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Celebrities’ controversial actions and opinions frequently spark fiery debates on social media. But actress Dakota Johnson lit a match to online platforms in a seemingly innocent way—through orthodontics.
This summer she appeared at the premier of her film The Peanut Butter Falcon missing the trademark gap between her front teeth. Interestingly, it happened a little differently than you might think: Her orthodontist removed a permanent retainer attached to the back of her teeth, and the gap closed on its own.
Tooth gaps are otherwise routinely closed with braces or other forms of orthodontics. But, as the back and forth that ensued over Johnson’s new look shows, a number of people don’t think that’s a good idea: It’s not just a gap—it’s your gap, a part of your own uniqueness.
Someone who might be sympathetic to that viewpoint is Michael Strahan, a host on Good Morning America. Right after the former football star began his NFL career, he strongly considered closing the noticeable gap between his two front teeth. In the end, though, he opted to keep it, deciding it was a defining part of his appearance.
But consider another point of view: If it truly is your gap (or whatever other quirky smile “defect” you may have), you can do whatever you want with it—it really is your choice. And, on that score, you have options.
You can have a significant gap closed with orthodontics or, if it’s only a slight gap or other defect, you can improve your appearance with the help of porcelain veneers or crowns. You can also preserve a perceived flaw even while undergoing cosmetic enhancements or restorations. Implant-supported replacement teeth, for example, can be fashioned to retain unique features of your former smile like a tooth gap.
If you’re considering a “smile makeover,” we’ll blend your expectations and desires into the design plans for your future smile. In the case of something unique like a tooth gap, we’ll work closely with dental technicians to create restorations that either include or exclude the gap or other characteristics as you wish.
Regardless of the debate raging on social media, the final arbiter of what a smile should look like is the person wearing it. Our goal is to make sure your new smile reflects the real you.
If you would like more information about cosmetically enhancing your smile, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Space Between Front Teeth” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
As a parent you want your child to have the best possible start in life. One of the greatest gifts you can provide them is a positive experience in dental care—especially visiting the dentist.
Unfortunately, not all children are so lucky. Visiting the dentist for them is foreign and forbidding; it leaves such a negative impression they may avoid the dentist later in life even when faced with acute problems.
It doesn’t have to be like that. Here are 3 ways you can help your child have a great experience at the dentist.
Start dental visits early. The best time to begin dental visits is before your child’s first birthday as their teeth begin to erupt. Dental diseases like tooth decay can begin as early as two months so it’s vital to detect any problems as soon as possible. Establishing an early relationship with your child’s dentist benefits you too with helpful tips and advice from them on dental care at home. And, children visiting the dentist early are more likely to become accustomed to it as a routine part of life, and more likely to continue the habit on their own.
Find the right dentist. The right dental practice can make all the difference in the world for your child’s comfort level. Parents often choose a pediatric dentist who specializes not only in dental care for children and adolescents but in how to engage with them and put them at ease. The key, though, is to find a dentist and staff who work well with children and understand how to make them feel at home in their office.
Display a positive attitude. You’ve probably already noticed how your child picks up on your feelings in different situations—which often affect how they feel and act too. So be sure when you visit the dentist with them you have a positive, proactive attitude, ready to partner with their provider in treatment and prevention measures. And above all display a calm and relaxed manner: your child will be more apt to follow your cue and relax too.
If you would like more information on providing great dental care for your child, 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 “Taking the Stress out of Dentistry for Kids.”
Taking care of your teeth is a full-time job, and even healthy smiles can develop cavities or sustain damage. When that happens, Dr. Denise Stone of Stone Family Dentistry in Charleston, South Carolina, is here to help renew your smile. Whether it's a small spot of decay or a knocked-out tooth, we have a variety of restorative dentistry options that can help your teeth look and feel great again. Learn about a few of them here!
Each of your teeth is covered in enamel, a substance made up of minerals (mostly calcium derivatives) that is actually the hardest material in the body. However, the acids that come from bacteria interact with food particles inside your mouth and can cause a breakdown in this layer of the tooth; these are known as dental caries or cavities. Fortunately, restorative dentistry offers a quick fix for this common problem: fillings. Your Charleston dentist will remove the decay from the tooth and then use a ceramic and glass composite to fill in the space. This composite is designed to blend in perfectly with your teeth.
For more extensive decay or large chips, your Charleston dentist may use a crown. Like fillings, crowns are made of ceramic, but they look like the entire visible portion of a tooth, although they are hollow inside, which allows them to fit on top of a damaged tooth and cover it entirely. This keeps the tooth from sustaining any more damage. Crowns are a versatile part of restorative dentistry in general, as they're used to finish root canals and dental implants, as well as support bridges that fill in spaces from missing teeth.
