Does Teeth Whitening Damage Teeth?

Sep 3rd, 2018
Easton Dentists Oct 3rd, 2018

There is a common misconception that teeth are supposed to be as white as a sheet of paper. The reality is that tooth enamel can be a number of different shades that actually produce an off-white, almost yellowish color. Over time, the natural color of our teeth can start to become darker. Whether that change is from genetics, aging, or from the use of certain medicines, there are multiple factors that can create an unwanted appearance of dark yellow looking teeth or pesky stains. Teeth whitening is a procedure that uses safe chemical treatment to brighten the tooth and change its natural exterior to appear white. There are a handful of ways that you can achieve this look, including the use of abrasive toothpastes and over the counter whitening agents. In most cases, professional bleaching tends to be more beneficial and longer lasting.

What Whitening Can Manage: Discoloration happens to even the healthiest of teeth, but there are ways to reverse it. Having your teeth professionally bleached may help conserve your overall oral condition by removing unhealthy stains almost immediately. Discoloration from coffee, tea, and pigmented foods can sometimes lead to other oral issues, such as tooth decay and enamel breakdown. Having your teeth whitened every now and then might be a positive step toward managing such stains. The process is fast and easy, making it more appealing for those who are looking for quick fix.

The mental effect that teeth whitening has on patients can also help promote healthier habits. Having a brighter looking smile may boost confidence levels, resulting in higher determination to want to take care of your teeth. Being proud of the color of your teeth might just be the ticket to necessary cleaning and maintenance. Keep in mind that before committing to a bleaching treatment or any other kind of whitening procedure, you should consult with your dentist to be sure that it is the right practice for you. What it Cannot Manage: Another common misjudgment that some patients make is assuming that teeth whitening can replace the daily practice of personal oral hygiene. Whitening is certainly not a substitute for healthy habits such as routine cleanings, brushing, flossing or the avoidance of certain food and drink. That’s not to mention that even whitening doesn’t last forever. It takes appropriate maintenance and upkeep in order to hold those sparkling results for longer than a few months. The only way that you can ensure long-term whitening is by following the basic oral health guidelines. Avoiding smoking, coffee, tea, wine, and other acidic food and drink to help prevent staining and darkening. By taking good care of your teeth at all times, you may not need another treatment for another 12 months.

Again, it is important to consult with your dentist to confirm that your oral history won’t affect the results of teeth whitening. For example, those who suffer from tooth decay and receding gums might be extremely sensitive to the treatment, causing unnecessary nerve and gum pain. Also, whitening will not cure cavities or tooth decay. In fact, it’s highly recommended that all cavities and areas of decay are treated beforehand. Bleaching veneers or teeth that have porcelain or ceramic crowns can also result in an unsuccessful process.

It’s crucial to understand that while teeth whitening can be very useful toward improving the brightness of your smile, it can also cause some unwanted symptoms if used incorrectly. That’s why the guidance of a professional can help you reap the full benefits of teeth whitening in the safest way possible. It’s no secret that creating a whiter smile can be a favorable change to your overall health. If you are struggling with tough stains on your teeth or discoloration, it might be worth your time to learn more about how teeth whitening can help manage your teeth!

What Smiling Says About You and Why You Should Do More of It

Oct 23rd, 2017
Easton Dentists Oct 23rd, 2017

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You might’ve guessed that smiling can make you happier … but did you know it also helps you live longer?
It’s true!

Smiling also helps with attraction and happiness in more ways than you may have imagined. Looking for a romantic partner, or a new job this year? Then, get ready to flash those pearly whites!
More than a century ago, philosopher Charles Darwin and scientist William James suggested we might be able to adjust our mood simply by assuming the facial expressions representative of our goal. The first step to happiness is to start smiling!

Ever since Darwin and James proposed their theories, scientists have researched and discovered some interesting side effects to smiling along the way.

