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Dental bonding might just be able to fix those small imperfections in your smile.
If every time you look in the mirror and smile all you notice is that small gap between your front teeth, little discolorations or even cracks and chips, then you may be longing for a simple and easy way to fix this. This is when you should talk to our Long Beach, CA, dentist, Dr. Joseph DuRoss, about dental bonding.
What is dental bonding?
This technique uses a tooth-colored resin, which is applied over one or more areas of a tooth, molded into place and then hardened with a curing light. Dental bonding is a cosmetic treatment that is designed to change the appearance of one or more teeth to improve how your smile looks.
When is it used?
There are many times in which to consider getting dental bonding from our Long Beach, CA, cosmetic dentist including:
- To cover over chips and cracks
- To hide discolorations
- To fill gaps between teeth
- To lengthen a tooth
- To alter the shape of a tooth
- To fix a decayed tooth (this same resin can also be used to fill cavities)
What should I expect from the dental bonding procedure?
What makes this a popular option for many people looking to make a minor adjustment to their smile is that it’s non-invasive.
Once we determine that you are ideal for dental bonding, we will choose the proper shade of resin that will blend in with the tooth. Then we will apply a liquid over the tooth that will roughen up the surface so the resin sticks to the tooth more easily.
From there, we will apply the resin and then shape and trim it, as necessary. Once it’s the ideal shape, we will use the light to harden the bonding resin to your tooth. With a final polish your new smile is ready to be shown off!
If you are ready to chat about dental bonding and to find out if you are right for this treatment, then it’s time you called our Long Beach, CA, dental office and scheduled a consultation with us.
Unfortunately, your teeth are not stain-proof. Even those with the best oral care routines and dental habits cannot always avoid stain-causing elements in their diets or their teeth’s enamel becoming thinner as they age, allowing the yellow dentin layer to show through. Luckily, teeth whitening coupled with avoiding known stain-causers can keep your teeth white and bright for years to come. Learn more about which foods may stain your smile with Dr. Joseph DuRoss in Long Beach, CA.
Foods That Stain Your Smile
- Coffee: Coffee’s dark color is well-known for causing teeth staining. Try drinking your morning cup of joe all at once rather than sipping it throughout the day. Additionally, try consuming your coffee before you brush your teeth during your morning routine.
- Tobacco Use: Tobacco use is notoriously bad for your overall health. However, the smoke from cigarettes or dark color of chewing tobacco can quickly take a toll on the color of your smile. Quitting smoking now can help you improve your general health, decrease your risk of cancer and keep your teeth white.
- Berries: Darkly-pigmented berries like blackberries or blueberries can cause staining on your teeth. Consider what happens when berry juice falls onto your clothing. Stains which are very hard to get out of clothing are often also very hard to get out of your teeth.
- Curry: Curry is a spice used in many foods which has a strong, vibrant natural color. However, this color can cause your teeth to become yellowed.
- Soda: Soda, especially darkly-colored sodas like cola, can cause a double whammy of damage to your teeth. The color of the soda stains the teeth while the acids and sugars in the soda cause tooth decay.
- Sweets: While sugary sweet foods may not actually stain your teeth, they can break down the enamel and feed bacteria on the teeth which eventually turn into tooth decay. Decay causes brown spots called cavities and can lead to gum disease and even tooth loss.
Teeth Whitening in Long Beach, CA
Luckily, your dentist can help you keep your teeth white and reverse any stain-related damage which has already been done with a professional teeth whitening session. To learn more about teeth whitening and what it can do for your smile, please contact Dr. DuRoss at his practice in Long Beach, CA. Call (562) 424-8537 to schedule your appointment for a teeth whitening session today!
Teeth are one of the first things people notice in business and social situations. If your smile could use a little work, it's hard not to feel a little self-conscious whether you're at a business meeting or out on the town. Luckily, cosmetic dentistry treatments offer an easy way to improve your smile. Dr. Joseph DuRoss, your Long Beach, CA dentist, shares information about a few common cosmetic treatments.
White teeth not only look better, but can also make you appear a few years younger. Over-the-counter whitening kits may lighten your smile, but you'll have to use the products for weeks to notice a difference. When you want a whiter smile without the wait, it pays to visit your dentist. He uses professional-strength whitening agents that are stronger than those you'll find drugstore kits. Whitening will only take about an hour, and best of all, you'll enjoy whiter teeth for several years.
