Smiles for a Lifetime

Many of us don’t like the look of our teeth, whether it be the shape, the length or we may have damage such as cracking and chipping. There are ways to change the look of your teeth and here are a few options.

Dental re-contouring is a procedure also referred to as stripping, slenderizing, odontoplasty and enameloplasty.

Make your smile even more  beautiful with the help of Dr. Van Treese and cosmetic denistry.

Make your smile even more beautiful with the expertise of Dr. Van Treese and cosmetic dentistry.

This is where the dentist scrapes off small amounts of tooth enamel to change the shape of your teeth. Dental crowns are also a option when you have a cracked or damaged tooth. The crown or cap is placed directly over the tooth down to the gum line. Dental veneers or dental porcelain laminate can also be used over a damaged tooth. A veneer is a tooth-colored, wafer thin material that is bonded to the front of the tooth.

Another option to choose to mend a crack or chip is dental bonding. This is accomplished by the application of a durable resin that is placed on the surface of your tooth and becomes bonded with a special light.

With all of these options the best thing to do would be to call Dr. Van Treese at his Sidney, OH dental office to discuss your needs further.

There are several ways to help in the fight against tooth decay. One way is to have a thin, plastic coating applied directly to your premolars and molars.

Help protect your teeth with dental sealants.

Help protect your teeth with dental sealants.

This product is referred to as a dental sealant. This sealant acts as a barrier between the molars and food and germ particles that could otherwise lodge in your teeth. This liquid sealant bonds to the grooves and ridges in your molars and forms a protective shield. This sealant is usually not seen when a person smiles or talks.  Dental sealants can be clear, white, or slightly tinted.

The people who benefit most from the application of a dental sealant are children between the ages of 6 and 14. The reason for this is because these are the cavity prone years and the sealant is applied as soon as the molars come in. Adults, who do not have fillings or tooth decay, can also benefit from sealants. 

Dental sealants are a excellent protection against tooth decay and can last up to 10 years. Along with sealants you need to use a fluoride toothpaste regularly and drink tap water which also contains fluoride. Regular check-ups are also important in preventing cavities and also to check on any chipping or wearing that may occur on the sealants. Dr. Van Treese, at his Sidney, OH dental office would be happy to answer any other questions you may have on dental sealants. Fillings are not permanent so the use of dental sealants could save you time, money and the discomfort of tooth decay.

There have been many questions raised about the safety of amalgams, the silver-colored filling that contains mercury as well as other metals. The mercury, which is a toxic substance, is where the concern lies. Some people believe that amalgams may be responsible for such diseases as autism, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease.  


Amalgams and Tooth Decay

The American Dental Association (ADA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other public health agencies have looked into the mercury concern and found that there is no link between mercury-based fillings and disease. The causes of the aforementioned diseases remain unknown. In 2002, the FDA reconfirmed the safety of amalgams due to the fact that when the mercury is mixed with other metals, such as copper, tin, zinc and silver they form a stable alloy. There has also been a concern about the mercury vapor from the fillings but there is no evidence that this small amount has any effects on health. It is important to note that this alloy has been used to treat tooth decay for over 100 years. If you have any further questions regarding amalgams feel free to contact our Sidney, OH dental office.    

There is a slight possibility of a allergic reaction, but there have been fewer then 100 cases reported, according to the ADA. In these cases, mercury or one of the metals used in an amalgam restoration is thought to trigger the allergic response. The symptoms of a amalgam allergy are generally skin rashes and itching. People who have amalgam allergies may have a medical or family history of allergies to metals. Once an allergy is confirmed, another restorative material can be used.

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Even though these products do help to whiten teeth, you cannot find over-the-counter whitening toothpastes, gels or strips that will be able to be as effective as what you will receive from our dental office in Sidney, OH.

Even though these products do help to whiten teeth, you cannot find over-the-counter whitening toothpastes, gels or strips that will be able to be as effective as what you will receive from our dental office in Sidney, OH.

Many of our patients in Sidney, OH often as us about the variety teeth whitening products available for home use and what the effectiveness of these products are. Starting with whitening toothpastes and moving on to whitening gels and strips, we will take a look at these products and how well they work on teeth whitening.

Typical toothpastes contain mild abrasives. These abrasives work to help remove stains on the surface of teeth. With the variety of whitening toothpastes, these pastes may also contain polishing or chemical agents provide somewhat more effectiveness in getting stains removed from teeth. Whitening toothpastes only work on the surface of the teeth and they do not contain bleach.

Looking at other over-the-counter whitening products such as whitening gels and whitening strips, you will find that they typically contain an ingredient of such as hydrogen peroxide (a form of bleaching substance). Stain removal will go a little deeper into the tooth with hydrogen peroxide products and will also work on the surface of the tooth. Even though these products do help to whiten teeth, you cannot find over-the-counter whitening toothpastes, gels or strips that will be able to be as effective as what you will receive from our dental office in Sidney, OH. The professional grade bleaching we offer will be the most effective option in getting your the brightest and whitest smile available.

As far as color shades go, whitening toothpastes are effective up to about one shade lighter. Home use whitening strips and whitening gels contain a significantly lower level of peroxide than the professional grade products available in our dental office. Because of this low concentration in over-the-counter products, the desired effectiveness is also be much lower. Professional teeth whitening results from our office, depending on the individual patient can range from three to eight shades lighter.

Using over-the-counter products maybe convenient but having your teeth whitening done professionally by Dr. Van Treese will give you the benefit of his knowledge and supervision as well as his expertise in selecting the optimal whitening process for you. Dr. Van Treese will also keep a check your progress make sure you do not experience any kind of discomfort such as gum irritation.

For more information on teeth whitening can be found at the American Dental Association.