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Monday, July 21, 2014

Evidently we just had Justin Beaver week here at Animated-Teeth.com.

Justin Beaver dental eCard.

Last week we noticed a surge in the number of "Justin Beaver" eCards website visitors had sent. (In case you don't know, all of our dental & tooth fairy eCards are free.)

Mr. Beaver's cards are featured in two of our eCard categories:

If you take a look at these cards, be sure to click the green exclamation point box to see the quote from Justin. He's a pretty smart dude.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Troubles with lateral incisors.

Lateral incisors in crossbite.

We've noticed that a fair number of our digital smile makeovers involve problems with upper lateral incisors.

So many in fact that we've been able to add three new categories to our View Makeovers by Category list.

Here they are:

  • Lateral incisors in crossbite. - This condition is the case where the upper laterals have a positioning where they are actually tucked behind the lower teeth they bite against. (Like seen in the picture above.)
  • Missing lateral incisors. - These makeovers involve cases where the laterals are either truly missing or else are impacted (are present but are lodged in the jaw bone). The deciduous laterals (baby teeth) may or may not have been lost.
  • Peg lateral incisors. - Due to developmental abnormalities, some people have lateral incisors that are small and stump shaped. These makeovers show solutions for them.

While you're looking at any one of these groupings of cases, or even any individual makeover itself, you can easily switch to another subgroup by clicking the page's "Makeovers Index" button.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How much do you know about dental sealants?

When it comes to tooth sealants, do you know:

Snapshot of infographic: Dental Sealants in the USA.

Snapshot of infographic: Dental Sealants in the USA.

  • What they are?
  • How effective they are?
  • Which teeth are in greatest need of protection?
  • Don't pretty much all kids get them?

Fast and visual info ...

If you want some quick answers to these questions, have a look at our Dental Sealants infographic.

Detailed and complete information ...

Or, if you're interested in more detailed information like:

  • The guidelines dentist use concerning placement.
  • What is and how easy is the placement procedure?
  • How much do they cost?

Then check out the pages of our full topic about Tooth Sealants.


Monday, July 14, 2014

The veneer trade off.

Just like with so many choices you have in life, if you opt for one thing you'll have to make a sacrifice on another.

This is true with dental veneers.

When deciding to have porcelain veneers placed, you'll have two options: 1) Conventional and 2) Ultra-thin (like Lumineers or Vivaneers).

A smile improved with porcelain veneers.


With ultra-thin veneers, the sole advantage is the ease with which they're placed.

  • No tooth trimming is required.
  • No dental anesthetic is needed.
  • No temporary veneers have to be worn.

And for some patients, these advantages may make the idea of getting them quite attractive.

Here's the sacrifice part.

What must be understood is that in essentially every case, by choosing ultra-thin veneers you're making a trade off. You're trading convenience for a compromised esthetic result.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Digital smile makeover completed.

A digital smile makeover case.

We've completed another free digital smile makeover for a website visitor.

Here's the link if you'd like to view it.

What changes are illustrated?

This case involves the situation where a person is missing their upper lateral incisors. They've had some temporary work placed but it doesn't give the look they want.

Our makeover simulation discusses and illustrates what steps might be taken with their upcoming permanent work that would give a better result.

Why not submit your own picture?

We're always looking for other smiles to create makeovers for. If you have some dental issues on mind about your smile, we encourage you to submit your picture. Like we said above, it's free. (Use the link above for instructions.)


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Everybody knows that having root canal treatment hurts.

Necrotic pulp tissue removed from a tooth.

Nerve tissue pulled out of a tooth's canal.

Well, evidently everybody except those who have actually had it.

Survey says ...

We ran across an old publication (1995) of the American Association of Endodontists (the type of dental specialists that do root canal work).

It stated that their survey found that people who had actually had root canal were 3 times more likely to say it didn't hurt as opposed to people who were asked this question and had never had the procedure performed.

But you need to read between the lines.

Of course, what that blurb doesn't say is that all cases don't hurt.

What should you expect?

To answer this question, we've published the page: Root canal appointment pain.

  • It outlines those types of situations where experiencing pain is more likely (and why).
  • What your dentist does to avoid placing you in these types of situations.
  • And, statistically speaking, what research has determined is the likelihood that something will be painful.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Herpes or Canker - How do you tell?

