Friday, February 5th, 2016
Don’t you love when you find the perfect pair of shoes? How about that perfect restaurant you just discovered? Why not have a perfect smile? A perfect smile it well within reach and can be easier to achieve than you might think.
The first step to creating your perfect smile is a consultation with your cosmetic dentist. You may discover that your perfect smile is only a tooth whitening away! If the smile that mother nature gave you isn’t making you happy, this consultation can bring a professional eye to the problem and help you plan a strategy, and treatment plan, for achieving your goals.
The majority of smile makeovers can be completed in just a couple of visits using dental veneers. Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that dentists use to change the color, shape and visual position of teeth. There is minimal preparation so the majority of your natural tooth is intact. Dental veneers are incredibly lifelike in appearance — and are extremely durable.
You might be a candidate for dental veneers if you have the following problems with your smile:
- Teeth are discolored and bleaching doesn’t work on the staining.
- Teeth are poorly shaped or misshapen.
- There are small gaps between teeth.
Using dental veneers your cosmetic dentist can fill in those small gaps and your smile will look like you had braces for months. Some people have teeth that have been stained by medications or are an unattractive shape. Again, dental veneers can easily correct these problems giving you a beautiful, white, straight smile.
Find out more about dental veneers and other cosmetic dental services by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777.
Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
The best way to repair your broken tooth will depend upon a lot of things. Which tooth is broken, is the tooth chipped or is it a severe break, does the tooth currently have a filling and is the tooth causing discomfort?
Teeth chip and break for lots of reasons – most are avoidable. First, don’t use your teeth as tools – opening tight bottle caps or bags of chips with your teeth is never a good idea. Secondly, watch what you are eating – popcorn kernels and other hard substances often hide in our snacks and can easily crack teeth.
Very small chips in the edge of a tooth can often be polished to a smooth edge with no further treatment needed. A larger chip usually requires dental bonding or a dental veneer to return the tooth to its normal appearance. Dental bonding is a less expensive option but may not be as long lasting as a dental veneer and is subject to staining — something to think about if you are a heavy coffee drinker.
Teeth that have experienced a large break (a piece of the top of the tooth has broken for example) may be structurally compromised. If the top of the tooth has broken the remaining tooth structure can be saved and a dental crown can restore the tooth. Dental crowns are very durable and their appearance will match your natural teeth.
Every now and then we see a tooth that has cracked so badly that it must be removed. There may be discomfort with this type of break. If the crack reaches the root area of the tooth it may not be able to be saved. In this case the tooth will be extracted. Patients today have choices when it comes to replacing a missing tooth – dental bridges have been used for many, many years and are a very serviceable restoration technique. Dental bridges do require preparing the adjacent teeth to support the structure of the bridge and they will require special care when brushing and flossing.
A wonderful choice for replacing that missing tooth is a dental implant. Dental implants actually mimic a real tooth because the implant is placed in the jaw and bonds with the bone. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth and there are no limitations on diet or special care required.
Find out more about correcting the chips and breaks that your smile has experienced by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777.
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015
Are you unhappy with your smile because of your gums? If the answer is yes, then gum contouring may be right for you.
Some people have gums that appear uneven or sit too high or too low on their teeth. Gums that cover a large portion of your teeth can make them appear small. This can be caused by genetics or certain health problems.
Gums that are too high make the teeth appear longer. Many times this is caused by gum recession, this is when the gum tissue pulls away from the tooth. Not only does gum recession give you a “horsey” smile, it can also lead to tooth decay. Gum recession occurs as we age but it can also be a sign of gum disease.
Gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure that can dramatically change the appearance of your smile. Many times it is combined with dental veneers for a complete smile makeover that enables you to achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Some gum contouring procedures that are not done for cosmetic reasons include removal of overgrown gum tissue that has covered part of the tooth crown and adding gum tissue to receding gums to protect the tooth roots.
If you are unhappy with your smile but feel that your teeth look fine, it could be your gum line that is bothering you. Talk to your dentist about gum contouring and find out if it is right for you. Choose a dentist for gum contouring based on their experience and training in the area of cosmetic dentistry.
Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777 to discuss gum contouring surgery and find out how you can reshape your smile.
Saturday, June 27th, 2015
I was reading an interesting magazine article the other day. It was talking about the popularity of various cosmetic procedures and how they had become so commonplace and accepted.
