Your gums are an important part of your smile, and not just because they protect your teeth’s roots from things like food debris and harmful oral bacteria. They also outline your teeth, and as such, act as a frame for the masterpiece of your smile. When this frame is uneven due to excessive gum tissues, it can make your whole smile seem asymmetrical and less esthetically appealing. The good news is that gum contouring can correct a gummy smile to improve your smile’s appearance, and in some cases, improve the long-term health of your gums. (more…)
Sometimes, the greatest threat to your teeth isn’t plaque and tartar or the cavities they can cause. When you grind your teeth too much, the pressure and friction can eventually cause extensive wear and damage to your teeth. One of the biggest problems with excessive teeth-grinding, or bruxism, is that patients typically grind the most at night. Therefore, you might not even realize you have an issue until the damage to your teeth becomes apparent. Fortunately, knowing other common signs of bruxism can help you detect it early enough to minimize resulting problems. (more…)
To keep your teeth clean, strong, and safe from dental diseases, we recommend brushing them at least twice a day and flossing between them at least once. To make sure your toothpaste, toothbrush, and floss are effective, you should ensure that they have the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance on their packaging. In the case of toothpaste, you should also check that your choice contains fluoride; a mineral with the uncanny ability to bond to and strengthen your teeth against decay and cavities. (more…)
When your smile is in the grips of cavities or gum disease, then professional treatment is necessary to halt the infection, repair the damage, and preserve what’s left of your healthy tooth structure. Before dental health issues become a threat, however, you can help keep your teeth and gums healthy and free of disease with proper preventive care. Your toothbrush and floss are essential preventive tools, but to be truly effective, your hygiene routine requires periodic preventive dentistry appointments, as well. (more…)
The best way to keep your smile bright and beautiful is to prevent the issues that can stain and tarnish your teeth, rather than rely on teeth whitening treatments. The thing is, teeth stains aren’t always as easy to prevent as cavities and gum disease. The color of your teeth can gradually change from years of consuming food and beverages. While preventing them might not always be an option, you can do a better job of keeping your bright smile bright with a little care in your daily routines. (more…)
Crooked teeth are a bane to younger and older patients alike. Known as malocclusion, uneven teeth alignment can make your smile less cosmetically appealing, but it can also throw your bite off-balance and make it harder for your mouth to work properly. Older patients with crooked teeth may hesitate to wear metal orthodontic braces, especially if they’re goal is to improve their confidence. One of the most important things about Invisalign® is that it helps patients who don’t want to wear braces still enjoy a straighter, more beautiful smile. (more…)
Despite the fact that it’s one of the most highly preventable maladies today, gum disease still remains one of the most frequently-occurring ones. If it were only a matter of red, occasionally bleeding gums, then its high rate of occurrence wouldn’t be too concerning. But untreated gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss, and if left untreated, it can have serious negative impacts on your overall health. The good news is that preventing gum disease is typically simple – unless it’s already had time to develop, in which case your focus should be on controlling it to prevent extensive damage to your smile.
It happens to most of us, especially in the mornings. We yawn and wince at the taste in our mouths after a good night’s sleep, or discreetly check our breath before entering a meeting and wince back at the smell we detect. Bad breath is embarrassing, but when it doesn’t go away, it can be much more than just an inconvenience. In fact, chronic bad breath often means that you need to visit your dentist right away, either to improve your hygiene routine or address an issue like tooth decay or gum disease.
Tooth bonding and contouring are minor cosmetic touchups for your smile that often have major benefits to your smile’s overall appearance. Bonding is the use of tooth-colored composite resin, and contouring is the careful sculpting of your tooth’s enamel. Both procedures can completely change the size, shape, color, and appearance of your teeth quickly and conservatively, and can offer more affordable solutions to smile improvement than other, more extensive procedures.
Though they’ve been around for decades, tooth-colored fillings have grown increasingly more popular over the last several years. In addition to looking more natural, advanced materials also make the more discreet restorations safer and more effective in many cases. In fact, what makes tooth-colored fillings work better than metal ones lies in this biocompatibility – they restore teeth better because they do a better job of preserving your healthy, natural tooth structure.