Three Superstar Teeth Corrections

When we see celebrities walking on the red carpet with their dazzling smiles, it’s hard to believe that their teeth were ever imperfect. Unfavorable teeth, however, were common for many of today’s hottest stars. They realized the magnanimous impact a beautiful smile could make, and took action. Lets look at a few celebrities who transformed their smiles into superstars.

                                                                                    50 Cent

In the hip hop industry, rappers are continuously searching for ways to ridicule the competition. When rapper 50 cent realized that his teeth were becoming the laughing stock of the rap business, he decided to straighten things out- literally. He fixed his disproportionate teeth by receiving an entirely new set. Now, 50 cent can officially say he is shining from head to toe.

50 Cent Celebrity Teeth

                                                                                                     Matthew Lewis:

We all remember the chubby, crooked teethed “Neville Longbottom” in the Harry Potter movies. Matthew Lewis, who played Longbottom, was told on his contract that he must not fix his teeth or lose weight. Sadly, the teenager who was on set with numerous attractive women, was forced to maintain his unattractive appearance for the greater good of the legendary Harry Potter saga. Once his role in Harry Potter was ceased, he immediately fixed his teeth, which made him unrecognizable in comparison to his teenage days. Changing your teeth can change the overall nature of your look, as shown below:

Matthew Lewis Celebrity Teeth

                                                                             Miley Cyrus

Lets pretend that we aren’t familiar with Miley’s recent media meltdown, and simply focus on her improvements over the years. When she started as a Disney channel actress, most viewed her as the perfect child. Unfortunately, her teeth were miles from perfection. While her current persona may be a bit crooked, her teeth are perfectly straightened, which she credits her dentist for.

Miley Cyrus Celebrity Teeth

 

For many celebrities, the first task at hand after being nationally endorsed is fixing their teeth. Their publicists and stylists all admit that superstardom does not align with uneven teeth. But celebrities aren’t the only ones who promptly need beautiful teeth.

All Oral Bacteria is Not Equal

All Oral Bacteria are Not Created EqualThe mouth harbors a diverse and plentiful and microbial community due to its hospitable environment. It is warm, nutrient-rich and maintains an ideal pH balance. This highly diverse microflora inhabits the various surfaces of the normal mouth- gums, teeth, tongue, cheeks. What many people don’t realize is that most of the bacteria are beneficial organisms and live in harmony with each other and the human body.

The “Bad Guys” of Dental Bacteria

Interestingly, a new born baby’s mouth does not contain bacteria, but becomes colonized rapidly in the early stages of life. Nobody knows for sure how many different bacteria species there are. Estimates in the oral cavity alone vary between 500 to 650 different species. Only a few specific species are believed to cause dental caries, including Steptococcus mutans, considered the most important bacteria involved with tooth decay. However, the type of bacteria varies according to the progress of tooth destruction.


This harmful bacteria collects around the teeth and gums forming a sticky, creamy-colored mass called plaque. Some areas of the mouth collect plaque more commonly due to less salivary flow, such as grooves in molars and between teeth. The oral cavity actually contains the only known part of the human body that does not have a regulated system of shedding surfaces: the teeth. This allows plaque to adhere to the surface of teeth for long periods of time. At first, plaque is soft enough to come off easily with a toothbrush. However, it starts to harden within 48 hours. After about 10 days, the plaque becomes dental calculus, called tarter, and is now difficult to remove.

Villains Love Carbohydrates

Sugars from candy, soft drinks, and fruit juice can play a significant role in tooth decay. When sucrose (table sugar), the most common of sugars, coats the surface of the mouth, some intraoral bacteria interact with it. The result is lactic acid, which decreases the pH in the mouth. This demineralization allows for greater bacterial invasion deep into the tooth.

Cariogenicity, or the extent to which tooth decay is likely, depends heavily on how long the sugar remains in the mouth. Surprisingly, it is not the amount of sugar ingested but the frequency of sugar ingestion that is the most important factor in tooth decay.

