The Pros and Cons of Contouring and Shaping Your Teeth

Do you have overlapping teeth or crooked teeth? Similarly, do you have one or more cracked teeth? If you do—and even if you don’t—you probably understand that these types of imperfections can be embarrassing. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to address the flaws in your smile. Contouring, which is also known as reshaping, has many advantages and a few things you should be aware of.

You see, in order for a dentist to contour your teeth, a small amount of enamel will need to be removed. This can be used to change your tooth’s length, shape, and appearance. Generally, this treatment is conservative and used as a cosmetic treatment. Luckily, this treatment can be used to address several issues, including irregularly shaped teeth or teeth with small chips or bulges.

Fortunately, contouring is usually very inexpensive—especially because you will almost never need anesthesia with contouring. Furthermore, this procedure is far less expensive than getting braces of having orthodontic work done. Contouring can also improve the health of your teeth. You see, plaque and tartar may get caught in your imperfections, making it difficult to keep your teeth clean. Sadly, this can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.

Please remember that there are a few things you should know about having your teeth contoured. In order for this treatment to be performed, our dentist will need to remove some of your enamel. As you may know, your enamel is the protective outer layer of your teeth. In other words, if you remove enamel from your teeth, you’ll need to practice good oral hygiene to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Do you have more questions about what contours could do for you? Would you like to learn more about what you can do to have a beautiful, attractive smile? If so, please don’t hesitate to give Gill Family Dentistry a call at (209) 549-1721. Dr. Amandeep S Gill will examine the health of your mouth and help you develop a plan that will help you attain the smile of your dreams. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Don’t Let Summer Go by without a Dental Cleaning Boost

Summer is the perfect time for a dental cleaning and exam to boost your oral health and your smile confidence. At Gill Family Dentistry in Modesto, California, Dr. Amandeep Gill and our team are excited to get your smile ready for summer!

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) reports that patients who have routine six-month dental cleanings and exams benefit from improved oral health. Not only do these visits help prevent gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath, but they can help lower the risk for certain diseases such as heart disease and stroke.

Why is six months the recommended time period for dental checkups? Well, during a six-month period, tartar build up will require a professional dental cleaning to remove it. The six-month dental cleaning schedule was created for the “average” person in mind, which typically means:

— Those who are middle-aged

— Those who don’t eat a lot of sweets

— Those who brush their teeth at least twice each day

— Those who don’t smoke

Some people, however, may need to go more often. In fact, if you have any of the following, you may be more susceptible to damage from oral bacteria and should come in more often:

— Your diet is high in sugary foods and drinks

— You are older

— You have dry mouth

— You have periodontal disease

Dr. Amandeep Gill finds that routine six month dental visits are the perfect complement to daily at-home oral care when it comes to maintaining a healthy smile. So if you are ready for your summer cleaning and exam, please give us a call at (209) 549-1721 and boost your summer smile with confidence!

Your Perfect Mouthwash

Taking care of your teeth and gums is not really that hard to do. Diligently brushing and flossing twice a day, along with bi-annual dental visits for cleanings and checkups can go a long way in ensuring that your smile is healthy for years to come. But adding a good mouthwash to your daily mix can help support your oral health even more.

If you are buying a mouthwash off your grocer’s shelves, look for one sporting the American can Dental Association seal of acceptance on the label. If it has the seal you will know that this product has been rigorously tested and found to be safe and effective.

Depending on the type of mouthwash you choose, you can experience the following:

Protection. Fluoride mouthwash will keep cavities and periodontal disease away by strengthening tooth enamel and preventing dental decay.

Desensitization. Arginine in mouthwash helps in sealing the dentinal tubules in sensitive teeth. This will help relieve pain for teeth that hurt when exposed to hot or cold temperature in food and drinks, and sometimes even when breathing in cold air.

Better Breath. Antimicrobial mouthwashes help remove bits of food particles and kills bacteria that makes one’s breath smell bad.

Germ fighting. Chlorhexidine glucose in mouthwash kills germs that hurt teeth and gums and stops bacterial growth. Sticky bacterial film forms into plaque which coats teeth and gums and hardens fairly quickly into tartar if not removed. Once plaque hardens into tartar it can cause gingivitis which requires removal using special tools by your dentist.

Soothing Action. Salt mixed in water can be used as mouthwash and helps to soothe inflammation and mucus membranes. Canker sores and other oral infections benefit from salt-water rinses. Salt water works by changing the pH of the mouth, which can deter the production of microorganisms, though it doesn’t kill them outright.

For more information about how finding the best mouthwash for your needs, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, reach out to our staff at Gill Family Dentistry at (209) 549-1721 and we will be happy to help!

Is Invisalign® What You Have Been Waiting For?

These days, braces are not your only option to straighten front and side teeth or correct a misaligned bite. The Invisalign® treatment has fast become a viable option in what has long been traditional braces. It is always nice to have choices, and depending on your needs, you may be a good candidate for Invisalign.

Both systems have their benefits, and following are just a few things to consider when deciding what is right for you:

Like braces, Invisalign straightens your teeth gradually. But traditional braces are non-removable, and are glued to your teeth with metal wires and metal or ceramic brackets while Invisalign aligners are removable. These custom made aligner trays are designed to slip over your natural teeth by your dentist. Aligners consist of comfortable plastic material which you wear over your teeth. Every two weeks you switch to a new tray which gradually shifts your teeth into place according to the plan your dentist designed for you.

Aligners offer little discomfort as they do their work. When you first switch to a new tray there may be some pressure which subsides as your teeth adjust.

When you first begin wearing new aligners your speech may be affected for the first couple of days as your tongue adjusts to having them in your mouth.

Your eating habits don’t need to be changed, as aligners are removed while eating. This means you can eat your normal diet and not worry about damaging your aligners. Your brushing and flossing habits also stay the same, since you would just continue taking care of your teeth and gums as your normally would.

If you smoke or drink, please be aware that smoking may discolor the clear aligners. However, drinking alcohol isn’t a problem if you take extra care to clean your teeth soon after so that sugar does not get trapped between your teeth and the aligners (or any sugary beverage).

Clean your aligners carefully every time you take them out. There are cleaning systems made for cleaning Invisalign aligners, and you can also clean and sanitize them with water, denture cleaner, or soak them in vinegar. You will want to make sure to keep them clean and dry to kill bacteria.

We invite you to contact Gill Family Dentistry at (209) 549-1721 to answer any questions you may have or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gill and find out if Invisalign is right for you!