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Learn about cosmetic dentistry from your Chandler dentist.
Some of the most magnetic people have magnetic smiles that they're proud to flash at any and every opportunity. Many weren't born with those perfect teeth—they got some help from a dentist. It's time that you give yourself a smile that you can feel confident about with the help of Dr. Bianca Chan McWilliams. She offers a range of treatments at her Chandler, AZ, cosmetic dentistry office.
The Power of a Confident Smile
You may not realize how powerful your smile is and how it can affect how you navigate your life. For instance, when posing for pictures, do you smile wide or hide your teeth? When meeting new people in professional and social engagements, do you hesitate to smile or avoid talking to them for too long? Having confidence in your smile can make you more relaxed, motivate you, improve your social encounters and even have a positive effect on your overall health.
Cosmetic Dentistry Options
Dr. McWilliams specializes in giving her patients smiles that function optimally and also look amazing. Explore these treatments at her Chandler dentist office:
- Professional teeth whitening (Zoom! system).
- Porcelain veneers (for covering imperfections).
- Six Month Braces and Invisalign (for tooth alignments).
- Removable dentures (partial and complete).
- Cosmetic bonding and contouring (an inexpensive way of reshaping your smile).
Once you’re finally confident in your smile, it’s important to do everything possible to keep it looking good. Here are some smile maintenance tips:
- Use a fluoride whitening toothpaste that’s recommended by your dentist.
- Don’t underestimate the importance of flossing and gargling with mouthwash in addition to brushing.
- If you have a retainer after an orthodontic treatment, wear it every night to ensure your teeth keep their position.
- Visit Dr. McWilliams office for professional cleanings, whitening treatments and checks on your dental restorations/devices periodically.
Call to Talk about Your Smile
Make time to schedule an appointment with Dr. McWilliams at Solaris Dentistry to have a conversation about your smile. Call (480) 802-6617 today to schedule an appointment at her Chandler, AZ cosmetic dentistry office.
According to the American College of Prosthodontists, 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Luckily, you can replace your missing tooth or teeth while keeping your smile’s aesthetic properties intact. Learn more about tooth replacement options with Dr. Bianca Chan McWilliams at Solaris Dental Health in Chandler, AZ.
What are my options in Chandler for replacing my missing teeth?
Replacing your missing teeth can seem like a daunting task. However, with several options to choose from, you can find the best procedure for you and your teeth. Some common tooth replacement options include the following if you are:
- …missing all of your teeth: Dentures are a good option for individuals who have lost all of their teeth. A full denture replaces your entire arch of teeth. Dentures can also replace most of the teeth on the arch with a partial denture. This style allows your remaining teeth to fit through the denture to blend into your new smile and secure the denture in place.
- …missing a few of your teeth: Dental implants are a great option for replacing multiple teeth, especially if the patient has several missing teeth in a row. The implant, surgically placed into the jawbone beneath the missing tooth, stands alone and fills in your gap permanently. One implant on either side of a dental bridge of prosthetic teeth can replace a row of missing teeth.
- …missing one or more teeth: A dental bridge, attached to the healthy teeth surrounding your gap, can replace a single tooth. The bridge, which has three prosthetic teeth in a row, fits into your smile to fill in your gap. A dental implant can also replace a single tooth, not requiring any surrounding healthy teeth on which to attach.
How can replacing my teeth help my smile?
Missing teeth can take a toll on your smile. The teeth may shift or move to compensate for your gap. This occurrence affects your mouth’s bite, which can also affect chewing, swallowing and even speaking. Additionally, missing teeth cause bone atrophy, causing complications like premature aging or sagging facial skin if left untreated.
For more information on tooth replacement options, please contact Dr. Chan McWilliams at Solaris Dental Health in Chandler, AZ. Call (480) 802-6617 to schedule your appointment today!
