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Congratulations—you’re engaged! It’s a stupendous (and hectic) time in your life as you plan your upcoming wedding.
You want to look your best for the big day—which means you may be dieting, exercising or making changes to your hairstyle and makeup. Be sure, though, to consider another important part of your appearance—your teeth and gums. Here are a few options that could help your wedding day smile shine even more.
Cleanings and whitening. While dental cleanings are primarily about removing disease-causing plaque and tartar they can also give your teeth that clean and polished look. And if you want an extra boost in brightness, consider whitening—we may be able to lighten up your teeth’s stain-induced dullness.
Bonding. If your teeth have slight imperfections—chipping, slight gaps or staining that doesn’t respond well to whitening, consider bonding techniques to repair or cover these defects. Composite resin is a dental material that can be shaped and bonded to teeth to reform a deformed tooth—and with color matching as well. For more extensive defects you can cover the front of imperfect teeth with bonded porcelain veneers or completely cap a tooth with a custom crown.
Tooth restorations. If you have missing teeth marring your smile, you have several options. The top choice: dental implants, which replaces the root of the tooth and will be able to have a crown attached to it. An implant can thus restore both better function and appearance. For more affordable options, you can also turn to fixed bridges or removable dentures. The latter can be custom designed to replace all the teeth on a jaw arch or just a few in different locations.
Gum enhancements. Teeth aren’t the only part of your smile that might need a helpful touch—your gums’ appearance might also be a problem. There are cosmetic procedures including plastic surgery and tissue grafting that can help correct overly prominent “gummy” smiles or, at the other end of the spectrum, longer appearing teeth because of gum recession.
Orthodontics. If you have extended time before the wedding date, we may be able to correct crooked teeth or a poor bite (malocclusion) that’s adversely impacting your smile. In some cases, you may be able to choose clear aligners, removable plastic trays that are hardly noticeable to others, over more visible braces to correct your bite.
When die-hard music fans hear that their favorite performer is canceling a gig, it’s a big disappointment—especially if the excuse seems less than earth-shaking. Recently, British pop sensation Dua Lipa needed to drop two dates from her world tour with Bruno Mars. However, she had a very good reason.
“I’ve been performing with an awful pain due to my wisdom teeth,” the singer tweeted, “and as advised by my dentist and oral surgeon I have had to have them imminently removed.”
The dental problem Lipa had to deal with, impacted wisdom teeth, is not uncommon in young adults. Also called third molars, wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt (emerge from beneath the gums), generally making their appearance between the ages of 18-24. But their debut can cause trouble: Many times, these teeth develop in a way that makes it impossible for them to erupt without negatively affecting the healthy teeth nearby. In this situation, the teeth are called “impacted.”
A number of issues can cause impacted wisdom teeth, including a tooth in an abnormal position, a lack of sufficient space in the jaw, or an obstruction that prevents proper emergence. The most common treatment for impaction is to extract (remove) one or more of the wisdom teeth. This is a routine in-office procedure that may be performed by general dentists or dental specialists.
It’s thought that perhaps 7 out of 10 people ages 20-30 have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. Some cause pain and need to be removed right away; however, this is not always the case. If a wisdom tooth is found to be impacted and is likely to result in future problems, it may be best to have it extracted before symptoms appear. Unfortunately, even with x-rays and other diagnostic tests, it isn’t always possible to predict exactly when—or if—the tooth will actually begin causing trouble. In some situations, the best option may be to carefully monitor the tooth at regular intervals and wait for a clearer sign of whether extraction is necessary.
So if you’re around the age when wisdom teeth are beginning to appear, make sure not to skip your routine dental appointments. That way, you might avoid emergency surgery when you’ve got other plans—like maybe your own world tour!
If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”
Refresh your smile and appearance with professional whitening treatment.
Sure, you may end up forking over a little more for professional teeth whitening than you would for over-the-counter whitening treatments but the results speak for themselves. Professional teeth whitening is the most effective way to deliver brighter and whiter smile results in a short period of time. Plus, our North Syracuse, NY, cosmetic dentist Dr. Inderpreet Atwal is there to supervise your treatment to make sure that you get the results you want.
What You Can Expect from In-Office Teeth Whitening
So, you’ve decided that it might be time to turn to professional teeth whitening to transform that dull, yellow smile into a vibrant set of pearly whites. This is definitely a job for our North Syracuse, NY, dentist. We’ve been helping countless patients get visibly whiter smiles with professional teeth whitening and you could also be a great candidate for this cosmetic dentistry treatment.