Veneers hide minor issues that make you want to stop smiling. These wafer-thin porcelain shells are attached to the fronts of your teeth only. They're an excellent choice if you want to conceal a discolored tooth, hide a crack or chip, or cover small spaces between teeth. Veneers also offer an excellent option if you're looking for a more long-lasting way to whiten your teeth.
Do you have one tooth that looks like it doesn't belong in your mouth? Maybe it's extremely pointy or noticeably crooked, or perhaps it's just a little too short. Crowns are the perfect answer to your problem. These dental restorations encase your teeth completely and provide coverage on all four sides.
A missing tooth not only affects your appearance, but also makes it hard to chew. Bridges replace missing teeth by suspending an artificial tooth or two between two crowns.
After you lose a tooth, you might wish you could just pop a new tooth in that empty socket. Thanks to dental technology, you can. Implants replace your tooth roots and fuse to your jawbone. The transformation is complete when your dentist adds a crown to the top of the implant.
Cosmetic dentistry can change your smile and your life. Call Dr. Joseph DuRoss, your Long Beach, CA dentist at (562) 424-8537 to schedule an appointment to learn which cosmetic procedure is right for your dental issue.
Imagine how different things would have been for movie star James Dean, had he not managed to replace the front teeth he lost as a youngster. According to one biography of the 1950s heartthrob, Dean's teeth were knocked out while he was swinging around on a homemade trapeze. Because his smile was restored, Dean was able to land the plumb movie roles that catapulted him to stardom.
This is perhaps the ultimate example of how a smile makeover can create new opportunities for a person. But opinion polls confirm that nearly 90% of adults feel an attractive smile is an important social and career asset. And, an almost equal percentage of adults feel that their smile could use some improvement.
Are you unhappy with your smile? Is a smile makeover something you've ever thought about? Dear Doctor magazine has come up with a great list of questions you can ask yourself to figure out if you would benefit from this life-changing experience:
- Do you avoid smiling in photos?
- Are you conscious about spaces and gaps in your teeth?
- Are your teeth making you look older than you feel?
- Have you held back a smile?
- Do you feel that your teeth are stained or too yellow?
- Do you hold your hand up in front of your mouth when speaking or laughing?
- Do you notice areas of excessive tooth wear that make your smile look older?
- Do you have little teeth and a gummy smile?
- Are your teeth crooked, chipped or crowded?
- Do you wish you had someone else's smile?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, please come in and see us. We have an amazing array of cosmetic procedures available to us — far more than what was available to James Dean in the 1950s. These options range from relatively inexpensive teeth whitening treatments to more permanent cosmetic solutions such as porcelain crowns and veneers. Together we can come up with a plan to give you the smile you've always dreamed about.
If you would like more information about what a smile makeover could mean for you, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more about smile makeovers by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Beautiful Smiles by Design.” Dear Doctor also has more on “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
A “crown” or a “cap” is the term used to restore a decayed or broken tooth that needs to be completely encased to protect the tooth beneath it. A crown's dual purpose is to restore the tooth's form and function. Decades ago gold was the material of choice for a crown. What we ultimately choose depends on a particular crown's requirements with regard to the tooth's appearance and function, and to some extent what you want.
Gold: Gold crowns last the longest and wear the best (at about the same rate as natural teeth), but they are not used as frequently today, especially if they are visible in a person's smile. Gold crowns are made of cast gold, a technique that has been in use for over a hundred years. They can last for decades, and have been known to last 50 years or more. They tend to cost less per tooth than porcelain or other materials.
All-Porcelain: “All porcelain” crowns have a natural appearance and as technology improves they are gaining popularity. Dental porcelains are composed of ceramic substances that are variations of glass. This gives them their translucent, lifelike appearance — but it makes them brittle and subject to fracture. Therefore all-porcelain crowns may not be a good choice for back teeth because they frequently fail under the biting forces applied during chewing and especially adverse habits like tooth clenching or grinding. Porcelain crowns are made of material that doesn't wear. Consequently, it can cause excessive wear to the teeth they bite against.
Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM): PFM crowns have been in use for more than 40 years. They combine a substructure of gold or platinum for strength and have porcelain “facings” for the visible surfaces. In some ways they combine the best of both worlds, but they do have some problems; the metal can show through the porcelain, detracting from its life-like appearance. These crowns can have a functional lifespan of about 20 years or more.
New and Future Materials: Newer “pressed-ceramic” restorations and computer-milled ceramics have received good reviews for aesthetics and service. These new materials are being intensively researched. Initial results look good, but we'll have to see how they last over time.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your questions about crowns and other dental restorations. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Gold or Porcelain Crowns?”