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By Papich-Forsyth DDS & Associates
September 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

How your family dentists in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio can whiten your smile

You’ve heard about teeth whitening treatments, but you’re not sure if they are right for you. The truth is if you have yellowed, stained or teeth whiteningaging teeth and you want a brighter, whiter smile, a professional teeth whitening treatment is definitely right for you! Your family dentists at Papich-Forsyth DDS & Associates in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio want to introduce you to the magic of professional teeth whitening.

Why should you choose a professional whitening treatment? That’s a very good question considering there are many over-the-counter whitening products you can simply buy at the grocery store. The truth is, these products may not give you the profound whitening result you want, and the results may not last very long. Some over-the-counter whitening products can make your teeth sensitive.

Professional whitening treatments from your family dentists in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades whiter and the results can last an astounding 5 years! Whether your teeth are stained from smoking, coffee or aging, a professional dental whitening treatment can restore your dazzling white smile.

Your family dentists in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio offer different options of teeth whitening treatments, each with its own advantages. Consider:

  • A speedy in-office teeth whitening treatment known as ZOOM whitening; your treatment will take about an hour, making it the perfect choice for your busy schedule.
  • A convenient take-home whitening kit containing professional strength whitening gel and custom trays; this method allows you to whiten and brighten your smile whenever you want, in the comfort and privacy of your home.

Your family dentists in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio want you to know you should visit for a full exam before you have your teeth whitened. That’s because there are timing issues with teeth whitening treatments. For example, if you have painful dental issues, you should have them treated before whitening your teeth. If you are thinking about crowns, veneers or cosmetic dental treatment, you should whiten first to your desired shade, and then match your cosmetic treatment to your newly-whitened smile. This creates a seamless, blended look.

You deserve a whitened, brightened smile because a great smile is your gift to the world. Your new, dazzling smile is just a phone call away. Call your family dentists at Papich-Forsyth DDS & Associates in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Call today and look great tomorrow!

By Papich-Forsyth DDS & Associates
July 29, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Many people, especially adults, aren’t comfortable with the idea of having metal bands and wires in their mouths. This is why many people in Cuyahoga Falls, OH are asking the dentists of Papich-Forsyth DDS & Associates about Invisalign.

The first question many ask is, "Does Invisalign work as well as traditional braces?”Invisalign

The answer is, “It can.” It just depends on the individual’s situation.

When you have crooked or misaligned teeth, chances are, your Cuyahoga Falls dentist is going to recommend braces. That’s because a straighter smile will go a long way to help improve and maintain oral health, not to mention your self-confidence.

Invisalign is a brand of clear braces, an increasingly popular treatment system that utilizes a series of clear, virtually invisible plastic trays instead of metal brackets, bands and wires. Like traditional braces, Invisalign clear braces are designed for you and only you. Your dentist makes plaster impressions of your mouth and teeth, and from these impressions they will design your Invisalign system to your exact needs. Typically, you wear each tray in the system at least 20 hours every day for a few weeks at a time before changing the trays out for the next set of trays. The total length of your treatment plan depends on your specific case and treatment goals.

While traditional braces are permanently attached to your teeth, Invisalign clear braces are removable. That means you are the one who determines how long they stay in and, ultimately, how long it will take for you to complete your treatment plan. This also means that you must be self-disciplined enough to wear them for the prescribed amount of time necessary to achieve the goals of your treatment plan.

Remember, too, that Invisalign is probably going to take a little longer than traditional braces, because the trays are designed to put less pressure on your teeth.

Invisalign can be very effective for certain issues, so severe bite problems or spacing issues will likely require other options for best results. Still, for mild occlusions or minimally crooked teeth, Invisalign can be every bit as effective as traditional braces.

To find out if Invisalign is for you, contact Papich-Forsyth DDS & Associates in Cuyahoga Falls, OH at (330) 928-1417.

Investing in a professional teeth whitening procedure can be like hitting a reset button on your smile. Many people express teeth whiteningdissatisfaction with how their teeth look and admit to feeling self-conscious in social and professional settings as a result. Cosmetic dentistry has made it possible to significantly whiten dull, stained teeth, and correct the effects of lifestyle habits that ultimately punish the teeth.