To replace an entire missing tooth, nothing works better than a dental implant. From root to crown, dental implants fill in gaps caused by missing teeth seamlessly, comfortably, and easily. The post of the implant is installed under the gum line in a simple procedure, then the crown is attached later. They're a low maintenance restorative dentistry option, only requiring brushing, flossing, and regular checkups at Stone Family Dentistry in Charleston, SC.
Regardless of your restorative dentistry needs, Stone Family Dentistry can help you! Contact our office in Charleston, South Carolina to schedule an appointment with Dr. Denise Stone. Call (843) 556-6566 today.
Tooth-Colored Fillings Restore Your Smile
Need a dental filling? You're not alone. Most people need a dental filling at some point in their lives. Cosmetic fillings, also called tooth-colored fillings, are used to fill cavities and repair damaged teeth. Stone Family Dentistry, which is located in Charleston, SC, offers a full range of dental services. Dr. Denise Stone and Dr. David Stone, Jr. are some of the top dentists in Charleston, SC. Read on to find out how tooth-colored fillings can restore your smile.
1. Beautify Your Smile- Tooth-colored dental fillings can improve the appearance of your smile. Tooth-colored fillings offer a way to create a more pleasing, natural-looking smile. Amalgam fillings are less popular than tooth-colored fillings because of their silvery appearance. Once your dentist completes your tooth-colored filling, it will look natural and won't be noticeable when you smile, laugh, or speak.
2. Restore Decayed Teeth- Tooth-colored dental fillings are used to repair teeth that have cavities. Cavities are holes in the teeth. Causes of cavities include snacking, sipping sugary drinks, bacteria, and bad oral hygiene. Untreated dental cavities can cause tooth pain, infection and tooth loss.
3. Repair Fractured Teeth- Tooth-colored dental fillings are also used to repair broken teeth. Breaking a tooth is a common phenomenon. An accident, sports injury, or eating something hard can cause a tooth to chip or break. A tooth-colored filling can make your broken tooth look whole and healthy again.
4. Fix Worn-Down Teeth- Your teeth are made from tough stuff. But habits, injuries, and health conditions can lead to wear and tear. Some of the factors that can lead to worn-down teeth are tooth grinding, brushing aggressively, and eating foods that have a high acid content. Tooth-colored fillings can be used to repair worn-down teeth. Tooth-colored fillings are durable and can withstand a lot of wear and tear.
5. Restore Function of Teeth- Tooth colored fillings are incredibly strong and they will restore full function of your damaged or weakened teeth. They're strong enough to withstand biting and chewing forces. Tooth-colored dental fillings can be used on either your front or back teeth.
If you need a dental filling, why wait? We can help you today. Call Stone Family Dentistry at (843) 556-6566 today to schedule a dental consultation with your family dentists in Charleston, SC. We want you to have a strong, healthy smile that looks great, too.
Tooth loss is a common dental issue for patients of all ages. By the age of 50, it’s estimated that Americans have lost an average of 12 teeth according to CDC statistics. Your smile is at risk if you continue to avoid getting a replacement tooth. The dental team at Stone Family Dentistry in Charleston, SC can fill the gap using a restorative treatment called dental implants.
Why It’s Important to Replace a Missing Tooth
Missing a tooth can damage not only your self-confidence, but also the stability of your entire smile. It can cause shifting, which would require orthodontic treatment. It’s uncomfortable to eat when you have large chunks of food caught in the open socket. Losing one tooth is also a slippery slope because it can cause you to neglect your overall dental hygiene, which in turn increases the chance of future tooth loss. It’s best to talk to your dentist about your replacement options very soon after you have a tooth extracted.
Choosing Dental Implants
When you’ve lost a tooth, you may assume that you must deal with a removable device that could slip out anytime and will have an uncomfortable fit. But with a dental implant, you do not have to worry about accidents when you’re around other people. You won’t have to keep your replacement device in a container at night. Once it is placed by your Charleston, SC dentist, it is there for the long-term and can last a lifetime with proper care. You’ll also be able to preserve some healthy bone and give that tissue a chance to regenerate over time.
Your Smile, Restored
You don’t have to give up on your smile after tooth loss—there’s a way to have it fully restored. Implanted teeth are virtually indistinguishable from natural ones, thanks to modern porcelain crowns. They are supported by durable, long-lasting titanium posts, which are hidden in the gumline. Your new tooth will stay rooted in your jaw as long as you brush, floss, rinse, and see your dentist for checkups every year.
Are You a Candidate for Implants?
It’s imperative that you go see your dentist for a consultation very soon to ensure that you’re still a good candidate for a dental implant. Call (843) 556-6566 today to see Dr. Denise Stone or Dr. David Stone at Stone Family Dentistry in Charleston, SC.