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Cosmetic dentistry is a powerful way for Pensacola, FL, residents to manage serious oral health issues. But which procedure is correct for you? If you're not sure, the offices of Dr. Edwin Yee can help you better understand the following high-quality cosmetic dental procedures.
Whitening is explicitly designed for stains or imperfections in your teeth' appearance. Your dental professional starts by carefully removing and cleaning any plaque or tartar buildup throughout your mouth. Then, a whitening agent is applied to the teeth periodically to help naturally improve your smile. We suggest this option to those with minimal dental damage who want a shinier smile in Pensacola, FL. Regular coffee drinkers or smokers need this procedure quite regularly.
This procedure occurs when you have mild to moderate decay on your tooth, and a regular filling won't provide the support that you need. Instead, they are made out of composite porcelain or ceramic material and carefully attached to the tooth to provide extra support for its enamel. Also known as inlays and onlays, we suggest this option for people who have minor issues with a few teeth that they want to manage with cosmetic dentistry quickly. It should last several years after installation.
When traditional caps or crowns don't work for you, a dental veneer is a great alternative. This common type of cosmetic dentistry uses medical-grade ceramic to seal your enamel and keep your teeth strong. This option is perfect for people with minor surface damage who want to make their teeth look as strong as possible. That's because the ceramic material looks very close to your normal tooth. In this way, you can create a smile that you'll love.
This process utilizes a colored composite material to recreate the overall shape and structure of a damaged tooth. Your dentist carefully removes any decay on the surface and then applies this material to shape it to the look and feel of your normal tooth. We suggest this option for people who don't have a lot of money or no dental insurance because it is relatively inexpensive and can restore your oral health. And you'll improve your overall appearance, too.
Implantation is a great alternative when you lose one or more teeth and aren't quite ready for dentures. They can last for a very long time, look very close to your normal tooth, and resist oral decay very well. They are also implanted directly into your jaw to stabilize its bone structure and minimize worsening corrosion. We suggest this option for those who want a very healthy tooth replacement option for their cosmetic dentistry.
Make an Appointment Today
If you feel like these cosmetic dentistry options are right for you, please get in touch with the offices of Dr. Edwin Yee to learn more. We can help Pensacola, FL, residents get the high-quality dental care necessary to keep their smiles strong. So call us at (850) 479-3355 today to learn more about your options.
Should you consider turning to your Pensacola dentist to achieve a whiter smile?
It’s difficult not to notice that in every TV show or magazine ad that everyone smiling seems to have perfectly white teeth. While you might think that you are far from being able to have this same vibrant smile, guess again. Our Pensacola, FL, dentist Dr. Edwin Yee can give you the same ad-worthy results you want with the help of professional teeth whitening. If you aren’t sure whether professional whitening is right for you, here are some things to consider:
Professional whitening is completely safe
If you feel a bit apprehensive about trying to whiten your smile on your own, then you may want to consider turning to our dental team for whitening treatment. Dr. Yee has received extensive training to be able to perform whitening treatment safely and effectively while reducing the chances of issues such as tooth sensitivity. Our team can tailor your treatment to meet your specific needs, as well.
Say goodbye to tough stains
If you are someone who can’t live without their morning coffee or you enjoy wine several nights a week, these habits aren’t exactly kind to your teeth. Dark drinks and foods can leave you dealing with some pretty stubborn and hard-to-remove stains that even your toothbrush and floss can’t tackle. When this is the case, professional teeth whitening might be your best option. Not only will professional whitening breakup these stain molecules, but they will also brighten your overall tooth enamel.
Feel more confident
When you have a more radiant smile, you no longer feel as self-conscious about your appearance. Whether you are looking to wow the audience during your next work presentation or you are about to walk down the aisle, professional in-office whitening can give you the fast, visible results that you are looking for to feel proud of your smile. Furthermore, having a whiter smile could actually make you look younger!
Interested? Give us a call
If you want to say goodbye to those coffee stains and enjoy a vibrant smile for the New Year, then it’s time to talk with our Pensacola, FL, general dentist to find out if you could benefit from professional teeth whitening. Call our office today at (850) 479-3355 to schedule a consultation.
To anyone immersed in the “X-Men Universe” Hugh Jackman will always be Wolverine, a role he played in seven movies. But there’s more to this Australian actor than mutant bone claws and mutton chops that would make Elvis envious. Jackman has also starred in over 20 non-superhero films, including Les Misérables, for which he won a Golden Globe. He is also a Tony award-winning Broadway performer—with a winning smile.
With his famed character Logan/Wolverine fading in the rearview mirror, Jackman has returned to his musical roots. He will play Harold Hill in the Broadway revival of The Music Man, set to open in Fall 2020. And since May 2019 he’s been on world tour with Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The Show., featuring Jackman and a supporting cast performing songs from favorite shows and films, including Les Misérables and the 2017 hit The Greatest Showman.
