Posts for: June, 2017
There are a number of teeth whitening options to put the brightness back into your smile — from professional dentist office applications to over-the-counter products for home use. But before you decide on an option, you should first consider whether whitening is right for you and to what extent.
Here are 3 questions to ask yourself — and us — before undergoing a whitening treatment.
Do I have any dental problems that make whitening problematic? The underlying cause of the staining may stem from decay, root canal problems or other dental issues; in these cases the underlying cause needs to be treated first, because whitening would only mask the actual problem. You also may not want to whiten your teeth for aesthetic reasons: people with certain features like short teeth or gummy smiles may find these features become more prominent after teeth whitening. It might be more advisable in these cases to consider other cosmetic options first.
How much whitening do I really need to improve my smile? One of the biggest myths about teeth whitening is the brighter the shade the more attractive the smile. A truly attractive tooth color, however, is more nuanced, and every person’s ideal color is different. The most attractive and natural color is one that matches the whites of your eyes.
What effect will whitening have on existing dental work I already have? In most cases, none — and that could be a problem. Composite resins or ceramic dental material have their color “baked in” and bleaching chemicals used in whitening have no effect on them. The concern then is whether whitening nearby natural teeth may produce a color mismatch between them and the dental restorations, resulting in an unattractive appearance.
Before you decide on teeth whitening, visit us first for a complete exam and consultation. We’ll discuss whether whitening is a good option for you, or whether there are other issues we should address first. We can also advise you on products and techniques, and how to get the most from your whitening experience.
If you would like more information on teeth whitening, 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 “Important Teeth Whitening Questions…Answered!”
Do you wish you had a beautiful, full smile, but feel as though the gaps from your missing teeth are holding your smile hostage? Whether you have one or many gaps or are missing all your teeth completely, you can benefit from dental implants. This revolutionary dental technology replaces your missing teeth long term, without requiring you to add extra steps to your dental routine. Find out more about dental implants and how they can improve your smile with Unique Dental Care in North Attleboro, MA.
How can dental implants help me?
Dental implants are a permanent, effective solution to missing teeth. Implants lie within the jawbone of the mouth, underneath the gum tissue which lines the socket of the missing tooth. Implants replace a missing tooth’s root along with the tooth itself, providing a comprehensive tooth replacement option which helps patients avoid the side effects of missing teeth, such as bone atrophy while filling in the gaps in their smile.
What kind of dental implant do I need?
Dental implants can replace one, many, or all your teeth. A single dental implant stands alone in the mouth, unlike a dental bridge, which relies on the surrounding natural teeth to anchor it into place. Multiple tooth replacement gives the patient the opportunity to replace several teeth in a row, using one implant on either side of the bridge and the same self-standing method as single tooth replacement. Patients missing all the teeth on a row can use an implant-supported denture to replace an entire arch of teeth using only four to six implants spaced throughout the arch.
Dental Implant Treatment in North Attleboro, MA
This important procedure takes several dental appointments. This, however, is a small price to pay for a lifetime of use. The chances of dental implants rejecting or failing are low and usually tied to lack of proper care. Luckily, caring for your implants is as easy as caring for your natural teeth. Brush twice daily and floss at least once to ensure proper dental hygiene between your regular dental examinations and cleanings every six months.
For more information on dental implants, please contact your dentists at Unique Dental Care in North Attleboro, MA. Call (508) 399-8800 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
Is having good oral hygiene important to kissing? Who's better to answer that question than Vivica A. Fox? Among her other achievements, the versatile actress won the “Best Kiss” honor at the MTV Movie Awards, for a memorable scene with Will Smith in the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. When Dear Doctor magazine asked her, Ms. Fox said that proper oral hygiene was indeed essential. Actually, she said:
"Ooooh, yes, yes, yes, Honey, 'cause Baby, if you kiss somebody with a dragon mouth, my God, it's the worst experience ever as an actor to try to act like you enjoy it!"
And even if you're not on stage, it's no fun to kiss someone whose oral hygiene isn't what it should be. So what's the best way to step up your game? Here's how Vivica does it:
“I visit my dentist every three months and get my teeth cleaned, I floss, I brush, I just spent two hundred bucks on an electronic toothbrush — I'm into dental hygiene for sure.”
Well, we might add that you don't need to spend tons of money on a toothbrush — after all, it's not the brush that keeps your mouth healthy, but the hand that holds it. And not everyone needs to come in as often every three months. But her tips are generally right on.
For proper at-home oral care, nothing beats brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, and flossing once a day. Brushing removes the sticky, bacteria-laden plaque that clings to your teeth and causes tooth decay and gum disease — not to mention malodorous breath. Don't forget to brush your tongue as well — it can also harbor those bad-breath bacteria.
While brushing is effective, it can't reach the tiny spaces in between teeth and under gums where plaque bacteria can hide. But floss can: That's what makes it so important to getting your mouth really clean.
Finally, regular professional checkups and cleanings are an essential part of good oral hygiene. Why? Because even the most dutiful brushing and flossing can't remove the hardened coating called tartar that eventually forms on tooth surfaces. Only a trained health care provider with the right dental tools can! And when you come in for a routine office visit, you'll also get a thorough checkup that can detect tooth decay, gum disease, and other threats to your oral health.
Bad breath isn't just a turn-off for kissing — It can indicate a possible problem in your mouth. So listen to what award-winning kisser Vivica Fox says: Paying attention to your oral hygiene can really pay off! For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can read the entire interview with Vivica A. Fox in Dear Doctor's latest issue.