Posts for: February, 2015
Model Christie Brinkley's smile has been a symbol of America's optimism since the seventies. Particularly well known for being the cover model for three consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editions, Brinkley still has a fresh-faced American girl-next-door beauty that starts with her cheerful smile, which transmits the message that all is well.
Brinkley's modeling career began when she was “discovered” in Paris in the seventies, at the age of 18. As she explained in an interview with Dear Doctor magazine, it was like a fairy tale. She had gone to study art in Paris, where a fashion designer spotted her walking down the street. “He told me later he immediately thought, ‘That's the girl!’” she said.
Brinkley attributes her famous smile to a combination of good genetics (she inherited her mother's “beautiful straight teeth”), combined with the intelligence to practice good oral hygiene and have regular dental appointments. She never needed to have work done to prepare her for the modeling life; but as a teenager, she said, she wished she could wear braces because she thought the “coolest kids had them.”
Although dental restorations were not needed to enhance her beautiful natural smile, she did have two dental implants after she fractured two rear molars in a bad helicopter crash while back-country skiing, and she says she is thankful for dental implant technology because it looks and feels so natural.
Brinkley said that her smile led directly to her assignment as spokesperson for a brand of oral rinse and mouthwash products. She is also concerned about the environment. Her company Christie, Inc. is designing environmentally friendly products.
Her advice to everyone is to smile more. “I think a smile makes EVERYONE beautiful! It's the greatest gift we give each other... It's an expression of friendship, love and peace!”
If you regularly participate in sports or other physical activity, you’re at a higher risk for dental injuries. While chipped teeth are the most common result of these injuries, a few may result in more serious trauma — dislodged, cracked or knocked out teeth. In these cases, the core of the tooth — the pulp — and the root may have been damaged. Saving the tooth may require endodontic treatment and possibly the expertise of a specialist in the field, an endodontist.
Endodontics, from the Greek words for “within” and “tooth,” is a specialty of dentistry that treats disease or damage affecting the inner parts of a tooth, particularly the pulp chamber, the root canals, and the root. While all dentists are trained in endodontic procedures, an endodontist has advanced training, experience and specialized equipment to address complex cases.
The type of endodontic treatment needed for an injured tooth will depend on the extent of damage. A mature, permanent tooth with pulp damage, for example, may require a root canal treatment. In this procedure the pulp chamber and root canals are thoroughly cleaned out, and then are filled with a special filling to prevent any future infection. Later the tooth should be crowned to permanently seal it. Although a general dentist may perform a root canal, more complex cases, such as a tooth with an extensive root canal network, may need to be performed by an endodontist using microscopic equipment.
A tooth that has undergone severe trauma, especially a knocked out tooth, will need extensive follow-up care by a general dentist and possibly an endodontist to improve its chances of long-term survival. Because of the severity, the tooth may lose viability and the body ultimately may begin to reject it. For this reason, the tooth should be monitored on a regular basis and may need further treatment from time to time, even up to five years after the injury.
One final word: if you participate in sports or exercise activity, you can significantly reduce your risk of dental injury with a mouthguard. There are various types, but the best protection is one custom designed to fit the specific contours of your mouth. We’ll be glad to advise you further on how to protect your teeth from injury.
If you would like more information on dental injury prevention and treatment, 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 “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth.”
Millions of people wear veneers for a better looking smile—in fact, chances are that you know at least one or two people who have them. Nearly every celebrity that you see smiling brightly on television wears them. But many people still aren't quite sure what they are. So what are veneers? Here is some information from Modern Touch Dentistry, a popular Appleton dentist office, that will help you answer that question and more.
Veneers are thin dental restorations (sometimes as thin as a healthy fingernail) that are designed to mimic the appearance of your front teeth. They are made of porcelain material that is durable, polished and white. To understand the concept of a veneer, think of placing an attractive case over a cellphone that has been worn down with time—the case conceals the imperfections and makes the phone look like new. Veneers cover worn, discolored or imperfect teeth to give them a “like new” appearance.
The Veneers Installation Procedure
The next thing you’ll probably want to know is how the veneers installation procedure works. The entire process is completed in about two or three visits. The first visit is the consultation, where your Appleton dentist will take x-rays and evaluate your teeth to ensure they’re healthy enough for veneers. On the second visit, the dentist will use his tools to prepare the targeted teeth so that it can accept the veneers and take impressions. On the final visit, the veneers are bonded and shaped to fit your smile.
The clear benefit of veneers is that they improve the entire look of your teeth and face. You will notice the difference soon after leaving the dentist’s office with your new smile. Also, they are a long-lasting solution—with regular maintenance and dental appointments, veneers can last as long as 20 years or more before they have to refurbished.
Set up a Veneers Consult Appointment
If you have a cosmetic dental concern that you believe can be resolved with veneers, contact Modern Touch Dentistry at (920) 993-8682. This popular Appleton dentist office is happy to serve patients with a variety of aesthetic dental problems, including gaps, discoloration and damage to the enamel.