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People improve their smiles for a lot of reasons: to better their career prospects, to put some juice in their social lives or just to do something special for themselves. But you may have an even stronger reason: a once-in-a-lifetime event—maybe your wedding day—is coming up soon.

You have several options for transforming your smile for the big day—and some are even quite economical. Here are 4 affordable ways to make your smile beautiful for that forever moment.

Cleanings. While dental cleanings should already be part of your regular dental care, scheduling one right before a big event can do wonders for your smile. Not only can your hygienist remove any lingering dull and dingy plaque and tartar, but they can polish your teeth for a brighter shine. Remember, though: dental cleanings support your own hygiene efforts, they don't replace them. Your own daily practice of brushing and flossing will also help you maintain a beautiful smile.

Teeth Whitening. You can also get an extra boost of brightness with a tooth whitening procedure. Using a professional bleaching solution and other techniques, your dentist can lighten your smile to your tastes, from a more natural hue to dazzling white. The whitening effect, though, is temporary, so plan to see your dentist no more than a few weeks before your big day.

Bonding. Perhaps a tiny chip is all that stands between you and a knockout smile. Your dentist may be able to repair that and other minor defects by bonding tooth-colored materials to the chip site. These composite resin materials have the shine of enamel and can be color-blended to match your tooth's natural shade. Composite resins are also fairly rugged, although you should avoid biting down on hard foods or objects.

Veneers. Although more expensive than the previous options mentioned, veneers are still affordable compared to crowns or bridgework. Usually made of thin layers of dental porcelain, dentists bond veneers to the front of teeth to mask mild to moderate problems like heavy staining, disfiguration and minor gaps. But because veneers are custom-fabricated by a dental lab, you'll need to plan them with your dentist at least six months before your event. The resulting change to your smile, though, may well be worth the wait.

If you would like more information on transforming your smile for a special event, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
October 07, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
September 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental CrownCould your dental problem be improved by adding a crown to your tooth? Charlottesville, VA, dentist Dr. Michael Tisdelle helps his patients improve their smiles with versatile crowns.

What are crowns?

Crowns, also called caps, slip over the top of teeth after your Charlottesville dentist decreases the size of the teeth. The hollow restorations are usually made of strong materials that closely resemble tooth enamel, such as porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, or resin.

Before you receive a crown, your dentist will file down your tooth and make an impression of your mouth. In most cases, preparation of your new crown will take about two weeks. In the meantime, you'll wear a temporary crown. During your final crown appointment, your dentist will make any necessary adjustments, then attach the crown with dental cement.

Can a crown help me?

Crowns are used to protect weak teeth, restore damaged teeth, and conceal imperfections. Your dentist may recommend a crown if you have one or more of these issues:

  • A Cracked Tooth: Cracks increase the risk of a future fracture or break in your tooth. Adding a crown strengthens and protects the damaged tooth.
  • A Broken or Fractured Tooth: Crowns restore normal function to your tooth and improve its appearance. They also prevent injury to your lips and cheeks by covering ragged edges and eliminate pain that can occur if your tooth pulp is exposed to the air.
  • A Fragile Tooth: Fragile teeth run in some families but can also occur as a normal part of aging. If your dentist notices that a tooth is fragile or brittle, he may recommend a protective crown.
  • A Weak Tooth: Large cavities or root canal therapy are necessary for good oral health, but these treatments can weaken teeth. Crowns ensure that your treated tooth doesn't crack or break.
  • An Unattractive Tooth: Crowns offer an excellent option if you want to conceal a discolored tooth, lengthen a tooth that's shorter than other teeth or completely change the shape of a crooked, twisted, pointed, or oddly shaped tooth.
  • A Missing Tooth: Crowns also anchor artificial teeth in a bridge. Your dentist may recommend a bridge if you've lost one or more teeth.

Protect and improve your smile with dental crowns! Call Charlottesville, VA, dentist Dr. Michael Tisdelle at (434) 977-4101 to schedule an appointment.

