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The 8 Dos and Don’ts of Getting a Hollywood Smile

We Reached Out To a Tooth Tech Expert To See What Tips And Tricks To Be Mindful Of When Taking The Pearly Plunge On a Whiter, Brighter Smile

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A sparkling set of pearly whites are often thought to be the secret behind the ultimate winning smile – not to mention Hollywood-esque good looks.

A recent study carried out by researchers from Leeds and Central Lancashire University revealed that when presented with 150 images of men and women, partakers chose those with the most evenly spaced, white teeth as the most attractive. When delving deeper into the reasons behind why this was, it was concluded that teeth are viewed as the human equivalent of a peacock’s tail – a sign of health and genetic quality designed to help choose a mate. And, having witnessed many a celebrity transformation thanks to a new set of bright white gnashers, we know the dazzling difference they can make.

Aside from the risk of wasting money on products which do not work, it is even more imperative to make the right decision, as many unlicensed treatments or products can put your oral health at risk, causing irreparable damage to your teeth and enamel.

1. Do Visit a Dentist

When considering undergoing teeth whitening, it is crucial that you visit a qualified and registered dentist. The UK General Dental Council has deemed that tooth whitening is the practice of dentistry and therefore it should only be carried out by appropriately trained and registered dental professionals.

It’s fine to use at-home treatments that are supervised by a dentist if the appropriate whitening gel is used as these can be very effective and convenient. However, beware of gels bought on the internet as at best they do nothing to improve the whiteness of your teeth, and at worst can be extremely acidic and harmful to your teeth.

2. Don’t Expect Miracles From Toothpaste

All toothpastes have a detergent-like effect on the surface of the teeth, and when combined with brushing will remove superficial stains, making the teeth feel and look cleaner. Whitening toothpastes are basically for stain removal and use either enzymes or mechanical particles to remove stains. They may be useful if you drink lots of tea, coffee and other stain-producing liquids and foods, but they do not whiten teeth.

3. Do Look At The Ingredientshollywood smile

In 2012, a change in EU regulations made sure that the maximum concentration of Hydrogen Peroxide allowed in whitening gel is 6%. If you are offered anything above this concentration, then it is illegal and you must not use it. Make sure to report any suspected illegal whitening practice to your dentist.

At Dentcare, we use the PrevDent power whitening; the treatment uses the standard 6% hydrogen peroxide to whiten your teeth, but the solution also contains tiny particles of the same mineral found in teeth and bones that give them their hardness and strength. These particles adhere to your tooth enamel and exposed dentin, filling in the lesions, restoring the enamel, reducing tooth sensitivity and creating a smoother tooth surface. PrevDent achieves very good results with a less aggressive ingredient and this results in far less sensitivity for the patient overall.

4. Don’t Forget Your Fillings

It is important to remember that when undertaking tooth whitening, only the natural tooth structure will change shade. Any pre-existing tooth coloured restorations, such as fillings, will likely no longer match the surrounding tooth and will need replacing. Ideally, you should whiten the teeth to your desired colour and then change the fillings to match. Before undergoing teeth whitening you should also choose a shade that will suit your face and not give you that unnatural Hollywood look. It is best to pick the shade that relates to your skin tone – using the shade of your sclera (white of your eyes) is a good guide.

5. Don’t Substitute Regular Visits To The Dentist With Oil Pulling

Oil pulling to whiten teeth and improve overall oral health has become increasingly popular with many celebrities endorsing the craze; however, there has been no evidence to date that this method works. Essentially, this technique involves swishing a tablespoon of oil around the mouth for 15-20 minutes; this then supposedly draws out toxins in your body and your mouth, improving your oral health and in turn, whitening teeth as stains are drawn out and removed.

If you are going to try this technique make sure you do not substitute it with your regular visits to the dentist as it will not reverse tooth decay or help extensively to whiten teeth. Some stains may be removed, but regular visits to the dentist are still essential and it is advised that whitening treatments must always be carried out by your dentist.

6. Do Be Aware Of Over-The-Counter Uv Kits

Although DIY kits bought over-the-counter claim to be safe, they can easily be used incorrectly and research has shown that they can lead to stomach problems, mouth infections, toothache, gum- shrinking and even nerve damage. Ideally It is best not to use these kits as you can also result in having spotted or patchy teeth due to an uneven spread of bleach.

Professional home whitening systems provided by your dentist are highly effective – however, products available on the high street do not contain enough active ingredient of Hydrogen Peroxide or Carbamide Peroxide to have any real effect on the tooth colour.

