Chapel Hill Family Dentistry
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Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Chapel Hill NC
At Chapel Hill Family Dentistry, we live and work by a high standard of integrity, always doing our best to deliver a fun, comfortable and high-quality dental experience for you and your family.
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Everything You Need to Know about Teeth Whitening
One of the most distinguishing features of Hollywood actors and actresses is that they all tend to have smiles defined by perfectly white and shining teeth. When we look in the mirror, however, most of us have teeth that have been stained to a drab yellowish color from years of those early morning coffees and subpar oral hygiene. A walk through the dental products aisle of any supermarket, however, will give us the option to purchase dozens of different over-the-counter teeth whitening toothpastes and gels and dentists also offer several tooth whitening services. Below, we take an in-depth look at the pros and cons of whitening your teeth.
Over-the-Counter Products or Professional Whitening?
Our Chapel Hill Dentist office offers professional whitening services that can make your teeth brighter in a shorter amount of time. A combination of heat and light treatments can get rid of unsightly stains on your teeth in an efficient manner, though it is worth noting that gray stains caused by taking too much tetracycline (antibiotic) or too much ingesting too much fluoride will most likely not be changed by whitening treatment.
Dental whitening services work best on teeth with yellow stains and is successful in around 90% of patients. Temporary tooth sensitivity and/or tissue irritation are common side effects of whitening or bleaching procedures but are usually short lived.
While over-the-counter tooth whitening products might be cheaper, they also come with some costs which we’ll explain below:
These products will not be as effective and will most likely only brighten teeth by one (sometimes indistinguishable) shade. While several of these toothpastes advertise that they contain peroxides, they are generally not left on the teeth long enough to have any real effect.
Tooth Whitening Strips:
This product is another way to whiten your teeth. Unfortunately, they aren’t custom fit and if they slip off your teeth, it can cause mild burns on your gums or tongue.
What Foods Cause Tooth Staining?
While many people know that excessive coffee can lead to staining of the teeth, other foods and beverages can also cause this problem. Black tea is high in tannins which are attracted to the protein in the enamel on your teeth. Green or herbal teas are generally considered better to avoid tooth staining.
Other foods such as berry pies are also particularly responsible for turning your teeth yellow. While a blueberry or blackberry pie is certainly delicious, red berries contain high levels of chromogens that can stain teeth. The good news is that other fruits such as pineapples, pears, and apples don’t have these chromogens and can also help to whiten your teeth through increasing the production of saliva inside the mouth.
Lastly, it is important to understand that the best way to keep your teeth sparkling white is through proper preventive care. Regular brushing and flossing, limiting coffee, tea, and wine consumption, avoiding tobacco all together, and regular cleanings with your dentist will all help to keep your teeth naturally white.
We offer payment plans for patients with no insurance, contact your Family Dentist in Chapel Hill for more information about teeth whitening at (919) 595-1010.
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The Pros and Cons of Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment
Traditional braces are most often associated with those awkward adolescent and teenage years along with pimples, hormonal changes, and the inevitable moodiness. Adults who opt for orthodontic treatment often undergo certain stigma for those visible braces that are most commonly associated with younger people. However, at our Chapel Hill Dentist office lead by Dr. Durusky offers Invisalign. Invisalign is a discreet orthodontic treatment option that is virtually imperceptible. The discreet aesthetics of this treatment option is one of the reasons that over five million people have chosen Invisalign over the more traditional braces.
As with all dental treatment options, there are both pros and cons associated with Invisalign. Below, we look at both the advantages and disadvantages of Invisalign for people with a need for orthodontic treatment.
The most obvious advantage of Invisalign is their aesthetic appeal. Unlike regular braces, Invisalign is invisible to other people while still offering a solid orthodontic treatment option. Thousands of people avoid orthodontic treatment all together because of a fear of how braces will affect their appearance. Thus, Invisalign allows many people to receive needed treatment for their teeth when they would otherwise evade any sort of orthodontic care.
Furthermore, Invisalign generally offers improved oral hygiene. Regular braces include several types of brackets, wires, and other “hardware” where pieces of food can get lodged and potentially lead to cavities, periodontal disease, and other oral health maladies. Invisalign, on the other hand, can easily be removed before brushing and flossing, thus allowing for better oral health.
Whereas most braces require at least 24 months of treatment to achieve desired results, Invisalign can offer expedited treatment options allowing patients to attain orthodontic goals in as little as 12 months. This is possible due to advanced treatment options where your orthodontist can use advanced imaging systems to develop a detailed treatment plan for your specific situation.
Lastly, Invisalign is generally considered to be more comfortable than regular braces. While metal brackets can cause redness and swelling, especially in new users, Invisalign rarely causes any sort of discomfort inside the mouth.
The main drawback of Invisalign treatment is that it is not designed for people who suffer from severe misalignment or other serious orthodontic problems. Rotated teeth, for example, will almost always require traditional braces.
Furthermore, there are some cases when Invisalign treatment might be a bit more expensive than regular braces. However, when you account for the shortened treatment time, Invisalign ends up being comparable in cost if not cheaper in the long run.
Lastly, the effectiveness of Invisalign treatment depends on the individual as much as on the dental professional. Unlike regular braces, Invisalign can be easily removed, and if people are not committed to using their Invisalign aligner on a daily basis, the effectiveness of the treatment can be compromised.