It used to be that cosmetic surgery was something that was kept secret. “Oh, you look great!” was answered simply with an explanation about getting extra sleep, with no mention of having had a procedure. Today, there is no taboo about getting a face lift, nose job or liposuction. But the interesting thing the article stated was that people who have had cosmetic dentistry still don’t brag about it.
We all know how important a beautiful smile can be in our personal and professional lives. Discolored and crooked teeth can be deal breakers in many situations. Getting the smile you have always dreamed of is easier today than it has ever been because of dental veneers.
Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that can be used to “straighten” a crooked smile and can make your smile whiter and brighter in just a couple of visits! So why wouldn’t people brag about their new smile?
That’s OK – go ahead and announce that great genes and good dental hygiene have allowed you to have that gorgeous grin. A happy, healthy smile is what is really important.
Can dental veneers change your smile? Find out more by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777 to schedule your consultation.
Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
While the health of your teeth and gums are the first priority, cosmetic dentistry procedures are designed to improve the aesthetic vale of your smile. There are a variety of cosmetic treatments available today, depending on your needs and wishes, that can boost your confidence and give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures.
- Veneers. Veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that are fit and bonded to existing teeth to make them more attractive. There are two types of veneers: composite and porcelain.
- Tooth Re-shaping/Re-contouring. This technique fixes teeth that are different lengths, or those that have become rough or uneven over time. A small portion of the tooth is shaved off, creating a more uniform appearance within the mouth.
- Bonding. Dental bonding is a special tooth-colored plastic filling that can restore and reshape the teeth. Your dentist will sculpt and mold the filling to the desired shape of the tooth. Dental bonding usually lasts up to a decade.
- Teeth Whitening. The most convenient and common cosmetic procedure, teeth whitening involves a bleaching gel that removes stains from teeth that come with daily use and age. Whitening can either be performed in-office or with a special at-home kit. Teeth whitening will not work on veneers or crowns.
- Dental Crowns. A dental crown restores a broken or cracked tooth to its original shape and size. Crowns also improve the function of a tooth, and there are different types of that serve different purposes and meet specific needs.
Dental Care in Toccoa
If you’re ready to learn more about cosmetic dentistry procedures, contact us today and schedule a consultation. Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439. We look forward to serving you.
Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Teeth whitening is a safe, common procedure that can drastically whiten and brighten up your smile. A lighter smile can make a person look younger and more attractive. Over the years, many factors can cause one’s smile to become darkened and stained.
Some of these factors include eating acidic foods that wear away tooth enamel, such as sodas, tea and fruit drinks. Particles in food coloring can also build up on the tooth surface over time, and even all-natural, healthy foods such as apples and potatoes can stain your teeth over time.
Natural aging, dental trauma, hereditary factors and health problems can also play a role in a person’s tooth color. Certain medications, such as antibiotics, antihistamines and drugs taken to treat high blood pressure, can also lead to tooth discoloration.
Smoking, chewing tobacco and using other tobacco products, as well as drinking wine and coffee, are also infamous for negatively affecting your smile. Neglecting biannual dental tooth cleanings and not cleaning teeth thoroughly enough during your at-home dental cleaning routine can also yellow your smile.
Along with getting regular dental check-ups and cleanings, as well as thoroughly cleaning your teeth as part of your daily routine, you can maintain your smile with whitening.
Wilbanks Smile Center offers ZOOM! Whitening, an increasingly popular chair-side whitening system that brightens patients’ teeth in a single office visit. Zoom! Whitening is fast and convenient, and is more effective and convenient than other whitening treatments, which only consist of wearing cumbersome trays or strips. ZOOM! Whitening is coupled with our take-home Nite-White system, which provides patients with state-of-the-art tooth whitening.
Another one of the whitening treatments that Wilbanks offers is the Rembrandt™ One-Hour Smile Whitening Program, which uses the Sapphire Plasma Arc Light for dual-arch whitening. This light individually whitens teeth for uniform shade consistency, which creates a brilliantly white, even smile.
Depending on the tooth’s condition and what others aspects of their teeth that the patient wants to improve, one or more teeth can also be whitened using dental bonding or veneers. Tooth-colored fillings consisting of composite resin, glass ionomer cement (GIC) or porcelain ceramics can also make cavities and other dental procedures practically invisible to the untrained eye.
Teeth Whitening in Toccoa
If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening procedures or any of the dental treatments that the Wilbanks Smile Center offers, contact us today and schedule your consultation. Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be contacted at 706-886-9439. We look forward to hearing from you.