May 8th, 2013
For years, people have worked diligently to achieve the perfect smile. Brushing and flossing are the obvious measures that should be taken but many people have found that more permanent measures are needed to whiten and brighten their smiles.
While porcelain veneers are a good and viable option for a variety of patients, they may not be perfect for everyone. Likewise, caps and crowns work in some instances but every patient is different and so every treatment must be different. For patients looking for an alternative to veneers and crowns, cosmetic bonding may be the route to go.
Cosmetic bonding is a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed by very talented cosmetic dentists. The process is typically painless and can do anything from whiten a smile to repairing the superficial imperfections of a smile.
- The outside of the tooth is given a rough surface. This new roughness will make it easier for the new material to be applied to the tooth.
- The cosmetic dentist will apply a resin or dental grade plastic to the rough surface of the tooth. More layers of material will be added until the tooth matches the surrounding teeth in general shape.
- A high-intensity light will be shined on the material. This light will harden it and give the material the same basic toughness of a natural tooth.
- Finally, the dentist will shape the new material. This process will ensure that the cosmetic bonding matches in color and shape to the surrounding teeth.
After the cosmetic bonding is completed, the tooth will look, feel, and perform just as any other tooth. Even care for a cosmetic bonding is simple. Patients with a cosmetic bonding need only to floss and brush as normal, basically treating the cosmetic bonding as the rest of their teeth. If you have more questions about cosmetic bonding, give our Columbus, Ohio office a call today.
May 2nd, 2013
What does a cosmetic dentist do, and why is cosmetic bonding good for you? These are very good questions. Dental technology is advancing, and so cosmetic bonding is becoming quite the popular way to align and mold teeth. You’re already familiar with what an orthodontist does – that’s cosmetic dentistry. The bonding process is a faster, more comprehensive process for accomplishing similar ends.
Cosmetic bonding is a way to fill gaps in your teeth, mend chipped teeth, and whiten your smile. Bonding also lasts longer than traditional fillings, staying on for up to eleven years. Best of all, it’s a minimally invasive process, and progress can be seen after a single dental appointment. The Dental Center is your resource for Columbus dentists who know about cosmetic bonding.
Bonding uses an enamel-like dental composite or resin that is applied to the surface of each tooth, sculpted, hardened, and finally polished. A fine texture is first produced on the tooth so that the composite will have something to bond with. Once applied, a high-intensity light is used to cure the material, hardening it on your teeth while you wait. The process takes several coats. After the final one, the composite can be sculpted and polished. The final result is a breathtaking new smile.
Almost whatever the condition, bonding can help give you an award-winning smile. Call our Columbus office and set up an appointment to learn more about dental bonding. We’re conveniently located at Easton Town Center, which is easy to get to no matter what part of Ohio you’re coming from. We look forward to making your smile even better.
April 23rd, 2013
Because of their rise in popularity, people from all walks of life are becoming more and more interested in porcelain veneers. It makes sense, too. Porcelain veneers can very easily seem like the most simple and effective method for restoring a beautiful smile.
Like most anything else in life, there can certainly be downsides. Getting porcelain veneers can be a somewhat painful process because a layer of your natural enamel must be removed. Additionally, getting porcelain veneers is an irreversible treatment which means that you can never go back to just having your original teeth after you’ve had veneers applied. However, most people find that the benefits greatly outweigh the disadvantages.
- Each set of porcelain veneers is unique to the patient. Though it takes significantly more time, your dentist will specially craft your porcelain veneers to ensure that they are the perfect match for your smile.
- After porcelain veneers are applied, it is virtually impossible to distinguish them from your natural teeth. A smile of porcelain veneers will look just as happy and healthy as any other smile.
- Porcelain veneers have some advantages over normal teeth in that they resist stains from coffee and tea. They can do this because, even though they look just like normal teeth, they are made from high tech materials.
- Because they are made to enhance teeth, porcelain veneers can be maintained just as any other tooth would be. They still require typical brushing and flossing though they may need different whitening techniques than other teeth.
- A porcelain veneer wouldn’t be effective if it was fragile so they are designed to be as strong and sturdy as any other tooth in your mouth. They will bite and chew like any other tooth, just don’t expect them to be indestructible.
While there are downsides to veneers, many people find they help much more than they hurt. A set of veneers, when cared for properly, will last a lifetime. To learn more about how veneers can help you, give us a call today!
April 18th, 2013
Every day, new people in Columbus get dental implants. It could be from tooth loss or decay or any number of other reasons but the end result is preferably a dental implant. This procedure is the permanent solution to many different problems that simple dentures cannot address.
As it is not yet the most common procedure, many people still have questions about what takes place during and after you get a dental implant.
Though it may sound daunting, a dental implant is a fairly straight forward procedure for the patient. As long as you follow a few simple steps, your teeth and gums will be as healthy as possible.
- First, a simple metal screw will be inserted into your jaw. This will act as the anchor for your new replacement tooth. It must be placed directly into your jaw so that the new tooth has the strongest base possible.
