What is Dental Bonding?

DR. RUDI AS-SANIE, D.D.S.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure used to fix imperfections in the teeth. It is a great option for those that want a small fix and a less invasive procedure than crowns or veneers. An advantage of dental bonding is no tooth structure has to be removed before placing it. It is added to the existing portion of the tooth to give teeth a more natural, flawless look.

Should I Get Dental Bonding?

Many times, we see patients that have teeth that are genetically undersized. The most common teeth for this to occur are the ones right outside of your top, front teeth. The term for them is a peg lateral because they are your lateral incisors. Many people will feel self-conscious about these teeth because they are disproportioned, but they aren’t sure what to do about them. They may fear cost or a procedure itself. Dental bonding is a great option for these patients. The composite or white filling material is added to the tooth and fortunately a lot of times the patient doesn’t even have to be numb for this. The material blends evenly with the tooth, giving it a fuller, even appearance to match the other teeth. This can increase confidence in a patient and give them that smile they deserve.

What Else is Dental Bonding Used for?

If a patient has a small chip or wears on the teeth, bonding can also be done if there is no active decay. Bonding can be reversed if a patient decides a tooth looks too bulky or unnatural. Thankfully, at Dental Reflections Dublin, Dr. As-Sanie is a perfectionist and will be sure you are happy with the result before leaving our office. She also wants to make sure it looks natural and she feels comfortable as well with the work she has done. The first step to inquiring about cosmetic bonding would be to schedule a consultation at our office. Dr. As-Sanie will decide if bonding is right for you and then proceed with scheduling the procedure. Call our dental office in Dublin today at 614.799.5576 for your consultation on dental bonding.

Are My Wisdom Teeth Crowding My Other Teeth?

DR. RUDI AS-SANIE, D.D.S.

Wisdom Teeth Crowding

Many times, we may start to notice our bottom front teeth crowding as those wisdom teeth start to come in. You may start to wonder – could that be what is crowding my teeth and “pushing them forward”? At Dental Reflections Dublin, we see the crowding all the time, and we often hear it from patients even later in life. They will tell us their bottom front teeth were always straight whether they had braces, but once those wisdom teeth started coming in, they started crowding. The average age for wisdom teeth to come in is 17-22 but it can most definitely be earlier or later. That leaves us with the burning question…

Do Wisdom Teeth Crowd Your Other Teeth?

Long story short, the answer is no. I know the timing can correlate together, however, the wisdom teeth do not push all the other teeth forward as they are making their way in. Either they have room to come in or they don’t. A study was done and published in The Scientific World Journal that included patients with impacted (teeth under the gums), erupted (teeth in the mouth), extracted, or congenitally missing wisdom teeth. These studies included cross-sectional and longitudinal, and there was no difference between the two groups. What this means is whether someone ever had wisdom teeth form, they still noticed crowding and that these teeth are not the cause.

What Causes the Crowding?

As we age, our mandible continues to grow. Have you ever noticed an older person with larger ears and nose? This is because they also continue to grow as our jaw does. Have you also noticed how older people have a pointier chin and crowded teeth in the front? I know, I know, no you are thinking ages 17-22 is not old. That is correct. Our jaw goes through growth spurts just like the rest of our body. Ages 17-22 is one of those times. Therefore, more people will notice the teeth beginning to crowd at that age. For some it’s later, everyone is different. Another study was done following patients for 12 years after their braces came off. The study found that after just 10 years of removal of all retention (permanent or removable retainers no longer being used), more than 70% were classified as showing moderate to severe crowding.

How Can This Crowding Be Prevented?

The ultimate way to prevent teeth from crowding is a retainer. This is recommended whether a patient has had braces or not. Permanent retainers are most common for post ortho patients, while removable retainers are great for those who have never had retainers. Crowding is not just a cosmetic concern but also puts a patient at risk for gum disease. Crowding makes it much harder to keep the teeth clean, therefore infecting the gums as well. Orthodontics, or braces, are the only way to correct the crowding and are a great option to consider. If you are concerned about your teeth shifting, contact us today for a consultation on retainers, Invisalign or options for orthodontics.

Get Holiday Ready with Whiter Teeth

DR. RUDI AS-SANIE, D.D.S.

Get Holiday Ready with Whiter Teeth

It’s that time of year! Time to squeeze in that visit to the hair salon so your grays are hiding or your roots are touched up for that holiday party to see all of your extended family that one time of year. Are you happy with your smile? The shade of your teeth? Now is a great time to treat yourself with a gift of whitening. Show off those pearly whites at your holiday party and your teeth will be glowing in all of your family photos this year.

