft foods and avoid food and drinks that are extreme in temperatures - both hot and cold. Do not drink from a straw for the first week to ensure that the site heals properly. After this initial period, choose foods that you can easily cut with a fork. If it’s too hard to cut with a fork, it’s too hard for you to chew.
It may feel difficult to avoid some of your favorite foods during this time, but remember, you will soon have a permanent tooth that allows you to enjoy hard foods, free from pain or discomfort. The key to this is allowing the area to heal well post-surgery.
Smokers have a significantly higher risk of implant failure and we do not recommend dental implant surgery to those that cannot stop smoking. Smoking causes the tissue in your mouth to dry out and risks infection. Smoking can cause your healing time to be delayed or even cause your implant to fail.
After dental implant surgery, you will want to wait to resume light activities until you feel like you can manage them. For at least three days, avoid strenuous activities. If you are taking pain medication, avoid driving and other activities that require your coordination and concentration, because the medication may hamper your ability to do these activities safely.
Carefully Research your Dental Implant Dentist
Continue practicing good oral hygiene to avoid infection and allow the site to heal. Normal tooth brushing can start after 24 hours of your surgery, however, you should be careful around the implant. Avoid using mouthwash or other rinses within the first two weeks after surgery. Instead, try a water flosser or rinse with salt water to promote proper healing.
Be sure to continue seeing your dentist for regular cleanings. Consistent follow-ups and cleanings may be the most important advice in this post. Your dentist needs to carefully monitor the healing site to avoid any issues early in the process.
If you’re unsure whether dental implants are right for you, our team of experienced dentists would be happy to evaluate you in a complimentary consultation and walk you through the entire process. At Southshore Dental, we care about your oral health and want what is best for you. To schedule a complimentary consultation, contact Southshore Dental at (734) 675-0585 to discuss dental implants with a downriver dental team that cares about helping you make the best possible decision.
Cosmetic dentists routinely perform smile transformations once thought impossible. Using the latest materials and techniques, today's practitioners can "make over" the most problematic smiles.
But to achieve these results, it's necessary for both dentist and patient to step back and absorb the "bigger picture." If you're considering a smile makeover, your first step on this transformative journey will be this big picture moment called a smile analysis.
A smile analysis is a comprehensive examination in which your dentist looks at every aspect of your current smile. And not just your teeth and gums—he or she will also carefully evaluate the health of the supporting bone of the jaw. Healthy bone is necessary in particular for dental implants, which require adequate bone for optimum placement. Extensive bone loss could rule out implants, or at least postpone their installation until the bone can be rejuvenated through bone grafting.
The analysis doesn't stop with mouth structures, either: an attractive smile must achieve an aesthetic balance with the shape and complexion of the face, especially the color and position of the eyes and the form and posture of the lips. Your dentist will measure and assess all of these facial features and factor them into your individual smile makeover plan. This increases the likelihood your planned restorations will blend seamlessly with your overall appearance.
Your smile analysis will also include what's going on beneath the surface of your current smile. Many appearance problems are actually the consequences of disease, trauma or inherited conditions. These underlying issues will often need to be addressed first: as with renovating a house, it does little good to paint and hang wall paper if the foundation is faulty. Any treatment for disease or trauma may postpone cosmetic work, but it's absolutely necessary to achieve lasting success for your smile makeover.
Although time-consuming, a smile analysis sets the stage for a successful smile transformation. Your new beautiful smile will be well worth this detailed examination.
If you would like more information on undergoing a smile makeover, 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 “Beautiful Smiles by Design.”
There are ways you can look younger, including eating a better diet and getting physically fit. Cosmetic enhancements can also take years off your appearance.
But while looking for a more youthful appearance be sure you include a "smile update." Your teeth and gums age like the rest of the body—even more so if you've contended with dental disease. Here are 4 ways you might be able to take years off your smile.
Teeth whitening. Teeth naturally yellow as we age, so it's not uncommon for older teeth to look dull. But your dentist can brighten your smile with teeth whitening, the application of a controlled bleaching solution to lighten them. It only works with enamel discoloration and it does fade over time. But it can temporarily change the dynamic of your smile for the better.
