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March 24, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: bonding  

Find out how this simple dental procedure could transform and preserve your natural smile.

About Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that uses a tooth-colored resin to improve your smile and to hide minor flaws and Bonding tooth problems. The resin used is the exact material used to fill a tooth after a cavity; however, dental bonding is a completely non-invasive and painless procedure that won’t require anesthesia, unless a cavity is present.

How Dental Bonding Saves Smiles

Dental bonding is a wonderful option for someone looking to make subtle changes to improve the overall appearance of their smile. Keep in mind that since this is a non-invasive and easy procedure, this is ideal for only minor alterations. More serious dental issues may need to consider other treatments like veneers or orthodontics.

Dental bonding can be used to cover these dental imperfections:

  • Small chips or cracks
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Minor overlapping
  • Small gaps between teeth
  • Stains and discolorations

Dental bonding is can also change the shape of a tooth, making shorter teeth appear longer or more appealing.

What to Expect During Your Dental Bonding Procedure

When you come in for dental bonding, the process only takes between 30 to 60 minutes a tooth. We will apply the resin to your tooth, which we can easily mold and shape to hide flaws and reshape the tooth. Once we have the ideal look, we will use a special light to harden the resin permanently to the tooth. We may still need to make some minor adjustments afterwards; however, the procedure is fast and painless. It’s also the most inexpensive ways to boost give your smile a boost!

If you are looking revamp your smile and make some small adjustments, then it might be time to consider dental bonding. Contact your Fenton cosmetic dentists, Dr. Thomas Kemlage or Dr. Andrew Kemlage at Kemlage Family Dentistry to schedule a cosmetic consultation for your smile.

By Thomas Kemlage DDS / Andrew T. Kemlage DDS
March 24, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Sometimes, we all need a bit of prompting to do what's good for us. When Serena Girardi, the 10-year-old daughter of New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, needed to have orthodontic treatment, she was a little nervous. To help lessen her anxiety, Girardi, then 45 years old, made a deal: if she got braces, then he would too.

“What I didn't realize,” said Girardi in an interview with ESPN, “is that she only had to get four on her front teeth and I got the full mouthful.”

But that didn't stop the baseball great from keeping up his end of the bargain. In a separate deal with his son Dante, who also needed braces, Girardi agreed to wear blue rubber bands. “It's a good look,” he said. What will he do if his third child needs braces? Stay tuned...

Whether it starts as a bargain with your kids or as a promise to yourself, orthodontic treatment can offer real benefits at any age. In fact, about one out of five orthodontic patients today is an adult. Studies have shown that up to three-quarters of all adults have some form of orthodontic problem, like drifting or crowding of teeth. And having a great-looking smile not only improves self-confidence, but can also boost an adult's social life, and even enhance his or her career opportunities.

If you or your child may need braces, but you're put off by the dreary metal hardware you remember from back in the day, take heart! Plenty has changed in the field of orthodontics since you were a teenager — and it's not just the color of the rubber bands.

In many cases, clear or colorless ceramic braces can be used instead of metal ones. These stain-resistant orthodontic appliances blend in well with your own teeth, making them much less evident. It may be possible for them to be placed on the lingual (tongue) side of the teeth, where they're even less visible.

Clear aligners offer an alternative to braces that's appropriate for some people. Aligners are a series of precision-made “trays” composed of polyurethane plastic. Worn 20-22 hours per day for a period of months, these appliances gradually move teeth into an improved position. Besides being virtually invisible, another advantage of these trays is that they may be removed for eating and for important occasions. Once recommended only for adults, they have recently become available to teenagers as well.

What's the best way to find out whether you or someone in your family could benefit from orthodontics, and which treatment option best suits your individual needs? Come in to our office for a consultation! After a thorough examination, we would be happy to recommend the most appropriate treatment methods for your particular situation.

If you have questions about orthodontic treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics For The Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”

By Thomas Kemlage DDS / Andrew T. Kemlage DDS
March 09, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   veneers  

With its life-like color and texture, dental porcelain can restore a smile marred by decayed or damaged teeth. This durable ceramic material not only matches the varieties of individual tooth colors and hues, its translucence mimics the appearance of natural teeth. But perhaps its greatest benefit is its adaptability for use in a number of different applications, particularly veneers and crowns.

Veneers are thin layers of dental porcelain laminated together and permanently bonded to cover the visible outer side of a tooth to improve its appearance. Crowns, on the other hand, are “caps” of dental porcelain designed to completely cover a defective tooth.

Veneers and crowns share a number of similarities. Both can alter the color and shape of teeth, although crowns are used when more extensive tooth structure has been damaged. They’re also “irreversible,” meaning the tooth must be altered in such a way that it will always require a veneer or crown, though on some occasions a veneer can require no removal of tooth structure and can be reversible.

They do, however, have some differences as to the type of situation they address. Veneers are generally used where the affected teeth have a poor appearance (chipped, malformed or stained, for example) but are still structurally healthy. And although they do generally require some removal of tooth enamel to accommodate them (to minimize a “bulky” appearance), the reduction is much less than for a crown.

Crowns, on the other hand, restore teeth that have lost significant structure from disease, injury, stress-related grinding habits or the wearing effects of aging. Since they must contain enough mass to stand up to the normal biting forces a tooth must endure, a significant amount of the original tooth structure must be removed to accommodate them.

Which application we use will depend upon a thorough examination of your teeth. Once we’ve determined their condition and what you need, we can then recommend the best application for your situation. But regardless of whether we install a veneer or crown, using dental porcelain can help achieve an end result that’s truly life-changing — a new, younger-looking smile.

If you would like more information on dental porcelain restorations, 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 “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”