Can I Whiten My Crowns

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Crowns are used to restore damaged or decayed teeth. They can also whiten teeth that are discolored due to that damage or decay. But can you whiten crowns down the road? Here’s a closer look at what crowns are and whether you can whiten them.

What Are Crowns?

A crown is a tooth-shaped cover that fits snugly over a damaged or decayed tooth. Crowns are also known as caps. They can be made of many different materials including ceramic, porcelain, zirconia, and metal. They are meant to last at least seven years, but they usually last much longer than that.

Why Are Crowns Used?

Crowns are necessary in situations where a tooth is so badly damaged that it cannot be fixed with a filling. They serve to hold together parts of a cracked tooth, hold a bridge in place, and cover misshapen and even discolored teeth.

What’s the Procedure for Placing Crowns?

If you’ve come in for an appointment and we’ve determined crowns are the best course of treatment for you, we’ll first assess the damage or decay of the tooth. If you are getting a crown placed because of decay, we’ll need to remove the affected tooth structure. Depending on how severe the dental issue is, we might have to perform a root canal procedure. If there isn’t much of the tooth is remaining, we may need to build up a foundation to support the crown.

Once the tooth is free of the decaying material and is structurally sound, we’ll file down the tooth slightly so that the crown can fit over it. We’ll then take an impression of the tooth and send it to a lab to make the replacement. This may take a couple of weeks, so we’ll provide you with a temporary crown in the meantime. When your permanent crown is ready, we’ll call you back in to see us. We’ll remove your temporary crown and fit the permanent one over your tooth to make sure it’s the right fit. We can make any adjustments that you need during this appointment. Finally, we’ll bond the crown in place and make sure the look and fit are natural.

Can I Whiten My Crowns?

Now that you know what crowns are made of and how we place them, let’s talk about teeth whitening and your crowns. You cannot whiten crowns because the materials used to make them do not whiten like natural teeth. However, the crown itself can be made into any shade that you’d like when the lab makes it. If you think your crowns need to be brighter, make an appointment with us and we can discuss creating new crowns that are as white as you desire.

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At What Age Should My Child Have an Orthodontic Evaluation?

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It’s not uncommon for tweens and teens to need braces. And since the headgear of the past is long gone, they’re usually less averse to the idea of orthodontia. But when should your child have an orthodontic evaluation? We recommend bringing your child in once their permanent teeth start erupting. That doesn’t necessarily mean your child will leave with a shiny set of braces, but it does allow us to start keeping an eye out for potential problems.

Benefits of Early Teeth Straightening

The most ideal time for children to get braces is between the ages of 10 and 14. At this point, their head and mouths are still growing and developing. Teeth are more likely to take to the straightening process during this time. Of course, people can get braces at any age, but there are benefits to straightening teeth earlier rather than later.

  • Influence jaw growth and bite
  • Lower trauma risk if front teeth are protruding
  • Correct harmful habits (thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, etc.)
  • Improve aesthetics of face and teeth
  • Help permanent teeth move into better positions

Orthodontic Evaluations for Kids

If you notice any of the following in your child, it may be time for an orthodontic evaluation:

  • Difficulty chewing
  • Breathing through mouth
  • Crowded or misplaced teeth
  • Jaw position that is too far back or forward
  • Front teeth not meeting, or meeting abnormally
  • Teeth grinding or jaw clenching
  • Facial appearance that seems unbalanced

When your child comes in for an orthodontic evaluation, we take X-rays and go over any potential problems we see with their tooth eruption and mouth development. We discuss our suggested treatment plan with you so you can talk it over with your child. It’s important to go over the idea of braces with your child since they will be the one wearing the braces for years.

Braces aren’t nearly as big a deal as they used to be, but it can still be hard to decide if the time is right for your child to have an orthodontic evaluation. If you’re unsure, give Paris Mountain Dental a call. One of our team members will gladly discuss your concerns, answer any questions you have, and help you schedule a convenient consultation appointment.

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Porcelain Veneers Process: What to Expect?

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Have you found yourself wishing you could change your smile? Maybe you’ve heard that porcelain veneers can give you a whole new smile, but you’re not sure exactly how they work. We’ve broken down exactly what you can expect, appointment by appointment, to help you prepare for this permanent change to your smile.

Consultation

Before we even begin your treatment, we bring you in for a consultation. At this meeting, we go over your goals for your smile – do you want to cover up chips, close a small gap, or make multiple drastic changes? – and work with you to design your dream smile. We build this dream smile in our computer software so we can send this to our dental lab. The lab will use our design to create your veneers. At your consultation, we also talk with you about your expected costs and your payment options.

First Appointment: Preparation

When you come in for your first appointment, which is often grouped with your consultation, we start the process for getting you your dream smile. In addition to the smile design we create together, we also make sure that the lab has accurate impressions of your teeth. We want your veneers to fit great, so these impressions are vital. In order to take impressions that will allow your veneers to fit snugly and blend in with your surrounding teeth, we have to remove some enamel. Removing the enamel ensures that once we’ve bonded your veneers to your teeth, they don’t feel too bulky or stand out too much. After removing the enamel and taking impressions, we usually fit you with temporary veneers to keep your teeth protected until your permanent veneers are ready.

Second Appointment: A New Smile

When your veneers are back from the lab, we bring you in for the placement appointment. After removing the temporaries, we test the fit to make sure everything feels comfortable and your new look is what you pictured. Once we’re all satisfied, we bond the veneers to your teeth and you’re all set! We send you home with care instructions but know that after a day or two, you can get back to your normal dental hygiene routine. Brush and floss like normal – your veneers will stay in place and last for years to come.