7. Don’t Use Whitening Strips More Than Once A Year

Teeth whitening strips are reasonably priced and easy to order, and if you have used them before you will notice a brighter and whiter smile. However, when used excessively these strips can cause damage and painful sensitivity to your teeth. You may also find that white spots occur on your gums which is not ideal; the strips themselves do not actually get into the crevices between teeth so you may also see uneven colour. If you are going to use whitening strips though then it is best to stick to the recommended usage of no more than one course a year.

8. Do Steer Clear Of Staining Foods After Whitening

There is no hard evidence that you need to avoid consuming coloured foods when teeth are whitened, however it is best to steer clear of foods that would stain a white ceramic bowl when left to sit in it for a few hours. Generally the biggest culprits for staining teeth that you should avoid straight after whitening are tobacco, black tea or coffee and red wine.

For more information about teeth whitening, then please contact the team: dentcarecenter@gmail.com, +971-4-4370111.

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What Are Dental Crowns And Tooth Bridges?

Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.

How do Crowns Work?

A crown is used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. These alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth. Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often used because it is both strong and attractive.

Your dentist may recommend a crown to:

  • Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment

How do Bridges Work?

A bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Your dentist can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.

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How are Crowns and Bridges Made?

Before either a crown or a bridge can be made, the tooth (or teeth) must be reduced in size so that the crown or bridge will fit over it properly. After reducing the tooth/teeth, your dentist will take an impression to provide an exact mold for the crown or bridge. If porcelain is to be used, your dentist will determine the correct shade for the crown or bridge to match the color of your existing teeth.

Using this impression, a dental lab then makes your crown or bridge, in the material your dentist specifies. A temporary crown or bridge will be put in place to cover the prepared tooth while the permanent crown or bridge is being made. When the permanent crown or bridge is ready, the temporary crown or bridge is removed, and the new crown or bridge is cemented over your prepared tooth or teeth.

How Long do Crowns and Bridges Last?

While crowns and bridges can last a lifetime, they do sometimes come loose or fall out. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown or bridge is to practice good oral hygiene. A bridge can lose its support if the teeth or bone holding it in place are damaged by dental disease. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by Brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily. Also see your dentist and hygienist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.

To prevent damage to your new crown or bridge, avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects.

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Teeth Whitening

One of the most attractive features of a person is their smile. When you are welcomed by a brilliant white smile, it grabs your attention.

Over time, your teeth will inevitably tend to age and become stained by foodstuffs, particularly by smoking and drinking coffee, tea and red wine. Teeth are porous and stains can become embedded within them, no matter how much you brush you cannot lift these stains out. The basic principle of how teeth whitening works is the specially formulated gel which is applied to the teeth oxidises against the tooth into tiny molecules which are smaller than the pores on the teeth. These molecules enter the pores and eradicate the staining. The gels can come in different concentrations for different types of whitening.

Through detailed research and development DentCare Clinic offers a range of teeth whitening gels for in clinic whitening and for at home whitening that will restore the natural color of your teeth, DentCare Clinic uses a proven effective method that:

• Gets the quickest and longest lasting results

• Gives you the most natural and brilliant white teeth

• Is safe and comfortable

Although whitening teeth has become popular recently, the idea is not new. Over time, many technical improvements have been made and the process has been thoroughly studied and safety-tested. Scientific articles have shown that the materials used to whiten your teeth are effective and safe. It does not change the structure of teeth; it merely makes them appear whiter and brighter.

The whitening procedure is not painful. Although some clients may experience slight tooth sensitivity, this usually disappears in a day or so. NO HEAT, NO NEEDLES OR DRILLS.

DentCare Clinic thoroughly recommends regular dental visits. If you have not had a dental check up in the last 6 months before treatment please visit your dentist for a check up and cleaning.

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Dental Crown

When explaining the treatment details of each of our virtual smile makeovers, we often suggest that either dental crowns or porcelain veneers might be used to create the results that we’ve illustrated in the case’s results.
And although it is true that they can both create the same cosmetic end result, these two types of restorations are very different and therefore have different applications.

What’s the difference between a dental crown and porcelain veneer?

Crown vs. Veneer

An illustration showing the difference between a porcelain veneer and crown.
A crown encases the entire tooth, a veneer just its front side.
A fundamental difference between veneers and crowns is how much of the tooth they cover over.

  • Crowns typically encase the entire tooth.
  • Veneers only cover over a tooth’s front surface (the side that shows when the person smiles).

Details about crowns.

As another major difference (and as our graphic illustrates), crowns are much thicker than veneers. Here’s the how and why in regard to that point.

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Dental crown placement requires a significant amount of tooth trimming.

When a dentist prepares a tooth for a crown, it’s reduced in size and shape to a tapered nub.

The idea is, when the crown is cemented, it becomes the new outer surface for the tooth. (That’s why a crown can be used to give a tooth a new color as well as a new shape.)

How much trimming is needed?

