What You Can Do About Receding Gums

Receding Gums

When the gums begin to pull back from the teeth and start to expose the root of the teeth, that is called receding gums. In some cases, receding gums can be caused by a lack of preventative care, but there can be many other causes. However, the main question our patients ask is if there is a way to reverse receding gums.

While gum tissue does not grow back, cosmetic dentists like Dr. Taylor can provide treatments to manage and address receding gums.

What Causes Receding Gums

As we said before, there are many triggers that can cause your gums to recede. Some of the most common reasons why people struggle with receding gums are:

Nicotine use – The use of nicotine products restricts the flow of blood. This restriction of blood flow can cause issues with blood and oxygen reaching the tissue in your gums, leading them to die and recede.
Poor dental hygiene – Without proper oral care, plaque can build up on a person’s gums and teeth. This plaque can harden and turn into tartar, and as it separates your gums from your teeth, bacteria can move in and cause the gums to recede.
Bruxism – Forceful teeth grinding caused by grinding can put too much pressure on your gums, causing the gums to recede. Also, misaligned teeth can have a similar effect.
Harsh toothbrush or technique – While it can be tempting to brush your teeth more firmly when you notice a dental issue, that hard brushing can be causing some of the problems. Harsh teeth brushing techniques can irritate your gums and cause them to recede, as well as wear down the enamel of your teeth. Also, hard-bristled toothbrushes can cause issues with your gums and teeth as they can be very abrasive.
Genetic predisposition – Some people simply have a genetic predisposition to gum disease, which means no matter how well you care for your teeth, you may still struggle with gum disease.
Hormone changes – Women undergoing hormonal changes such as menopause, puberty, and pregnancy can have more sensitive gums that can be vulnerable to receding gums.

Ways A Cosmetic Dentist Can Help With Receding Gums

Once someone has had gum recession, you will need the dental services of a cosmetic dentist like Dr. Taylor to correct the issue. There are three main ways that receding gums can be addressed.

Gum Graft

One of the more invasive options, a gum graft requires a cosmetic dentist to take gum tissue from another section of your mouth. Generally, the inside roof of the mouth can be used. This tissue is then surgically placed in the areas of your mouth where your gums are receding.

Not only can a gum graft significantly improve the appearance of receding gums, but it can also prevent future problems with having the roots of your teeth exposed.

Flap Surgery

More in-depth than root planing and scaling, during flap surgery, our dentist will make a small incision in your gums to allow him to lift the tissue up. With the gum tissue moved out of the way, it is easier for our dentist to reach further and remove the rest of the bacteria causing your receding gums.

After the bacteria is removed, then Dr. Taylor will resecure your gum tissue. With the bacteria removed, the danger of further recession, bone loss, and gum disease are significantly diminished.

Bonding

Bonding focuses mostly on improving the appearance of receded gums. This procedure used gum-colored resin and places them over the exposed roots of your teeth.

Not only does the bonded resin reduces the appearance of your receded gums, but the bonding can help protect the sensitive and delicate roots of your teeth.

How To Stop Your Gums From Receding

While there are some gum recession factors out of your control, there are some that you can control and ways to prevent your gums from receding further.

  • Root planing and scaling – Less invasive than flap surgery, root planing and scaling by our dentist can remove built-up plaque and help clean out pockets of bacteria. That way, your gums can heal and stop receding.
  • Quit smoking or vaping – Products with nicotine will continue to impact your health if you continue to use them. Try to quit their use as soon as possible to ensure the health of your gums.
  • Use soft-bristle toothbrush – A soft-bristled toothbrush is best for your teeth’s enamel and your gums. Brush twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and be sure to floss at least once in the evening.
  • Attend regular dental check-ups – Attending your biannual dental cleaning is a great way to help stop your gums from receding, particularly if you are prone to plaque build-up. Our staff can help deep clean your teeth, and Dr. Taylor can catch warning signs before they become a serious issue.

If you would like to consult with our dentist about your gum concerns, feel free to contact us to set up your appointment.

How Do You Maintain White Teeth?

