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By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
October 29, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  
SomeSimpleCosmeticTechniquesCouldHelpYourSmileAgeGracefully

We all want to look young and vibrant, or at least “age gracefully.” If you're seeking to reduce the visible effects of aging for a more youthful appearance, be sure you include one very important feature—your smile.

Like other aspects of body and health, our teeth and gums can be affected by aging. Even if you've managed for the most part to avoid the ravages of disease or injury, teeth will still naturally wear from a lifetime of biting and chewing food. The attractive shine of young teeth can also give way to yellowing and other discolorations later in life.

But there are ways to turn back the clock, so to speak, through cosmetic dentistry. And you won't necessarily break the bank to gain a more youthful smile: Many cosmetic procedures are quite affordable and minimally invasive.

If your teeth have become worn and edgy, for example, we may be able to soften those sharper edges with a dental drill. Known as enamel contouring (or reshaping), the single-visit procedure is relatively minor and inexpensive, usually without the need for anesthesia. For heavily worn teeth, you may need to step up to veneers, thin layers of tooth-colored porcelain, or crowns that cover the teeth and make them appear longer.

Mild enamel yellowing and staining often responds well to professional teeth whitening. Using a safe bleaching solution, we can temporarily restore brightness to your teeth that you may be able to maintain for a few years with proper care and occasional touchups. For a more permanent solution you can also turn to veneers, crowns or dental bonding for a brighter smile, especially for discolorations that don't respond well to teeth whitening.

While these techniques can restore a youthful appearance to your smile, don't discount the effect of daily care and regular dental visits. Brushing and flossing are fundamental to healthy teeth and gums—and health and beauty go hand in hand.

Age can take its toll on all of us, especially our smiles. But with proper care and perhaps a little cosmetic magic, you can have an attractive smile throughout your lifetime.

If you would like more information on improving your smile as you age, 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 “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger.”

By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
October 19, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: toothache  
ThatToothacheMightNotBeFromYourToothTheProblemofReferredPain

Pain is the body’s warning system: It tells us something is wrong. And depending on the location and intensity of the pain, it can give us vital clues about the problem.

Sometimes, though, it’s not so clear and direct—the pain could arise from any number of sources. Toothaches often fall into this category: Although it’s likely indicating a tooth or gum problem, it could be something else — or even somewhere else.

This is known as referred pain, in which you may feel pain in one location, like your mouth, but the actual source of the problem is somewhere else, like an infected and congested sinus passage. If we’re able to identify the true source and location of the pain, the better the chances of a successful treatment outcome.

Besides sinus infections, there are other conditions like trigeminal neuralgia that can refer pain to the mouth. This painful condition involves the trigeminal nerve, a large nerve running on either side of the face that can become inflamed. Depending on where the inflammation occurs, you might feel the pain at various points along the jaw, feeling much like a toothache.

There’s also the case of an earache mimicking a toothache, and vice-versa. Because of the proximity of the ears to the jaws, there is some nerve interconnectedness between them. For example, an infected or abscessed back tooth could feel a lot like an earache.

These and other possible problems (including jaw joint disorders or teeth grinding) can generate pain as if it were coming from the mouth or a single tooth. To be sure you’ll need to undergo a complete dental examination. If your dentist doesn’t find anything wrong with your mouth, he or she may refer you to a medical doctor to explore other possible causes.

Getting to the root cause of pain can help determine which treatment strategy to pursue to relieve it. Finding the actual source is the most efficient way to understand what a pain sensation is trying to tell us.

If you would like more information on dental pain, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
October 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay  
AddressingRiskFactorsTakingtheFightAgainstToothDecaytoaNewLevel

Tooth decay is more prevalent than diseases like cancer, heart disease or influenza. It doesn't have to be—brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing, less dietary sugar and regular dental cleanings can lower the risk of this harmful disease.

Hygiene, diet and dental care work because they interrupt the disease process at various points. Daily hygiene and regular dental cleanings remove dental plaque where oral bacteria flourish. Reducing sugar eliminates one of bacteria's feeding sources. With less bacteria, there's less oral acid to erode enamel.

But as good as these methods work, we can now take the fight against tooth decay a step further. We can formulate a prevention strategy tailored to an individual patient that addresses risk factors for decay unique to them.

Poor saliva flow. One of the more important functions of this bodily fluid is to neutralize mouth acid produced by bacteria and released from food during eating. Saliva helps restore the mouth's ideal pH balance needed for optimum oral health. But if you have poor saliva flow, often because of medications, your mouth could be more acidic and thus more prone to decay.

Biofilm imbalance. The inside of your mouth is coated with an ultrathin biofilm made up of proteins, biochemicals and microorganisms. Normally, both beneficial and harmful bacteria reside together with the “good” bacteria having the edge. If the mouth becomes more acidic long-term, however, even the beneficial bacteria adapt and become more like their harmful counterparts.

