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Some Phoenix people are unhappy with the way their teeth look but many mistakenly assume that cosmetic dentistry is far too pricey to pursue.

Sure, a complete mouth reconstruction can be a steep investment. Consider the cost of dental school and post-graduate training for a master level cosmetic dentist. Consider the expense of individually creating multiple restorations at a high-tech dental lab. Consider the cost of setting up and maintaining a full-service dental practice or laboratory.

Before you give up on improving your smile, however, look at a less celebrated but extremely effective and competitively-priced cosmetic dental remedy: dental bonding.

Dental bonding has a wide range of applications for unappealing teeth. Bonding can repair a tooth that is damaged, chipped, short, or discolored. It can can also fix teeth that have gaps in between them.

How does the dental bonding procedure work?

First, your tooth will be slightly (but painlessly) roughed up to help the resin adhere. Your dentist will use a shade guide to know the exact color of composite to match the existing teeth. Your dentist will apply liquid composite resin on the tooth, layer by layer. He or she will carefully shape and polish it before it hardens.The tooth is then covered with a conditioning liquid that helps with adhesion.

Once the resin is bonded, it is further molded to the specific shape for your bite and appearance. A laser helps rapidly bond the resin in place as it hardens. Further shaping and polishing, if needed, complete the procedure. The result is a beautiful smile.

Bonding is a simple and cost-effective method for perfecting your smile. Call today at to set up an appointment at 480-428-0040 .

We invite you to meet the amazing team at Harris Dental in Phoenix. We are proud of our distinguished reputation for vital personalized attention and first-rate care. Our patient-oriented team can answer any questions you have about our top services: dental implants, Invisalign clear braces, and sedation dentistry.

We are now accepting new patients and look forward to meeting you.

 

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The Challenge Of Oral Hygiene For Orthodontic Patients

Orthodontics

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Hello, I’m Dr. Harris of Harris Dental. Today’s post is for orthodontic patients. There is no doubt about it – it is harder to keep your teeth clean if you wear braces. It’s unfortunate (and ironic) when brace wearers develop tooth decay and weaken their teeth while simultaneously trying to improve their smile with braces. A classic example of “one step forward and two steps back.”

The brackets and wires on traditional metal braces create hard to reach places where harmful bacteria can thrive. If brace wearers don’t pay continual and careful attention to oral hygiene, their teeth can be permanently damaged. The cycle of decay goes like this: 1. Food particles are trapped in the tiny spaces in and around the wires. 2. The bacteria in the food particles multiply. 3. The bacteria creates plaque. 4. The plaque erodes the enamel. 5. Cavities form.

Teeth are not the only thing at risk here, Phoenix orthodontic patients can also develop gum disease (gingivitis) which can progress quickly into periodontitis and eventual bone recession and tooth loss.

Bottom line: orthodontic patients need to be vigilant about a healthy diet and effective oral hygiene.

Most Harris Dental brace wearers know that they should avoid sticky, sugary foods that stick to their braces, but some don’t realize that any carbohydrate-based food turns into sugar. Thus, a cracker can be just as bad for your teeth as a Tootsie Roll if the particles are not removed.

Brace wearers should also watch their intake of highly-acidic foods and beverages. Though some acidic foods are very healthy – think tomatoes, oranges, raspberries – it is wise to substitute less acidic foods that contain similar nutrients. There are few beverages as harmful as soda and sports drinks, both of which have the detrimental duo of acid and sugar.

Here are the ten steps to effective brushing while wearing braces, courtesy of Colgate:

1. If your orthodontist has fitted you with elastics, remove them before brushing.
2. Using a fluoride toothpaste and a soft, compact toothbrush, place your brush at an angle of 45 degrees against the gums. Gently brush along the gum line where the gums and teeth meet, using a small circular motion on each tooth.
3. Spend about 10 seconds on each tooth before moving onto the next tooth, brushing in a set pattern so that you don’t miss any teeth.
4. Gently brush the braces. Press your toothbrush firmly enough so that the bristles spread into the gaps between the wire and the tooth. Brush in and around all of the brackets and wires. Ensure that you brush under the wires. A battery powered brush may be helpful.
5. Brush both the inside and the outside surfaces of your teeth using a gentle circular motion on each tooth. Brush the inside and the outside surfaces of your teeth.
6. For the chewing surfaces, use a firm back and forth motion.
7. Spit out excess paste, then closely inspect your teeth and braces in the mirror to check that they are clean and shiny.
8. Replace your elastics in accordance with your orthodontist’s recommendation.
9. After brushing, rinse with a fluoride mouthwash for 1 minute to help prevent cavities and white spots.
10. Use other oral care products as prescribed by your dental professional.1

It is also important to floss while wearing braces, but that is a topic for another article.

Harris Dental provides quality general and cosmetic dentistry including sedation dentistry, dental implants, and Invisalign clear braces. Our personable team is devoted to oral health and stunning smiles.

