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The holidays have officially begun! Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, it’s fairly certain you’re going to be spending time with lots of folks. From family gatherings to neighborhood open houses to the office holiday party, you’ll find yourself rubbing elbows with all the in-laws and out-laws in your social orbit. And because it’s the season of cheer, you’ll probably smile—a lot.
So, before the festivities go full tilt, take a little time to freshen up that wonderful smile of yours. Here are a few suggestions for having a smile this holiday season that you’re confident to put on display.
Dental cleanings. While professional dental cleanings primarily remove any lingering disease-causing plaque and tartar, they can have the secondary benefit of improving your smile’s appearance. So, if it’s close to time for your regular dental visit or you would simply like to give your teeth a quick polish, schedule a cleaning appointment for a little extra holiday sparkle.
Teeth whitening. You can gain a noticeable increase in smile brightness with a professional whitening application. With our advanced bleaching solutions and techniques, we can precisely control the level of brightness you desire, from a more subdued natural white to a dazzling “Hollywood” shine. And with care, the effect could last for several months or even years with an occasional touch-up.
Bonding. A chipped tooth can stand out from your smile like a smudge on a masterpiece painting. In many cases, though, we can repair minor chips and other defects by bonding composite resin to the tooth in a single visit. The process is simple: We color-match the resin to the tooth, then apply, shape and cure it. Your tooth will look good as new.
Porcelain veneers. For a more durable and comprehensive solution, consider veneers for dental flaws you do not wish to live with. These thin wafers of porcelain are permanently bonded to the front of teeth to mask chips, heavy staining or slight misalignments. And they are quite affordable compared to more extensive cosmetic restorations.
All of these cosmetic options can fit into most people’s budgets and don’t take a lot of time in the dentist’s chair. Veneers are the one slight exception: These require more than one visit to the dental office because they are custom-made for you in a dental lab. Also note that veneers often require the permanent removal of tooth enamel, so the tooth will require a veneer or other restorative covering from then on.
All in all, though, it doesn’t take much to put some much-needed zing back into your smile. In most cases, it only takes one visit—just in time to brighten up your holiday season.
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.”
Over the years, your teeth may lose their shape and become jagged, rough, or chipped at the edges. If your smile has lost its shape, the solution for your teeth may be tooth contouring and reshaping, a treatment that's available from your dentist in St. Petersburg, FL Dr. Rosemarie Márquez.
What Is Tooth Contouring & Reshaping?
Your tooth enamel is strong and resilient when healthy, but it is still vulnerable to damage from eating, tooth grinding, injuries, and enamel erosion. Chips and bumps along the edges of a tooth are very visible—especially when they're showing in the front of your mouth. Tooth contouring and reshaping allow your St. Petersburg, FL dentist to restore a natural and attractive shape to your teeth.
Dental Contours Matter
If you take a close look at the details and nuances of a perfect “Hollywood smile,” you’ll notice that the edges are smooth and slightly rounded. Each tooth is also uniformly sized so that one tooth isn't longer than another. The way your teeth are shaped and contoured can also make your smile look more feminine or masculine.
Issues that Tooth Contouring and Reshaping Can Fix
These are a few cases where you might want to opt for this solution:
- Rough ridges on the surfaces of the teeth.
- Pointed or jagged front teeth.
- Square or box-shaped teeth.
- Two front teeth that are longer than the others.
- Minor gaps between the teeth (contoured after a dental bonding treatment).
Reshape Your Smile
Call (727) 345-1774 today to schedule a dentist appointment with Dr. Rosemarie Márquez at her office in St. Petersburg, FL to ask about tooth contouring and reshaping.
Investing in a whiter, brighter smile is more than just a question of vanity and concern over your physical appearance. Studies have shown that whiter teeth not only help people to feel more confident, but the quality of your smile can play a role in everything from acing a job interview, to making a good impression at your next networking event. But even if you already have the job or relationship of your dreams, a whiter smile has another major benefit: it can make you look younger. No plastic surgery needed! Dr. Rosemarie Marquez, a dentist in St. Petersburg, FL, recommends professional teeth whitening treatments to reverse every day stains and discolorations from food, lifestyle habits like smoking, and the normal aging process.
Professional Teeth Whitening in St. Petersburg, FL
Even if you already use a whitening toothpaste or other over the counter products on a regular basis, only a professional treatment can deliver significantly noticeable results, making your teeth up to eight shades whiter in some cases. Dr. Marquez offers in-office and take home teeth whitening treatments for your convenience. Both use the same professional grade whitening agents, however, an in-office treatment is applied over a single visit for near instant results, whereas the take home treatment is applied over the course of several weeks at your convenience, gradually whitening your teeth over time.
Some dental stains may not respond to surface whitening treatments, and can be corrected with bonding or porcelain veneers.
Anyone can benefit from a whiter, brighter smile. For more information about professional teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry treatments, contact your St. Petersburg, FL, dentist, Dr. Márquez by calling (727) 345-1774 to schedule an appointment.
Porcelain veneers are positive proof that unattractive teeth don't always require an intensive restoration to regain their beauty. These thin layers of translucent porcelain — custom-designed and color-matched to blend with your other teeth — are permanently bonded to the visible side of your front teeth.
Although they can't remedy every tooth defect, they're well suited for mild to moderate disfigurements like chipping, staining or gaps. There are now two types of porcelain veneers: the traditional veneer and the “no-prep” veneer.
The standard veneers require some tooth structure removal, referred to as “tooth preparation.” This is because although they're a millimeter or less in thickness, they can still appear bulky if bonded to an unprepared tooth. To accommodate their width, it's necessary to remove some of the tooth enamel. This permanently alters the tooth so that it will need some form of restoration from that time on.
In recent years, however, other veneer options have emerged that reduces — or even eliminates — this tooth alteration. No-prep veneers are so thin they can be applied to a tooth with virtually no preparation. A more common option, minimal-prep, requires only a minor reshaping with an abrasive tool to ensure the fitted veneer looks as natural as possible. Because of their thinness, these veneers also don't have to fit under the gum line like standard veneers.
To obtain no- or minimal-prep veneers, your tooth enamel needs to be in good, healthy shape. They're also best suited for people with small or worn teeth, narrow smiles (the side teeth can't be seen from the front), or slightly stained or misshapen teeth.
Because there's little invasiveness, these low preparation veneers won't typically create tooth sensitivity and they can often be applied without any form of anesthesia. And because tooth structure isn't removed, they can be “uninstalled” to return to your natural look. Of course, that's not always an easy process since the bonding between veneer and the enamel is quite strong, although today's lasers can be used to detach the veneer quite easily.
If you'd like to consider these minimally invasive veneers, talk with your dentist. If you're a good candidate, you may be able to gain a new smile without much change to your natural teeth.
If you would like more information on how veneers can change your smile, 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 “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”