Take a New Smile on a Test Drive

PreNew PreView

Courtesy of Jason J. Kim

If you’re needing or looking into a cosmetic dental procedure to help restore your smile, wouldn’t you like to know and see exactly how you will look? You can usually test drive a car before you buy, which is something you will invest thousands of dollars in and have to use every day for at least 2-3 years. With a dental procedure, that’s also an investment of thousands of dollars and it’s something you’ll have to live with for the rest of your life. So yes, most of us would like to know from the get-go exactly how a costly dental procedure will improve our smile or give us what we’re looking for in a procedure.

A new dental technology is on the horizon that will allow patients to take their future smiles for test drive.

Called PreNew PreView (PNPV), the technology creates a digital smile preview that will fit over the patient’s existing teeth to show them exactly how they will look post-procedure. Dentists have been able to create images that would show what the patient could look like before and after the treatment, but those images won’t give the patient the full experience they would have in actually seeing how they would look with the new teeth. With the PNPV, patients can see how the teeth will look when they’re naturally smiling, talking, etc.[..Read More]

Cosmetic Dentistry and Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Technically, cosmetic dentistry refers to the procedures patients elect to undergo to improve their smile and overall appearance. For some patients, it’s strictly about beauty, and for others, they look to cosmetic procedures to repair their teeth and gums that may have been damaged from accidents or other problems. No matter what the reason is, though, those who have undergone cosmetic dentistry procedures end up with a better looking smile.

Who are candidates for cosmetic dentistry?

Basically, anyone who wants to improve the appearance of their smile is a candidate for cosmetic dentistry, but the most common patients are those who want to repair damaged teeth. However, people with overcrowded teeth, damage from cavities, or discolored teeth can also benefit from these procedures.

How much do cosmetic dentistry procedures cost?

Like anything to enhance appearance, it costs money. Some procedures are expensive, but depending on the extent of the procedure (individual tooth vs. entire smile) the costs can be relatively inexpensive. However, the results are often so rewarding that they make the price worth it.

What kinds of cosmetic dentistry procedures are available?

There are several different cosmetic dental procedures. You can find a list of almost everything we offer on our Services page, but the most popular procedures are:

  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Dental Crowns
  • Teeth Reconstruction and
  • Gum Alterations

If you would like to improve your teeth, do not hesitate to contact our office and find out how we can give you the best possible smile.

Your Diet and Cosmetic Dentistry

You’ve heard that you are what you eat, but did you know that what you eat can affect the health of your teeth? The most common form of dental damage is the development of cavities, which are caused by sugar build-ups in your mouth. If not properly attended to, sugar build-up can erode enamel, promote gum disease and tooth decay, and cause other dental health problems. If you want to keep your smile at its best for as long as possible without paying for expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures, here are some dietary tips that will help.

Almost all of our food contains sugar, but there are several types that contain more than others. You should avoid consuming the following food and drink as much as possible to help keep your teeth pearly white:

  • Sticky foods, such as honey, caramel, syrup and jellybeans;
  • Sugary desserts, including pastries, cookies, candies, cakes, pies, etc.; and
  • Carbonated drinks, which includes all diet sodas as well as regular.

As stated in our post about home teeth whitening tips, be sure to eat plenty of apples, carrots, celery and pears. These fruits and vegetables stimulate extra saliva in your mouth as you chew, which in turn helps wash away sugar build-up as well as removes stains.

And of course, in addition to your diet, regular brushing, flossing and dental cleaning appointments will also help you avoid costly cosmetic dental procedures. If you haven’t had your teeth cleaned in awhile or want some one-on-one advice for cosmetic dentistry prevention, contact our office today.