Category Archives for "Cosmetic Dentistry"

Jul 19

Easy Fixes for Your 3 Most Common Smile Problems

By Mike Lomax | Cosmetic Dentistry

Easy Fixes for Your 3 Most Common Smile Problems

Show off a gorgeous smile! Top dentists share their super-easy tips for keeping your teeth in tip-top shape.

ou probably spend plenty of money on skin care products to fight wrinkles and dark spots. But how much attention do you give your smile? Just like your skin changes as you age, your teeth also start to show signs of wear and tear as you get older. According to the World Dental Federation, 90 percent of people across the globe will deal with some sort of oral disease in their lifetime. read more

Jul 19

The Lifespan of a Cap

By Mike Lomax | Cosmetic Dentistry

The Lifespan of a Cap

I had a lower jaw tooth pulled several weeks ago and I have been in constant pain ever since. My dentist says I have a dry socket, which he packed with some type of medicine. That helped for a while, but now the pain is almost unbearable again. What can I do to speed up the healing? How long do I have to suffer with this pain?

– Daisy, California

On average, caps (dentists call them crowns) last about ten years. Many last a lot longer but 25 years would be considered excellent longevity. If crowns do last this long, it is a tribute to a top-rate dentist. Today, new caps or crowns are made with thinner, stronger, and more cosmetic porcelain material. Some crowns are still appropriately made with a metal/gold foundation. Your dentist’s recommendation to replace crowns is a judgment call based on decay, fracture of the old crown, poor cosmetic look, or loose teeth that need splinting or joining together. In your case, there may be other reasons to replace them of which I’m not aware. read more

Jun 19

Considering Veneers for a Hollywood Smile

By Mike Lomax | Cosmetic Dentistry

Considering Veneers for a Hollywood Smile

Veneers can give you a beautiful, star-worthy smile, but at a cost. Be prepared to pay a pretty penny.

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If you’re looking for a dazzling smile, veneers could be the answer. Veneers are tooth-colored shells made to cover your natural teeth and produce a bright, beautiful smile.

Veneers can correct a multitude of cosmetic defects, from discolored teeth to slightly crooked teeth to gaps in your smile. And advances in cosmetic dentistry have made veneers look even better today. read more

Jun 19

Tooth Reshaping and Dental Contouring

By Mike Lomax | Cosmetic Dentistry

Tooth Reshaping and Dental Contouring

Tooth reshaping, or dental contouring, is a conservative and inexpensive option to help improve the appearance of your smile.

Do you have a minor defect in your pearly whites that you’d like to erase? Seeing your dentist about tooth reshaping, also called dental contouring, could be the answer

.“Tooth reshaping and dental contouring are cosmetic dentistry procedures that deal with subtle changes to the teeth,” says Kimberly Harms, DDS, consumer advisor and spokesperson for the American Dental Association. “But sometimes little changes can make a big difference.” read more

Jun 02

How Dental Bonding Can Alter the Look and Feel of Your Teeth

By Mike Lomax | Cosmetic Dentistry

Have a chipped, broken, or stained tooth? Dental bonding can make it look like new again without causing too much damage to your budget.

“Bonding is a relatively inexpensive way to make minor dental repairs,” says Kimberly Harms, DDS, a dentist in Farmington, Minn. and consumer advisor for the American Dental Association (ADA). Plus, dental bonding is sometimes covered by insurance.

In addition to affecting your overall health, tobacco use and smoking can cause a number of oral health issues, ranging from oral cancer to discolored teeth. read more

May 23

What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

By Mike Lomax | Cosmetic Dentistry

What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

From subtle changes to major repairs, your dentist can perform a variety of procedures to improve your smile. There are many techniques and options to treat teeth that are discolored, chipped, misshapen or missing. Your dentist can reshape your teeth, close spaces, restore worn or short teeth or alter the length of your teeth. Common procedures include bleaching, bonding, crowns, veneers and reshaping and contouring. read more