The amount of tooth reduction that’s required usually lies on the order of at least 2 millimeters (2 mm is just slightly more than one sixteenth of an inch). There can, however, be reasons why a dentist may need to trim even more in some areas.

This measurement is based on the fact that most crowns need to be at least 2mm thick. That varies however depending on the type of materials that it’s made out of (porcelain, metal or a combination of both). Generally speaking, less tooth reduction is needed for all-metal crowns.
Details from dental research:

We ran across a pair of studies (Edelhoff 2002, page references) that measured how much tooth structure was removed when different types of restorations were placed.

Using that data, it’s easy enough to understand how much more aggressive the act of placing a porcelain veneer is vs. a dental crown.

Crowns – A preparation for this type of restoration typically involves trimming away 63% to 76% of the tooth’s anatomical crown (the portion of the tooth that lies above the gum line).
Veneers – Minimal-prep porcelain veneers may only require 3% anatomical crown reduction. More extensive preparations may involve up to 30%.
This data as a general comparison – Crown placement typically involves 2 to 4 times as much tooth reduction as laminates.
The above data is for porcelain veneers (which are typically just placed on anterior (front) teeth and sometimes premolars), and all-ceramic and porcelain-metal crowns (placed on either front or back teeth).

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Dental Implants Procedure

Despite the progress in dental care, lots of people suffer from tooth loss. This is caused mostly due to tooth decay, gingivitis, gum disease or an injury. Not too long ago only bridges and dentures were available as the treatment options for people with missing teeth. Now, our dentists are well versed with the dental implants treatment.

Dental Implant Natural ToothWhat Are Dental Implants?

The dental implant, also called as endosseous implant or fixture, is fixed in the jaw or the skull in order to support any dental prosthesis like a denture, a crown or a bridge. It is also used to act as a facial prosthetic or orthodontic anchor. To add a prosthetic tooth, firstly an implant is fixed and since it is made up of titanium it osseointegrates to develop a permanent bond with the bone of the jaw or the skull. After the implant forms a bond, a prosthetic is added on top of it to act as a tooth.

Reasons for dental implants:

  • Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
  • Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
  • Restore a patient’s confident smile.
  • Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
  • Restore or enhance facial tissues.
  • Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.

How Successful Are Dental Implants?

Depending up on the jaw and the way the implants are placed the procedure can have a success rate of 98%.

Are you a good candidate for dental implants?

It is important to have healthy gums and jawbone to get implants. If your jawbone is too thin or weak it can easily break when the implants are to be fixed on your jaw. Also, excessively soft or weak jawbones may require a bone graft before attaching implants. If the bone is not high enough to fix an implant or if the sinuses are placed too close to one another, then a sinus lift is required.

What does getting dental implants involve?

The process of getting dental implants requires a number of visits to the dental implants dentist over several months.

X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for dental implants. While the area is numb, the dental implants will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate onto the bone for up to six months. Depending on the type of dental implants, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other dental implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.

After several weeks of healing, the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the dental implants, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.

You will receive care instructions from your dental implants dentist when your dental implants treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dental implants.

Advantages of using a single tooth dental implant over bridges

  1. A single tooth dental implant functions as well as looks like a real tooth, unlike in the case of a denture.
  2. It can easily replace one tooth without causing any harm to the health of the teeth neighboring to the tooth to be replaced.
  3. This procedure protects and preserves your bone as it replaces your tooth root by integrating with the jaw. Whereas when a bridge is used the bone that had been surrounding the tooth previously, begins to deteriorate.
  4. The long-term maintaining of a single tooth implant is easier and more feasible as compared to a bridge.
  5. A visible defect due to the receding of gums around a bridge becomes visible when the metal bridge or collar is exposed. The resorbed bone beneath the teeth can give a very unattractive smile and also, the cement underneath the bridge can wash away and lead to the decay of the tooth that is holding the bridge.

Procedure of placing the implant

  1. The screw-like implant is firstly placed in your jaw and it is then left for the next two to six months, depending on the patient, to bond with your jaw so that it can provide an anchor to the prosthetic tooth attached on top of it. During this period a fake tooth is placed on top of the implant for cosmetic purposes.
  2. In the second step, the implant is uncovered by the temporary tooth and a prosthetic is attached to it. In some cases, after the uncovering of the temporary tooth, the prosthetic is allowed to rest and heal for a few more weeks before attaching the permanent tooth. It varies from person to person, which procedure is better.
  3. The attachment of a replacement tooth over the implant through an abutment or a small metal post is done ar the end. After a small period of time, the tooth will be completely recovered and will not even feel like a prosthetic and be able to have normal functionality and aesthetic requirements.