We have several different whitening options available to our patients. The simplest, on the go option is our Opalescence Go trays. They are designed for anyone to wear, meaning they are not custom fit. There are 10 sets of trays in a box and are worn for about 20-30 minutes at a time. If you want results fast, this is the choice for you. These allow you to choose your frequency of whitening, once or twice a day for 5-10 days. It has been reported from our patients that these trays may create a bit of sensitivity if you have sensitivity issues before whitening. Sensodyne toothpaste or any toothpaste with Potassium Nitrate can help reduce this sensitivity. 

Our next option is our Glo Whitening. If you are going for the latest fad of whitening, this is it. This is also a speed whitening that can be used on the go. For just 32 minutes a day, Glo is used in 4 separate 8-minute sessions, giving you that shade you’ve always wanted. With a heat and light activated device that goes in your mouth over the whitening gel, you will see results fast with no sensitivity. The gel has a built-in desensitizer creating no sensitivity for the patient during or after treatment. This is a great option that typically leaves you with some gel to touch up on a later occasion which is an added bonus.

Our last option we have available to our patients is our custom whitening trays. These are super nice for patients who know they drink coffee or wine on the daily and will need to whiten several times over their lifetime. This involves dental impressions of the teeth, creating custom made whitening trays for you and just you. The starter kit comes with whitening gel syringes to fill the trays and get to your desired results. These are nice because the gel syringes come in several different percentage options giving you the choice of how long each whitening session lasts. Some people want to sleep in their trays, making it the most convenient for them (minimal sensitivity), while others want a speed whitening session with a higher percentage. You choose what you would like. The refill gel syringes are offered for purchase at a low price once you already have your trays which is a huge advantage. 

All of our whitening options are great for getting the results you want, fast. As long as you commit to it and invest the time to whiten, your smile will be glowing in no time. Contact us today to discuss which option is best for you and we can get you on your journey to the shade you’ve always wanted. 

Do You Want Straighter Teeth?

DR. RUDI AS-SANIE, D.D.S.

Get Straighter Teeth With Invisalign

Have you wanted straighter teeth but didn’t want all of that metal and hardware in your mouth? Invisalign, or clear aligners, may be a great option for you! Clear aligners are exactly how they sound- they are clear, retainer-like trays that you wear over a period of time that slowly straighten the teeth in a safe manner. Maybe you’ve been thinking about some type of braces for a while now but didn’t know where to start. We are here to help you navigate getting started on your journey to the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

First Steps to Getting Straighter Teeth

The first step to seeing if you are a candidate for clear aligners is scheduling a consultation at our office. This involves taking measurements, photos, and a scan of the teeth to send in to the company we choose that’s best for you. We then have you back to go over your customized treatment plan with estimated treatment time and cost. The virtual treatment plan will show how your teeth will transform over the estimated treatment time. The amount of time in the trays can vary between as little as 6 months to 18+ months. A lot of it also depends on how compliant you are in wearing the trays as well. It is recommended to wear them for a minimum of 22 hours a day and only take them out when you are eating or drinking anything besides water.

Cost of Clear Aligners

The cost can vary greatly depending on the recommended treatment time and how much correcting/straightening of the teeth that need done. The range is similar to traditional braces and starts at around $3,000 and can go up to $5,000+. The good news is if you have orthodontic coverage on your insurance plan, you can also apply it to clear aligners. Be sure to check the age limit and amount of coverage. The average that we see on dental insurance plans is $1,000 towards any treatment which is a huge help! We do payment plans for clear aligners as well. 

The good news is, a consultation for clear aligners is free of charge at Dental Reflections Dublin! Call us today to get scheduled for your appointment to see if you are a candidate and can get started on your smile in 2020! 

Benefits of Dental Implants

DR. RUDI AS-SANIE, D.D.S.

Benefits of Dental Implants

A dental implant serves the purpose of replacing a missing tooth. This restores chewing function where the open space is in the mouth. Not only can a dental implant fill a missing space, but there are also many other important benefits long term to choosing a dental implant over a partial, or just leaving the open space.