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
June 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Improving your smile with cosmetic dentistry can benefit you both aesthetically and mentally. These powerful upgrades to your teeth help veneersyou look great and increase self-esteem and confidence. Porcelain dental veneers can pack a big punch as part of a smile makeover, subtly tweak an imperfect tooth, and everything in between. What can porcelain veneers do for you? Find out more about this procedure with Dr. Michael Tisdelle in Charlottesville, VA.

What is a porcelain dental veneer?

Dental veneers are a super-thin shell of porcelain created in a dental laboratory. The porcelain shell fits over the surface of a tooth to change its appearance. A veneer can change the shape, length, width, color, and overall appearance of a tooth, correcting issues like misalignments, crowding, gaps, and discolorations. With the proper care, veneers can last for years before requiring replacement.

Can I benefit from porcelain veneers?

If you have slightly misaligned teeth, slightly overcrowded or undercrowded teeth, stained, or discolored teeth, or chipped or cracked teeth, you may benefit from veneers. Veneers require that the teeth they cover are healthy and free from teeth decay and gum disease. Veneers often work well in conjunction with other dental restorations like crowns or bridges to create a full smile makeover.

Porcelain Dental Veneers in Charlottesville, VA

The veneers process usually takes several appointments with your dentist. The first visit will involve discussing your expectations for results and what you would like to see in terms of changes to your smile. Then, your dentist will prepare your teeth to receive the veneers and take an impression of your mouth. A dental laboratory customizes each veneer based on this impression to create the perfect fit and look. Dental laboratories usually require about two weeks to complete your restorations. At a separate, later appointment, your dentist will place the final veneers onto your teeth.

For more information on porcelain dental veneers, please contact Dr. Michael Tisdelle in Charlottesville, VA. Call (434) 977-4101 to schedule your consultation for porcelain veneers with Dr. Tisdelle today!

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
September 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If you're like most people, you've probably looked around at all of the perfect smiles around you and wondered if some people have just dental procedureswon some magical dental lottery that rewards some people with perfect teeth. But the truth is that while genetics do play a role in the health and aesthetic quality of your smile, most Americans will undergo some form of cosmetic and restorative dentistry in their lifetime. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), over 90% of all adults experience some form of tooth decay, and close to half are living with some form of tooth loss. But the good news is that anyone can get a healthy and attractive smile. Dr. Michael Tisdelle, a dentist in Charlottesville, VA, offers a range of dental treatments and services to treat everything from cosmetic imperfections to periodontal (gum) disease.

Get a Smile Makeover with Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry in Charlottesville, VA

The cornerstone of good oral health and an attractive smile is preventive dental care. The ADA recommends visiting a dentist every six months to a year for a check up and professional dental cleaning to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Practicing good oral hygiene at home and eating a healthy diet are also easy steps that you can take to improve your smile. Even if you have neglected your oral hygiene and health in the past, it's never too late to start. But even with the best of care, accidents and cosmetic damage and wear and tear can still affect your smile.

Some of the most common cosmetic and restorative dental procedures available include:

Professional teeth whitening - Significantly whitens stains and discolorations caused by diet and smoking

Porcelain veneers - Veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic dental treatments available and can change the size, shape and color of your teeth

Dental crowns - Crowns (also known as caps) literally cover a damaged or decayed tooth to restore cosmetic appearance and function after tooth decay or a severe break or crack. Crowns can also replace missing teeth as part of a dental bridge.

Root Canal Therapy - Don't let the hype fool you - root canals may get a bad rap as an excruciatingly painful and traumatic procedure, but the truth is quite different. A root canal is actually very similar to getting a filling and is used to relieve the pain caused by a severely decayed or infected tooth by clearing bacteria and damaged tissue from the pulp (soft tissue and nerves) inside the tooth.

Find a Dentist in Charlottesville, VA

You don't have to settle for an average or less than perfect smile. For more information on the dental procedure that is best for you, contact our office by calling (434) 977-4101 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tisdelle today.