What is the importance of a family dentist? There are many ways to answer this question, but perhaps the best way is to pose another question: “Why not have a family dentist?” A family dentist is someone who provides services to the entire family, creating a number of intrinsic benefits common to many service providers who service an entire family. From a dentist point of view, it is even more beneficial when you take into consideration how many people suffer from dental anxiety. We strongly encourage our families to take advantage of the fact that we are a family dentist and to come in together, whenever possible, for routine maintenance and cleaning. What the families who do this have discovered is that when they make it a family habit to visit us, the entire family stays healthier and they have an overall improvement in their oral health and hygiene. In addition, kids learn very young to trust and rely on the family dentist for any dental
health needs they may have, much the same way as families have learned to rely on the family general practitioner. As the familiarity between us and your family improves, so too will that critical trust factor, which is something family dentists rely on very heavily.
Consider it from a child’s perspective for a second. Coming to a medical service center of any type is something naturally scary for a child. There are unfamiliar surroundings, strange sounds and smells, and the innate fear of the unknown. When, however, you add in the smiling face of a trusted family practitioner in the form of your family dentist, much of that anxiety dissipates. Since the child has previously seen this person as a friend and someone who treats Mom
or Dad, they are no longer as concerned about the procedures or what goes on in the chair. Additionally, we have discovered that parents who make it a habit to come in with their children are also more inclined to trust the dentist and have their own oral health needs taken care of.
Besides the ability to build trust with the family, there are other very tangible benefits for a family who sees a family dentist. The first among these is the ability to save time. When you have different services providers for different members of the family, you will find yourself juggling schedules and driving from place to place to ensure everyone is getting what they need. On the other hand, when the entire family sees the same family dentist, we are able to provide you with all the services under one roof. For general services from fillings to extractions and from
cleanings to x-rays, we are able to offer all of that in the clinic, so you do not have to go anywhere else. In a the same vein, families do not want to be juggling schedules, so we have a booking system that allows you to book each other’s appointments in congruence or relationship with each other. This way, when you and the family come in to see the family dentist, all your bases are covered at the same time.
When was the last time you visited the family dentist? If you notice that your breath is smelling worse than normal, this may be an indication that it has been too long. Even if you brush and floss regularly, it can be difficult to reach all of the places in your mouth. As a result, plaque and bacteria can build up in these hard to reach places and begin to produce an odor. If you come in for a teeth cleaning, we can remove it, and your breath will typically start to smell better.
Another reason to call our office is that the smell of your breath may be caused by a health problem. Most people are aware that things like a fever or the flu can cause bad breath but did you know that your oral health can as well? If you have a problem like a tooth infection or gum disease, your breath may start to smell. We believe in the importance of early detection and, for this reason, recommend that you pay attention to how your breath smells on a regular basis. If you notice that it smells worse than normal, give our office a call so that we can investigate.
In addition to cleaning your teeth, one of the first things that we will do is look for signs of an infection. An infected tooth will emit a strong odor, and as the infection grows, that odor will become worse. Typically tooth infections cause some form of sensitivity or discomfort, however, in some cases, people don’t notice irritation until the tooth requires immediate treatment. Your breath, however, may start to change right away so this can be a valuable tool for catching it early. If you do have an infection, we may need to perform a root canal to remove the infected area, prior to sealing it up and using a crown to protect the tooth. Once the tooth has been restored, your breath should start to smell better. As a family dentist, we restore infected and damaged teeth on a daily basis and find that the earlier we can catch the infection, the less discomfort you will feel.
We will also look for signs of gum disease. This is such a common condition, and most people experience some form of gum disease throughout their lifetime. The severity of it is different for each person but when caught early, we can prevent much of the damage. For example, gingivitis can make the gums swell or become red and sensitive. During this stage, we can treat the condition with a deep cleaning to remove the plaque and tartar from below the surface of the gums. If, however, the condition is left untreated, the gum tissue may start to recede. As it does, pockets are created in the tissue, leaving teeth susceptible to attack and bone loss. Fortunately, your breath may provide the warning you need to schedule an appointment and have your gums treated early.
In our family dentist office, we can help to improve your breath and treat whatever infection or disease is causing it in the first place.