Cosmetic Dentistry: An Introduction

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

A Stellar Smile: Beat Tooth Staining with Whitening Treatments

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.

Don’t Neglect Your Smile!

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

A well-maintained, beautiful smile is a major asset both aesthetically and for your overall health. However, many Americans chronically neglect their smiles, by skipping their biannual tooth cleanings or not taking proper care of their teeth.

According to recent studies, nearly 60 percent of people say that one’s smile is the first facial feature that they notice when meeting someone new. Although society puts a high value on overall appearance, a person’s smile is especially noticeable.

Firstly, your smile is front and center – your smile is what you use to greet the world, and it reflects your overall health as well. For example, it can show if you are a smoker, and even reveals whether your hygiene habits.

If you aren’t flossing regularly, don’t brush thoroughly and skip dental cleanings, your teeth will reflect that, and other will notice. Despite that fact, many people don’t pay enough attention to maintaining their own smile.

Recent statistics show that Americans spend $100 billion on hair care products annually, however, they only spend $2 billion on dental care products. This reflects what consumers view as important – even though hair is rated much lower than teeth on the list of which features people first notice when meeting someone.

With so many people choosing to spend more money on their hair than on dental care products such as floss and mouthwash, it should come as no surprise that 80 percent of people are not happy with their smile.

The things that people want to change about their smiles varies, but some of the most common requests are to whiten or straighten their smile. Crooked teeth can be improved through braces, clear aligners such as Invisalign, or veneers. Porcelain veneers can address and correct many aesthetic flaws in one’s smile.

Along with cosmetic dentistry, following suggested annual dental treatments will drastically improve your smile’s health and appearance. Getting a dental cleaning twice a year, receiving an annual exam and following a thorough at-home cleaning routine will go a long way toward attaining and maintaining a beautiful smile.


Dental Health in Toccoa

If you would like to learn more about oral health, annual dental check ups 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.



Surprising Foods That Stain Your Smile

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Everyone knows that soda and coffee stain your teeth, but some of the foods that can yellow a smile may come as a surprise to you. We’ve rounded up five of the top offenders when it comes to staining teeth below.

Remember that when it comes to keeping yours smile white and bright, you should cut back on these foods — but when you do eat them, brush your teeth immediately afterwards.

  1. Sports Drinks. Those bright blue, green or orange energy drinks definitely leave their mark on your teeth. When you hit the midday slump and need an energy boost, reach for a tall, invigorating glass of ice water with a sprig of mint, rather than a neon-hued sports drink.
  2. Berries. They may be good for your health nutrition-wise, but dark berries such as blueberries, blackberries, cherries and pomegranates stain your teeth. Watch out for acidic fruits as well, such as oranges, grapefruit and pineapples. They don’t seem like they’re dark enough to cause tooth staining, but they contain enamel-eating acids that can harm your teeth and gradually contribute to staining.
  3. Wine & Alcohol. Red wine’s coloring rubs off on your teeth’s enamel, causing them to look darker. You may logically assume that switching to a white wine will avoid that problem, but the truth is that alcohol itself has a negative impact on teeth. Alcohol irritates the soft tissue in your mouth and can cause inflammation, which can lead to gum disease.
  4. Tomato Sauce. While it may seem healthy, tomato cause is chock full of high acidic content and bright red coloring. The food coloring that’s added to many products can significantly affect your smile, and even worse, tomato sauce has a high sugar count, which also wrecks havoc on teeth and gums.
  5. Bread & Carbohydrates. White bread doesn’t seem something that would stain your smile, but it directly affects your teeth’s whiteness. When the starches in bread and other carbohydrates mix with the enzymes in your saliva, they create an acid that erodes teeth enamel. As enamel erodes, more of the tooth’s dentin is exposed, making teeth look more yellow.

Tooth Whitening in Toccoa

If you would like to learn more about whitening your smile, or any other 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 reached at 706-886-9439. We look forward to hearing from you.


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