Posts for: February, 2018
How veneers from your dentist in Winter Park can enhance your smile
Do you want a great looking smile, but instead you have unattractive, cracked, or yellowed teeth? If your smile is suffering, chances are your self-esteem is suffering too! It’s time to bring out your beautiful smile and it’s easy, thanks to porcelain veneers. Dr. James Outlaw at Outlaw Dental in Winter Park, FL wants to share how porcelain veneers can help you and your smile.
Your smile plays a big part in your self-esteem and self-confidence. If your teeth are damaged or showing the signs of aging, it can affect how you feel about yourself. That’s where porcelain veneers can help.
Veneers are thin laminates of beautiful porcelain which are cemented onto the front surfaces of teeth. They are designed to cover up many unsightly cosmetic dental issues including:
- Yellowing, thinning teeth due to aging
- Cracks, defects or fractures due to trauma
- Breakage, chipping or tooth wear due to bad habits
- Heavy stains and discolorations from smoking, coffee or medications
You can also cosmetically alter the positioning of teeth by closing gaps between teeth, eliminating tooth overlap, and correcting the look of rotated teeth.
With proper care, your porcelain veneers will last for many years and still look dazzling. That’s because porcelain repels stains, and will stay sparkling even if you drink coffee or smoke. Porcelain veneers also look just like natural teeth because porcelain is translucent and reflects light, just like natural tooth enamel.
If you want to jazz-up your smile for a special event you have coming up, porcelain veneers are a perfect choice. They typically require between two to three appointments to complete, including a consultation, preparation, and cementation appointment.
If you want a beautiful smile, porcelain veneers can help. If you want to get noticed and feel better about yourself, porcelain veneers can help with that too! It all starts with a simple phone call to Dr. Outlaw at Outlaw Dental in Winter Park, FL. You deserve a fantastic smile, so get started by calling today!
Your smile may look healthy, but something quite unhealthy may be going on behind it. Unbeknownst to you, periodontal (gum) disease could even now be damaging tissues and bone that could lead to tooth loss. Caused by plaque, a thin film of food remnant and bacteria built up on the teeth due to poor oral hygiene, gum disease can aggressively spread deep into gum tissues without you even realizing it.
If you pay close attention to your gums, however, it’s still possible to pick up signs of the disease, even during its early “silent” stage. As the infection progresses, the signs will become more frequent — and consequential.
Here are 4 signs of gum disease you should definitely keep on your radar.
Bleeding. Unless you’re doing it too hard, healthy gums won’t normally bleed when you’re brushing or flossing. If they do bleed with just light to moderate pressure, it’s a sign the tissues have been inflamed and weakened by the infection.
Inflammation and redness. If you notice your gums seem swollen or reddened, it could mean they’re inflamed. Inflammation is the body’s response for fighting infection — however, if the inflammation becomes chronic it can actually damage the tissue it’s trying to protect.
Abscesses. These are localized areas in the gums where the infection has become isolated. They’ll typically be more swollen than surrounding gum tissues and are often filled with pus. They can also be sensitive to the touch and painful. Any sore spot like this that lasts for more than a few days should be examined.
Loose or moving teeth. Teeth that can move in the socket or appear to have shifted their position are signs of an advanced stage of gum disease. It’s an indication the gum and bone tissue that hold teeth in place have been weakened and are losing their attachment. Without immediate treatment, it’s just a matter of time before the teeth are lost altogether.
If you notice any of these signs, you should see us as soon as possible for a complete exam. The sooner we’re able to diagnose gum disease and begin treatment, the less likely it will permanently harm your teeth and gums.
If you would like more information on treating gum disease, 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 “When to See a Periodontist.”
The most romantic holiday of the year, Valentine’s Day is celebrated each February 14th. It’s a time when many look forward to giving (and receiving) cards, flowers, and other tokens of love. On special days like this, it’s natural to want to look your best—and many surveys rank a person’s smile as his or her most noticeable (and appealing) physical feature. But what if you are unsatisfied with your smile?
Don’t worry! Today, cosmetic dentistry can resolve smile problems as never before. Here are some popular and effective dental treatments that can quickly brighten up your smile.
In just one visit, dull or stained teeth can often be lightened by up to 10 shades! How? We use special bleaching solutions that are applied safely, under our careful supervision, in the dental office. You can’t use these concentrated solutions at home. But if you‘re not in a rush, we can prepare custom-made take-home bleaching trays and whiteners that are safe for home use. The same results can be achieved, but the process may take weeks instead of hours. After months or years, depending on lifestyle factors (like whether you smoke or drink coffee, red wine, etc.) your teeth can have whitening treatment again.
Small chips, cracks, or other minor irregularities can be quite noticeable in an otherwise flawless smile. Fortunately, these problems can often be resolved with a treatment called cosmetic bonding. In a relatively simple in-office procedure, we can apply tooth-colored bonding material to restore teeth to better appearance. Layers of high-tech bonding material are built up and cured with a special light to form a tough, natural-looking tooth surface. Bonding isn’t as long-lasting as some other types of restoration, like veneers or crowns, but it’s an easy and inexpensive way to resolve some smile problems.
Professional In-Office Cleaning
Remember that feeling you get after your regular checkup? Your mouth feels squeaky-clean, your breath is fresh and you’re ready to show that sparkly smile. So why wait until your next routine appointment? You can schedule a hygiene visit any time. We will remove plaque from your teeth, check your gums for signs of periodontal (gum) disease, and make sure you’re on track for good oral health. If any problems are found, we’ll take care of them right away. And if you have questions about cosmetic procedures, it’s the perfect time to ask. A professional cleaning can help your smile look (and feel) great.
If you have questions about brightening up your smile, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth with Composite Resin” and “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”