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Maintaining good dental health can often be overlooked in our busy lives. A small investment of time in our smiles can lead to a lifetime of good dental health. The benefits go beyond dental health as recent research has linked dental health to our general health. Below you will find some of the top reasons to invest a little extra time to keeping your smile healthy and shining bright.

Dental Health Investment

Maintaining General Health. Recent research has linked periodontal disease to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and even alzheimer’s disease.

Save Money. That is right, keeping up with dental care maintenance will end up saving you money in costly procedures over time.

-Bad Breath (Halitosis) Prevention. Research has shown that over 80% of all persistent bad breath issues are due to an underlying dental health issue. Regular dental cleanings along with diligent at home care will help prevent bad breath.

Increased Self Confidence. Having a shiny, bright, healthy smile will allow yourself to feel better. People notice you and this leads to increased self confidence as you venture out into the world.

Prevent Osteoporosis. Maintaining good dental hygiene will help protect bone density in the jaws. Missing teeth cause the bones of the jaw to remodel and resorb. Also, studies have shown that those who care for their bodies also choose better nutritional choices which can help maintain bone structure throughout the body.

Maintain A Youthful Appearance. As we age our faces change, the skin around the face becomes less elastic leading us to look older. Maintaining good dental health allows the teeth to remain in place helping to keep the skin around the mouth firmer and more youthful looking.

To Teach Our Children. Children learn from their parents. If you set a good example and make dental health a priority at a young age you will be giving a wonderful gift of dental health to your children.

To Prevent Oral Cancer. The best defense against oral cancer is early diagnosis. Seeing your dentist regularly for dental examinations will allow your dentist to complete an oral cancer screening to detect any changes in your oral tissues. Oral cancer is highly curable if diagnosed early enough.


Dental health is an investment in our futures. Do you want a future filled with pain free, healthy smiles or one where you are spending time and money fixing your smile? For many it is an easy choice. Devoting a few minutes twice a day to dental health can lead to a lifetime of smiles for you and your family.

When people think of cosmetic dentistry they might think of Hollywood style makeovers. These makeovers, while great, do not work for every individual’s needs. The beauty

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of cosmetic dentistry is that it can oftentimes show major results with minimum work. It takes an experienced cosmetic dentist to be able to see that a small change may be all that is necessary for a patient to fulfill their needs and wants.

What Is Minimum Dentistry?

Minimum dentistry encompasses all the possible treatment options available in cosmetic dentistry but just on a smaller scale. It means, to be as efficient and conservative as possible with time, treatment,tooth strcuture, and money to gain maximum results with the resources we have available.

Which cosmetic dentistry procedures are available for minimum dentistry?

Tooth Reshaping (also called tooth re-contouring, or enameloplasty) – This simple, effective minimum dentistry procedure allows your cosmetic dentist to reshape your teeth very minimally to change length, width, or thickness. This is very effective for teeth with varying lengths or ones that are slightly out of line with each other. This will not work in cases of more severe misalignments as you run the risk of removing too much tooth structure causing sensitivity teeth.

Teeth Whitening – A minimum dentistry procedure, that can whiten your teeth in as little as an hour. There are various types of teeth whitening available. These include in office teeth whitening (done in as little as an hour), at home teeth whitening (completed over a period of 2 weeks or so). There are also over the counter methods of teeth whitening available. Each technique has its advantages and disadvantages. The most efficient method is in office whitening but it is also the most expensive.

Dental Bonding – Another minimum dentistry procedure that can be completed in under an hour that can dramatically change a smile. A chipped tooth or a gap can make your smile look less attractive. Dental bonding can close that gap and restore a chipped tooth to its natural appearance.

Inlays and Onlays – Inlays and onlays require minimal removal of healthy tooth structure when compared to dental crowns. These are usually made of porcelain to make the final restoration as cosmetic as possible. Removal of healthy tooth structure increases the risks of both tooth fracture and the possible need for root canal therapy after the crown is completed. The inlay or onlay can serve a wonderful purpose, by preserving tooth structure, as well as being a more cost effective option to a full porcelain crown.

Lumineers – This is truly a minimum dentistry procedure. This requires little to no tooth preparation. The trade off is, that the final product can often look bulky and out of place. For that reason most skilled cosmetic dentists reject this procedure.

Snap On Smile – Another cosmetic minimum dentistry procedure that requires no tooth preparation. It is literally as the name suggests…a new smile you snap on over your existing teeth. For many patients this is the answer for special events like a wedding, job interviews, etc. Snap on smile is especially useful when major dental work would be required to alter the smile properly.

Ginival recontouring – Also called a gum lift or gingivoplasty. This procedure removes a bit of gum tissue to allow short teeth to appear longer, to decrease a gummy smile, and to even out the gum line.

Minimum Dentistry Conclusion

Cosmetic dentistry procedures do not have to cost a fortune and require a lot of time in the dentist’s office. Minor changes to a smile can bring dramatic results. The ultimate goal of any cosmetic dentistry procedure is to meet the patients goals and to create a functional final result. Minimum dentistry allows for everyone to be able to enjoy the benefits of cosmetic dentistry especially with a limited budget of time and money.