- After the screw is placed, the area must heal. This basically allows time for the bone to grow and rebuild around the screw so that it is completely stabilized. This will ensure that the procedure is permanent. In some cases, it may take a few months for the implant to become completely integrated with the jaw.
- Once the jaw is absolutely healed, it is finally time to have the new tooth inserted. The new dental crown will be created specifically to match your other teeth in size, shape, and color so that it will match perfectly. When done correctly, your new crown will be completely indistinguishable from any of your other teeth. Additionally, it will require the same care and treatment as a normal tooth.
While it would be ideal to hold onto all of your natural teeth, sometimes a dental implant is the best option. With proper care and treatment from The Dental Center at Easton, your dental implant can help keep your smile perfect for life. Call us today to see how we can help your smile.
April 16th, 2013
As they become increasingly popular, people everywhere are more and more curious about dental implants and how they can improve people’s lives. It seems that many people recognize the immediate benefits of a dental implant but do not really know what it is or what to do after a dental implant has been placed.
To understand a dental implant, you have to first understand the process of getting one. A dental implant is used to replace dead, dying, or missing teeth. They help cosmetically in completing a smile but they also aid in overall dental health.
- Before one is placed, a screw is inserted into the jawbone to act as an anchor for the implant. It is allowed to heal before the actual dental implant is placed.
- To create a perfect match, your dentist will craft a unique replacement tooth for your dental implant. To look as natural as possible, your dental implant will match your other teeth in size, color, and shape.
- Once your jaw is healed and your replacement tooth is made, your dentist will permanently insert it into your mouth. This will leave you with a natural looking, fully functioning replacement tooth.
- After your dental implant has been inserted, it will require the same treatment and care as the rest of your teeth. You absolutely do not need to do anything special to maintain the look and feel of your dental implant.
Dental implants are the most effective and longest lasting way to replace damaged or missing teeth. Very often, dental implants are the tool of choice for dentists looking to give their patients the best, most natural smile possible. With a solid treatment plan and top notch dental care, the dentists at The Dental Center at Easton can help give anyone the smile they’ve dreamt of. Call to set up your appointment today.
April 9th, 2013
Your teeth are supposed to be and should be your ally. They should be the white, bright representation of how you feel on the inside. Ideally, they should be as cheerful and inviting as your own personality. However, as we age, our teeth can easily show unwarranted signs of aging that we may not ourselves feel.
Even with very attentive care, our teeth can show wear and tear that not only makes them look older; they make us feel older whenever we smile. Unfortunately, teeth can show age in many different ways.
- Dark teeth. From daily use, your teeth will naturally become darker with age. This yellow tint has the unwanted effect of making you look much older and much unhealthier than you actually are.
- Stained dental work. If you’ve had work done many years ago, there is a good chance that it may not be holding up as well as you’d like. Because it is not structured like your natural teeth, traditional toothpastes and whiteners may not work as well on your dental work.
- Gum Recession. If you’ve never heard the phrase “long in the tooth,” it means something is getting older. The look of being long in the tooth can be exacerbated very easily by gum recession, making you look much older much quicker.
- Worn teeth. No matter how well you take care of your teeth, there may be no way to avoid wearing them down. From regular chewing to teeth grinding, your teeth can easily be worn down over the years.
This all sounds like your teeth stand no chance but, in reality, any damage done to your teeth can be fixed by a great dentist. By setting up an appointment with The Dental Center at Easton (in Columbus Ohio), you can reverse the look of aging teeth today!
April 8th, 2013
With cosmetic dentistry quickly becoming a more affordable and viable option for people everywhere, porcelain veneers are gaining in popularity. Because of their relatively simple application and easy maintenance, veneers can give the hope of a beautiful smile to people who may not have the best dental history.
Even though many people are becoming more familiar with the final results associated with porcelain veneers, there still seems to persist a lack of knowledge concerning how porcelain veneers come about. For a trained professional, the process of creating porcelain veneers is immensely precise. It’s is a little more complicated than simply putting a veneer on an existing tooth because a good dentist will work to ensure the veneers perfectly match in size, color, and shape. Though time intensive, the process of getting a veneer is relatively straightforward.
- The tooth is trimmed. This is done for two reasons. First, the tooth must be trimmed so that the overlaying veneer does not stick out more than the other teeth. This creates a more natural look and feel for the veneer. Second, the rougher surface of the newly trimmed tooth will allow for easier bonding.
- An impression of the tooth is made. This simple step ensures that the dentist knows the exact dimensions that will be needed for the new veneer.
- The veneer is temporarily placed. This will give your dentist a chance to see how well the veneer matches the surrounding teeth. It is applied temporarily so that the dentist can easily remove and adjust the veneer as often as is needed.
- The veneer is bonded into place. Once you and your dentist are pleased with the appearance of the veneer, it will permanently be bonded to your existing tooth.
While getting a veneer can be a simple process, it takes a specially trained cosmetic dentist to give you the best results. The attention to detail displayed by The Dental Center at Easton makes us the premier cosmetic dentistry practice in Columbus, Ohio. Call us today to set up your appointment.