The porcelain veneers process is actually very simple, and we think you’ll love the results. Contact us to schedule a veneers consultation and see what we can do to give you a smile you can’t wait to show off.

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Do Dental Implants Feel Natural?

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One of the first questions we get during a dental implants consultation is, “Will they feel like my natural teeth?” Implants are the preferred tooth replacement options because, unlike dentures, they give wearers the most natural look and feel. But just how natural do they feel?

What Are Dental Implants?

In order to get a grasp on how implants feel, it’s important to understand what a dental implant actually is. If you are missing a tooth – whether because of a dental trauma or because you’ve had it extracted – a dental implant serves as a replacement for the tooth root. It consists of a titanium screw placed into the jaw bone and a post. The titanium is biocompatible, which means that it can fuse with bone and become a solid foundation for the screw and restoration that goes on top. The restoration part of the implant is a dental crown, bridge, or denture, depending on how many teeth you need replaced.

How Natural Do Implants Feel?

Because a dental implant is replacing a missing tooth, you don’t have any feeling in the implant itself. Any feeling you have comes from the surrounding gum tissue. That means that the implant doesn’t feel exactly like your natural tooth. With your natural teeth, you have tooth roots that have nerves that feel sensations – heat, cold, pressure, etc. An implant can’t feel these things because there aren’t roots or nerves. You have to rely on the nerves in the surrounding gum tissue to provide the sensation for the missing tooth. Other than that, though, a dental implant looks and functions just like natural teeth. We can design them to blend in perfectly with surrounding healthy teeth, and you care for implants just like you do the rest of your teeth. Once you’ve had your implant for a few weeks, we bet you’ll hardly notice a difference!

Still have questions about dental implants? Give us a call or schedule a consultation using our online form. Dr. Ghimire is a skilled implants dentist, and she can walk you through the entire process and answer any questions you might have. Let us give you a beautiful new smile!

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Should You Visit a Dentist or Orthodontist for Braces?

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Did you know you don’t need to see an orthodontist if you want braces? At Paris Mountain Dental, we provide complete orthodontic treatment for all our patients in Travelers Rest.

You Don’t Have to See an Orthodontist

There is no need to see a specialist if you want to have your orthodontic treatment done with your regular dentist! Dr. Ghimire has completed the requirements for The American Orthodontic Society’s Comprehensive Orthodontic Education and she is certified in Invisalign®, giving her the ability to offer orthodontic treatment without banding.

Braces for All Ages

You don’t need to be a teenager to correct your smile. In fact, many adults choose to get braces later in life, and some even opt for Invisalign. Dr. Ghimire is trained to not only address all of your general and restorative dentistry needs, but she is also experienced in creating a braces treatment plan and timeline to straighten your smile. Whether you decide to go with traditional metal braces or choose Invisalign aligner therapy, we have everything you need to get a beautiful and attractive smile.

Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment from Your Family Dentist

Seeing your dentist for your orthodontic treatment has numerous benefits. You can keep all your appointments under one roof, plus Dr. Ghimire will already know your medical history and will be able to develop a treatment plan that is just right for you.

Another benefit of seeing Dr. Ghimire for getting your braces is being able to see your general dentist at the same time of your orthodontic treatment. This means all of your appointments are in one place, and if during your orthodontic appointment, we notice another small issue, we can take care of it right there if there is time. Plus, you can make back-to-back appointments, so you don’t have to drive all over town for your oral health care.

We want you to have a beautiful smile that you’re confident about and you feel good about showing off. Make a consultation with Dr. Ghimire today to find out how braces or Invisalign are right for you. Schedule an appointment with our friendly staff today by giving us a call or booking online!

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Professional In-Office Teeth Whitening vs. Take-Home Kits

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Let’s face it: most of us wish that our smile was at least a little whiter. Maybe you’ve tried whitening toothpastes or mouthwashes, or even over-the-counter whitening kits and strips. But if those haven’t given you the results you’re looking for, consider professional whitening treatments. At Paris Mountain Dental, Dr. Ghimire offers both in-office whitening and take-home whitening kits. If you’re wondering which option is best for you, read on to learn a bit more about each.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

At our Travelers Rest dental office, we offer ZOOM!® in-office whitening. This is a powerful whitening option for patients looking for a dramatic change. In fact, ZOOM! can brighten your teeth up to 8 shades in just an hour – that’s something to smile about!

What’s even better is that we handle the whole process for you. Just make an appointment, come in, and relax in the dental chair. We take care of the rest. Once we’re all finished – the whole appointment takes about an hour – you’ll want to show everyone how beautifully white your smile is.

Take-Home Whitening Kits

Busy schedule keeping you from making that whitening appointment? We may have a great solution in our custom take-home whitening kits. After a quick appointment to get molds of your teeth, we have trays made that fit your teeth perfectly. You’ll also get professional-strength whitening gel. Then you can whiten at home on your own schedule, making it more convenient than ever to get professional whitening results.

Which Is Best for You?

This really depends on your needs, schedule, and budget. Both give you great results, but if you experience tooth sensitivity, take-home kits might be a better option because they give you the ability to manage how much gel you use and how often. For patients who want to get quick results, say over their lunch break, our in-office whitening is a perfect option because the appointment is quick. And depending on your budget, our flexible financial options can help make sure a beautiful smile is affordable.

If you’re ready to stop hiding a yellow smile anytime anyone says, “Say cheese!” give our team at Paris Mountain Dental a call. We can help you decide which whitening option is best for you, so you can start showing off a beautifully white smile!

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