The Show, with 90 planned stops throughout Europe, North America and Oceania, is a decidedly different “universe” from the X-Men. As Wolverine, Jackman could get away with a scruffier look. But performing as Jean Valjean or the bigger-than-life P.T. Barnum, he has to bring a vastly different look to the role, which brings us to Jackman’s teeth…
Once upon a time, Jackman’s teeth were an unflattering gray—definitely not a good look for stage or film. So with the help of his dentist, Jackman set about upgrading his smile with teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is a great way to take a dull, stained smile and turn up the volume on its brightness—and attractiveness—a notch or two. A dentist applies a bleaching solution that stays in contact with the teeth for a few minutes. The process is often aided by special lighting.
A professional application is especially desirable if, like Jackman, you want “Goldilocks” brightness: not too little, not too much, but just right for you. Dentists can precisely control the tint level to get a brighter but more naturally looking white. Of course, you can also get a dazzling “Hollywood” smile if you so desire.
And although the effect of teeth whitening isn’t permanent, a dental application can last a while, depending on how well you manage foods and beverages that stain teeth. With a touchup now and then, you may be able to keep your brighter smile for years before undergoing the full procedure again.
One important note, though: This technique only works with outer enamel staining. If the discoloration originates from within the tooth, the bleaching agent will have to be placed internally, requiring access to the inside of the tooth. An alternative would be porcelain veneers to mask the discoloration, an option that also works when there is ultra-heavy enamel staining.
If you’re tired of your dull smile, talk with us about putting some pizzazz back into it. Teeth whitening could be your way to get a smile worthy of Broadway.
If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Whitening Traumatized Teeth.”
Bright, naturally white teeth are a key component in a beautiful smile. But the opposite is also true: nothing diminishes an otherwise attractive smile more than stained or discolored teeth.
There is good news, however, about tooth staining: it can be greatly reduced with the right whitening technique. But before taking action we need to first uncover the cause for the staining — whether from the outside or inside of the tooth, or a combination of both.
If it’s an external cause — known as extrinsic staining — our diet is usually the source. Foods and beverages that contain tannins, like red wine, coffee or tea fall in this category, as do foods with pigments called carotenes as found in carrots and oranges. Besides limiting consumption of stain-causing foods and maintaining daily oral hygiene, you can also diminish extrinsic staining with a bleaching application.
There are two basic ways to approach this: with either a professional application at our office or with a home kit purchased at a pharmacy or retail store. Although both types use similar chemicals, the professional application is usually stronger and the whitening effect is obtained quicker and may last longer.
Discoloration can also occur within a tooth, known as intrinsic staining, and for various reasons. It can occur during tooth development, as with childhood overexposure to fluoride or from the antibiotic tetracycline. Poor development of enamel or dentin (the main sources of natural tooth color), tooth decay, root canal treatments or trauma are also common causes of intrinsic discoloration.
There are techniques to reduce the effects of intrinsic staining, such as placing a bleaching agent inside the tooth following a root canal treatment. In some cases, the best approach may be to restore the tooth with a crown or porcelain veneer. The latter choice is a thin layer of dental material that is permanently bonded to the outer, visible portion of the tooth: it’s life-like color and appearance covers the discoloration, effectively renewing the person’s smile.
If you’ve been embarrassed by stained teeth, visit us for a complete examination. We’ll recommend the right course of action to turn your dull smile into a bright, attractive one.
If you would like more information on treatments for teeth staining, 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 “Teeth Whitening.”
You’re satisfied with your smile appearance except for one thing — your teeth aren’t as white and bright as you wish they could be. So, you’ve decided to do something about their dull yellow color.
You’re also thinking about buying a whitening product you can use yourself rather than a professional application. But you still want the answers to two questions: are home whitening kits safe? And, are they effective?
By and large the answer to the first question is yes — if you use it as directed. The whitening agents in FDA-approved products are in safe proportions to other ingredients and won’t cause any major health issues. That said, if you go beyond the instructed dosage you could damage your teeth, especially your enamel, and cause long-term problems with your dental care.
In addition, if you (or a family member) are still in your early teens, you may want to wait until you’re older. Although most permanent teeth have come in by puberty, their enamel still needs to mature. The chemicals in a whitening kit could be too strong for their under-developed enamel. It’s best to get our advice on whether your teeth are mature enough for whitening.
As to their effectiveness, home whitening kits should perform as their labeling indicates. But there are some differences in effects between a home kit and a professional application.
Although a home kit usually uses the same whitening agents (like carbamide peroxide), its strength is much lower than a professional treatment — about 10% of volume compared to around 30% in clinical solutions. This means it will take much longer to achieve the desired whitening effect that a professional application can in fewer sessions, and with less precision. In addition, home kits are only effective on surface staining of the enamel — discoloration within a tooth requires treatment by a dentist.
You can get satisfactory results from a home whitening kit. But before you make a purchase, consult with us first — we can advise you on what to look for in your purchase, as well as determine if your teeth can benefit from whitening at home.
If you would like more information on teeth whitening, 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 “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”