Is your smile duller than you would like? Good oral hygiene and cosmetic dentistry treatments offered by your Pasadena, TX, dentist, Dr. Kevin Gill can help your teeth sparkle.
Way to keep your smile bright
These tips can help reduce or prevent stains that dull teeth:
- Stay Away from Foods and Drinks That Cause Stains: Foods and drinks that contain dark pigments may be responsible for dullness. The pigments in these foods seep into tiny pores in tooth enamel and can't be removed simply by brushing your teeth. Coffee, tea, red wine, soft drinks, berries, ice pops, brightly colored candy, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, and other foods and beverages are often responsible for dental stains.
- Brush After Meals: Brushing after meals not only removes plaque but can also help you keep your smile looking its best.
- Use Whitening Toothpaste: Whitening toothpaste can help remove stains and prevent your teeth from looking dull or yellow. Look for a whitening toothpaste that features the American Dental Association seal. Use charcoal or other types of whitening toothpaste sparingly, as some products may erode your enamel, exposing the yellow dentin layer underneath.
- Use a Straw: Drinking beverages with a straw prevents stain-causing pigments from touching the fronts of teeth where stains are most noticeable.
What to Do If Your Smile Is Still Dull
Your dentist offers two cosmetic dentistry treatments that will brighten your smile. Professional teeth whitening breaks ups the pigments that cause stains with hydrogen peroxide, a natural stain remover. Whitening only takes about an hour in the Pasadena dental office. After your whitening session, your teeth will be considerably lighter. In fact, many people notice a three- to eight-shade improvement.
Veneers offer a longer-lasting whitening approach. Thin, tooth-shaped shells attached to the fronts of your teeth conceal your stained teeth. The shells are cemented to the fronts of teeth and made from an impression of your mouth. Veneers are extremely stain resistant. In fact, you continue to enjoy coffee, tea, cola, red wine without worrying about dulling your smile.
Would you like to brighten your smile with a cosmetic dentistry treatment? Call your dentist in Pasadena, TX, Dr. Gill, at (713) 947-0293 to schedule your appointment.
Teeth have a way of becoming a little duller as the years pass. Fortunately, your Pasadena, TX, dentist, Dr. Kevin Gill, offers two cosmetic dentistry options that can help.
How your teeth become stained
Some of the tastiest food and beverage choices are also the ones that stain your teeth. Every time you eat or drink foods that contain darkly colored pigments, your smile becomes a little more stained. Berries, soy sauce, ice pop, candy, sports drinks, coffee, tea, cola, red wine, and other foods and beverages contain the pigments.
The dark pigments in these foods and beverages enter tiny pores in your tooth enamel and don't budge no matter how well you brush your teeth. As these pigments build up, your teeth become increasingly dull.
Teeth whitening renews your smile quickly
Teeth whitening can keep your smile bright and white for several years. Best of all, you'll only need to make one visit to the Pasadena dental office to remove your stains. Your dentist uses professional-strength hydrogen peroxide gel to break up stain-causing pigments and whiten your smile.
Most people notice a three- to eight-shade improvement in their smiles after whitening. A whitening session can renew your smile in just about an hour and offers the least expensive way to brighten your smile.
Veneers offer a longer-term whitening your option
Veneers offer a long-lasting way to whiten your teeth. The plastic or porcelain shells are attached to the fronts of your teeth, the areas where dental stains are most noticeable. Veneers may be no thicker than a fingernail, but they provide a very effective way to keep stains out of sight. The restorations are made from an impression of your mouth to ensure that your veneers fit your teeth perfectly.
Veneers are stain-resistant and won't become dull even if you drink tea, coffee, or cola every day or eat foods that contain dark pigments. The restorations last 10 to 15 years or longer before they need to be replaced.
Whiten your smile with cosmetic dentistry! Call your dentist in Pasadena, TX, Dr. Gill, at (713) 947-0293 to schedule an appointment.
Dentures offer several options for replacing teeth. Partial dentures work great when you still have some of your natural teeth and only need to fill in the gaps where teeth are missing, while full dentures can replace a full row of teeth. Several types of full and partial dentures are available at our office in Pasadena, TX. Dr. Kevin Gill, our knowledgeable dentist, can recommend the right dentures meet your needs.
Benefits of Dentures
Dentures offer multiple benefits beyond restoring your smile. By replacing lost teeth, dentures help address many of the unwanted side effects that occur when teeth are missing. For example, facial sagging can occur when there are not enough teeth to support the muscles of the face. The way you speak can also be affected when teeth are missing. Speech can be altered when the tongue slips into the gaps where there are no teeth.
Another problem that stems from having missing teeth is that the remaining teeth can become worn down more quickly. When your smile is incomplete, existing teeth have to compensate for missing ones. As the remaining teeth take on the additional biting and chewing functions that would have been performed by the missing ones, the existing teeth endure more strain, wear, and tear. Restoring your smile with dentures helps alleviate such side effects.
