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By Mike White, DDS
August 19, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Veneers  

If you are after a flawless smile, dental veneers just might be the best solution for you. Veneers are made up of tooth-colored super-slim shells developed for concealing your real teeth to produce a straighter, more radiant, and gorgeous smile. Plus the advances in modern dentistry have made dental veneers look incredibly realistic, so no one will even notice a difference!

Here at Michael A. White DDS in Chehalis WA, Dr. Michael White commonly uses veneers for correcting an array of cosmetic flaws, from slightly misaligned gaps to stained teeth that resist professional teeth whitening treatments.

How Dental Veneers in Chehalis Can Make Your Smile Perfect

Veneers can be crafted from resin composite or porcelain materials and are specifically made to go over the front teeth’s surfaces. By doing this, they mask flaws and visibly change the length, shape, and size of the teeth. The majority of dental veneers today are fabricated from porcelain since this material is capable of resisting stains better. It can likewise reflect light naturally much like that of real teeth.

The Benefits of Dental Veneers

  • Since veneers are produced from materials that resemble real teeth and shaped individually for every patient, it is virtually impossible to see the difference between natural teeth and veneers.
  • You could choose the exact shade of whiteness you want for your veneers. However, you should be careful when choosing which shade you want since super-white veneers won’t look natural.
  • Unlike other cosmetic dentistry solutions, veneers made of porcelain won’t be discolored by red wine, cigarette smoke, tea, and coffee.
  • For those with generally healthy teeth, dental veneers could be a viable substitute for dental caps or crowns, which require removing more of the tooth’s natural structure.
  • They can be utilized for covering one tooth or several teeth.

The Dental Veneers Installation Process

Your dentist in Chehalis WA will buff a small amount, about half a millimeter, of your tooth’s outer coating called the enamel to make room for your veneers. You might need local anesthesia for this. Trimming the enamel is done to ensure that your teeth won’t look bulky.

Your dentist will then take an impression of your teeth and then send this to a lab where your veneers will be fabricated. Once your veneers are ready, it will be attached to your teeth using a special adhesive, and voila! You now have a flawless smile.

Get That Perfect Smile You Deserve with Chehalis Dental Veneers. Reach Out to Us
Arrange a meeting with Dr. Michael White here at Michael A. White DDS in Chehalis WA by dialing (360) 748-0168.

By Mike White, DDS
May 27, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Care Routine  

How your dentist in Chehalis, WA, can help you keep your smile healthy

An important part of having a beautiful smile is having a healthy smile. You can do a lot to keep your smile healthy by developing a good oral care routine. Dr. Michael A. White in Chehalis, WA, offers a wide range of preventive dentistry services to help you maintain great oral health.

When you keep your smile healthy, it helps your body stay healthy too. According to the Mayo Clinic, an unhealthy mouth has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, endocarditis, diabetes, and other conditions.

Keeping your smile healthy is easy, but it requires thoroughly cleaning away the plaque every day. This is important because plaque contains millions of harmful bacteria that can destroy the health and beauty of your smile.

You can remove plaque effectively if you:

  • Brush after meals and before you go to bed, using a gentle, circular motion to clean all the surfaces of your teeth and along the gumline. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid damaging your gums and teeth.
  • Floss every day, and make sure to wrap the floss around the widest part of your tooth as you floss down in between your teeth. This helps to keep the floss snugly against the tooth surface, so it cleans more thoroughly.
  • You also need to visit your dentist at least every six to twelve months for a thorough dental examination, including x-rays. Your dentist uses all of the latest diagnostic tools to find dental problems early, when they are easily treatable.
  • You should also visit your dental hygienist every six to twelve months for a professional dental cleaning. Your dental hygienist can provide all of the latest information, tools, and techniques to help you keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

Your smile is your greatest asset, and you want a smile that is beautiful and strong. Developing a good oral care routine can help you enjoy a healthy smile for life. To find out more about preventive dental care, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Michael A. White in Chehalis, WA, at (360) 748-0168.

By Mike White, DDS
April 23, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Care  

Maintaining dental hygiene can help you avoid bad breath, decay, and tooth sensitivity. Dr. Michael A. White, DDS can show you the importance of a good oral care routine and the steps to put it in place.

Between visits to a dentist's Chehalis, WA, office, there are some things you can do at home to keep great dental health. Patients can protect their smile by doing the following:

Mind your diet

Maintain your oral hygiene by not overindulging on sweets or harsh beverages. Try drinking less coffee, swapping water for soda, and forgoing dessert. Too many sugars cause cavities in the enamel of the teeth, and if left untreated, can cause severe pain, tooth loss, and even jawbone degradation.

