How to Enjoy a Whiter Smile

Over time, age and lifestyle choices can diminish your smile’s beauty. Stains and discolorations can make teeth look dull or yellow. If you would like to brighten your smile, talk with your dentist about professional teeth whitening. Both at-home and in-office whitening can remove discolorations and lighten your smile up to 10 shades.

After you whiten or to naturally keep teeth looking their best, follow these tips:

Practice good home care

One of the most important steps you can take to enjoy a gorgeous, vibrant smile is brushing and flossing. Make sure you brush after meals and floss at least once a day.

Choose food and beverages wisely

Coffee, tea, and dark soda can contribute to stains on your teeth. As well, blueberries, cherries and other pigmented foods may cause discolorations. When you partake in these choices, rinse your mouth right away to lessen the impact.

Chew sugarless gum

If you chew gum after meals, you will stimulate saliva flow and clean the surface areas of your teeth.

Pick the right snacks

Foods like apples, carrots, strawberries and celery act as natural detergents for teeth, so munch on these yummy morsels when you feel hungry.

Say no to nicotine

When you smoke, not only do you leave a yellow residue on teeth and gums, but many people also experience problems with bad breath. Smoking also increases the risks of gum disease and oral cancer.

Drink lots of water

Not only does water increase saliva production and promote a healthy smile, but it also washes away food particles and bacteria, which contribute to plaque and tartar build-up.

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Restorative Dentistry Makes Patients Smile

Even with proper care, you can still face dental issues. Daily wear and tear can result in broken, fractures, or lost teeth. Restorative dentistry focuses on re-establishing a strong, healthy smile. Fillings, dental implants, inlays and onlays, crowns, and dentures can restore damaged teeth and improve oral health.

What options are available for missing teeth?

When you don’t have a complete smile, your oral health and self-confidence suffers. Bridgework, dentures, or dental implants can revive function and appearance. Permanently cemented in place, a dental bridge can close gaps left by missing teeth. Dentures are prosthetic teeth attached to a gum-colored base that replace some or all of your original teeth. Surgically placed in your jaw, dental implants mimic the look and feel of natural teeth.

What’s the difference between a filling and a crown?

For a small area of decay, your dentist will probably remove the damage and restore the area with a filling. Made from composite resin, the filling is hardened with a curing light and buffed to create the desirably look. When you sustain more damage, you may need a crown, a restoration that covers the entire tooth above the gum line.

Why would I need an inlay or onlay?

Sometimes, you need more than a regular filling but not a full crown. Inlays and onlays work in these situations. An inlay is bonded into the center of the tooth, while an onlay reaches one of more of the cusps.

Why is my doctor suggesting a root canal?

Deep decay or severe trauma can affect the soft inner core of a tooth, referred to as pulp. If the pulp dies, an infection and pressure build, causing intense pain. To save the tooth, your dentist may recommend a root canal. During root canal therapy, your dentist will remove the diseased tissue, seal off the tooth, and place a crown to stabilize the tooth.

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Dental Symptoms You Need to Watch

When you have regular dental visits, you help keep your teeth and gums in good condition. These appointments enable your dentist to maintain a watchful eye on your oral health. Even with routine checkups, people still develop problems.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, contact your dentist right away:

Changes in gum tissue

Swollen, bleeding gums are generally the first signs of gum disease, or periodontal disease. Caused by bacteria under the gum line, periodontal disease can lead to pain, gum recession, and even tooth loss without proper treatment.

White spots on your teeth

In the early stages, decay can present as white spots on your teeth, a sign that the hard enamel is dissolving because of acid produced by bacteria. With kids, white spots can point out an overexposure to fluoride.

Increased sensitivity in your teeth

Any time you feel sensitivity to hot or cold, you should mention it to your dentist. Often, sensitive teeth are an indication of tooth decay or other issues such as bruxism, or teeth grinding.

Pain from teeth or gums

Persistent pain can indicate a serious issue. Sometimes, your tooth may become sensitive to touch or develop a pocket of pus near the gum line. Even if the pain subsides, you should call the dentist because you could have an infection inside your tooth.

Color or texture changes in the mouth

As you brush, spend a little time looking at your cheeks, tongue and underneath your tongue to see if you notice anything unusual. White or red spots as well as any lumps should be investigated by your dentist. Often, oral cancer starts with these mild symptoms, so don’t ignore potential signs.

