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By Eby Dental Care
September 16, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

A teeth whitening treatment from your dentist in Okemos, MI, can give you a brilliant smile

If your smile isn’t as bright and white as you want it to be, it’s time to give it a little extra TLC. It’s time for a professional teeth whitening treatment! Don’t settle for a dull smile, when your new bright white smile is just a phone call away.

Dr. Eric Eby at Eby Dental Care in Okemos, MI, offers comprehensive dental care, including teeth whitening, to give you a brilliant smile.

Your smile is your trademark, so you need to make it stand out. Professional teeth whitening is just the right touch you need. Consider that professional teeth whitening can:

  • Whiten your smile up to 8 shades, to give you a smile people will notice
  • Give you results that can last up to 5 years, and that’s far longer than over-the-counter products
  • Provide safe whitening, because all products and methods have been approved by the American Dental Association
  • Give your smile a quick boost, because the in-office whitening treatment takes only about an hour

At Eby Dental Care, you can choose either of these teeth whitening treatments to give you a brilliant smile. Consider:

  • In-office whitening, if you want the quickest option to give you a white smile; in-office teeth whitening fits in with your busy schedule because it only takes an hour to achieve outstanding results.
  • Take-home whitening, if you want to whiten your teeth in the privacy and convenience of your home; take-home whitening comes in kit form, containing prescription-strength whitening gel and custom trays, to allow you to whiten at your own pace.

If you have a special event coming up, there’s nothing like professional teeth whitening to make an impression, or if you just want to look your best.

To learn more about the magic of professional teeth whitening, call Dr. Eric Eby of Eby Dental Care in Okemos, MI, at (517) 349-9860. Call today and get started on your brilliant smile!

By Eby Dental Care
August 10, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

You can completely transform your smile with veneers. They can reshape teeth that are crooked or oddly shaped, as well as conceal stains and discolorations. Veneers also give cracked or chipped teeth a flawless new look. In Okemos, MI, veneers are available at Eby Dental Care, where Dr. Eric Eby can reshape your smile into the one you’ve always wanted.

How Veneers Help

A dental veneer is a thin laminate cemented to the front surface of a tooth to conceal imperfections and improve its appearance. Veneers can be made from various materials, but porcelain is commonly used because it looks just like tooth enamel. Once in place, porcelain veneers look completely natural. Each veneer is also custom-made to be the perfect size and shape.

Veneers help enhance and reshape your smile by addressing a wide range of cosmetic issues, including:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Oddly shaped teeth
  • Small gaps between teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Dull, stained, or discolored teeth

Veneers are permanently cemented in place and are strong enough to bite and chew food. You can enjoy your favorite foods without causing the veneers to come loose or slip out of place. Our skilled dentist can enhance your smile with custom veneers at our Okemos, MI, dental office.

Getting Veneers

Getting custom veneers only takes a few simple steps. After identifying which teeth could benefit from veneers, those teeth are then prepped. A thin layer of enamel is carefully shaved from the teeth to make room for the veneers. Doing this allows the veneers to sit flush with the surrounding teeth rather than stick out past them.

After prepping the teeth, a mold is taken that will be used to create your custom veneers. The mold is sent to a dental lab that will fabricate the veneers and then send them back to the dentist’s office. While waiting for your custom veneers to be ready, a temporary set of veneers can be placed on the teeth. Once the custom ones have been made, you will return to the dentist’s office to have them permanently cemented onto the teeth.

Reshaping teeth and concealing imperfections is easy with porcelain veneers. For custom veneers in Okemos, MI, schedule a consultation with Dr. Eby by calling Eby Dental Care at (517) 349-9860.

By Eby Dental Care
February 08, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

Learn more about dental crowns and how they preserve natural smiles.

Are you thinking that you might benefit from getting a dental crown? This tooth-shaped cap is one of the restorations that our Okemos, MI, dentist Dr. Eric Eby places most often. Most crowns are made from tooth-colored materials such as porcelain or ceramic that is made to mimic the look of real tooth enamel. A crown should not stand out from the rest of your smile, it should blend right in. A dental crown may be placed in order to,

You have a fractured tooth

Dealing with a broken or fractured tooth? If so, then you’ll probably benefit from a dental crown since this tooth-shaped cap covers over the entire crown of the tooth. A crown is often the best choice for preserving a cracked or broken tooth, as simply placing a filling could leave the tooth susceptible to further fracturing (particularly for molars).

You have severe decay

If decay has taken over the majority or an extensive portion of a tooth this can cause further deterioration of the tooth’s strength and functionality. While a filing is the gold standard when it comes to treating most decayed teeth, if the decay is widespread then a crown is going to be a better option for providing the tooth with coverage and protection.