Once you’ve had your teeth whitened, along with admiring your revitalized smile, you may be thinking, “Wait, how do I keep my teeth white?”

While teeth are naturally porous and yellow over time, there is a variety of things you can do to maintain your bright white smile. Some of these steps will include keeping up with your daily oral care, skipping teeth-staining foods and other consumables, and coming into our dental clinic for the occasional whitening touch-up.

But overall, by practicing sensible care, you should be able to protect and maintain your white teeth without any extreme measures needed.

Keep Teeth White With Good Oral Hygiene

The daily care of your teeth is critical if you want to maintain the whiteness. This means at least brushing your teeth twice a day, once in the morning and once at night before bed. Along with teeth brushing, you should floss once a day to ensure that there is no debris trapped between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach.

Mouthwash can be helpful as well to support your oral health and keep your teeth white. Some types of mouthwash can be especially abrasive and kill off the good bacteria in your mouth as well as the bad, so it is best to discuss your options with our dentist, especially if you have gingivitis.

Choose The Right Toothpastes And Toothbrushes

In an effort to keep their teeth white, some people scrub their teeth with hard-bristled toothbrushes. All this harsh treatment is doing is wearing down their enamel. As the enamel is worn down, more of the dentin below shows through the remaining enamel. Since dentin is yellow, it will make your teeth appear more yellow than white.

Rather than assaulting your teeth, you should be using a soft-bristle toothbrush and gently brushing for two minutes. As for the toothpaste that you should use, you may want two different toothpastes—a whitening toothpaste and a fluoride-rich toothpaste. Using a whitening toothpaste two times a week can help keep off the surface stains while using a fluoride-rich toothpaste will help support your teeth’s overall health.

Come In For Dental Cleanings

Working with your local Billings, MT, dentist is an excellent way to support both your dental health and keep your whitened teeth bright. At your dental cleaning, issues can be found quickly so that there isn’t a weak point on your teeth where bacteria can darken them and create cavities.

Also, during your dental cleaning, your teeth are cleaned of all lingering dental plaque. Since plaque creates a foothold for bacteria in your mouth and is prone to staining, it is highly advised to come in for your regular cleanings to keep your teeth healthy and white.

Avoid Teeth-Staining Drinks And Foods

Once you have taken the time to undergo teeth whitening treatments, you don’t want to immediately start consuming things that are going to stain your teeth. While you don’t have to cut out all the foods and drinks that can stain your teeth, you may want to reduce how much you consume.

Teeth-Staining Drinks

When it comes to teeth-staining drinks, they often can have a greater impact than foods that stain, since some people instinctively swish drinks. Some of the drinks you may want to cut back on or avoid entirely are:

  • Coffee
  • Red wine
  • Tea
  • Sports drinks
  • Dark juices

Overall, it is best to reduce how much you consume of these drinks if you want to keep your teeth white. But if you use a straw, you can cut down on some of the visible stains that come with these drinks.

Foods That Can Stain

Along with different drinks, there are various foods that can stain your teeth, though they are a little less likely to cause staining, as foods don’t usually permeate your mouth the ways drinks do.

  • Dark-colored berries (blackberries, pomegranates, blueberries, etc.)
  • Popsicles
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Sauces (tomato sauce, soy sauce, curry sauce, etc.)
  • Beets

Eliminate Tobacco Use

If you use tobacco in any form—chew, smoke, or vape—you should know that it is contributing to the staining of your teeth. The nicotine is the main culprit behind the staining, though there are other additives that can help add to the yellowing of a tobacco user’s teeth. Also, along with staining your teeth, tobacco use often discolors the tongue.

Work With Taylor Cosmetic Dental For Teeth Whitening Touch-Ups

Even with the best dental practices, it is natural for teeth to teeth to turn a bit yellow over time. To help maintain your white teeth, you can always come into our dental office for teeth whitening touch up.

It is best to work directly with our dentist, as Dr. Taylor can provide you with whitening treatments that are far stronger than any over-the-counter solution. That way, you have a whiter, brighter smile sooner.

