Patients often ask “What is a veneer?”

A dental veneer is not to be confused with a full coverage crown. You can read a brief description of a crown here:

Veneers are a possible treatment option for:
• Improvement of the esthetics of a patient’s natural teeth which may have been altered due to:
o Tooth/teeth darkening in color after a root canal treatment
o Tooth/teeth color change after incurring a dental trauma
o Stains from pharmaceuticals such as tetracycline
• Close spaces between teeth
• Protect teeth from additional wear/ cover worn down teeth
• Repair chipped/fractured/broken teeth
• Create uniformity for teeth that are misaligned, irregularly shaped, and uneven
• Smile Makeover

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Baking Soda

February 03, 2014 | Posted Health | Be the first one to comment.

Does Baking Soda Whiten Teeth?
Baking soda is a common household product that has many uses around the home, from eliminating smells to cleaning carpets. Now, baking soda can be found in many toothpastes and teeth-whitening products. Using it to remove stains from teeth is common practice. But does baking soda whiten teeth, really? It does an excellent job at removing surface stains, but you should proceed with caution to prevent damage to your enamel.
Home Remedies to Whiten Teeth
How can a simple mixture of equal parts baking soda and water whiten teeth? Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is composed of a chemical compound that makes it a great mild abrasive. It is this same abrasiveness that effectively removes surface stains from your teeth and make them appear whiter. However, if your goal is to remove deeper, older stains, then baking soda will not be as effective. You will need to see your dentist or use a product that was specifically created for whitening teeth.
If you're considering using this method to help whiten your teeth, you need to be aware of possible side effects. With continual use, you could cause damage to the enamel that coats your teeth. In addition, baking soda doesn't contain fluoride, which helps strengthen teeth and prevent dental cavities, so you will still need to use regular toothpaste. If you have braces that contain orthodontic glue or use a permanent retainer, don't brush with baking soda. It will soften the glue.
Who doesn't want a beautiful, bright smile free of stains? Getting that smile shouldn't be at the expense of the health of your teeth. For a safer alternatives, you should seek teeth whitening services from your dentist.(An article by Colgate's Oral Care resources).


February 03, 2014 | Posted Health | Be the first one to comment.

What's the single biggest source of calories for Americans? White bread? Big Macs? Or Sodas?. The average American drinks about two cans of the stuff every day. "But I drink diet soda," you say. "With no calories or sugar, it's the perfect alternative for weight watchers... Right?"

Unfortunately, diet soda is more in vogue than ever. Kids consume the stuff at more than double the rate of last decade, according to research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Among adults, consumption has grown almost 25%.
But knowing these 3 side effects of drinking diet soda may help you kick the can for good.
Rotting Teeth
With a pH of 3.2, diet soda is very acidic. (As a point of reference, the pH of battery acid is 1. Water is 7.) The acid is what readily dissolves enamel, and just because a soda is diet doesn't make it acid-light. Adults who drink three or more sodas a day have worse dental health, says a University of Michigan analysis of dental checkup data. Soda drinkers had far greater decay, more missing teeth, and more fillings.
You read that right: Diet soda doesn't help you lose weight after all. A University of Texas Health Science Center study found that the more diet sodas a person drank, the greater their risk of becoming overweight. Downing just two or more cans a day increased waistlines by 500%. Why? Artificial sweeteners can disrupt the body's natural ability to regulate calorie intake based on the sweetness of foods, suggested an animal study from Purdue University. That means people who consume diet foods might be more likely to overeat, because your body is being tricked into thinking it's eating sugar, and you crave more.
Kidney Problems
Here's something else about your diet soda: It might be bad for your kidneys. In an 11-year-long Harvard Medical School study of more than 3,000 women, researchers found that diet cola is associated with a two-fold increased risk for kidney decline. Kidney function started declining when women drank more than two sodas a day. Even more interesting: Since kidney decline was not associated with sugar-sweetened sodas, researchers suspect that the diet sweeteners are responsible.

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February 03, 2014 | Posted Invisalign | Be the first one to comment.

Ever wanted to get your teeth straightened but were afraid it might hurt or cost too much?
Our office now offers Invisalign® – the exciting new way to straighten your teeth without braces

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February 03, 2014 | Posted Invisalign | Be the first one to comment.

Want Straight, Healthy Teeth and a Confident Smile?
Invisalign can be your path to clearly beautiful pearly whites

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Dental Crown

February 03, 2014 | Posted Dentistry | Be the first one to comment.

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance.
The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:
1.To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth.
2. To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left.
3. To hold a dental bridge in place.
4.To cover damaged or severely discolored teeth.
5.To cover a dental implant.
6.To make a cosmetic modification.
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