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4 Helpful Tips For Wearing Dentures Confidently

As one of the top denture providers in Tucson, AZ, we, at Creative Smiles, are here to inspire and give you tips about living with dentures confidently. In this article, we offer you some techniques to make the most of your dentures, overcome common denture problems, and get fully adjusted with your false teeth. Using dentures for the first time can be a challenging experience that one can easily overcome with dedication and patience. As the saying goes, “experience is the best teacher”, as well as keeping an open mind to new situations. Let these 4 tips help you overcome the initial challenges of denture wearing and live with it confidently for many years.

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Handle Dentures with Love and Care

This involves proper cleaning and maintenance of your dentures. Only use cleaning products and solutions appropriate with false teeth. Make sure to clean your dentures every day. Rinse dentures after every meal, and then brush them thoroughly before you sleep. A soft bristled toothbrush and a dental soaking solution should do the trick of keeping your false teeth hygienic.

In addition to cleaning, handle your dentures with great care. Repeated, accidental droppings can cause your dentures to break over time, even if they’re one of the most durable prosthetic devices available. Love and proper care will make your dentures go a long way in providing you with reliable tooth replacements.

Take Advantage of a Denture Adhesive, but Make Sure to Use the Right Amount

Even when properly fitted, false teeth will seem as if they’re moving whenever you eat, speak, smile, or laugh. This is where the help of a denture adhesive comes in. These products are specially designed to keep your false teeth stable, so you will feel more secure when using them. Just make sure to use the right amount of dental adhesive. Using more adhesive doesn’t necessarily mean a more stable fit. Denture adhesives are merely an aid, and should not be used to correct ill-fitting dentures. Always seek the help of your dentist when your false teeth no longer fit properly.

Keep Regular Dentist’s Appointments

The dentist will need to monitor your progress, check the fit of your dentures, and then examine the soft tissues of your mouth. Even if you no longer have natural teeth, seeing your dentist regularly ensures optimum oral health.

Embrace Life with Dentures and Smile with Confidence

Instead of moping over the loss of your natural teeth, smile and embrace the fact that dentures can provide you with functional and natural-looking tooth replacements. They actually enhance your appearance, improve your speech, and ultimately boost your self-esteem.

For Quality Dentures in Tucson, AZ, Visit Creative Smiles Today!

If lost teeth is a concern, or if you feel that dentures is your best option, contact us today through this website, or call the number (520) 825-8112. We’d love to hear from you!


3 Oral Care Tips that Your Dentist Wants you to Follow

It’s a brand new year for all of us! Do you want to jump start the year with good oral care habits? Well-loved caring for the teeth means caring for your smile. If you don’t make a conscious effort to care for your teeth, your unhealthy habits will take a toll on both your oral and physical well-being, as well as the aesthetics of your teeth. The good thing is that you have a choice. You can always use preventive care measures to avoid dental problems. Make this choice today, and practice good oral hygiene care. Read our suggestions below and see how they apply to your lifestyle.

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Visit Creative Smiles Dentistry

A US study indicated that there has been an increase in emergency-room dental cases from 2000 to 2010. This goes to show that more Americans are seeing the dentist only when problems arise at Creative Smiles, Drs. Jeannie and Sung Ju stress the importance of preventive care treatments to prevent costly and complex dental situations. If you pay your dentist a visit regularly, deep cleanings and routine check-ups can be performed so dental problems are detected early. Early diagnosis often means that you have more dental treatment options than with delayed dental exams.

Brush and Floss your Teeth the Right Way

Daily brushing and flossing are very important as they hamper the growth of plaque and bacteria in the mouth. But do you brush your teeth correctly?  brushing must be done for at least 2 minutes each time. Divide your mouth into 4 quadrants, and then brush each quadrant for 30 seconds. Use gentle, circular strokes as well as tilting your toothbrush in different ways to properly brush the teeth.

Just like tooth brushing, flossing also plays a major role in good hygiene care. Snapping the floss will often do more harm than good as it can create friction along the gum line. Use a new section of floss for every tooth. Floss effectively by keeping it tight. This way, plaque is removed without hurting your gums. Brushing after meals and flossing before bedtime should be part of your daily routine, to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.

Put an End to your Smoking Habit

We all know that smoking is bad for your oral and physical health. According to a UK research in 2011, 4 out of 5 lung cancers are brought about by smoking. The tar and nicotine contained in cigarettes are also known to cause tooth discoloration and gum problems for you. It harms your lungs, eats away at your gums, and increases your risk for oral cancer and tooth loss. If you still smoke cigarettes or tobacco, now is the time to kick off the habit. Quitting smoking is a great way to begin the New Year with a healthy start.

For top-notch, excellent dental care, visit us at Creative Smiles today. We are dedicated to providing you with truly beautiful and healthy smiles. Schedule your consultation now by calling us at (520) 825-8112.


