Are You Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits?
Maintaining good habits to benefit your smile is a vital part of your oral and overall health. You need to know the best way to keep your teeth white and free from decay and your gums healthy. Dr. Alexander W. Smith of The Family Dentist, located in Westminster, CO answers some frequently asked questions about keeping good oral hygiene habits.
Am I using the right toothbrush?
You should use a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits comfortably in your mouth. An angle-head toothbrush can give you the best reach over your teeth and gums. You should replace your toothbrush every three months or when it begins to show signs of wear.
What kind of toothpaste should I use?
Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride as this will help to strengthen your teeth. Toothpaste that contains whiteners can help to remove daily stains and keep your teeth brighter.
How often should I brush?
You should brush your teeth at least twice a day. If you have recently eaten, wait at least thirty minutes before brushing.
Do I really need to floss?
Yes, flossing is very important for controlling plaque build-up. If you feel uncomfortable using string floss, try floss picks or a water flosser.
How often do I need to see my dentist?
You should get a check-up every six months. This gives your dentist time to find any problems, such as tooth decay, and treat them as soon as possible. It also gives you a chance to get a professional cleaning. Many Westminster residents book their bi-annual check-ups ahead of time so that they can be sure to get an appointment when they need one.
Our Westminster office is currently closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. If you have a dental emergency call Dr. Smith at (303) 427-8690.
If you're ready to replace missing teeth, dental implants offer an excellent restoration option. Your Westminster, CO, dentist, Dr. Alexander Smith, can help you decide if implants are right for you.
Dental implants completely restore teeth
Dental implants restore missing teeth above and below the gum line. Tiny titanium posts that naturally bond to your jawbone, implants are placed in the vacant spaces of your smile during minor oral surgery in our Westminster office.
Implants act as roots for your new teeth and become securely attached to your jawbone in as little as three to six months. Once your implants are bonded, your dentist adds small abutments to the top of them and makes an impression of your mouth that will be used to create dental crowns.
Crowns are artificial teeth that look just like the visible parts of your teeth. They're screwed on to the top of the dental implants to complete the restoration of your teeth.
Implants function just like natural teeth
Your dental implants won't slip or slide when you bite and chew or irritate your mouth. You also won't experience a significant change in your biting power and will be able to easily chew tough or hard foods with your new teeth.
Although your teeth may be synthetic, they'll feel perfectly real. In fact, many people who receive implants don't notice any difference between implants and their natural teeth.
Additionally, the constant stimulation of your jawbone by your tooth roots keep the bone strong. Resorption, a problem that can occur when the jawbone begins to shrink after tooth loss, won't be a problem if you replace your roots with implants.
Finally, caring for dental implants is quick and easy, for it only requires regular brushing and flossing. When you floss, however, you'll need to pay a little extra attention to the area around your new crown. Keeping this area clean and free of debris will help you avoid an infection that could jeopardize your new tooth. Fortunately, infections are rare if you practice good oral hygiene.
Call us for treatment
Restore your smile with dental implants! Call your dentist in Westminster, CO, Dr. Smith, at (303) 427-8690 to schedule an appointment.
Even if you have perfectly straight, healthy teeth, both stains and discolorations can ruin an otherwise beautiful smile. After all, a good oral hygiene routine can fall short in the face of dietary and lifestyle factors such as smoking, medications, and the natural aging process, all of which can diminish your smile over time. A professional teeth whitening treatment is the perfect antidote to surface stains and discolorations. Dr. Alexander Smith, a cosmetic dentist in Westminster, CO, offers cosmetic dentistry services to help you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile at any age—read on to learn what professional teeth whitening can do for you
Professional Teeth Whitening Services from our Westminster Office
These treatments deliver dramatic and lasting results, while also protecting your gums and tooth enamel in the process. The results are different for everyone, but in many cases, the results of a professional teeth whitening treatment can last for as many as five years.
Types of Dental Stains
There are a couple of things that can stain your teeth and dull your smile over time. One of the most common sources is through the food and drinks that come into direct contact with your teeth. Surface whitening treatments and bleaching work best on these types of stains; but they don't work on all types of stains. Dr. Smith will perform a comprehensive dental exam and recommend the best option to whiten and improve your smile. In addition to professional teeth whitening treatments, cosmetic bonding, crowns, and porcelain veneers are also available to cover damaged teeth.
Interested? Give our Westminster Office a Call
For more information about how a professional teeth whitening treatment can transform and improve your smile, contact The Family Dentist today by calling (303) 427-8690 to schedule an appointment with your cosmetic dentist, Dr. Smith.
