Perfect Teeth on Your Wedding Day Takes Planning

To-Do List of the Bride-To-Be

Are you concerned with how your teeth will photograph on your wedding day? Many brides-to-be seek the dentist’s help before the big day. The most common issues are chipped, cracked, discolored, and stained teeth. Any bride with these and other issues can thankfully have the time to fix their dilema before their altar date if they start early enough in the planning stage to have dental care and treatment. Here are the most important things to consider.

Consult with your dentist. As early as possible see your dentist to find out what needs to be done. Consider the time frame for some corrective measures. Cosmetic veneers, for example, can take 2 to 3 months; while orthodontic treatments like straightening and realignment can take up to a year.

Go for a professional cleaning. It can reveal what your teeth really need. Consider cleaning first even before a whitening.

Have a professional whitening done. But don’t commit the mistake of having it done the day or night before. It’s generally not recommended in case of accidental exposure to the gum tissue, which can cause gingival irritation. Depending on the desired results, the whitening treatment and final results may take at least one to two weeks. It’s important not to rush it.

Daily Oral Maintenance

While at home, maintain oral health hygiene and practices. Have regular tooth brushing and flossing, and using mouthwash when necessary. An alcohol-free, colorless mouthwash is best, otherwise, it can weaken overall tooth structure and dry out dental work, such as composite bonding. Watch the toothpaste you’re using, avoiding those with abrasive ingredients like silica. Kaolin clay and bentonite clay are the safest, most effective, and least abrasive toothpaste. When it comes to tooth-staining drinks, like coffee, tea, red wine, and the like, better use a straw.

If you’ve run out of time to have any dental treatment done, you can consider some quick fixes. You can make your teeth look perfect, thus, staying away from gold jewelry that brings out yellowish tints. Use sparkly earrings instead that can make your teeth appear whiter. Don’t use magenta lipstick which can make teeth look yellow; but rather a true red can show the white teeth best, and rose, pink, and sheer colors offer contrast. For a any minor defect like stain or a crack on a tooth, dab a little petroleum jelly over it, to diffuse the effect in photos.


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Talk to us about your oral health plans for your big day. Rest assured we’ll prepare you for those picture-perfect smiles in photos to last a lifetime.

The Crack in Your Tooth: Signs and Symptoms

Cracking The Reasons For Tooth Cracks

Do you sometimes experience pain when chewing on your food? Do you suddenly feel a sharp stab of pain after drinking hot or cold drinks? In such cases you might have a crack in your tooth. Pain with a cracked tooth tends to come and go, so consult with your dentist right away as this can lead to more pain and discomfort over time.

What symptoms manifest if there’s a crack in a tooth?

Usually it is asymptomatic, people do not even realize it. Some types of cracks are harmless and do not require treatment. But there are cracks that manifest symptoms and might be more extensive than you can tell and may require a dental visit.

The following symptoms can be felt: pain when eating, particularly when chewing or biting, swollen gums around the cracked tooth, teeth that have suddenly become sensitive to sweetness, teeth that have suddenly become sensitive to hot or cold foods, pain that tends to come and go, and discomfort around the teeth and gums that is hard to pinpoint.

Reasons for Why Teeth Crack

Here are some reasons why a tooth can crack. For example, biting down hard on food such as an apple or a chunk of ice. If you excessively grind your teeth or have an old or large tooth filling causing the remaining tooth structure to fracture. A sudden temperature change, say a cold drink following a very hot one, a physical injury or trauma to the face or the mouth are other causes.

Did you know that tooth cracks are more common in people over 40, and women are more prone than men? There are several types of cracks in teeth and they vary in length, depth, as the location on the tooth.

Craze lines are the smallest cracks and affect the enamel only, and don’t need treatment unless with symptoms. Oblique supragingival cracks only affect the crown, not extending below the gum line. They’re not so very painful unlike oblique subgingival cracks which extend below the gum line. A crack can split a tooth in two; one part is usually restored with a crown, or a root canal treatment can be done. Oblique root cracks occurs below the gum line, most commonly below the jawbone; tooth extraction is the treatment. A fractured cusp is most common around a dental filling. A vertical apical root crack begins at the root and extends toward the crown; due to the pain, the tooth will often have to be removed.

The best treatment depends on the location of the crack and the extent of the damage.


Seeking Dental Treatment for Cracked Teeth in Downtown Seattle

Consult with our dentist, Dr. Jaime Lee, right away if you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms. Don’t ignore cracks in teeth as they can be problematic down the road.

Study: Drinking Alcohol Affects Oral Bacteria

Out With The Good, In With The Bad?

We all know about the harmful effects of over consumption of alcohol or alcoholism on one’s general health. There’s heart disease, certain cancers, to name a few. However, drinking also impacts other sensitive biological mechanisms, which may facilitate the body’s vulnerability to disease. Such as the biological mechanics within our mouth, which in turn impacts oral health.

Study of the Effects of Alcohol

Researchers from the New York University School of Medicine in NYC have recently brought to light how alcohol affects the bacterial microbiome of the mouth. The research claims that drinking can likely promote the growth of harmful bacteria in the mouth while at the same time stunting the development of helpful, probiotic bacteria.

The study involved 1,044 adult participants, aged 55–87, recruited through the American Cancer Society (ACS) Cancer Prevention Study II and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial. Healthy at the start of enrollment, they provided samples of their oral bacteria and drinking habits information. Of the number, 270 were non-drinkers, 614 were moderate drinkers, and 160 were into heavy drinking.

The research found that with those who were alcohol drinkers developed certain harmful bacteria in the mouth, namely, those belonging to the species Bacteroidales, Actinomyces, and Neisseria. In these same people, healthy bacteria, such as those from the species Lactobacillales (which help to prevent certain diseases) could not develop properly. Drinkers had decreased abundance of Lactobacillales, and with higher alcohol use, had other bacteria, some of which are potentially disease-causing, pointing at heart disease, head and neck cancer and gastrointestinal cancer.

There is evidence of an imbalance in the oral microbial flora related to local oral diseases, like periodontitis and dental caries linking potentially to systemic diseases, including gastrointestinal cancers and cardio- vascular disease. However, more research is needed along the lines of how different types of alcoholic drinks, as wine, beer and other strong liquors, independently influence the development of oral bacteria.

Better understanding of the causes and health impacts of oral bacterial imbalance can lead to specific bacteria-targeted approaches for disease prevention. In the meanwhile, it’s better to control alcohol consumption to reverse the effects or prevent the damage of unhealthy bacteria.


Ask Dr. Jaime Lee at Smile Art Seattle

A good drink once in a while or drinking only socially may be able to keep the balance of oral microbes at its best. It’s not just good for oral health, but overall being as well, we at First Impressions like to say.