If you would like to get a whitening touch-up or start up teeth whitening treatments, contact us to set up your consultation today!

Are Veneers Or Invisalign Better?

As a skilled cosmetic dentist, Dr. Taylor is often asked whether veneers or Invisalign are better for reaching the perfect smile. The problem with this question is that it’s not asking the right question, as these two cosmetic dental procedures do different things to improve your smile.

To help clear things up if you have been wondering whether Invisalign or veneers are the right routes for you, we wanted to provide a thorough breakdown of what these two dental procedures are meant for, the main differences between them, their pros and cons, and finally, how you can decide whether Invisalign or veneers are right for your needs.

What Do Veneers Do vs. Invisalign

As we have said, these two cosmetic dental procedures have different purposes. Invisalign is meant to work just like invisible braces, straightening your teeth for a more even appearance. As Invisalign shifts your teeth, things like bite issues, crowding, and gaps can be corrected.

The invisible aligners that shift your teeth need to be replaced regularly to ensure that the progress continues. Aside from movement, Invisalign does not provide other visible cosmetic benefits.

In contrast, veneers focus on changing the visual impact of your teeth. This change is done usually with porcelain veneers, which require that your tooth be shaped and have a thin sheet of porcelain overlaying your natural tooth. There are also no-prep veneers, which require little-to-no tooth shaping needed and can be quickly applied. For most of this article, we will be focusing on porcelain veneers, but we felt it was important that you are aware that there are multiple options available when it comes to veneers.

No matter what type of veneer you choose, their basic purpose is the same. Veneers are meant to do things like cover up dental damage, change the color of teeth, as well as altering the shape and surface of your teeth.

Major Difference Between Veneers And Invisalign

As you can see, the main goal of these two procedures is different. But, just knowing that may not be enough for you to decide between the two if you don’t understand their major differences.

Price of Invisalign vs. Veneers

Right out the gate, porcelain veneers can sound far more appealing, as they can cost between $925-$2,500 per tooth, where Invisalign costs on average $5,000.

The price gap begins to even out if you need multiple veneers, though if you only need one or two veneers to improve the appearance of your teeth, then it makes sense to choose veneers over Invisalign. However, if you have many teeth or bite issues, it can make more sense to choose Invisalign to correct the problems, rather than veneers.

Current Dental Health

You need to have healthy teeth and gums no matter which of these treatment paths you end up pursuing. However, if you often have cavities, it may not be the best idea to pursue veneers, as veneers are placed over the teeth and may hide future cavities.

Also, veneers require the removal of a good deal of enamel to have the veneers sit correctly. This removal can cause future problems as the enamel acts as a protective layer between the inner dentin of your teeth and the bacteria which lives in your mouth. If that layer is reduced and you are already prone to cavities and infections, it can up the number of cavities you experience.

Length of Treatment

When it comes to the amount of time it takes to have the cosmetic treatment done, veneers are far and away quicker than Invisalign.

With veneers, you really only need two visits, as long as your oral health is good. The first visit will be a consultation with Dr. Taylor, and the second will be when your veneers are placed. This process is a speedy way to improve your smile.

On the other hand, Invisalign typically takes about a year to complete. Sometimes it takes longer, depending on the severity of the misalignment of your teeth.

Pros And Cons of Invisalign And Veneers

By now, you likely have a pretty good grasp on which of these cosmetic dentistry treatments may be right for you. But before you completely make up your mind, you may want to consider the clear pros and cons of both Invisalign and veneers.

Pros and Cons of Invisalign

The majority of these pros and cons are in contrast to traditional metal braces. So, keep that in mind when you consider the pros and cons of Invisalign.

Pros
The aligners are basically invisible
There are no food restrictions
Nothing poking your mouth
Aligns teeth faster
Invisalign trays can be taken out

Cons
Aligners can become lost when taken out
Can take time to adjust to wearing aligners
Proper treatment relies on correct aligner usage
Need to clean your teeth more often
Can be as expensive as braces, or more so
Does not change color, shape or appearance of teeth

Pros and Cons of Veneers

Veneers have more straightforward pros and cons. However, as we mentioned before, there are several types of veneers, so if you are interested in them, you will want to talk with Dr. Taylor about which type of veneer is best for you.

