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Choosing a dentist is a serious decision. Many dentists declare themselves to be cosmetic specialists, but you need to do practice due diligence to weed out the pretenders from the experts. Here are a few helpful tips on how to find a cosmetic dentist.
Cosmetic dentistry, for one, is not a specialty that’s officially recognized by the American Dental Association, so any dentist can legally refer to themselves as a cosmetic dentist. Let’s look at a few ways to determine if a dentist is a cosmetic specialist.
Consider dentists who have been formally trained to conduct cosmetic procedures. When searching for a dentist, ask these questions:
Don’t be afraid to directly contact the dentist and inquire about their cosmetic dentistry experience.
Most cosmetic dentists who excel at their jobs are proud of their work. On the dentist’s website, look for before-and-after photos. It’d be even better if there are some case studies and patient testimonials.
Look for dentists who are equipped with modern dental technology. Technology is one way to check the level of care and treatment in that office. Look for CAD/CAM restorative technology, digital X-rays, intraoral cameras, and more.
During your initial inquires and consultations, confirm if that dentist office is attentive and patient-focused. In many offices, the patient can be an afterthought, with poor wait times, lazy receptionists, and dentists who refuse to listen to their patients. For you to receive the smile of your dreams, you need a dentist who is eager to communicate with you, relatively accessible, and committed to helping you. Your dentist needs to be able to fully explain and walk you through any procedures, and will help you understand the benefits and the risks of those procedures.
Your oral health and appearance is incredibly important to your livelihood. You need a dentist who you know can get the job done. For you to trust your dentist, you will need to evaluate their experience, training, previous work and bedside manner. Doing a bit of research to choose the right dentist can be the difference between receiving a subpar or a stunning smile.
To find out how Dr. Grossman can help to craft a gorgeous smile, contact us today.
Losing teeth can be a stressful experience. There are several to restore a smile, but not all of them are created equal. You will either choose one of these options:
Out of these three options, we believe dental implants to be the best, and there are several reasons why:
To you, this may all sound perfect, but there is one question lurking in your mind: Is the procedure safe?
Our answer: Yes, but it depends on the dentist.
Let’s explain how dental implants work. Dental implants are composed of titanium, and they are surgically drilled into the jawbone. Titanium is a biocompatible material that can connect to the jawbone. This process is called osseointegration.
Dental implant procedures have been commonly used since the 1970s. Over the years, they have become more predictable and secure than other methods of teeth restoration. It’s the only restoration methods that simulates the feel and function of a tooth root underneath the missing tooth.
However, if your dental specialist in unqualified and lacks proven experience, it can be risky. An experienced specialist like Dr. Grossman can ensure that the procedure is conducted smoothly, even if there are unforeseen complications.
How to Know if Your Dentist Is Qualified
If the dentist isn’t up for the job, you will receive subpar results, and you will lack the ongoing care you need. Here are two ways to determine if the dentist is up for the task:
We believe that dental implants offer the safest and most effective way to restore your teeth. The safety of the procedure depends on the experience and skill level of the dentist. For more information, contact us today.
When many people think of veneers, they typically understand that they are made to fit on your original tooth, but they often don’t realize that there are several types of veneers available. Dr. Grossman is in expert in helping you determine which type of veneers is best suited to meet your needs. An expert in crafting beautiful smiles, he will perform a full assessment of your oral health and make professional recommendations based on his findings.
To help you understand the different types of veneers available, we’ve provided a quick overview below:
This type of veneer is considered to be the most common, and a popular treatment for beautifying your smile. Composite resin veneers generally are done in one appointment. After the tooth is prepared or reshaped, Dr. Grossman carefully binds and sculpts the composite material in a color that matches your other teeth. A special light is used to harden the composites, then the veneer is smoothed and polished to look like a natural tooth.
Ceramic veneers have a smooth translucent surface that provides a very natural appearance. They are more resistant to straining than composite veneers, but require more visits to complete because they involve custom impressions and a laboratory for fabrication.
Ceramic veneers are extremely thin shells made of a strong and durable ceramic. Dr. Grossman removes a small amount of enamel from the front and sides of the tooth, and to make room for the veneers and prevents the restored teeth from feeling or looking bulky or unnatural. Next, the dentist makes an impression of he prepared teeth so that the shape of the preparatory and surrounding teeth can be replicated in the dentist laboratory. At the next visit, the dentist places veneers on the teeth to check the fit, shape and color.
These types of veneers are pre-made and sometimes used universally for patients based on their specific needs. They are available in a wide variety of shapes and colors so that the veneer can be matched to your natural tooth.
One of the newest options available on the market, this type of veneer snaps on to your original tooth. It can be worn while eating and drinking, and is easily removed for cleaning.
If you would like to find out more information about the types of veneers currently available, contact us today to talk with one of our staff. We’re ready to help you achieve the beautiful smile you deserve.