Dental enhancements. You can "put a new face" on unattractive older teeth with a number of life-like materials and techniques. Dentists can apply and sculpt composite resin material to fix small chips in teeth. Dental veneers, thin wafers of porcelain bonded to the front of teeth, can mask chips, heavy staining or slight gaps, and can make worn teeth look longer. And life-like crowns can completely cover teeth with major disfigurement.
Dental work updates. Many people have dental work—fillings, crowns, bridges and the like—from earlier in life. It might be time to "revisit" those with a fresh update. For example, a dark grey metal amalgam filling could be replaced with a newer tooth-colored restoration made of composite material or porcelain.
Gum treatments. Your teeth might not be the only elements of your smile needing attention. Gums that have shrunk back or receded from the teeth can ruin your smile. In some cases, treating any underlying gum disease could help them heal and regain their tooth attachment. For major recession, though, you may need grafting surgery to regenerate lost gum tissue, improving both your oral health and your smile.
These and other techniques can turn back the clock on your smile. The best way to maintain a youthful smile, though, is to take care of your teeth and gums through daily brushing and flossing and regular dental visits. Healthy teeth and gums make beautiful smiles.
If you would like more information on rejuvenating your smile, 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 “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger.”
Dental implants are a popular type of restorative dentistry. At Southshore Dental, we help many of our patients restore their smiles through permanent implants.
Are you a candidate for this popular procedure? You may not know if you’re a candidate or not until you meet with a dentist, however, here are five signs to watch for that could be an indication you would be eligible for dental implants:
- You have missing teeth
- You need a tooth pulled
- You’re frustrated you’re always having to fix something
- You’re having trouble chewing
- Dentures and partials are becoming frustrating, embarrassing, and inconvenient
You Have Missing Teeth
Unattractive gaps or spaces in your mouth can destroy your confidence and make chewing your food difficult but dental implants provide a permanent solution to this problem. Implants look and function like your natural teeth, so you can restore your smile and get back your confidence. If you have broken teeth, implants could be a solution to help improve your look.
You Need a Tooth Pulled
Sometimes infected or cracked teeth have to be extracted to prevent further problems or reduce pain. For infected or broken teeth, our goal is always to save the tooth whenever possible. Root canals or crowns can save many teeth, but some are too far damaged and require extraction. If the gap left after extraction is not filled, your teeth could potentially shift position. Over time this creates problems with tooth alignment and your bite. These problems can then lead to jaw pain and other issues. Restoring that tooth with help from an implant eliminates these problems and keeps your teeth from moving.
You're Frustrated You're Always Having to Fix Something
If you find that your dental visits are constantly leading to more dental work, this could be a sign you may benefit from dental implant surgery. Shifting teeth, broken crowns, and the need for yet another root canal can be costly over time. Dental implant surgery is a long term solution that allows you to bypass ongoing expensive fixes, saving you money over time. Talking to your dentist will help you determine if implants are a viable solution for you.
You're Having Trouble Chewing
If you’re passing on some of your favorite foods because you can’t chew them well, then it may be time to consider an implant. While you will need to allow your implant to heal before diving into hard and chewy foods, once it is in place and fully functional, you can enjoy these foods without risk. Dental implants give you a tooth that works naturally and effectively to help you chew.
Dentures and Partials Are Becoming Frustrating, Embarrassing, and Inconvenient
If you have dentures or partials, you may feel frustrated with their overall care and the process of using denture adhesives to get them to stay in place. You may feel embarrassed by them, and you certainly may find that they're not a convenient option for your missing teeth. Implants offer a more convenient option because you’ll care for them the same way you do your natural teeth. All you need to do is brush and floss two to three times a day, and your implant will serve you well.
At Southshore Dental, we care about your oral health and want what is best for you. The best way to determine if dental implants are the right option for your smile is to talk to a dentist. Reach out to Southshore Dental for a free consultation at (734) 675-0585 to discuss dental implants with a downriver dental team that cares about helping you make the best possible decision.