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By Dental Arts of Englewood
November 21, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Are you unhappy with your smile? Cosmetic dentistry can give you the million-dollar smile you've always dreamed of. Dental Arts of cosmetic dentistryEnglewood, which is located in Englewood, NJ offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures. Dr. Mark Docktor is one of the top dentists in Englewood. Here are the top five signs you might need cosmetic dentistry.


1. Your Teeth Are Stained

We offer professional teeth whitening solutions for patients who want whiter, brighter smiles. In-office teeth whitening will lighten your teeth 6-8 shades in one hour. Your dentist will apply bleaching gel to your teeth to brighten your smile. Take-home teeth whitening involves custom-made trays filled with a peroxide that you can use at home.


2. You Have Missing Teeth

Dental implants are placed in your jawbone and bonds with the jawbone to create a strong restoration. Dental implants feel, function, and look like your real teeth. Dental bridges are fixed dental restorations used to replace missing teeth by joining artificial teeth permanently to dental implants or adjacent teeth.


3. You Have Gapped Teeth
Are you self-conscious about that gap between your teeth? It's possible to fix gaps cosmetically through the use of porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells which fit over your natural teeth but may require removing some tooth enamel.


4. You Have a Crooked Smile

Porcelain veneers are a long-term cosmetic dentistry solution to fix crooked teeth. Braces can correct crooked teeth, crossbites, underbites, and overbites. There are many different options available for orthodontic treatment including metal braces and clear braces.


5. You Have a Gummy Smile
Gum reshaping can improve a 'gummy' smile in which your gum line appears uneven, or your teeth appear too short. Your cosmetic dentist will remove and contour a small amount of gum tissue to expose more of your natural teeth. This cosmetic dentistry procedure can be done to one or multiple teeth to even the gum line.


Are you ready to take your smile from ordinary to extraordinary? Call Dental Arts of Englewood in Englewood, NJ at (201) 894-9998 right now to schedule your next dental appointment. It's never too late to improve your smile!


Can you have healthy teeth and still have gum disease? Absolutely! And if you don’t believe us, just ask actor David Ramsey. The cast member of TV hits such as Dexter and Arrow said in a recent interview that up to the present day, he has never had a single cavity. Yet at a routine dental visit during his college years, Ramsey’s dentist pointed out how easily his gums bled during the exam. This was an early sign of periodontal (gum) disease, the dentist told him.

“I learned that just because you don’t have cavities, doesn’t mean you don’t have periodontal disease,” Ramsey said.

Apparently, Ramsey had always been very conscientious about brushing his teeth but he never flossed them.

“This isn’t just some strange phenomenon that exists just in my house — a lot of people who brush don’t really floss,” he noted.

Unfortunately, that’s true — and we’d certainly like to change it. So why is flossing so important?

Oral diseases such as tooth decay and periodontal disease often start when dental plaque, a bacteria-laden film that collects on teeth, is allowed to build up. These sticky deposits can harden into a substance called tartar or calculus, which is irritating to the gums and must be removed during a professional teeth cleaning.

Brushing teeth is one way to remove soft plaque, but it is not effective at reaching bacteria or food debris between teeth. That’s where flossing comes in. Floss can fit into spaces that your toothbrush never reaches. In fact, if you don’t floss, you’re leaving about a third to half of your tooth surfaces unclean — and, as David Ramsey found out, that’s a path to periodontal disease.

Since then, however, Ramsey has become a meticulous flosser, and he proudly notes that the long-ago dental appointment “was the last we heard of any type of gum disease.”

Let that be the same for you! Just remember to brush and floss, eat a good diet low in sugar, and come in to the dental office for regular professional cleanings.

If you would like more information on flossing or periodontal disease, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Understanding Gum (Periodontal) Disease.”