Posts for: April, 2018
Find out how this simple cosmetic procedure could give you your dream smile.
While it’s obvious that having a beautiful smile can certainly improve your appearance and boost your confidence, did you know that it could also influence your personal and professional relationships? That’s right! Smiling doesn’t just make you seem more attractive and likable in the eyes of those around you, but you could also be perceived as more competent in the workforce. But first, do you have a smile that exudes confidence? If you said no, don’t worry. Our Englewood, NJ, dentist, Dr. Mark Docktor, is here to show you how dental veneers can help.
What are veneers?
Each veneer is custom-made from medical-grade porcelain that is designed to mimic the look of natural tooth enamel. Veneers are to teeth what false nails are to fingernails. They are designed to enhance and cosmetically bolster your smile just by simply bonding the veneers to the front surface of your teeth.
You can choose to get a full set of veneers for your smile or you can cover a particularly cosmetically flawed tooth. The decision is completely up to you and our Englewood cosmetic dentist can tailor your treatment to fit your goals and needs.
What are the benefits involved in getting this cosmetic restoration?
Since each veneer is specially crafted based on measurements taken of each individual tooth this means that it’s impossible for anyone to be able to tell whether you have veneers or not. Veneers are even made from a material that is designed to mimic light reflection and translucency in the same way that enamel does.
Another benefit is that these restorations are resilient to stains, which means that you can enjoy coffee, red wine, and tea without worrying that your new smile is going to stain. Of course, you do want to continue to maintain good oral hygiene to make sure that your veneers stay radiant and healthy looking.
While there are other restorations like crowns on the market that can also alter the shape, size, and color of a tooth, crowns require far more tooth preparation than veneers. Veneers can be placed without having to remove a significant amount of enamel from your teeth. The tooth preparation is so minimal that we often don’t even need to use anesthesia before removing the enamel. There are even some veneers that don’t require any tooth preparation.
If you want to reap all the benefits of a beautiful, healthy smile both in your personal life and at work, then it might be time to consider getting dental veneers in Englewood, NJ. Call Dental Arts of Englewood today to schedule your free cosmetic consultation.
At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!
Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”
We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:
Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!
If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
In the sports world, athletes are always looking for an edge. And it’s not just college or professional sports—even Little Leaguers are focused on enhancing their performance.
That’s why sports and energy drinks have rocketed in popularity. With marketing pitches promising to increase stamina or replace lost nutrients from strenuous workouts, it’s not unusual to find these beverages in sports bags or the team water cooler.
But there’s a downside to them regarding your dental health—they’re often high in sugar and acidity. Both drink types could increase your risk of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease over time.
Sugar is a primary food source for the bacteria that can trigger a gum infection. They also produce acid, which at high levels can erode tooth enamel and lead to tooth decay. The risk for enamel erosion also increases with the drink’s acidity.
You can lessen your risk of these unpleasant outcomes by restricting your consumption of these beverages. In fact, unless your sports activity is highly strenuous for long periods, your best hydration choice is usually water.
But if you do drink a sports or energy drink for an extra lift, be sure to take these precautions for the sake of your teeth:
Try to drink them only at mealtimes. Continually sipping on these drinks between meals never gives your saliva a chance to neutralize mouth acid. Reserving acidic foods and beverages for mealtimes will allow saliva to catch up until the next meal.
Rinse with water after your drink. Water usually has a neutral pH. This can help dilute mouth acid and reduce the mouth’s overall acidity.
Don’t brush right after drinking or eating. Increased acid that can occur right after drinking or eating can immediately soften tooth enamel, but saliva can neutralize and help restore minerals to tooth enamel within an hour. Brushing during this period could remove tiny bits of the enamel’s minerals.
Taking these precautions will help keep sports or energy drinks from eroding your tooth enamel. Once it’s gone, you won’t be able to get it back.
If you would like more information on protecting your tooth enamel, 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 “Think Before You Drink: Sports and Energy Beverages Bathe Teeth in Erosive Acids.”