4 Cosmetic Dental Options Ideal for On-Camera Smiles

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With an increase of digital meetings and workers who stay at home, people are finding themselves on digital calls more than ever. As you face appears close-up on a webcam, you may want changes to your smile. The cosmetic changes will help add confidence and allow you to repair some elements of your teeth that have changed over the years. Read on to learn about cosmetic dental procedures.

  1. Teeth Whitening

One of the basic treatments for your teeth is a teeth whitening. When your face is on a webcam, the color of the teeth is instantly noticeable. A boost in whiteness will give your smile a bright look. While whitening kits are available for home use, a dental appointment provides brighter shades and full coverage of your mouth.

A dentist uses a light-activated gel kit to brighten your smile. The gel is placed in the mouth for 15 minutes at a time. The whitening processes helps with a number of discoloration issues. For example, coffee and tea could stain teeth. Genetic issues also lead to faded tooth colors.

An in-office whitening works with multiple types of teeth and gives you a bright smile which lasts for several months. Whenever you’re doing live feeds or video meetings, you can talk and smile without worrying about the focus on your teeth.

  1. Dental Implants

If you have any missing teeth, dental implant procedures will help fill the gap to your mouth and restore a full smile. The dental implant process is completed through multiple appointments. The first appointment will include scans of your mouth. Through the scans, a dentist will have the proper size and measurements needed for the implant.

The next appointment will place the anchor in jaw. The root of the implant is placed directly in the jawbone so the implant feels and moves like an actual tooth. The third appointment includes the tooth installation. Once healed, your tooth and mouth will act as normal. The implant will feature colors to match your current teeth so the tooth blends in.

If you have larger sections of your mouth with missing teeth, consider a dental bridge. A bridge consists of two or more fabricated teeth. For example, if you are missing multiple bottom teeth, a dental implant will replace the teeth in a single section. The permanent installation of a dental bridge allows your smile to feel natural and like real teeth.

If you have gaps with a tooth still in place, the remaining tooth could act as an anchor for the bridge. The tooth may have a crown placed over the top for extra strength and support on the bridge. Unlike implants where an anchor point is attached to the jaw, the bridge is cemented right on the gums.

  1. Veneers

While dental implants provide full tooth replacement, veneers can fix chipped or broken teeth. A veneer is porcelain piece placed on the exterior of your tooth. The veneer has the strength to protect the tooth and provide comfort inside your mouth.

A veneer is custom-shaped to match the other teeth in your mouth. If you chipped a corner off the tooth, the veneer will cover the whole tooth. Along with chipped and broken teeth, a veneer fills gaps in your mouth by expanding the sides of teeth so the smile looks even.

The veneer installation is typically painless and completed in less than an hour. If you want more than one veneer, then the process could take longer and require multiple appointments beyond the initial consultation.

  1. Restorations

If you seek out multiple changes within the same process, consider a dental restoration. A dentist will complete a full exam of your mouth and determine the restoration process. For example, a dentist could fill a tooth which has small chips in them.

A restoration process may also include crowns to go over teeth. Crowns an alternative option beyond an implant or veneer. The crown will cover the tooth completely. While older crowns were fabricated with metal, newer composite crowns come in more natural colors to blend your teeth in.

For a faster and less permanent change to your smile, you may consider dentures. When you use a web cam, you may wear the dentures and remove them when not needed. The dentures match the shape of your gums and are ideal for when a lot of teeth are missing.

For example, if you suffered from gum disease and lost a majority of your teeth, you may consider whole mouth dentures to replace your smile.

A consultation is the first step in any cosmetic procedure process. A dentist will complete a full oral exam and x-rays to determine what cosmetic options are best for your mouth.

Contact us today at Valley Oak Dental Group to make an appointment and start on your cosmetic dental journey. We have years of experience and performed procedures on all mouths and smiles.

9 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Permanent Teeth

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Smiling Woman With Permanent Teeth

Many adults fear the possibility of losing a permanent tooth. Fortunately, there are many things that you can do to prevent permanent tooth loss. Knowing the risk factors and what you can do to prevent this problem can help you keep your own teeth throughout your adult life.

1. Brush Your Teeth Twice Daily

Brush your teeth at least twice each day — once in the morning and once in the evening before bed. When brushing your teeth, spend about two minutes total, gently brushing your teeth in small circular motions with the toothbrush.

If you notice problems like blood on the toothbrush, this could be a sign of gum disease. Make an appointment with your dentist to have the problem inspected.

A Guide to Maximizing Your Dental Benefits Before Year’s End

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Whether you opted into your employer-sponsored dental insurance coverage for the first time in 2019 or you have had dental insurance for years, you may not be maximizing your dental benefits as much as you can. The end of the calendar year is quickly arriving, so check your dental insurance policy to see if your dental benefits reset at the beginning of the new calendar year, because most do. 

The end of the year is a prime time to obtain dental procedures before you yet again have to meet your dental insurance deductible, especially if you have not yet met your dental policy’s maximum annual benefit. Read on to learn more.

5 Things to Know About Carbonated Beverages and Oral Health

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The addition of a little fizz to your daily drink often provides unique tastes and flavors people prefer over flat water. Unfortunately, drinking too many carbonated beverages could result in some major problems for your teeth and gums down the line.

While you do not need to eliminate carbonated drinks all together, help protect your teeth and smile by knowing facts about the drinks and ways to ensure you have proper oral health.

FAQ About Children and Sensitive Teeth

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If your little one has been refusing certain foods, turning their nose up at a cold glass of water, and complaining their mouth hurts, the cause of your child’s discomfort and irritability could be a common oral health issue: sensitive teeth.

Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions you might have about your child’s sensitive teeth.

Why Does My Child Have Sensitive Teeth?

Enamel erosion is one main cause of tooth sensitivity in children. Teeth are covered with a hard substance called enamel. Under the enamel is another protective layer called dentin. Dentin directly covers the tooth’s root and features several small tubes or canals. The root is filled with a system of nerves. When enamel is eroded or damaged, the dentin isn’t properly protected.

Schedule Tooth Whitening for a Great Back-To-School Smile

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Head back to class with a fresh new smile when you whiten your teeth. Here’s what you should know about professional tooth whitening, as well as the side effects and people who shouldn’t use tooth whitening.

Teeth Need Treatment Before Tooth Whitening

When you schedule you a consult for teeth whitening at your dental office, your dentist will examine your teeth thoroughly. The dentist looks for problems with your teeth that can affect the success of your whitening procedure.

Why Dental Fillings Fail and What to Do About It

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When you have a cavity, your dentist repairs it with a restorative process that most patients call fillings. The decayed portion of your tooth is removed, and then the remaining space is filled with a substance that bonds to your tooth without compromising the overall health of the tooth. Fillings are the most common dental-restoration procedure.

However, people can make the mistake of thinking that dental fillings last forever. While the replacement portion that fills the gap is hardwearing and long-lasting, it is not the same as the strength of your natural enamel. Fillings do not last forever, and when they do fail, they leave the rest of your tooth open to further decay. 

The Secrets to Successful Dental Implant Placement

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Dental implants use modern medical technology to enhance smiles. Implants can replace one tooth or a whole row of teeth — but only if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. Learn what you should know about patients who receive successful dental implants.

Implant Candidates Have Thorough Preliminary Exams and Treatment

A dental implant consists of a metal anchor, an abutment, and a replacement tooth made of metal alloys, ceramic, resin, or another material. The anchor is surgically placed into the jawbone. The replacement tooth is fastened to the abutment and anchor for a secure hold when you chew and talk.