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Cosmetic Dentistry
Having a bright healthy smile does more than just enhance appearance. It breeds new-found confidence allowing you show off your smile. Due to modern enhancements in cosmetic dental technology, cosmetic treatments have become quicker, affordable, and in some cases pain free.

Dental Bonding
Tooth bonding is composed of a ceramic resin that is brushed onto the tooth and hardened with intense light. Prior to bonding application the tooth surface must be prepared to accept the bonding. This is accomplished by roughening the tooth surface and applying a gel to micro-etch the surface. A primer agent is then applied so the bond will adhere properly. Tooth bonding is used for:
• Repairing tooth decay damage
• Improve tooth alignment
• Fill gaps between teeth
• Cosmetic reasons (improve tooth appearance)

Dental Crowns
Crowns are used to restore severely damaged teeth due to fracture or decay. After the tooth surface is cleaned and prepared the crown is placed to cover the remainder of the tooth. The crown strengthens the tooth structure and helps prevent future decay. Crowns also improve the tooth's look, shape and alignment. Crowns are used to:
• Restore a fractured tooth
• Restore a tooth severely damaged by decay
• Protect a tooth from fracture
• Cover a discolored or unattractive tooth
• Cover a dental implant
• Anchor a bridge

Dental Bridges
Bridges are used to replace a missing tooth in both a cosmetic and functional fashion. A bridge structure is one or more artificial teeth anchored in place by natural teeth, crowns or implants, on each side of the bridge. Using a bridge to fill the gap from missing teeth helps restore proper bite and prevent teeth from shifting to fill the gap (which may lead to additional bite and jaw joint issues). Bridges can be constructed from gold, porcelain and metal, or all ceramic. Ceramic bridge color is made to match your natural tooth color. Depending on structural requirements, wear and aesthetics will influence material choice. Bridges are used to:
• Replace missing teeth
• Prevent teeth from shifting
• Correct bite issues due to missing teeth
• Help prevent jaw joint problems from altered bite
• Improve appearance (cosmetic reasons)

Dental Implants
Implants may be the best option for replacing a single or multiple missing teeth. An implant is a metal post that is attached directly to the jawbone. After the bone and surrounding tissue has healed an artificial tooth is attached to the implant. Implants provide superior benefits compared to bridge work as they do not depend on neighboring teeth for structural support, though they are more expensive. Implants are the closest dental structure in durability to natural teeth and have greater cosmetic appeal. Implants are used to:
• Replace missing teeth
• Prevent teeth from shifting
• Correct bite issues due to missing teeth
• Help prevent jaw joint problems from altered bite
• Improve appearance (cosmetic reasons)

Teeth Whitening
As the name implies, teeth whitening is the act of whitening teeth and therefore making them more attractive. Teeth whitening can be used to whiten stained, discolored or dull teeth to improve your smile. Whitening is one of the most cost effective ways to improve your smile and is relatively painless.

There are two primary methods of teeth whitening; in office and at home trays.

In office teeth whitening is ideal for people looking for immediate results or who have active lifestyles and don't have time for a series of at home treatments. The procedure usually takes about an hour. In office teeth whitening starts with the application of a protective gel to the gums and surrounding soft tissue for protection from light. A different gel that activates under light is applied to the teeth surfaces. An intense light is used enhance the whitening gel's effectiveness.

At home trays are generally less expensive than in office treatments and require that a mold be made of the teeth for creating trays. After a few days the trays will be ready for pick-up along with instructions on proper use. The trays are taken home, filled with a bleaching gel, and worn for up to one hour at a time, up to twice a day. Bleach trays allow for gradual whitening of the teeth over several days or weeks ending in fabulous result. Bleaching may cause tooth sensitivity, if this occurs inform your dentist.

Dental Veneers
Veneers are a porcelain or ceramic cover for the visible portion of teeth that dramatically improves the aesthetics of your smile. Veneers usually require a couple of dental visits. First the teeth are prepared, impressions are taken, and temporary covers are placed on the teeth. Using the impressions the custom veneers are precisely manufactured in a dental lab. The process takes about two weeks, and when it is complete the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. Veneers require less tooth material removal and the procedure is more comfortable than crowns.
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Long-Term Effects of Clenching Your Teeth
Clenching your jaw, also known as bruxism, is something a lot of people do without realizing it. They try to focus or get stressed out, and the next thing they know their jaw or teeth hurt because they were holding it together tightly. If you do this for too long, it can leave you with a myriad of issues to deal with. Here are some of the more common things that happen when you clench your teeth often:

• When you clench your teeth together tightly, it can cause your teeth to wear down and even crack.
• Clenching your teeth can cause your jaw to hurt, and even lead to TMJ disorders.
&bull Headaches are a common side-effect of regularly clenching your jaw and teeth.
• Having trouble sleeping is common when you clench your teeth regularly.
• You can begin having earaches when you regularly clench your teeth together because the jaw is located in the same area as the tiny bones of the inner-ear.
• Your shoulders will often end up very stiff and sore when you clench often, because the muscles used can often leave you feeling tense.
• Receding gums, and even inflamed gums, can also happen when you regularly clench your teeth.

The longer and more often you clench your teeth, the worse the problems are going to be. If you want help to avoid clenching your teeth, contact our office today. We can help you protect your teeth from the effects of bruxism, such as fitting you for a mouth guard.


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