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Like other aspects of our lives, aging can take a toll on our smile. Over a lifetime the effects of disease, teeth wearing and the foods we eat can cause our teeth and gums to look unattractive.
Here are 3 of the most common age-related dental problems and how we can help you "turn back the clock" on each one.
Discoloration. Teeth can dull and grow darker over time. And not just from what we eat or drink—age-related structural changes in the tooth can also cause discoloration. We can often alleviate external staining temporarily with teeth whitening. If the staining is heavy or it originates inside the tooth, then we can install life-like porcelain veneers or crowns to cover the discoloration. We can also use composite dental materials to alter the color of one darkened tooth so that it doesn't stand out from the rest of your teeth.
Wearing. Our teeth naturally wear down over time. If the wearing is excessive, though, teeth can look shorter and less youthful. Again, we can use veneers or crowns to change a tooth's outward appearance and make them look longer. We can also employ enamel contouring and reshaping that smoothes out sharper edges caused by wearing to give your teeth a softer, more youthful look.
Receding gums. On the other end of the spectrum, gums that have shrunk back or receded from the teeth can make them look much larger and unattractive. Our first step is to treat any gum disease present—the most common cause of recession—which often helps the tissues to regenerate. If your case is more advanced, though, you may also need grafting surgery to restore lost gum tissue. Using in-depth microsurgical techniques, surgeons attach grafted gum tissue at the recession site. Over time new tissue will grow, restoring adequate gum coverage.
You can also improve your appearance at any age with orthodontics. Besides a more attractive smile, properly aligned teeth tend to wear more slowly and evenly. This and proper daily oral hygiene and regular dental care can keep your teeth looking younger even in your later years.
If you would like more information on gaining a more youthful smile, 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 “How Your Dentist can help you Look Younger.”
Sometimes it seems that appearances count for everything—especially in Hollywood. But just recently, Lonnie Chaviz, the 10-year-old actor who plays young Randall on the hit TV show This Is Us, delivered a powerful message about accepting differences in body image. And the whole issue was triggered by negative social media comments about his smile.
Lonnie has a noticeable diastema—that is, a gap between his two front teeth; this condition is commonly seen in children, but is less common in adults. There are plenty of celebrities who aren’t bothered by the excess space between their front teeth, such as Michael Strahan, Lauren Hutton and Vanessa Paradis. However, there are also many people who choose to close the gap for cosmetic or functional reasons.
Unfortunately, Lonnie had been on the receiving end of unkind comments about the appearance of his smile. But instead of getting angry, the young actor posted a thoughtful reply via Instagram video, in which he said: “I could get my gap fixed. Braces can fix this, but like, can you fix your heart, though?”
Lonnie is raising an important point: Making fun of how someone looks shows a terrible lack of compassion. Besides, each person’s smile is uniquely their own, and getting it “fixed” is a matter of personal choice. It’s true that in most circumstances, if the gap between the front teeth doesn’t shrink as you age and you decide you want to close it, orthodontic appliances like braces can do the job. Sometimes, a too-big gap can make it more difficult to eat and to pronounce some words. In other situations, it’s simply a question of aesthetics—some like it; others would prefer to live without it.
There’s a flip side to this issue as well. When teeth need to be replaced, many people opt to have their smile restored just the way it was, rather than in some “ideal” manner. That could mean that their dentures are specially fabricated with a space between the front teeth, or the crowns of their dental implants are spaced farther apart than they normally would be. For these folks, the “imperfection” is so much a part of their unique identity that changing it just seems wrong.
So if you’re satisfied with the way your smile looks, all you need to do is keep up with daily brushing and flossing, and come in for regular checkups and cleanings to keep it healthy and bright. If you’re unsatisfied, ask us how we could help make it better. And if you need tooth replacement, be sure to talk to us about all of your options—teeth that are regular and “Hollywood white;” teeth that are natural-looking, with minor variations in color and spacing; and teeth that look just like the smile you’ve always had.
Because when it comes to your smile, we couldn’t agree more with what Lonnie Chaviz said at the end of his video: “Be who you want to be. Do what you want to do. Do you. Be you. Believe in yourself.”
If you have questions about cosmetic dentistry, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Magic of Orthodontics.”
Dental veneers, thin layers of porcelain bonded to chipped, stained or slightly crooked teeth, are an effective and affordable way to transform your smile. Their color, translucence and shape blend so well with the rest of your teeth that it's often difficult to tell them apart.
But traditional veneers have one drawback: although they're less than a millimeter in width, they can still appear bulky on unprepared teeth. To help them look more natural, we often have to remove some of the enamel layer from the tooth surface. Enamel doesn't grow back, so this alteration is permanent and the prepared teeth will require a restoration from then on.