Bacteria’s Kyrptonite

Oral hygiene is key to battling the bacteria “bad guys”. Brushing your teeth twice a day will reduce dental plaque and food particles collecting around your teeth. Additionally, it is imperative to floss daily to wipe all your enamel surfaces free of plaque to discourage bacterial growth. Good general oral-health habits can usually prevent enough bacterial growth to keep tooth decay from starting.

Enjoy Halloween…but don’t let your treats play rotten tricks on your teeth!

Halloween Dental HealthFor children celebrating Halloween, it is a fun time of costumes and candy that they look forward to all year long. Parents and caregivers also get involved early—finding the perfect costume is critical. One tip for making your Halloween healthier without spoiling all the fun is to offer to buy back the candy they have collected, so they are actually rewarded for giving. Another replacement option for candy is to look for products like mints and chewing gum that contain the sugar substitute xylitol, as it actually has been proven to reduce decay causing bacteria in the mouth not only of children, but also adults. And when you do let your children dig into their bags of treats, monitor what kind of candy they eat. Candy like toffee that sticks in the little nooks and crannies of teeth is particularly damaging. Eating chocolate is better, by a little, not a lot. Instead, confine the time your children eat candy and other sugars to mealtimes when their mouths are more likely to be exposed to both acids and bases. This is important because it takes saliva at least 30 minutes to an hour to buffer or neutralize the effects of acid. So eating one piece of candy per hour between meals means their mouths are always acidic—the perfect conditions for promoting decay. Follow-up these occasions with proper brushing particularly with a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing—a valuable lesson that will benefit them throughout their lives.

How Implants Can Save a Smile

issue1&startid=28The essence of treatment planning is to first define what issues and concerns need to be solved from both the patient’s and treating doctors’ perspectives, and then arrive at an agreed-upon plan of action – “the treatment plan”. While it is important to realize a certain amount of “treatment” is necessary to treat disease, it is just as important to accommodate the patient’s elective needs as closely as possible, especially when that involves aesthetic concerns. The following patient’s story is an excellent example of this process.

 

Presenting Dental Implant Treatment Plans for Patient Understanding and Acceptance

Dental Implant Treatment Plans by Pittsburgh Periodontist Mark SilbergThe following are a few thoughts on how to present the advantages of dental implant treatment plans versus crown and bridge treatment plans to patients who are missing teeth. The patients can be advised that:

Dental implants represent “additive” dentistry by replacing teeth that were lost rather than “subtractive” dentistry which involves damaging teeth severely by removing all of the tooth enamel for crowns to support a bridge. Continue Reading Presenting Dental Implant Treatment Plans for Patient Understanding and Acceptance.

Try Out Dental Implants at The Silberg Center for Dental Science!

Take Dental Implants for A Test DriveAre you ready to feel good about yourself again? Regain your ability to chew, speak, and smile with confidence? Once again savor the basic pleasure of food? Feel younger? Take Implants for a Test Drive at The Silberg Center for Dental Science!

Are you ready to:

  • Reconnect to feeling good about yourself?
  • Regain your ability to chew, speak and smile with confidence?
  • Once again savor the basic pleasure of food?
  • Feel younger?

Our Test Drive Program is simple:

Dr. Silberg will place your implants and your dentist will make your new denture to snap onto the implants. You will have 45 days to take your new implants and your secure new teeth for a test drive. If you are not happy with the way your new teeth perform Dr. Silberg will remove your implants and return the surgical fee. Your dentist will remove the snaps and reline your denture. What do you have to lose?

Dr. Silberg Completes LANAP Laser Evolution 5 Training

Did you know that Pittsburgh Periodontist Dr. Silberg recently completed advanced LANAP laser dental training? Only 1% of dentists in the USA are certified LANAP Laser Dentists; Dr. Mark Silberg is proud to be among this elite group. Read the press release to find out more: http://www.prweb.com/releases/Dr-Mark-Silberg/LANAP-Training/prweb10537531.htm

Take Dental Implants For A Test Drive

A denture is like a wheelchair for your teeth. How are you getting around these days?
Dental Implants Test Drive in Pittsburgh PA
The truth about George Washington style antiquated dentures is this: They make you feel old and they don’t work. They never have. So, what do you do when the glue no longer works because so much of the jawbone has disappeared under the pressure of the lower denture? What choices do you have? Well, in as little as two months and in just a few appointments we can change your life.