Veneers: Why White and Even Teeth are More Attractive

Having an attractive smile can make a huge difference in your social life. It’s pretty apparent that our society has very specific qualifications when it comes to what makes an attractive smile. Discolored, crooked or damaged teeth just don’t make the cut. In fact, they never have and never will. Evenly spaced, white teeth are the ideal that humans are attracted to and this is exactly the smile that veneers offer our patients!

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But why is it that we are more attracted to smiles sporting perfectly spaced and white teeth?

Apparently, it is in our nature.

A study done by researchers at the universities of Leeds and Central Lancashire suggests that we naturally prize a smile that is white and even because it is a sign of health. After taking photos of models and digitally altering the shade and spacing of their teeth, the researchers asked 150 men and women to rate the different pictures according to how attractive they found the models.

The pictures of models with yellow and crooked teeth were the least attractive while models with white and evenly spaced teeth were the most popular. Researchers suggest that the whiter, more even smiles indicate health- and health is an important trait when searching for a mate. An attractive smile indicates youth, good health and good genetics.

So, what happens when you don’t sport a natural, attractive smile? Today, patients with less than attractive smiles can choose veneers- a procedure that hides a number of dental flaws to give you a dramatic smile makeover!

What are veneers?

Veneers are very thin shells that our dentist can attach to the front of a tooth and hide any number of imperfections such as:

  • Broken teeth/chipped teeth
  • Badly damaged teeth
  • Stained teeth
  • Decayed teeth

Veneers do not replace teeth, instead they just hide unattractive ones. However, in order to make room for these thin shells, our dentist must remove a tiny fraction of enamel from your natural tooth. This means that the process is irreversible and can last up to 15 years when taken care of properly!

Why Veneers?

If you have never been satisfied with the appearance of your smile, veneers can give you an immediate smile makeover! Among other immediate benefits, this procedure offers our patients:

  • A younger looking smile
  • A healthy looking smile
  • The ability to make better first impressions
  • Better chance of securing a job
  • Increase in self confidence

Veneers at Creative Smiles

If you are looking for a way to improve your smile, visit our office at Creative Smiles or call us at (520) 825-8112!


Root Canal Therapy Facts

Do you feel pain and tenderness in and around your tooth? Do you experience prolonged tooth sensitivity when eating ice cream and drinking cold beverages even after the removal of the cold item? Do you notice your tooth darkening in color and seeing pus or a pimple on your gums? If these symptoms are bothering you, root canal therapy may be necessary. This treatment removes an infected tooth pulp, so pain and discomfort are eliminated and the tooth is saved from extraction. A root canal restores the health of your tooth, so it continues to provide function and aesthetics for many years.

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Root Canal Therapy Nowadays is a Comfortable, Painless Procedure

While there are quite a number of people who are scared of undergoing a root canal, recent studies have shown that the procedure is considered to be a comfortable and painless treatment by many patients. Dental anesthesia is given to the patient, so there will be no pain once the treatment begins. Contemporary dental practices also provide plush, comfortable seats and TV screens in the treatment room; increasing the patient’s comfort during a root canal therapy. Many of our patients at Creative Smiles say that the process is no different from a simple tooth extraction or a dental filling.

What to Expect During Root Canal Therapy

Patients are often advised to sit down, relax, and let the doctor handle the rest. Treatment begins with the dentist numbing the tooth and then injecting dental anesthesia. This will make the treatment completely painless for you.

The dentist drills the infected tooth, and then removes the pulp from its inner chambers. He then proceeds by filling the tooth, to strengthen and seal it from bacteria and other contaminants. Once the permanent filling is in place, a dental crown may be necessary to completely cap the tooth. Impressions will be taken so the dental crown can be fabricated right away. Since our practice is equipped with CEREC technology, dental crowns can be created in a matter of minutes. This saves you from the discomfort of wearing a temporary crown and scheduling another office visit to have your permanent crown bonded over your tooth.

Why Does a Dental Crown Often Follow Root Canal Therapy?

A dental crown is often necessary after a root canal because the tooth needs a pillar of strength. During the process of removing the infected tooth pulp, tissues and blood vessels are likewise removed; thus, making the tooth weak. A permanent filling and a dental crown will serve the purpose of providing strength and resilience for the endodontically treated tooth. Placing a dental crown completes the process of restoring your tooth to good health.

Take your Root Canal Therapy at Creative Smiles

For root canal therapy in Tucson, AZ, visit us at Creative Smiles. Schedule your appointment today by calling us at (520) 825-8112!


Dentist Supervised Teeth Whitening is the Best

If you’re thinking about teeth whitening and considering the different ways to whiten your teeth, whitening treatments at your dentist is still your best bet. The dentist can whiten natural tooth enamel in two ways: in-office and at-home teeth whitening. Here’s what these two treatments are about.

