When was the last time you paid Dr. Robert Sanford at Sanford Center for Total Health Dentistry in Allentown, PA, a visit? If you're like many people, chances are it was more than six months ago. We hear the reasons why people neglect regular dental visits all the time: lack of money or quality dental insurance, busy schedules, and fear. However, your twice-yearly checkups are so important for your dental health and your overall health as well.
You may brush your teeth twice a day and even floss, and your teeth may feel fine, but regular dental checkups with Dr. Sanford aren’t about addressing problems and reacting — they are about cavity prevention. No matter how much you brush and floss, there is still a chance that food or other debris can get lodged between your teeth, and there is also a chance that food and beverages can wear down your tooth enamel in between visits, making your teeth vulnerable to decay.
In addition to thorough teeth cleaning and polishing, these regular visits help us detect and prevent the onset of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. During your visit, we’ll check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. We’ll also check old fillings and restorations, as these can wear away over time from constant chewing, grinding, or clenching.
It's important to know that the majority of dental problems do not become visible or painful until they are highly advanced. And, unfortunately, serious oral issues are painful and expensive to treat. A deep cleaning twice a year by our team at Sanford Center for Total Health Dentistry in Allentown, PA, is the best way to hit all the spots you may have missed with brushing and flossing and prevent any problems that may have gone unseen.
Make sure your teeth get the professional attention they deserve! If you’re overdue for your next cleaning, please give Dr. Sanford at Sanford Center for Total Health Dentistry in Allentown, PA, a call today at (610) 820-6000.
Have you ever looked in the mirror and wished you could correct a few tooth-related issues? Cosmetic dentistry services offered in Allentown, PA, by Dr. Robert Sanford of Sanford Center for Total Health Dentistry can help you makeover your smile.
Cosmetic dentistry services and treatments improve the function and appearance of your smile. If you've lost a tooth, want to change the appearance of a few teeth, or need to strengthen or restore a damaged tooth, one of these choices may be right for you:
Dental Implants: Restoring missing teeth with dental implants offers a long-term tooth loss solution. Small titanium posts implanted in your jawbone bond to the bone, becoming a permanent part of your jaw. The posts act as roots for your new teeth and are topped with dental crowns to complete the restoration of your missing teeth.
Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening is an excellent option if your teeth have become dull and stained. Whitening can lighten teeth by three to eight shades and lasts for several years.
Veneers: Veneers offer a simple, yet ingenious, way to conceal tooth imperfections. Thin tooth-shaped shells cemented to the fronts of your teeth hide chips, cracks, discolorations, uneven surfaces, and other flaws. Veneers can also change the shape of teeth, add length to short teeth, close gaps, or whiten all of your teeth.
Renew your smile with cosmetic dentistry in Allentown, PA! Call Dr. Sanford of Sanford Center for Total Health Dentistry at (610) 820-6000 to schedule your appointment.
Once you’re finally able to remove your braces and your teeth have been straightened, you may expect that you’ll finally have a nearly perfect smile. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, and your teeth may be slightly discolored when the brackets and wires come off. Luckily, there are ways to fix these issues. Dr. Robert Sanford at Sanford Center for Total Health Dentistry in Allentown, PA, can explain how teeth whitening can help rejuvenate your smile once your braces come off.
Whitening Your Smile After Braces
It may feel discouraging once your braces come off and you don’t instantly have a sparkling, dazzling smile. An easy way to get the smile that you want is with teeth whitening from your dentist in Allentown, PA. You can whiten your teeth with an in-office treatment or with a take-home kit from your dentist.
In-office whitening is the best way to get the most intense results. Your dentist will take a special whitening gel that can only be handled by dental professionals and apply it to your teeth for one hour. Once the hour is up, you’ll rinse your mouth, and you should start noticing results almost instantly. Your teeth will continue to improve over the next few days, and you can whiten your teeth a few shades.
If you choose to do the take-home kit, your dentist will make a mold of your teeth to create a tray to place the whitening gel in. You’ll apply the gel to the trays and put them on your teeth for an hour. You’ll then rinse your mouth, and you should start seeing results after a few hours. With home treatment, you may have to do more than one session to get the results that you’re looking for.
