The 2019 Grammy Awards was a star-studded night packed with memorable performances. One standout came from the young Canadian singer Shawn Mendes, who sang a powerful duet of his hit song "In My Blood" with pop diva Miley Cyrus. But that duo's stellar smiles weren't always quite as camera-ready as they looked that night.
"I had braces for four and a half years," Mendes told an interviewer not long ago. "There's lots and lots and lots of photo evidence, I'm sure you can pull up a few." (In fact, finding one is as easy as searching "Sean Mendes braces.")
Wearing braces puts Mendes in good company: It's estimated that over 4 million people in the U.S. alone wear braces in a typical year—and about a quarter of them are adults! (And by the way: When she was a teenager, Miley Cyrus had braces, too!)
Today, there are a number of alternatives to traditional metal braces, such as tooth-colored braces, clear plastic aligners, and invisible lingual braces (the kind Cyrus wore). However, regular metal braces remain the most common choice for orthodontic treatment. They are often the most economical option, and can be used to treat a wide variety of bite problems (which dentists call malocclusions).
Having straighter teeth can boost your self-confidence—along with helping you bite, breathe, chew, and even speak more effectively. Plus, teeth that are in good alignment and have adequate space in between are easier to clean; this can help you keep your mouth free of gum disease and tooth decay for years to come.
Many people think getting braces is something that happens in adolescence—but as long as your mouth is otherwise healthy, there's no upper age limit for orthodontic treatment. In fact, many celebrities—like Lauren Hutton, Tom Cruise and Faith Hill—got braces as adults. But if traditional braces aren't a good fit with your self-image, it's possible that one of the less noticeable options, such as lingual braces or clear aligners, could work for you.
What's the first step to getting straighter teeth? Come in to the office for an evaluation! We will give you a complete oral examination to find out if there are any problems (like gum disease or tooth decay) that could interfere with orthodontic treatment. Then we will determine exactly how your teeth should be re-positioned to achieve a better smile, and recommend one or more options to get you there.
If you have questions about orthodontic treatment, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Lingual Braces: A Truly Invisible Way to Straighten Teeth.”
Dental crowns, also called dental caps, are cemented restorations that partially or completely cover the outside of teeth to address a number of structural and aesthetic issues. Here at the Eau Claire, WI, office of Dr. Christopher Poss D.D.S, we offer a full range of dental care services to our patients. Here are 5 signs that dental crowns could help your smile.
1. You have decayed teeth. When teeth are badly decayed, they need to be covered with dental crowns. This is because the remaining tooth structure is left so weak that it's prone to fracture. Dental crowns will restore your decayed teeth and make your smile healthy again.
2. You have cracked teeth. Eating can be very painful when you have cracked or fractured teeth. Dental crowns can hold your compromised teeth together and redistribute the stress evenly across the structure, eliminating the pain in most cases.
3. You have stained teeth. Tooth discoloration can have numerous causes including smoking, drinking dark-colored beverages, and the use of certain medications. Dental crowns can give you a brighter, whiter smile by hiding the appearance of severely discolored teeth. There's nothing more beautiful than a bright-white smile!
4. You have weakened teeth. Dental cavities and decay eat away at tooth enamel. Large fillings also tend to weaken teeth. Fortunately, dental crowns can restore and protect your weakened/worn down teeth, as well as prevent further structural damage.
5. You have broken cusps. Dental crowns are used to repair teeth that have broken cusps. Cusps often break off of teeth due to an injury or large dental fillings. Since the cusps are the part of the teeth that take the most stress while you chew, they need to be completely covered or the teeth will keep fracturing.
Need dental work? Call our Eau Claire office today
Dental crowns can give you a beautiful, healthy smile. Don't delay—call Dr. Christopher Poss D.D.S. at 715-833-2223 right now to schedule a consultation in Eau Claire, WI. We want all our patients to have beautiful, healthy smiles for life!
If you have been considering denture treatment, then you need to see Dr. Christopher Poss, your dentist in Eau Claire, WI. He knows the intricacies of tooth replacement and can fit you with an appliance that is perfect for your situation. Read about your options here.
Tooth loss hurts
When you undergo tooth loss, not only does your smile lose some of its beauty, but your oral function, tooth alignment, bone density, and speech are all negatively affected as well. The American College of Prosthodontists says that around 120 million people in the United States are currently grappling with tooth loss—are you one of them?
The denture treatment plan
Dentures can replace one, two, or even a full arch of teeth on the top or bottom of the mouth. Today's dentures also offer exceptional fit and bite, with your Eau Claire dentist ensuring that each appliance is precisely crafted with high-quality materials such as porcelain, resin, and metals.
To craft either a full or partial denture, Dr. Poss will examine your remaining teeth and soft oral tissues, as well as perform an X-ray screening to reveal your bone structure. Afterward, he will take oral impressions and send them to dental lab where your dentures will be created.
Once the dentures return to the Eau Claire office, your dentist will take his time fitting your appliance so that you experience no sore spots (stomatitis) or difficulties in biting and chewing.
Types of dentures
Modern dentistry offers patients a wide range of denture options, including:
- Partial dentures, which replace one or more missing teeth on the upper or lower arch. They are held in place with metal clasps.