Pros
Last on average 15 years
Boost confidence quickly
Able to protect damaged teeth
Fills in gaps and spaces
Choose the shape and color
Corrects misshapen teeth

Cons

Won’t prevent future dental issues
Can become chipped or cracked
Once placed, the procedure can’t be reversed
Natural teeth and veneers have a color difference
Are Veneers Or Invisalign Right For You

After reviewing what veneers and Invisalign are for, as well as their pros and cons, you likely have a good idea about which cosmetic dentistry procedure is right for you. However, to be sure, you can always have a consultation with Dr. Taylor.

If you would like to consult with Dr. Taylor to determine what cosmetic dental procedures will help reach your ideal smile, contact us today to set up your appointment.

Can You Really Change The Shape of Your Teeth?

Change The Shape Of Your Teeth - TCD

Most of us have looked at our smile and thought, “If only I could fix the shape of that one tooth, my smile would look amazing.”

Maybe it’s a couple of teeth you wish were shaped a little different, but either way, you don’t have to just think wistfully about your dream smile when you can use our dental services to have your teeth reshaped.

What Is Teeth Reshaping And How Does It Work?

Teeth reshaping is when a dentist like our Dr. Taylor here at Taylor General & Cosmetic Dentistry makes small and subtle changes to the surface of your teeth for a big visual impact. When it comes to teeth reshaping, there are generally two methods used—dental contouring and bonding.

Dental Contouring

Dental contouring is a cosmetic dentistry technique that requires the careful removal of minimal amounts of your enamel and only affects the outer layer of your teeth. This technique is particularly useful on uneven teeth where one or more is longer than the others, overly pointed canines, correcting slight overlaps, and more.

By doing this, Dr. Taylor can alter the length, overall shape, or surface of one or more of your teeth to create a more even, aligned appearance.

Bonding

Along with the contouring, often Dr. Taylor will also combine bonding, which is a treatment used by cosmetic dentists to add tooth-colored composite material to help shape and sculpt your teeth.

Say, for instance, that you have uneven front teeth which also have a gap. Our dentist can even up the base of the teeth to match, then use bonding to fill in the gap, giving you a far more even smile.

Advantages Of Teeth Reshaping

If you haven’t guessed, there can be significant advantages to teeth reshaping. Some of the reasons why you might want to have one or more teeth reshaped are:

Very inexpensive cosmetic dentistry – As far as cosmetic dentistry procedures go, dental contouring and bonding can be incredibly affordable, especially if you only have one or two teeth you want to be reshaped. Also, if the teeth were damaged in an accident or due to trauma, you may be able to have your insurance cover some or all the procedure.

Can help improve dental health – Imperfections in the surface or alignment of your teeth cause dental health issues as plaque and tartar are able to build up. By removing these danger spots with dental contouring, you can improve the overall health of your teeth.

Painless procedure – As teeth reshaping only affects the outer layers of enamel, the cosmetic dentistry procedure isn’t usually painful, and Dr. Taylor won’t need any anesthesia to complete the contouring.

Potentially replaces your need for braces – While those with seriously misaligned teeth will need either traditional braces or Invisalign, if you only have a few affected teeth, you can skip the months of braces and just have your teeth reshaped.

There are some consideration you may want to keep in mind if you are considering pursuing teeth reshaping, such as:

  • The changes made with teeth reshaping aren’t drastically different. Instead, our dentist makes subtle, natural-looking changes to improve your smile. For a dramatic difference in your smile, a smile makeover with Dr. Taylor may be what you are looking for to give you that wow factor.
  • As the teeth reshaping process removes some of the hard, enamel layers of your teeth, your teeth can become more sensitive things like cold foods. They also may be at danger for chipping or breaking in the future with too much enamel removed.

Is Teeth Reshaping Right For You? Ask Our Dentist

While there are many advantages to teeth reshaping, it isn’t for everyone. Also, even if you are a good candidate, you may need to have other dental work done, such as having a cavity filled, before it is safe to have your teeth reshaped. To find out if teeth reshaping is for your dental needs, you will need to have a consultation with Dr. Taylor.

