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By Eby Dental Care
April 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: porcelain veneers  

Do you need veneers from your Okemos, MI, dentist, Dr. Eric Eby?

Veneers are wafer-thin coverings that your dentist bonds to the surface of your teeth. This cosmetic dentistry procedure creates a natural-veneerslooking surface that will make your smile look brighter than ever! Read on to learn how this treatment from our Okemos office can rejuvenate your look!

 

Creating a New Smile with Veneers

Tough, translucent, and non-staining, veneers can improve any of the following characteristics:

  • Color: There are many reasons your smile may deteriorate, including consumption of staining food/drink, smoking, chewing tobacco, and general aging. Luckily, veneers can cover the front of your teeth to make your smile look absolutely radiant!
  • Size and shape: Accidents, teeth-grinding, and time all wear down your teeth. Veneers can counteract these effects by giving your smile a uniform look.
  • Alignment and spacing: Not everyone loves the look of a spaced-out smile. If you want to close some small gaps in your smile, veneers could be the answer that you are looking for!

 

Dental Veneer Procedure:

The first step is removing a small amount of enamel off the surface of your natural teeth. We will then make a mold of your teeth and send it to a dental laboratory. Not to worry, though, while your permanent veneers are being prepped, you will receive a set of temporary veneers to wear for a few weeks. When your permanent veneers arrive, your dentist will cement the new veneers onto your teeth, and your new smile will be complete!

 

Caring for Dental Veneers

Venner maintenance is simple! All it requires is that you...

  1. Brush and floss your teeth everyday
  2. Use fluoride-containing products
  3. Get regular dental checkups
  4. Use a night guard if you have a teeth-grinding habit

 

For more information on cosmetic dentistry, call your Okemos, MI, dentist, Dr. Eric Eby, today at (517) 349-9860!

YouDontHavetoLivewithaGummySmileHeresHowWeCanChangeit

A beautiful smile is a balanced smile, especially in regard to your gums. A normal smile usually shows 4 mm or less of gum tissue along with about 10 mm of tooth length. But if your gums show more than that, your smile may seem too gummy. In terms of perceived balance, this could detract from your smile's attractiveness.

Fortunately, you don't have to live with a gummy smile—there are various ways to correct or minimize its effect. First, though, we'll need to determine the underlying cause before deciding on the best treatment. And, there are several possible causes, the obvious being too much gum tissue present. Teeth that appear shorter due to wear or incomplete eruption could also make the gums appear larger.

We may be able to correct these size problems by surgically removing and reshaping excess gum tissues and possibly the underlying bone to reveal more of the teeth. We can also bond composite resins or porcelain veneers to shorter teeth to make them appear larger.

But not all gummy smile problems pertain directly to the teeth and gums; instead, it could be your upper lip moves too far up as you smile (hypermobility). Or, your upper jaw may be too long for your face, which can also cause too much of the gums to show during smiling.

With upper lip hypermobility, we may be able to inhibit the lip muscles' movement temporarily with Botox injections that partially paralyze the muscles (the effect eventually wears off, so this treatment will need to be repeated). A periodontist, an oral surgeon, or a plastic surgeon could also permanently alter the upper lip movement through a surgical procedure. Surgery may also be necessary for an abnormally long upper jaw: orthognathic surgery re-positions the jaw to the skull, which can lessen the amount of gums showing.

If your smile is too gummy, we can transform it. But first, let's find out what the real cause is with a comprehensive dental examination. Once we know, we can better advise you on the best way to bring beautiful balance to your smile.

If you would like more information on improving a gummy 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 “Gummy Smiles.”

By Eby Dental Care
February 09, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: toothache  
YourToothacheisTellingyouSomethingsWronginYourMouth

A toothache might mean you have tooth decay—or maybe not. It could also be a sign of other problems that will take a dental exam to uncover. But we can get some initial clues about the underlying cause from how much it hurts, when and for how long it hurts and where you feel the pain most.

Let's say, for instance, you have a sharp pain while consuming something cold or hot, but only for a second or two. This could indicate isolated tooth decay or a loose filling. But it could also mean your gums have receded and exposed some of the tooth's hypersensitive root surface.

While over-aggressive brushing can be the culprit, gum recession is most often caused by periodontal (gum) disease. Untreated, this bacterial infection triggered by accumulated dental plaque could eventually cause tooth and bone loss, so the sooner it's attended to the better.

On the other hand, if the pain seems to linger after encountering hot or cold foods and liquids, or you have a continuous throbbing pain, you could have advanced tooth decay that's entered the inner pulp where infected tooth nerves are reacting painfully. If so, you may need a root canal treatment to remove the diseased pulp tissue and fill the empty pulp and root canals to prevent further infection.