Drifting

When a tooth is missing the teeth around it and above or below it tends to shift. They naturally want the space to be filled and want to move into the open spot. The problem that occurs is this: Once the teeth start to move and drift, gum and bone problems begin to develop with the drifting teeth, leaving them compromised. The tooth above or below the space starts to supra-erupt meaning continue to come in because they have no opposing force. The tooth that is supra-erupting is also now compromised, leaving a poor prognosis for it as well. There is no way to tell how fast teeth around a missing space will start to move. For some, it could be years, others just months. Another downfall of waiting too long is that the open space may no longer be a candidate for an implant if the teeth around it have drifted too much.

Chewing Function

It is also important to restore chewing function from a missing tooth. Molars are the most common tooth in the mouth to be missing. These are the teeth we chew the most with, including hard, crunchy foods. When we are missing one or more molars, the smaller teeth in front of them begin to do more work, putting them at risk for fractures since they are not designed for this much force.

Implant Process

The first step to seeing if you are a good candidate for a dental implant is to schedule a consultation for an exam and radiographs of the area. Sometimes a bone graft is needed prior to implant placement to replace any missing bone in the area for optimum support. This is crucial for the success of the implant and is a very straightforward, minimally invasive procedure. Once the implant is placed, the area must heal for 4-6 months before the permanent crown is placed (this is essentially the tooth that will be in your mouth). With advanced technology, patients even report to us the minimal amount of healing/recovery time they experience when having a dental implant placed. Call us today at Dental Reflections Dublin at 614.799.5576 for your complimentary consultation for a dental implant.

Five Facts About Dental Implants

  • Ancient dental implants have been traced back to around 600 AD when tooth-like pieces of shell were hammered into the jaw of a Mayan woman.
  • Dental implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves natural bone, actually helping to stimulate bone growth.
  • In 1951, a small group of dentists who were successfully placing dental implants formed the AAID – American Academy of Implant Dentistry – to share their knowledge on the practice of implantology. AAID is the first professional organization in the world dedicated to advancing implant dentistry.
  • In 1952, Swedish orthopedic surgeon P.I. Branemark discovered that titanium naturally fuses with the bone, eventually switching his research focus to the mouth from the knee and hip.
  • 3 million people in the United States have implants, a number that is growing by 500,000 annually.*

*https://www.aaid-implant.org/aaid-credentials/expertise-you-can-trust/

All You Need to Know About Cosmetic Bonding

DR. RUDI AS-SANIE, D.D.S.

All You Need to Know About Cosmetic Bonding

Many times, our patients will ask us if we do dental bonding at our office. Yes, of course, we do. You do not have to be considered a cosmetic dentist to offer cosmetic services like bonding, veneers, botox, etc. Some people may not even realize what bonding is and the benefits of it.

What is Bonding?

Bonding is the application of a tooth-colored composite resin (plastic) to repair a decayed, chipped, fractured, discolored tooth, to make teeth appear longer, and as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings. Typically, a patient does not need to be numb if the bonding is for cosmetic purposes only and a cavity is not involved. Bonding is much less invasive then veneers or crowns because tooth structure does not need to be removed when it is applied.

Who is a good candidate for bonding?

There are many different types of cases we see that are great candidates for bonding. A patient that has great alignment but has a small gap between two of their teeth may opt for bonding to fill that space and make their smile look more natural or even. Sometimes a tooth can come in undersized. Bonding can help build the tooth up to its partner on the mirrored side of the mouth to even out the smile/shape of the teeth. If you chipped your tooth, bonding is a great option. In this case, you may wonder what the difference is between a filling and bonding. With a filling, tooth structure must be removed. With bonding, a material is applied to open the pores of the enamel, then a bonding agent followed by a filling material to hold the bonding in place. A shade guide is used, so the material matches your tooth perfectly. If you are a heavy coffee, red wine or dark soda drinker, your bonding could stain over time. At that point, it can be replaced.

Is Bonding Expensive?

Bonding is the least expensive option when changing the way a tooth looks in the mouth. Some insurance plans will cover bonding if there is a chip involved or even for cosmetic purposes. However, each plan is different. That’s why here at Dental Reflections Dublin, we offer a complimentary benefits check to see what your plan covers.

Relapse After Braces? We Can Help!

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Relapse After Braces? We Can Help!

It is very common for us to see a patient in their early-mid 20’s come in with slight crowding. These are patients that have had braces as a child and didn’t wear their retainers. I mean we have all heard the story about the kid throwing his/her retainer away at lunchtime because it was folded up in a napkin, so we get it. Thankfully, nowadays there are more permanent retention options to prevent relapse.

