Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
A number of things can damage teeth--decay, a blow to the mouth, teeth clenching, and more. Do difficult circumstances always spell extraction? At Sean R. Bates, DDS & Associates, your Sarasota, FL, dentist places beautiful porcelain crowns over weakened teeth, preserving their function and improving their appearance for years to come.
Crowns shore up damaged teeth
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap crafted from high-quality porcelain. Recreating a natural tooth's strength, size, and shape. A crown protects a tooth compromised by:
- Large and multiple fillings
- Fracture or chips
- Undersized shape or strange configuration, such as a peg-shaped lateral incisor
- Deep discoloration from tobacco usage or some pharmaceuticals such as tetracycline
To determine if a crown would help your tooth, your Sarasota, FL, dentist will examine it carefully and X-ray it to look at its roots and supporting bone. If appropriate, Dr. Bates will proceed with the crown treatment, removing the damaged portions, and taking oral impressions to help the dental lab craft the crown from a solid block of porcelain.
What crowns do
Crowns mimic a tooth's natural shape, color, and sheen. Truly, they are works of art. The American Dental Association says a crown will strengthen your tooth almost indefinitely if you care for it with good at-home and in-office hygiene.
In addition, Dr. Bates use crowns to cover dental implants, tooth replacements comprised of a titanium screw, metal post, and customized crown above the gum line. Crowns are the final touch in root canal treatments, which remove inflamed interior pulp and seal infected or cracked teeth. Finally, dental crowns attach single- or multi-tooth bridgework to adjacent natural teeth.
In summary, crowns support, protect, reshape, and beautify teeth, which otherwise would fail and require removal. In a large sense, crowns spare natural tooth structure and save patients a lot of money because tooth replacement with dental implants or other prosthetics can be very expensive.
A great idea
That's what dental crowns are. So, if your Sarasota, FL, dentist recommends one for a tooth, which is in trouble or needs reinforcement, go ahead with this simple, painless procedure. You'll be glad you did. Contact Sean R. Bates, DDS & Associates at (941) 966-4751 to schedule a consultation on dental crowns with Dr. Bates!
Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”
Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.
A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:
- Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
- Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
- Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
- Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.
If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”
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.”
How has your tooth color fared over the years? Is it less attractive than you'd like? Have stains accumulated on your front teeth? Well, you can say goodbye to stains and that overall dull look with professional teeth whitening from Osprey, FL, dentist, Dr. Sean Bates. He understands that how your smile looks is so important to your self-esteem and to the image you project to the world.
What stains teeth?
Many things do--smoking, coffee, wine, soy sauce, antihistamines. The list is long, but common to all is their affinity for tooth enamel and the plaque and tartar that stick on and between teeth. Add on the aging process and sometimes poor oral hygiene, and you have the recipe for a smile that's yellow and dingy.
How can you whiten your teeth?
There are many over the counter teeth whitening products on the market in Osprey and in other parts of the country. While many effectively treat very light stains, most do nothing for deep, long-standing stains. Plus, because they are not professional applied or supervised by your dentist, store bought products may produce:
- Dental sensitivity
- Gingival (gum) sensivitity
- Incomplete results, as they cannot effectively reach stains on teeth that are crowded, rotated, or otherwise misaligned
Enter predictable and safe professional teeth whitening in Osprey, FL. Dr. Bates carefully examines the teeth and gums of his cosmetic dentistry patients to confirm they are healthy enough for the application of the powerful hydrogen peroxide gel used in whitening. If they are, Dr. Bates offers the choice of one-hour whitening in his office or take-home whitening gel applied with customized acrylic trays. Both methods brighten smiles by as many as 8 shades of color.
Keeping your smile white
After completion of professional teeth whitening, patients wonder how they can keep their smiles bright. Dr. Bates and his team give the following advice:
- Brush twice a day, and floss every day to remove plaque and tartar that cause bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease and dull, stained enamel.
- See Dr. Bates twice a year for oral exams and professional teeth cleaning.
- Stop smoking or chewing tobacco. (your primary care physician will be happy to help you)
- Get whitening touch-ups as needed.
- Limit consumption of darkly-colored foods and beverages.
- Drink plenty of water every day.
Whitening may be for you
The American Association of Orthodontists states that most people prefer whiter teeth to any other cosmetic improvement (including straightening their smiles). Would you like a simple and cost-effective way to enhance your smile aesthetics? Then, explore professional teeth whitening with Sean R. Bates, DDS & Associates. Call the office today for your personal consultation: (941) 966-4751.
When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.
"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."
As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.
For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.
If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.
If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”