Genetic factors. Researchers estimate that 40 to 50 hereditary genes can impact cavity development. Some of these genes could impact tooth formation or saliva gland anatomy, while others drive behaviors like a higher craving for sugar. A family history of tooth decay, especially when regular hygiene habits or diet don't seem to be a factor, could be an indicator that genes are influencing a person's dental health.

To determine if these or other factors could be driving a patient's higher risk for tooth decay, many dentists are now gathering more information about medications, family history or lifestyle habits. Using that information, they can introduce other measures for each patient that will lower their risk for tooth decay even more.

If you would like more information on reducing your risk of tooth decay, 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 “What Everyone Should Know About Tooth Decay.”

By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
October 08, 2020

Having that perfect smile is part of a great first impression. At Cosmetic Dentist & Sedation Family Dentist, Dr. Timothy Bui has a few tips at-home tips to keep that beautiful pearly white smile. Learn more by contacting his offices in Newport Beach and Garden Grove, CA.

At-Home Tips for a Whiter Smile

Cosmetic dentistry doesn't need to be an expensive procedure. Here are a few tips:

  • Brush and floss daily. Believe it or not, preventive dentistry is better than most cosmetic procedures. Brushing and flossing daily will help remove plaque and prevent the yellowing of teeth for the most part. Using a special tooth whitening toothpaste, and brushing and flossing the right way, are also important points or factors to consider. Here are videos to show you the right way to brush and floss.
     
  • A professional dental cleaning can remove those tough stains that daily brushing and flossing can't remove. Professional dental cleanings should be done twice a year and consists of your Newport Beach and Garden Grove cosmetic dentist scaling, polishing, and removing accumulated tartar from tooth surfaces and under gums. Dr. Bui loosens the tough stains and washes them away using a gentle stream of water to rejuvenate your smile. Easier and faster than most cosmetic dentistry procedures.
     
  • Dr. Bui also provides patients with home teeth whitening. He takes impressions of your teeth to make custom-fitted upper and lower trays. The patient places the provided bleaching gels in the trays and wears them for an hour. Depending on the severity of your stains, you may need to do this for two-to-three times a week after dinner.

Need to speak with a dentist?

Expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures aren't necessary. Can't believe it? Just ask Dr. Timothy Bui of Cosmetic Dentist & Sedation Family Dentist. Call him for more information or to schedule an appointment at either of his office locations in CA: Newport Beach: (949) 675-7750, or Garden Grove: (714) 537-0550.

By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
October 06, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Veneers  

Dental veneers make it possible to completely transform your smile. The appearance of teeth with chips, cracks, stains, excess space, or other cosmetic concerns can all be dramatically improved with veneers. In addition to enhancing your smile, another benefit of dental veneers is that caring for them is as easy as caring for your natural teeth. Dr. Timothy Bui, the experienced dentist at our office in Newport Beach, can explain how veneers can address your specific smile concerns.

What are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are extremely thin laminates bonded to the front surface of problem teeth to improve the appearance of those teeth. Veneers create a flawless new look for teeth that are crooked, misshapen, stained, discolored, cracked or chipped. Veneers can also smooth out rough or uneven tooth surfaces, as well as conceal excess spacing between teeth.

Several types of materials can be used to create dental veneers, but porcelain is a popular choice as it looks so much like natural tooth enamel. Additionally, each veneer is custom made to look completely natural and fit perfectly in place over its corresponding tooth. The skilled dental professionals at our office in Newport Beach can have veneers custom made for you.

Benefits of Dental Veneers

There are several benefits to enhancing your smile with dental veneers. A primary benefit is that veneers can conceal cosmetic issues and give you the smile you desire. Another benefit of veneers is that they look completely natural. Others will be unable to tell the difference between the veneers and your natural teeth. Additionally, veneers function like natural teeth. Since veneers are permanently bonded to the teeth, you can bite into and chew most foods without affecting the veneers.

Caring for Dental Veneers

Caring for dental veneers is as simple as caring for your natural teeth. Once your custom veneers have been permanently bonded to the teeth, you can continue your existing oral hygiene routine. A good routine should include brushing the teeth at least twice each day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist regularly for oral exams and professional cleanings.

Although veneers can be used to bite and chew food, it is best to avoid biting into foods that are extremely hard, such as hard candies. Veneers are not intended to withstand the force of biting into such items. Doing so is not good for the natural teeth either. Finally, another way to protect and care for your veneers is to wear a nightguard when sleeping if you tend to grind your teeth at night.

Dental veneers can dramatically enhance your smile and they are as easy to care for as caring for your existing teeth. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Bui to learn more about veneers by calling our office in Newport Beach at (949) 675-7750. We also have an office in Garden Grove, which can be reached at (714) 537-0550.





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