If you’re looking for a quick solution for reviving a dull smile, teeth whitening is one of the quickest and most affordable treatments available for transforming your appearance. The Cosmetic Dentist Troy office can help you with convenient options for whitening your discolored teeth.

However, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and it helps to be aware of the factors that contribute to discoloration of your smile in the first place.

Genetics:  Some people’s teeth are inherently more yellow in color. This is genetics at work, and the simple explanation for this is that your dental enamel is more translucent, making the underlying yellow dentin more apparent.

Improper Oral Hygiene:  This is a major contributor to the discoloration of your teeth. Poor oral hygiene will always result in yellowing of the teeth, along with other major dental problems. Your dentist or hygienist will be happy to instruct you on proper hygiene practices.

Aging:
  As we age, our teeth will naturally become worn and somewhat discolored. No matter how much care you take with your oral hygiene, dental enamel will become slightly pitted and worn over time, allowing staining agents to gradually discolor your teeth. The wearing of the enamel also makes the yellowish dentin more noticeable

Staining: There are a number of stain-causing foods and products that are responsible for a vast majority of tooth discolorations: tobacco, coffee, tea, dark sodas (such as cola), red wine, dark fruit juices (grape, cranberry), blueberries, soy sauce and tomato sauce.

Obviously, it’s not necessary or even advisable to cut all these foods out completely, but you have a better chance of maintaining a healthy white smile if you remember to brush or at least rinse your mouth after ingesting these products.

A beautiful white smile is one of your greatest assets and the first thing people notice about you. It’s an important part of that vital first impression. You don’t have to settle for a less-than-dazzling smile. The Cosmetic Dentist Troy has several teeth whitening options that can get you on your way to the bright sparkling smile you’ve always wanted.

Dentures have changed a lot in the last several years. Patients visiting the Dentures Dentist in Troy usually have many questions about the benefits of modern dentures. Today, I’d like to address some of these questions.

Will my new dentures fit comfortably?

Since your dentures are custom-made for your mouth they will fit perfectly. Immediately after your dentures are placed, they will have a snug fit. As time passes, however, your gums and jaw line can gradually change. This often causes someone with dentures discomfort, sometimes even causing blisters or sores to form in your mouth.

Following a schedule of routine checkups with your dentist is your best approach to stop this shifting from causing you severe discomfort. Your dentures will be checked at each visit making it easy to identify slight changes to your mouth as they occur. Most dentures will need to be adjusted or partially remade every several years due to natural changes that occur in your mouth as you age.

What are immediate dentures?

Immediate dentures are placed right after your teeth are extracted. They are custom made for your mouth but the contour of your gums will change as you heal. Immediate dentures need to be adjusted by your dentist after healing is complete so that they will comfortably fit the changing contours of your mouth.
 
Will I need to use adhesive with my dentures?

You may not need to use adhesive if your dentures provide a really secure fit. But most denture-wearers enjoy the added security of using an adhesive to ensure that dentures stay in place. The Dentures Dentist in Troy can recommend an effective adhesive if needed.

We can also discuss the option of using dental implants to hold your dentures securely in place. Dental implants eliminate the problem of dentures slipping and causing irritation.

How long until I get used to wearing dentures?

Obviously dentures don't feel like your natural teeth. Even the most comfortable and well-fitting dentures will require a period of adjustment so you can get used to the new sensations. We advise new denture-wearers to temporarily eat soft or liquid foods so they can get used to chewing. Learning to speak with your new dentures is an issue for some people, but within a few weeks the dentures will feel like a natural part of your mouth.

We are always happy to answer your questions, and we can arrange a consultation at your convenience so that Dr. Bentley can provide the information you need to make a decision about dentures.

We all know that that taking proper care of your teeth is the best way to ensure a lifetime of oral health. But we all have busy lives filled with obligations, and sometimes routine oral health care can fall to the bottom of your to-do list. The Troy Dentist understands, so we make it as easy as possible for you to get the preventive care that you and your family need.

Professional Teeth Cleaning

Food and beverages that are consumed during the day stick to the surfaces of our teeth. This creates the substance we know as plaque. Since plaque buildup is not obvious, you may not even be aware of the presence of these bacteria until you have a dental problem. Scheduling professional cleanings twice a year is critical to monitoring plaque build-up so action can be taken.

Thorough Dental Exams
An equally important step in your preventive oral health care is regular comprehensive dental exams. This allows the dentist to identify any underlying issues and address them before they become painful and costly to treat.

Fluoride
Fluoride is important for keeping teeth healthy and strong. It is available through topical applications in the dental office as well as tooth paste and mouth rinses. Another great source of fluoride is non-bottled drinking water.
 
Sealants
Dental sealants are used to fill in tiny crevices on the chewing surfaces of back teeth. Children especially benefit from the application of sealants used to protect their permanent teeth.
 
Daily Brushing and Flossing

If you’re not sure which products will be most effective for maintaining your daily oral health, your dental hygienist will be happy to guide you in selecting the proper oral health products. Diligent at-home oral hygiene is one of the most effective and least expensive ways to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

If you’re overdue for a dental exam or cleaning, please contact our Troy Dentist office to arrange your semi-annual dental cleaning and examination. Take simple steps to protect your teeth now, and avoid more complicated problems later!

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