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    26Jun

    Once you’ve decided that you’re ready to improve the appearance of your smile, it’s time to start thinking about treatment options. When you’re evaluating cosmetic dentistry solutions, you want to make sure that you’re thinking about all of the ways in which a treatment does or does not meet your needs. Keep reading to learn more about what our Cheney cosmetic dentists consider when crafting a treatment plan for our patients.

    Ideal Timeline

    Sometimes patients come into our office with a specific treatment deadline in mind. Maybe they’re getting ready for a special event, like a wedding or a reunion, and they want their smile to look fresh and healthy. If you are looking to achieve results in a limited period of time, please let our dental team know—we can help you with fast, sometimes same-day, treatments.

    Range of Cosmetic Goals

    If you’re just trying to address one cosmetic issue, say, stained teeth, you’ll have a number of treatment options from which to choose. If, on the other hand, you’re wanting to address multiple cosmetic issues at once, you may benefit from a more comprehensive, transformative aesthetic solution, like porcelain veneers. The treatment you ultimately choose needs to meet all of your needs.

    Post-Treatment Maintenance

    Different cosmetic treatments actually require different levels of post-care follow-up in order to maintain results. Professional dental whitening, for example, needs to be repeated every once in a while, in order to keep enamel looking white and fresh. Cosmetic veneers, on the other hand, are naturally stain resistant.

    If you feel overwhelmed by all of the information available about cosmetic dentistry treatments, you are certainly not alone. Our Cheney cosmetic dentists are here to help you gather, organize, and process all of this data. Give us a call to get started by scheduling your personal consultation with our team!

    12Jun

    More and more patients are coming to our Cheney dentists with questions about acid erosion. As this dental problem becomes more well-known, and there are more oral hygiene products formulated to treat it, patients want to make sure that they are doing what they can to protect their smiles. Our dental team has put together this short explanation of acid erosion—how it develops and how you can safeguard your smile. Let’s get started!

    Your dental enamel is the outermost layer of your tooth, and it is designed to protect inner tooth layers from damage and sensitivity. However, dental enamel isn’t indestructible. When your enamel comes into contact with acidic substances, it is temporarily softened. At this point your tooth is at risk of becoming damaged, and your enamel is at risk of thinning.

    To protect your teeth, you want to make sure that you do not brush your teeth for at least twenty to thirty minutes after acid exposure. It takes this long for your enamel to balance out and become less porous. In the meantime, you can rinse your mouth with water, as this will minimize the amount of acid sitting on your teeth, and it will prompt your body to produce saliva.

    Once you understand the mechanics of acid erosion, you can also take steps to limit the amount of time that your enamel is soft and vulnerable. The best way to do this is consume acidic substances in specific, time-limited sittings, rather than eating or drinking throughout the day. This simple tweak to your routine will minimize the amount of time that your enamel is at risk.

    As always, our Cheney dentists are happy to give you any additional information that you may need about acid erosion, and oral health in general. Please feel free to give us a call to learn more and to schedule a personal consultation!