Posts for: March, 2019
Wearing braces will probably never make your list of Most Pleasurable Life Experiences: you'll have to avoid certain foods and habits, endure some occasional discomfort, and perhaps feel some embarrassment about your appearance. The good news, though, is that at worst, these are mostly no more than inconveniences and additionally they're well worth the straighter, more attractive smile you'll achieve.
But there's one downside to braces that can lead to something more serious. The braces hardware makes brushing and flossing more difficult—and that could increase your risk of dental disease.
The principal goal of oral hygiene is to remove dental plaque, a thin film of accumulated bacteria and food particles that can cause tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. Without effective brushing and flossing, plaque can build up quickly and make the chances of having either of these two diseases more likely.
Not only does the braces hardware hinder your toothbrush's or floss's access to the parts of the teeth it covers, but it can also create "hiding places" for plaque build-up. Several studies have found that braces wearers on average have up to two to three times the plaque build-up of non-braces wearers.
There are ways, though, to make hygiene easier while wearing braces, particularly with flossing. Floss threaders or interproximal brushes can both be used to access between teeth while wearing braces. Another option is a water flosser or irrigator that sprays pressurized water between teeth (and beneath brackets and wires) to remove plaque. And braces wearers can get a prevention boost with topical fluoride applications or antibacterial mouth rinses to reduce disease-causing bacteria.
Besides taking a little extra time with brushing and flossing, you can also boost your mouth's health with good nutrition choices, less sugar consumption and keeping up regular dental visits. And, you should also see your dentist promptly if you notice any signs of tooth or gum problems—the sooner you have it checked and treated, the less damage any dental disease is likely to cause.
It's not easy keeping your teeth and gums plaque-free while wearing braces. But with a little extra time and effort, a few helpful tools and your dentist's support, you can maintain a healthy mouth during orthodontic treatment.
If you would like more information on best hygiene practices while wearing braces, 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 “Caring for Teeth during Orthodontic Treatment.”
How veneers from your McDonough, Georgia, dentist can help your smile
You may know someone with a great looking smile who has had dental veneer treatment, and now you may have some questions. You deserve to know the facts. Dr. Robert Brooks at Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in McDonough, GA, offers veneers and other dental services to help your smile.
These are just a few of the commonly asked questions and answers about veneers:
What are veneers?
Veneers are thin laminates typically made of porcelain. These laminates are permanently cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth to hide minor and major cosmetic problems.
What cosmetic problems can porcelain veneers hide?
Veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic dental treatments available. Porcelain veneers can hide:
- Small or large chips, cracks, fracture lines, loss of tooth structure, and other structural problems
- Early signs of aging like tooth wear, yellowing, erosion, and abrasion
- Defects like tooth discolorations, blotches, and stains from medications or lifestyle factors
- Gaps between your teeth, tooth rotation, and crowding
What are the advantages of veneers?
When you choose veneers, you will enjoy conservative treatment because your dentist removes little to no tooth structure, just enough to accommodate the thickness of the veneers. Your veneers will look just like natural tooth structure because porcelain is light-reflective, just like tooth enamel. Porcelain veneers stay beautiful too, because porcelain resists stains, even if you smoke or drink coffee.
Find out more
For more detailed information about dental veneers, please visit the Veneers section on the Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry website at https://www.brooks-dentistry.com/veneers.html
You and your smile can benefit from the magic of dental veneers. You can replace a boring, dull, damaged smile with a smile that makes a statement and reflects who you are. To find out more about what dental veneers can do for you, or to get started, call Dr. Brooks at Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in McDonough, GA, at (678) 583-0330 today!
As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.
What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.
For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.
Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.
Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.
So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”