You say you want a “better” smile, but what specifically do you want? At your consultation with Dr. Young, your Lafayette dentist, can help you determine what you like and dislike about your smile, as well as the cosmetic procedures that will deliver your desired outcomes. Here are some of the most common complaints about smile imperfections, and the cosmetic options Dr. Young offers to correct them.
“My teeth are discolored.”
Teeth bleaching removes stains to give teeth a bold, bright appearance. Whitening can be done professionally by Dr. Young or with over-the-counter treatments. Dr. Young uses the Zoom! Whitening system for one-visit in-office bleaching, or custom-fitted trays with prescription whitening gel for bleaching at home.
“My teeth have flaws.”
Bonding can correct chips, cracks, discoloration, or gaps. A composite tooth-colored material is bonded to the surface of your tooth to conceal defects. The bonding material is custom designed to match natural tooth structure, so it blends perfectly with your existing teeth. Dental veneers are another cosmetic option that can transform your smile to look brighter, straighter, and more symmetrical. Dr. Young offers traditional porcelain veneers and LUMINEERS by CERINATE, a no-prep option that works well for some cases.
February is a month of awards. As we prepare for the Grammy’s on February 12 and the Academy Awards on February 26, let’s take a look at some of your favorite winners who have had dental treatments done to adjust their smiles.
Academy Award Winners
- George Clooney: He won an Oscar in 2006, but he should be awarded for his improved smile. One of the biggest names in Hollywood got porcelain veneers, crowns, and crown lengthening.
- Tom Cruise: Cruise has been nominated for several Academy Awards, but perhaps his misaligned jaw keeps him from winning. Despite the crooked jaw, the actor and producer wore braces to help straighten his smile. After fixing alignment problems, he further enhanced his teeth with whitening.
- Morgan Freeman: His old age caused receding gums and yellow teeth, but since his Oscar win for Million Dollar Baby, Freeman has improved his smile with whitening and crowns. His new smile makes him look younger and healthier.
- Catherine Zeta-Jones: Rumors speculate about whether the Chicago Oscar winner has had professional bleaching, or just has a beautiful white smile naturally.
- Natalie Portman: The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists ranked the Black Swan winner as the top smile in Hollywood. They also gave her the number two spot for most kissable lips. (more…)
Is your teenager moody and difficult? The cause could be typical teen hormones, but it could also be that your teenager is struggling with dental pain. Researchers say that many children act up because they’re in pain, not because they have behavioral issues. Behaviors and changes during the teenage years can affect a person’s oral health, but even so, Dr. Young can take care of any problem.
Teenagers commonly deal with peer pressure and experiment with different habits in the hopes of “fitting in.” The following social situations can alter dental health.
Did you wake up late this morning and rush out the door on an empty stomach because you didn’t have time to eat breakfast? You’ve always heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it’s true! Dr. Young can offer healthy tips to keep your body and smile healthy in the morning and throughout the day.
Breakfast Prevents Snacking
If you’re dieting, you may think that skipping breakfast will help you lose weight. However, it actually has the opposite effect. Skipping breakfast will mean that you’ll be hungry in the mid-morning hours, and more likely to snack on unhealthy foods. Snacking throughout the day gives oral bacteria more time to feed and attack your teeth. Breakfast, however, boosts your metabolism and will keep you full enough so you can make healthier food choices at lunchtime. You won’t be so hungry that you’ll just reach for the first thing that’s available. Instead, you’ll take time to plan your meal and consider what you’re eating. Healthier foods will help you lose weight and protect your smile from all the sugars and carbohydrates that bacteria thrive off of.
Milk was first delivered in bottles on January 11, 1878, but Dr. Young wants to remind you that milk is not just for children. In honor of National Milk Day, let’s discuss why drinking milk is so important for a strong smile for life.
Milk is an excellent source of calcium. Calcium is important to help form strong teeth and bones. Milk was first placed in bottles to make it easier to consume at such a young age. Your teeth begin developing before birth, so doctors recommend that pregnant women consume plenty of calcium to pass strong dental health along to their babies. As a child, calcium hardens the teeth to make them strong and intact so they can last a lifetime.
There are no obvious symptoms of a calcium deficiency, but over time you will develop problems if you do not have enough calcium in your diet. When you suffer from calcium deficiency, your body will have to take the minerals from your teeth and bones. Since calcium is so important in building strong teeth and bones, it makes sense that without it, your teeth can soften. When your teeth become weaker, they become more prone to tooth decay, cavities, chipping, breaking, and other dental problems. In addition, inadequate calcium consumption can lead to gum disease and osteoporosis, both associated with tooth loss.
Why are you smiling this holiday season? Family, friends, and gifts can leave you in a pleasant mood throughout this time of year. Dr. Young can give you even more reasons to smile.
Why should you smile?
The act of smiling releases endorphins that help elevate your mood. Holiday planning can be stressful, but smiling helps reduce stress and lower your blood pressure. The holidays are also a time of joy to make others smile, and since smiles are contagious, try smiling just to make others feel good. In addition, you want to look happy in your holiday pictures. Smiles make you look more attractive and younger.
If you think your teeth only shift during childhood, think again. As you age, your jaw can shrink and cause teeth crowding. Fortunately, Dr. Michael Young can help you retain straight teeth and a beautiful smile throughout life.
A study by the Faculty of Dentistry at Malmö University tracked the shape and features of participants’ jaws over four decades. The researchers took plaster molds of patients’ jaws when they were in their twenties. Ten and forty years later, they took additional molds. They found that as participants aged, their jaws had less room for teeth.
This holiday season, you’re probably planning to host or attend some holiday celebrations. Try these tips to keep your mouth healthy throughout the holiday fun, and visit Dr. Young to smile confidently throughout the party.
Don’t go to the party hungry. Eat a light snack before you go so you won’t need to overeat while you’re there. If you’re not starving, you’ll also make healthier food decisions. However, avoid grazing while you’re waiting for the full meal. Snacking too much will expose your teeth to more sugars and acids and they will be left on your teeth for a longer period of time, contributing to more decay and problems. Watch what you eat, because sliced veggies, crackers, chips, and other crunchy appetizers can be damaging if you’re not careful. Biting too hard can cause your teeth to chip or crack.
Teeth are usually the first thing others notice about you. Misaligned teeth can be a source of embarrassment for some people. Fortunately, Dr. Michael Young offers Invisalign, a revolutionary form of orthodontics proven to straighten teeth without any metal brackets or wires necessary. Invisalign moves your teeth into position in a fraction of the time of traditional braces, leaving you with a straight, beautiful smile that is sure to boost your confidence.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign aligns your teeth in a series of clear, virtually invisible, removable, custom-molded aligners. Because these aligners are practically clear, many people may not even notice that you are wearing them. This form of treatment involves changing aligners approximately every two weeks. At your appointment, Dr. Young will devise a plan for you based on your dental needs, and determine how long you’ll need to use Invisalign.
Is your smile missing something? If you have lost teeth to periodontal disease, accident, or injury, Dr. Michael Young can restore your smile with Zimmer dental implants.
What are implants?
Implants are the only dental prosthetic that can replace missing teeth from root to crown. They are artificial teeth roots, surgically placed into the empty sockets left by missing teeth. Dental implants can hold individual crowns or anchor a bridge, partial, or denture.
Benefits of implants
Dental implants are comfortable, strong, stable, and durable enough to withstand the crushing pressure of your jaws and the criticism of your most discerning friends. Implants act like natural teeth to help you chew and speak as nature intended, and they require no special maintenance. Treat them like your natural teeth: brush, floss, and visit Dr. Young for six-month checkups and cleanings.