Eat Your Way to a Whiter Smile

One of the most common things dental patients want is to get a whiter smile. Thanks to everyday things like our morning cup of coffee or tea, or the occasional glass of red wine, our teeth are constantly exposed to foods and drinks that can easily cause them to become dull or discolored. However, your dentist in Reno also knows that there are things you can eat and drink that can actually help improve the appearance of your smile. Let’s check out a few.

Broccoli
We know that broccoli may not be the most popular choice of vegetables, but it’s first on our list of smile whitening foods for a reason. In fact, broccoli can help improve the look of our teeth in two ways. First, the texture of raw broccoli essentially acts as a gentle scrubber and can effectively rub off surface stains. Additionally, broccoli is loaded with iron which, according to research by the European Journal of Dentistry, can protect tooth enamel from acid and keep it from wearing away. This can keep enamel tough, strong, and looking as white as ever.

Apples
Switching from veggies to fruits, apples provide similar benefits to broccoli. Raw apples, in particular, also rub away stains as we chew them thanks to their crunchy texture. Apples also contain malic acid — an enzyme that has been linked to increased saliva production. Increased saliva neutralizes acid, protects enamel, and can wash away loose stains.

Pineapple
Another fruit that can help with tooth stains is pineapple. This delicious fruit is loaded with bromelain. Bromelain is known to help with inflammation and is a natural cleanser. In fact, the International Journal of Dental Hygiene conducted a study that concluded that bromelain can safely and effectively remove tooth stains.

Cheese
Dairy foods and drinks, including yogurt, milk, and cheese are great for oral health as well as tooth staining. Foods in this food group contain a trifecta of good stuff like calcium, vitamin D, and lactic acid. The calcium and vitamin D help keep tooth enamel strong, which also helps keep teeth looking white. The lactic acid, on the other hand, is really great at fighting off bacteria and decay. Just like broccoli and apples, hard cheeses can also scrub away surface stains.

Water
The last thing and perhaps the most important thing that you can do to protect your oral health and keep your teeth white is to drink plenty of water,  and choose water over other beverages whenever possible. Water helps to neutralize the acid that can attack enamel, and is also really effective at rinsing away food particles. If these particles aren’t removed quickly they can lead to decay and cavities, and, in turn, tooth discoloration.

If you’re one of the many people who wish that they had a whiter smile, try getting a good dose of the foods above. It’s important to note, however, that while these foods can help whiten teeth, they may only be effective on minor surface stains. Deeper tooth staining may require a visit to your dentist in Reno. Some stains are tougher than others, and your dental team will be able to recommend the best smile whitening treatment for your specific case. Don’t worry, there are many options available –  from professional teeth whitening to cosmetic dentistry – that can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.

All About Orthodontics

At our dental office in Reno, we’re honored to take care of your family’s smiles. From regular cleanings, fillings, and restorative dentistry, we’re here to ensure healthy grins all around. But what happens if your teeth are crooked or overlap? Is it something to worry about? The truth is, if teeth aren’t straight and lined up correctly, we may recommend orthodontics — and for good reasons. 

Straight Teeth Are Healthier Teeth

Having a set of straight teeth can directly affect both dental health and mental health. Unfortunately, too many people are worried and bothered by crooked teeth-  which can keep them from laughing and smiling with confidence. Getting a straighter smile can transform someone’s self-esteem and boost confidence. 

Crooked teeth are also more difficult to clean properly due to the overlapping and overcrowding. When we aren’t able to properly brush and floss our teeth, our risk for decay, cavities, and even gum disease increases. If not treated quickly, these dental problems can lead to more serious concerns or need for advanced treatment, such as a root canal, fillings or a crown, and even tooth loss.  

Orthodontic issues may also lead to advanced oral health problems as well as whole-body concerns. A smile with uneven teeth can make breathing difficult and could eventually lead to sleep apnea, which is a serious problem. Many sleep apnea sufferers actually stop breathing several times a night! This alone has been linked to constant sleepiness and poor concentration at school or work. Additionally, a misaligned smile may make chewing difficult, contribute to digestive problems, and even diminish bone density in the jaw.  

Straight Teeth May Still Need Orthodontics

The main goal of orthodontics is usually to create a symmetrical, straight smile. However, there are times when a visibly straight grin still needs orthodontics. Why? The bite, or the way the teeth come together, may be off. This is known as malocclusion or a “bad bite.” If left untreated, a misaligned bite could result in pain and long-term complications. It’s best to get an evaluation from your dentist in Reno so that any potential problems are caught and treated before they have a chance to turn into large issues including:

  • Increased risk for chipped teeth
  • Speech impairment in kids
  • Severe headaches
  • Damage to tooth enamel

What Causes Crooked Teeth in the First Place?

Even though crooked teeth are incredibly common, no one thing causes them. Some of the things that can contribute to a crooked smile include: 

  • Poor habits as a child such as thumb sucking
  • Early tooth loss before an adult tooth is ready to erupt
  • A small jaw
  • Facial injury
  • Genetics
  • Mouth breathing
  • Incorrect tongue posture

If you’re unhappy with your smile or are unsure whether you or a family member could benefit from orthodontic treatment, call your Reno dentist for a checkup. Dentists are trained to identify whether a crooked grin may be troublesome and will be able to recommend the best orthodontic treatment for your individual case. 

