Posts for: February, 2020
How cosmetic dentistry procedures from your dentist in Cincinnati, Ohio can enhance your smile.
If your smile needs a little bit of renewed vitality, you need to discover the world of cosmetic dentistry. With so many cosmetic dentistry options to choose from, there is a procedure that is sure to enhance your smile. Dr. Janette Williams at Montgomery Dental Care in Cincinnati, Ohio offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry options to give you your best smile.
Cosmetic dentistry offers procedures to make your smile more beautiful. If nature didn’t give you a wonderful smile, cosmetic dentistry can change that. Let’s take a look at just a few of the most popular cosmetic dentistry services:
Professional teeth whitening, which is an excellent choice to enhance a dull, aging, yellowing smile; you can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades, and your great results can last for years! Professional teeth whitening products are the safe way to get rid of dark stains and give you a more brilliant, younger-looking smile. The in-office treatment takes only about an hour.
Cosmetic bonding and recontouring, which is the perfect option to repair teeth that are chipped, eroded, worn-down, or broken; bonding uses composite, a liquid material that your dentist can match to the color of your teeth. The composite is sculpted into place and hardened with a blue light. Your bonding treatment will look completely natural and give you a whole, beautiful smile. Bonding is often combined with recontouring to balance out an uneven smile by reshaping jagged, uneven edges of your teeth.
Porcelain veneers, which are a superb choice to hide minor and major areas of tooth damage; they are a versatile, conservative dental treatment and can hide problems like these:
- Chipped, worn-down, or eroded teeth
- Cracked, fractured, or broken teeth
- Blotchy, discolored, or stained teeth
They can even hide some alignment issues including minimizing gaps between your teeth, reducing the appearance of overlapped teeth, and minimizing the look of crowding. Porcelain veneers look completely natural because porcelain is light-reflective and closely resembles tooth enamel. Porcelain is stain-resistant too, so your new veneers will stay looking beautiful for years.
These are just a few of the many cosmetic dentistry options available for you to consider. To find out more about what cosmetic dentistry can do for your smile, call Dr. Janette Williams at Montgomery Dental Care in Cincinnati, Ohio today.
Holistic medicine aims to provide healthcare for the “whole” person. While it's a worthy approach, the term has also been used to advance ideas, including in dentistry, at odds with solid scientific evidence.
Here are 4 “holistic” oral health claims and why you should be wary of them.
Root canals are dangerous. It might be shocking to learn that some claim this routine tooth-saving procedure increases the risk of disease. The claim comes from an early 20th Century belief that leaving a “dead” organ like a root-canaled tooth in the body damages the immune system. The idea, though, has been thoroughly disproved, most recently by a 2013 oral cancer study that found not only no evidence of increased cancer, but an actual decrease in cancer risk following root canal treatment.
X-rays are hazardous. X-rays have improved tooth decay treatment by allowing dentists to detect it at earlier stages. Even so, many advise avoiding X-rays because, as a form of radiation, high levels could damage health. But dentists take great care when x-raying patients, performing them only as needed and at the lowest possible exposure. In fact, people receive less radiation through dental X-rays than from their normal background environment.
Silver fillings are toxic. Known for their strength and stability, dentists have used silver fillings for generations. But now many people are leery of them because it includes mercury, which has been linked to several health problems. Research concludes that there's no cause for alarm, or any need to remove existing fillings: The type of mercury used in amalgam is different from the toxic kind and doesn't pose a health danger.
Fluoride contributes to disease. Nothing has been more beneficial in dental care or more controversial than fluoride. A proven weapon against tooth decay, fluoride has nonetheless been associated with ailments like cancer or Alzheimer's disease. But numerous studies have failed to find any substantial disease link with fluoride except fluorosis, heavy tooth staining due to excess fluoride. Fluorosis, though, doesn't harm the teeth otherwise and is easily prevented by keeping fluoride consumption within acceptable limits.
Each of these supposed “dangers” plays a prominent role in preventing or minimizing dental disease. If you have a concern, please talk with your dentist to get the true facts about them.
If you would like more information on best dental practices, 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 “Holistic Dentistry: Fads vs. Evidence-Based Practices.”
You probably wouldn't be surprised to hear that someone playing hockey, racing motocross or duking it out in an ultimate fighter match had a tooth knocked out. But acting in a movie? That's exactly what happened to Howie Mandel, well-known comedian and host of TV's America's Got Talent and Deal or No Deal. And not just any tooth, but one of his upper front teeth—with the other one heavily damaged in the process.
The accident occurred during the 1987 filming of Walk Like a Man in which Mandel played a young man raised by wolves. In one scene, a co-star was supposed to yank a bone from Howie's mouth. The actor, however, pulled the bone a second too early while Howie still had it clamped between his teeth. Mandel says you can see the tooth fly out of his mouth in the movie.
But trooper that he is, Mandel immediately had two crowns placed to restore the damaged teeth and went back to filming. The restoration was a good one, and all was well with his smile for the next few decades.
Until, that is, he began to notice a peculiar discoloration pattern. Years of coffee drinking had stained his other natural teeth, but not the two prosthetic (“false”) crowns in the middle of his smile. The two crowns, bright as ever, stuck out prominently from the rest of his teeth, giving him a distinctive look: “I looked like Bugs Bunny,” Mandel told Dear Doctor—Dentistry & Oral Health magazine.
His dentist, though, had a solution: dental veneers. These thin wafers of porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to mask slight imperfections like chipping, gaps or discoloration. Veneers are popular way to get an updated and more attractive smile. Each veneer is custom-shaped and color-matched to the individual tooth so that it blends seamlessly with the rest of the teeth.
One caveat, though: most veneers can look bulky if placed directly on the teeth. To accommodate this, traditional veneers require that some of the enamel be removed from your tooth so that the veneer does not add bulk when it is placed over the front-facing side of your tooth. This permanently alters the tooth and requires it have a restoration from then on.
In many instances, however, a “minimal prep” or “no-prep” veneer may be possible, where, as the names suggest, very little or even none of the tooth's surface needs to be reduced before the veneer is placed. The type of veneer that is recommended for you will depend on the condition of your enamel and the particular flaw you wish to correct.
Many dental patients opt for veneers because they can be used in a variety of cosmetic situations, including upgrades to previous dental work as Howie Mandel experienced. So if slight imperfections are putting a damper on your smile, veneers could be the answer.
If you would like more information about veneers and other cosmetic dental enhancements, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “Porcelain Dental Crowns.”