5 Reasons to Smile!

Feb 26th, 2013
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

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!

 

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

Dental Contouring: The Facts

Feb 21st, 2013
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

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.

Your Dental First Aid Kit

Feb 18th, 2013
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

No home is complete without a first aid kit.  Inside, you have all the essentials: Band-Aids, gauze, tape, antibiotic ointment, wrap, and some sort of ice pack.  This simple but useful kit plays a crucial role for any family.  It is designed to quickly and efficiently treat injuries that are bad enough to need care but do not need the immediate attention of a medical professional.

However, there is another first aid kit that every home should have.  Dental first aid kits are a necessity for homes because they provide the specialized care that is meant exclusively for oral care.

While there may be some similarities between the two kits, both should be kept fully stocked in order to take care of any emergency that may arise.

  • Floss.  Whether you prefer the traditional roll of floss or the one-time-use sticks, having a handy supply of floss will help relieve much of the irritation that can be associated with eating certain foods.
  • Mild pain medication.  You may use this to stop pain entirely or to make it subside until you can get proper care.  Either way, having an emergency supply of pain medication is never a bad idea.
  • Wax.  Especially for people with braces or any other piece of oral equipment, wax can be placed on and around any sharp protrusion to ease pain and reduce the chance of further injury.  If you’re not sure where to get oral wax, ask your dentist where you can get your hands on it.
  • Emergency ice packs.  When swelling needs to be controlled, ice packs are the quick and effective solution.  If something traumatic happens and you need to make an emergency trip to your hospital or dentist, you’ll want to use an ice pack during the trip.
  • Cotton balls.  Bleeding is never wanted but when it does occur, you’ll want to be ready.  A cotton ball is typically a safe and effective way to help stop the bleeding.
  • Camellia teabags.  This may sound out of place amongst medical supplies but tea has been used for centuries to help sooth oral traumas.  They can even help stop bleeding after oral surgery.
  • Your dentist’s phone number.  Your dentist knows your teeth better than anyone else so who better to help during an emergency?

In the case of an emergency, there is nothing more important than your health.  A dental first aid kit is the first step to take in ensuring your oral health.  For more information on keeping your oral health in order, call us today!

How to Get a Whiter Smile

Feb 13th, 2013
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

It seems that everyone wants whiter teeth.  In fact, even the staff at The Dental Center wants you to have whiter teeth.  That’s because white teeth look healthier and make you feel a little better about yourself. What can be wrong with that?

Though there are a number of toothpastes on the market that claim to whiten and brighten your smile, which is not quite the reality.  The truth is that virtually every brand of toothpaste contains an abrasive formula that helps to scrub away stains.  Some brands are more abrasive than others, making them slightly more effective at removing light stains on the surface of your teeth but none of them can do the job fully.

Unfortunately, even the toughest toothpaste will be unable to remove the deep stains that tend to accumulate as we age.  Beverages such as coffee and tea, habits such as smoking, and darkly pigmented foods like berries can darken the teeth over the course of years.  Some of our patients even have tooth discoloration as the result of a childhood illness or a tetracycline medication that was administered while the enamel was still forming.

In an effort to brighten smiles and eliminate these tough stains, many people have considered a professional bleaching product.

For most patients, bleaching works particularly well for teeth that are yellowish in tone.  Teeth that are brownish in tone also tend to respond well to whitening solutions as well.  Grayish teeth are typically more difficult to brighten, but specially formulated whitening products can dramatically improve their appearance.  Essentially, no matter the degree of tooth discoloration, there are ways to at least make your teeth a little whiter and brighter.

Dental restorations on the front teeth such as bonding or tooth-colored fillings cannot be whitened with bleaching material.  The shade of these artificial materials won’t respond to bleaching.  However, they can be replaced to match the shade of your new, whiter smile.

While it is difficult to predict the final result of your teeth whitening treatment, you can be assured that there is a whitening option that is just right for you.  Luckily, The Dental Center at Easton has the experts that can determine which treatment will work best for you.  Give us a call today to learn how you can get your teeth whiter.

 

What is Involved in Cosmetic Dentistry?

Feb 11th, 2013
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

Not unlike plastic surgery, cosmetic dentistry places a larger focus on outward appearances than on strictly medical enhancements.  While there can be medical benefits, cosmetic surgery typically aims to increase the look of teeth first and foremost.   Though not as well-known as plastic surgery, cosmetic dentistry is also typically less noticeable than plastic surgery.

 

As with all things in life, there are varying levels of quality when it comes to which dentist provides your cosmetic dentistry.  Unsightly dental work performed in the past can hinder a person’s confidence and make them self-conscious about their appearance.  Bad dental work also results in poor occlusion, improper chewing, infections, and tooth loss.  Our dentists at The Dental Center at Easton offer several methods of improving a patient’s smile and facial esthetics through specialized cosmetic dentistry solutions.

 

  • Tooth Colored Fillings.  Existing amalgam or silver fillings can be replaced by tooth colored materials.  Although durable, the silver fillings darken and fracture over time, leaving gaps between the tooth structure and the filling.  Plaque and bacteria accumulate in the pits and fissures of the tooth leading to infections and pain.  Most amalgam restorations can be replaced with a sturdy composite material that matches the natural pigmentation of the teeth.  This new filling will not only perform better, it will also look much more natural in your mouth.

