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HowYouTooCouldHaveLindseyVonnsViralVideoSmileMakeover

Instagram, America's humongous digital photo and video album, is chock-full of the silly, mundane, and poignant moments of people's everyday lives. That includes celebrities: Tom Hanks buying a used car; Ryan Reynolds sporting tiny sunglasses; Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran taking a hike. And then there's former Olympic alpine skier, Lindsey Vonn—posting a video of her recent dental visit.

Winner of several World Cup competitions and the first woman to gain the gold for downhill racing at the 2010 Winter Olympics, Vonn broke her two front teeth during a—you guessed it—skiing competition a few years ago. This past September, she went to the dentist to update her restoration and gave her followers a fascinating firsthand look at dental bonding, a technique for repairing a chipped or broken tooth.

Although dental bonding has been around for decades, it's taken a leap forward in the last few years because of improvements in bonding material. A mixture of plastic and glass components, composite resins can produce a strong and durable result when bonded to teeth. To begin the technique, the tooth's surface is prepared so that the composite resin can better adhere. Along with an adhesive agent, the bonding material is applied as a paste, which makes it easier to shape and sculpt for the most realistic look. This is usually done layer by layer, with each individual layer hardened with a curing light.

The technique allows us not only to achieve the right tooth shape, but also to incorporate your natural tooth color. We can tint the composite resin as we work so that your restored tooth blends seamlessly with the rest of your natural teeth. The result: A “new” tooth that's both beautiful and natural-looking.

What's more, dental bonding is more affordable than veneers or crowns and can often be done in a single visit. You will, however, need to exercise care with your new restoration. Although highly durable, it can be damaged if you bite into something hard. You'll also need to watch foods and beverages like tea or coffee that can stain the dental material.

Even so, we can help you regain the smile you once had before you took your teeth skiing—Lindsey Vonn-style—or whatever you were doing that resulted in a “whoopsie.” All it takes is a call for an appointment to start you on the path to a more attractive smile.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental enhancements, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”

WhetherBeforeorAfterYourWeddingDayItsAlwaysaGoodTimetoEnhanceYourSmile

Like thousands of other June brides and grooms, your big lifetime moment has finally arrived: your wedding day! It's been a flurry of activity over the last few months to prepare for it, especially with efforts to look your absolute best. And you remembered everything—including your smile, right?

If you did, kudos to you. Your smile is an important part of your unique personality and thus merits its own special attention. If, however, in all the hustle and bustle you weren't able to give it the attention it deserves before the wedding, don't fret. When it comes to your smile, it's never too late to make it the best it can be.

Depending on your dental situation, here are four ways to achieve a more confident and attractive smile.

Teeth Whitening. Yellowed and dull teeth can dim the beauty of your smile. While daily brushing and flossing helps, you can further improve your teeth's brightness with professional teeth whitening. Our bleaching techniques can give you the shade you desire, from naturally subdued to Hollywood dazzling. And with proper maintenance and touch-ups, your brighter smile could last for years.

Veneers. Dental imperfections like chips, heavy staining or slight tooth gaps can detract from an otherwise perfect smile. We can mask those imperfections with veneers, thin layers of porcelain custom-created to match your teeth. Although less expensive and less invasive than some other cosmetic procedures, veneers can have a transformative impact on your appearance.

Restorations. Sometimes a smile may suffer from severely distressed or missing teeth. Depending on what you need, we can restore your teeth—and your smile—with crowns, bridges or dental implants. The third option is the closest we can come to a real tooth, replacing both a missing tooth's crown and root. With an implant, you can have a new tooth that looks and functions like the real thing.

Orthodontics. Properly aligned teeth make for a beautiful smile. If yours aren't as straight as you'd like them to be, consider orthodontics, the original “smile makeover.” Moving teeth where they ought to be improves dental health and function, and can dramatically improve the appearance of a smile. Even if you're well past your teen years, you haven't missed out: As long as you're reasonably healthy, you can gain a straighter smile at any age. However, this improvement needs more time and planning—so don't wait if that's what you want to do!

