Posts for: March, 2018
Discover how simple cosmetic options like dental bonding could enhance your smile.
Do you think that cosmetic dentistry is only designed to make major alterations and enhancements to your smile? Think again. Our Temple, TX, dentist, Dr. Derek Winegar, knows that not everyone is dealing with significant cosmetic issues but they still want to hide more minor flaws to improve the look of their smiles. If this sounds like you then it’s time to find out more about dental bonding.
What is dental bonding?
The same tooth-colored material used for dental fillings can also be used for strictly cosmetic purposes, as well. If you are dealing with small cracks, chips, unevenness, or wear (from teeth grinding), discolorations or even minor gaps between teeth then dental bonding could easily cover these flaws and improve the shape, size, and symmetry of your smile in just one visit.
How does dental bonding work?
Our Temple cosmetic dentist will first take a look at the problems you are looking to correct to make sure that dental bonding is the best approach and can provide you with the results you want. If you are a good candidate for bonding then the process is pretty simple and easy. Since bonding is completely non-invasive it’s painless and doesn’t require anesthesia.
We will first make sure that the resin we use matches the shade of your tooth. After all, we want it to blend right in and look natural. Once we choose the proper color of composite resin, we will apply the first layer over the imperfection. Just like with dental fillings, we will most likely need to apply multiple layers in order to achieve the ideal results.
The resin is malleable, so it’s easy to mold and shape the material around the problem areas. Once the layer is perfect, we will direct a laser over the area to harden the resin into place. We will continue these same steps until the tooth is fully restored.
Is dental bonding right for me?
Bonding can be a great way to enhance and boost the shape and overall appearance of your smile. We know that even having more minor cosmetic flaws can put a damper on your self-esteem, and simple measures like this one can give you the smile you want. Of course, this cosmetic treatment may not be ideal for someone who is dealing with more serious or widespread cosmetic issues.
City Creek Dental in Temple, TX, is ready to help you achieve the smile results you’ve been looking for. If you are interested in talking about your cosmetic options with us, then call our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Winegar.
Your teen is about to embark on an orthodontic journey to a straighter, more attractive smile. But although you're excited about the outcome, you both may be steeling yourselves for a few years of "life with braces."
But maybe not—your teen may be able to take advantage of a different kind of corrective appliance: clear aligners. This 21st Century teeth movement method has a number of advantages over braces. For teens, though, there's one big one that could have a huge impact on their social life—clear aligners are nearly invisible to other people.
Clear aligners consist of a series of clear, removable, computer-generated trays based on photographs, models and x-rays of an individual patient's teeth and bite. Each of the trays is slightly different from the previous one in the series, and by wearing each one for about two weeks before moving on to the next, the aligners gradually move the teeth to the desired new positions.
Besides reducing embarrassment often associated with wearing metal braces, clear aligners have other benefits. Unlike braces, they can be removed for eating, easier oral hygiene or for rare special occasions (although for best effectiveness, they should be worn for 20 to 22 hours each day). Recent developments like added elements that help target certain teeth for movement or "power ridges" for more controlled and efficient force have increased the range of bite problems they can be used to correct.
While this means clear aligners can be used for many bite problems, in some severe cases braces and other orthodontic treatments might still be necessary. And because they're not fixed like braces (only the orthodontist can remove them) the patient must have the maturity and self-discipline to wear them consistently.
Your teen will need to undergo a thorough orthodontic examination to see if clear aligners are a viable option for them. If so, it could make the next few treatment years less stressful for both of you.
If you would like more information on clear aligners, 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 “Clear Aligners for Teens: User-Friendly Orthodontics.”
As a parent you’re always on the lookout for dangers to your toddler’s well-being: sharp corners on furniture, uneven walks or the occasional stomach bug. But a situation could be brewing in their mouth you might not be aware of until it’s become a full-blown problem.
The silent danger is tooth decay, which could be developing as early as infancy. Undiagnosed and untreated, it could ultimately cause premature loss of primary (“baby”) teeth with adverse effects on the eruption of incoming permanent teeth.
Tooth decay arises from certain strains of mouth bacteria, often passed down from parent to child. These bacteria produce acid as a byproduct after feeding on carbohydrates (especially sugars). The more food available, the more acid they produce. This wreaks havoc on tooth enamel, the teeth’s outer protective covering by softening and dissolving its mineral content. This gives decay an opening to infect the interior of a tooth.
Combine inadequate hygiene practices (especially brushing) with poor dietary habits, and you have the conditions for a perfect disease storm in your child’s mouth. That’s why you should begin oral hygiene as soon as you notice their first teeth. Wiping them with a clean, wet cloth is sufficient in the beginning, but you should start daily brushing (with fluoridated toothpaste to strengthen young enamel) by their first birthday.
You should also practice good dietary habits. For example, avoid giving an infant or toddler a bottle filled with juice, milk or formula to sleep with through the night — the constant sipping bathes the mouth in sugars bacteria feed on. Instead, use plain water.Â You should also focus on nutrition from the get-go to help build overall good health as well as strong teeth and gums.
As an added measure, begin regular dental visits by their first birthday. A checkup and cleaning every six months will help us detect early tooth decay and lessen its impact. We can also provide sealants and topical fluoride to give added protection against decay.
Catching and treating decay early before it gets too far is the best way to prevent early tooth loss. Your child’s future dental health might depend on it.
If you would like more information on your child’s dental care, 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 “Taking the Stress out of Dentistry for Kids.”