Teeth whitening is much more than a cosmetic procedure, the effects of a whiter, brighter smile reach across several important aspects of everyday life, from how you feel about yourself to how you interact at work. Here are just four advantages to teeth whitening dentists want you to know.
- Boost Your Self-Confidence
When you feel good about the way you look it shows on many levels. You are happier overall, and more satisfied and confident about your career and personal relationships. At The Tooth Booth Family Dental Dr. Michael Booth is our teeth whitening dentist. Dr. Booth understands how important a healthy self-confidence is, and works with each of his patients to get the results they desire.
- Provides a Healthier Appearance
First impressions are important, and beautiful white smile is a sure way to get off on the right foot. When your smile is nice and white, people tend to have more confidence in you and your abilities. They see it as a sign that you care not only about the way you look, but how you interact with others. You can come across as more open, and friendly.
- Improves Overall Oral Health
A reputable tooth whitening dentist, such as Dr. Booth will ensure you are receiving the best dental care you can, addressing potential issues before they become problems. The gel often used for teeth whitening has also been proven to reduce harmful bacteria within the mouth, improving gum health and reducing tooth decay.
- Improves Employment Options
First impressions go a long way toward your current employment options, and as your smile is one of the very first things people notice about you. You only have once chance to make that first impression so always portray the best you can. Without a dentist to provide professional teeth whitening so you can look and feel your best, you may end up missing out on potential opportunities.
To learn more about the many benefits and advantages to visiting a tooth whitening dentist in the Fraser and surrounding Macomb County areas, please contact the professionals at The Tooth Booth Family Dental Clinic today, 586-293-8530. Proudly improving our patient’s smiles since 1982!
An important consideration prior to having any cosmetic dentistry is to understand both the pros and the cons of each particular dental procedure. And while porcelain laminate veneers are among the most aesthetic means of creating a beautiful, more pleasing smile, they are permanent and non-reversible and should be maintained properly.
On average, you can expect porcelain veneers to last anywhere between 7 and 20+ years. However, much of that depends whether or not you care for them properly in addition to the quality of the dental porcelain, the craftsmanship, and placement of them. How long your veneers last can also depend to some extent upon how you age. This is because the gum tissues attached to the living tooth that your veneers are cemented to may shrink or pull away from the tooth exposing its root surface. If this occurs, you should see your dentist for an evaluation, as it may require veneer replacement. Or, the issue might be resolved through some minor periodontal (gum) plastic surgery.
Porcelain veneers are a low maintenance solution for solving a multitude of cosmetic dental challenges, but they do require that you protect them during sports or vigorous activity. You should also wear an oral appliance or mouthguard (nightguard) to protect them from grinding or any other involuntary damage during sleep.
If you think your child is too young to need root canal treatment, think again — there is no age limit for this treatment. If his/her primary (baby) teeth have been injured, or if decay has advanced deep into the roots of your child’s teeth, a root canal treatment to stabilize teeth may be needed. Root canal treatment removes infection from the pulp, the living tissue that is found inside the tooth’s roots. The pulp contains the tooth’s nerves, so tooth pain is often an indication that decay has moved into the pulp.
When performing root canal treatment on primary teeth, we must keep in mind that the primary teeth’s roots will be resorbed as part of the normal process in which the body makes room for the growing permanent teeth that will take their place.
If a child experiences tooth pain that is related to changes of temperature or pressure, or exposure to sweet or acidic foods, the infection is likely to be minor and easily repaired. But if he or she feels a constant or throbbing pain regardless of stimulation, it may indicate an extensive infection of the pulp and surrounding area.
If the infection is advanced, the baby tooth may have to be removed. But if baby teeth are lost prematurely, a malocclusion (from “mal” meaning bad and “occlusion” meaning bite) can easily result; so we make every effort to keep the baby teeth in place to guide the permanent teeth that are forming underneath them, inside the child’s jaw. In such cases an endodontist (from the root “endo” meaning inside and “dont” meaning tooth) or pediatric dentist may perform root canal treatment, removing the diseased and infected pulp from within the tooth’s roots and replacing it with a substance that can be absorbed when it is time for the baby tooth’s roots to be resorbed naturally.
When baby teeth are injured through a fall or blow to the face (referred to as traumatic injury) they may develop discoloration varying from yellow to dark gray. This is a sign of damage to the pulp tissues inside the tooth’s roots. Dark gray discoloration often indicates that the pulp tissues have died. In such cases root canal treatment is needed to remove the dead tissue. If a tooth is completely knocked out of the child’s mouth, most dentists agree that it should not be replanted because of the risk of damage to the developing tooth underneath.
Root canal treatment for baby teeth is a better choice than tooth removal if at all possible. It helps a child retain full function of their teeth, jaws and tongue, preventing speech problems, and it helps guide the permanent teeth into their proper places.
Contact us today to discuss your questions about treatment for children’s teeth.