Are you ready to find out how one simple dental procedure could improve the shape or color of a tooth?
Most of the time people decide not to fix certain dental flaws in their smile because they worry about the time and expense necessary, but, fortunately, our Orlando, Fl, dentists Drs. Doug and Clete Huhn are happy to offer an easy, economical and painless way to fix small cosmetic imperfections without stressing out about invasive dentistry or a serious hit to your wallet.
About Dental Bonding
Do you know about the tooth-colored material used to fill a tooth after a cavity? This material, or resin, is the same kind used to cover small dental defects in your smile. While bonding won’t be able to tackle more serious flaws, it can help conceal minor problems such as,
- Chips and cracks
- Small gaps between teeth
- Teeth that are too small
- Uneven teeth
Getting Dental Bonding
Once one of our Orlando cosmetic dentists has taken a peek at your smile and determined that bonding is right for you, the procedure itself is very simple. Bonding is one of the easiest, least invasive and most economical cosmetic dentistry services available.
Here are the steps involved in getting dental bonding:
- The shade of the resin is chosen to match your tooth.
- A special liquid is applied over the tooth to roughen the surface. This won’t hurt at all or damage the tooth but it will help the moldable resin stick to the tooth.
- We will mold and shape the resin around the area or areas of the tooth that we want to cover.
- Once the resin is properly shaped we will direct a dental laser over the tooth to harden the resin into place.
- Some additional trimming may be necessary after the resin is hardened.
- The resin will be polished so that it shines similarly to natural tooth enamel.
If dental bonding sounds like the cosmetic dentistry you’ve been looking for, then it’s time you called our Orlando, FL, dental office today to schedule a consultation. We would be honored to help you achieve your dream smile.
According to the American Sleep Association, bruxism or teeth grinding, occurs in about 1 out of 10 people and, if left untreated, can cause serious damage to your teeth and result in other conditions. Your dentist can help you get to the bottom of your teeth grinding to find relief. Find out more with Dr. Douglas Huhn and Dr. Clete Huhn at Huhn Dental in Orlando, FL.
What causes teeth grinding?
Teeth grinding occurs mostly at night and many sufferers are unaware that they suffer from the condition. Stress and anxiety contribute greatly to teeth grinding habits. Though these factors are more well known, there are other reasons behind teeth grinding. Crooked teeth or a misaligned bite can cause the teeth to line up abnormally and cause teeth grinding. Problems with and untreated disorders affecting sleep, such as sleep apnea, also cause teeth grinding.
Do I grind my teeth?
While many teeth grinders do not recognize their condition due to being asleep while its main symptoms occur, there are some daytime symptoms that can tell you that you grind your teeth, including:
- a dull headache which lasts all morning or day
- sore jaw muscles
- your bed partner tells you they hear you grind your teeth
- worn, flattened teeth
- tooth sensitivity
Teeth Grinding Treatments in Orlando, FL
Teeth grinding treatments often begin conservatively with some simple lifestyle or sleeping changes. Reducing the amount of stress in your life, avoiding chewing gum or simply getting enough water throughout the day can help reduce the symptoms of teeth grinding. However, you may require some help from your dentist if these methods fail to provide adequate results. Your dentist may suggest physical therapy or visiting a chiropractor to retrain your muscles and realign your bones. Alongside these treatments, wearing a custom night guard prescribed by your dentist while you sleep helps realign your jaw and protect your teeth from the effects of teeth grinding.
Repairing Teeth Grinding’s Effects
If your teeth are worn or damaged due to teeth grinding, your dentist can help you repair them with cosmetic dentistry procedures like veneers and dental crowns. Depending on the severity of your damage, your treatment may be different from others suffering from the same condition. For more information on teeth grinding, please contact Dr. Douglas Huhn and Dr. Clete Huhn at Huhn Dental in Orlando, FL. Call (407) 422-6281 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
When most people think of self-care and investments in health, happiness, wellness, and improvements to their overall quality of life, a trip to the dentist may not necessarily be the first thing to come to mind. While getting a massage, or sweating it out in a spin class or yoga class definitely has a positive impact on mind and body, fixing damaged teeth and improving a tarnished smile can have an immediate and lasting impact on everything from nutrition to oral health and self-esteem.
Why? As social animals living in a primarily image based society, feeling embarrassed or ashamed of how our teeth look can limit our social, professional, and personal interactions. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, dental restorations are also an investment in oral and general health for the millions of Americans missing one or more of their natural teeth. Dental crowns and bridges are a minimally invasive and highly effective in restoring significantly decayed, damaged, broken, or missing teeth.