To set up a consultation with Dr. Taylor about teeth reshaping or any of our cosmetic dentistry services, contact us to schedule your appointment today and take a step closer toward your dream smile.

When To Consider A Full Smile Makeover

When you have a general dental problem, there’s little debate as to whether you should seek help. If you have a toothache, you need to see a dentist if you want the pain to stop and hope to save your tooth.

When people have issues with their smile’s appearance, however, they tend to agonize over whether to pursue cosmetic dentistry. Given insurance is unlikely to cover such procedures, a smile makeover can seem like a luxury. At Taylor Cosmetic Dental, we take a different view. We believe everybody should have a smile they’re happy to flash. So how do you know when it’s time to consider a smile makeover?

If your unsightly smile eroding your confidence?

When we look in the mirror–particularly that merciless rearview mirror–people tend to zero in on our flaws. Many of these perceived shortcomings are barely noticeable. Some people, however, have very real cosmetic concerns with their teeth, like:

  • A “gummy smile”
  • Bite issues
  • Chipped teeth
  • Discolored or stained teeth
  • Gaps in their teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Noticeable metal fillings or crowns
  • Teeth that are too large or too small

Whether your oral imperfections stem from genetics, lax dental hygiene or lack of access to proper dental care, what matters is how you feel about them. Unfortunately, a third of Americans are unhappy with their smile, according to an American Association of Orthodontics study.

This dissatisfaction can lead to self-consciousness, as evinced by the 48 percent of younger survey respondents who’ve “untagged” a Facebook photo because they disliked their smile.

It’s hard to be at ease when you fear people are judging your teeth. It can cause you to suppress your smile, whether you’re chatting with friends or a co-worker calls for an impromptu group photo. Having this kind of low self-esteem makes you vulnerable to depression, according to a study by researchers at the University of Basel. With this much as stake, a smile makeover may well be more of a need than a luxury.

Is the state of your smile damaging your social life?

Of the third of Americans unhappy with their teeth, 36 percent say their social life would improve if they had a better smile. Twenty-two percent believe their love life would be enhanced by a more appealing smile.

Some of these social challenges may be a matter of confidence. To build a social circle, you need to interact with people and you’re less likely to mingle if you fear your teeth will lead to rejection.

It would be heartening to say such concerns are unfounded, but the numbers tell a different story. The number-one attribute people consider when choosing a prospective romantic partner is the state of their teeth, according to a 2013 survey. And 77 percent of women surveyed by the AAO say they’d consider dating a man with a receding hairline over one with crooked teeth.

If you believe your teeth are holding back your relationships, it may be time to consider a smile makeover.

Are smile issues impeding your career?

As if having your confidence and social life hampered by dental issues isn’t enough, an unattractive smile can also keep you from career advancement.

Fourteen percent of people dissatisfied with their smile say sub-par teeth has caused them to miss out on a better job. Given that 78 percent of Americans say people with crooked teeth are unsuccessful, it’s quite possible.

An unattractive smile can also hinder your pay grade. According to Catherine Hakim, a senior researcher with London’s Center for Policy Studies, attractive workers earn between 7 and 13 percent more than their plainer colleagues.

At Taylor Cosmetic Dental, we want you to look good, feel good and enjoy success. All this can be easier with a smile makeover, whether it’s simply a case of whitening dingy teeth or undertaking more transformational services like dental implants, veneers or laser gum contouring. If you’re ready for Dr. Taylor to revolutionize your smile, contact us today.

How Veneers Can Strengthen Your Smile

Strengthen Your Smile

Cosmetic dentistry can be for so much more than just changing the appearance of your teeth. When you work with Dr. Taylor to receive veneers, you will also be able to strengthen your smile in a variety of ways.

Make Your Smile Brighter And Whiter With Veneers

Our natural teeth under our enamel are pretty yellow, so as the enamel thins, the yellow dentin shows through. With a yellower smile, it is possible that others, from prospective employers to dates, may judge you. There are also other ways teeth can become discolored, from deep staining to medication. Yet, even professional teeth whitening does not always help.

