Brighter Smiles

With Spring in the air, photo opportunities abound.  Whether it be the prom, a wedding, a new baby or just a family gathering, you want to look your best for any situation and part of that is your smile.

Have you considered teeth whitening?  One of the first things people notice about you is your smile. A brighter, whiter smile will make you feel better about yourself and sitting in on those photos. If chipped, stained, or crooked teeth are hiding the real you, it’s time for a smile makeover. A beautiful smile can enhance your life every day, both professionally and socially.

What about cosmetic dentistry? Have you put it off thinking it was going to be a big ordeal?Unlike plastic surgery, cosmetic dentistry isn’t a major operation. Imagine coming in for a single appointment or two with Dr. Brogdon and emerging with the smile you’ve always dreamed of…with no pain, no strain, no time taken away from your busy life. The results are immediate and dramatic.

Call us today for a consultation or just to schedule a whitening session. We want you to feel good about yourself and look good for all those occasions you want to smile about!

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Reasons to Smile

What are your reasons to smile?  Maybe you’ve just got married or found out you were going to be a parent. Did you get a new house or buy a new car? What about a new job? Maybe you aced that test or your team won the game.  Whatever your reasons, you want your smile to look good to reflect the occasion.  That’s why you should schedule your appointment to see Dr. Brogdon soon.  We can help you have the best smile possible for your happy occasion. Isn’t that a reason to smile?

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Regular Dental Visits Do Matter

No matter what your age, your oral health is important. Even though regular dental exams and good oral hygiene can help prevent most dental diseases, every year over 100 million Americans don’t see a dentist.  It is important to schedule regular dental appointments because they can help find oral health problems early on. By finding out the problems early, treatment can be simpler and more affordable.

According to American Dental Association here are some signs you should see your Dentist:

  • Your teeth are  sensitive to hot or cold
  • Your gums are puffy and/or they bleed when you brush or floss
  • You have fillings, crowns, dental implants, dentures, etc.
  • You don’t like the way your smile or teeth look
  • You have persistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
  • You are pregnant
  • You have pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck
  • You have difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • You have a family history of gum disease or tooth decay
  • You have a medical condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, eating disorders, or are HIV positive
  • Your mouth is often dry
  • You smoke or use other tobacco products
  • You are undergoing medical treatment such as radiation, chemotherapy or hormone replacement therapy
  • Your jaw sometimes pops or is painful when opening and closing, chewing or when you first wake up; you have an uneven bite
  • You have a spot or sore that doesn’t look or feel right in your mouth and it isn’t going away.

Even if you don’t have any of these symptoms, you can still have oral health problems that only a dentist can diagnose. Regular dental visits can help prevent problems from developing. Don’t put off your dental visit.  Call Brogdon Dental today at 423-870-5698 to set up your appointment.

Brogdon Dental Membership Plan – Making Dental Care Affordable

At Brogdon Dental we are offering a Membership Plan to help dental care be more affordable for your and your family.  Our plan offers the following:

  • Free simple cleaning (2 per year)
  • Free annual exam
  • Free set of x-rays
  • A “Brogdon Buck” worth $50
  • A 20% discount on all dental procedures
  • A 15% discount on all orthodontic procedures

Call us today at 423-870-5698 to find out how you can sign up for our new Plan.

 

What about Dental Implants?

If you are missing one or more teeth, you’ll want replacements that are as natural as possible. If dentures don’t work for you, you may consider dental implants.

According to MouthHealthy.org, there are generally three phases to getting an implant:

  • First, the dentist surgically places the implant into the jawbone. Your dentist may recommend a diet of soft foods, cold foods and warm soup during the healing process.
  • Next, the bone around the implant heals in a process called osseointegration. What makes an implant so strong is that the bone actually grows around it and holds it in place. Osseointegration means “combines with the bone” and takes time. Some patients might need to wait until the implant is completely integrated, up to several months, before replacement teeth can be attached to the implant. Other patients can have the implants and replacement teeth placed all in one visit.
  • Finally, it’s time for the placement of the artificial tooth/teeth. For a single tooth implant, your dentist will customize a new tooth for you, called a dental crown. The crown will be based on size, shape, color and fit, and will be designed to blend in with your other teeth. If you are replacing more than a single tooth, custom-made bridges or dentures will be made to fit your mouth and your implants. (Note: The replacement teeth usually take some time to make. In the meantime, your dentist may give you a temporary crown, bridge or denture to help you eat and speak normally until the permanent replacement is ready.)

Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile. In fact, the development and use of implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years. Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth.

After the implant device is inserted into the jaw, a chemical and mechanical bond is formed. The jawbone actually grows into the implant!

If you are interested in dental implants, it’s a good idea to discuss it carefully with Dr. Brogdon first. If you are in generally good health this treatment may be an option for you.

Smile!

How many times have you heard, “Smile”, especially when someone is taking your picture?  With weddings, family reunions, birthday dinners and so many other occasions, people are taking out the camera, iphone or other devices and taking (and many times posting on the internet) your picture and your smile.

With this in mind, don’t you want to put your best smile forward?  If a bright, white, smile with beautiful teeth is what you are looking for, give us a call at Brogdon Dental. We can help take the panic away when you hear the word “Smile” and make it the pleasant experience it should be.

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Veneers and You

Have you ever considered veneers? If you have and wonder exactly what they are, according to WebMD:

Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.

Do you think you are a candidate for veneers? You might want veneers if you have discolored teeth, teeth that are worn down, chipped or broken, misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped teeth, or teeth with gaps between them.

Getting veneers usually requires around 3 trips to your dentist. One for a consultation and two to make and apply the veneers.  Veneers generally last between 5 and 10 years. After that time, most veneers need to be replaced and there is no special care involved with your veneers, just continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing and flossing as you normally would.

What are some of the advantages of veneers?

  • They provide a natural tooth appearance.
  • Gum tissue tolerates porcelain well.
  • Porcelain veneers are stain resistant.
  • The color of a porcelain veneer can be selected such that it makes dark teeth appear whiter.
  • Veneers offer a conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color and shape; veneers generally don’t require the extensive shaping prior to the procedure that crowns do, yet offer a stronger, more aesthetic alternative.

If you feel you might be interested in veneers, give us a call at Brogdon Dental.  Dr. Brogdon can discuss the pros and cons associated with veneers and you can decide if this procedure is for you.