Are you ready for a fabulous smile? If so, arrange a consultation with your cosmetic dentist in Westminster, CO, Dr. Alexander Smith. Artistically skilled and experienced, Dr. Smith helps scores of people achieve their dream smiles. He'll tell you which procedures will maximize your personal appearance and outlook.
How should your smile change?
Think about it--carefully. The best cosmetic makeovers work with the patient's unique facial features and the specific ideas of how he or she wishes to look.
So, do you want to brighten some dental stains? Are you missing a tooth or have an ugly chip or two right in your smile zone? Do dark, deteriorating fillings mar your smile appearance and make you self-conscious?
Then, when you come to see The Family Dentist, tell him your ideas. He'll examine you to uncover any health problems (or potential issues) so they can be resolved before attempting a smile makeover of any complexity. Then, your cosmetic treatment plan can begin.
Offered aesthetic services
Your Westminster, CO, cosmetic dentist offers several treatments which may be customized to meet your smile goals. One of the most sought after is in-office teeth whitening, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Often the finishing touch on a complex makeover, or used by itself for a quick and dramatic color change, whitening helps individuals flash a smile which is brighter by up to eight shades of color.
Other services are:
- Porcelain veneers These tooth-colored shells of premium ceramic disguise small defects and strengthen weak tooth enamel.
- Tooth-colored fillings Made of composite resin, glass ionomer, or porcelain, these realistic fillings restore decay and enhance the dental appearance.
- Invisalign clear aligners A wonderful and almost invisible alternative to conventional braces, Invisalign appliances shift crooked teeth and correct bite problems for better oral health and personal appearance in less time than you may expect.
- Dental implants These artificial teeth have titanium roots below the gum line, along with posts and porcelain crowns above it. They look, feel, and behave just as real teeth do and give patients wonderful smile appearance.
Find out how your smile can change
Combine your vision for a rejuvenated smile with Dr. Smith's ability to make it a reality. Call your cosmetic dentist at The Family Dentist in Westminster, CO, for your personalized consultation: (303) 427-8690.
Discover one cosmetic solution that can quickly give you a more perfect smile.
Thanks to amazing advancements in cosmetic dentistry our Westminster, CO, dentist Dr. Alexander Smith now has a fast and reliable way to completely alter the shape, color or size of one or more teeth to give you the smile you’ve always wanted. These thin porcelain laminates are bonded to the front of teeth to hide common flaws to make you feel more confident whenever you smile.
What problems can dental veneers address?
There is a reason so many people are turning to dental veneers in Westminster, CO, to improve their smiles. After all, these thin porcelain shells can easily hide a variety of imperfections that may leave you feeling less than confident about your appearance. By applying veneers we can easily cover,
- Discolorations and stains
- Chips and cracks
- Malformed or oddly shaped teeth
- Uneven or worn teeth
- Misaligned teeth (minor crowding, twisted teeth or gaps between teeth)
Any flaws that affect the appearance of your smile but don’t affect the integrity or health of your teeth may be treated with porcelain veneers.
Who is a good candidate for dental veneers?
Are you wondering whether it might be time to sit down with our dentist and see if veneers are right for you? If you are dealing with any of the issues above then you very well could be an excellent candidate for veneers. Here is what makes someone a good candidate,
- Good oral health
- Dedication to good oral hygiene and care
- Realistic expectations about the results you’ll receive
- Healthy, strong tooth enamel
We will check your teeth and gums to make sure that you aren’t dealing with gum disease or decay, as any dental issues will need to be treated before you can undergo cosmetic dentistry.
What goes into getting dental veneers?
Getting veneers is fairly straightforward and simple. They can usually be placed in about two visits. Here are the steps involved in getting veneers,
- Tooth preparation: We can’t just apply veneers directly to the front of your teeth because this can make them look bulky. Therefore, we will need to shave off a very small amount of enamel from the front of your teeth to make room for your veneers. This is quick and painless.
- Taking impressions: Once teeth are prepped we will take impressions of your teeth so that a dental lab has the exact measurements needed to create your veneers. After impressions are taken we may decide whether to apply temporary veneers to the front of your teeth to protect them in the interim.
- Fitting your veneers: It can take up to a week to get your permanent veneers. Once they are made you will come back into the office so that we can check the fit before bonding them to your teeth.
Are you interested in getting dental veneers? If so, then schedule your consultation with The Family Dentist in Westminster, CO, to find out if you are the ideal candidate for this treatment.
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