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Posts for: May, 2017

By Dental Associates of Cumberland
May 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

You want to look your best for that once-in-a-lifetime moment — like your wedding day. It can also take time and effort: many people spend months losing weight or trimming up at the gym. But while you’re getting the rest of your body ready for the big event, don’t forget your smile.

The best approach is to make a plan that addresses your smile’s shortcomings — a “smile makeover,” if you will. And the best place to begin is with us, your family dentist. We’re already familiar with your dental health status, so we can advise you on what’s possible and best for you.

We can also provide many of the services that enhance smile appearance. If your teeth are relatively healthy and attractive, a thorough dental cleaning or a whitening application can revive your smile’s brightness just in time for the big day. And for minor defects like a chipped tooth or discolored old fillings, we can bond the latest tooth-colored materials to those unsightly areas. And any of these procedures can be performed in one visit.

Installing porcelain veneers is an effective way to restore more moderate tooth defects. These thin outer coverings with life-like color, shape and texture can effectively hide mild to moderate chipping, discoloration or slight gaps between teeth. Teeth with more extensive damage can be completely covered with a crown made of similar life-like materials. Either of these solutions could match the shape and color of nearby teeth.

By planning well enough ahead, you may also benefit from more extensive cosmetic changes. Missing teeth always pose a challenge, but there are a number of viable options: fixed bridges using adjacent teeth; various denture solutions, including implant-supported removable overdentures; and the dental implant, the rising star for dental restorations that replaces both the root and crown with a durable, life-like tooth. There are also orthodontic solutions for misaligned teeth (at any age!) and surgical procedures for gums that help restore lost tissue or correct a “gummy” smile showing too much of the gums.

Whatever your needs, there’s a way to make your smile more attractive. It’ll be all the more reason to display it confidently on your special day.

If you would like more information on smile transformations, 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 “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”

By Dental Associates of Cumberland
May 16, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Find out if your daily oral care habits are truly up to par or if they need a little revamping.oral hygiene

When it comes to brushing your teeth you’re a pro, right? How about flossing? Hmm, not as much, huh? Well, our Cumberland, RI, family dentist Dr. Angeles Felix can help change that all around by offering up these simple changes that will give you that healthy, cavity-free smile we know you want.

Brush Twice Daily

If you are brushing twice a day then this is great news! Of course, just brushing twice a day isn’t enough. You want to make sure that you are thoroughly brushing every surface of your teeth (and don’t forget about your tongue). Brush for at least two minutes and replace your toothbrush head every 3 to 4 months.

Flossing is Key

Even if you brush as often as you should you still need to floss. Flossing is the only way to really get in between teeth to remove plaque and food particles to prevent tartar buildup. While brushing may be able to dislodge some things, flossing is really the only way to prevent cavities from occurring between teeth.

Stay Away from Sugar

While sugar may just seem like the perfect way to get you through that afternoon slump, if you have a bona fide sweet tooth then you may just find yourself dealing with a rather expensive dental bill. Our Cumberland, RI, family dentist wants to ensure that you avoid cavities at all costs, and one easy way to do it is to ditch the sugar. You may crave that can of soda and or candy bar but opt for carbonated water and a handful of nuts instead. Sure, it doesn’t sound nearly as exciting but your beautiful smile will be the best consolation prize you can get.

Get Regular Teeth Cleanings

Even if you follow these guidelines and your smile looks and feels great, this doesn’t mean that you can just nix those biannual cleanings. Even someone who does a great job of brushing and flossing can still miss spots or accidentally skip a day, and by coming in for routine exams we can monitor the health of your teeth and gums and prevent gum disease and cavities from taking over.

If it’s time for your biannual cleaning then it’s the perfect time to call your family dentist at Dental Associates of Cumberland. Dr. Felix is always here to provide the very best in preventive dentistry right here in Cumberland, RI.

By Dental Associates of Cumberland
May 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.

What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.

For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.

Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.

Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.

So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”



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