If you've discovered a mouth ulcer forming in your mouth, especially one for the first time, it's easy enough to start thinking the worst.

  1. Is it going to be something you're constantly hounded with?
  2. Is it something you can spread to others?

And, of course, when thinking about the worst case herpes always seems to come to mind.

It's easy to tell the two apart.

The good news it that the most common type of reoccurring mouth ulceration is the Canker Sore (so the odds are on your side). And as our diagrams and photos illustrate, it's easy enough to tell the two apart. Here's the link to our page that gives instructions how.

And by the way, when it comes to canker sores, the answers to the above questions are: 1) quite possibly, and even probably, yes. and 2) no.


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Whitening pens - A bleaching gesture.

Whitening pen application on a tooth.

Whether you're reading glossy magazines or just standing in the checkout line at the grocery store, sooner or later you're going to be exposed to the idea of paint-on tooth whitening (pens, ampoules).

It seems that the standard ad pitch for these products (really all whitening systems in general) is that "it will lighten your teeth 5 shades."

Of course, sadly enough, it's never mentioned what shade guide is used to make this determination.

(Just judging from the type of products being hyped and the number of shades improvement claimed, we're guess that it's one where the difference between each shade is imperceptible to the human eye. But that's just our jaded opinion.)

It's not that pens are so bad, they're just not so great.

When it comes to paint-on products, they can have a place, and may even offer a few advantages. But there's plenty of research evidence that shows that these types of products generally come in a distant third to other at-home whitening systems like tray bleaching or even whitening strips, and for good reason.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Surely you don't smell like this.

Rotting meat, rotten eggs, a feed lot, sweaty feet, urine and feces.

Bacterial debris scraped off a person's tongue.

Welcome to the world of bad breath.

We didn't just randomly pick out the stinky smells listed above.

Research has shown that the compounds that cause these very odors are found in the breath of humans. And when their concentration is high enough, we give it a name. We call it bad breath.

That's how you cure halitosis.

That means (at least for most of us) curing bad breath easy enough.

If you can just get at the source of what's causing the offending compounds and shut it down, you can say good by to your stinky breath.

Fortunately, doing so isn't all that hard.

To cure halitosis, all you have to do is understand where the smelly compounds are coming from. And then get that process under control, at least to the greatest degree possible.

As it turns out, for almost everyone, whether you're trying to rid yourself of bad breath or just make sure you never have it, there's a single most important step you must do. And doing it won't cost you a thing.


Friday, June 27, 2014

In-office vs. at-home teeth whitening.

Topic in-office teeth whitening.

Which method gives better results?

There seems to be a general misperception among patients and dentists alike about which gives the better results, in-office or at-home tooth bleaching.

As a matter of fact, there's no shortage of studies that have shown that these two methods can be equally effective. (That means the reason to choose one over the other should be based on factors other than whitening outcome.)

Our two cents.

It's also pretty easy to make the case that at-home tray-based bleaching provides a better result, especially when compared to just a single in-office session. (If it doesn't, why do so many professional systems include the continued use of an at-home system as a follow up to in-office sessions?)

Why the confusion?

Considering the amount of money manufacturers of in-office systems spend on marketing their products, it's easy enough to see why patients would be confused on this issue.

With dentists, if they're selling their whitening services as a convenience (quicker whitening results) then that's great.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Free Tooth Fairy eCards for Adults.

Free Tooth Fairy for Adults eCards.

We've noticed that our pages covering wisdom tooth removal have had more visitors this month than last.

That would be expected. That's because (as this graph suggests) during school breaks (like summer vacation) is a prime time for young adults to get their teeth out.

Send a free eCard.

If you know someone who is having their 3rds extracted, check out our free Tooth Fairy for Adults eCards. Maybe one of them can help to put a smile on their (hopefully not to swollen) face.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

One more digital smile makeover completed.

A digital smile makeover case.

We've finished another free smile makeover for a website visitor.

Use this link to view it.

What's this one about?

We're using this case to provide an example of the types of limitations that might be involved when porcelain veneer or crown placement is selected instead of having orthodontic treatment.

With this smile, the manner in which the teeth are misaligned creates an uneven gum line. And if some type of dental braces were used to correct the alignment of the teeth, the gum issue would simply resolve on its own.