Brush teeth at least two times each day

Brushing removes the bacteria and food that adhere to the teeth after you’ve eaten. Brush your teeth at an angle along the gum line, on the insides of your teeth, and on the surfaces that chew food. Take care to brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day.

Quit smoking

Avoid tooth decay and oral cancer by stopping this bad habit. Smoking and other methods of tobacco-consumption ruin your lungs and dental health, as well. Quitting tobacco also improves breath odor.

Floss too

Food particles get stuck in places where it is difficult to brush, and this debris increases the formation of cavities and bad breath. Flossing prevents gingivitis and this formation of pockets around teeth. On a daily basis, floss between teeth with water picks or with manual floss.

Are you ready to learn more?

Although home oral care with these tips is simple, a professional cleaning from your dentist makes your smile stand out. To learn more, visit Dr. Micheal A. White’s practice in Chehalis, WA. Contact us at (360) 748-0168 to schedule a consultation with your dentist.

By Mike White, DDS
March 06, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

It’s never too late to get the full smile you deserve after tooth loss.

So, you’re missing teeth, but you aren’t sure which replacement option is the right one for you. No problem. That’s where our Chehalis, WA, dentist Dr. Michael White and his expertise comes in handy. Restorative dentistry has made some incredible strides over the years, allowing our dental team to provide patients with amazingly durable and lifelike tooth replacement options that blend right in.

Here are just some of the popular restorations we use to replace missing teeth,

Dental Implants

Since implants mimic the look and function of a real tooth, they have quickly become a popular way for adults to replace one or more teeth. This metal post is placed into the jawbone where it takes the place of your tooth roots. Over the course of 3-6 months, the bone and tissue will grow around the implant, making it a permanent part of the jawbone. From there, an implant can support a false tooth.

If you are a healthy individual who is missing one or more teeth then you could very well be a candidate for dental implants. Our Chehalis, WA, restorative dentist will examine your mouth and jawbone to make sure that they are healthy enough for implants.

Bridges

If you are looking for an easy way to fill a gap in your smile then a dental bridge may be a fast solution. Bridges are a commonly placed restoration that offers a way for patients who are a bit more budget-conscious to get the false teeth they need to restore their smile. In order to get a dental bridge, our dental team will need to make sure that the natural teeth surrounding the gap are strong enough to support the bridge. From there, natural teeth are prepped and crowns are cemented into place over these teeth to support the one or two false teeth in the middle.

Full Dentures

Are you dealing with complete tooth loss? If so, full dentures can provide you with an easy and fast solution to getting a full set of teeth gain. Full dentures are customized to your mouth’s measurements to provide the best possible fit. Full dentures can be used to replace either your upper or lower teeth, and are place in a matter of weeks.

If you are looking for a dentist in Chehalis, WA, that can restore your missing teeth and improve your smile for life then call (360) 748-0168 to learn more or to schedule an evaluation with us.

By Mike White, DDS
January 27, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Our Chehalis, WA, dentist Dr. Michael White encourages everyone to get oral cancer screenings once a year. If you don’t remember the last time you came in for a cleaning and checkup, then it’s time you did. After all, these six-month appointments aren’t just for the prevention and early detection of decay and gum disease, it could also catch oral cancer early on when it’s highly treatable.

What goes into an oral cancer screening?

This screening is simple and is often performed during a routine dental checkup. Our dental team will look for any abnormal tissue, lumps or lesions. Any changes to the overall color or texture of the oral tissue are potential warning signs. Since oral cancer can be found just about anywhere in the mouth we will take time to examine all areas thoroughly.

If there is something that requires further testing we will sit down and discuss it with you. Otherwise, this screening is quick, painless and the best tool we have for detecting oral cancer early.

Who is at risk for oral cancer?

As with most forms of cancer, many people assume that older individuals are more susceptible; however, over the last few years, there have been more cases of younger individuals developing oral cancer. This is due to the HPV virus. The HPV virus can be contracted as early as someone’s teens, and it can happen to both men and women.

Other risks for oral cancer include heavy alcohol consumption and smoking. If you have any of these risk factors that you should schedule an oral cancer screening with our Chehalis, WA, family dentist as soon as possible. We can also discuss how often you should come in for routine screenings.

What are the signs of oral cancer?

When we screen for oral cancer we are often looking for these warning signs,

  • Hard and/or painful lump
  • Red and white patches
  • Lesions or sores that bleed or don’t heal
  • Trouble moving the jaws or tongue
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing

If it’s been longer than six months since your last dental cleaning then it’s time to schedule your next routine checkup. Call our Chehalis, WA, dental practice today at (360) 748-0168.





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