If you are new to the Phoenix area, we invite you to call us at 480-428-0040 to schedule an exam and cleaning. Our team looks forward to meeting you.

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1“Protecting Your Healthy Smile while Wearing Braces,” Colgate Professional, http://www.colgateprofessional.com/patient-education/articles/protecting-your-healthy-smile-while-wearing-braces, accessed on February 20, 2015

 

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Beware Of Hidden Sugar

Oral Health Uncategorized

preventative dentistry in Scottsdale We advise our Scottsdale dental patients at Harris Dental to watch their sugar intake to prevent cavities and other health problems.

If you are trying to unsweeten your diet, you are probably skipping the usual suspects: candy, soda, and baked treats. But not all sugar is as obvious as the frosting on a piece of chocolate cake or the powdery stuff in a pixie stix.

Here are some foods found in Scottsdale grocery stores and Queen Creek school cafeterias with a surprisingly high sugar content:

  • Ketchup
  • Low fat versions of snack foods (Manufacturers often replace fat with sugar.)
  • Salad dressing
  • Breads, buns, rolls
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Protein bars
  • Granola
  • Canned soup
  • Peanut butter
  • Yogurt
  • Fast food meals (Hamburgers, fries, sandwiches, and salads are often loaded with sugar, not to mention the dessert items.)
  • Antacids
  • Cough drops
  • Fruit smoothies (Even a small serving has a whopping amount of sugar.)

Reading the fine print on labels is a must. The following terms are all types of sugar:

raw sugar, cane sugar, glucose, lactose, galactose, fructose, dextrose, honey, sorghum, molasses, cane sugar, confectioner’s sugar, crystallized cane juice, invert sugar, maltodextrin (or dextrin), maple syrup, concentrated fruit juices, evaporated cane juice (what kind of cane do you think they are talking about?)

Do the math: when shopping at Scottsdale markets or health food stores, carefully decipher food labels before you buy. Four grams of sugar equals one teaspoon. Add up all the grams of every type of sugar listed and divide by four to truly understand how much sugar an item contains.

At Harris Dental, we advocate and practice preventative care for lifelong dental health. For more information on how your diet affects your dental health, contact us at 480-428-0040 . If you have a toddler or child who has not yet visited a dentist, call us today for a pediatric oral examination and information on fluoride and sealants.

We are located at 4 locations in Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale in Phoenix.

 

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Which Tooth Whitener Works Best?

Teeth Whitening

Dazzling White Teeth in Phoenix What is the best professional tooth whitening system to use in Phoenix?

There are two types of dentist-supervised tooth whitening systems available in Phoenix. In order to determine the best choice for your teeth, schedule, and budget; you need to understand the differences in the systems.

Both systems use a bleaching agent containing peroxide. Phoenix dentists who offer professional in-office tooth bleaching use a whitening gel with a high concentration of peroxide. Some Scottsdale in-office tooth whitening systems use a light that causes the tooth bleaching agent to work faster.

There are different types of lights including halogen, plasma arc, metal halide and laser; but they all work the same way. When the light is shined at teeth on which the whitening gel is applied, it causes the peroxide to break down into free radicals, which are active oxygen molecules. This process naturally occurs without the light, but the light makes it happen faster. That is why you can get whiter teeth in just one hour.

Most Phoenix cosmetic dentists also offer take home tooth whitening systems. Although these procedures take a bit longer to work, they can achieve great results. For many Mesa and Queen Creek patients, this is the most affordable teeth whitening system.

At Harris Dental, we offer safe and effective teeth bleaching. Our Phoenix cosmetic dentistry patients can’t believe how great their teeth look when they remove the stains and restore the brightness. If you would like to learn why our system is superior, schedule a consultation by calling our office at 480-428-0040 .

 

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Hiding Your Smile? Harris Dental Can Help

Cosmetic Dentistry

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Some people don’t feel that their smile is an asset, so they do their best to keep it hidden. Pictures, funny movies, jokes, hilarious internet videos – none of these can coax a smile or laugh.

If this person sounds familiar (because it is you!), then maybe you would like some specifics about complete smile makeovers.

Don’t be embarrassed! Plenty of Arizona residents are hesitant to show their smile. The good news is that there is help.

Here at Harris Dental we provide cosmetic dentistry procedures for our Phoenix area patients who have issues such as a previous mouth injury, tooth discoloration, poor spacing, chipped teeth, tetracycline stains, crooked teeth, or missing teeth.

Now is the time to get the confident smile that you’ve always wanted!

Many patients start with teeth whitening. This gets them on their way to a brighter smile. It’s a simple procedure, but the results are truly compelling.

Other procedures that brighten the look of your teeth and/or your oral health include dental crowns, dental implants, veneers, enamel shaping, gum contouring, bonding, and more! We can also refer you to an experienced orthodontist if required.

I’m Dr. Harris and I am passionate about helping my patients enjoy healthy mouths and beautiful smiles. If you would like to know more, give us a call at 480-428-0040 .

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