Posts for: December, 2016
The American marketplace usually offers us plenty of buying choices — sometimes it seems too many. A case in point: the toothpaste aisle at your local supermarket.
It can be a bit overwhelming with all the razzle-dazzle packaging and exciting claims of “Whiter Teeth!” or “Fresher Breath!” But toothpaste really isn't that complicated, if you keep in mind its primary goal: to help you with your toothbrush remove disease-causing plaque from teeth surfaces.
And the vast majority can, thanks to ingredients you'll find in just about every brand. All toothpastes, for example, contain some form of abrasive material that boosts the mechanical action of brushing to remove plaque. This isn't new: the ancient Egyptians used ox-hoof ashes, burnt eggshells and pumice as abrasives. Today you'll find hydrated silica (originating from sand), hydrated alumina or calcium carbonate as abrasives on the ingredient list.
You also need some form of detergent to help loosen and break down substances that won't dissolve in water. Toothpaste detergent is much milder than that which you use on your dishes. The most common is sodium lauryl sulfate, a foaming agent found in shampoo and other beauty products. It's been used safely for half a century in toothpaste, although it can irritate the inner linings of some people's mouths. If this is a problem for you, you should look for toothpaste with a different detergent.
There is also a myriad of other ingredients, including binders, humectants (which help the toothpaste retain moisture) and flavorings. You may also find bleaching agents that help brighten your teeth, although they may not be strong enough to remove deep staining, something we would need to help you with.
And let's not forget one other frequent ingredient: fluoride. This natural chemical strengthens enamel and helps fight tooth decay as part of a disease prevention strategy. It's perhaps the most valuable ingredient you'll find in toothpaste, so make sure it's in your chosen brand.
If you want to simplify your decision, choose toothpaste with the seal of acceptance from the American Dental Association. The seal indicates the claims of the toothpaste manufacturer have been independently verified. You can trust those brands to help keep your teeth clean and free from disease. In the end, that's really what you want from your toothpaste.
If you would like more information on the right toothpaste for you, 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 “Toothpaste: What's in it?”
If you want to give your smile a makeover, find out how cosmetic dentistry could help.
You want a smile that lights up a room and makes people notice. Of course it’s a bit challenging to do that when you have stains or other imperfections that are keeping you from the smile you’ve always wanted. Luckily, our Clifton, NJ dentist, Dr. Toan Bui, understands your frustrations, which is why we offer an array of different cosmetic dentistry options from which to choose.
If you want to brighten your teeth and remove stubborn stains quickly then whitening might just be the perfect treatment for you. Our professional whitening systems can get smiles several shades whiter in one hour or less. Imagine coming into our office and leaving with a completely radiant smile? Nothing is more effective at removing stains and whitening your smile.
If discolorations, chips, cracks or gaps between teeth are frustrating you then it might be time to consider how dental veneers can help. Our Clifton, NJ cosmetic dentist will remove some tooth enamel and then bond these thin porcelain shells to the front of your teeth. You could get a Hollywood smile with this simple procedure. Of course, because some tooth enamel is removed this procedure is not reversible.
If the idea of getting veneers is appealing but the fact that is isn’t reversible makes you nervous then you may want to turn your attention to Lumineers, the ultra thin version of dental veneers that can address the same cosmetic flaws but without needing to remove enamel. This way, if you decide in the future that you no longer want veneers we can remove them.
If small cracks, chips or stains have you down you may worry that you’ll need serious cosmetic dentistry in order to treat these problems but if they are minor this simple non-invasive treatment may be all you need. By applying a tooth-colored resin over the flawed region and then hardening it with a laser we can fix flaws in no time.
Sometimes called tooth reshaping, this technique involves removing very tiny amounts of enamel to help improve the shape or length of one or more teeth. This procedure often goes hand-in-hand with dental bonding. This procedure is non-invasive, painless and won’t require anesthesia since enamel removal is minimal. This is a great option for someone dealing with excessively pointy teeth.
Transcendental, LLC in Clifton, NJ is ready to help you get the smile you know you deserve. Call us today to book your consultation with us and get one step closer to a beautiful smile.
When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.
"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."
As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.
For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.
If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.
If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”