Get a Whiter, Brighter Smile

Categories: Dental Procedures

If your teeth are not as bright as they used to be, or as white as you’d like them to be, then whitening or bleaching them may be the solution. Surface stains from coffee, tea, red wine or tobacco may be the most likely culprits. Internal staining can…

Matthew Lewis’s Metamorphosis

Categories: Dental Procedures

Remember Matthew Lewis? You’ve seen him in all of the Harry Potter movies, where he played the bumbling Neville Longbottom: a pudgy, teenage wizard-in-training whose teeth could best be described as… dodgy. We won’t spoil the movie by telling you what happens to him in the end — but in real life, let’s just say…

Root Canals: The Top 5 Things You Should Know

Categories: Dental Procedures

Everyone’s heard the jokes about root canals. Now, let’s go beyond the myths and get to the “root” of the matter. Here are a few things everyone should know about this relatively painless and beneficial procedure. 1) If you experience discomfort after eating hot or cold foods, sharp pain when biting down, swelling of the…

The Marvelous Mini-Implant: A Small Wonder

Categories: Dental Procedures

If you are at all uncomfortable at the thought of getting a dental implant, you might be pleasantly surprised to learn the truth about these marvelous state-of-the-art tooth-replacement systems — and the special role of a relatively new device, the mini-implant. So, first, let’s go over some basic facts. What’s a dental implant? Basically, it’s…

Baseball and Braces: Joe Girardi’s Bargain

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Sometimes, we all need a bit of prompting to do what’s good for us. When Serena Girardi, the 10-year-old daughter of New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, needed to have orthodontic treatment, she was a little nervous. To help lessen her anxiety, Girardi, then 45 years old, made a deal: if she got braces, then…

Your Smile Design: Perfection vs. the Natural Look

Categories: Dental Procedures

We have noticed that there are two types of patients when it comes to enhancing a person’s smile. One type, which we’ll call the “Perfect Minded” patient, expects teeth that are completely regular in their arrangement and of maximum whiteness and brightness, often beyond the range of traditional guides for tooth color. They are looking…

Whitening a Discolored Tooth from the Inside Out

Categories: Dental Procedures

If you have discolored teeth, the cause is often staining on the enamel surfaces from foods, beverages, or smoking. But tooth discoloration may also originate deep within the root of a tooth. Sometimes this happens to a tooth that had to have earlier root canal treatment because of injury or decay. In such cases the…