The cosmetic dentistry industry may reach a whopping 32 billion dollars in the year 2026.
Cosmetic dentistry is a field of dentistry that aims to improve the appearance of your teeth and gums. While the focus of a general dentist is to ensure healthy teeth and gums, cosmetic dentists have the knowledge and skills to help your teeth look their best.
But what should you look for when you’re choosing a cosmetic dentist? How do you know which cosmetic dentist is right for you?
If you’re thinking about seeing a cosmetic dentist, read on to learn more about what to look for in a cosmetic dentist and what they can do for you.
What Do Cosmetic Dentists Do?
Cosmetic dentists have skills and training in a variety of treatments to help your smile look amazing. Here are some common services that cosmetic dentists offer:
Cosmetic dentists use a specialized whitening gel to achieve a brighter smile. Your smile can be whiter in about an hour at your dentist’s office.
Veneers are thin shells of materials like porcelain that cover up chipped or cracked teeth or fill in gaps giving teeth a smoother look. Veneers prevent infection as well since bacteria seep through cracked teeth into the bloodstream.
Dental bonding is when the dentist applies a bonding agent to the tooth and hardens it with light. This “bonds” the materials to the tooth, improving its appearance.
Do you have misshapen teeth? A cosmetic dentist knows how to properly form them to blend in better with your surrounding teeth.
Crowns cover fillings or tooth decay to prevent further infection to the tooth and the body. Crowns can be natural-looking or made of metals like gold.
Dental implants replace missing teeth. They’re permanent and allow you to eat and speak normally while blending in with the rest of your teeth.
If you’re curious about a cosmetic dental procedure, you can always ask your dentist if they offer it as a service.
When you’re thinking about options for dentists, and who you’re going to let work on your teeth, you only want the best. But how do you find the best? Here are some tips for finding the best cosmetic dentist for you.
One way to find a cosmetic dentist is by reading online reviews. While dental practices have testimonials on their website, you’ll want to search online for unbiased reviews. This gives you a broader scope of patients’ experiences.
If you know anyone who’s had cosmetic work done, ask them where they went and what they thought of their dentist. Friends, family, and even acquaintances can give you their opinion to help you make a decision.
Dental technology is always advancing, providing safer and more effective ways to keep teeth healthy and looking their best. A cosmetic dentist who uses the most advanced and sophisticated technology gives you the best results for your smile. Ask about the types of technology and tools the dentist uses.
General dentists spend several years in school completing the requirements to practice dentistry. However, they spend a few extra years perfecting the skill of cosmetic dentistry, learning the best cosmetic methods, and gaining cosmetic dentistry experience.
When it comes to the cost of cosmetic dentistry, you want to do price comparisons. Be warned: if the procedures seem too good to be true when it comes to price, it probably is. While you don’t want to overpay for any procedures, it’s important to remember that when you have an expert cosmetic dentist perform your treatments, the cost is well worth it.
Most cosmetic dentists offer a wide variety of services, like those mentioned above. However, if you’re looking for something specific and don’t see it listed be sure to ask your dentist if they offer the service.
To help offset the cost of cosmetic dental work, you should check with your insurance to see which dentist accepts your insurance. Even if a dentist accepts your insurance, they may only pay a portion of the cost. Check to see which dentists are in your network, so you can have an idea of the entire cost of the procedure.
Depending on what cosmetic procedure you choose, you may need to visit the dentist more than once. Dental implants, for example, require several trips to the dentist’s office, and the same is true with teeth whitening. Finding a cosmetic dentist that’s close to you saves on driving time.
Your general dentist may not offer cosmetic services, but they may network with other dentists who do. If you’re looking for dental cosmetic services, ask your dentist who they recommend and get a referral.
Patient care should be one of the most important things dentists care about. Before you agree to any procedure, you should receive a written copy of your plan, the price, and how you’re paying, with any additional work you need. This way, you have everything in writing should you experience any problems.
You can only learn so much from a dentist by reading online reviews and seeing pictures of previous work. If you want to gain a good idea of how they run their office, schedule a consultation or a visit. This way, you interact with the staff and get a feel for the office, and the bedside manner of the dentist.
When you’re choosing a cosmetic dentist, you want only the best and brightest working on your teeth. Take your time, choose wisely, and enjoy your new and beautiful smile!