Types of Dental Implants

Endosteal Implants – These implants are fixed on the jawbone directly using surgery. As soon as the surrounding gums heal, a second surgery is required in order to attach a prosthetic tooth to the posts of the implant which is protruding out of the gums. The secondary prosthetic can be attached singularly or in the form of a bridge of more than one teeth.

Subperiosteal Implants – Just below the gum tissue, a metal frame is fixed on the jawbone. The metal frame gets permanently fixed to the jawbone as the gums get healed and its posts protrude through the gums. Then, in a similar way to the endosteal implants, dental prosthetics are fixed on the posts.

Complications that may come

  • While the implantation procedure is performed, there are risks normal to surgery such as infection, necrosis or excessive bleeding. Also, anatomic structures close by to the spot where the implantation is done can be injured if not done carefully. This is why it is important to get a procedure done only by a certified dentist or orthodontist.
  • There is a risk of instability of the implant immediately after the surgery. But as time passes and the jawbone develops a bonding with the titanium implant, it gets sturdier and chances of instability decrease.
  • After the procedure, there is still a risk of infection and hence, antibiotics must be taken as per advised by your dentist.
  • There is a chance that excessive bleeding may be induced at the site of implantation. In such a case, you must rush to your doctor immediately.
  • There is a risk of flap breakdown or of the failure of integration process of the implant with the jawbone.

Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Dental Implants?

Depending on the insurance plan, coverage under your medical plan may be possible. However, dental implants are not covered by dental insurance at the moment. More details can be discussed with your dentist and the insurance provider.

Dental Implants at Dentcare Clinic Dubai:

We boast of a 100% success rate at our clinic. For patients seeking fast and high quality implant services, our implants are the clear choice.

Conventional dental implant process can take from 3 to 9 months and some times more in some cases. However, without our system and procedure, it can be completed in 3 appointments. With the state of the art equipment’s, highly skilled dental specialists who use latest technologies offer a speedy and much better alternative to the conventional procedure. The missing teeth can be replaced immediately by placing the implants directly into the available bone. With the use of angled, and/or max implant technology, is less likely to require bone grafting.

  • The dental implant process at Dentcare Clinic involves maximum three visits either in one day for single implants or maximum one week for multiple implants.
  • For multiple implants cases, on the very first appointment, the dental specialist will perform dental extractions of the damaged teeth and finish off the procedure by placing the implants.
  • The second appointment depending on complexity of each case, where the doctor will place the temporary fixed acrylic teeth.
  • The third and final appointment will be seven days later, when the final set of fixed permanent porcelain teeth are placed.
  • For single implant cases, the final permanent all-ceramic (porcelain) tooth, is delivered either on the same day or the following day.
  • All our implants have a ten year guarantee.

At Dentcare Clinic Dubai, the patients are assured of quality service provided by experienced professionals in a pain-free procedure. So opt for dental implants to replace your missing tooth and get that perfect smile back for a happier and more confident social life.

The patient will return for occasional check-ups over the next several weeks and months. After almost six months, when the gums have fully healed and the dental implants are fused to the natural bone, we will take new impressions of the patient’s mouth and prepare a final, stronger, permanent set of teeth adjusted to a perfect fit–at no additional cost. This helps ensure that the teeth will last for decades, and provide maximum support, beauty, and function to the patient.

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Dental Implants: Your Smile Savers

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Have you ever had a bad dream of having to show up in school or at work missing a front tooth? Waking up, do you remember how painfully embarrassing it was?

Losing a tooth (or teeth) can be a devastating blow — emotionally and professionally. It can easily damage one’s self-esteem in immeasurable proportions.

For most cases of missing tooth, dental implants are frequently the best treatment options. Denture wearers often complain of their dentures slipping or clicking or even getting loose. Dental implants won’t exhibit ‘funny’ sounds that would give away hints of wearing ‘false’ teeth.

A dental implant is a replacement for the root or roots of a tooth. Like tooth roots, implants are fused in the jawbone and are not visible once surgically placed. Implants are used to secure crowns, bridges or dentures in a variety of ways.

With dental implants:
  • Patients can eat anything without chewing difficulties.
  • Patients can smile without worrying about their teeth.
  • Patients can talk and laugh confidently without the fear of missing teeth being noticed, or dentures clicking, slipping or falling out.
  • Dental implants look and function like natural teeth, and the patient’s facial structure remains natural.
  • With proper care, dental implants have the potential of lasting a lifetime.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Anyone who has lost a tooth and is in good general and oral health is a good implant candidate. To support the implant, adequate bone in the jaw is needed. The best candidate has healthy gum tissues that are free of gum diseases.

Be sure to let your dental specialist know everything about your medical conditions as well as the medications (prescribed, OTCs and herbal drugs) you’re taking. Together, you and your dentist can work out the perfect treatment for you.

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