 

  • Smiling makes you more attractive: Research suggests we’re more attracted to people who smile than those who do not. While scientists aren’t exactly in agreement as to why this may be, there’s a perception that a smiling person makes others around them relaxed and happy. Basically, your smile is contagious … and therefore welcoming.
  • Smiles boost the immune system: It’s all about the neuropeptides, they say. Smiling (and also laughing) release these neuropeptides which help reduce stress. The result is less taxation on your immune system so you can remain healthy to combat any illness or stress that may come your way.
  • Smiling enhances your mood: Smile-science has a bit of a “chicken or the egg dilemma.” Does a smile make you happy, or do you smile because you’re happy? We can assume the latter is true, but what about the former? Recall those neuropeptides we mentioned earlier? Well, according to Psychology Today, when we smile, “feel good neurotransmitters dopamine, endorphins and serotonin are all released.” Your body relaxes, while your heart rate and blood pressure lower. This flood of feeling then places us in a better mood. Not bad for just crinkling up the corners of the mouth!

 

And, what about helping you live longer? Well, if the above three reasons aren’t enough for you, it seems, that, yes … smiling more can help you live a longer life. And the proof appears to be in the research. In 2010, a team of researchers aimed with an odd source material (The Sporting News Baseball Register), examined historical photographs of baseball players – tracking smile and life statistics throughout their lifetimes. From 1952 onward, these intrepid scientists crunched the numbers (and smiles), and discovered that, yes indeed, smiling did help these chaps live longer, healthier lives. They also remained married longer. Pretty neat, huh? You can check out a bit of the story on this fascinating study at Pacific Standard Magazine.

So, to wrap things up … we’ll leave you with this nugget of wisdom from cinema’s happiest of happy characters, Buddy, played by Will Ferrell in the feel-good Christmas film, Elf.
“I just like to smile! Smiling’s my favorite. Go forth and smile!”

Teeth Whitening Can Help You Look Your Best

Dec 20th, 2016
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

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Many people wish they had brighter, whiter teeth, but no matter how often they brush, their teeth never seem to reach the level where they have that radiant smile they want.

Here are a couple of teeth whitening options that you should consider:

 

In-Office Whitening

In-office whitening usually can make the most difference in your smile’s appearance. At your appointment, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and a chemical whitener will be applied. The results from in-office procedures can last as long as a year!

 

Over the Counter Whitening

Finally, there are a number of over-the-counter bleaching agents and whitening strips that can be found at your local store. These are the least expensive option and can also considered one-size-fits-all. This means they are not customized to your unique needs.  These over-the-counter whitening systems are very economical, however the results of these products don’t last as long as an in-office whitening application.

Whether you have dull, stained teeth from smoking, poor dental hygiene, because you drink coffee, tea, cola or even enjoy berries and other foods that can leave your teeth looking dingy and stained, a The Dental Center at Easton Town Center has the experience and the professional products that will be able to deliver quality results. When you visit Dr. Glimmer for teeth whitening, you will not only get the very best in whitening products and treatment, but you will also be able to ensure that your teeth are as healthy as possible.

Teeth whitening will help you to not only look your best, but it can help you look younger as well. When you have clean, bright teeth, you will have a more attractive and vibrant smile. Leave teeth whitening to a professional dentist and start enjoying the compliments.

We understand what makes a smile your best feature. Whether you’re looking for convenience or effectiveness, there are several options to get your smile looking its best. Call our office or contact us online to learn more.

5 Drinks That Are Bad For Your Teeth

Jul 14th, 2016
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

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Many people today track their food and liquid intake in an effort to lose weight and be healthier, but how many people actually consider how those same factors affect the health of their teeth? After all, the teeth are the first part of the body to come in contact with any food or beverage that you consume. Before a food can enter into your digestive system, it first has to pass through your mouth. So why not consider the implications that food and drinks have on your teeth?

If you’re wondering about foods that affect your oral health, check out this past article. Today, however, we’re going to look at the 5 worst drinks for your teeth. What makes a drink less than ideal for oral health are its sugar content, acidity level, and staining probabilities. Let’s take a look at the five worst offenders.

Coffee

Since so many people begin their day with a cup or more of coffee, you’re probably disappointed to see this on the list. It’s not the caffeine that makes this liquid an offender, rather the major issue with coffee is its staining power. The dark brown color of coffee is notorious for turning teeth yellow over time. If you’re someone who takes their coffee with cream and sugar, that doesn’t help either. Adding sugar to an already acidic drink only makes it worse for your teeth.