Clear aligners, commonly known as Invisalign, are a series of clear trays that you wear for 22 hours a day that help align the teeth over a period of time. Compliance is super important, and the trays must be worn for the full 22 hours in order to be successful. They can be taken out when you eat or drink anything besides water but then are to be put back in right after you floss and brush after a snack or meal. Treatment time can range anywhere from a few months to a couple of years depending on how much correction is needed. Each set of trays is worn for approximately 1-2 weeks before switching out to a new set. This is a great alternative to traditional braces with metal brackets and wires.

Cost of Clear Aligners

The cost of clear aligners can cost the same as traditional braces depending upon the length of treatment time needed. An express case – 6 months or less – is going to run around $3,000. So, a full case – over 6 months – is going to run around $5,000. So, if you have dental insurance, you may actually have some coverage available. Some plans do not have an age limit, allowing you to utilize the typical $1,500 benefit towards the cost of braces, which applies to the clear aligners as well. Therefore, call your insurance company to see if you have this in your plan. Unfortunately, some plans are up to age 19 only on their ortho coverage, but it’s definitely worth looking into!

Lifelong Investment

Don’t get hung up on the cost. There are affordable payment plans available. Think of it as a lifelong investment in yourself!! Confidence is important and can make a world of a difference in the way you carry yourself. We hate to see the person that never shows their teeth when they smile or covers their mouth when they laugh. Straight teeth also help prevent gum and bone problems down the road and make it a lot easier to keep things clean. The nice thing is after you are finished with the trays, we put in a permanent retainer to ensure the teeth do not shift back.

Call Dental Reflections Dublin to Schedule

We are currently offering complimentary consultations to see if you are a candidate for clear aligners. This involves an exam, digital scan of the teeth (no more goopy impressions), and photos of the mouth to send off to Invisalign. This is a great opportunity to see if you qualify to get that straight smile you have been wanting for years. So, call Dental Reflections Dublin today at 614.799.5576 to schedule your free consultation and get started on a new you.

Get Glo’in with our New Leader in Whitening

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Get Glo’in with our New Leader in Whitening

Are you looking for a product that really makes people say “Woah, your teeth look so white!” Look no further than our newest whitening solution: Glo Whitening. We’ve had the best feedback and seen the best results with Glo from our Dental Reflections Dublin patients. It is super easy to use, and you can get up to 5 shades whiter in 5 days!

Glo Whitening Treatment with Dental Reflections Dublin

Each kit comes with ten vials of whitening gel. Each vial has four uses out of it. That means 40 sessions. Each whitening session is 8 minutes long, and four are recommended per day which adds up to 32 minutes. Glo uses heat and light technology to activate the whitening gel and helps speed things up. You don’t have to use the light, but the mouthpiece has the light and heat built in which makes it super easy. For only 8 minutes each session, you can whiten anywhere, anytime. On your lunch break, at home, or on the go.

Teeth Whitening Treatment for Sensitive Teeth

The best part about it is you will experience low to NO sensitivity. In fact, none of our patients have reported sensitivity unlike other products out on the market that patients have had to discontinue use because of zingers and extreme sensitivity. I mean I totally get it: beauty is pain, but sometimes that can be taken a little too far. This means no more strips that slide around on your teeth. The kit even comes with a lip conditioner to keep your lips smooth and moist during use of the whitening. The mouthpiece plugs into this super cool looking iPod you wear around your neck to give it the heat and light. In between applications, you just brush more gel from the vial on your teeth and reinsert the mouthpiece for 8 minutes. Glo is the solution for all of your whitening goals. Dental Reflections Dublin are running a special for $199 through the end of the year. You should give it a try! Contact your local dentist in Dublin, Ohio, Dental Reflections Dublin today! You won’t be disappointed.

Benefits of a Custom Fit Sports Mouthguard

Does your child play sports? If so, there is no question of whether or not they should be wearing a mouthguard. If your child is involved in basketball, boxing, field hockey, football, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby or soccer they should have a mouthguard. The last thing we (or you) want is for your child to walk in our office with one of their permanent front teeth in their hand. A sports mouthguard is an easy way to protect your child’s teeth during these types of sports and activities.

