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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!
Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”
We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:
Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!
If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
Different types of full dentures are available for replacing missing teeth and restoring your smile. Full dentures are sometimes also referred to as complete dentures and can be used to replace a full arch of missing teeth. A dentist can recommend the type of full dentures most suitable for you. At Jackson County Dental, Dr. Matthew Pierce and Dr. Lane Severe are your Seymour dentists for full dentures.
Replacing missing teeth with dentures has several benefits. Not only can dentures help restore your smile, they also help restore normal biting and chewing functions. Additionally, dentures provide support for sagging facial muscles so the natural shape of the face is restored. Dentures can also improve speech by correcting placement of the tongue when speaking. If you are missing a full row or arch of teeth, full dentures can be used to replace those teeth all at once.
There are three main types of full dentures: immediate, conventional, and implant-supported overdentures. Depending on your situation and needs, you might temporarily start with one type of full denture and switch to another type later. Dr. Lane or Dr. Severe, your Seymour dentists, can discuss the different types of full dentures with you and fit you for the right type.
Immediate Full Dentures: This type of denture is typically only worn temporary until it is time to switch to conventional full dentures. Immediate full dentures are often used following extraction of teeth. The gums need time to heal following extraction so it is not possible to get a good fit with conventional full dentures right away. Immediate full dentures make it possible to restore your smile while the gums heal and you wait to be fitted for conventional full dentures.
Conventional Full Dentures: This type of denture is meant to be worn permanently. Conventional full dentures are custom made for each patient and conform to your mouth over time for a perfect fit. Once in place, conventional full dentures look like your natural teeth and can perform normal biting and chewing functions with ease.
Implant-Supported Overdentures: This type of denture is also meant to be worn long-term like conventional full dentures. Several dental implants, which are placed directly in the jawbone, are used to hold the dentures securely in place. The dental implants provide an additional level of stability and support for the dentures.
The different types of full dentures can help you restore your smile, as well as provide support for sagging facial muscles, restore speech, and make it possible for normal biting and chewing functions to resume. To find out which type of full dentures is right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Pierce or Dr. Severe, your Seymour, IN, dentists, by calling Jackson County Dental at (812) 522-8608.
Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”
Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.
A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:
- Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
- Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
- Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
- Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.
If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”
Do you have a perfect smile, or could it improve? Most people have a defect or two they would like to change. At Jackson County Dental in Seymour, IN, Dr. Matthew Pierce and Dr. Lane Severe offer amazing cosmetic dentistry services, including porcelain veneers. Learn how these tooth-shaped laminates enhance tooth shape, size, alignment, and color. Plus, they're customized just for you!
What are veneers?
Your Seymour dentist places ultra-thin tooth-shaped porcelain veneers to cover deep stains, correct mild alignment issues, span small gaps, and normalize tooth shape. A highly popular cosmetic procedure (growing by leaps and bounds since the 1990's, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry), veneers are permanently bonded to the front of flawed teeth. Typically, dentists place them in the smile zone, or the teeth which show when you laugh or smile.
Who can receive veneers?
An oral examination by your Seymour dentist determines if veneers are right for your smile. In general, the teeth in question should be free of decay and fillings, and the surrounding gum tissue must be healthy. Teeth with exposed roots or which are highly sensitive do not qualify for veneers.
Also, patients should understand that veneers are permanent. They require some mild enamel reduction (about 1/2 millimeter) to ensure proper bite and fit. Once you wear porcelain veneers, you always will wear veneers.
It takes at least two visits to Jackson County Dental: one to examine and prepare your teeth, discuss your goals, and place temporary veneers and another to bond the permanent veneers over your teeth. As you go through the process, ask Dr. Severe or Dr. Pierce anything you like about the treatment, veneer care and the wonderful longevity of these realistic laminates.
Once veneers are in place, you'll adjust to their look and feel over the course of a week or so. Brush and floss as you usually do, and refrain from eating hard foods (ice cubes, popcorn, candy apples, and the like). See your dental team every six months for a check-up and hygienic cleaning or whenever you have a concern about your veneers.
Get one with stunning porcelain veneers from Jackson County Dental in Seymour, IN. For more information and to book a cosmetic dentistry consultation, contact the office staff at (812) 522-8608. We have early morning hours for your convenience.
Have coffee, smoking or simple aging changed the color of your teeth? You can say goodbye to dental stains with professional teeth whitening from Seymour, IN dentists, Dr. Matthew Pierce and Dr. Lane Severe at Jackson County Dental. Your healthy teeth can brighten by up to eight shades in just one office visit or in the convenience and privacy or your own home. Learn more details about this amazing cosmetic service.
Those awful stains
Your dental health is good except for how dark and dingy your teeth look. How has this happened? Well, many factors contribute to changes in smile appearance:
- Consumption of darkly pigmented and acidic foods and beverages (blueberries, coffee, sports drinks, and tomato sauce, to name a few)
- Use of smokeless tobacco and cigarettes
- The aging process
- Taking prescription drugs such as some anti-hypertensives and antihistamines
- Poor oral hygiene
In short, what we put into our mouths, dulls and yellows tooth enamel.
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that professional teeth whitening is extremely popular because it dramatically changes smile appearance quickly, comfortably and economically. Also, you and many other adults and older teens qualify for it if, on examination, Dr. Pierce or Dr. Severe find:
- Your teeth and gums are healthy
- You have few restorations such as fillings or crowns
- You are diligent about oral hygiene at home and get routine cleanings and exams at Jackson County Dental
If you do qualify, your dentist will offer you a choice of at-home teeth whitening in Seymour (using custom-made acrylic trays) or an in-office treatment.
What's the secret?
There really is no secret to professional teeth whitening. It's just good science. Whitening offered by your dentist uses concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel. Whether applied by the dental in the office or by you at home, the gel literally lifts staining organic material right out of tooth surfaces. While at-home processes are more gradual, both methods are amazingly effective and give patients a brighter, more youthful look.
Also, it's no secret that professional teeth whitening in Seymour is safe because your dentist knows you and your oral health. The gel is properly applied with no spillage onto sensitive gums or other soft oral tissues. Contrast this method with over the counter strips, rinses and trays which may produce marginal results or irritate the mouth.
Keeping them white
Professionally whitened smiles stay bright with daily flossing and brushing at home and semi-annual in-office cleanings and touch-ups (as needed). Also, you should avoid tobacco and limit staining beverages and foods. Expect your smile to be bright indefinitely!
A new smile
Say goodbye to dental stains with the best teeth whitening treatments in Seymour, IN. Contact the office team at Jackson County Dental today for a cosmetic dentistry consultation. Call (812) 522-8608.