A bright, healthy smile requires routine maintenance, and sometimes, a cosmetic uplift. Dr. Melanie White and her team at Maple Grove Family Dental help patients achieve and keep great smile aesthetics. Get information about oral hygiene, nutrition and simple cosmetic treatments that optimize the appearance of your teeth and help you feel great when you smile.
It Starts at Home
Dr. White and her team say that the surest path to a bright, long-lasting smile is oral hygiene at home. The American Dental Association recommends that kids through adults in their senior years brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes with a soft brush and fluoride toothpaste. Daily flossing is a must as well. Practiced diligently, brushing and flossing keep enamel bright and decay-free. They also remove harmful plaque from tooth surfaces and gums, leaving smiles shining.
You are What You Eat
It’s an old saying, but so true. What you put in your mouth affects the health and appearance of your teeth and gums. Dr. White tells patients to limit sugars and starches and to strive for multiple servings of high-fiber breads and rolls, low-fat meats, fish and poultry and of course, fruits and vegetables. Dairy products contain calcium beneficial to tooth enamel and bone, and eight glasses of water a day keep tooth surfaces clean and stimulate saliva and its antibacterial enzymes.
While tobacco is not a food, it is something that goes into the mouths of many American teens and adults, causing oral cancers, dental and gum abscesses and stains. Smoking cessation gives smiles a new lease on dental health and aesthetics.
An Ounce of Prevention
When it comes to dental care, an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. Why restore a tooth when you can prevent it from having problems? So, Dr. White asks to see all her patients semi-annually for professional cleanings and oral check-ups. Cleanings remove plaque and tartar brushing and flossing miss. Plus, expert exams with Dr. White detect decay, gum disease, tooth alignment issues and even oral cancer at their earliest stages.
A Little Help Goes a Long Way
Dr. White offers many cosmetic dental treatments at Maple Grove Family Dental. Used singly or combined in a complete smile makeover, these aesthetic services simply make a healthy smile look better. After all, your smile presents you to the world around you. Why not make it look its very best?
Two of the most popular cosmetic dental services the dentist offers are:
- Professional teeth whitening Available in an at-home or in-office version, teeth whitening applies concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel to healthy teeth stained by coffee, tea, smoking, dark foods and the simple wear and tear of daily life. The in-office version improves tooth color by several shades in about an hour. The at-home version is more gradual but yields similar results.
- Porcelain veneers Permanently bonded to the front of teeth spoiled by small cosmetic defects such as chips, gaps and stains, veneers beautify the smile zone and make teeth stronger. They are custom-made from fine dental ceramic and take just two visits to Maple Grove Family Dental.
Maintain and Improve Your Smile
Partner with Dr. White and her staff for best smile. If you would like a cosmetic dentistry consultation, please contact Maple Grove Family Dental for an appointment. We look forward to seeing you smile!