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Dr. Holly Austgen, DDS of Southeast Family Dental in Indianapolis, Indiana reveals what that weird blue light is that your dentist uses, how it works and if there are any risks to your teeth and gums when using it. https://youtu.be/gddhQso_frs [https://youtu.be/gddhQso_frs] If you can not see the embedded video above please use the following link: What is that weird blue light my dentist uses? [https://youtu.be/gddhQso_frs] Transcript Hi everyone. My name is Dr. Austgen from Southeast Family Dental and today I’m going to talk to you about a question we often get here at the office, and that is, what is the blue light that we use and is it dangerous? So what is it? That blue light is a dental curing light. It’s basically a piece of dental equipment that we use to harden or cure our resin or basically, tooth-colored filling materials, as well as some other materials that we use such as cements and bonding agents that we use to restore your teeth back to health. So how does this light work? When fillings are placed in the teeth, they are very soft so that they can be molded to the correct shape and anatomy. When the dentist or the assistant who is placing the filling is happy with the shape and the contour, they will then set the material to make it hard. That’s where the blue light comes in. We press the light, the blue light shines on it, and it will make the material hard as rock, strong enough for you to be able to chew on as soon as you leave. Okay, so here’s the big question. What about the blue light? Everyone wants to know what it is. So I’ll tell you what it’s not. It is not a UV light and it is not a laser. What it is, is a very strong blue light and it’s blue because it falls into the range of the wavelengths under the blue light spectrum. So like I said, it’s not a laser and it’s not a UV light. So it’s not going to cause any damage to your teeth or your gums. The only danger is if you look at the light for too long. It’s kind of similar to looking at the sun for too long. Dentists and assistants who place fillings are the most at risk. That’s why there is an orange filter on the light to protect our eyes. So no need to be concerned about the blue light or the curing light. It’s been a significant advancement in dentistry for us and allows us to place fillings that are hard, exactly the way we want them to be so you’re ready to use your tooth just like you wanted when you leave. Thanks for listening and remember, at Southeast Family Dental, we love to make you smile.
Do you suffer from fears and anxiety when going to the dentist? Or, maybe a trip to the dentist is a scary event for your child, which also stresses you out? Dental fears, anxiety and phobia are extremely common. It’s estimated that between 5% and 8% of Americans avoid going to the dentist due to fears. Some people (perhaps up to 20%) experience so much anxiety that they’ll only go to the dentist when it’s absolutely necessary. People experience dental anxiety and fears for various reasons, including: * Previous bad experiences at the dentist’s office. * Fear of pain. * Feeling helpless or not in control of the situation. * Embarrassment about the state of their teeth and gums. Being unfamiliar with the instruments, noises and smells in the dental office. This is especially true for young children. At Southeast Family Dental, we understand how the dentist’s office can cause anxiety and fears. But calming fears isn’t just for kids, some adults need help calming their anxiety at the dentist, too. So a dentist located in Northbrook, IL, has found an ingenious way to do just that. He brings a trained comfort dog into his office. The golden retriever soothes nervous kids and adults alike by comforting them during dental exams. In fact, the golden retriever has a sixth sense when it comes to figuring out exactly who needs him the most. A comfort dog really is an excellent idea to calm dental fears, because animals tend to have a soothing effect on people. Other ideas that dentists may use to calm your fears, include: * Providing you with an iPad and headphones, so you can listen to relaxing music or watch a TV program to distract you. * Offering you a blanket for warmth, comfort and the feeling of security. * Giving you nitrous oxide or other sedatives to help you feel relaxed during dental exams or procedures. If you suffer from dental anxiety and fears, talk to our team at Southeast Family Dental. We can talk to you about what to expect during your appointment and help you find ways to ease your fears. We want to make sure your dental experience is as calm, comfortable and stress-free as possible for you.