But you may be able to avoid this—or at least keep the alteration to a minimum—with no-prep or minimal-prep veneers, two new exciting choices in cosmetic dentistry. About the width of a contact lens, we can bond these much thinner veneers to teeth with virtually no preparation at all or, in the case of a minimal-prep veneer, needing only an abrasive tool to reshape and remove only a tiny bit of the enamel.
These ultra thin veneers are best for teeth with healthy enamel, and can be placed in as few as two appointments. And besides being less invasive, the procedure is reversible—we can remove them and you can return to your original look without any follow-up restoration. One caveat, though: because of the strong bonding process used, it's not always easy to remove them.
Although their thinness makes it possible to avoid or minimize alterations, there are some dental situations like oversized teeth that may still require extensive tooth preparation. With some poor bites (malocclusions) orthodontic treatment to straighten the teeth may also be needed first.
All in all, though, no-prep or minimal-prep veneers could help you avoid the permanent tooth alteration that usually accompanies their thicker cousins. What's more, you'll have the beautiful, transformed smile that veneers can achieve.
If you would like more information on minimal or no-prep veneers, 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 “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”
Here are the benefits you’ll enjoy when you get dental implants in Kennesaw, GA.
Wondering why so many adults are turning to dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth? If so, you’ve come to the right place! This small metal post sits in the jawbone and functions like tooth roots, can offer some special advantages for your smile for the long term. Here are some of the benefits you’ll enjoy when you get dental implants from our Woodstock, GA, dentists,
Looks and Functions Like Real Teeth
When you no longer have all of your permanent teeth, we understand that you want to get a restoration that is as close to the real thing as possible. that's why our dental implants are designed to look and function just like real teeth. No one will even be able to tell which tooth is actually an implant!
When you have a tooth replacement that doesn’t just fill gaps in your smile but is also durable and stays in place, you never have to worry about your smile and what it’s capable of ever again. Being able to smile without being embarrassed by any gaps can be a major benefit to patients dealing with tooth loss. You’ll be amazed at how your self-esteem skyrockets after getting a dental implant.
A Highly Successful Treatment
If you are dedicated to maintaining good oral hygiene and caring for your new implant, then there is no doubt that your implant will last a long time. In fact, it could just end up lasting the rest of your life! Thanks to how implants naturally fuse to the jawbone during a process called osseointegration, once you have your implant, you could very well have it for the rest of your life.
Enjoy Your Favorite Foods
Nothing is worse than sitting down to dinner and realizing that a lot of the foods on your plate are difficult or nearly impossible to eat without a full set of teeth. Since implants are placed within the jawbone they won’t move or shift around, which means that you can confidently eat all the foods you want without ever having to worry about your implant.
1st Choice Dental Care in Woodstock and Kennesaw, GA, provides comprehensive dental care to patients of all ages. If you are dealing with tooth loss, then it’s time to sit down with us and discuss your treatment options. Schedule your implant consultation with us today by calling (678) 293-8773.
Find out the many ways these dental restorations can improve your oral health.
These oral prosthetic devices are designed to restore damaged or missing teeth. So, as you might imagine, there are many adults out there that can benefit from getting dental crowns or bridges from our Kennesaw and Woodstock, GA, dentists. Here’s how dental crowns and bridges can improve your smile’s appearance and functionality.
What is a dental crown?
A crown is a dental cap that is placed over a weak or damaged tooth in order to restore it. A crown can actually provide the tooth with renewed strength and resiliency, while also improving the tooth’s appearance in the process. Crowns are often made from porcelain because this material can be matched to the shade of your smile, making your replacements looks just like the rest of your teeth. Here’s when our Kennesaw and Woodstock, GA, general dentists may recommend getting a dental crown,
- To protect a weak tooth
- To preserve the natural tooth structure
- To replace a large dental filling when it can no longer support the tooth
- To restore a fractured or cracked tooth
- To secure a dental bridge into place
- To cover a dental implant
- To improve the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth
- To restore a tooth after root canal treatment
What are dental bridges?
A dental bridge is designed to replace one or more missing teeth by filling gaps with false teeth. In order to place a false tooth, dental crowns will need to be cemented over any natural teeth surrounding the gap. Once the crowns are in place, they provide the anchors needed to stabilize and hold the bridge in place. Both crowns and bridges are custom-made, so our dentists will need to take impressions of your smile first to create a dental restoration that offers a precise fit. Once the crown or bridge is made, they will be cemented over the tooth or teeth.
Interested? Give us a call!
Do you want to talk to us about whether your smile could benefit from crowns and bridges? If so, turn to the restorative dental experts at 1st Choice Dental Care in Woodstock and Kennesaw, GA. Call our office today at (678) 293-8773 to learn more.