April 5th, 2013
Everyone wants the perfect smile. Many of us spend a good portion of our lives in braces and other types of orthodontia just so that we can show our pearly whites with pride. We brush our teeth and floss but sometimes it is just not enough. Unfortunately, some things in dentistry are out of our control.
Even if you have perfectly healthy teeth, damage can occur. So what happens if you trip, fall, and completely break a tooth? Maybe visit a Columbus Cosmetic Dentist?
That’s one of the instances in which dental implants can be used.
A dental implant is a screw that is inserted into the jaw bone. This screw acts as an anchor for the new replacement tooth. The replacement tooth, once placed, will be completely indistinguishable from any other tooth in the patient’s mouth. This is a permanent solution for many different types of problems with teeth.
- Missing Tooth. A missing tooth can instantly diminish the quality of a smile and it is not something that can be easily hid. A Dental Implant can be the simple fix to help restore your smile to its glory.
- Missing a Few Teeth. Not only will missing a few teeth make you want to refrain from smiling, it will also hurt the health of the rest of your teeth. Open gums are far more vulnerable to infection and pain. A Dental Implant can help fix this.
- Missing Many Teeth with Jaw Damage. This is more severe but it can be fixed. Through a graft of bone onto the jaw, a 6-8 month healing period, and a series of Dental Implants, your smile can become what you always wanted.
A Dental Implant can be a great advantage for both your smile and your health. Call the dental experts at the Dental Center at Easton to see how you can benefit from a Dental Implant.
February 26th, 2013
In Columbus Ohio, we talk all the time about what you can do to help improve your smile with things like teeth whitening, veneers, and dental implants. However, did you know that there are good reasons to smile that go beyond just being happy?
It’s true. The simple act of smiling can be quite beneficial to your overall health and it’s even been proven in scientific testing. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry performed an independent study to determine exactly how much smiling can help a person. The results are astounding and they should give you reason to smile!
- Smiling is proven to make you more attractive. That attraction can manifest in many different ways, though. A good smile can be seen by different people as a sign being successful, trustworthy, outgoing, likeable, honest, and even more intelligent. These perceptions are triggered in the subconscious mind. Beyond that, attractive people have been proven to have the opportunity to earn 12%-27% more income and have more options in dating and marriage. All this from having a great smile!
- Smiling can make you happier. It may seem like a strange concept but if you begin smiling, your mood will improve. A smile tells your brain that you are in a good mood and so it will make you start feeling better. This little trick is a great way to stay bright and cheery.
- Smiling is an integral part in any society. While handshakes and other gestures vary with differing cultures, smiling is a universal sign of happiness. It is one of the few expressions recognized without question all over the world. This fact really does put a new spin on the idea that when you smile, the world smiles with you!
- Smiling helps to ensure a positive impression. You never know when you’ll happen upon someone who might be important to your life. If you turned the corner and bumped into your crush or your idol, wouldn’t you rather be smiling? This is especially true of first impressions. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that 88% of people claim they would remember someone with an attractive smile.
- Smiling is easy! The best part about smiling is that it can only take a few muscles to do. Smiling will benefit you exponentially but it can be done by anyone at any time.
Unfortunately, only about half of all Americans are pleased with their smile. With affordable and simple solutions to nearly any smile predicament, the experts here at The Dental Center at Easton (in Columbus, OH) are more than happy to help you smile more! Give us a call today and start smiling!
February 21st, 2013
At The Dental Center at Easton, we’re experts on cosmetic dentistry and how it can help patients obtain a straighter, more beautiful smile. Measures like teeth whitening, bonding, and dental bridges can help achieve the perfect smile but there are still more ways to improve the look, and sometimes even the feel of your teeth.
Dental contouring is about as straight forward as it sounds. It is simply reshaping teeth to get a better look or feel for the patient. You could even think of it as smoothing out the rough edges of your teeth. It’s not meant to give your teeth a dramatically new profile, just a few small changes to the shape of your teeth that can have very beneficial results.
- Dental contouring is painless. This process involves no penetration into your teeth or gums so you will not feel the nerve pain that can be associated with some other procedures. The reshaping simply consists of removing miniscule amounts enamel from the exterior or interior part of the tooth. In instances like dental contouring, not much is needed because a little off the top can produce noticeable results.
- Dental contouring improves the look of teeth. If your teeth have small, abnormal protrusions, they can easily be remedied with this procedure. Afraid of fangs? No need to worry when you can just round off the ends of especially pointy teeth with tooth reshaping.
- Dental contouring may help your bite. A bite that does not line your jaw up properly can result in pain down the road. The easiest way to avoid that pain and trouble is take care of the problem as soon as possible. Teeth reshaping will help to eliminate the problem by creating perfectly aligned teeth. Because it is such a powerful option in terms of dental care, dental contouring may even be able to be used instead of braces for some patients.
- Dental contouring is a cost effective treatment. When considering the time and money that could be spent on dental procedures, teeth reshaping becomes a very attractive option. It takes care of the immediate problem at a fraction of the cost of other dental procedures.
We live in a time when there are solutions to nearly every problem. Dental contouring has proven itself to be a quick and simple solution to several different problems that can arise in teeth. If you’d like to find out if dental contouring is right for you, give us a call today.