- Immediate full dentures, which replace a full arch of teeth immediately after extraction. The pressure exerted by these appliances helps speed healing and allows the patient to go home with a complete smile. These dentures must be relined at a later date for proper fit.
- Full conventional dentures, which replace a full arch of teeth after hard and soft tissues heal. These appliances stay in place with suction and occasional application of denture adhesive.
- Implant overdentures, which rest on titanium screws inserted into the jaw. Two implants anchor a bottom denture, and four-to-six support a top denture. Only your dentist can remove these stable, bone-building prosthetics.
Get your smile back
Arrange your denture consultation with Dr. Christopher Poss, today! Call the office at (715) 833-2223. We are open Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm.
Dr. Christopher Poss and his team receive many questions about teeth whitening in their Eau Claire office. And, it's no wonder. Professional teeth whitening is the most dramatic, rapid, and economical way to brighten dulled, yellowed enamel. Find out more about this popular aesthetic service by reading answers to some frequently asked questions Dr. Poss receives.
FAQs about teeth whitening
How did my teeth get so yellow?
Everybody's smile is different, but in general, tooth enamel changes with age, tobacco usage, intake of some prescription medications, and of course, dietary choices. Additionally, some people just don't brush and floss diligently; so plaque and tartar contribute to dental stains and general dinginess.
How does teeth whitening in Eau Claire work?
Most whitening products--whether in-office, at-home, or over-the-counter--have hydrogen peroxide as their active ingredient. With proper concentration and application, the peroxide neutralizes, or bleaches, staining organic matter.
Why is professional whitening better than retail products?
Professional whitening from your Eau Claire dentist uses a highly concentrated peroxide gel. Applied either in the office or at home (it's your choice), the gel literally breaks the connection between what's staining your teeth (food and beverages as examples) and the calcified matrix dentists call tooth enamel.
In-office whitening is very fast--taking just about an hour or so while the at-home version takes a week of daily applications. Either way, your dentist makes sure your teeth and gums are healthy enough for whitening and that your soft tissues are fully protected during the process.
I love how beautiful my friend's smile looks now that she had her teeth whitened. Can I expect similar results?
You can expect dramatic results. However, you must realize that everyone's smile is different. Some tooth enamel is naturally darker or lighter than someone else's. So the best comparison you can make is the one which looks at your personal before and after.
Can professional teeth whitening damage my teeth?
No, the whitening gel contains a buffering agent which ensures your gums and teeth (even the internal pulp and nerves) will not experience any sensitivity problems during whitening or afterwards. Also, in-office application or custom-made professional trays keep the gel off your gums, cheek, and lips and on the teeth where it belongs.
I have a few fillings and one porcelain veneer. Will these whiten as well?
In general, restorations such as tooth-colored fillings, porcelain veneers, crowns, and bonding do not stain readily. However, neither do they whiten. So, if you have existing dental work, the Cleveland Clinic recommends you ask your dentist if this service really is right for your smile.
Find out more
A white, healthy smile is a wonderful asset to your social and professional life. If you'd like yours to look brighter, please contact Dr. Christopher Poss for an in-office cosmetic dentistry consultation where you can discuss all your options. Phone the office team in Eau Claire, WI, at (715) 833-2223.
Learn more about this long-term tooth replacement and how it replaces missing teeth.
Many people are turning to dental implants to restore their smiles after tooth loss. Could you be next? Since getting dental implants does require time, minor surgery, and dedication to treatment, our Eau Claire, WI, dentist Dr. Christopher Poss wants to make sure that any patient who gets implants is 100 percent on board. Find out more about implants and whether they might be right for you.
A dental implant replaces your full tooth
While we often only think of our teeth as little white crowns that sit above our gums, each tooth also has tooth roots that are important for the health and function of both your teeth and your jawbone. A dental implant is truly the only tooth replacement that actually recreates a full tooth, from the roots to the crown. The metal implant, made from a biocompatible metal such as titanium, is placed into the jawbone by our Eau Claire, WI, restorative dentist.
Over the course of 3-6 months the jawbone will fuse together with the implant. Once this naturally occurring phenomenon happens (this is known as “osseointegration”) the implant is now a permanent structure within the jawbone. It also provides the bone with the stimulation it needs to produce new bone cells and to prevent jawbone deterioration (a complication of tooth loss).
A dental implant can replace multiple teeth
Even if you are missing a full set of teeth dental implants may still be the best option for you. Sure, a single implant is designed to replace a missing tooth; however, multiple implants can also be placed along the arches of the jawbone to support a full or partial set of dentures. So, even if you are dealing with significant tooth loss you could still get dental implants.
Most people are candidates for dental implants
Many people who are missing at least one permanent tooth can be ideal candidates for dental implants. The sooner you turn to your dentist for treatment after tooth loss the better, as there won’t be significant jawbone damage. Even if there is extensive bone loss, your dentist can still perform bone grafting prior to getting your implants to ensure that your implant is a success.
Are you ready to say “yes” to dental implants? If so, then the next step is to schedule a consultation with our Eau Claire, WI, implant dentist to find out if you are an ideal candidate for implants. Call us today to book an appointment.
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