Smile Restoration in Orlando, FL
Dental crowns are a cap made of porcelain that is placed over a damaged tooth to improve its cosmetic appearance and mechanical function (chewing, maintaining proper tooth alignment and positioning, and the ability to speak and enunciate clearly). If a tooth is already missing or needs to be extracted, a dentist can create a bridge, which consists of a prosthetic crown that is attached to additional crowns placed on the teeth on either side to anchor it in place.
The most common material for dental crowns and bridges is porcelain, which closely matches the texture and hue of natural teeth, making them an ideal smile restoration option for patients of all ages and backgrounds.
Find a Dentist in Orlando, FL
A healthy, beautiful smile and a new outlook on life can be a few visits to the dentist away. For more information on crowns and bridges and other smile restoration options in Orlando, FL, contact our office by calling (407) 422-6281 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Douglas Huhn or Dr. Clete Huhn today.
Nothing lasts forever, including your toothbrush. Know when it’s time to ditch it for a new one!
In between visits to see our Orlando, FL family dentists, Dr. Douglas and Dr. Clete Huhn, you should be doing your best to keep your smile healthy from the comfort of your own home. Learn more about caring for your smile to prevent decay and other issues down the road.
The Telltale Signs that a Toothbrush Should be Thrown Out
It’s fairly easy to know whether or not it’s time to toss your toothbrush and get a new one. Everyone, no matter what their age, should replace their toothbrush about every three to four months. However, if you notice that the bristles are starting to splay out earlier than 3-4 months then you’ll need to replace your toothbrush even sooner.
If you happen to travel with your toothbrush you will also want to replace the brush head or toothbrush once you get back from your travels. The toothbrush often gets shoved into a suitcase and sits out in a hotel bathroom, where it can collect germs and dirt that could make you sick. So play it safe and spring for a new toothbrush once you are back from your vacation.
The same rule also applies for illness. Think about it: Why would you want to place the same toothbrush in your mouth that you used while you were ill? That toothbrush is covered in nasty little germs that could easily reinfect you. Once you have fought and won the battle over an illness it’s best to say goodbye to your old toothbrush and replace it with a clean new one. Trust us; you’ll be thankful that you did this!
If you have questions about whether a manual or electric toothbrush would work better for you our Orlando general dentist can help weigh in on which toothbrush might work best. While the choice is ultimately up to you, we can help provide suggestions for the best ADA-approved toothbrushes that will work with your lifestyle, dexterity and any existing dental conditions you may have.
Need to schedule you or your child’s next dental cleaning? Then it’s time you called our Orlando, FL dental office. We are ready to help you book your next visit!
The Columbia University College of Dental Medicine states that professional teeth whitening is one of the most in-demand cosmetic dental treatments available today. Brightening dull, yellowed, stained enamel by several shades in just over an hour at Dr. Douglas Huhn's Orlando office, teeth whitening safely lifts discolorations from tooth enamel.
It Doesn't Take Weeks
Because Dr. Huhn uses powerful hydrogen peroxide gel, tooth bleaching, or whitening, takes just one office visit. First, the dentist examines teeth and gums to ensure they are healthy enough for whitening. This means no active decay or gum disease. People with very sensitive teeth or receded gum tissue are not good candidates for whitening.
Then, Dr. Huhn and his team protect the gums and lips with a plastic or rubber dam which keeps the whitening gel right on the teeth. They apply the whitening gel and allow it to seep into the enamel. The gel actually reaches the second inner layer of tooth structure called dentin.
After about an hour, the gel is rinsed off, and patients view their newly brightened smiles. Results are quite dramatic.
The Science of Whitening
Teeth stain for two reasons. One, we put things into our mouths which, over time, cause discoloration. Red wine, blueberries, coffee, tea, soy sauce and other dietary choices lead to extrinsic stains. Smoking does, too.
Two, teeth get intrinsic stains as well due to aging, oral injury, some prescription medications and other factors. These problems are more stubborn but can still respond to whitening.
When the doctor applies the whitening gel, it oxidizes the staining material, loosening its hold on the chemical matrix dentists refer to as tooth enamel. Oxidation actually occurs on the molecular level. The more highly concentrated the gel is, the more quickly the whitening works.
So, teeth whitening in Orlando with Dr. Huhn and his staff takes just about an hour. Or, if the patient prefers to do whitening in the privacy of his or her own home, Dr. Huhn provides custom-fit whitening trays which hold a less concentrated gel. The patient wears them at home for a specified length of time daily for about a week.
Keeping It White in Orlando
Teeth whitening lasts anywhere from six months to a couple of years with good brushing and flossing at home. Six month check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Huhn and his professional team are also required. Patients should limit consumption of coffee, cola, and staining foods, and smoking cessation helps keep teeth bright, too.
To see if teeth whitening in Orlando is right for you, contact Dr. Doug Huhn, and arrange a cosmetic dentistry consultation. Get a whiter smile quickly! Call (407) 422-6281 for an appointment.
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