Posts for: May, 2017
This simple cosmetic dentistry can give you a beautiful new smile.
Making cosmetic changes to your smile doesn’t have to be difficult. Our Fargo, ND, cosmetic dentists, Dr. Jon Anderson or Dr. Brad Anderson offer a comprehensive list of options that could be just right for giving you the smile you want. If you’re ready to get a restoration that will refresh your appearance and make your teeth appear healthier, then it’s time to consider dental veneers.
What are dental veneers?
Ever wonder how your favorite actor maintains such a stunning smile? Well, they may be doing so with the help of dental veneers. These custom-made, stain-resistant shells are applied to the front of one or more teeth to change the shape, color or length.
Are you dealing with any of these cosmetic issues?
- Discolorations and internal stains
- Chips and cracks
- Uneven teeth
- Worn teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Minor twists or overlaps in your teeth
- Slight crowding
- Oddly shaped teeth
If you said “yes” to one or more of these problems above, then dental veneers could certainly be the treatment option you’ve been waiting for.
How do dental veneers work?
Veneers provide a realistic option for covering and hiding imperfections while still offering a smile that’s realistic. How? These restorations are tailor-made based on impressions taken of your smile, so you know that when you turn to our Fargo dentists for veneers, you will get a natural-looking smile every time.
Before veneers are designed and bonded to your teeth, we need to prepare the teeth that are getting veneers. Another reason veneers are popular is that not a lot of preparation goes into getting them. In fact, only a small amount of enamel must be filed down from the teeth first in order to accommodate the added volume of having veneers.
From there, impressions of your mouth must be made. These impressions are necessary for crafting your veneers. Since it can take up to a week to get your veneers, we may also place temporary ones over your teeth to protect them while you wait.
The last step is to have your permanent veneers bonded to your teeth. This process is also completely painless. All we have to do is apply resin between the veneers and the front of your teeth and then direct a curing light over the tooth to harden the resin. It’s that simple!
Are you interested in getting dental veneers in Fargo, ND? Ready to take the next step? Call Anderson Dental today to schedule your consultation. We would be happy to sit down with you and discuss the cosmetic treatment that will be right for you.
Have you started orthodontic treatment recently? Are you having a little trouble getting used to your braces? If so, you are not alone: Everybody goes through an adjustment period during which they momentarily wonder if they’ll really ever get used to this. Don’t worry — you will! And we’ve never heard anyone say, on the day their braces come off and their new smile is revealed, that they aren’t glad they went the distance. Just ask Houston Rockets all-star center Dwight Howard, who discussed his own orthodontic treatment in a recent interview.
“I’m sure I was no different than anyone else who has ever had braces,” he told Mediaplanet. “At first I hated them so much… That changed once I got used to them and I actually grew to love them.” What’s Howard’s advice? “Do exactly what your orthodontist says and know that the outcome is well worth it in the end.” We couldn’t agree more! Here are some tips for wearing braces comfortably:
- Hard & Chewy Foods: If you love fresh fruits and vegetables, that’s great; there’s no reason to give them up, just the really hard ones. You don’t want to bite into an apple or carrot or any other hard foods like bagels and pizza that have any “size” to them. Small pieces may be ok as long as they can’t bend your wires. Chewy, sticky candy should really be avoided completely. Same with soda, sports drinks and so-called energy drinks because they contain acids that promote tooth decay and can cause a lot of damage around the braces.
- Effective Oral Hygiene: Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever, but also more challenging than ever. It’s easy for food to get stuck under wires and around brackets, but failing to remove it can cause tooth decay, gum irritation and soreness. Therefore, the cleaner your teeth and your braces are, the healthier you will be. Use interdental cleaning brushes and/or a floss-threader to get behind your wires. A mouthrinse can also help strengthen teeth and keep bacteria in check. If you have any questions about how to clean between your teeth, please ask for a demonstration at your next visit.
- Pain Relief: Some soreness at the beginning of orthodontic treatment is normal. To relieve it, you can use an over-the-counter pain reliever and/or a warm washcloth or heating pad placed on the outside of the jaw. If brackets or wires are rubbing against the inside of your cheeks or lips, try applying wax to these areas of your braces. If this does not offer enough relief, we may be able to trim the end of a poking wire. Call us if you need help with this.
Our goal is to make your orthodontic treatment as comfortable as possible on the way to achieving your all-star smile. If you have questions about adjusting to braces, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Caring for Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”
A toothache means you have tooth decay, right? Not necessarily — your pain could be signaling a number of potential causes. Determining where, how much and how often it hurts will help us find out the cause and apply the appropriate treatment.
A single symptom, for example, can mean many things. A twinge of tooth pain as you consume hot or cold foods might indicate localized tooth decay easily repaired by a filling. But it could also mean the tooth's root surface has been exposed as a result of periodontal (gum) disease — aggressive plaque removal and maybe even gum surgery might be necessary. Or it could be a sign of inner pulp decay: in this case you'll likely need a root canal treatment to save the tooth.
Pulp decay can also announce itself with a very sharp and constant pain radiating from one or more teeth. You shouldn't hesitate to see us for an examination — even if the pain goes away. Pain cessation most likely means the nerves in the pulp have died. The infection, however, still exists, so you'll still probably need a root canal treatment.
If you notice severe, continuous pain and pressure around a tooth, particularly about the gums, you may have a localized, inflamed area of infection called an abscess. An abscess can be the result of gum disease, but it might also stem from a foreign body like a popcorn husk, getting stuck below the gums. We'll need to conduct a complete dental examination to determine the cause and how to treat it.
Finally, a sharp pain when you bite down could mean many things such as a loose filling or a fractured (cracked) tooth. The latter especially requires immediate attention to save the tooth.
These are just a few of the possible causes behind mouth or facial pain. Although all of them are serious, a few are true dental emergencies and can't wait if we're going to save a tooth. The sooner you see us, the sooner we can help relieve the pain, minimize any damage and avert disaster.
If you would like more information on treating tooth pain, 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 “Tooth Pain? Don't Wait!”