If you have this kind of pain, see a dentist as soon as possible, even if the pain stops. Cessation of pain may only mean the nerves have died and can no longer transmit pain; the infection, on the other hand, is still active and will continue to advance to the roots and bone.

Tooth pain could also indicate other situations: a cracked tooth, an abscess or even a sinus problem where you're feeling the pain radiating through the teeth. So whatever kind of pain you're feeling, it's your body's alarm signal that something's wrong. Promptly seeing your dentist is the best course of action for preserving your health.

If you would like more information on treating tooth pain, 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 “Tooth Pain? Don't Wait!

By Eby Dental Care
February 06, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces  

Orthodontic care can take your misaligned or poorly-functioning teeth and turn them into a beautiful smile. However, learning about this facet of dentistry is the best way to ensure that braces are the right dental choice for you. Learn more about braces and orthodontic care by reading below, and call Dr. Eric Eby at Eby Dental Care in Okemos, MI, if you are interested in undergoing treatment!

 

What is orthodontic care?
Orthodontic care focuses on moving the teeth into straightened positions to improve the functionality and aesthetics of your smile. The braces themselves are made up of materials placed directly onto the teeth which use gently applied pressure to move them into corrected positions. These materials differ based on the type of braces you have:

  • Traditional Braces: This braces type uses metal brackets and wires affixed to the teeth to move them into place.
  • Ceramic Braces: These braces use the same brackets and wires as metal braces, but are made from porcelain to better blend into your smile.
  • Lingual Braces: These metal braces attach behind the teeth where they are hidden completely from sight.
  • Plastic Aligner Trays: Aligner trays such as Invisalign come in a series and are made from clear plastic to provide a more natural look. The trays come in a series in which patients wear the trays one after another until the end of their treatment.

 

Do I need braces?
If you have misaligned teeth, you may benefit from braces to straighten your smile. However, braces do not just perfect the placement of your teeth—they also improve the functionality of your bite. When the mouth’s bite is misaligned, it can cause a myriad of issues, such as bruxism or decreased efficiency while chewing. Braces also move the jaw to correct issues such as overbite, underbite, or crossbite.

 

Orthodontic Care in Okemos, MI
If you are considering orthodontic care, you should first speak with your dentist to ensure that this is your best course of treatment. For more information on orthodontic care or braces, please contact Dr. Eric Eby at Eby Dental Care in Okemos, MI. Call (517) 349-9860 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Eby today!

WhyemBigBangTheoryemActressMayimBialikCouldntHaveBraces

Mayim Bialik has spent a good part of her life in front of TV cameras: first as the child star of the hit comedy series Blossom, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest — a nerdy neuroscientist — on The Big Bang Theory. (In between, she actually earned a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA…but that’s another story.) As a child, Bialik had a serious overbite — but with all her time on camera, braces were just not an option.

“I never had braces,” she recently told Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine. “I was on TV at the time, and there weren’t a lot of creative solutions for kids who were on TV.” Instead, her orthodontist managed to straighten her teeth using retainers and headgear worn only at night.

Today, there are several virtually invisible options available to fix orthodontic issues — and you don’t have to be a child star to take advantage of them. In fact, both children and adults can benefit from these unobtrusive appliances.

Tooth colored braces are just like traditional metal braces, with one big difference: The brackets attached to teeth are made from a ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of teeth. All that’s visible is the thin archwire that runs horizontally across the teeth — and from a distance it’s hard to notice. Celebs like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill opted for this type of appliance.

Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth. Each one, worn for about two weeks, moves the teeth just a bit; after several months, you’ll see a big change for the better in your smile. Best of all, clear aligners are virtually impossible to notice while you’re wearing them — which you’ll need to do for 22 hours each day. But you can remove them to eat, or for special occasions. Zac Efron and Katherine Heigl, among others, chose to wear clear aligners.

Lingual braces really are invisible. That’s because they go behind your teeth (on the tongue side), where they can’t be seen; otherwise they are similar to traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on teeth differently, and wearing them often takes some getting used to at first. But those trade-offs are worth it for plenty of people. Which celebs wore lingual braces? Rumor has it that the list includes some top models, a well-known pop singer, and at least one British royal.

So what’s the best way to straighten your teeth and keep the orthodontic appliances unnoticeable? Just ask us! We’d be happy to help you choose the option that’s just right for you. You’ll get an individualized evaluation, a solution that fits your lifestyle — and a great-looking smile!

For more information about hard-to-see (or truly invisible) orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”