Professional teeth whitening is usually completed in 60 minutes. During that time you can expect:
- For our dentist to make a note of the current shade of your smile
- To have a thorough dental cleaning to remove any plaque and tartar buildup on the surface of your teeth
- A retractor to be placed into your mouth to expose your teeth and to protect cheeks, lips, and tongue from coming into contact with the bleaching solution
- Teeth to be painted with a whitening solution, where hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide will work to break up stain molecules on tooth enamel
- A special laser to be directed over your teeth to activate the peroxide within the gel
- The bleaching solution to stay on your teeth anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes at a time (in some instances, the gel may be rinsed off and reapplied in 10-15 minute intervals)
- Teeth to be rinsed once whitening treatment is over
Once your treatment is complete you will be able to compare your results with the shade of your teeth prior to treatment. It’s normal for teeth to become several shades whiter in just a single whitening session. After whitening, it’s important that you avoid any dark foods or drinks for at least 24 hours.
Atwal Dental Care in North Syracuse, NY, is dedicated to giving you a smile that you feel confident showing off. If you are interested in getting teeth whitening to improve the brilliance of your smile or ask any questions about cosmetic dentistry, then call us today for a consultation.
After a long struggle with dental disease, you have finally lost the last of your remaining teeth.Â Like over a quarter of Americans in their 60s and 70s, this unfortunate development can have a profound impact on your health and self-image.
While there are a number of advanced methods for replacing lost teeth, there's one tried and true option that's centuries old — the removable denture. It's the option millions of people have chosen to lessen the impact of missing teeth.
Fashioned properly, removable dentures restore the form and function you once had with your natural teeth. The prosthetic (false) teeth are precisely placed in an acrylic, gum-colored base that closely follows the contours of your gums. Because they're removable, they're fairly easy to clean and maintain.
They do have a disadvantage, though, and it's related to bone health after tooth loss. Like other living tissues, bone has a life cycle: as older cells die, new cells form to take their place. The forces your teeth generate when you chew stimulate new bone growth. But without teeth to provide this stimulation, new bone won't keep up the pace of replacement at a healthy rate. As a result you may gradually lose bone, as much as a quarter of its normal width within a year of losing a tooth.
Dentures don't transmit any stimulation to the gum and bone from chewing. Furthermore, the compressive forces transmitted to the gum and underlying bone tissue contributes to bone loss. As the bone continues to diminish, your denture fit becomes looser to the point you will eventually need them relined with new acrylic material or have a new set made.
There is another alternative when patients loose all of their teeth: an implant-supported removable denture. Dental implants can be used to keep the dentures more secure and can also slow or even halt bone loss where the implants are placed. In this case we strategically place a few implants to serve as supports for a removable denture. The denture has connection points that join up with the implants to hold it more securely in place. As few as two implants are needed in the lower jaw, while the upper jaw does better with three or four implants.
Losing all your teeth can be traumatic, but there are effective ways to overcome it. With new technology, the traditional restoration of removable dentures may be the vehicle for achieving that.
If you would like more information on restoring missing teeth with dentures, 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 “Removable Full Dentures.”
Your ideal smile awaits! What are you waiting for?
Do you feel like everyone notices that gap between your front teeth, or do you hate that smoking has left you with stubborn stains that even teeth whitening can’t fully remove? There are a lot of cosmetic flaws that can affect our smiles, but luckily, there is hope. Your North Syracuse, NY, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Inderpreet Atwal, can use porcelain veneers to rejuvenate your smile and give you the great look that you deserve!
What Dental Veneers Can Do for Your Smile
Veneers are made from medical-grade porcelain that is bonded to the front of your teeth to enhance and change the overall look of your teeth. If you’ve ever wished that your smile were more even, straighter, or whiter, then dental veneers could offer you the results you’ve been looking for!
Porcelain veneers can mask a whole host of cosmetic blemishes. If you have discolorations that don’t respond to teeth whitening, then veneers may be the best approach to hiding these stains and acquiring a whiter smile.
Veneers can also be used to cover chips, cracks, and other imperfections that affect the overall symmetry and shape of your smile. If teeth have been worn down or misshapen, veneers can also easily lengthen teeth for a more uninformed and even smile.
If you have small gaps between teeth or slightly crooked/misaligned teeth, veneers can actually cover these problem areas as well and make your smile appear straighter without the need of braces.
The Benefits of Dental Veneers
There is a reason why dental veneers are one of the most popular restorations that our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Atwal, places at his North Syracuse office. After all, veneers offer an effective way to completely boost your smile’s appearance. Some other benefits include,
- A fast treatment time: Most patients can get veneers in as little as three weeks, from consultation to final fitting.
- A boost in self-esteem: When you have a beautiful smile it’s amazing how quickly you’ll feel more confident. You’ll love your new smile and you won’t want to wait to show it off.
- Covering for a variety of imperfections: Veneers are amazingly versatile and can be used to mask countless flaws in your smile. If you are dealing with more widespread issues then veneers may be the easiest way to improve your smile while hiding these aesthetic issues.
Atwal Dental Care in North Syracuse wants to provide you and your family with thorough, gentle dental care. Call our office today at (315) 452-1020 to book your next appointment with our cosmetic dentist.