Posts for: June, 2015
At no other time in a person’s life will their teeth and mouth change as rapidly as it will between infancy and adolescence. In this short span an entire set of teeth will emerge and then gradually disappear as a second permanent set takes its place.
While the process may seem chaotic, there is a natural order to it. Knowing what to expect will help ease any undue concerns you may have about your child's experience.
The first primary teeth begin to appear (erupt) in sequence depending on their type. The first are usually the lower central incisors in the very front that erupt around 6-10 months, followed then by the rest of the incisors, first molars and canines (the “eye” teeth). The last to erupt are the primary second molars in the very back of the mouth just before age 3. A similar sequence occurs when they’re lost — the central incisors loosen and fall out around 6-7 years; the second molars are the last to go at 10-12 years.
A little “chaos” is normal — but only a little. Because of the tremendous changes in the mouth, primary teeth may appear to be going in every direction with noticeable spaces between front teeth. While this is usually not a great concern, it’s still possible future malocclusions (bad bites) may be developing. To monitor this effectively you should begin regular checkups around the child’s first birthday — our trained professional eye can determine if an issue has arisen that should be treated.
Protecting primary teeth from tooth decay is another high priority. There’s a temptation to discount the damage decay may do to these teeth because “they’re going to be lost anyway.” But besides their functional role, primary teeth also help guide the developing permanent teeth to erupt in the right position. Losing a primary tooth prematurely might then cause the permanent one to come in misaligned. Preventing tooth decay with daily oral hygiene and regular office visits and cleanings (with possible sealant protection) is a priority. And should decay occur, it’s equally important to preserve the tooth for as long as possible for the sake of the succeeding tooth.
Your child’s rapid dental development is part of their journey into adulthood. Keeping a watchful eye on the process and practicing good dental care will ensure this part of the journey is uneventful.
If you would like more information on the process of dental development in children, 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 “Dentistry & Oral Health for Children.”
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.”
The season of white, sandy beaches is almost here - will you be ready? This summer, don't just focus on getting tanner or losing those last five pounds before heading out to enjoy all that Kapolei and Ewa Beach have to offer. Get yourself truly ready to shine by visiting your favorite cosmetic dentist, Kern K. Agader, DMD at Dental Perfections.
The Importance of Teeth Whitening
The truth is, if you aren't sporting a brilliant white smile, you simply aren't going to look and feel as amazing as you deserve to this summer. No matter how thin, tan and toned you are, if you're embarrassed by your smile, it will show. You won't smile and laugh as much, and you may even avoid social outings altogether if your teeth are bad enough. Visiting Dr. Agader, your Kapolei and Ewa Beach cosmetic dentist, is a great way to reclaim that beautiful, confident personality that is sure to make you shine.
Professional Vs. Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening
With over-the-counter tooth whitening creams, pastes and strips available at every drugstore in the Ewa Beach area, you may wonder if it is really necessary to visit a cosmetic dentist for professional teeth whitening at all. Can't you just get the same whitening from a store?
No, you cannot! Professional teeth whitening from Dr. Agader is fast, safe and very effective. Plus, you never have to worry about damaging your teeth or ending up with uneven whitening, as all our whitening treatments are custom made for your unique set of teeth. When you visit your Kapolei and Ewa Beach cosmetic dentist for teeth whitening, you get real, reliable results! Our Opalescence custom bleaching kits are easy to use, and allow you to whiten at home when it's convenient for you!
This summer, don't even think about heading to the beach without looking and feeling your best. Come on in to see Dr. Agader at Dental Perfections, serving Kapolei, Ewa Beach, and Makakilo. Make this summer your best one yet!