Remember, trust is a major factor in choosing a cosmetic dentist. Your esthetic restorations may initially appear beautiful, and your expectations may be met esthetically, but will their beauty stand the test of time?
Were they designed to fit precisely and thereby not irritate the soft tissue? Because it is almost impossible for you, as the patient, to make these determinations, it is essential to find a dentist who has the training, experience, and willingness to dedicate the time needed to get exceptional, long-lasting results.
Dr. Grossman is an expert cosmetic dentist who can answer all these questions and any other questions you may have regarding cosmetic dentistry procedures. To set up a consultation, contact Dr. Grossman today!
There’s a good reason why the American Dental Association strongly recommends that you floss at least once day. Using dental floss helps you to clean in the tiny spaces between your teeth and allows you to reach surface area that can’t be reached using your toothbrush. Although some critics question whether or not flossing is actually effective, dentists and oral health care professionals see the direct benefits of regular flossing every day.
However, research shows that flossing does more than just keep your smile healthy and beautiful. It can aid in maintaining your oral health, which has a significant impact on your overall health and well being.
Here are just a few reasons you should be reaching for your dental floss every day:
Evidence supports that flossing once a day and brushing twice a day is much more effective than simply brushing alone. When you use floss, you’re specifically targeting the plague in those tight spaces where your toothbrush in ineffective.
Flossing is the best way to remove the tiny particles of food that get caught under your gums which eventually cause decay or tartar. Tartar build-up is the number one cause of gingivitis, and can also cause more serious oral health issues. One of the most common issues is severe gum disease called periodontitis, which can result in bone and tooth loss.
Any activity as simple as flossing that can potentially improve your oral health and help you to avoid dental bills is worthwhile. Preventative care such as flossing and regular dentist visits will protect both your oral health and your pocket book.
No one enjoys having the tartar scraped off their teeth when they visit the dentist. Flossing helps to fight tartar build up by removing the plaque that has accumulated around the gum line. By eliminating plaque before it hardens into tartar, you can keep your teeth and gums much healthier.
If you have any questions about proper flossing or would like to know more about how flossing can improve your family’s oral health, contact us today!
With teeth brightening options more plentiful than ever, we enlisted volunteers to test the top three methods in use today.
Wilkes Barre- A smile. You’re never fully dressed without it, right?
And for some, it can be a deal-maker or deal-breaker. That is, perhaps, what drives an increasingly competitive market for a host of products and treatments designed to achieve that ever elusive, perfectly pearly, whiter that white smile.
Time was when one or two basic toothpastes on the market claimed whitening capabilities, but now just about every brand on store shelves also come in a version that offers the promise of shiny and new. Throw the slew of special toothbrushes and other new creations – such as whitening strips that adhere to teeth- into the mix with longer-standing bleaching treatments offered by many dentists and you have almost as many options as you have teeth.
Drink coffee? Red wine? Tea? Cola? Smoke a pack a day? Paid the price with stained teeth? Never fear, you’re told. There’s a treatment out there to rescue your enamel.
But are folks actually willing to shell out the cash in pursuit of the dream? Apparently so, say local dentist, who have had mixed results with several of the treatments.
“The sudden boom in whitening is like the sudden burst on gyms and looking good, said Dr. Loren Grossman, who has an office in Kingston. “Today’s society puts a lot of emphasis on health and physical attractiveness. Having a nice smile is all part of that.”
To help determine which, if any, whitening option holds the most promise and value for its cost, Grossman volunteered his dental services and three of his patients volunteered their time for a newspaper experiment.
They agreed to show us their smiles before and after they tested three most common whitening products and procedures available today; in-office halogen bleaching, at home bleaching trays and Crest Whitestrips.
Kathy Boris, 45, of Fairview Township underwent the most expensive but shortest (one hour) halogen bleaching procedure and rated the results as fair. Edward Rosser, 44 also of the Mountaintop area, took the middle-priced option- at home bleaching trays- and rated the results “fantastic.” And Randi Setta, 26, of Ashley went with the least expensive alternative- Crest Whitestrips. She, too, called her results decent.
Both women gave their procedures lower marks than Rosser give his.
“My teeth seemed whit the day I had it done and the day after,” Boris said, “(The) first couple of days people noticed, I guess but they don’t seem as white now.”
She said her bleaching process, which cost about $650, was painless, though there was a bit of burning when the bleach made contact with her lips and gums.
“The days after, my gums and teeth were a bit tender, but I ate and drank normally,” she said
Grossman said the procedures uses a high-power halogen lamp rather than a laser, as most people tend to believe.
“Because it’s a once-shot treatment, people associate it with a laser,” he said.
Boris said the bleaching technique did not take on her teeth. Grossman explained that this happens when materials such as a composite restoration, porcelain and veneers are present.
