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By Dental Perfections, Inc.
January 28, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   orthodontics  

A “perfect storm” of dental disease could be brewing for your teenager undergoing orthodontic treatment. As braces or other appliances complicate hygiene efforts, newly erupted permanent teeth and changing hormone levels could also increase their susceptibility to tooth decay or gum disease.

Here are a few tips for helping your teenager maintain healthy teeth and gums while wearing braces.

Eat a Healthy Diet. Nutrition is a key component in a healthy mouth. Your teenager should eat a diet low in sugar, a key food source for bacteria that cause dental disease, and acidic foods and beverages that cause enamel erosion. Limit between-meal snacks to only a few times a day and drink acidic beverages only at mealtime.

Brush all Tooth and Gum Surfaces. For patients who wear braces, it’s important to thoroughly brush above and below the wire running through the affixed brackets. Holding the brush at a 45-degree angle, brush between the wire and gums all the way around both the upper and lower jaws, then repeat the same technique brushing surfaces below the wire.

Clean Between Teeth. Flossing can be difficult while wearing braces, but plaque removal from between teeth is necessary for healthier teeth and gums. Orthodontic patients can benefit from special flossing tools like floss threaders, small interdental brushes or irrigators that remove plaque with sprayed water under pressure.

Incorporate Fluoride into Your Dental Care. A proven decay-fighter, fluoride strengthens enamel against erosion and infection. In addition to hygiene products and many drinking water systems, we can also supplement fluoride through gels or varnishes applied to the teeth during office visits, as well as prescription toothpastes or rinses with higher levels of fluoride for patients at higher risk of dental disease.

Use an Antibacterial Mouthrinse. Orthodontic patients with gingivitis (gum inflammation) or other bacterial-induced conditions may benefit from over-the-counter or prescribed antibacterial mouthrinses.

Maintaining an orthodontic patient’s teeth and gums can be difficult, but not impossible. A little extra attention — along with regular office cleanings and checkups — will go a long way in preventing dental disease.

If you would like more information on effective oral hygiene while undergoing orthodontic treatment, 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.”

By Dental Perfections, Inc.
January 13, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   bonding  

So you’re tearing up the dance floor at a friend’s wedding, when all of a sudden one of your pals lands an accidental blow to your face — chipping out part of your front tooth, which lands right on the floorboards! Meanwhile, your wife (who is nine months pregnant) is expecting you home in one piece, and you may have to pose for a picture with the baby at any moment. What will you do now?

Take a tip from Prince William of England. According to the British tabloid The Daily Mail, the future king found himself in just this situation in 2013. His solution: Pay a late-night visit to a discreet dentist and get it fixed up — then stay calm and carry on!

Actually, dental emergencies of this type are fairly common. While nobody at the palace is saying exactly what was done for the damaged tooth, there are several ways to remedy this dental dilemma.

If the broken part is relatively small, chances are the tooth can be repaired by bonding with composite resin. In this process, tooth-colored material is used to replace the damaged, chipped or discolored region. Composite resin is a super-strong mixture of plastic and glass components that not only looks quite natural, but bonds tightly to the natural tooth structure. Best of all, the bonding procedure can usually be accomplished in just one visit to the dental office — there’s no lab work involved. And while it won’t last forever, a bonded tooth should hold up well for at least several years with only routine dental care.

If a larger piece of the tooth is broken off and recovered, it is sometimes possible to reattach it via bonding. However, for more serious damage — like a severely fractured or broken tooth — a crown (cap) may be required. In this restoration process, the entire visible portion of the tooth may be capped with a sturdy covering made of porcelain, gold, or porcelain fused to a gold metal alloy.

A crown restoration is more involved than bonding. It begins with making a 3-D model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors. From this model, a tooth replica will be fabricated by a skilled technician; it will match the existing teeth closely and fit into the bite perfectly. Next, the damaged tooth will be prepared, and the crown will be securely attached to it. Crown restorations are strong, lifelike and permanent.

Was the future king “crowned” — or was his tooth bonded? We may never know for sure. But it’s good to know that even if we’ll never be royals, we still have several options for fixing a damaged tooth. If you would like more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Crowns and Bridgework.”

By Dental Perfections
January 05, 2015
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Chiseled abs, cut shoulders, ripped biceps-- you're all about the definition. But could the thing people remember most about you still need some work?
With Kern Agader, DMD, at Dental Perfections, Inc. in Kapolei and Makakilo, you'll find why having a sculpted smile tops off your chiseled appearance like nothing else!
Check out four reasons why contouring and reshaping your chompers can help bring you the biggest, brightest smile on the beach below:
Brings You Confidence
When you have misshapen or unsightly teeth that you show off to the world each time you smile...well, you probably won't be wanting to show 'em off very often. But finding the right cosmetic dentist can lead to life-long improvements in your smile that will be both confidence-boosting and downright show-worthy!
Improves Your Appearance
After achieving a sculpted smile with cosmetic dentistry, it's no wonder the opposite sex will be smiling back! After all, the confidence stemming from having your teeth reshaped comes from the superior appearance of your new-found grin.
Makes Your Smile Symmetrical
Don't you feel bad for the guy who, every time he grins, shares a contorted face that's asymmetrical and unappealing for the entire world to see? You don't have to be "that guy" at Dental Perfections, your dentist in the Ewa Beach area. Once we have made the cosmetic changes necessary for improving the alignment of your pearly whites, your smile can be a lesson in symmetry rather than a punishment on the eyes!
Clears Your Mouth Of Unwanted Dental Developments
Reshaping and contouring your teeth gives dentists an opportunity to get an in-depth look at your overall dental health. If they see anything that's alarming - even if you have yet to know about it yourself - they can help you take the next step in overcoming a potential dental disaster.
If you're ready to sculpt that final part of your body for the best smile you've ever had, then give your nearby cosmetic dentist a call at (808) 674-8895. With a convenient location in the Kapolei and Makakilo area, at Dental Perfections, Inc., all we want is to see your sculpted smile!