Contact Your Dentist Today!
Now that you have the straight smile you’ve always wanted, give yourself a dazzling smile with teeth whitening. Contact Dr. Robert Sanford at Sanford Center for Total Health Dentistry in Allentown, PA, to learn more about teeth whitening after braces. Call for more information at (610) 820-6000.
Visiting your dentist in Allentown, PA, regularly can protect your smile.
Are you protecting your smile by visiting your dentist regularly? Did you know that regular dental visits can mean the difference between a healthy and an unhealthy smile? The truth is, you can’t take care of your smile all by yourself. You need the skills of your dentist too.
Your Allentown, PA, dentist, Dr. Robert Sanford of Sanford Center for Total Health Dentistry, provides comprehensive dental care, including dental examinations to protect your smile. He proudly serves residents of the Allentown, Salisbury, Wescosville, and Westwood Heights areas.
Your dentist is an expert at diagnosing and treating dental problems. These are just a few examples of what can happen to your smile if you don’t visit your dentist regularly:
- A small cavity can turn into large, painful tooth decay that needs a large dental filling or a crown
- A large cavity can turn into a dental abscess that needs a root canal
- A dental abscess could turn into you losing your tooth, which means you need tooth replacement
- Gum disease can turn into periodontal disease, which means you need periodontal therapy
- Periodontal disease could turn into you losing one or more teeth, which means you need tooth replacement
You should visit your dentist once every 6 months for a full dental exam, including x-rays. By visiting your dentist regularly, you are being proactive in taking care of your smile.
You should also get professional teeth cleaning once every 6 months if you have a generally healthy mouth. You will need to visit more often if you have periodontal disease. When you have periodontal disease, supportive periodontal therapy is generally recommended every 3 to 4 months.
To learn more about the importance of regular dental visits and how they can protect your smile, talk with an expert. Call your Allentown, PA, dentist, Dr. Sanford of Sanford Center for Total Health Dentistry at (610) 820-6000 today!
Are dental veneers in your future? Find out if this cosmetic treatment is right for you.
While there are many ways in which our Allentown, PA, dentist Dr. Robert Sanford can help you achieve the smile you want, dental veneers have become a popular cosmetic treatment that can truly transform a smile permanently. By bonding custom-made and crafted-just-for-you porcelain shells to the front of your teeth, we can easily give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Here are some of the top reasons to say “yes” to veneers,
You Want to Feel Confident
We all know how great someone feels after they change their hair or they get a makeover, so it’s no surprise that revamping and improving your smile will go a long way to improving your appearance as a whole. People who are in love with their smiles also feel more confident, and why shouldn’t they? They look and feel great and no longer have to worry about hiding their less-than-perfect smiles.
You Want to Look Younger
Your smile could indeed be aging you. If your smile is yellowing, discolored, or misshapen you may not realize it but it could be adding years to your appearance. Fortunately, by correcting their smiles with dental veneers, our Allentown, PA, patients are reaping the youthful benefits that these cosmetic restorations offer.
You Have Slightly Crooked Teeth
Do your teeth slightly overlap or are there gaps between your teeth? You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who has perfectly straight teeth. While these issues may not be bad enough for you to consider braces, you may still feel a little self-conscious about your smile. Did you know that veneers could give you a straighter smile without ever having to wear braces? While veneers aren’t designed to correct or realign teeth, they can hide minor crowding, overlapping, or gaps between teeth.
You Have Discolorations in Your Smile
Not all stains are created equal. While yellowing stains caused by age and diet can easily be wiped away with professional teeth whitening, this isn’t always the case for internal stains or deep stains caused by smoking, trauma, or antibiotic use. If you are dealing with these stains, whitening might not be right for you but veneers can easily brighten your smile. Also, patients who have dental work that can’t whiten with professional teeth whitening may find veneers to be a better solution for getting a more radiant smile.
If you are interested in sitting down with our Allentown, PA, family dentist Dr. Sanford to discuss whether veneers are right for you, all you have to do is call Sanford Center For Total Health Dentistry at (610) 820-6000 to schedule your initial consultation with us. Your new smile is waiting! Call today.
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