But with veneers, you can make your smile brighter and whiter, improving people’s perception of you every time you flash a grin.

Protect Damaged Teeth By Using Veneers

Over the years, teeth experience a lot of wear and tear. And while our enamel is relatively tough, it can’t always protect us from having our teeth chipped, cracked, or worn down over time.

By having veneers applied by our cosmetic dentist, you can reverse the effects of time and protect your teeth with veneers. Porcelain veneers in particular are quite strong and can keep damaged teeth safe from future issues.

Correct Bite Issues The Application Of Veneers

Few people have naturally straight adult teeth, as genetics and other factors often lead to teeth erupting at odd angles. Even those who had braces as teens may not have kept up with wearing their retainers and have had teeth shifted into crooked positioned.

Aside from the visual appearance of crooked teeth, misaligned teeth can lead to bite issues, which can chip and damage teeth. With veneers, your teeth can become properly aligned so you can easily bite down with no interference from crooked teeth.

Boost Your Everyday Smile Confidence When You Have Veneers

When our teeth aren’t quite what we want them to be, whether due to gapping, discoloration, damage or other issues, it can have a real impact on the strength and confidence of our smiles. A lips-only or hidden smile is an awkward way to go through life and can have a continuous impact on a person’s emotional state.

By choosing to have veneers placed by D. Taylor, you can empower your smile with all the confidence that a beautiful, bright and even smile can provide.

If you are ready to strengthen your smile with veneers, contact us to set up a consultation with Dr. Taylor. We look forward to working with you!

Direct From The Dentist: 3 Reasons You Need To Floss Your Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Quality dental implants look and behave like natural teeth and need similar care, such as daily brushing and flossing. Listed below are 3 reasons it’s important to floss your dental implants.

Keep in mind, though, that you can’t just use any floss with dental implants. You need floss that’s gentle enough to protect the tissue surrounding your implants and that won’t fray, leaving debris in your mouth. Patients at Taylor General & Cosmetic Dentistry who have a fixed bridge may be advised to use floss with a floss-threader. Other implant-friendly options include:

  • Specialized floss designed for implants
  • Unwaxed dental tape
  • A Waterpik water flosser

1. Flossing Your Dental Implants Stops Plaque Build-Up

Plaque collects up on dental implants, just as it does with natural teeth. The difference is that dental implants have a weak attachment to your tissue as compared to natural teeth, which allows infection to spread at a faster rate.

If you don’t regularly remove plaque, you can develop complications like inflamed or bleeding gums and peri-implantitis, a form of gingivitis specific to implants. This fast-moving infection can damage gum tissue and spur bone loss, putting you at risk of losing your implant.

2. Flossing Your Dental Implants Helps Prevent Tartar

When food particles and plaque build up on your implant, it can harden into tartar. Tartar can wreak havoc, cosmetically speaking. This crusty deposit makes natural teeth, dentures and dental implants alike more likely to absorb stains from highly pigmented food and drink and from smoking.

Along with being unsightly, tartar is one of the leading causes of gum disease. Gum disease can lead to receding gums, which can expose the base of your crown. Receding gums can also allow bacteria to flourish around your implant, which can cause bone damage. It’s a perfect storm that can lead to implant loss, something you want to prevent given the investment you’ve made in your dental hardware. Because tartar creates such a strong bond with your implant, removing it will require the special tools and expertise of a dentist.

3. Flossing Your Implants Helps Prevent Bad Breath

If you have particles of food stuck in your dental implants, you’re likely to develop bad breath as they decay. Bad breath can also be caused by plaque buildup. As with regular teeth, one of the best ways to prevent and resolve these problems is by daily flossing. You can also use mouthwash or salt rinses to stave off halitosis (a fancy word for bad breath).

An unpleasant odor or bad taste in your mouth can may also be a sign of infection. If you suspect this is the case, come see Dr. Taylor—your resident oral care expert in Billings, Montana—as soon as possible.