If you still have time before the wedding, a dental cleaning and polish can do wonders for your smile (and your dental health too). But even if you aren't able to fit in an appointment before the big day, you can still pursue a cleaning or cosmetic procedure after the honeymoon. Any time is the right time to change your smile for the better.

If you would like more information about enhancing your smile, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Cosmetic Dentistry” and “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”

By Anderson Dental
April 27, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Are you considering some smile changes? Whether you want simple changes or a complete makeover, Dr. Jon Anderson, Dr. Brad Anderson, and Dr. Breding at Anderson Dental in Fargo, ND, are the cosmetic dentists to see. A great smile is so valuable, and improving yours may be easier than you think.

Cosmetic dentistry is very popular

And, it gets more popular every year, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). American adults see the value of oral health, but also they understand that a smile reflects one's personality and affects others' perceptions.

If you have healthy teeth and gums but feel dissatisfied with how they look, come to Anderson Dental in Fargo, ND, for a cosmetic dentistry consultation. Tell your dentist how you wish to change your smile, and he'll show you what's possible, realistic, and preferable. After a complete exam and X-rays, your treatment plan will be customized to you and your unique smile. Think about:

  • Small defects, such as chips and cracks
  • Improving deep stains
  • Gaps and crowding
  • Missing teeth
  • Failing restorations, such as crowns and fillings
  • Any missing teeth
  • Tooth size, shape, and alignment

Available cosmetic services

Every cosmetic dentistry service is well-executed, employing only quality materials for natural-looking results that last. Some treatments include:

  • Professional in-office or at-home teeth whitening which improves stains and brightens tooth color by several shades at a time.
  • Porcelain veneers, which are thin laminates of tooth-colored ceramic that disguise defects such as cracks, pits, and deep stains.
  • Porcelain crowns, which are tooth-shaped caps of high-grade ceramic to support and protect teeth damaged by decay, infection, accident, congenital problems or multiple restorations

If you can dream it...

We can help you achieve it. Come see the cosmetic dentists at Anderson Dental in Fargo, ND, for a consultation: (701) 232-1368.

BaseballsFranciscoLindorShinesasMrSmile

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.”

By Anderson Dental
March 06, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

How cosmetic dental services from your dentists in Fargo, ND, can enhance your smile

Cosmetic dentistry can help you enhance your smile. No matter what may bother you about your smile, there is a cosmetic dentistry option cosmetic to help you and your smile. Drs. Jon and Brad Anderson at Anderson Dental in Fargo, ND, offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry options and they can help you make the right choice for your smile.

If you have an uninteresting smile that is beginning to look yellow due to aging, you might consider a professional dental whitening treatment. Unlike over-the-counter whitening treatments, professional teeth whitening is proven safe and effective because all products are rigorously tested and approved by the American Dental Association. In addition, professional teeth whitening is:

  • Quick, because you can have a dramatically whiter smile in as little as one hour
  • Dramatic, because you can whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter
  • Long-lasting, because your beautiful results can last up to 5 years

If you have a smile filled with crumbly, old metal fillings, you might consider tooth-colored fillings to repair and strengthen your teeth and make your smile more beautiful too. Tooth-colored fillings use composite, a unique liquid resin that can be matched to the color of your teeth. It is sculpted to match the natural contours of your teeth and then hardened with an ultraviolet light. The result is a strong, beautiful filling that is virtually invisible.

If you have more extensive tooth damage or missing teeth, you should consider porcelain crowns and bridges. Porcelain has the unique quality of reflecting light, just like natural tooth enamel. A porcelain crown covers the entire surface of your tooth above the gumline, protecting your tooth like a suit-of-armor. Once a porcelain crown is placed, it will blend perfectly with your smile

A porcelain bridge can be placed to cover a space where you have lost teeth. Bridges allow you to regain your full chewing surfaces and full chewing function. Porcelain bridges are also very natural-looking and will restore the beauty of your smile.

You don’t have to live with an uninteresting, damaged, dull smile. You can enhance your smile and look your best, thanks to cosmetic dental services. To help you decide which cosmetic dental options are best for you, call Drs. Jon and Brad Anderson at Anderson Dental in Fargo, ND. Call now and get started on a great new smile!