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How Much Pain Does a Root Canal Involve?

Root canal treatment has a bad reputation of being extremely painful, but actually that’s not really true. Modern advancements in the procedure allow patients to have this valuable treatment without all of the pain and anxiety associated with it in the past.

When you need root canal treatment, the dentist or endodontist (a specialist in this type of dental work) removes infected or damaged tissue in the tooth’s pulp. Many patients are experiencing significant pain before the procedure is even performed, so the treatment can serve to actually relieve pain. Since anesthetics are using during the procedure, most patients compare it to getting a regular tooth filling.

Here are some circumstances that might involve discomfort during root canal treatment, and suggestions on how to manage the pain:

  • If you feel discomfort during the procedure, alert the dentist so that your anesthesia may be adjusted. Often additional local anesthesia takes care of the problem right away.
  • Patients who have a history of dental anxiety will likely be more nervous about the treatment than other patients. Your dentist can help calm your nerves by offering sedation dentistry options, such as nitrous oxide or oral medications.
  • If you have jaw problems like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, you may find that your jaw pops, clicks, or locks during root canal treatment. Talk with your dentist about your TMJ if you know you have this issue, so that precautions might be taken to help avoid pain.

After your root canal is completed, expect some minor discomfort or tenderness at first. Over-the-counter pain medications should relieve pain and reduce swelling. If your pain is more severe, ask your dentist for a prescription for a stronger pain medication. Your dentist will provide you with a list things to watch for as you heal that might indicate you need to return for a checkup. Otherwise, you should expect a complete recovery within a few days.

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Teeth Whitening Basics

Each year, people spend millions of dollars to look younger. A stunning, white smile can take years off your appearance and boost self-esteem. Safe and effective, teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments available today. In just a short time, you can achieve lasting radiance.

The aging process naturally darkens our teeth, but other factors can impact our smiles as well. Dark beverages, certain foods, and lifestyle choices can produce extrinsic stains, which change the surface color of teeth. Intrinsic stains, the discolorations found on the inside of the tooth, usually come from trauma to the tooth, excessive fluoride, or specific medications. Typically, extrinsic stains respond well to teeth whitening, but intrinsic flaws may need a more permanent solution like crowns or porcelain veneers.

To transform your smile from blah to brilliant, consider these teeth whitening options:

Drugstore Kits

Although you can try to brighten your teeth with over-the-counter whitening kits and toothpastes, these products may not produce the desired results. Often, the concentration levels aren’t high enough to make a big difference in your smile.

In-Office Whitening

When you choose in-office whitening, the process takes about an hour. Your dentist will usually apply a bleaching agent and may use a special light to activate the gel. In-office whitening penetrates deep discolorations so that you leave the appointment with a stunning, whiter smile.

Whitening at Home

Some people choose to lighten teeth gradually on their own timetables. For this option, the dentist can take impressions for custom whitening trays and then supply professional-strength whitening gel. You apply a thin layer of gel, and wear the trays as directed each day. Most people notice a difference right away, but the full effect of your smile transformation will be visible after you stop the whitening treatments.

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What is TMJ Dysfunction?

Do you suffer with chronic headaches or migraines? Do you hear your jaws click or pop? If you answered yes, you could be one of the millions living with TMJ dysfunction (temporomandibular joint dysfunction). Problems with TMJ dysfunction can generate a host of painful symptoms and negatively impact your wellbeing.

The TMJ joints hold the lower jaw to the temporal bone and allow routine jaw motion. When these joints are misaligned, associated muscles are strained and discomfort can occur. Stress, heredity, certain habits, and a number of other factors can contribute to TMJ dysfunction.

If you think TMJ dysfunction is a problem for you, contact your dentist. The doctor will complete a thorough exam and then make treatment recommendations.  Dr. Yolonda Cruz offers Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA), which records the vibrations that occur during jaw movement.  This gives Dr. Cruz a better understanding of the TMJ function before and during the creation of a dental appliance or oral splint.  Other treatments include physical therapy, stress reduction, rebuilding damaged teeth with restorations, or habit changes to relieve TMJ symptoms.

