Posts for: April, 2018
Your teeth were meant to shine! Tooth enamel’s polished translucence, framed by the dentin layer beneath it, has a way of vibrantly catching the light when you smile. But tooth wear and structural changes as you age can dim that shine. Add to that staining caused by foods and beverages or disease and your smile could further lose its luster.
On your supermarket or pharmacy oral hygiene aisle you’ll find dozens of products promising to restore that lost luster, including toothpastes, whitening kits or even chewing gum. While such products work to some degree, our dental office may have the right solution for you: a safe and effective treatment for whitening teeth.
Why see us for teeth whitening? For one, professional whitening solutions contain a higher concentration of bleaching agent (usually 35-45% hydrogen peroxide) than home kits. We usually apply it in a gel form directly to the teeth while using barrier devices like dams to protect the lips and other soft tissue from irritation. We may then apply heat or light to the applied gel to enhance the release of peroxide into your enamel.
This professional procedure can often give you a brighter smile in fewer sessions than a home whitening kit — and it may last longer. What’s more, we can control the level of brightness to produce only a subtle change or a dazzling “Hollywood” smile — whatever your preference.
Like a home kit, this procedure bleaches staining on the outer surface of enamel, known as extrinsic staining. But you can also have discoloration deep within a tooth, known as intrinsic staining, caused by a variety of reasons like tetracycline use early in life or complications from a root canal treatment. Home kits or even the professional treatment described above can’t whiten intrinsic staining.
For intrinsic staining you’ll need a special procedure that places a bleaching agent inside the tooth. Depending on the extent of staining the procedure could require more than one session.
To find out what kind of discoloration you have, visit us for a full examination. We’ll then be able to give you your options for putting the shine back in your smile.
If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening.”
There are well-known holidays on the calendar this month, but here’s one that might have escaped your notice: “Keep America Beautiful Month,” which is observed throughout April! At this time, people from coast to coast are encouraged to clean and beautify their communities. So why not think of it as an occasion to spiff up your smile? Here are five ways to do exactly that:
Have your teeth professionally cleaned. A routine dental visit, which includes a professional cleaning and exam, is one of the best preventive healthcare values there is. It’s a chance to catch dental problems (including potentially serious ones like oral cancer) before they become more difficult to treat. A dental professional can remove built-up deposits of tartar from your teeth using specialized instruments—something you can’t do at home. Plus, you’ll leave the office with a freshly polished smile that looks and feels great.
Get a professional teeth whitening. Having whiter teeth often makes people look more youthful. And one of the best ways to brighten dull teeth is with professional teeth whitening. You can achieve the fastest, most dramatic results with an in-office treatment—up to ten shades in just one visit! We can also make you a custom take-home kit to achieve similar results over time.
Repair chipped teeth. If you feel self-conscious about a chipped tooth, consider cosmetic bonding. In this relatively inexpensive procedure, which often takes just one office visit, tooth-colored resin material is applied to the chipped area and hardened under a special light. The translucent resin is built up layer by layer, bringing teeth with minor flaws back to a great, natural-looking appearance.
Replace old dental work. Sometimes old dental work can stand out more than we’d like it to. This is especially true of amalgam (silver) fillings—but even white fillings can absorb stain after many years. If you feel old dental work is detracting from your smile, it may be time to replace it with up-to-date dental materials.
Straighten your smile. Did you know that there is no maximum age for successful orthodontic treatment? It’s true: Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. And if you think metal braces wouldn’t fit in with your look or lifestyle, consider one of the less-visible alternatives to traditional orthodontic hardware—such as ceramic braces and clear aligners.
Having the smile you want can make you feel more confident in any month of the year. If you’d like more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger” and “Orthodontics for the Older Adult.”
A house makeover. A hair makeover. A wardrobe makeover. Do you daydream about them? No, for you, the ideal transformation is a smile makeover, and Dr. Carl Tegtmeier can help you achieve it. His cosmetic dentistry services in Mount Kisco, NY change less than perfect teeth into winning smiles.
Where do you start?
The best renewed smiles begin with a plan. Start your smile makeover by deciding how you want your teeth and gums to improve. Are your teeth crooked or gapped? Would you like to brighten your tooth color? Could your two front teeth be evened in length?
With your ideas in mind, talk to Dr. Tegtmeier about them. He'll examine your teeth and gums, take X-rays and tell you what aesthetic services could create your ideal look.
What are those cosmetic services?
Dr. Tegtmeier and his team offer many different aesthetic treatments--from simple to complex. But, before you decide on them, you and your cosmetic dentist in Mount Kisco will agree on a realistic care plan. In other words, you'll choose the services to fit your timeline, budget and desired outcomes.
Here are some of the treatments Dr. Tegtmeier offers:
- Cosmetic resin bonding Using a tooth-colored blend of glass and acrylic, your dentist remakes teeth marred by chips, cracks, small gaps, and other minor defects. These repairs last for years and look natural.
- Porcelain veneers Customized shells of realistic ceramic, veneers cover the front of teeth which have deep stains, pits, crowding, uneven shape, and more.
- Tooth-colored fillings repair tooth decay with natural-looking composite resin. These restorations require less enamel preparation than amalgam fillings.
- Professional teeth whitening is the most popular aesthetic treatment, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Powerful hydrogen peroxide gel removes stains at home or at the dental office, improving color dramatically.
- Invisalign clear aligners Dr. Tegtmeier offers short-term orthodontic treatment with these invisible acrylic appliances. A great alternative to metal braces, Invisalign aligners are removable, comfortable and easy to clean.
- Dental implants, dentures, bridges These tooth replacements fill smile gaps, giving patients more natural oral function and youthful facial appearance.
- Porcelain crowns These tooth-shaped caps cover and protect remaining healthy structure when a tooth has been damaged by decay, oral trauma, or abscess. Crowns also restore dental implants.
What can we do for you?
Dr. Tegtmeier and his team are committed to delivering your best smile--one you'll just love. Why not contact the office for a cosmetic dentistry consultation in Mount Kisco, NY? Phone (914) 241-2069.