Does A Chipped Tooth Need Cosmetic Or Restorative Work?

Your chipped tooth may be unpleasant to look at, but is the problem also a threat to your oral health? Relatively minor dental injuries can lead to some confusion. While you may be aware of its effects on your smile, it can be hard to know how much damage a relatively small chip has done to your tooth. Your Reno, NV dentist’s office can provide an examination, and determine what course of action is appropriate. They can let you know if a tooth is only in need of cosmetic dental work, or if the damage needs to be addressed through restorative dental treatmentContinue reading “Does A Chipped Tooth Need Cosmetic Or Restorative Work?”

Taking Care Of Those Unsightly Smile Flaws With Veneers

There are a number of different problems that can make a person reluctant to show off their smile. The presence of chips or cracks, developmental flaws, and discoloration can cause embarrassment and frustration. Fortunately, your Reno, NV dentist’s office can provide cosmetic smile care that addresses these different issues. When an individual wants to correct multiple issues, and ensure lasting improvements, porcelain veneers can be recommended. When you use porcelain veneers to address smile flaws, you can hide many superficial concerns with just one procedure. Your dentist can talk to you about what to expect from veneers, or any other cosmetic procedure, during a consultation. Continue reading “Taking Care Of Those Unsightly Smile Flaws With Veneers”

Quiz: Solving Smile Concerns With Cosmetic Treatment

Are you stuck with those frustrating flaws that negatively affect your smile? With the right cosmetic dental procedure, you can see impressive changes to the way you look. Your Reno, NV dentist offers multiple treatments, and can help you find one that gives you the kind of results you would love to show off. While different individuals will have their own concerns, patients generally come in seeking help with problems like dental discoloration, damages, or teeth that appear to be misshapen, or poorly aligned. If you know you want to make changes, but feel unsure of what would be helpful, schedule a consultation to learn more. Your dentist can connect you to the right procedure – if your problems are related to dental health, they can talk to you about how the right restorative treatment can have benefits for your smile, and your oral health. Continue reading “Quiz: Solving Smile Concerns With Cosmetic Treatment”

Professional Whitening Treatments Can Yield Better Results

If you made attempts to improve the color of your teeth with store bought whiteners, or a toothpaste claiming to improve smile color, you may be dissatisfied by the results. These products can help by removing staining particles from the surface of your teeth, while leaving behind stains that have settled deeper into your enamel. To address stubborn discoloration, a professional whitening treatment can offer better results. Your Reno, NV dental office can provide you with cosmetic care that will deliver an improvement by many shades. You can select an at-home whitening treatment, or you can have a procedure done in the office. Either option can deliver results that see your smile improve by eight to ten shades! Continue reading “Professional Whitening Treatments Can Yield Better Results”

Fitting In A Bonding Treatment Before An Important Event

Would you like to make cosmetic improvements to your smile before that important event, but feel you will not have the time to make your desired changes? If you want to look your best before a class reunion, job interview, or other significant event, you may be able to see remarkable changes in less time than you expect. When you inquire about a dental bonding treatment, you can learn how your dentist can fix a variety of tooth problems with a procedure that can be completed in just one appointment! Dental bonding involves the application of composite resin to a tooth in need of esthetic improvement. That material, which is also used for dental fillings, can bond to the tooth, and hide problems like discoloration, damage, and other abnormalities that draw unwanted attention. Continue reading “Fitting In A Bonding Treatment Before An Important Event”

Porcelain Veneers Put Amazing Smile Changes Within Reach

How many positive cosmetic changes can you make when you have porcelain veneers affixed to your teeth? With this single procedure, it becomes possible to make a stunning smile transformation. The first step in the process will involve taking measurements to determine the size for your veneers, and preparing your smile for their placement. When these custom cosmetic restorations are ready, your dentist will permanently bond them over the front of your teeth, where they will cover up whatever issues might be affecting the way you look. Modern cosmetic dental work can do amazing things for your smile. If you want to find out what approach is the right one for you, arrange a time to discuss your interest with your dentist. Continue reading “Porcelain Veneers Put Amazing Smile Changes Within Reach”

Restoring Your Smile When You Have Several Dental Issues

If you need to do something about a cavity, you can schedule an appointment for the necessary restorative dental care. If you need to do something about several dental problems, you may be intimidated by the level of care you assume your smile requires. This is particularly true if you are dealing with advanced tooth decay, or other dental problems, like tooth loss. Fortunately, your dentist is prepared to work with you to address many different problems. Our practice proudly provides comprehensive dental care, meaning you and your dentist can create a plan for restoring your smile, and you can enjoy that care all under the same roof!  Continue reading “Restoring Your Smile When You Have Several Dental Issues”

How Long Will It Take To Make Notable Smile Changes?

When you look at your smile, and picture how you would like your smile to look after addressing dental flaws, you may imagine a considerable time gap between the present, and that vision. This can be especially true if you are interested in making many different changes. Fortunately, cosmetic dental procedures are able to make considerable changes in relatively little time. One way your dentist can help is by placing porcelain veneers on your teeth. When veneers are used to make cosmetic corrections, you can have a smile makeover complete over the course of just two appointments. Our practice is proud to offer many cosmetic procedures, and we can help you make sure you have the opportunity to show off a smile that you are truly excited to share! Continue reading “How Long Will It Take To Make Notable Smile Changes?”