These tips may help you deal with your TMJ dysfunction:

  • Apply warm compresses to the area, which may reduce inflammation and soothe discomfort.
  • Consider meditation to slow breathing, help you relax, and alleviate uncomfortable symptoms.
  • Find an effective way to handle stress. A calming bath, long walk, or yoga class may ease your anxiety and reduce triggers for flare ups.
  • Talk with your dentist about a mouth guard. An oral splint can keep your jaw in the proper position so that the chewing system doesn’t become strained.
  • Join a support group. Talking with others who have similar experiences can give you a safe place to share your feelings and find comfort.

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Implant-Supported Dentures: Stability You Can Trust

Estimates suggest that about 45 million Americans wear full or partial dentures. These prosthetic devices restore function and appearance for people who are missing teeth. Dentures, however, are not without their drawbacks. The adhesive creams are messy and don’t always create a secure fit, which can cause slippage and discomfort. Speaking and eating can become difficult with ill-fitting dentures, causing problems with socialization and self-confidence.

To improve the look and feel of your prosthetics, consider implant-supported dentures. With implant-supported dentures, the replacement teeth attach to dental implants, which keep the devices more secure. Implant-supported dentures are a great alternative for patients who can’t withstand the process for a full set of dental implants.

Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures:

  • Gives patients more confidence
  • Increases stability
  • Less likely to fall out or come loose
  • Look and feel more natural
  • Makes eating and speaking easier

If you choose implant-supported dentures, the process is relatively simple. Usually, implant-supported dentures are created for the lower jaw because more movement occurs with these appliances. First, the posts are surgically positioned into your jawbone. Your denture will have corresponding sockets placed in the bottom of the device.

After the procedure, you simply snap the denture in place and enjoy the freedom of a solid, attractive smile. Ideally, patients would decide on implant-supported dentures before the fabrication of the prosthetic teeth. In most cases, your dentist can work with you to re-fit your dentures to work as implant-supported dentures.

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The Scoop on Wisdom Teeth

Usually in your late teens and early twenties, your final set of molars, or wisdom teeth, erupt. Some people never have any issues with their wisdom teeth, but usually these molars are misaligned and require removal. Wisdom teeth that come in crooked can crowd other teeth and make you more vulnerable to tooth decay. When wisdom teeth only partially break through the soft tissue, they are considered impacted, which can result in pain, swelling, and susceptibility to illness.

Often, a dentist or oral surgeon will recommend removal of wisdom teeth before any problems arise. Extracting wisdom teeth is easier on young people because the roots are not fully developed and the bone is less dense. Older patients can have a more difficult time with the healing and recovery process.

Before scheduling the extraction, your dentist will take X-rays and examine your mouth to assess the situation with your wisdom teeth. If the wisdom teeth have broken completely through the gum line, the extraction is as simple as any tooth removal. Impacted wisdom teeth will need an incision in the gum and will likely require removal of the tooth structure in pieces.

To remove your wisdom teeth, the dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the teeth and surrounding tissue. Often, patients having wisdom teeth extracted also choose sedation options like nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation, which will lessen any anxiety about the procedure. After the appointment, your recovery will depend on the difficulty of the extraction. Usually, patients experience some bleeding and facial swelling. You can take over-the-counter pain medication for discomfort, or your dentist may prescribe something stronger if necessary.

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How to Prepare Your Teen for Invisalign

Being a teenager can be difficult, and being a teen whose smile could use some improvement can be even more difficult. If your teen suffers from gapped, crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth, you may be looking into Invisalign with your teen’s orthodontist as a smile solution.

In the past, metal braces were the standard for teens, leading to “metal mouth” smiles and the worry that food is caught there during lunch or after snacks. Metal braces can lead to even more self-consciousness for your teen. Using Invisalign will lead to the same results as traditional metal braces. While metal braces use wires and brackets to straighten teeth, Invisalign uses clear plastic trays, allowing your teen’s process of tooth straightening to be less obvious.

The Invisalign process begins with impressions and x-rays, providing valuable information regarding the current condition of your teen’s teeth. The mold made from the impressions serves as the reference for creating the custom-made Invisalign trays. A series of trays are used, gradually altering the teeth, leading to a more comfortable straightening process.

Invisalign trays are removed before eating, eliminating the trepidation associated with eating in public with traditional metal braces. Because there is no hardware to dislodge, there are no food restrictions, and your teen may continue to enjoy whatever foods desired.