Tea

Much like coffee, the big problem with tea is its dark color. Black teas and other dark blends can cause the same staining issues as coffee, turning your pearly whites a shade of yellow. If you’re going to enjoy tea, try lighter blends to avoid staining your teeth and try not to add sugar so you don’t contribute to tooth decay and cavities.

Alcohol

Whether your beverage of choice is beer, wine, or liquor, it doesn’t really matter; all three are offenders for oral health. Beer is highly acidic, wine is acidic and stains teeth, and liquor is acidic and potentially too sugary when mixed with sodas or juices. No matter how you enjoy your alcohol, you’re going to expose your teeth to acid, sugar, or staining agents.

Soda

Soda is one of the worst offenders on the list because it combines high acidity, loads of sugar, and sometimes a dark color that causes staining all in one beverage. If you want to increase your risk of tooth decay, cavities, and yellowing teeth, simply continue drinking soda.

Energy & Sports Drinks

If you think that reaching for an energy drink or sports drink is a better option, think again. These beverages, whether in powder form or canned are just as bad as soda. High acidity and sugar levels harm your teeth and offer little benefit to your body in general.

You might be wondering what you’re supposed to drink to keep your teeth healthy. To be completely truthful, as boring as it sounds, water is your best option. Water is typically pH balanced for the body, meaning it isn’t too acidic or too alkaline, it does not contain any sugar, and its clear color means you won’t have to worry about staining.

We realize however that you are probably going to indulge in your favorite beverages from time to time. Here are a few tips that you can use to minimize the damage done to your teeth:

-Drink these beverages through a straw. This helps transport the liquid to the back of your mouth and avoids direct contact with your teeth.

-Sip water in between drinks of these beverages or follow up the beverage with a glass of water to wash away lingering acid and sugar.

-Brush and floss at least 2x a day to remove built up sugar and plaque that lead to tooth decay and cavities.

If you’ve already suffered the effects of consuming too many of these drinks, Easton Dentist is here to help correct any damage that’s been done. Whether you need professional teeth whitening, cavity repair, or simply a good cleaning, we can help you restore your healthy smile. Contact us today to set up an appointment!

Why Teeth Yellow and What You Can Do About It

Jun 24th, 2016
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

One of the most common aesthetic complaints that patients have regarding their smile is the color of their teeth. We are used to seeing celebrities and TV actors with perfect, pearly white smiles and come to expect that our own smiles should look the same way. It makes sense then that patients feel frustrated by the yellowing of their teeth and wonder what they can do to fix it.

What Causes Teeth To Yellow

The truth is that we will all experience yellowing teeth as part of the natural aging process. Some people experience it more than others, but none the less, it’s not an uncommon condition. As we age, the outer protective layer of our teeth, the enamel, thins and becomes more translucent. The inner, living layer of our teeth, the dentin, also diminishes with time and has a tendency to yellow with age. Both the thinning of enamel and the shrinking and yellowing of the dentin are what cause teeth to appear yellow as we get older.

What You Can Do To Prevent Yellow Teeth

As we discussed above, there are two layers of the teeth: enamel and dentin. Your teeth’s enamel can become discolored and stained; this is called extrinsic discoloration, while intrinsic discoloration is related to aging dentin. Preventing yellow teeth needs to be addressed both extrinsically and intrinsically.

Addressing the discoloration of tooth enamel is fairly easy. Here are a few things you can do to prevent your enamel from becoming stained and yellow in color:

-Stop smoking

-Cut back or eliminate acidic and dark colored beverages (coffee, soda, wine, tea)

-Maintain a good oral health routine, including flossing to remove plaque build up

-Drink water after eating brightly colored fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, etc.

-Use OTC whitening products

Unfortunately, there is no treatment for correcting discoloration of dentin. This living tissue is prone to the aging process. You can, however, take steps to prevent premature aging. Here’s how:

-Treat bruxism (teeth grinding) which can cause your enamel and dentin to wear and age at an accelerated rate

-Protect teeth from trauma by wearing a mouth guard when playing sports

-Nourish your body with a healthy diet and manage stress

If you are concerned with the color of your teeth, have your dentist determine if the discoloration is intrinsic or extrinsic. There are many whitening solutions that can help address extrinsic discoloration and restore a brighter smile. In the case that your discoloration is caused by intrinsic factors, don’t despair. Take steps now to make sure it doesn’t become worse and that you aren’t doing anything to cause premature aging of your teeth.

