Posts for: September, 2017
Most of us wouldn't think of buying a new car without a “test drive.” It's a serious investment, so you want to make sure you're comfortable with your new ride.
Like an auto purchase, the plan you and your dentist agree on to cosmetically enhance your teeth and gums — a “smile makeover” — is a significant investment. Wouldn't it be nice to “test drive” your future smile before you undergo any procedures?
Actually, you can — two ways, in fact. For one, your dentist could use computer imaging software that alters a photo of your face to show how your smile will appear after dental work. These computer enhancements are a great planning tool for making decisions on the look you want to achieve.
But even the best computer images only provide a static, two-dimensional representation of your new smile. It can't capture all the angles and movement dynamics of any proposed changes. That's where the other way, a trial smile, is a true test drive — you can see your future smile in action.
With a trial smile, your dentist temporarily places tooth-colored material called composite resin on your teeth to simulate the proposed changes. The resin can be shaped and sculpted to create a life-like replica that you'll be able to view in all three spatial dimensions. What's more it will give you a chance not only to see what your new smile will look like, but to actually experience how it feels in your mouth.
Creating a trial smile is an added expense and it's only available during your consultation visit — the dentist will need to remove the resin before you leave. But you'll still be able to get a good impression of what your final smile will be like. You'll also be able to take photos you can show to family and friends to get their impressions of your proposed new look.
A trial smile allows you to know beforehand what your dental work investment will provide you, and even fine-tune your makeover plan before work begins. With this particular kind of “test drive” you'll have greater assurance that you'll be happy and satisfied with the end results.
If you would like more information on trial smiles, 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 “Testing Your Smile Makeover.”
How many actresses have portrayed a neuroscientist on a wildly successful TV comedy while actually holding an advanced degree in neuroscience? As far as we know, exactly one: Mayim Bialik, who plays the lovably geeky Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory… and earned her PhD from UCLA.
Acknowledging her nerdy side, Bialik recently told Dear Doctor magazine, “I'm different, and I can't not be different.” Yet when it comes to her family's oral health, she wants the same things we all want: good checkups and great-looking smiles. “We're big on teeth and oral care,” she said. “Flossing is really a pleasure in our house.”
How does she get her two young sons to do it?
Bialik uses convenient pre-loaded floss holders that come complete with floss and a handle. “I just keep them in a little glass right next to the toothbrushes so they're open, no one has to reach, they're just right there,” she said. “It's really become such a routine, I don't even have to ask them anymore.”
As many parents have discovered, establishing healthy routines is one of the best things you can do to maintain your family's oral health. Here are some other oral hygiene tips you can try at home:
Brush to the music — Plenty of pop songs are about two minutes long… and that's the length of time you should brush your teeth. If brushing in silence gets boring, add a soundtrack. When the music's over — you're done!
Flossing can be fun — If standard dental floss doesn't appeal, there are many different styles of floss holders, from functional ones to cartoon characters… even some with a martial-arts theme! Find the one that your kids like best, and encourage them to use it.
The eyes don't lie — To show your kids how well (or not) they are cleaning their teeth, try using an over-the-counter disclosing solution. This harmless product will temporarily stain any plaque or debris that got left behind after brushing, so they can immediately see where they missed, and how to improve their hygiene technique — which will lead to better health.
Have regular dental exams & cleanings — When kids see you're enthusiastic about going to the dental office, it helps them feel the same way… and afterward, you can point out how great it feels to have a clean, sparkling smile.
If you wish your smile was brighter and whiter, you may have considered teeth whitening. This fast and easy procedure can brighten your smile in just one dental visit and give you a look you will feel proud of. Understanding the ins and outs of teeth whitening treatments can help you determine if it is the best option for you. Find out more about professional teeth whitening with Dr. Sanjay Patel at My Dentist in San Bernardino, CA.
How can teeth whitening benefit me?
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure which improves the appearance of your smile. By improving the way you look, you can boost your confidence and self-esteem. This makes face-to-face encounters or first impressions less awkward or difficult. With a smile you love, you can laugh and smile freely, without hiding behind a hand or turning away. Teeth whitening’s fast and easy procedure allows you to save a significant amount of time compared to other cosmetic dentistry procedures.
What can I expect during a teeth whitening procedure?
Teeth whitening uses the chemical reaction between a whitening gel placed onto the teeth and the teeth’s stains to break the bonds between tooth’s stain’s molecules. This dissipates the stain on a microscopic level. Your dentist can adjust the strength of the treatment, allowing you to choose how subtle or dramatic your results end up being. Your dentist will simply place the whitening gel onto the teeth and allow it to remain in the mouth for about an hour. Depending on the type of whitening system your dentist uses, you may sit under a special UV light to speed up and strengthen the process. After the allotted amount of time, your dentist removes the gel and sends you on your way.
Professional Teeth Whitening Treatments in San Bernardino, CA
Unfortunately, the results you receive from professional teeth whitening procedures are not permanent. However, most patients schedule touch-up appointments every six months to a year to maintain their results. Whitening patients should be in good dental health and have realistic expectations for their results. Additionally, they should have no visible porcelain dental restorations as whitening systems cannot lift their color.
For more information on teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Patel at My Dentist in San Bernardino, CA. Call (888) 599-7005 to schedule your appointment today!