Types of Partial Dentures
Partial dentures are worn when only some of the teeth along an arch need to be replaced. Partial dentures fill in the gaps between the patient’s natural teeth. Two types of partial dentures are used:
- Transitional Partial Dentures: Worn temporarily, these dentures make it possible to enjoy a full smile while waiting for the gums to heal from tooth extraction.
- Removable Partial Dentures: These dentures are worn long term and replace transitional ones. They are also more comfortable as they are made from a lightweight material.
Types of Full Dentures
Full dentures, or complete dentures, are worn when all of the teeth along an arch are gone. Three types of full dentures are available. At our office in Pasadena, TX, the dentist can help you select the right type for your needs. Types of full dentures include:
- Immediate Full Dentures: Similar to transitional partial dentures, these dentures are worn temporarily while while the gums heal from extraction. These dentures allow patients to immediately experience the benefits of having full set of teeth while waiting for permanent dentures.
- Conventional Full Dentures: Worn long term and are custom made for each patient to achieve the best possible fit. Over time, these dentures eventually conform to the mouth and fit even better.
- Implant-Supported Overdentures: These dentures are also worn long term but are held in place by several dental implants, which give the dentures added stability.
Between the different types of partial and full dentures, you have several tooth replacement options. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Gill to discuss your denture options by calling our office in Pasadena, TX, at (713) 947-0293.
Modern dentures can restore your smile, comfortably and easily. Today’s denture materials also offer a natural look that you will be proud to show to the world. Dr. Kevin C. Gill in Pasadena, TX, offers a wide range of denture services to help you have a new smile.
Choosing a denture is an important decision and you need to know the facts. These are just a few frequently asked questions and answers about dentures:
What are some of the benefits of wearing a denture?
Wearing a denture restores your full chewing function, which aids your digestion and your overall health. You also get to enjoy eating the foods you love, without worrying about chewing ability. Dentures also help restore your self-esteem and self-confidence by giving you an outstanding smile. Your smile is often what people notice first about you, and the right denture can help your smile get noticed. You may also look younger wearing a denture because dentures can restore the youthful contours in your face, an important part of a younger-looking face.
What is a partial denture?
A partial denture is designed to replace one or several missing teeth, but not an entire arch of teeth. Partials can be made in a sturdy, permanent conventional type, or a transitional, temporary partial if you are planning on dental implants at a later date.
What is a full denture?
A full denture is designed to replace an entire arch of teeth, upper or lower. Full dentures can be made as an immediate denture, which is placed immediately after your teeth are removed, or a conventional denture which is made after you have healed completely, at around 6 to 8 weeks. If you choose an immediate denture, a conventional denture can be made for you later, after your tissue has healed.
What is an implant-supported denture?
An implant-supported denture, which is also known as an over denture, is snapped in place over dental implants. The implants provide a strong foundation for the denture, and can help maintain bone structure, bone density, and a firm jawline.
These are just a few frequently asked questions and answers about dentures. Get to know more about dentures by calling Dr. Kevin C. Gill in Pasadena, TX. Don’t make this important decision alone! Call today at (713) 947-0293!
Find out who could benefit from getting teeth whitening from their Pasadena, TX, dentist.
Everyone wants a vibrant smile. Of course, everything from the foods and drinks we consume to the natural aging process can all have an impact on the color of our teeth. If you find that your smile is looking a little yellow and less than radiant then before, our cosmetic dentist in Pasadena, TX, Dr. Kevin Gill can help you achieve a brighter smile with the help of professional teeth whitening.
Get Fast, Visible Results
One of the reasons professional whitening treatment is far more effective and produces faster results than over-the-counter methods has to do with the strength of professional whitening gel. Whitening gel contains an active ingredient, such as carbamide or hydrogen peroxide, that is used to break up stain molecules for a whiter smile. Over-the-counter whitening gels contain a much smaller percentage of the active ingredient than professional whitening gels. This means that you will have to apply commercial whitening treatment more regularly and leave it on teeth for a longer period of time before seeing results.
Leaving it to the Professionals
Whitening treatment is safe and does not damage or weaken tooth enamel; however, whitening gel does have the ability to irritate gum tissue or even cause tooth sensitivity if used improperly. This is one reason to turn to our Pasadena, TX, cosmetic dentist for treatment. If you already deal with teeth that are a bit more sensitive to cold or hot foods or drinks, over-the-counter whitening treatment can increase sensitivity. By talking to us ahead of time, we can create a customized whitening treatment plan that can reduce the risk of gum irritation or hypersensitivity.
Home Whitening vs. Office Whitening
You can receive professional whitening treatment no matter whether you want to kick back in our dental chair or whiten at home. While chairside cosmetic dentistry will provide you with results in about 45 minutes, our at-home system can also give you amazing results with 1-2 weeks. For at-home whitening, our dentist will take molds of your teeth from which custom whitening trays will be made. Custom trays ensure more even results.
Interested in Cosmetic Dentistry? Give Us a Call
Whether you have questions about getting professional whitening treatment, or you are ready to find out if you are an ideal candidate for whitening, don’t hesitate to call our dental practice today at (713) 947-0293 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gill.
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