In comparison, if crowns or veneers were used as a solution, the same gum line problem would still exist. And the end result would be one where the teeth on one side look too long.

We've got plenty of other cases.

If you'd like to browse through our makeover cases, we've arranged them by category here.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

We've added another case to our makeover database.

Our latest digital smile makeover.

We posted a new digital smile makeover on our website last week but forgot to announce it here.

Link: View the makeover.

Case details.

This makeover involves a smile that is missing one tooth on each side (the lateral incisors). There's also a space between its center teeth.

Our makeover shows how porcelain veneers can be used to close the gap and help to hide the fact that the laterals are missing.

Send in your own photo.

Per usual, we should mention that anyone can submit their own picture (it's free) for a makeover.

We're usually happy to do any case. The one's we reject are almost always for the same reason. A poor quality picture was submitted. Other than that, we're game.


Monday, June 16, 2014

Another digital smile makeover case completed.

New digital smile makeover.

We've added another smile makeover to our database of completed cases. Here's the link.

(Any website visitor can submit their own picture. The service is free.)

The way we've illustrated this case shows how straightforward a repair could be. Although, we realize that there are orthodontic considerations involved and discuss how adding that to the case's treatment plan could provide a big benefit.

What's next in our queue?

You can always use this page to check on the status of our pending cases and access our most recent ones.


Monday, June 16, 2014
A tooth with its porcelain laminate in place.

Our topic Porcelain Veneers has been updated.

What are they? / Applications., Veneer placement., Fees for veneers., How long will a veneer last?, What can you do if your veneer comes off?, Alternatives to porcelain veneer placement.

We've recently rewritten our topic that covers porcelain veneers. We've given it more details, information from research studies and graphics.

During the rewrite we decide to break our content into the subdivisions linked to above.


Monday, June 16, 2014

We've picked out another case for a digital smile makeover.

A pending digital smile makeover case.

We've recently had a website visitor submit a picture of their smile for one of our (always free) digital makeovers.

It should be posted on our website within the next week or two. You can always find a listing of of pending and recently completed cases on this page.

Actually, we aren't going to use the exact picture you see here. Even though this photo seems fairly reasonable, it wasn't up to par in quality with the type of picture we would prefer to work with.

We emailed this person back and asked them to try some more, and were so pleased when they did. It turns out all they needed to do was change the setting on their camera to a higher resolution one. Knowing that a person is interested in helping us out (by taking a better picture) gives our editor some extra motivation.

We're always looking for more case to do. If you would like to submit your own picture, please do.


Monday, June 16, 2014

Does having root canal hurt?

A dentist giving a dental injection.

We've updated our page about root canal treatment and what to expect in regard to discomfort when having it.

Most dentists will quickly tell you that, for the most part, having endodontic therapy is no worse than experiencing any other type of routine dental procedure. Although (as we outline), there are some situations that are more difficult to handle than others.

Our page cites statistics from research articles that looked into this subject. It also explains what extra steps your dentist can take so to help to insure that your appointment is as pleasant as possible.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

New digital smile makeover case added.

New digital smile makeover.

Here's yet another smile makeover we've added to our collection.

This one is a fairly straight orthodontic case. Although, the lateral incisors in crossbite make it more of a challenge, as does the fact that this person has a high decay rate. You can find it here.

What's next?

You can always use this page to check on the status of our pending and access our most recent makeover cases.


Monday, March 10, 2014

New digital smile makeover case added.

New digital smile makeover.

We've added a new smile makeover to our collection.

This one makes use of dental crowns and veneers to make the transformation. You can find it here.

As an alternative, this person's case could be treated via the use of orthodontic treatment. Our page discusses both approaches.

What's next?

You can always use this page to check on the status of our pending and most recent makeover cases.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Pending digital smile makeover case.

Our next digital smile makeover.

[Update: This case has now been completed and posted. You can find it here.]

We've select the next case to add to our digital smile makeovers database.

This person used to have a gap between their front teeth and had dental crowns placed to close it. However, they feel that the crowns make their teeth look oversized (which we agree they do).

Our makeover will figure out an approach that can be used to resolve this situation.

You can always use this page to check on the status of our most recent makeover cases.



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