Your teen will need to have good oral hygiene habits. Flossing once a day and brushing after mealtimes or at least twice a day is best. Invisalign trays are removed prior to these activities, allowing for an ease of oral care not provided by traditional braces.

Be sure your teen wears the Invisalign trays as recommend by his or her orthodontist. In order to maximize Invisalign effectiveness, your teen must wear the trays at all times, except during mealtimes or when brushing or flossing.

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Cosmetic Dentistry

Recreate Your Smile with a Makeover

It has been reported that nearly eighty percent of Americans are dissatisfied with their smiles. This is a surprisingly high number, given the fact that there are so many effective and safe cosmetic dentistry options available today. Many dentists are skilled and experienced at performing smile makeovers, which can transform a smile that makes you cringe into one that you proudly show off.

The first thing you should do is make a list of the things you dislike about your smile. Take this list with you to your dental appointment, because it is very likely that solutions are available to most of your dental problems.

Some common issues that patients often desire changing include:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Crooked or overlapping teeth
  • Overly prominent gums
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Discolored or stained teeth

After you and your dentist discuss your goals, an examination of your mouth will be performed to see if your mouth is healthy. Your dentist will identify which characteristics can be altered or improved. Photos will be taken to use as a guide, as will measurements to determine the ideal size and shape of features that will complement your appearance. Your dentist will explain techniques and procedures that will help you achieve the goals of your smile makeover. Some of them may include bonding, crowns, teeth whitening, gum recontouring, orthodontics, veneers, implants, or dentures. With all of these types of techniques available, there is no reason to be discontent with your teeth and gums. Now is the time to discover how to get out of that category of people unhappy with their smile.

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Special Needs Dentist

Dental Care for Special Needs Patients

If you or a loved one have physical limitations, medical problems, or behavioral issues, you may need dental care that is sensitive to these special needs. Aging patients, individuals with limited mobility, those with mental challenges, and people who are immunocompromised may need extra help to maintain good oral health. Finding the right dentist to work with a special needs patient will make all the difference.

Do individuals with special needs have special dental issues?

In many cases, these patients have difficulty maintaining home routines. Others take medication or have dietary restrictions that impact oral health. Sometimes, these individuals have higher rates of problems such as gum disease and tooth decay.

Will preventive care help a special needs patient?

Absolutely. Taking good care of teeth and gums will stop problems before they start. Depending on the situation, the dentist may recommend additional treatments such as fluoride and sealants to promote a healthy mouth.

What will happen during appointments?

To accommodate a special needs patient, the dentist will likely make modifications to standard practices. Keeping appointments short, having additional assistants available, and recommending sedation can result in a more successful experience.

How do I find a dentist to care for a special needs patient?

With a special needs patient, it is important to find a provider willing to learn everything about the patient’s situation and come up with a dental treatment plan to fit that individual case. As you consider dentists, look at whether the provider seems willing to develop a relationship with you as the caregiver, as well as the patient. Make sure the dentist and staff are willing to accommodate the situation and partner with you to achieve positive results.

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Dentist for Seniors

Dental Care for Seniors

In modern society, life expectancy and quality of life have improved. Now, many people focus on aging gracefully, which includes protecting the appearance and health of their smiles. You can continue to enjoy a full, active lifestyle by protecting your oral health.

Over time, your body tends to weaken, including your teeth and gums. Proactive efforts will allow you to preserve your dental health. During regular visits, your dentist will perform a thorough exam, analyzing your jaw joints, bite, soft tissues, gums, and teeth. For patients with replacement teeth, like dentures, the dentist will check the condition of the prosthesis and make recommendations for optimal dental health.

Common Dental Issues for Seniors

Discolored Teeth

Your teeth naturally darken over time; stains can occur from certain beverages, medications, and lifestyle choices. To improve your smile’s radiance, your dentist can offer suggestions for better brushing and flossing, as well as explain teeth whitening options.

Dry Mouth

Medications, infections, and tobacco use can lead to dry mouth. Not only is it uncomfortable, but dry mouth contribute to the development of gum disease and tooth decay. Minimize the problem by chewing sugarless gum, drinking lots of water, and brushing frequently with fluoride toothpaste.

Gum Disease

Because gum disease is the main cause of adult tooth loss, your dentist will watch for any problems. Catching it in the early stages will halt the progression of gum disease and prevent long-term dental issues. As well, studies have shown a direct link between gum disease and risk of stroke, diabetes complications, and osteoporosis.

