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You may be able to slow the aging process with healthy habits but you can’t stop it. Every part of your body will change, including your teeth and gums. And even with great dental hygiene and care, there are at least two aging outcomes you may not be able to avoid: discoloration and tooth wear.
Fortunately though, we have ways to counteract these effects and help you enjoy a much younger-looking smile. These techniques range in complexity and cost, but when tailored to your individual situation they can make a world of difference and restore your confidence in your smile.
Brightening teeth that have yellowed with age can be as simple as undergoing teeth whitening. The bleaching solution in this procedure (performed in the office or at home with a prescribed kit) can minimize enamel staining built up over the years. It can even be performed with some control over the level of desired brightness. Although whitening isn’t permanent, with proper care and regular touch-ups you can keep your youthful, dazzling smile for some time.
Tooth whitening, however, may not be enough in some cases of discoloration. If so, you can gain a bright new smile with porcelain veneers or crowns. A veneer is a thin layer of tooth-colored material bonded to the front of a tooth; a porcelain crown completely covers a tooth and is usually cemented onto it.
Normal tooth wearing can also affect the appearance of older teeth, making them look shorter and with less rounded edges than younger teeth. Veneers and crowns can be utilized for this problem too, as well as enamel shaping with a dental drill to minimize those sharp edges and project a softer, younger appearance. In extreme cases, surgically reshaping the gums can give teeth a longer and a more natural look.
These are just a few of the ways we can address these two aging problems, as well as others like receding gums. Depending on your situation, it’s quite possible we can help you take years off your smile.
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.”
Cosmetic dentistry offers many options for improving dental imperfections. In many cases, a few minor improvements are all it takes to significantly improve a damaged smile. Ringwood, NJ, based dentists Dr. David Kahn and Dr. John Pergolizzi recommend dental veneers for common cosmetic problems like stains, cracks, and gaps between teeth.
Get a New and Improved Smile in Ringwood, NJ
Even if you do everything in your power to keep your teeth looking and feeling their best, factors like everyday wear and tear, diet, smoking, and genetics can damage your teeth. Veneers are used to change the size, shape, and color of damaged teeth in as little as a single trip to the dentist.
How Veneers Work
Veneers are made of a thin layer of porcelain bonded directly onto the tooth. In some cases, a thin layer of enamel may need to be shaved down to smooth the surface for the best result. Veneers are an affordable and effective option for a number of common dental problems such as:
- Fill in spaces and gaps between teeth (spaces and gaps due to bite and alignment problems may require orthodontics)
- Repair moderate chips and cracks
- Stains and discolorations
- Resize uneven or misshaped teeth
- Seal and strengthen a tooth after root canal therapy or treatment for tooth decay
The first step to improving or completely making over your smile is to consult with a dentist to discuss what your ideal smile will look. Veneers are custom designed to match the color and texture of real tooth enamel for the most natural looking result. On average, veneers can last anywhere from five to ten years or longer with proper oral hygiene and follow up dental care.
Find a Dentist in Ringwood, NJ
Dental veneers are an affordable and effective option for your problems. For more information, contact our office by calling (973) 835-3900 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kahn or Dr. Pergolizzi today.
Are you ready to get a radiant smile again? It’s easy with professional teeth whitening.
Years of coffee or tea drinking can take quite the toll on your smile. Perhaps you’ve just suddenly noticed how dull and lifeless your smile looks. Of course, most commercial whitening products won’t be able to offer you the truly radiant results you want. If this is the case, our Ringwood, NJ, dentists Dr. David Kahn and Dr. John Pergolizzi have just the thing you’ve been looking for.
You may be wondering, “What makes professional in-office teeth whitening different from other whitening products?” While all whitening products contain an active ingredient such as carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide, it’s the quantity of this active ingredient that can truly get your smile significantly whiter in a faster amount of time.
The commercial whitening products you can pick up from your local drugstore will only have a small percentage of the active ingredient, but the whitening gel we use in chairside teeth whitening has a significantly higher percentage, which means that you’ll see amazing results in just one session.
Whitening kits and even the at-home whitening treatments you can get from our Ringwood, NJ, cosmetic dentist are designed to be used for several weeks before you will even notice results. Of course, if you want to get your smile several shades whiter in a shorter amount of time then you’ll want to get chairside teeth whitening from us. This is a great way to remove deep-set stains before a big job interview or your wedding.
Plus, when you come into our office we will immediately be able to tell whether you are a good candidate for teeth whitening. Since there is no proper consultation required before using at-home whitening products, this could be a major disadvantage for those who may be prone to tooth sensitivity or who have other oral health issues that they may not even realize. In order for teeth whitening to be most effective and safe, the best option is to choose our in-office whitening system. You may walk into our office with yellow teeth but you’ll leave with a completely new smile.
If you want to revamp your smile and feel confident once more, then find out how teeth whitening could be the right treatment for you. Schedule a consultation with our Ringwood, NJ, dental office today.
Veneers give you a runway-worthy smile. Here's how.
If you've lived with damaged or unsightly teeth for a long time, covering your mouth with your hand might be second nature to you. You might smile with your mouth closed to avoid anyone seeing the stains, crookedness or chips that might be affecting your teeth. There's good news for people like you in Ringwood, NJ: porcelain veneers from Dr. David Kahn and Dr. John Pergolizzi offer an amazing smile transformation that leaves you feeling confident and comfortable. You can learn more about the process here.
What are veneers?
Veneers are sections of porcelain shaped to look like the fronts of the teeth. They are expertly shaped, painted and polished in a dental laboratory and are bonded to the natural teeth by your Ringwood dentist. Each veneer is custom-made from precise measurements. The end result covers up almost any cosmetic dental issue, giving you a flawless smile worth showing off.
What do veneers fix?
In just two words: A lot! Veneers are designed to mask cosmetic flaws that come from natural defects like crowding, misshapen teeth or gaps, as well as stains, chips and cracks that have developed over time. Because teeth aren't completely opaque, the translucent porcelain hides the flaws while still maintaining a natural appearance. You and your Ringwood dentist will discuss your goals for your new smile and how to achieve them at a consultation.
Ready to show off your smile this year? Contact the dental office of Dr. David Kahn and Dr. John Pergolizzi in Ringwood, NJ, to schedule your veneers consultation today!