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Mike Tyson made a splash when he faced off against sharks during the Discovery Channel's Shark Week 2020. But there's bigger news for fans of the former undisputed world heavyweight champion: After a 15-year absence, he will enter the ring again for two exhibition matches in the Fall. However, it's not just Tyson's boxing action that made news during his 20-year career. His teeth have also gotten their fair share of press.
Tyson used to be known for two distinctive gold-capped teeth in the front left side of his mouth. He made headlines when he lost one of the shiny caps—not from a blow by a fellow pugilist but from being headbutted by his pet tiger as Tyson leaned in for a kiss. Tyson's teeth again garnered attention when he had his recognizable gold caps replaced with tooth-colored restorations. But the world champion may be best known, dentally at least, for his trademark tooth gap, or “diastema” in dentist-speak. Several years ago, he had the gap closed in a dental makeover, but he soon regretted the move. After all, the gap was a signature look for him, so he had it put back in.
That's one thing about cosmetic dentistry: With today's advanced technology and techniques, you can choose a dental makeover to suit your individual taste and personality.
An obvious example is teeth whitening. This common cosmetic treatment is not a one-size-fits-all option. You can choose whether you want eye-catching Hollywood white or a more natural shade.
If your teeth have chips or other small imperfections, bonding may be the solution for you. In dental bonding, tooth-colored material is placed on your tooth in layers and then hardened with a special light. The material is matched to your other teeth so the repaired tooth fits right in. This procedure can usually be done in just one office visit.
For moderate flaws or severe discoloration, porcelain veneers can dramatically improve your appearance. These thin, tooth-colored shells cover the front surface of the tooth—the side that shows when you smile. Veneers are custom-crafted for the ideal individualized look.
Dental crowns can restore single teeth or replace missing teeth as part of a dental bridge. Again, they are manufactured to your specifications. With restorations like crowns and veneers, the smallest detail can be replicated to fit in with your natural teeth—even down to the ridges on the tooth's surface.
And if, like Mike Tyson, you have a gap between your teeth that makes your smile unique, there's no reason to give that up if you opt for a smile makeover. Whether you would like a small cosmetic enhancement or are looking for a more dramatic transformation, we can work with you to devise a treatment plan that is right for you.
If you would like more information about smile-enhancing dental treatments, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry: A Time for Change.”
Common Dental Problems You Can Fix With Cosmetic Dentistry.
It's a misconception to think of cosmetic dentistry as solely focused on the way your smile looks. Not that there is anything inherently wrong with caring about the appearance of your smile, quite the contrary. It's why cosmetic dentistry addresses both the aesthetic aspects of your smile as well as the underlying health concerns. Below we'll touch on some common ones, but if you would like to learn more, get in contact with Dr. Ben Baldwin and Dr. Stuart Baldwin of Baldwin Dental Group in Madisonville, KY.
Brighten up Your Smile
Having teeth that are a few shades less than white is not usually cause for concern, in a medical sense. But just the same, there's nothing wrong with wanting a whiter brighter smile. It is, after all, one of the very first impressions we can make. Having your teeth professionally whitened by your dentist guarantees much better, faster, and safer, results than anything you can get over the counter.
Chipped Teeth and Cavities
Small cracks and chips can be easily corrected by your dentist with the use of a composite resin through a procedure called bonding. The composite is tooth-colored and is bonded to your teeth and shaped to address these problems. Your dentist can also use this same composite to treat cavities, and because it is the same color as your teeth they won't be nearly as noticeable as traditional amalgam fillings.
Restoring Missing Teeth
A missing tooth is more than a visible concern as a gap in your smile often causes the adjacent teeth to shift and may lead to problems like overcrowding. To address a missing tooth your dentist may employ a dental bridge or a dental implant. Though both treatments depend on crowns as the means of correction, they differ in their approach, and determining which is the best option for you is best decided between you and your dentist.
