Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
We all want to look young and vibrant, or at least “age gracefully.” If you're seeking to reduce the visible effects of aging for a more youthful appearance, be sure you include one very important feature—your smile.
Like other aspects of body and health, our teeth and gums can be affected by aging. Even if you've managed for the most part to avoid the ravages of disease or injury, teeth will still naturally wear from a lifetime of biting and chewing food. The attractive shine of young teeth can also give way to yellowing and other discolorations later in life.
But there are ways to turn back the clock, so to speak, through cosmetic dentistry. And you won't necessarily break the bank to gain a more youthful smile: Many cosmetic procedures are quite affordable and minimally invasive.
If your teeth have become worn and edgy, for example, we may be able to soften those sharper edges with a dental drill. Known as enamel contouring (or reshaping), the single-visit procedure is relatively minor and inexpensive, usually without the need for anesthesia. For heavily worn teeth, you may need to step up to veneers, thin layers of tooth-colored porcelain, or crowns that cover the teeth and make them appear longer.
Mild enamel yellowing and staining often responds well to professional teeth whitening. Using a safe bleaching solution, we can temporarily restore brightness to your teeth that you may be able to maintain for a few years with proper care and occasional touchups. For a more permanent solution you can also turn to veneers, crowns or dental bonding for a brighter smile, especially for discolorations that don't respond well to teeth whitening.
While these techniques can restore a youthful appearance to your smile, don't discount the effect of daily care and regular dental visits. Brushing and flossing are fundamental to healthy teeth and gums—and health and beauty go hand in hand.
Age can take its toll on all of us, especially our smiles. But with proper care and perhaps a little cosmetic magic, you can have an attractive smile throughout your lifetime.
If you would like more information on improving your smile as you age, 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.”
At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!
Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”
We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:
Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!
If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
How dental veneers from your Okemos, MI dentist can improve your smile
With all the hype and popularity, chances are pretty good that you’ve heard of dental veneers. Veneers can be a fantastic option for so many people looking to revamp and transform their smiles. Head over to the office of our Okemos, MI dentist Dr. Eric Eby to find out more about dental veneers and whether they are right for you.
What are dental veneers?
Veneers are thin shells that are made from a durable, tooth-colored material and designed to adhere to the front of your teeth to hide common dental flaws like discolorations, misalignments, worn and uneven teeth, as well as chips and cracks. Veneers can be a great way to brighten discolored or stained teeth that can’t be treated with teeth whitening. It can also straighten smiles, improve the shape of your teeth and even lengthen teeth.
What types of dental veneers do I have to choose from?
Veneers are traditionally made from porcelain since they reflect light in much the same way that natural tooth enamel does and they are stain resistant, though sometimes veneers can also be made from composite resin (the same material used to fill a cavity).
If you choose to get traditional dental veneers, then some tooth preparation is required. This means that we will need to remove some tooth enamel to make room for the veneers. While this is completely painless, once enamel has been removed the process is not reversible.
Are you ready to find out whether your smile is ideal for dental veneers? If so, then it’s time you made a call to Eby Dental Care in Okemos, MI, to learn more. We would be happy to schedule a consultation to see whether these cosmetic restorations could give you the smile of your dreams.
After you take the time to whiten your teeth, it's only natural that you would want to maintain your results for as long as possible. Dr. Eric Eby, your Okemos, MI dentist at Eby Dental Care, shares a few tips that will help you keep your smile bright.
Stay away from stain-causing foods and beverages
Brightly colored foods can stain your newly whitened teeth. If you want to avoid new stains, avoid or limit coffee, tea, cola, wine, sports drinks, grape juice, popsicles, tomatoes and berries. Keep in mind that anything that will stain a white tee shirt will also stain your teeth.
Rinse after eating and drinking
If you do indulge in any of those foods or beverages, rinse your mouth immediately. Rinsing can help reduce staining if you make a habit of swishing a little water around in your mouth after eating or drinking.
Quitting smoking isn't just good for your overall health. It's also good for your teeth. The nicotine and tobacco in cigarette, pipes and cigars stain teeth. If you continue to smoke after your whitening treatment, your teeth will soon look dull and yellow again.
Use a straw
Add a straw to your drinks to minimize staining. Straws deposit liquids past your teeth, minimizing your exposure to the foods and beverages that stain teeth.
Brush and floss
Brushing and flossing regularly can help remove substances before they can cause stains. Brush at least twice daily and floss once each day.
Visit your Okemos dentist every six months
Dental cleanings, part of your bi-yearly dental appointments, are an essential part of keeping your teeth white. During the appointments, the dental hygienist removes surface stains that mar your smile.
Take advantage of take-home whitening trays
Your dentist can offer you take-home trays that allow you to touch up your results any time you want. The trays are created using an impression of your mouth for a perfect fit. You'll just add a little whitening gel to the trays and enjoy a brighter smile in no time.
Professional teeth whitening offers a simple way to improve your appearance. Call Dr. Eby, your Okemos, MI dentist at Eby Dental Care, at (517) 349-9860 to schedule an appointment.
Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”
Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.
A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:
- Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
- Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
- Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
- Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.
If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”