Posts for: November, 2018

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
November 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

What improves the shape, texture, and color of your individual teeth, leaving you with a beautiful smile? Porcelain veneers, of course! Custom-crafted according to instructions from your dentist, Dr. Todd Brower, in Holland, MI, porcelain veneers cover detracting defects for a look that's both perfect and perfectly you.

What are porcelain veneers?

They are one of cosmetic dentistry's most asked-for treatments. Made from stain-and-crack-resistant ceramic, ultra-thin veneers mask flaws such as hairline cracks, chips, stains, small gaps, uneven length, unattractive shape, and more. Your dentist in Holland, MI, recommends lifelike veneers to older teens and adult patients who are free from active decay and gum disease.

In many cases, they are part of a comprehensive smile makeover that includes aesthetic services, restorations, or tooth replacements. In other words, porcelain veneers are very versatile.

Are veneers right for you?

Dental VeneersAt Ottawa Smiles Dental, Dr. Brower will perform a complete oral examination, take X-rays and photos, and work-up a complete treatment plan. He'll send oral impressions to a trusted dental lab where a skilled ceramist will fabricate your veneers with just the right color and shape. Because Dr. Brower will resurface your teeth to prepare them for the veneers, temporary laminates will be used to cover, protect, and normalize your smile until the next appointment.

When you return to the office, the dentist will remove the temporary veneers and bond the new ones in place. A tooth-colored cement then holds in the veneers and contributes to their complimentary color and natural appearance. With careful adjustment for bite, your procedure is complete.

Veneer care

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that veneers look natural and are strong and resilient enough to withstand normal biting and chewing. To keep them bright and healthy, brush twice a day, floss daily, and see Dr. Brower every six months for a professional cleaning and check-up. Finally, avoid hard foods, limit staining beverages (such as coffee) and avoid smoking and chewing tobacco.

Contact us

To find out if porcelain veneers are right for you, contact Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI, for a consultation with Dr. Brower. Bring your ideas on the smile changes you'd like to see, and your dentist will answer your questions and concerns fully. Call (616) 399-3600 today—we look forward to helping you achieve a bright new look!


By Ottawa Smiles Dental
November 20, 2018
Category: Oral Health
InTodaysNFLOralHygieneTakesCenterStage

Everyone knows that in the game of football, quarterbacks are looked up to as team leaders. That's why we're so pleased to see some NFL QB's setting great examples of… wait for it… excellent oral hygiene.

First, at the 2016 season opener against the Broncos, Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers was spotted on the bench; in his hands was a strand of dental floss. In between plays, the 2105 MVP was observed giving his hard-to-reach tooth surfaces a good cleaning with the floss.

Later, Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was seen on the sideline of a game against the 49ers — with a bottle of mouthwash. Taylor took a swig, swished it around his mouth for a minute, and spit it out. Was he trying to make his breath fresher in the huddle when he called out plays?

Maybe… but in fact, a good mouthrinse can be much more than a short-lived breath freshener.

Cosmetic rinses can leave your breath with a minty taste or pleasant smell — but the sensation is only temporary. And while there's nothing wrong with having good-smelling breath, using a cosmetic mouthwash doesn't improve your oral hygiene — in fact, it can actually mask odors that may indicate a problem, such as tooth decay or gum disease.

Using a therapeutic mouthrinse, however, can actually enhance your oral health. Many commonly available therapeutic rinses contain anti-cariogenic (cavity-fighting) ingredients, such as fluoride; these can help prevent tooth decay and cavity formation by strengthening tooth enamel. Others contain antibacterial ingredients; these can help control the harmful oral bacteria found in plaque — the sticky film that can build up on your teeth in between cleanings. Some antibacterial mouthrinses are available over-the-counter, while others are prescription-only. When used along with brushing and flossing, they can reduce gum disease (gingivitis) and promote good oral health.

So why did Taylor rinse? His coach Rex Ryan later explained that he was cleaning out his mouth after a hard hit, which may have caused some bleeding. Ryan also noted, “He [Taylor] does have the best smelling breath in the league for any quarterback.” The coach didn't explain how he knows that — but never mind. The takeaway is that a cosmetic rinse may be OK for a quick fix — but when it comes to good oral hygiene, using a therapeutic mouthrinse as a part of your daily routine (along with flossing and brushing) can really step up your game.

If you would like more information about mouthrinses and oral hygiene, contact us or schedule a consultation.


By Ottawa Smiles Dental
November 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
4SignsYourChildMayHaveaPoorBite

Although tooth decay is a major problem to watch for in your child’s teeth, it isn’t the only one. As their teeth transition from primary (“baby”) to permanent, you should also be on the lookout for a developing poor bite or malocclusion.

Although the signs can be subtle, you may be able to detect an emerging malocclusion, starting usually around age 6, if you know what to look for. Here are 4 signs your child may be developing a poor bite.

Excessive spacing. This is something that might be noticeable while the child still has their primary teeth. If you notice an excessive amount of space around the front teeth, the sizes of the jaws and the teeth may be disproportional.

Abnormal overlapping. The upper teeth normally just cover the bottom teeth when the jaws are closed. But a malocclusion may be forming if the lower teeth cover the upper (underbite), the upper teeth extend too far over the lower (deep bite) or there’s space between the upper and lower front teeth (open bite).

Different overlapping patterns. Watch as well for some of the teeth overlapping normally while others don’t, a sign of a cross bite. For example, the back upper teeth may cover their counterparts in a normal fashion while the lower front teeth abnormally overlap the top front. The roles here between front and back teeth can also be reversed.

Abnormal eruptions. Permanent teeth normally follow a pattern when erupting, but certain factors could disrupt the process. For example, a jaw that’s developed too small can cause crowding as incoming teeth vie for space; as a result, some permanent teeth may erupt out of their proper position. Likewise, if a baby tooth is out of its normal position or prematurely lost, the permanent tooth may erupt out of position too.

The good news with each of these developing bite problems is that we can correct them or at least minimize their future effect if caught early. So if you notice any of these signs or anything else out of the ordinary, see an orthodontist as soon as possible. It’s also a good idea to have your child undergo a thorough orthodontic evaluation around age 6.

If you would like more information on bite problems in children, 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 “Problems to watch for in Children Ages 6 to 8.”