Posts for: November, 2016
Having a smile you love is an important factor in your level of self-confidence. Do you feel as though your smile is bringing you down? Fortunately, your Novi, MI dentist can help you straighten your smile and feel great about yourself with 6-month smiles. Find out more about 6-month smiles with Dr. Neil Blavin at Briar Pointe Dentistry.
What is a 6-month smile?
Briar Pointe Dentistry’s 6-month smile program uses C-Fast Orthodontic Treatment to straighten your teeth and renew your smile. This orthodontic process focuses on straightening the teeth using clear brackets and tooth-colored wires. This method provides fast results, with the average treatment time around 6 months. This orthodontic system blends into your smile and is less noticeable than traditional metal braces, allowing you to straighten your teeth without sacrificing your aesthetic appearance. The 6-month smile technique uses the same idea as traditional braces by placing pointed pressure onto the teeth and slowly moving them into the desired positions.
Am I a good candidate for a 6-month smile?
If you have a misaligned smile which you wish was straight, you can benefit from Briar Pointe Dentistry’s 6-month smile program. Candidates should have a strong at-home oral care routine to keep the teeth healthy during treatment. This prevents complications like tooth decay which could slow down treatment. C-Fast Orthodontic Treatment can help with overcrowded, gapped and misaligned teeth.
6-Month Smiles in Novi
While a 6-month smile alone can completely change your look, this procedure alongside other cosmetic dentistry procedures can truly rejuvenate your smile. Teeth whitening can brighten and whiten your smile to really make it pop. Dental bonding and contouring can fix chips or uneven teeth. With your Novi dentist’s help, you can have the Hollywood smile you’ve always wanted.
For more information on 6-month smiles, please contact Dr. Blavin at Briar Pointe Dentistry in Novi, MI. Call (248) 347-0030 to schedule your consultation for a 6-month smile today!
You probably know practicing healthy dietary and lifestyle habits can help prevent tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. But good habits could also lower your risk for a more dangerous type of disease — oral cancer.
There are several risk factors for oral cancer, including those you can't do much about like your genetic makeup or unknown elements in the environment. But there are factors you can influence with your actions.
You're probably familiar with the links between tobacco use (both smoked and smokeless) and oral cancer. But excessive alcohol use could also increase your risk, as can risky sexual behavior that could expose you to human papilloma virus (HPV) 16.
And what you eat — or don't eat — could also influence your cancer risk. Research over the last half century has uncovered a link between diet and cancer. Cancer development seems to begin with damage to DNA, the genetic material that “tells” each of our cells what it is and what it does in the body. Substances called carcinogens found in the environment — including the foods we eat — can damage our DNA and open the door for cancer to development.
But some foods also contain elements that protect our DNA from carcinogenic damage. Some of these are known as antioxidants, which protect cells from unstable molecules called free radicals. You'll find antioxidants, as well as other protective substances like fiber, vitamins and lycopene in plant-based foods, particularly fruits and vegetables.
Eating a plant-based diet also means you'll eat fewer foods that contribute to the rise of free radicals like saturated fat, animal protein and nitrates (a chemical that occurs in some food processing). A healthy diet, along with quitting tobacco use and moderating alcohol consumption, will help not only preventing decay or gum disease, it will also drastically lower your risk for oral cancer.
If you would like more information on oral cancer prevention, 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 “Diet and Prevention of Oral Cancer.”
Weakened or damaged teeth can cause complex dental problems which could result in an extraction. However, protecting your compromised teeth with dental crowns can preserve the structural integrity of your teeth. This versatile dental restoration alongside your Novi, MI dentist’s expertise can improve both the aesthetics and functionality of your smile. Learn more about dental crowns with Dr. Neil Blavin at Briar Pointe Dentistry.
How do dental crowns work?
A dental crown fits over a tooth to protect it, prevent damage, or improve its appearance. A dental laboratory creates the dental crown especially for your mouth based on a mold taken by your dentist. Crowns usually last at least 10 years with the proper care before requiring replacement. Before placing a crown, your dentist prepares the tooth by removing small amounts of enamel from the sides and top. This forms the tooth into the correct shape to fit inside the dental crown, ensuring a solid bond between your natural tooth and the crown.
What can dental crowns do for me?
Crowns are multifaceted and can perform many functions. Dentists most often use crowns to achieve the following:
- stabilize a tooth with a large filling
- strengthen a tooth weakened by decay or trauma
- restore the biting surface of a worn down tooth
- replace a missing tooth in conjunction with a dental implant
- hold a dental bridge in place
Types of Dental Crowns in Novi, MI
There are three types of dental crowns: metal, porcelain, and a mix of metal and porcelain. All three types are suitable to repair your damaged or weakened tooth. While metal crowns are generally more affordable than porcelain, metal or metal mix crowns are not tooth-colored, making a porcelain crown the best choice to blend in with your smile.
For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Neil Blavin at Briar Pointe Dentistry in Novi, MI. Call (248) 347-0030 to speak with an associate about scheduling your appointment with Dr. Blavin.
Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.
That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.
Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.
The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.
It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.
What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.
How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”