Tooth Loss

Losing teeth can cause your self-esteem and dental health to decline. It may also lead to sagging facial muscles, dietary restrictions, and bone degeneration. With options such as dentures, dental implant, and crown or bridgework, your dentist can renew your smile and improve oral health.

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Dental Implants

Complete Your Smile with Dental Implants

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Did you know that 69 percent of adults have lost at least one tooth? Missing teeth don’t just damage your smile. They can limit your diet, inhibit your speech, and compromise your oral health. Studies show that when one tooth is loss, 20 percent of adjacent teeth may be lost in the next several years if you don’t replace the missing tooth. Dental implants offer patients a solid, attractive way to restore their smiles.

Constructed from biocompatible titanium, dental implants are permanent replacements for lost teeth. With implants, you can replace one or more missing teeth. One implant is surgically positioned in the gum line for each empty socket. Usually, your mouth will need three to six month to recover. During this time, the bone will fuse to the posts, creating a solid foundation for the dental crowns your dentist will place on the implants.

Dental implants offer several benefits, including


Designed to look and feel like natural teeth, dental implants are the closest prosthetic to nature. Your implants will blend in with remaining teeth, giving you a full, attractive smile.


Because implants aren’t removable, you don’t have to hassle with the messy adhesives or worry about the embarrassing slippage associated with dentures. After implant therapy, patients can smile confidently and enjoy active lifestyles.


With proper care, implants will last for years. Treat your dental implants like your original teeth. Brush twice daily, floss frequently, and schedule routine checkups so that your smile will stay healthy and strong.

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Adults: Living with Invisalign

But am I too old to deal with the hassle of teeth straightening? You may be surprised to learn how little your routine will change with Invisalign. From your morning schedule, to meals, work-outs, and bedtime you can go about your day in much the same way as before you chose to beautify your smile with this state of the art treatment.

Always rushed in the morning? Simply pop out the Invisalign aligners, brush and floss normally, and pop them right back in place. To clean the aligners, you can either use the cleaning kit provided or brush and rinse with warm water. The process is easy and quick, allowing you to get out the door to your meeting or carpool in a flash.

Big lunch with clients or a special luncheon? No problem. With Invisalign, you remove the aligners during meals. No worries about spinach stuck in metal brackets and wires, or restrictions on the types of food you can eat. Enjoy your lunch with confidence.

But I love to play basketball at lunch, and soccer with my kids? If contact sports are a big part of your life, Invisalign won’t get in your way. You can leave the aligners in without concern that you might cut your mouth, or remove them if you normally wear a mouth guard when playing. Score another point for Invisalign!

I’m so tired by bedtime that I just want to fall into bed, won’t they take forever to clean? With Invisalign, no need to worry about the tedious cleaning and flossing between brackets and wires as with traditional braces. Since the aligners are removed for oral hygiene tasks, you can simply brush and floss your teeth normally, and then brush and rinse your aligners. It’s so quick that your pillow won’t have time to miss you.

As you can see, with Invisalign, your daily routine will experience minimal changes, but your smile will achieve maximum results!

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Wisdom Teeth Q and A

Also called third molars, wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to erupt. Usually, people get their wisdom teeth in during their late teens and early 20s. Although some individuals have no trouble with their wisdom teeth, many people end up having these teeth removed because they may become impacted and create dental health issues.

Learn more about wisdom teeth with this Q and A:

Do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?

If your wisdom teeth aren’t causing problems, you can leave them alone. Typically, wisdom teeth are crooked or impacted, which can generate problems with the surrounding teeth. Also, wisdom teeth can be harder to keep clean, so the risk of decay on these teeth is higher.

When should I have these teeth taken out?

For optimal results, most dentists recommend wisdom teeth removal for patients when they are between 16 and 22 years old. The formation of the roots isn’t complete, so you have fewer complications.

Are there any risks?

As with any surgery, you can have issues arise, but the biggest concerns are nerve damage and dry sockets. Older patients have a greater chance of nerve damage because the root has more fully developed. Dry sockets occur when the post-surgery blood clots dislodge.

Does my age matter?

Some adults don’t experience any symptoms until they are in their 30s, 40s, or 50s. You can have these teeth extracted at any point, but when you get older, surgery is more difficult and the recovery takes longer. If you have trouble with your wisdom teeth, contact your dentist right away for a complete exam.