Along with exercising proper home care, you should get your implants cleaned by a dentist on a regular basis, preferably every 3 to 4 months. It’s the best way to keep your mouth healthy and your implants intact. Professional polishing is just one of the many services offered at Taylor General & Cosmetic Dentist. Contact us today to make your appointment.

Direct From The Dentist: 10 Impressive Facts About Teeth

Facts about teeth

Many people take their teeth for granted, not understanding how amazing they really are. Here at Taylor General & Cosmetic Dentistry, we wanted to celebrate teeth and tell you about 10 impressive facts about teeth.

1. Tooth Enamel Is The Hardest Substance In Your Body

It may be hard to believe your tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body, but it is the truth. Unlike your bones, which are encased protectively in your body, your teeth are constantly exposed and used at least three times a day to help you ingest food.

Remember, while your dental enamel is tough, don’t use your teeth to open things! That is a fast way to end up with a chipped tooth and a visit to Dr. Taylor to repair it.

2. Your Dominant Side Will Dictate Where You Chew

Whether you are right-handed or left-handed, your body is more prone to have you chew on your dominant side. This tendency can lead to more wear on one side of your teeth than the other, so try to be conscious of your eating habits.

3. Soda Consumption Can Predict Your Tooth Decay

Those people who drink three or more glasses of soda a day can develop 62% more tooth decay than someone who does not indulge in soda. Most of this decay can be ascribed to the high amount of sugar in soda, but diet soda drinkers aren’t exempt.

The acidic nature of all types of soda can abraid the enamel of your teeth. So, put the soda down and choose to drink more water to protect your teeth from avoidable decay.

4. Brushing Only Reaches 60% Of Available Tooth Surfaces

Only two-thirds of your teeth are visible above the gumline. Out of this area, a regular toothbrush can only reach 60% of your teeth. You need to floss to adequately clean the other 40% of your teeth’s surfaces.

5. Your Teeth Are Unique As Your Fingerprint

Every one of your teeth is unique to you, much like your fingerprints. In fact, people have been known to be identified purely by their dental records when there has been no other way to recognize them.

6. Dental Plaque Is Made Up Of Hundreds Of Bacteria

The human mouth has a huge variety of bacteria. Some types of bacteria are good, helping you break down foods and performing a certain amount of cleaning. However, when it comes to the harmful bacteria, there are more than 300 types of bacteria that make up dental plaque.

7. Sir Isaac Newton Has The Most Valuable Teeth

Not all teeth are considered equal. When a tooth from the famous physicist Sir Isaac Newton became available in 1816, it sold for $3,633 ($35,700 in today’s pricing) and was set into a ring.

While your teeth may never be sold for thousands of dollars, you can develop your own million-dollar smile by having a smile makeover with Dr. Taylor.

8. A Lifetime Of Teeth Brushing Equals Days Of Effort

When you are tired, brushing your teeth can feel like it takes forever. But in reality, the average American will only spend about 39 days over a lifetime brushing their teeth.

Many people skimp on their brushing, giving their teeth only a cursory once-over. You should be spending between 2-3 minutes brushing your teeth. If you have struggled to gauge how long you should brush, you can set a timer.

9. Teeth Form In The Womb

Infants may be born with adorable gummy smiles, but human teeth begin their formation while in the womb. Pregnant mothers need to be careful, as certain medications can permanently harm their unborn child’s teeth and leave them discolored.

10. Your Teeth Can Tell A Story About You

By looking at your teeth, someone with a trained eye can tell a lot about you, from your age to where you have lived. Teeth also carry insights into our overall health, marking times of high stress, poor nutrition, and other medical issues that can affect your teeth.

Take control of the story your teeth tell and contact us to set up an appointment with our dentist to receive the best care in Billings, Montana.

Direct From The Dentist: Cosmetic Dentistry Provides Smile Makeovers

A smile makeover is a dental service which entails several different dental procedures, which collectively reinvents a person’s smile. If you are ready to embrace your dream smile, a skilled cosmetic dentist like Dr. Taylor is who you want to craft your smile makeover.

