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Oral Hygiene Habits

Fixing aesthetic concerns about your teeth such as gaps, minor chips, or discoloration is relatively simple. However, if you’re experiencing unhealthy teeth and gums, you will not be a candidate for cosmetic dentistry until the issues have been resolved. Doing so helps prevent infection or other unnecessary complications.

Poor oral hygiene is usually failure to maintain good oral hygiene habits, such as regular brushing and flossing to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. If you’re experiencing bleeding, swollen or deteriorating gums, tooth pain, changes to your tongue and its color or texture, you will need to see your dentist to create a course of action to prevent disease or infection.

Bad habits can lead to poor oral hygiene, including:

  • Teeth grinding or clenching,
  • Eating sugary and acidic foods,
  • Coffee, wine, and tea; and
  • Smoking and tobacco use.

Whiter, Brighter, Healthier Smile

If you’re wanting to improve your smile, cosmetic dentistry can help. Teeth whitening, bonding, and veneers are great options to help create a brighter smile!

  • Teeth Whitening. Bleaching lightens teeth that have been affected by poor oral hygiene. 
  • Composite Fillings. Tooth-colored fillings used in bonding can help repair chipped, broken, or discolored teeth. This type of filling is also very useful to fill in gaps and to protect sensitive, exposed root surfaces caused by gum recession.
  • Porcelain Veneers. Veneers are thin, custom-made, tooth-colored shells that are bonded onto the fronts of teeth to create a beautiful, individual smile. Veneers can help restore or camouflage damaged, discolored, poorly shaped, or misaligned teeth.
  • Porcelain Crowns. Crowns are custom-made, tooth-colored cap covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. Crowns protect and strengthen a tooth that is weak.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants are surgical tooth roots that provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) teeth. They are placed into the jawbone where they serve as the roots of missing teeth. These new surgical roots become a sturdy base for supporting artificial teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions

During a regular checkup, one of our experienced dental hygienists will remove any plaque and tartar from your teeth and work with you to find the best way to keep your teeth clean and healthy on a daily basis. Then, one of our dentists will check your teeth for signs of cavities and other oral diseases, such as cancer.

By following our recommended teeth care routine, making smart choices about your food, and keeping up with regular visits to the dentist, you can lower your risk for tooth decay and promote overall health!

We recommend you come in twice a year to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong. If you have any questions while you are here, our knowledgeable team is always happy to answer any questions about your smile. If you are due for a cleaning or are experiencing any oral pain, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment.

We Accept Most PPO Insurance

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
  • MeLife
  • Delta Dental
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Ameritas
  • Guardian
  • Southland

If you are in need of a flexible monthly payment option for dental services, find out if you are qualified for CareCredit. Applying is easy! It only takes 5 minutes to see if you are eligible. If you qualify, there are a variety of options available, so you can pay for your dental treatment.