Since the early Roman times, couples have prized the month of June as the most favorable time to exchange their marriage vows. If you and your betrothed are planning a June wedding this season, you no doubt want everything to be beautiful. That would include your smile—and with the appropriate techniques we can help you make it as bright and attractive as possible.
Here are 5 ways to a more attractive wedding day smile.
Dental Cleaning and Teeth Whitening. A routine dental cleaning right before the ceremony can remove stains and dental plaque that dull your teeth's appearance. For an added level of brightness, we can also whiten your teeth in time for your big day.
Repairing defects with bonding. Do you have a chipped tooth, or a broken or discolored filling? We may be able to repair minor defects like these in a single visit by bonding lifelike dental materials directly to the tooth. We color-match and sculpt these materials so that they blend seamlessly with your natural teeth.
Advanced enhancements. In whatever ways your teeth may be flawed, there are dental solutions to transform your smile. We can correct minor to moderate chips, stains or slight gaps with porcelain veneers that cover the teeth's visible surface. We can cap a viable but unsightly tooth with a life-like crown. Missing teeth? A fixed bridge or dental implants could restore them like new.
Plastic gum surgery. Teeth may be the stars of your smile, but your gums are the supporting cast. Smiles with too much of the gums showing can be corrected through various techniques, including periodontal plastic surgery that reshapes the gums and can help the teeth appear more prominent.
Orthodontics. The original "smile transformer," braces and other orthodontic methods move misaligned teeth to better positions. Not only can orthodontic treatment result in a more attractive appearance, it can improve overall dental health.
You have an array of options for enhancing your wedding day smile, and we're more than happy to help you develop an individualized treatment plan. One caveat, though: some of these techniques could take weeks or months to complete, so don't delay!
If you would like more information about what you can do to have the most attractive smile for your wedding day, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”
From the time they're born, you do everything you can to help your children develop a healthy body. That should include their teeth and gums. It's not over-dramatizing to say that what you do now may set the pattern for a healthy mouth for the rest of their life.
Here, then, are 4 things you should be doing for your children's oral health before they begin school.
Train them to brush and floss. Good hygiene habits have one primary purpose — remove dental plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles that builds up on tooth surfaces. Plaque is the number one cause of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease, so focus on brushing and later flossing as soon as their first teeth appear in the mouth, gradually training them to perform the tasks themselves. You can also teach them to test their efforts with a rub of the tongue — if it feels smooth and “squeaky,” their teeth are clean!
Keep your own oral bacteria to yourself. Children aren't born with decay-producing bacteria — it's passed on to them through physical contact from parents and caregivers. To limit their exposure to these “bad” bacteria, avoid kissing infants on the lips, don't share eating utensils and don't lick a pacifier to clean it off.
Eat healthy — and watch those sweets. Building up healthy teeth with strong enamel is as important to decay prevention as daily hygiene. Be sure they're getting the nutrients they need through a healthy diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, protein and dairy (and set a good example by eating nutritiously too). Sugar is a prime food source for bacteria that cause tooth decay, so avoid sugary snacks if possible and limit consumption to mealtimes.
Wean them off pacifiers and thumb sucking. It's quite normal for children to suck pacifiers and their thumbs as infants and young toddlers. It becomes a problem for bite development, though, if these habits continue into later childhood. As a rule of thumb, begin encouraging your children to stop sucking pacifiers or their thumbs by age 3.
If you would like more information on promoting your child's dental health, 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 “Help your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”
Mayim Bialik has spent a good part of her life in front of TV cameras: first as the child star of the hit comedy series Blossom, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest — a nerdy neuroscientist — on The Big Bang Theory. (In between, she actually earned a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA…but that’s another story.) As a child, Bialik had a serious overbite — but with all her time on camera, braces were just not an option.
“I never had braces,” she recently told Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine. “I was on TV at the time, and there weren’t a lot of creative solutions for kids who were on TV.” Instead, her orthodontist managed to straighten her teeth using retainers and headgear worn only at night.
Today, there are several virtually invisible options available to fix orthodontic issues — and you don’t have to be a child star to take advantage of them. In fact, both children and adults can benefit from these unobtrusive appliances.
Tooth colored braces are just like traditional metal braces, with one big difference: The brackets attached to teeth are made from a ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of teeth. All that’s visible is the thin archwire that runs horizontally across the teeth — and from a distance it’s hard to notice. Celebs like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill opted for this type of appliance.
Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth. Each one, worn for about two weeks, moves the teeth just a bit; after several months, you’ll see a big change for the better in your smile. Best of all, clear aligners are virtually impossible to notice while you’re wearing them — which you’ll need to do for 22 hours each day. But you can remove them to eat, or for special occasions. Zac Efron and Katherine Heigl, among others, chose to wear clear aligners.
Lingual braces really are invisible. That’s because they go behind your teeth (on the tongue side), where they can’t be seen; otherwise they are similar to traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on teeth differently, and wearing them often takes some getting used to at first. But those trade-offs are worth it for plenty of people. Which celebs wore lingual braces? Rumor has it that the list includes some top models, a well-known pop singer, and at least one British royal.
So what’s the best way to straighten your teeth and keep the orthodontic appliances unnoticeable? Just ask us! We’d be happy to help you choose the option that’s just right for you. You’ll get an individualized evaluation, a solution that fits your lifestyle — and a great-looking smile!
For more information about hard-to-see (or truly invisible) orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”
If you’ve always dreamed of a that bright, flashing Hollywood smile in Hampton, NH, it may be a good time to contact Dr. Neelima Ravi at Oceanside Family Dental clinic. Dr. Ravi will show you that getting your perfect smile isn’t impossible. In fact, it’s probably much easier than you think.
Oceanside Family Dental offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry services that can help you get the smile of your dreams. Cosmetic dentistry refers to procedures meant to improve the appearance of teeth rather than restoration, repair or treatment of tooth decay. People who have chipped teeth, misshapen teeth, stained teeth or other such appearance issues can consider any of a number of options ranging from simple whitening procedures to veneers and even implants.
Your Hampton dentists offer a number of these services, including but not limited to:
Whitening – a procedure during which the dentist applies a bleaching or whitening agent directly to the teeth. This is a non-invasive procedure that can be done in office or at home. Prescription whiteners will be more effective than over-the-counter whiteners.
Bonding – in a bonding procedure, your dentist will use a resin type tooth colored material to fill minor gaps and/or repair minor flaws such as chips. This is done in office and is not invasive.
Contouring or reshaping – in this procedure your dentist will fix chipped or flawed teeth by carefully removing a tiny bit of tooth enamel from a tooth or several teeth. This can be done to even up teeth or remove small flaws to improve your smile.
Veneers – Veneers are ultra-thin tooth colored covers that your dentist designs specifically for your needs. The dentist will remove a very thin layer of enamel, then apply each veneer permanently to the front of each tooth. Veneers can last for many years before they need to be replaced.
If you are seeking that perfect smile or are looking for a qualified, caring dentist in the Hampton, NH area, call Oceanside Family Dental at (603) 926-1551.
A large majority of people brush their teeth at least once a day. This, however, is only a small part of a proper at-home oral care routine to keep your teeth healthy and clean. Do you know how often you should be brushing? Learn more about the right way to care for your teeth with Dr. Neelima Ravi at Oceanside Family Dental in Hampton, NH.
How often should I be brushing?
You should brush your teeth at least two, if not three, times daily. Use a soft-bristled brush and brush for at least two minutes. Replace your toothbrush when it begins to show signs of wear, usually after about a month. Brush all areas of the mouth, including your tongue and oral tissues like the cheeks and gums. Brushing your teeth does not take the place of flossing your teeth. Floss between each tooth at least once daily to remove bacteria and plaque from areas which your toothbrush cannot reach.
How often should I visit my dentist?
As a rule of thumb, regular dental examinations and cleanings should take place every six months. However, since everyone is different, some people who are more at risk for tooth decay or gum disease than others may need to see their dentist more often than twice a year. Your dentist can help you determine how often you should have examinations and cleanings.
Regular Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Hampton, NH
Seeing your dentist twice yearly gives you the opportunity to correct any pressing dental issues, such as cavities, early, preventing further complications. Biannual cleanings also allow your hygienist to remove all of the plaque and tartar from the teeth, preventing tooth decay and gum disease. These preventative measures help keep your teeth healthy and clean and allow you to avoid painful toothaches by repairing an issue before it becomes painful.
For more information on keeping your teeth healthy, please contact Dr. Ravi at Oceanside Family Dental in Hampton, NH. Call (603) 926-1551 to schedule your appointment for a regular dental examination and cleaning.
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