Cosmetic Dental Issues Can Be Changed With A Smile Makeover

Once any lingering dental issues such as cavities or gingivitis have been resolved, there are many other cosmetic dental services which Dr. Taylor can perform to create your perfect smile. These services can cover a variety of dental issues, such as:

  • Repair damaged teeth – Throughout our lives, our teeth undergo a certain amount of wear and tear. Some people’s teeth are quicker to wear down as well as being more prone to chipping and cracking. As part of a smile makeover, these damaged teeth can be repaired with bonding, veneers, crowns, or other options.
  • Correct spacing and alignment – Whether you have gaps or overlapping teeth, Dr. Taylor can correct your spacing and alignment with procedures like Invisalign, veneers, bonding, and other procedures.  
  • Whiten discolored teeth – When teeth are whiter, they automatically appear straighter and healthier. We offer professional teeth whitening at our dental office.
  • Improve face shape – How our teeth are positioned can alter our face shape. Whether teeth are protruding, sunken, or missing, Dr. Taylor can offer dental bridges, dentures, dental implants, veneers, Invisalign, and other dental services to alter your face shape.
  • Change teeth proportions – Sometimes teeth grow too large, or our gums overlap our teeth too much, creating a “gummy” smile. No matter what your teeth proportions are currently, Dr. Taylor can perform gum lifts, teeth shaping, and more to change your teeth.

Depending on your smile requirements, Dr. Taylor may recommend other dental procedures to revitalize your smile.

How A Smile Makeover From Dr. Taylor Can Change Your Life

A smile makeover does much more than just change how your teeth look. Having an improved, beautiful smile can:

  • Boost your self-esteem
  • Improve your bite and overall comfort with the shape of your teeth
  • Change how others perceive you
  • Make you more confident in your work and social relationships

At Taylor General & Cosmetic Dentistry, you can access a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services, from teeth whitening packages to full smile makeovers. If you are interested in finding out what a smile makeover from Dr. Taylor can do for you, contact us to set up a consultation today.

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Why You Should Consult A Cosmetic Dentist

If you have been considering cosmetic dental work, consulting a cosmetic can help you decide whether or not you are ready to take that step or not. Our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Taylor, has specialized in offering cosmetic dentistry services and has helped many people achieve their dream smile.

Your Eligibility For Cosmetic Dentistry Can Be Determined

When you are interested in receiving cosmetic dentistry, before anything can happen, our cosmetic dentist will need to determine your eligibility. This eligibility extends to several aspects, such as:

  • Overall oral health – Depending on what procedures you are interested in having performed, Dr. Taylor will need to determine if your oral health is in order. If there is an issue, he will outline what needs to be done to be able to do the cosmetic dental procedure you wanted.
  • Potential cosmetic choices – It can be difficult to decide on your own what cosmetic service is the right one to help you achieve what you want. By consulting with our dentist, you can be given several options to choose from to help you reach your ideal smile.
  • Payment options – Some cosmetic procedures are not covered by insurance. Dr. Taylor and our staff can help you determine how you can set up a payment plan to receive the procedures you are hoping to have done.

A Cosmetic Dentist Is More Adept At Cosmetic Procedures

Cosmetic dentistry is an art form, and Dr. Taylor has been honing his smile artistry, which you can check out in our Smile Gallery. With his help, you can achieve a seamless, beautiful smile that can look completely natural.

For example, placing dental veneers can be a complicated procedure. As Dr. Taylor is a skilled cosmetic dentist, he can use the thinnest veneers when applying veneers to a person’s teeth. By having the thinnest possible veneers applied, your smile will have a natural look, and minimal amounts of the tooth’s structure will need to be disturbed to place the veneer.

You Can Enjoy Greater Confidence With An Improved Smile

Consulting with our cosmetic dentist is an excellent opportunity for you to invest in yourself. The value of a beautiful smile goes far beyond aesthetics; by having a smile you can feel proud of showing, you can boost your self-esteem and confidence, which will affect all aspects of your life.

If you are ready to consult with Dr. Taylor and invest in your future smile, contact us to set up an appointment.

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