Making a custom fit sports mouthguard is super easy! It involves taking an impression of the teeth and pouring up a model to make the mouthguard on. It would require two visits – one to take the impression and the next to seat/deliver the mouthguard. The advantage of a custom fit mouthguard is that it snaps in and fits snug so that the athlete can still talk while wearing it. It does not move around while it is in and is not bulky. It will be comfortable for the child to wear which is important. They are fairly inexpensive and usually range between $50-$100 depending on the type of material used. If your child is losing teeth and getting new teeth in, they may need a new one made every 6 months until they get all of their permanent teeth. They are available in a variety of colors and we can even put their name on it. We can also create a mouthguard to go over your child’s braces which is still important to prevent brackets or wires from damaging their lips and their teeth if they were to take an elbow or ball to the mouth.

How to care for your mouthguard:

  • Rinse with water after use.
  • Brush with a mild soap and soft toothbrush.
  • Do not use toothpaste as it is too abrasive and can make scratches causing bacteria to adhere in these areas.
  • Keep it in the case when you are not wearing it.
  • Keep away from pets! They love human scent and will chew it to shreds.
  • Always wear it during practices and games/meets.

We would be happy to make your child’s next custom fit mouthguard here at Dental Reflections Dublin to protect their teeth while doing what they love!

Teeth Whitening – What’s the Best Option?

There are so many different types of professional and over the counter teeth whitening products out on the market today. People often ask us what the best products are or what we would recommend for them. There are several products to choose from including whitening toothpaste, floss, mouth rinse, white strips, trays and more. Here are the benefits of each and how to make a decision on what to buy.

The Best Options for Teeth Whitening

First off, know that restorative work does not whiten on teeth. What does that mean? If you have had bonding, fillings, crowns or veneers they will not whiten. It’s most important of course on the teeth you see when you smile and want whiter. We aren’t too concerned about a filling you had in the groove of your molar in the way back. Next, some people may have developmental defects on the teeth that prevent them from getting their desired whitening result. This is why it is important to see your Dublin, Ohio dentist before you invest a lot of money in a product and are later disappointed in your results.

A daily use of whitening toothpaste, floss or mouth rinse is good for surface stains from foods and drinks you may consume. Drinks like coffee, tea, dark soda and red wine will definitely lead to more surface stains that can accumulate over time between your routine cleanings at your dental office. Whitening toothpaste, floss, and rinses can help reduce those but won’t necessarily brighten you up from your natural shade. It is great to use in addition/after a professional whitening though to maintain your results. Some of our favorite whitening toothpastes are Colgate Optic White and Crest 3D Brilliance, however, there are so many to choose from and everyone has their personal preference.

Our Teeth Whitening Options

Any professional product you buy directly from your dental office is going to give you better results than something you buy over the counter because the percentages are higher of the whitening ingredient. Our Dental Reflections office currently offers 4 different whitening options.

GO Trays

Opalescence GO trays are our least expensive option. This is great for someone who has never whitened before and wants to try something basic to see what results they can get. We have had good feedback and they are great for gifting as well. The kit comes with 10 sets of trays (upper and lower) that you wear for 30-60 minutes a day. Little to no sensitivity has been reported with the Go trays.

Custom Whitening Trays

Another product we offer is custom tray whitening. This involves taking an impression of the teeth and creating custom trays that fit just your teeth that you dispense gel from a syringe and whiten at home. This is a great option because you can keep your trays and just buy refill syringes to whiten whenever needed.

Glo Whitening

Our newest option we are offering is Glo Whitening. This is our top recommendation at the time because of the feedback we have received from our patients. Each kit comes with a conditioning lip treatment, a mouthpiece with a cord connected to a light and 10 vials of whitening. Each vial has a built-in brush that you apply the gel to your teeth with and is enough for 4 sessions. You then put the mouthpiece in and turn on the light to whiten for 8 minutes each session. Four sessions are recommended per day for 5-8 days initially. This is dependent upon your desired whitening results. There is enough whitening gel to whiten for 10 days. No sensitivity has been reported with this option.

In-Office Whitening

Our last option is in-office whitening which is a 2-hour procedure. Where several applications of whitening gel are applied to the teeth and left to process over the time frame. This is a good option for someone who knows they won’t be compliant at home. This is not a great option for people with sensitivity and has been known to increase sensitivity in general, so we don’t always recommend this option.

If you notice sensitivity while whitening, discontinue immediately to prevent it from worsening. Using a product with Potassium Nitrate like Sensodyne toothpaste can help with sensitivity from whitening. Check the active ingredients on your product to look for that specific name.

Whether you have a wedding coming up, a family reunion, family photos, an important interview or just want to feel more confident about your smile, we are sure to have a product that is best for YOU. Call us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your options so that we can keep you reflecting your best here at Dental Reflections Dublin.