Keep Your Smile Bright This Holiday Season

The holiday season is here, which means plenty of get-togethers, family time, and photo ops. Of course, you’ll want to look your best in all those pictures. If you feel like your smile isn’t quite what it used to be, now is the perfect time to consider giving yourself the gift of cosmetic dentistry.

During the holiday season, many of us find ourselves with plenty of free time. Those who are proactive take the time not only to relax but also to get some things done that we’ve been putting off.

One of those things we often see put off longer than it should be is cosmetic dentistry procedures. For many reasons, visiting the dentist to correct simple issues is often something that gets placed on the backburner for many people.

A quick look at some of these reasons can help us to ensure it isn’t so easily forgotten. Our cosmetic dentists at Baywood Dental Group often hear families say:

 

“I don’t know how we can afford it.”

As almost everyone would agree, cost is often the first thing considered when deciding on whether something gets done or not. While it is an understandable hurdle, Baywood Dental Group does everything it can to find a way to fit a needed cosmetic procedure into your budget.

Whether you have CHIP, Medicaid, or insurance through your job or other means, we work with every family to make the dental work you need affordable. There are also programs, like the Cosmetic Dentistry Grant program, that provide alternative opportunities to offset the cost of cosmetic dentistry for you and your family. Their website provides plenty of information on how to apply and qualify and what to express during the process.

 

“There’s never any time.”

This reason intersects in some ways with the first. Depending on your job, missing time from work can literally mean missing out on part of your income.

Some employers may also frown upon taking time off for personal things like dental work. Your responsibilities at work can increase and decrease unexpectedly at work as well, in response to staff turnover or company status. You likely also have to take the time that you do have off to deal with family-related issues.

All this leads to the fact that any cosmetic dental work you or someone in your family needs, has to be something that is a priority that is planned for and worked into your calendar.

 

“I don’t want to have dental work on our family’s vacation time.”

Like renewing your driver’s license, writing essays, and changing the oil in your car, there are just things that have to get done. With dental work, especially more involved work like cosmetic dentistry, the need will never go away.

In fact, the longer you put off getting it done, the more likely it becomes that new issues will arise and more damage will be done. Spending one day of your vacation time is much more desirable than having an unplanned emergency at any time of the year.

 

“It will take more than one visit.”

This is an unavoidable fact of having your dental work done correctly. Between consultations, procedures, and follow-ups, it will be necessary for you to make more than one trip to your dentist.

Baywood Dental Group works to ensure that you are completely satisfied with your experience with our staff. That goes not only for fitting your dental work into your budget but your schedule as well. While there can be no guarantee as to how your cosmetic work will go exactly, we strive to make sure that your life is not put on hold in the pursuit of good oral health.

Our cosmetic dentists have the ability to not only improve your teeth’s appearance but can help to prevent future dental health problems as well. From a basic in-office teeth whitening procedure to dental implant restorations and more, Baywood Dental Group has the cosmetic and restorative dental services you need to smile bright all season long and into the years to come.

A consultation with our dentists will help you to determine what procedures will best provide you that beautiful, attractive, confident smile you deserve. If you’re considering cosmetic or restorative dentistry, the following options are available to you at Baywood Dental Group.

 

In-Office Teeth Whitening

One of the most common cosmetic procedures, teeth whitening is a simple procedure that can be completed in one visit. Treatments are used to restore a gorgeous white sheen to teeth that have been stained over the years because of certain foods and drinks such as coffee, wine, or tea.

Our dentists begin by protecting your gums with a rubber dam and then applying a professional grade peroxide-containing bleaching agent that will make your smile look younger and healthier. You’ll be ready for those pictures as soon as you leave our office.

 

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings provide aesthetically appealing protection against dental decay. Made of either porcelain or composite resin, tooth-colored fillings have become the more popular – and safer – option for a number of reasons including:

      • Matching the color of the surrounding tooth.
      • Their ability to restore dental strength because they are bonded to the tooth.
      • Being safer for teeth versus traditional metal fillings.
      • Being durable and longer lasting. When properly cared for, tooth-colored fillings can last as long as 15 years.

Our dentists at Baywood Dental Group can even replace your metal dental work with tooth-colored fillings to give you back a gorgeous natural-looking smile.

 

Cosmetic Bonding

Our dental office also provides cosmetic bonding, which involves repairing decaying, damaged, or discolored teeth with materials that closely resemble your natural tooth enamel. This cosmetic procedure can be easily completed and also has the benefit of being inexpensive.

The process consists of our dentists bonding a composite resin to reshape chipped teeth, close spaces between teeth, or change the shape or color of a tooth, providing you a gorgeous smile just in time for the holidays.

 

Dental Implant Restoration

Dental implant restoration consists of replacing a lost or damaged tooth. The implant restoration process has a number of steps that begin with our dentists implanting a small titanium screw into the upper or lower jawbone where the tooth is missing. Following this step, an abutment is attached to the screw, which allows for the crown (the part that resembles the natural tooth) to be placed on top.

Dental implant restorations require sufficient lead time before they can be fully completed, so it is in your best interest to set up a consultation and comprehensive examination with us soon.

 

SOME TIPS

There are a number of tips that can help you keep a bright smile for the holidays, here are some of our favorites:

 

Carol While You Clean Your Teeth

One of the easiest ways to brush for a full two minutes twice a day is to listen to a song that’s two minutes long. This season, create a playlist of your family’s favorite holiday music for a holly, jolly brushing bonanza. (And you’ll definitely make Santa’s nice list if you add a song to floss to.)

 

Don’t Open Gifts with Your Teeth

Grandma may be an expert gift wrapper, but don’t use your teeth to try to undo the Fort Knox knots she’s tied with ribbon. Your teeth were made for eating, not to stand in as a pair of scissors. If you do, you could crack a tooth, injure your jaw or accidentally swallow something you shouldn’t. Stop and find something or someone to give you a hand instead.

 

Hosting Houseguests?

Nothing says “welcome” more than a personalized gift basket on your guest’s nightstand. Include fun items like cozy socks and their favorite snacks. You can also stock them up on travel-size toiletries they might have left behind — including a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

 

Whiten Your Teeth in 30 Seconds or Less

Dreaming of a white smile for your family photo? Wear a red or a pink lipstick with a blue undertone. Thanks to how the eye sees these colors, your teeth will instantly look whiter and brighter.

 

Stick to Your Routine

Between holiday parties, travel, and other holiday happenings, it’s easy to slip out of your normal habits. Don’t wait until New Year’s to make your dental health a priority again. If you have a regular dental visit scheduled, keep your appointment. And don’t forget to brush twice a day for two minutes and clean between your teeth once a day.