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Get Ready for Invisalign!

You have made the smart decision to improve your smile with Invisalign. Invisalign’s clear aligners make straightening your teeth both aesthetically appealing and easy to maintain. There are a few tips you can follow to ensure a successful treatment that results in a more perfect, new smile.

The most important step you can take is to find an excellent orthodontist with Invisalign experience. Your orthodontist should make time to answer all of your questions about treatment, and be vigilant and thorough with examinations and check-ups.

Once you start treatment, keep your aligners in place. For the first 48 hours your teeth will be adjusting to getting into new positions. They may be sore and sensitive, but this is a critical time for keeping the trays in as much as possible. Because the invisible aligner trays are removable, you may think it’s okay to remove them at any time. The success of your treatment depends on keeping the aligners in for the time recommended, usually at least 20 to 22 hours per day. Take them out to eat and to clean the trays, but otherwise, they should remain in your mouth.

Brush your teeth and aligner trays on a regular basis. Aligners can get plaque build-up just like your teeth, so it’s imperative that you keep them clean. The trays can be cleaned with either Invisalign’s tool kit, or a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Invisalign trays should be removed from your mouth for cleaning.

By following these easy tips, you can help guarantee Invisalign will work to straighten your misaligned teeth and ultimately give you a beautiful new smile.

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At What Age Do I Need Dental Implants?

When you think about artificial teeth, most people automatically think of elderly people. However, false teeth are not only targeted toward seniors. People of all ages have a need for tooth restorations, and dentures are not always the solution. Dental implants have become a very popular choice for those in need of new teeth. They may be used to replace individual or multiple teeth, and can be considered at various ages.

Reasons for tooth loss

There are a number of reasons that people lose teeth. It can result from trauma to the mouth from an accident or sports injury. Tooth loss also may occur from damage caused by chronic bad habits like smoking or drug use. Another reason for tooth loss is decay that wasn’t treated in time. Decay is a common problem in all ages due to consumption of sodas, sugar, and artificial sweeteners. Eating items like these and not performing good oral hygiene is a recipe for tooth decay.

Advantage of implants

Implants are a more permanent restoration than dentures. Instead of being taken in and out of the mouth, implants are attached directly to the jaw bone. A younger patient might require a number of pairs of dentures in their lifetime, while a dental implant is usually a one-time procedure. Even if the crown on top of an implant requires replacement, that may be done without altering the implant itself.

Restrictions for implants

Since the implant is inserted into the jawbone, the jaw must be finished growing so that the implant doesn’t affect jaw formation. Therefore it is recommended that dental implants not be performed on boys under age 17 or girls under age 15, since most girls mature physically sooner than boys. Another consideration for implants is bone density. As people age, bone density decreases and can limit the success of an implant attaching properly to the jawbone. Dentists can determine good candidates for implants based on their age, growth, and bone density.

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Things to Consider with a Smile Makeover

Being unhappy with your smile can affect many aspects of your life. You may be embarrassed, have low self-esteem, be hesitant to laugh or smile around others, and experience dental care problems as well. If these characteristics describe you, it’s time to consider a smile makeover. A cosmetic dentist can turn your life around by transforming your smile.

Here are some things that your dentist may discuss with you about a smile makeover.

Tooth color

The color and shading of teeth are considered for various smile makeover procedures, such as bridges, veneers, bonding, and implants. The shade selected for use in restorations is evaluated to make sure it fits the tone and color of your face, hair, and other teeth. Since discolored or dark teeth imply an aged mouth, smile makeovers strive to give you a more youthful look with brighter teeth while maintaining a natural appearance. Also, silver and amalgam fillings may be replaced with tooth-colored composite fillings so they are not noticeable.

Alignment and spacing

Overlapping, crooked, or gapped teeth can be corrected with orthodontics or veneers.

Missing teeth

Replacing missing teeth is important not only for your appearance, but also to improve your bite and oral health. Dental implants, bridges, and partial dentures are options that may help.

Smile balance

Chipped or broken teeth can be bonded to improve your smile’s appearance and balance. Also, laser dentistry may be used to alter your gums so that your teeth and gums are balanced in a more appealing way.

Facial appearance

Several procedures, including oral surgery or orthodontics, can alter the look of your face to make it look more even and youthful.

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