Posts for: June, 2016
You’ll be happy to hear that some cosmetic procedures can improve the overall look of your teeth non-invasively.
Are you an otherwise happy-go-lucky person that feels embarrassed by gaps, cracks, and other minor smile issues? If you live in the Ewa Beach area then you may want to talk to cosmetic dentist Dr. Kern Agader about dental bonding and how it has improved countless smiles.
What is dental bonding?
This cosmetic procedure involves applying and molding a tooth-colored resin (the same material used to fill a cavity) over flawed areas of a tooth or teeth to improve the overall color, shape or size. However, unlike getting a cavity filled, just applying this resin material over the tooth is completely non-invasive and won’t require anesthesia or needles. Patients are happy to hear that this treatment is 100 percent painless!
What should I expect prior to my cosmetic treatment?
As with any cosmetic procedure, your cosmetic dentist in Kapolei, HI serving Ewa Beach will want to make sure that dental bonding fits your lifestyle, needs and goals for treatment, so it’s important to come in for a consultation before you decide whether bonding is right for you. Those looking for more conservative enhancements to their smile can often benefit from dental bonding.
Those with healthy smiles who practice good oral hygiene and are ready to properly care for their new and improved smiles are often the best candidates for bonding.
What issues can be addressed with dental bonding?
Dental bonding is great for patients of all ages that are looking to hide small imperfections like discolorations, gaps between teeth, chips and cracks. While other options like dental veneers are great for more moderate to complicated cases, dental bonding is a wonderful and non-invasive way to improve the overall appearance of your smile without the drastic measures.
How do I care for my teeth after bonding treatment?
Of course, no matter what dental procedure you go through it’s always best to maintain a good oral care regime to keep your smile looking and feeling its best. To protect the color and integrity of the dental resin you’ll also want to avoid doing any of these things for at least two days after your treatment:
- Consuming stain-producing drinks or foods like coffee, wine, and berries
- Smoking cigarettes, as the chemicals can cause some nasty dental stains and affect your overall health
With the proper care, dental bonding can last up to 10 years or more. By staying away from habits like nail biting, chewing on pens or opening bottle caps or plastic packaging with your teeth you too can protect the integrity of your healthy smile.
Call our office right away to schedule a consultation with Dr. Agader at Dental Perfections, located in Kapolei, HI and serving Ewa Beach.
Exchanging passionate kisses with big-screen star Jennifer Lawrence might sound like a dream come true. But according to Liam Hemsworth, her Hunger Games co-star, it could also be a nightmare… because J.Law’s breath wasn’t always fresh. “Anytime I had to kiss Jennifer was pretty uncomfortable,” Hemsworth said on The Tonight Show.
Lawrence said the problem resulted from her inadvertently consuming tuna or garlic before the lip-locking scenes; fortunately, the two stars were able to share a laugh about it later. But for many people, bad breath is no joke. It can lead to embarrassment and social difficulties — and it occasionally signifies a more serious problem. So what causes bad breath, and what can you do about it?
In 9 out of 10 cases, bad breath originates in the mouth. (In rare situations, it results from a medical issue in another part of the body, such as liver disease or a lung infection.) The foul odors associated with bad breath can be temporarily masked with mouthwash or breath mints — but in order to really control it, we need to find out exactly what’s causing the problem, and address its source.
As Lawrence and Hemsworth found out, some foods and beverages can indeed cause a malodorous mouth. Onions, garlic, alcohol and coffee are deservedly blamed for this. Tobacco products are also big contributors to bad breath — which is one more reason to quit. But fasting isn’t the answer either: stop eating for long enough and another set of foul-smelling substances will be released. Your best bet is to stay well hydrated and snack on crisp, fresh foods like celery, apples or parsley.
And speaking of hydration (or the lack of it): Mouth dryness and reduced salivary flow during the nighttime hours is what causes “morning breath.” Certain health issues and some medications can also cause “dry mouth,” or xerostomia. Drinking plenty of water can encourage the production of healthy saliva — but if that’s not enough, tell us about it: We may recommend switching medications (if possible), chewing xylitol gum or using a saliva substitute.
Finally, maintaining excellent oral hygiene is a great way to avoid bad breath. The goal of oral hygiene is to control the harmful bacteria that live in your mouth. These microorganisms can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath — so keeping them in check is good for your overall oral health. Remember to brush twice and floss once daily, stay away from sugary foods and beverages, and visit the dental office regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.
So did J.Law apologize for the malodorous makeout session? Not exactly. “[For] Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, yeah, I’ll brush my teeth,” she laughed.
Hemsworth jokingly agreed: “If I was kissing Christian Bale I probably would have brushed my teeth too. With you, it’s like, ‘Eh. Whatever.’”
If you would like more information about bad breath and oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bad Breath: More than Just Embarrassing.”
Dental implants are among the most popular tooth replacements with their high success rate, durability and life-like beauty. But obtaining them is a process that requires commitment, planning, and coordination — it takes a team.
Your general dentist is often the first team member you’ll encounter: because they’re most familiar with your mouth’s condition the implant discussion naturally begins here. They can help you determine if you’re a good candidate for implants, such as if you have sufficient bone mass at the intended site or if you have dental disease that must be treated first. They’ll also continue monitoring your general dental health throughout the process.
Your general dentist may also have the special training for surgically placing implants. If not, he or she may refer you to your next team member: an oral surgeon or periodontist skilled in implantation procedures. This step first requires careful planning, including developing a surgical guide for precise placement of the implant. These specialists may also contribute to other aspects of the implant process such as tooth extraction or bone grafting.
A few weeks after surgery bone will have grown and adhered to the implant to form a solid bond. It’s time for you to go back to your dentist who will work in conjunction with another member of your team, a dental lab technician. Together, your dentist and laboratory technician will guide the development, manufacture and placement of the implant’s life-like porcelain crown. The technician will take their specifications from the surgeon and your general dentist and, with his or her skill and artistry, form a crown that will blend well in color and shape with the rest of your teeth.
We also can’t forget another important team member: you. Without your input, especially in the early planning stages, your expectations for a more attractive smile might not be met. The rest of your implant team depends on you communicating your desires and wishes to balance with the technical requirements they must achieve.
The process for dental implants can take months. But with the coordinated efforts of your implant team you’ll be able to enjoy results — renewed function and a more attractive smile — that could last for decades.
If you would like more information on dental implants, 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 “Dental Implants.”