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Four Ways to Make Your Valentine Smile

Posted by Darren Martin on Feb 13, 2017 10:27:45 PM

February is a month of love and who wouldn't want to see their sweetheart smile? At Davis and Dingle Family Dentistry, you and your love can have dazzling smiles to start out the new year. Whitening, Invisalign, Porcelain Veneers and Full Mouth Restorations can bring back a confident and
happy smile to your face.

Instead of a box of sugary candy for Valentine's Day, why not give her the gift of brilliant white teeth? With the Zoom Whitening System used at Davis and Dingle Family Denistry, you can give her a dazzling smile and loads of confidence. That's a much better Valentine's Day gift that she will love. In one hour, teeth will be up to 8 shades whiter. Valentine's Day candy, coffee, tea, smoking you name it- all of the things that stain teeth, will be erased, leaving only a great smile and a fresh kiss behind

Is your partner tired of trying to hide their smile because teeth are uneven or gaps are noticeable? You can have them on your their to a straight and happy smile with Invisalign aligners. Custom-molded clear aligners allow patients to straighten teeth without bulky, noticeable braces. This option also provides them option to take out the aligners when neccesary, to brush and floss or eat. Change the aligners every few weeks as your teeth straighten. 

There are times when your teeth need a little more than just whitening. Maybe the teeth are damaged, cracked or chipped. Front teeth are especially noticeable, especially when you make a first impression. Make sure your front teeth look their absolute best with porcelain veneers or by bonding. Thin veneers are permanently placed directly on top of your existing teeth. Beautiful, white teeth will now cover those chips or discoloration.

Maybe dental care wasn't available to you when you were younger. Maybe you were in an accident. Now, as an adult, your teeth need extensive work. It's not to late to have a happy, healthy smile. A dental team, which may include periodontists, can clean teeth, create Invisaligns to straighten your teeth, fill cavities and even heal gum diseases. Bridges can be placed where teeth are missing. Veneers can give dazzle to your smile. You can look (and feel) completely new and confident.

Make an appointment with Davis and Dingle today. Let us help you to have your best smile. For your career, your wedding, or just for your confidence - a great smile is the best way to make a first impression.

Topics: teeth whitening

That Cup of Coffee Might Be Compromising Your Smile

Posted by Darren Martin on Nov 1, 2016 12:12:20 PM

That Cup of Coffee Might Be Compromising Your Smile

An issue that doesn't seem to get enough traction, among coffee drinkers, is the beverage's affinity for producing stains. The longer coffee remains on your teeth, between brushing, the more likely you are to see discoloration along your enamel. If you're one of those people who craves a cup, during late evenings, to get you through the last of your favorite television reruns, you're doing better than most. Still, taking the proper steps to protect your teeth is essential. The first thing you should understand is how coffee stains occur and why being proactive is vital to your oral health.


Protecting Your Enamel

Anytime you eat or drink, bacteria, food particles, and liquids become trapped in the tiny clefts in your enamel. Pigmented drinks, like coffee, are especially problematic and will cause permanent stains if not they are not quickly addressed. Some experts suggest brushing or rinsing, at the very least, after consumption, but others say neither will effectively prevent stains. Flossing regularly, and using an electric toothbrush is recommended; however, the best prevention method and the most practical solution for preserving adequate oral hygiene is periodic visits to the dentist.


Does Rinsing Really Help?

Those who warn against brushing as a sole means of protecting your teeth do so for good reason. The acid in coffee eats away at enamel. If you're like many people, coffee is an absolute necessity. In that case, rinsing after every few sips can be helpful as a temporary solution, but keeping up that habit can be exhausting. Just be sure to check daily for any changes to your teeth, and schedule teeth whitening with your South Carolina dentist as soon as you notice any yellowing or other discoloration.


We can help whiten your teeth up to 8 shades. Find out how. 


Using a Straw Won't Prevent Stains

You've probably heard, at least on one occasion, someone suggest a straw as a way to send the liquid straight down your throat. "Does this method really work?" you're probably wondering. To answer your question, "yes and no." It may help prevent coffee stains from appearing on the visible areas of your teeth, but the acid still splashes against backs of them, leaving your enamel vulnerable to dangerous erosion. Once that protective layer starts to break down, you'll lose the best natural defense you have against not only stains, but also tooth decay. When using a straw, you should still remember to take additional precautions just to be safe.

Are Teeth Whitening Strips Overrated?

Using Whitening strips is certainly one method of getting rid of coffee stains if they happen to occur. However, you'll want to avoid using them as an excuse to gratify that coffee addiction. The problem is not that they don't work, but you should always be reluctant when considering any supermarket solutions. Some whitening strips are laced with an acid called chlorine dioxide, used to sanitize swimming pools. Inside your mouth, this substance does much more harm than good, eating away enamel and ruining the hard work you've invested into maintaining your impeccable oral hygiene.


The best way to protect your teeth is distancing yourself from all things espresso, but since that's not a reality for most coffee drinkers, cutting back on refills could also be helpful. Some sources, including NPR, say around three cups of coffee per day is acceptable. Of course, that won't help keep your enamel intact. The best alternative for combating stains and holding on to that winning smile is scheduling a consultation with Davis and Dingle Family Dentistry. 

Topics: Halitosis, teeth whitening