Contact Chapel Hill Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, your local dentist in Chapel Hill for a free consultation.
The Benefits of Opting for Porcelain Veneers & Dental Implants
Maintaining a bright, white smile is something high on the priority list of most people. Unfortunately, a bit too much coffee and tea often leads to stained teeth while our sugar addiction can also lead to unsightly cavities. Porcelain veneers and dental implants are one way to maintain a bright, healthy smile even if your teeth have undergone a lifetime of abuse. For more information about this procedure, contact Chapel Hill Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are super thin shells that cover the face of your front teeth. While whitening procedures might not work for everyone, porcelain veneers, also known as dental laminates, can drastically and permanently improve the appearance of your smile. While most people opt for veneers due to problems with tooth discoloration, the thin shells can also be designed to change the size, length, or shape of the tooth. This solution, then, might work great for people who have chipped front teeth or uneven and unevenly shaped or spaced teeth.
While veneers are most often made from porcelain, they can also be fabricated from resin composite, though porcelain is generally preferred by dentists because they have the unique ability to replicate the light-reflecting characteristics of natural teeth.
What are Dental Implants?
Unlike veneers, implants require a more invasive procedure where metal frames are surgically inserted into your jaw underneath your gums. These frames then allow a dental professional to position new, artificial teeth.
The main benefit of implants is that since they are surgically connected to the bones in your jaw, there is minimal risk of slippage. Bridges, dentures, and crowns, then will feel more secure inside your mouth. Also, bridges and dentures can safely and comfortably be attached to the dental implant, instead of on other teeth in your mouth to hold any replacement, artificial teeth you may require.
How to Choose Between Porcelain Veneers and Dental Implants
Generally speaking, dental implants are more expensive than porcelain veneers. Furthermore, porcelain veneers are almost always preferred when trying to correct aesthetic problems with the front teeth that are exposed when you smile. If, for example, you have extremely stained teeth, or a deformed front tooth that will be difficult to correct with orthodontic treatment, porcelain veneers are a great option that are less invasive and less inexpensive than dental implants.
On the other hand, if your teeth have significant damage, dental implants might be the only option available to permanently fix the tooth. There is no sense in covering up a broken tooth with a veneer if the problem resides below. Thus, dental implants are a great option when you need bridges or other extensive dental work to correct mistreated teeth.
For an evaluation contact your Family Dentist in Chapel Hill at (919) 595-1010.
Because our patients truly matter to us, Cornerstone Chapel Hill Family Dentist office invests in the latest dental techniques and technologies. We know that leading-edge dentistry allows us to provide more accurate care and higher-quality results, and we will continue to invest in it with you in mind.
The Importance of Preventative Dentistry
At our Chapel Hill Dentist office we believe in preventative dentistry! Desiderius Erasmus, one of the greatest scholars of the Renaissance era, once said that “prevention is better than cure.” The ethic of focusing on prevention is important in a number of fields, disciplines, and domains from medicine to urban city planning and everything in between. In the field of dentistry, prevention is also a central tenet.
The fact that Americans spend an average of 1.8 billion dollars each year on toothpaste, or use upwards of 18 yards of dental floss on a yearly basis show that we take dental prevention pretty seriously. Nobody enjoys getting a filling or the dreaded root canal, and the cost of dental treatment can be enough of a motivation for people to make brushing and flossing a part of their daily, preventive routine.
While individual care of your teeth is certainly important, and most of us could probably floss more often, preventative visits to the dentist should also be a part of our holistic oral health practices.
What is Preventative Dentistry?
The most commonly recognized form of preventative dentistry is brushing and flossing on a daily basis. This can help to prevent cavities, gum disease, and enamel wear. However, you need not only visit a dentist when you wake up with a sore tooth or suspect that you have a cavity. Regular dental cleanings, to name just one example, are also an important part of preventative dentistry.
The regular, six month checkup with your dentist is a form of prevention as well. Professional dentists can detect certain problems or tendencies before they get worse and require more advanced treatment options. For example, your dentist might detect the very beginnings of a cavity, and in some cases regular brushing and fluoride treatment might be enough to reverse tooth decay. Furthermore, minor gum inflammation that might be unnoticeable to individuals can be detected during regular dental checkups and can thus help to prevent the onset and development of gum disease.
While regular checkups are certainly important for avoiding major dental problems, the teeth cleaning services that dentists provide during checkups are also essential for a holistic preventative dentistry routine. While daily brushing is good to remove plaque and debris, dental cleanings can remove stains that discolor teeth, can prevent gum disease and thus premature tooth loss, can detect oral cancer, and can also detect cracked fillings that need to be urgently fixed.
Preventative Dentistry for Children
Most parents know that young children often hate brushing their teeth. For this reason, sealants are another important form of preventative dentistry that are most often used with younger patients. Dental sealants placed on children’s molars can help to prevent decay in the natural grooves of these hard to reach teeth. These sealants can be effective in avoiding cavities while your child learns how to properly brush their teeth on a daily basis.
Lastly, fluoride rinse products are also another important part of preventative dentistry designed especially for children to help avoid the development of cavities.
You can say so much with a smile, but your smile says so much about you as well. If your smile is bright, white, straight, and whole, it conveys good health & that youthful appeal everyones searching for.