You need a root canal

If our Okemos, MI, dentists have told you that you need a root canal, then a crown is a must! If a tooth undergoes root canal therapy but doesn’t get a crown, it is very likely to fracture. That’s why it’s best to get a crown placed immediately after root canal therapy to prevent needing more serious procedures or extraction later on.

You want to correct deformities

Do you have a tooth that is misshapen or malformed? Has a congenital condition left you with abnormally small teeth? If so, a crown can easily fix these issues. A crown is custom made to fit your needs, whether you need to correct the size and shape of a tooth, or simply hide severe stains.

Do you have questions about dental crowns? Want to discuss your restorative dentistry options with our Okemos, MI, family dental team? If so, call Eby Dental Care at (517) 349-9860 to schedule a consultation.

Teeth tend to become dull or stained over time, even if you practice good oral hygiene. Fortunately, teeth whitening offered by your Okemos, MI, dentist, Dr. Eric Eby of Eby Dental Care, can help you brighten your smile.

How professional whitening can improve your appearance

There's certainly no shortage of whitening products online and in the aisles of Okemos drugstores. While these products can be helpful, they don't always produce the expected results.

Using over-the-counter products may take much longer than you anticipated, causing you to give up on whitening your smile. Even worse, some abrasive products can even wear away your tooth enamel and expose the yellower dentin layer underneath.

Professional whitening offers safe, consistent, quick results. In fact, a whitening session at the dental office only takes about an hour. Whitening brightens your teeth by getting rid of the dark pigments that cause stains. The pigments are found in many types of foods, including:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Cola and other soft drinks
  • Sports drinks
  • Red wine
  • Soy sauce
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Ice pops
  • Candy
  • Berries

Pigments from tobacco products and dark foods and beverages become stuck in microscopic pores in your tooth enamel. As these pigments collect, your teeth begin to look dull and yellow.

Teeth whitening gets rid of the stains by breaking apart and removing the pigments. Hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient in the whitening gel your dentist uses, is a very effective stain buster. Although hydrogen peroxide is also found in over-the-counter gels, your dentist uses a stronger formulation that works quickly and more effectively.

Whitening offers impressive results

When you choose professional whitening, you'll see a definite change in your appearance. It's not unusual to notice a three- to eight-shade improvement in the color of your teeth.

If you prefer, you can also use a take-home kit provided by your dentist. You'll receive custom trays and a supply of whitening gel, which you'll use for several weeks. Whether you choose in-office or at-home whitening, you'll love the way your smile looks after teeth whitening.

Are you ready to give teeth whitening a try? Call your dentist in Okemos, MI, Dr. Eric Eby of Eby Dental Care, at (517) 349-9860 to schedule your appointment.

By Eby Dental Care
November 30, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers   porcelain veneers  

If you're dissatisfied with how worn and chipped your front teeth look, Eby Dental Care has the cosmetic treatment for you. Designed and placed by your Okemos, MI, dentist, porcelain veneers disguise a variety of dental flaws, giving you a beautiful smile and wonderful self-confidence. Dr. Eric Eby recommends these dental laminates frequently, and they may be right for you too.

What is a porcelain veneer?

Porcelain veneers are a thin piece of tooth-shaped ceramic. It covers the front of a tooth marred by stains, wear, unusual shape or deficient size, and other defects. These flaws do not compromise the health or function of your teeth but do impact smile aesthetics.

What does the treatment involve?

Porcelain veneers involve several steps spread over two or three appointments at Eby Dental Care. They include:

  1. An oral exam and X-rays. Your teeth and gums must be disease-free to receive porcelain veneers. This evaluation will determine how healthy your mouth is.
  2. Treatment goals and planning. In this step, you and your Okemos dentist will discuss how you wish your smile to change. He may show you virtual representations of your finished smile.
  3. Oral impressions. Taken digitally or with impression putty, these negative imprints give the lab technician information necessary for proper fit, bite, shape, and size.
  4. Enamel preparation. Veneers are permanent. Dr. Eby will use special dental tools to remove some enamel from each tooth, thus ensuring an accurate fit for your veneers.
  5. Veneer placement. Dr. Eby uses a naturally-colored cement to bond the veneers on the front surfaces of your teeth.

Do porcelain veneers last?

Porcelain veneers last about ten years, but you must not abuse them, says the Consumer Guide to Dentistry. That means brush and floss conscientiously, avoid hard foods, and never use your teeth to open packages. Grinding your teeth can crack, chip, dislodge, or wear down your veneers. So, see your Okemos dentist about a bite guard to wear at night. Go to Eby Dental Care two times a year for professional cleanings and exams.

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Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry services available today. They renew smiles just like yours, and our patients love the outcome. Call your dentist, Dr. Eric Eby at Eby Dental Care in Okemos, MI. Learn your options for a great smile. Phone (517) 349-9860.