Cosmetic Dentist Blog
Posts for: January, 2016
Some people give up on the possibility of ever having prettier teeth because they either think it will be too expensive or take too long. Many aren’t aware that they might be candidates for cosmetic bonding. When you discover how cosmetic bonding can help fix your smile, you might be eager to get an appointment with Dr. Warren Gase at his Cincinnati, OH office to have this simple cosmetic procedure performed.
When you go into your dentist’s office for a filling, he uses a special material to fill in and shore up the damaged tooth. The material is often made of composite resin, which is sometimes called a white filling or tooth-colored filling. Your dentist can use that tooth-colored material to fill in, shape, and contour the teeth in the front of your mouth that show when you smile. The process is called cosmetic bonding, and it can be completed in just one appointment.
Problems It Fixes
Here is a short list of the problems that your Cincinnati, OH dentist might be able to fix with cosmetic bonding:
- A cracked or chipped tooth.
- Small gaps between the teeth.
- Tooth discoloration.
- A tooth that’s too short or has an unusual shape.
Sometimes cosmetic bonding is used along with other cosmetic services, like professional whitening and veneers to craft the perfect smile.
How Long Does the Process Take?
Many patients prefer cosmetic bonding over other options like braces or crowns because the process is very quick. A bonding appointment could take as little as an hour or less depending on the case. The dentist will apply tooth-matching composite material to the surface of the damaged tooth in layers, bond it with a curing light and then use dental tools to shape and polish it. The results can last for years, as long as you brush regularly and see your dentist for checkups.
Cosmetic Bonding May Be Your Solution
After visiting the Cincinnati OH dentist office of Dr. Warren Gase you may discover that cosmetic bonding is the ideal solution for your case. Call (513)931-3001 today to make your appointment.
Surgical treatment for periodontal (gum) disease can go a long way toward restoring your mouth to good health; however, it does not change your susceptibility to the disease. That’s why we recommend that you come in regularly for periodontal cleanings after your treatment. Here are some frequently asked questions about keeping your mouth healthy after gum disease treatment.
How often do I have to come in for periodontal cleanings?
There’s no “one-size-fits-all” answer to that question: It really depends on your individual situation. For example, some individuals may have a more aggressive form of periodontal disease that requires more frequent periodontal maintenance (PM) treatments to maintain control. Others may have greater success controlling the buildup of disease-causing plaque with at-home oral hygiene measures, and therefore need PM less often. However, for people with a history of periodontal disease, getting PM treatments at a three-month interval may be a good starting point.
What happens at a periodontal maintenance appointment?
A thorough cleaning of the crown and root surfaces of the teeth, aimed at removing sticky plaque and hardened dental calculus (tartar), is a big part of PM treatments — but there’s much more. You’ll also receive a thorough clinical examination (including oral cancer screening), a review of your medical history, and x-rays or other diagnostic tests if needed. The status of any ongoing periodontal disease will be carefully monitored, as will your success at maintaining good oral hygiene. Decisions about further treatment will be based on the results of this examination.
What else can I do to keep gum disease at bay?
Keeping your oral hygiene in top-notch condition — which includes effective brushing and flossing every day — can go a long way toward controlling gum disease.Â In addition, you can reduce risk factors by quitting tobacco use and eating a more balanced diet. And since inflammatory conditions like diabetes, arthritis and cardiovascular disease can make periodontal disease worse (and vice versa), keeping these conditions under control will greatly benefit both your oral health and your overall health.
Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.
He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”
Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.
There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.
The Science Behind the Magic
There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.
The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.
How’s that for a disappearing act?!
If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”