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In-Office Teeth Whitening – One Day Treatment with Immediate Results

In-office teeth whitening is a treatment performed at the dental office. First, the dentist or dental hygienist covers your lips and gums and makes sure that only your teeth are exposed for the procedure. He/she then applies bleaching gel on your teeth. After gel application, a curing light is directed on each tooth, to speed up the results. The light and gel combination penetrate deep within the teeth, effectively removing yellowish and grayish stains on your teeth. In as little as an hour or two, a bright, white smile is achieved.

At-Home Teeth Whitening – Bleaching Treatment in the Comforts of Home

At-home teeth whitening is another dentist supervised treatment that effectively whitens the teeth. The dentist will give you custom whitening trays that you will have to wear at long hours every day. You will apply bleaching gel to the tray and then wear it independently. With repeated and regular use, dramatic results will be seen. Your teeth are lightened by up to 7 shades in as little as 10 days. While most patients prefer to use their trays during sleep, this isn’t mandatory. You can wear your bleaching tray at a time that’s most convenient for you. Since the trays are made of clear, flexible plastic, they are virtually invisible when worn.

Why is Dentist Supervised Teeth Whitening So Much Better than Over-the-Counter Whitening Products?

Teeth whitening treatments that are supervised by the dentist are superior to over-the-counter products because dentists have access to high-grade, very effective, bleaching products. In-office bleaching, for one, uses a whitening gel with higher peroxide content than other bleaching systems being used. This is because the dentist supervises and controls the entire treatment; thus, the whitening procedure is much safer for you. Dentists are trained professionals for whitening the teeth without posing any damage to the enamel of your teeth. If you’re considering getting your teeth whitened, visit a trusted cosmetic dentist in your area. Dentists can best provide you with a truly effective, yet safe, whitening treatment.

What Are the Benefits of Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening gives you the benefits of gleaming white teeth and a confident smile. It also creates the image of good oral hygiene and healthy teeth! Smiling with white teeth improves your look overnight and gives you a reason to smile all the time.

Visit Creative Smiles Today for your Teeth Whitening Treatment!

Look your best with gleaming white teeth! Choose either in-office or at-home teeth whitening, or use both treatments to achieve that picture perfect smile with sparkling pearly whites. Teeth are meant to be white. It is, therefore, up to us to maintain and restore the whiteness of our teeth. For teeth whitening in Tucson, AZ, schedule an appointment with us at Creative Smiles and begin your whitening treatment right away!


Less Time + Increased Precision = CEREC Convenience

If you need dental crowns, inlays, onlays, or veneers yet want these restorations done in one day, choose CEREC®. The Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC®) technology uses advanced techniques to provide you with dental crowns in a single dentist’s appointment. A doctor who’s trained for CEREC uses CAD/CAM digital technology and a milling machine to make fast dental restorations possible. This allows both the dentist and patient to save a great deal of time. CEREC® in Tucson, AZ is available at Creative Smiles. 

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How Does CEREC® Make One-Visit Restorations Possible?

First, the patient needs to set an appointment for dental evaluation and treatment planning. The dentist examines his oral cavity and may perform deep cleanings and an x-ray. He is then scheduled for another office visit for his dental restoration.

One visit dental restorations like crowns, inlays, onlays and veneers are possible because CEREC® takes your dental impression, creates a design, fabricates the restoration, and bonds the restoration onto your teeth all in one day. First, your digital impression is taken. This digital model of your teeth is then fed to a computer that will create the design of your restoration. The dentist analyzes this design and applies improvements only when needed. The final design is then fed to a milling unit for the fabrication of your dental restoration. This manufacturing process will only take minutes to complete. Before you know it, the dentist bonds the permanent restoration on your teeth, and you walk out of our office with your teeth fully restored.

Why is CEREC® so Much Better than Traditional Restorations?

CEREC® is a great improvement over traditional restorations because it involves great precision and accuracy. From the time the digital image of your teeth is taken up to fabrication of your restoration, the process is computer assisted; thus greatly minimizing any margin of error. Most often, the restoration design created by the computer requires zero to very minimal touchups from the dentist. With CEREC, you’re guaranteed restorations that fit perfectly.

Additionally, CEREC® also doesn’t require you to wear temporary restorations because these are created and then bonded onto your teeth in one appointment. You won’t feel the discomfort of wearing uncomfortable temporaries as you walk out of the dental office with your permanent restorations in place.

Most importantly, CEREC® is so much better than traditional restorations because it requires less of your time. You only need to make one appointment for restorative dentistry. Your dentist, on the other hand, can attend to a greater number of patients who need his services. CEREC simply brings everyone convenience!

Say Goodbye to Traditional Restorations and Hello to CEREC®

You are advised to visit your dentist regularly for dental checkups and teeth cleanings. If a dental crown, inlay, onlay or a dental veneer is necessary, take advantage of CEREC® technology in getting your dental restorations done. Visit our practice for more information about CEREC®, and experience its wonderful, time saving benefits.