Posts for: April, 2016
As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.
What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.
For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.
Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.
Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.
So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
What you need to know about the care and maintenance of dental implants
You’ve completed your dental implant treatment, and you now have a beautiful new addition to your smile. The dental implant looks and feels natural, just like your original teeth. Can you clean and maintain it just like your original teeth? The care and maintenance of dental implants is a common question for the dentists at Abington Dental Arts - Dr. Amy Cravath, Dr. Jeffrey Bell and Dr. Dale Collins - in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. Here are some tips and how to maintain your new smile.
To care for your dental implant properly, you need to keep all surfaces of it free of plaque. You do this by:
- Brushing daily after each meal and especially before bed
- Flossing at least once daily
Sonic or electric toothbrushes are excellent for cleaning around dental implants. Floss threaders or loops can be used if your dental implants support multiple teeth. You can also use small interdental brushes to clean in between dental implants. We may also suggest an antimicrobial mouth rinse.
Typically dental implants consist of a few parts, and the first of these is called the “fixture” which is implanted in your bone and becomes the “root” of your tooth. On top of the fixture is the “abutment” which sits above your gums and secures your restoration to the implant. Your dental implant is capped with a single crown, multiple crowns, or a denture. When you clean your dental implant, you are cleaning the restoration and the abutment areas.
Don’t forget to visit us every 3 to 6 months, so we can evaluate the implant and check for problems. You also need a professional dental cleaning and dental implant maintenance regularly to ensure your dental implant and your mouth are healthy.
When you’ve made the commitment to have a dental implant, you need to be committed to proper care and maintenance. Dental implants are an investment and you need to invest in taking care of them. For more information on proper care and maintenance of dental implants call the dentists of Abington Dental Arts in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. You deserve to know everything you can about your dental implant, so call today!