Stress is a normal part of life. Everyone experiences it at some point. It can cause you to feel anxious, sad, or stressed about a situation. While the occasional feeling of stress is normal, having feelings of stress all the time can take a toll on your health. IMPACT OF STRESS ON ORAL HEALTH Stress can have a major impact on your health, and it can have a similarly major impact on your oral health. Most people have probably experienced an ulcer at some point in their life, and an ulcer is just one example of the way chronic stress can negatively impact your oral and overall health. * When your body is stressed, it releases cortisol, which is a hormone that increases your blood glucose levels. This increase in blood sugar can lead to inflammation, which can trigger the body's immune response to fight off infection or injury. However, when the immune system is overstimulated, it can lead to an increase in gum disease. * Not only can stress increase the chances of developing gum disease, but it can also increase your risk for more serious diseases, such as cancer. This is because your immune system becomes weakened by stress, and compromised health can make it harder for your immune system to fight disease effectively. * Additionally, stress can cause bruxism – an abnormal clenching of the jaw and grinding of teeth while sleeping. This can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). TMD causes pain in your jaw that can be chronic. And, since it does affect your smile, it's considered part of your oral health. If you are suffering from this, we may be able to help by finding a custom oral appliance you can wear at night to protect your teeth from damage. We can also recommend other ways to cope with stress and advise you on steps you can take to improve your oral health. WAYS TO MINIMIZE STRESS Fortunately, there are things you can do to minimize the effects of stress on your body. Regular exercise is one of the best options, as it can help keep your body healthy, strong, and balanced. You should also try to stick to a healthy diet, limit alcohol consumption, drink plenty of water during the day, and try to get enough sleep each night. When you're under a lot of stress, you should make sure to keep up with your regular checkup and cleaning appointments. We can work with you to identify problem areas in your smile and take steps to help you prevent symptoms from getting worse over time. If you're overdue for your annual exam and cleaning, then it's time to give us a call to schedule your next appointment. We can be reached at (317) 359-8000. Our dentist's office is located in Indianapolis, IN, and we look forward to helping you keep your smile healthy for many years to come!
Southeast Family Dental is pleased to announce that Dr. Mark Bohnert and Dr. Laura Geiger have been selected by a vote of their peers to be Top Dentists, www.usatopdentists.com. and featured in the “Best of Indy” December issue of of Indianapolis Monthly. Indianapolis Monthly December 2018Dr. Bohnert is a 10-year winner and Dr. Geiger is a 3-year winner of the Top Dentist award. This honor is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which dentists and specialists throughout Indiana cast votes on the abilities of other dentists and specialists. Inclusion in Top Dentists is considered a singular honor. Dr. Laura Geiger responded to the announcement. “We are thrilled to have been voted Top Dentists. This honor shows us that we are meeting our mission to change the way you feel about going to the dentist, while giving you more reasons to smile.”
Drinking water is essential to your health. Water helps to transport nutrients in your body, regulates your body temperature, lubricates your joints, helps build muscle, digests food and improves your skin complexion. And, yes, water really is healthy for your teeth, especially if it’s fluoridated. Some reasons why water is beneficial to your teeth include: * Tap water may contain fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral that naturally occurs in almost all water supplies. Also fluoride can be added to a town’s water supply. Fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay. According to the American Dental Association, it has been shown to reduce the rate of cavities by as much as 60%. However, it’s important to note that not all bottled waters contain fluoride. * Water naturally rinses your teeth and keep them clean. When you drink water, especially after eating, it helps wash away food particles and acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth. Therefore, if you can’t brush your teeth while you’re out, drink a glass of water and swish the water around in your mouth to help clean your teeth until you can get home and brush. * Drinking water helps to decrease the pH level in your mouth. The neutral pH level in your mouth is 7.0. When you eat or drink acidic foods and beverages, the pH level can drop below 5.0. Too much acid can cause bad bacteria to grow, leading to tooth decay, which occurs when the pH level in your mouth is 5.5 or lower. But drinking water can help neutralize the effects of acid in your mouth. * Water helps alleviate the symptoms of dry mouth. When your salivary glands don’t make enough saliva in your mouth, dry mouth can occur. You need an adequate supply of saliva to neutralize the acids produced by bacteria and to wash away food particles. Otherwise, a mouth that’s too dry can increase your risk of developing tooth decay. Drink water as part of your daily dental health routine As you see, drinking water really is healthy for your teeth. So make drinking water a regular part of your daily dental health routine, in addition to brushing and flossing. But be careful of some seltzer waters. Some are advertised as water, but contain additional sweeteners that make them just as harmful as soda. Also, they are more acidic than flat water so should be limited due to their ability to erode teeth. Also, remember to schedule your biannual dental checkups with Southeast Family Dental by calling us at (317) 359-8000.