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People improve their smiles for a lot of reasons: to better their career prospects, to put some juice in their social lives or just to do something special for themselves. But you may have an even stronger reason: a once-in-a-lifetime event—maybe your wedding day—is coming up soon.
You have several options for transforming your smile for the big day—and some are even quite economical. Here are 4 affordable ways to make your smile beautiful for that forever moment.
Cleanings. While dental cleanings should already be part of your regular dental care, scheduling one right before a big event can do wonders for your smile. Not only can your hygienist remove any lingering dull and dingy plaque and tartar, but they can polish your teeth for a brighter shine. Remember, though: dental cleanings support your own hygiene efforts, they don't replace them. Your own daily practice of brushing and flossing will also help you maintain a beautiful smile.
Teeth Whitening. You can also get an extra boost of brightness with a tooth whitening procedure. Using a professional bleaching solution and other techniques, your dentist can lighten your smile to your tastes, from a more natural hue to dazzling white. The whitening effect, though, is temporary, so plan to see your dentist no more than a few weeks before your big day.
Bonding. Perhaps a tiny chip is all that stands between you and a knockout smile. Your dentist may be able to repair that and other minor defects by bonding tooth-colored materials to the chip site. These composite resin materials have the shine of enamel and can be color-blended to match your tooth's natural shade. Composite resins are also fairly rugged, although you should avoid biting down on hard foods or objects.
Veneers. Although more expensive than the previous options mentioned, veneers are still affordable compared to crowns or bridgework. Usually made of thin layers of dental porcelain, dentists bond veneers to the front of teeth to mask mild to moderate problems like heavy staining, disfiguration and minor gaps. But because veneers are custom-fabricated by a dental lab, you'll need to plan them with your dentist at least six months before your event. The resulting change to your smile, though, may well be worth the wait.
If you would like more information on transforming your smile for a special event, 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 “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”
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.”
Are you looking to brighten up your teeth?
Dr. JC Duncan has what you need. Forget those days of you covering up your smile because of yellow and/or stained teeth. With your Huntersville, NC, dentist's help, your smile can become several shades whiter.
But how did they become yellow and stained anyway?
Part of the reason our teeth become discolored is because of age. Some other reasons include:
- Chewing tobacco
- Drinking coffee and/or tea
- Eating certain foods, such a blueberries
So how will my Huntersville dentist make my teeth whiter?
A device designed to keep your cheeks and lips open is placed your mouth. This device will ensure the tissue in your mouth does not come in contact with the gel the dentist will use to whiten your teeth. The doctor will then apply gel on the surface of your teeth.
The in-office procedure is convenient and doesn't take long. The gel is left on your teeth for a few minutes and, if necessary, a dental light is used to speed up the process. Dr. JC Duncan will remove the gel, then reapply the teeth whitening gel several times throughout the one-hour treatment.
Forget those over-the-counter teeth whitening kits. They don't contain high concentrations of vital components such as hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. Dr. JC Duncan and his team, on the other hand, know exactly how to handle, use and oversee the effects of teeth whitening gels containing these materials. This will allow you to have whiter teeth in a shorter amount of time compared to the home kits and you'll have the added benefit of it being safe since dental experts will be taking care of you.
If you have you have any questions or concerns about getting a whiter smile, call our Huntersville, NC, dental office today at (704) 948-1300.
Stains left behind on teeth by such things as smoking or consuming certain types of beverages cannot always be removed simply by brushing or rinsing with mouthwash. Fortunately, professional teeth whitening treatments applied in your dentist’s office can remove stubborn stains and whiten your teeth by several shades. Dr. JC Duncan offers professional teeth whitening in his Huntersville, NC, dental office.
Causes of Stains on Teeth
There are several possible causes of stains on teeth. Over time, teeth can become dull and stained with age. Smoking and the use of tobacco products will stain the teeth. Certain medications can stain the teeth, as well. Additionally, some foods and beverages can leave stains on the teeth. For instance, beverages such as coffee and red wines are known to stain the teeth when consumed regularly. In Huntersville, teeth whitening treatments can eliminate stains and give you a whiter smile.
Professional Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening treatments are applied in the dentist’s office. It takes about one hour to achieve the desired whitening results. Teeth are whitened with a professional strength bleaching agent that is applied to the surfaces of the teeth. Once applied, the bleaching agent is left on the teeth for an extended period of time, which allows it to penetrate the tooth enamel. The bleaching agent removes stains and brightens the teeth.
Since a professional strength bleaching agent is used, teeth whitening done in the dentist’s office delivers dramatic results in a single treatment. Teeth can appear several shades whiter after just one application. Further, the results of professional teeth whitening treatments can last for up to five years before additional whitening treatments are needed. Over-the-counter whitening products applied at home cannot deliver the same results as professional whitening treatments.
Whether the stains on your teeth were caused by aging, smoking, consuming certain types of beverages or some other cause, professional teeth whitening can remove them. For teeth whitening in Huntersville, NC, schedule an appointment with Dr. Duncan by calling the office at (704) 948-1300.