When people are sentenced to life with a lower denture they lose confidence and the ability to enjoy the basic pleasures in life. Think about it for a moment: Do you worry that your teeth will slip out in public or in front of a loved one? What is it like to not be able to eat the foods you love and savor the rich flavors and textures of your favorite meals? How does it feel to not be able to smile or to have to hold your hand in front of your mouth to hide the fact that your teeth embarrass you? I can tell you firsthand that I have seen the devastating psychological, physical, and emotional damage. I have witnessed the pain that our patients endure as a result of not being able to enjoy these basic pleasures in life. I can also tell you that it doesn’t have to be this way. There is a solution – one that will change your life and allow you to regain the quality of life that you once enjoyed before you lost your teeth.

Changing your life begins with the placement of dental implants into the front part of the lower jaw. The solution is to get “Real Teeth for Life” by using dental implants to securely snap your lower teeth into place so that they are firmly attached while you speak, while you eat, and while you smile. Implants are placed on both the top and bottom jaw. Attachments that function like the snaps on a cowboy shirt are attached to the implants and to the denture. When the teeth are pressed onto the implants they “snap” into place and hold the teeth down. It is that simple, and like I said before, in as little as two months and in just a few appointments we can change your life.

There are many design options available for this technological miracle that changes lives each and every day. Two implants with snaps is the most basic and most economical design. My good friend, Dr. Lee Swearingen of Calcutta, Ohio, tells his patients, “Place just two implants and we can change the quality of your life. Place four implants and you will feel like you died and went to heaven.” If we place 5 implants you can have teeth that are permanently secured into place. With five, we can give you back the feeling that you have teenaged teeth again. We can turn back the clock.

So, what are you waiting for? Take implants for a test drive.

Understanding Gum Disease… Is It Affecting YOU?

Understanding Gum Disease… Is It Affecting YOU?

Pittsburgh Periodontist Treats Gum Disease

Periodontal disease affects over 90% of Americans each year and the reality is that you will experience some form of it over the course of your life. The only question is to what degree. The main culprit of the disease is dental bacterial plaque, the biofilm that results when bacteria concentrate at the gum line in everyone’s mouth.

Think of your mouth as an ecosystem with your own oral tissues living alongside millions of bacteria. However, without thorough brushing, flossing, and routine dental cleanings, this balance can tip towards the first stage of periodontal disease—gingivitis or inflammation of the gingiva (gums). Without proper treatment, gingivitis can evolve into periodontitis, that can result in teeth becoming loose and possibly lost.

Dental Implants: Your Premier Option for Tooth Replacement

Pittsburgh Periodontist Places Dental ImplantsYou can easily see what an unsightly gap a missing tooth leaves — but that’s really just the first sign of trouble ahead! Far more worrisome is the fact that tooth loss is generally followed by loss of bone in the jaw. This may lead to greater problems with the bite, and eventually, changes in facial appearance. When you need to replace a missing tooth, a dental implant is the premier option. Why?

Dental implants look and feel just like your natural teeth. More important, they don’t decay, are relatively free from gum disease, and can last a lifetime. But perhaps the best reason for choosing implants is that they help preserve the tooth-supporting bone structure that would otherwise begin to deteriorate after a tooth has been lost.

Most dental implants consist of two parts: a screw-shaped post made of titanium metal, which sits under the gum line, and a lifelike crown, custom-fabricated to match your own teeth. The post, which is implanted in a minor surgical procedure, will actually fuse with the underlying bone in your jaw. This occurs during a healing period of a few months, after which the crown is attached. The success rate for this procedure is over 95% — the highest of any tooth-replacement option!