Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tips For Keeping Teeth Bright After a Teeth Whitening Procedure

Teeth WhiteningWould you believe, teeth whitening actually improves your chances of getting ahead in life? Most people, who have not considered teeth whitening, understand how big of a difference it can make. However, there is now statistical evidence collected from a series of studies that show people with whiter, brighter smiles tend to do better both in social and in professional environments. For example, one study has shown that women tend to judge men by their teeth, with over 71% of them preferring a man with a bright and confident smile. The same pattern, of people with whiter teeth getting an edge, continues with jobs. We found that people seeking a dream job are 58% more likely to land it if they have great teeth. People who had whiter teeth were also favored when it comes to promotions and raises. The data shows that people who have had their teeth whitened were favored for promotions and raises by 53%. All of this proves what many of us have known for a long time -  a winning smile opens doors.

If teeth whitening can, in fact, open doors, then it becomes even more important that you find a way to maintain the whiteness of your teeth after having the procedure done. It typically does not matter if you have had an over the counter whitening done or have come in to have your teeth whitening done by a professional, after a period of time the teeth start to get stained again. Diet and oral hygiene habits play a pivotal role in changing your tooth coloring, so it is important to understand some of the basic fundamentals. There are a few simple do's and don'ts that you should follow, which will help to maintain the pearly whiteness of your teeth for a longer period of time, and makes sure that you are not missing any of the opportunities coming your way.

The worst thing you can do after a teeth whitening procedure is to consume products that work to reverse the process by re-staining your teeth. While many of us live healthier lifestyles, it is important to realize that even in natural food there are dyes and colors that can have an adverse effect on your teeth. One example we like to give people is the coloring found in berries, with blackberries being a particular culprit. These can stain your teeth just as easily as the chemical dyes found in slightly less healthy products and should be rinsed off immediately after consumption. The effects of coloring in food, on your teeth, can be mitigated to a large degree by being careful about rinsing your mouth after consuming these products. We advise everyone to rinse or brush after every meal in order to prevent this.

Other products that can have a staining effect, and may not be so healthy, are tea and coffee. Both of these are very frequently used in today's high-speed world, and both have naturally occurring coloring that can stain your teeth. If you do drink a lot of tea and coffee, you should definitely consider making rinsing and brushing, several times per day, part of your routine in order to prevent them from undoing all the good work done by your teeth whitening procedure.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

How Dental Implants Can Help Your Jaw and Face

Dental Implants
Did you know that dental implants can have a profound impact on the quality and health of your jaw? For many years, dental implants have been used as a way to replace teeth that have been lost. As the most innovative and permanent way of resolving the issue of tooth loss, implants have a plethora of benefits associated with them. Not the least of these is the fact that they can help your jawbone sustain and even grow.
But why do people need to replace their lost teeth anyway? There are a number of reasons why people have chosen to replace their teeth. The first is appearance and how unsightly it is to have a gaping hole where there once was a tooth. The second is functionality. Teeth influence what can be eaten, by virtue of being a tool for biting and chewing. A loss of teeth can quickly change a persons' lifestyle. Additionally, teeth are used in enunciation, so the loss of a tooth can influence how we speak as well.
Dental implants are superior to alternative solutions.
Dentures are effective as a replacement for lost teeth but do not address all of the issues. Dentures do not provide any support or stimulation to the jawbone. They also need to be fitted in the mouth using a chemical denture adhesive. Finally, there is always the risk of showing up for a fancy dinner and realizing you left your dentures on the nightstand. With bridges, there are many of the same problems except we have to add the inconvenience and discomfort of clasps and hooks to the equation. Dental implants are surgically implanted and once the tooth or crown, is in place you never have to treat it any differently that you would a natural tooth.
What else do dental implants do?
Today's dental implants are manufactured out of titanium with the sole purpose of ensuring that they synthesize with the body perfectly. Titanium can bond with organic material perfectly through a process known as osseointegration. When used in an implant, this convinces the body that the tiny implant screw is actually the same as a natural tooth root and needs to be treated as such. The implant and the attached crown provide stimulus to the jawbone which is essential for its survival.
The jawbone serves one primary purpose, from the body's perspective, and that is to support and secure the teeth. The teeth act as stimulants, providing the jawbone with stimulation every time that you bite or chew. This stimulation is what the body uses to know that the jaw is doing its work. When you lose a tooth, however, the stimulation stops, and the body is convinced that the jawbone no longer has a mission. The body then responds by starting a process known as resorption, whereby it starts to leach minerals like calcium away from the jawbone which will start to deteriorate. A healthy jaw is essential for the facial structure of a human being, which is why we recommend titanium implants that act like teeth and cause the body to restore the jawbone to its original state.