Category Archives Cosmetic Dentistry

Jaw Widener

Palate expanders are most successful in children. Adults might be able to get their palates expanded, but the process is difficult and unreliable. Expanding your palate could change your smile in a favorable way. There are a wide variety of palate expanders, some of which can be removed for certain activities such as eating and swimming. For adults, the roof…

HiSmile Review

HiSmile is an at-home, DIY teeth whitening kit that claims to brighten smiles in as little as ten minutes. According to the manufacturer, users should expect to achieve maximum results in six whitening applications. HiSmile kits are growing in popularity due to Instagram marketing and endorsements from celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Conor McGregor. While this online tooth whitening product…

zirconia crown

Dental crowns are used most often to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth or implant. Zirconia crowns are made of zirconium oxide -- a light-colored metal. Zirconia crowns are durable and low-maintenance, but more expensive than gold, porcelain or ceramic crowns. Dental crowns are fixed devices that are cemented on to existing weak, damaged or broken teeth to support…

laser teeth

Laser teeth whitening uses a laser to activate an application of peroxide-based bleach. Teeth whitening is a result of the bleaching gel, not the laser itself. Results from laser teeth whitening usually last 6–12 months. In a survey compiled from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, when people were asked what they’d most like to improve about their smiles, the…

tongue scraper

Bad breath is typically caused by poor oral hygiene and lifestyle choices. It may also be a symptom of a more serious underlying medical condition. If halitosis is a consistent problem in your life, you should consult a doctor. While coffee breath, garlic breath or morning breath can be offensive, they’re not chronic problems. Chronic halitosis is a more serious, long-lasting…

after braces

A permanent retainer is a wire or metal bar that is bonded to the back of lower front teeth. This device prevents teeth from drifting apart or crowding together. Permanent retainers can be removed if they cause pain or other complications. Because teeth will naturally move on their own if they are not held in place, your orthodontist or dentist…

cracked tooth

Teeth grinding is the leading cause of cracked tooth syndrome (CTS). Pain ranges from relatively mild to, in certain advanced cases, practically insufferable. CTS is one of the toughest dental issues to treat, and many dentists are not adequately trained to spot it. It is the third leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. Cracked tooth syndrome (CTS)…

Orthodontic Retainer

Retainers hold the same bite and alignment created by braces, making sure teeth don’t drift out of place. Much like braces, retainers entail special dental cleaning and a strict routine to optimize end results. If lost or damaged, they should be replaced as soon as possible to prevent any dental misalignment.  According to the American Association of Orthodontists, wearing retainers…

Braces Removal

The state of your teeth post braces depends on how well you took care of them while they were still on. Be diligent about wearing your retainer or your teeth could slip out of their pristine post-braces alignment. Be aware that you may have to wait a little longer after removal before you indulge in all your ‘bad’ food cravings.…

Natural Teeth Whitening

Natural teeth whitening treatments offer an appealing alternative for consumers who are weary of chemical-laden commercial products. Some organic teeth whiteners are more effective than others, although none actually work overnight. Most dentists do not recommend the DIY route, and warn that home bleaching may in fact do more harm than good. Has an upcoming special occasion led you to…

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