Posts for: April, 2018
At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!
Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”
We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:
Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!
If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
Would you rather live with misaligned teeth than wear metal braces? In the past, metal and ceramic braces were the only choices if you weren't happy with your smile. Although the braces got the job done, they weren't necessarily the most comfortable or attractive option. Today, many people who swore they'd never wear traditional braces are happily straightening their teeth with clear Invisalign aligners. Center City Philadelphia, PA, dentist Dr. Steve Gilbert and Dr. Carlos Velez of Gilbert Dental Care are your dentists for Invisalign treatment.
What is Invisalign?
"Wires," "brackets" and "adjustments" are three words you'll never hear when you choose to straighten your smile with Invisalign. The system uses clear, removable aligner trays that resemble nightguards or sports mouthguards. The aligners place constant, gentle pressure on your teeth, which slowly improves their position. You'll receive an entire series of aligners at the beginning of your treatment and begin wearing a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks.
Invisalign aligner trays should be worn about 22 hours per day and must be removed when you eat, drink and brush your teeth. You can even leave the trays at home occasionally if you're planning to attend a special event or have a big game.
Invisalign is an excellent choice for both adults and children
Whether you're a teenager or your teenage years are long behind you, you can benefit from Invisalign treatment. It offers an effective way to correct crowding and spacing issues, mild to moderate bite problems and shifting that can occur with age. If you begin treatment as an adult, you may only need to wear Invisalign aligner trays for about a year. Teenagers generally follow the same schedule no matter what type of orthodontic treatment they choose.
Although no adjustments are required with Invisalign, you'll need to visit our Center City office occasionally for follow-up visits. For your convenience, we offer both before- and after-work appointments. We open at 7 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and are available until 6 p.m. on Monday and 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
Transform your smile with Invisalign! Call Center City Philadelphia, PA, dentist Drs. Steve Gilbert and Carlos Velez of Gilbert Dental Care at (215) 972-0406 to schedule your appointment.
In the realm of restorative dentistry, dental implants are king. A dental implant can replace a tooth with a permanent, life-like restoration with a solid reputation for durability.
Implants are also known for one other quality — variety. Not all implants are alike, and they have varied applications for use. Available in various shapes and sizes, they can be used for a single tooth or as part of a multiple tooth bridge or overdenture. And while their basic architecture is the same, you also have two options for how the permanent crown (the visible tooth portion) attaches to the implant: screwed or cemented.
A screw attachment can securely fasten a crown to an implant without the need for cement; it also allows for easy removal for repair or replacement should the crown become damaged or worn. On the other hand, it could pose a cosmetic problem — even though the access hole for the screw may be covered with a tooth-colored filling, it could still be distinguishable from the rest of the crown. There’s also a slight risk of the crown chipping around the access hole.
A crown cemented to the implant won’t have this cosmetic issue with an access hole, and will look just like a natural tooth. But unlike a screwed crown, removing a cemented crown can be more difficult. The cement may also cause gum inflammation and potential bone loss in sensitive patients.
The condition of your mouth, the type of implant you’re receiving and other circumstances will all factor into determining which method is best for you. If we’re “immediately loading” the crown (meaning we’re affixing a temporary crown to the implant immediately after placement in the jaw), then the screw method may be more advantageous. Aesthetically speaking, though, a cemented crown may be a better option in terms of final smile appearance.
But whichever method is used, you’ll still benefit from what implants do best — help you regain the function lost from a missing tooth and change your smile for the better.
If you would like more information on your options with dental implants, 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 “How Crowns Attach to Implants.”