There are many new and exciting ways now to transform an unattractive smile into one you'll be confident to display. But not all “smile makeover” techniques are new — one in particular has been around for generations: using braces to correct crooked teeth.
Braces have improved the smiles (and also dental health) for millions of people. But as commonplace this orthodontic treatment is, it wouldn't work at all if a natural mechanism for moving teeth didn't already exist. Braces “partner” with this mechanism to move teeth to better positions.
The jawbone doesn't actually hold teeth in place — that's the job of an elastic gum tissue between the teeth and bone called the periodontal ligament. Tiny fibers extending from the ligament attach to the teeth on one side and to the bone on the other. In addition to securing them, the dynamic, moldable nature of the ligament allows teeth to move incrementally in response to forces applied against them.
To us, the teeth feel quite stationary (if they don't, that's a problem!). That's because there's sufficient length of the tooth roots that are surrounded by bone, periodontal ligament and gum tissue. But when pressure is applied against the teeth, the periodontal ligament forms both osteoblasts (bone-forming cells) and osteoclasts (bone-resorbing cells) causing the bone to remodel. This allows the teeth to move to a new position.
Braces take advantage of this in a controlled manner. The orthodontist bonds brackets to the outside face of the teeth through which they pass a thin metal wire. They attach the ends of the wire to the brackets (braces), usually on the back teeth. By using the tension placed in the wire, the orthodontist can control the gradual movement of teeth to achieve proper function and aesthetics. The orthodontist continues to monitor the treatment progress, while making periodic adjustments to the tension.
It takes time, but through this marvelous interplay between nature and dental science you'll gain a more healthy and beautiful smile.
If you would like more information on improving your smile with orthodontics, 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 “Moving Teeth with Orthodontics.”
There are so many smile benefits that you’ll enjoy when you say “yes” to cosmetic treatment.
Having cracked, discolored or misaligned teeth is certainly enough to make anyone self-conscious. Fortunately, these are issues that don’t have to stick around forever. Our Pensacola, FL, family dentist Dr. Jennifer Georgiades believes that everyone should have a beautiful smile that they are proud of. This is why our dental office is pleased to offer these popular cosmetic treatments to our patients who wish to spruce up their appearance.
What are the benefits of cosmetic dentistry?
There are so many wonderful benefits to choosing cosmetic dentistry. The first and most obvious benefit is that we will be able to hide imperfections while improving the overall appearance of your smile. Our goal is to make sure that you have a smile you feel confident showing off.
Secondly, you’ll be amazed at how quickly cosmetic dentistry can boost your confidence. When you have a smile that is imperfect you often feel embarrassed to show your teeth, but once you get cosmetic dentistry you may find that your social calendar suddenly starts to fill up.
Furthermore, you may also notice that your oral health is even better than it was before cosmetic dentistry. While cosmetic dentistry doesn’t usually improve the actual health of your teeth and gums, once you spend the time and money to get this dental treatment, you want to make sure that your results last. This usually equates to patients who can’t wait to brush, floss and visit their dentist every six months to keep their smiles looking and feeling their best.
What are the different kinds of cosmetic dentistry?
The type of cosmetic dentistry treatment or treatments you choose will depend on several factors. Some of the most popular cosmetic treatments include,
- Teeth whitening
- Dental bonding
- Tooth reshaping
- Dental veneers
- Dental implants
Not sure which treatment would give you the results you want? No problem! Our Pensacola, FL, dentist can help you with that!
Cosmetic dentistry could give you a more beautiful smile for the long run. If you are interested in sitting down with our dentists and finding out which cosmetic dentistry treatment is right for you, call Emerald Coast Family Dentistry in Pensacola, FL, today to schedule a consultation.
What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.
"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."
But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.
"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."
What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.
Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.
To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.
Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?
"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.
Tooth-colored fillings are an alternative to silver fillings. Here in Pensacola, FL, family dentist, Dr. Jennifer Georgiades, can help you get the healthier and whiter smile you want.
What are tooth-colored fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings, also known as composite resin, are used during dental bonding procedures. The composite is made of plastic resin and a filler of finely ground glass-like particles and is used to fix issues, such as:
- Chips and cracks
- Discolored and stained teeth
- Short teeth
How your doctor preps tooth-colored fillings in Pensacola, FL?
In order to prepare your teeth for the composite, your family dentist will apply an etching solution to the surface of your tooth, then the composite resin that matches the color of your teeth is applied and molded to the right shape. The last step consists of the composite being hardened in place with a curing light.
How do you maintain dental health?
Dental bondings don't require special oral care.
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- Floss at least once at day
- Use fluoride-containing products
What are the advantages of tooth-colored fillings?
After your doctor has finished the procedure, your teeth will look natural, especially if the tooth being filled is visible while you smile. Some other advantages include:
- The fillings won't cause your teeth to turn a gray tint over time and are safer.
- The composite strengthens your teeth, so you can enjoy your meals without having to worry about applying too much pressure on your tooth and breaking, or cracking, it again
- As mentioned before, your teeth will look natural, so you won't feel self-conscious when you smile.
Need a consultation?
For more information about tooth-colored fillings and how they can improve the appearance of your smile, call your family dentist, Dr. Jennifer Georgiades at her office located in Pensacola, FL, so don't hesitate to call (850) 944-9655 today!
Your child's oral development generates considerable changes during their "growing up" years. There are a number of things you can do to help support their development—but also things you shouldn't.
Here are 4 things not to do if you want your child to develop healthy teeth and gums.
Neglect daily oral hygiene. To set the best long-term course for optimum oral health, begin cleaning the inside of your child's mouth even before they have teeth. Simply use a clean wet washcloth to wipe their gums after feeding to reduce bacterial growth. Once you begin seeing teeth, start brushing them every day with just a smear of toothpaste; at about age 2 you can increase that to a pea-sized amount. And don't forget to teach them when they're ready to brush and floss on their own!
Allow unlimited sugar consumption. Besides the effect it has on overall health, sugar is also a prime food source for disease-causing oral bacteria. You can reduce the sugar available for bacterial growth by avoiding sugary snacks and limiting sweet foods to meal times. Less sugar means less bacterial growth—and a lower risk of tooth decay for your child.
Put them to bed with a sugary liquid-filled bottle. Although a bedtime bottle may help calm your baby to sleep, it could also increase their risk of tooth decay. Allowing them to sip on sugar-filled liquids like juice, milk, formula or even breast milk encourages bacterial growth. Bacteria in turn produce acid, which can dissolve the minerals in enamel and open the door to tooth decay. Sipping through the night also deprives saliva of adequate time to neutralize acid.
Wait on dental visits until they're older. Dental and pediatric associations all recommend first taking your child to the dentist sooner rather than later—by their first birthday. Starting dental visits early will help you stay ahead of any developing tooth decay or other oral problems. And just as important, your child will have an easier time "warming up" to the dental office environment at a younger age than if you wait. Dental visit anxiety, on the other hand, could continue into adulthood and interfere with regular dental care.
If you would like more information on the best dental care practices for your child, 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 “Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children.”
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