Do you want to have a brighter and whiter smile? Contact Easton Dentists today and schedule a consultation to see how we can help you get the smile you deserve!

 

 

The Benefits Of Flossing

May 26th, 2016
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

When you visit the dentist, there’s one dental care question you’re sure to be asked; “Are you flossing?” Many patients sheepishly admit they’re falling short while others fib and ensure their hygienist that they floss religiously. The truth is, your dental hygienist will most likely be able to tell if you are being honest about your flossing habits or not.

Many individuals are guilty of skipping out on flossing. As your oral health expert, we don’t want you to feel guilty; we want you to understand the benefits of flossing so that you will take up the habit out of your own free will. Being informed of how flossing helps your oral health is the first step in wanting to start the practice.

So what exactly are the benefits of flossing? Let’s look at the main and most obvious gains you get when you decide to floss your teeth every day.

 

  • A cleaner mouth– Brushing is great, but it will only get you so far. Toothbrushes are designed to help you physically clean the surface of your teeth but they cannot adequately reach between teeth. Flossing allows you to remove left over food debris, bacteria, and plaque buildup that your toothbrush cannot reach, leaving you with a cleaner feeling mouth.

 

  • Healthier teeth and gums– Flossing helps rid your mouth of plaque, food particles, and bacteria that can cause gum infections, cavities, and tooth decay. Removing plaque on a daily basis by practicing flossing prevents the plaque from turning into tartar. Tartar is difficult to remove and will lead to issues such as gingivitis and cavities. Flossing is one more step you can take in keeping your mouth healthy.

 

  • A whiter smile– Plaque buildup is not only detrimental to your oral health, it also affects the appearance of your teeth. When plaque builds up, it attracts stains and makes your teeth appear discolored. Whether from the food you eat or the drinks you drink, too much plaque can mean a dull, stained smile. Flossing helps remove plaque and keeps your smile looking brighter, longer.

 

  • Fresher breath– When bacteria reside in the mouth, they cause bad breath. Plaque and food particles are a breeding ground for the growth of bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria can be reduced with flossing by ridding your teeth of plaque buildup and leftover food debris. If you struggle with bad breath, flossing can help you move towards fresher breath.

Flossing might be a tedious habit to develop but once you get in the practice of flossing, you will reap the benefits. Not only will flossing keep your mouth healthy, it will also save you money in dental treatments that can be avoided by practicing good oral hygiene.

At Easton Dentists, we want you to know that we have your best interest in mind. If you have questions about flossing or would like to be shown the proper technique, ask one of our dental professionals at your next appointment. Contact us today to schedule your next visit!

Cosmetic Dentistry: Teeth Whitening And Its Powerful Effects

Jun 29th, 2015
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

Looking to get your pearly whites their whitest? Whether you have a career in front of the camera or are simply trying to achieve a whiter smile, cosmetic teeth whitening is a sure way to get your teeth shining their brightest.

Teeth whitening is a safe form of bleaching performed inside the mouth. The bleach is applied to your tooth’s enamel and stained teeth will appear brighter and cleaner. This is great for those who partake in practices that tend to stain your teeth, such as drinking coffee or cola, smoking cigarettes, and drinking red wine. This powerful whitening effect can last anywhere up to a year, to as little as a month long (depending on your intake of foods or beverages that often stain teeth)

Whitening your teeth can have a powerful effect leading to a brighter smile, however it may also cause tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. It’s important to speak to your dentist before undergoing a whitening procedure to discuss long-term and side-effects associated with whitening your teeth. Results vary dependent on the color of your teeth. Yellow and brown teeth respond very well to whitening practices, whereas grey stained teeth may not show as bright of a result.

Easton Dentist will be able to answer any questions or concerns you have regarding your cosmetic whitening procedure. For a bright, white new smile call Easton Dentist at (614) 414-0111 to schedule an appointment for cosmetic teeth whitening. You will not regret your results.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Apr 23rd, 2013
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

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!

How Teeth Can Make You Look Older

Apr 9th, 2013
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

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!

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!