“Bleach does not penetrate those materials. The teeth have to be virgin enamel to absorb the bleach,” Grossman said.
Boris does have composite fillings in her front teeth.
People with such fillings tend to shy away from whitening, dental hygienist Mary Aigeldinger said, but she noted fillings can be recolored after bleaching to achieve a more uniform look.
Another irreversible enamel stain is caused by the antibiotic tetracycline commonly used years ago on children. At best the stains can be lightened but never totally removed, Grossman said.
In all costly procedures, Grossman insists on a prior consultation to asses whether the patient is a good candidate for a procedure and to discuss realistic expectations.
“If the patient isn’t happy with the results of one of the procedures, then we offer redos and touch ups or if they’re done laser treatment and it doesn’t take, then we give them the bleaching trays at no cost. We try to give them the desired results wither way,” Grossman said.
The halogen-bleaching technique is fairly new on the market. Only five of Grossman’s patients have had the procedure performed in the two months he has had the equipment, as opposed to the hundreds who have used the customized bleaching trays.
Rosser, who wore the tray once a day for about 30 to 45 minutes for two weeks was extremely please with his new teeth.
“It’s amazing how the brightness is 10 times more than before,” he said. “it’s really works good and whitens your teeth. For someone that drinks coffee a lot and smokes, that’s pretty great.
O experienced minor sensitivity the second or third time of use, but after that, I felt no discomfort whatsoever,” Rosser said.
Bleaching trays, for both top and bottom teeth, cost about $250 each with the price in the steeper side because each tray must be customized to fit a patient’s teeth.
Grossman was not surprised by Rosser’s enthusiasm for the contraptions.
“My personal opinion is that the trays work best,” “they work great, and people do tend to have transient sensitivity, but you tell them to stop the treatment for a day then pick ut up, and it’s usually gone.”
When customized bleaching trays debuted in the early 1990s, dentist instructed patients to bleach overnight, an act that contributed to sensitivity. The bleaching material is only effective for 20 minutes, maximizing results and minimizing sensitivity. Leaving the trays in position an longer can be counterproductive, Grossman said.
Another dentist, Dr. Chris T. Kalna of Forty Fort, agreed that bleaching trays are the most effective whitening treatments.
” I think the take-home customized bleaching trays give the best results. Laser bleaching works fine, but the results vary. Patients come into an office with expectations that they’re going to get these super white, pearly teeth, and that isn’t always the case,” Kalna said.
But Expectations can be high no matter the price.
Grossman’s patient Setta, for example, hoped for more from the Crest Whitestrips. The process takes about 14 days, if the strips are used twice a day for a few hours at a time. A kit costs about $40 and results are purported to last for six months. While the cost of this method is more reasonable, Setta said some of it’s effects were less than desirable.
While I took the strips off, there was all this slime. I had to wipe off all of my teeth with a tissue,” she said. ” I saw a difference. I just wanted to see them whiter than they turned out.”
Grossman said results using whitening strips vary from person to person.
“The hue, value, and color of the teeth determine how white they’re going to get,” he said. “After two to three weeks of treatment, teeth will be at their maximum whiteness. Doing the process again won’t get them whiter than that.”
Among some of the noted advantages of the Crest Whitestrips, as determined by a Clinical Research Associates’ newsletter, are their efficiency and convenience. Some disadvantages, however, include lack of total coverage and placement difficulties.
“People don’t like white strips as much because they’re difficult to handle,” Grossman said. “They’re thin, flexible and stick to themselves. It’s fairly new on the market as well. They came out in the last few months, but people try them because they are influenced by media and advertising.”
Whitening strips cover only the front portion of the teeth, and front portion of the teeth, and from cuspid to cuspid, leaving the sides of teeth darker than the portion bleached by the treatment, according to the newsletter.
Crest Whitestrips, as well as the halogen bleaching and the trays use one of two bleaches: hydrogen peroxide or the more common carbamide peroxide for more sensitive teeth. The peroxide is absorbed into the enamel and bleaches the teeth. All three of these are tested procedures and products render results that are supposed to last between three to five years with minor touch-ups thereafter.
Grossman said no result is guaranteed for any amount of time, but the most crucial factor involved in most treatments, especially when using whitening strips or trays, is “patient compliance.”
Written By: Emily Veinstein
The Fellowship Award was conferred on Dr. Loren J. Grossman at a convocation ceremony held during the Academy of General Dentistry annual meeting in San Francisco. Dr Grossman received his doctor of dental medicine degree from Temple University and is bachelors degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He also completed a post-graduate program in hospital dentistry as a general practice resident at Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA. Dr Grossman is a member of the Pennsylvania Dental Association and is immediate past president of the Luzerne County Dental Society. He lives in Kingston with his wife Lisa and their son Jarad.
August 12, 1990