Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
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.”
Your teeth may be healthy, but if they have stains on them, you may not feel very comfortable smiling. For many of our patients at Gilbert Dental Care in Philadelphia's Center City, the answer lies in teeth whitening, a low maintenance, quick, and painless procedure that offers stunning results. Learn more about teeth whitening from Dr. Steve Gilbert and Dr. Carlos Velez here!
How does whitening work?
To understand how a whitening treatment from your Center City Philadelphia dentist will enhance the color of your teeth, it’s helpful to picture a sponge. Microscopically, the surface of your teeth looks very similar, covered in very small grooves and pits. These tiny openings trap particles of food and beverages that, over time, will build up to make the teeth look yellow or tan-colored. The active ingredient in our whitening products at Gilbert Dental Care is peroxide, which, when applied to the teeth, begins to create tiny bubbles that oxygenate those grooves on the teeth and break up the stain-causing particles into smaller pieces that can be rinsed away. The result is your clean, natural tooth color, which can often be up to eight shades brighter than it once was.
What are the advantages of whitening?
Perhaps the biggest advantage of whitening is the way you’ll feel with your renewed smile and a renewed sense of confidence. However, whitening isn’t just great for your self-esteem. Although you can use products purchased over the counter, the results take longer to appear and won’t last as long as an in-office whitening treatment from your Center City dentist. These over the counter products may also be abrasive and harmful to teeth.
As you can see, teeth whitening benefits just about everyone who wants it! If you’re interested in teeth whitening or any other dental procedure, contact Gilbert Dental Care in Center City Philadelphia, PA, to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gilbert or Dr. Velez today!
The holidays are a season for giving. At this time of year, lots of us spend hours rushing around, looking for the perfect gifts for people we care about. But sometimes, amidst all the hustle and bustle, it doesn’t hurt to step back and think about yourself a little. If a better-looking smile has been on your list but you haven’t taken the first steps, the holiday season might be the right time to give yourself a gift.
Many smile problems, like discolored, chipped or uneven teeth, can be resolved with veneers—wafer-thin porcelain shells that cover the front surfaces of teeth. Veneers are custom-made just for you: They can have a pearly luster to match your existing teeth, or be Hollywood-white for a dazzling red-carpet smile. In just a few visits to the dental office, you can have the smile you’ve always wanted—and a whole new look for the New Year.
If damaged or missing teeth are what’s bothering you, you’ll be happy to know that there are lots of good options for replacing them. If the tooth’s roots are still in good shape, a crown or cap could be the answer. This is a sturdy replacement for the entire visible part of the tooth that not only looks great, but also functions well in your bite—and can last for years to come.
If teeth are missing or can’t be saved, we offer several options for replacement, including fixed (non-removable) bridgework and dental implants. A tried-and-true method for replacing one or more missing teeth, bridges are firmly supported by healthy teeth next to the gap in your smile. These teeth must be prepared to receive the bridge by having some of the tooth’s surface removed.
Dental implants are today’s premier option for tooth replacement. In this high-tech system, a root-like titanium insert, placed directly into the bone beneath the gum, forms a solid anchorage for the visible part of the replacement tooth. Implants look and feel completely natural, and can last for many years. Plus, they don’t require any work to be done on nearby teeth.
What kind of smile makeover is right for you? Just ask us! We will be happy to take a look at your smile and recommend a treatment plan. And in this season of generosity, there’s no better gift you can give yourself than a bright new smile.
You can learn more about smile makeovers by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Beautiful Smiles by Design.”
The big day you've waited for all your life is just around the corner — your wedding day! And to make that day as special as possible you've been working on making yourself more attractive.
In all your preparations, don't forget your smile. There are many ways to make it shine, some requiring little time or effort. A professional dental cleaning and polishing, for example, can do wonders for brightening your smile. If you have above normal staining, you can also undergo professional whitening to remove stains and enhance your teeth's natural color.
Some problems, though, like chipped, slightly misaligned or heavily stained teeth may require more than a cleaning or whitening session. In these cases, you might consider covering these less attractive teeth with porcelain veneers to transform their appearance. As the name implies, veneers are a thin layer of tooth-colored, translucent porcelain custom designed for you and bonded permanently to the visible tooth.
While veneers can significantly change your smile, it can't fix every appearance problem. Some teeth require more extensive dental work, like a porcelain crown that completely covers a tooth, or dental implants to replace missing teeth. In more complex situations you may want to look at orthodontics to repair an unattractive bite, or plastic surgery to change the look of a gummy smile.
Keep in mind, though, many of such treatments take time: installing dental implants can take months and some orthodontic treatments, years. As soon as you can, you should discuss your smile appearance with your dentist and what can be done to enhance it in the time you have.
With the help of your dentist, orthodontist or other specialist, you can change your smile. And that, along with all your other preparations, will help make that once in a lifetime day even more special.
If you would like more information on undergoing a smile makeover, 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 “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”
People shouldn’t be able to tell just how much you love coffee whenever you smile.
Are you a professed coffee lover? Could you not imagine a morning without that cup of Joe? You aren’t alone. According to a 2015 Gallup poll, about 64 percent of US adults drink at least one cup of coffee a day. Of course, as you may already know, coffee can quickly turn a vibrant smile dull. Luckily, our Philadelphia dentists, Dr. Steve Gilbert and Dr. Carlos Velez, have your back with teeth whitening treatments.
While coming in for regular cleanings may certainly help remove those surface stains caused by what you drink or eat, if you really want to brighten up your smile then it’s time you talked to our Philadelphia cosmetic dentists about professional teeth whitening. During this cosmetic procedure, our bleaching agent can actually lighten the color of your teeth, giving you a more visibly whiter smile. Some people may even get a smile that’s up to 10 shades brighter in just one whitening treatment.
Caring for Your Whiter Smile
If you do decide to get professional teeth whitening, regardless of whether you choose to use our in-office system or our at-home trays, you’ll certainly want to keep your beautiful results for as long as possible. While simply brushing and flossing regularly can help to prevent yellow stains you may want to opt for whitening toothpaste, which can help prevent surface stains.
After your whitening session, you’ll want to be more careful about consuming coffee. After all, coffee does stain teeth and continuing to drink too much of it can affect your results; however, this doesn’t mean that you have to give it up altogether. If you brush after meals or at least rinse out your mouth after drinking coffee you can lessen the chances for dental stains.
Are you ready to take the plunge and get teeth whitening in Philadelphia? We know that the New Year often makes people eager to revamp their look. Turn to Gilbert Dental Care for all of your general and cosmetic dentistry needs. Talk to us about what whitening treatment is right for you.