 

  • Crowns and Bridges.  Excessive tooth structure loss and root canal treatments often require the application of crowns and bridges.  Bad dental work can also be corrected by this technique and provide the patient with a beautiful smile.  Our Easton Town Center dentists will carefully inspect the health status of each tooth and determine if the patient can benefit from this procedure using state of the art technology to achieve esthetically pleasing results. We believe that a healthy smile helps create a beautiful smile.

 

  • Porcelain Veneers.  Permanent discoloration of anterior teeth can be corrected with the creation of veneers. This method of improving the patient’s smile is a great alternative to more invasive procedures.  Veneers are typically recommended by our dentist for patients with severely discolored teeth.  No matter the damage done, we can fix it with uniquely crafted veneers.

 

Your cosmetic dentistry should be tailored specifically to you so that’s what we do here at The Dental Center at Easton Town Center (in Columbus, Ohio).  If you have any questions, or would like more information, please feel free to contact our dental office at 614-414-0111.

Everything You Need to Know about Dental Implants

Feb 7th, 2013
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

A missing tooth is a permanent problem that has a permanent solution with dental implants.  Patients who have missing teeth can greatly benefit from dental implants both cosmetically and functionally.

Though it is a relatively common procedure, this innovative method of tooth replacement can be implemented by only the most technically skilled dentists.

The treatment begins with a comprehensive oral exam, a full set of X-rays, and a complete review of the patient’s medical history.  Before the individual is determined to be a good candidate for dental implants, a complete review of the patient’s oral habits is taken into consideration.  The treatment plan is created to meet the specific needs of the patient and, by the end of the initial visit with cosmetic dentistry services, the patient will have a full understanding of what the treatment entails and the cost associated with it.

Patients with a long history of missing teeth or poor oral hygiene typically do not qualify for placement of implants.  Soft tissue contours and changes over time and cannot be rebuilt without extensive surgical procedures that involve modifications to the existing gingiva.  If any widespread soft tissue discrepancies are noted by the dentist, the patient will be presented with other options of tooth replacement.

After the implants have been placed and the healing process is completed, the restoration process begins.  Single crowns or bridges are fabricated to imitate the patient’s natural smile.  Porcelain restorations are placed over the implants and seamlessly blend with the existing teeth.  Fully edentulous (toothless) patients benefit from the application of dentures mimicking their natural smile line.  Dental implants serve as anchors and help with the retention of the dentures and quality of chewing and speech patterns.  Proper facial tissue support provided by superbly manufactured dentures elevates the patient’s confidence and correct how the jaw lines up.  Nothing can replace the effect a smile can have on a person but the right, competent dentist can replace and mend the teeth in a smile.

Understanding that the costs of dental implants may be of concern, The Dental Center at Easton often offers payment plans or financing options to alleviate the financial burden of this life changing treatment option.  We know that a smile is often worth more than monetary value so we are willing to work with patients to give them the best smile possible.  If you have any questions, or would like more information, please feel free to contact our Easton Town Center dental office at 614-414-0111.

 

How Cosmetic Dentistry Helps Smiles

Feb 5th, 2013
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

There are a number of misconceptions about cosmetic dentistry floating around today.  Few people truly understand what this type of dental work is all about or what it can do for them.  By fully understanding the complexities and even the commonalities of cosmetic dentistry, you can be better equipped to decide if cosmetic dentistry could help you or a loved one.

Cosmetic dentistry in Columbus most often deals with a set of standard procedures that, when done correctly, produce absolutely stunning results.  What exactly is cosmetic dentistry, though?  This term refers to dental work that is performed to enhance the appearance and sometimes even the performance of one’s teeth.

 

  • Veneers.  A veneer is used in cosmetic dentistry to improve the look of a tooth or to help protect the tooth.  It is basically a thin layer of a material that it attached to the tooth.
  • Teeth Whitening.  Similar to dental bleaching, teeth whitening is a purely cosmetic procedure that improves the look of teeth.  Where teeth whitening brings teeth to a natural color, bleaching tends to whiten beyond the range of normal coloring.
  • Bonding.  By applying a strong, durable resin to teeth, cosmetic dentists can help repair damage done to teeth.
  • Dental Bridges.  A dental bridge is essentially a partial denture.  It acts in place of missing teeth to improve the cosmetic appearance and functionality of teeth.
  • Dental Implants.  Dental implants are typically used in cases of dentures, bridges, or crowns.

Patients who have worn down teeth may also benefit from many types of cosmetic dentistry and can have their smiles restored through bite reclamation and other procedures.  In addition, a cosmetic dentist can also perform other restorative procedures that include tooth colored fillings and even the creation of retainers and braces to correct tooth alignment and bite.

At our Easton Town Center location, you will find an experienced staff of hygienists and dentists who can help make your smile as perfect as possible through state of the art cosmetic dentistry techniques and practices.  By coming to the friendly staff at The Dental Center at Easton, you ensure that you will receive the best in care and treatment at one of Columbus’s premier dental practices.

Many dentists claim that they are cosmetic dentists, but few are truly qualified to perform the work necessary to restore a person’s smile like the staff at The Dental Center at Easton.  If you have any questions, or would like more information, please feel free to contact our Easton Town Center dental office at 614-414-0111.