Get a Smile Makeover
If you have an otherwise healthy smile but are dealing with a number of imperfections, then dental veneers may be for you. They are thin but very strong and durable caps, typically made of porcelain, that are permanently attached to your teeth. They work in a similar way to crowns, but because of their size, less of your tooth has to be reshaped, allowing for a full smile makeover with what is a relatively fast cosmetic procedure.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Madisonville, KY
The above dental problems, and others, can be treated by cosmetic dentistry. So if you share any of these concerns then it may be time to speak with a professional about making a change. Make an appointment today with Dr. Baldwin and Dr. Baldwin of Baldwin Dental Group in Madisonville, KY, by dialing (270) 245-1547.
Despite your best intentions to plan ahead, the holidays have sneaked up on you. And what good intentions you had: presents to buy, halls to deck, parties to throw. Perhaps you even aspired to a little something for yourself to prepare for all the festivities—a more attractive smile!
But, alas, the calendar bell tolls and it tolls for thee—and now you have little time for any major work on your smile. But fear not! Although a full makeover might not be possible right now, there are a few smile enhancements you can get in a single dental visit. And that might be just what you need for a “merry” smile this holiday season.
Here then are three things you can do to get a little smile pizzazz right before the holidays.
Dental cleaning. The main purpose for a dental office cleaning every six months is to prevent disease by removing any plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) you might have missed during daily hygiene. But ridding your teeth of yellowing plaque deposits followed by a bit of polishing can also improve your smile appearance. You can do your dental health and your smile some good with a dental cleaning before the holidays.
Teeth whitening. A whitening procedure can turn a dull, yellowed smile into a bright and beautiful one. Although you can use a whitening kit at home, you can enjoy better results with a trained dentist. A professional whitening tends to last longer, and there's more control over the level of brightness. With a fine-tuned whitening, we can help you get a smile that's subtly natural or Hollywood dazzling.
Bonding. You might think repairing a chipped tooth requires veneers or crowns that could take weeks to get. But we may be able to rectify mild to moderate dental flaws in just one visit with dental bonding. This technique uses a dental material called composite resin that's applied in layers to a tooth in paste-like form. After shaping, it's then hard-cured with a special light to produce a durable finish that looks and feels like a normal tooth.
These simple one-visit procedures could make a big difference in your smile and your confidence this holiday season. Now, about that smile makeover…sounds perfect for a New Year's resolution!
If you would like more information about improving your smile, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Repairing Chipped Teeth.”
At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!
Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”
We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:
Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!
If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
Have you experienced tooth loss?
One of the consequences of losing a tooth is jawbone deterioration. To offset this destructive effect, dental experts have long been using dental implants as a reinforcement, and your dentists in Madisonville, KY, Drs. Ben and Stuart Baldwin, know firsthand how beneficial this procedure can be and how to perform it.
Here's The Process:
The dental implant procedure consists of several simple steps. A local anesthetic is applied to the area that will undergo the procedure. Your dentist will then remove any decayed tooth that may be remaining and insert a titanium post into the jawbone. The titanium post acts as the new tooth root and is biocompatible, so there is no worry of tissue rejection. The doctor will then surgically close the area and allow it to heal for a period of 3 to 6 months while osseointegration takes its full course (this is the process where titanium fuses to the jawbone to provide reinforcement). When you return, your Madisonville dentist will re-open the area, insert an abutment, and place a crown over the abutment that matches the rest of your teeth.
Dental Implant Benefits
- They anchor dentures.
- They fill gaps in your teeth.
- They look natural and give you a beautiful smile.
- At 95 percent, implants have a higher success rate compared to other dental restorations.
- You won't have to worry about being able to bite into and chew your favorite foods.
- They don't slip out of place like dentures, which makes them comfortable and practical.
- They provide your jawbone with the support it needs so that it doesn't shrink.
Plus, caring for dental implants is easy. Here are a few tips on how to take care of your dental implants:
- Get professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months
- Use fluoride-containing products like toothpaste and mouthwash to prevent gum disease and tooth decay
- Brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day
- Floss at least once before bed
Contact Us Today!
If you have questions or concerns, Drs. Ben and Stuart Baldwin can help you out. Call (270) 245-1547 in Madisonville, KY, to make an appoint today!