Posts for: July, 2016
How cosmetic dentistry in York, Pennsylvania can help you
Have you wanted to change your look, but you don’t know where to begin? Your smile is a great place to start, because it is your gift to the world! Your smile is the first thing many people notice when they look at you. Shouldn’t your smile reflect who you are? You deserve a look that inspires confidence and gives others a great impression of you. Dr. Michael W. Bowser Jr. .of Bowser Dental Arts in York, Pennsylvania. understands the importance of a great smile. He wants to share his considerable skills as a cosmetic dental artist with you.
Your cosmetic dentist in York offers a wide range of services to improve your smile and change your whole look. Some of the cosmetic dentistry services offered in York include:
Composite bonding is a great way to repair small chips and cracks in your teeth. You can close small gaps between your teeth, or change the shape and color, giving you a more natural, more beautiful smile. Bonding is often done in combination with reshaping and recontouring, to give you an even, uniform smile.
Porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile treatments to improve the look of your front teeth. You can give yourself a celebrity-perfect smile by correcting teeth that are:
- Unevenly worn or chipped from aging or poor bite alignment.
- Overlapped, unevenly spaced or gapped apart from genetics.
- Damaged or broken down from injury or trauma.
- Deeply stained or discolored from smoking, coffee or medications.
- Poorly shaped, or rotated from genetics.
Dental whitening treatments can dramatically whiten your teeth up to eight shades whiter, with results that can last up to five years! Your cosmetic dentist in York offers a speedy in-office whitening treatment that takes about an hour, or a convenient take-home whitening kit that allows you to whiten your teeth when the time is right for you.
Dental implants can replace a single tooth or multiple missing teeth.Implants from your cosmetic dentist in York restore both a beautiful smile and full chewing function. Dental implants have many advantages over conventional dentures and partials.
To see remarkable before and after photos of actual cosmetic dentistry patients in York, please visit the smile gallery page at http://www.bowserdentalarts.com/gallery.html. You deserve to change your whole look for the better with cosmetic dentistry. It’s time for you to seek out the skills of your cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael W. Bowser Jr. of Bowser Dental Arts in York, Pennsylvania. Call today and find out how cosmetic dentistry can help you and your smile!
When Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O’Dell set out to teach her young daughter Ashby how to brush her teeth, she knew the surest path to success would be to make it fun for the toddler.
“The best thing with kids is you have to make everything a game,” Nancy recently said in an interview with Dear Doctor TV. She bought Ashby a timer in the shape of a tooth that ticks for two minutes — the recommended amount of time that should be spent on brushing — and the little girl loved it. “She thought that was super fun, that she would turn the timer on and she would brush her teeth for that long,” Nancy said.
Ashby was also treated to a shopping trip for oral-hygiene supplies with Mom. “She got to go with me and choose the toothpaste that she wanted,” Nancy recalled. “They had some SpongeBob toothpaste that she really liked, so we made it into a fun activity.”
Seems like this savvy mom is on to something! Just because good oral hygiene is a must for your child’s health and dental development, that doesn’t mean it has to feel like a chore. Equally important to making oral-hygiene instruction fun is that it start as early as possible. It’s best to begin cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as they start to appear in infancy. Use a small, soft-bristled, child-sized brush or a clean, damp washcloth and just a thin smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice.
Once your child is old enough to hold the toothbrush and understand what the goal is, you can let him or her have a turn at brushing; but make sure you also take your turn, so that every tooth gets brushed — front, back and all chewing surfaces. After your child turns 3 and is capable of spitting out the toothpaste, you can increase the toothpaste amount to the size of a pea. Kids can usually take over the task of brushing by themselves around age 6, but may still need help with flossing.
Another great way to teach your children the best oral-hygiene practices is to model them yourself. If you brush and floss every day, and have regular cleanings and exams at the dental office, your child will come to understand what a normal, healthy and important routine this is. Ashby will certainly get this message from her mom.
“I’m very adamant about seeing the dentist regularly,” Nancy O’Dell said in her Dear Doctor interview. “I make sure that I go when I’m supposed to go.”
It’s no wonder that Nancy has such a beautiful, healthy-looking smile. And from the looks of things, her daughter is on track to have one, too. We would like to see every child get off to an equally good start!
If you have questions about your child’s oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Taking the Stress Out of Dentistry for Kids” and “Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children.”
Finally — your braces are off! A look in the mirror reveals a straighter, more attractive smile. Unfortunately, it may also show something not so attractive — tiny, chalky spots on your teeth.
These “white spot lesions” are created by acid remaining too long in contact with the enamel, causing it to lose minerals at those places. The acid comes from plaque (a thin film of bacteria and food particles) that brushing and flossing fail to remove. Snacking on foods and beverages with added sugar or high acid content may also make it worse.
Besides their unattractiveness, these spots can lead to tooth decay — so it’s important to try to prevent it. Limiting sugar-added snacks and acidic beverages to mealtimes will help, but the main key to preventing lesions is more thorough brushing and flossing.
Because of the braces, this can take longer to do than if you weren’t wearing them. It’s also more difficult maneuvering your toothbrush or floss around the orthodontic hardware. You can improve thoroughness and access by using a powered brush or one specially designed for use with braces. And, a water flosser that removes plaque between teeth with a pulsating spray of water is an effective alternative to string floss.
Even if (despite your best efforts) some lesions form, we can still treat them. Resuming normal hygiene practices after braces may take care of it — if not, we can strengthen the affected areas of the enamel with pastes, gels, or other topical fluoride applications. We can also use a technique called caries infiltration that injects tooth-colored resin (often used for cosmetic dentistry) beneath the white spot to harden it, and leave it more translucent in resemblance of normal enamel. If these fail to produce satisfactory results, we can use cosmetic bonding that permanently covers the tooth with resin or veneers.
It’s best, though, if you can prevent the lesions while you’re wearing braces. Besides daily hygiene, be sure to keep up regular dental visits for teeth cleaning. Your efforts will go a long way toward keeping your newly aligned teeth bright and blemish-free.
If you would like more information on dental care and hygiene while wearing braces, 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 “White Spots on Teeth during Orthodontic Treatment.”