Smile Makeover in Stow, OH

The dentists at Papich-Forsyth DDS and Associates in Stow, OH offer both in-office and take-home professional teeth whitening services designed to remove the most common stains and discolorations from teeth. Wondering if professional whitening is right for you? While many stains and discolorations can be obvious, most teeth become progressively dull and lackluster over a period of time (usually several years), making it difficult to notice the changes at first. Everyone is susceptible to dental staining through food, trauma, certain medications, and one of the biggest culprits - smoking.

So does a tooth whitening procedure mean living on nothing but clear fluids and white foods until the end of time to avoid re-staining your beautiful newly white smile? Not necessarily. While it's always a good idea to avoid cigarettes and tobacco products for oral and general health reasons, as well as for the brightness of your smile, food and drink also play a role in tooth discoloration, and completely avoiding them all would be unrealistic. Avoiding some of the worst offenders immediately after the procedure - red wine, soda, coffee, and black teas - is a good rule of thumb to follow. Berries and condiments like soy sauce, mustard, and ketchup should also be used in moderation. In addition to diet, regular brushing and flossing, especially after meals, should always be at the top of the list.

Professional Teeth Whitening in Stow

For more information on the Zoom! Chairside Whitening System and the professional tooth whitening method that is best for you, contact a dentist at Papich-Forsyth DDS and Associates by calling (330) 688-0888 to schedule an appointment today.

By Aesthetic Image Dental
February 29, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Find out how getting dental implants means more than just replacing a tooth.

There is a reason implants have become such a popular way to replace one or more missing permanent teeth. Whether you are dealing with tooth loss and currently looking for a lifelong solution or you are wearing dentures but just not satisfied, implants can offer you the Dental Implantsstable, strong smile you’ve been looking for. Your Stow dentist Dr. John Murphy can help your oral health with implants.

How do implants work?

In order to know just how beneficial implants are for improving smiles and oral health, it’s important to first know how they work. Implants act as artificial tooth roots. These small titanium posts are placed into the jawbone where they fuse together to become one. Once fully fused together, these implants are now part of your jawbone for life and can securely hold a dental crown in place.

How will an implant improve my smile?

When natural teeth are extracted the jawbone begins to weaken. This can affect your ability to chew and speak, as well as impact the overall shape of your face and smile. Those with tooth loss find it difficult to eat their favorite foods and some people just feel embarrassed by the look of their smile.

Why is an implant the easiest single tooth replacement to keep healthy?
Implants can be flossed and brushed as easily as natural teeth.  Keeping a fixed bridge healthy, that is cemented to cut down teeth on either side, is much more difficult.  A removable replacement causes food to accumulate and often the teeth holding it in place break down.

But implants are the only restoration that is designed to last the rest of your life. As if that wasn’t reason enough to talk to your Stow, OH restorative dentist about getting implants, these tiny artificial tooth roots also prevent the jawbone from deteriorating and your facial shape from changing. It also prevents the rest of your teeth from shifting out of place, implants fully integrate with your jawbone so there is no concern that they will slip around in your mouth when you chew or talk (as is often the issue with dentures).

Want to find out if implants are the best restorative option for replacing your missing tooth or teeth? Then it’s time you called our Stow, OH dental office to schedule your initial consultation. Let Aesthetic Image Dental give you back a beautiful and healthy smile.

By Aesthetic Image Dental
February 21, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

It might seem that supermodels have a fairly easy life — except for the fact that they are expected to look perfect whenever they’re in front of a camera. Sometimes that’s easy — but other times, it can be pretty difficult. Just ask Chrissy Teigen: Recently, she was in Bangkok, Thailand, filming a restaurant scene for the TV travel series The Getaway, when some temporary restorations (bonding) on her teeth ended up in her food.

As she recounted in an interview, “I was… like, ‘Oh my god, is my tooth going to fall out on camera?’ This is going to be horrible.” Yet despite the mishap, Teigen managed to finish the scene — and to keep looking flawless. What caused her dental dilemma? “I had chipped my front tooth so I had temporaries in,” she explained. “I’m a grinder. I grind like crazy at night time. I had temporary teeth in that I actually ground off on the flight to Thailand.”

Like stress, teeth grinding is a problem that can affect anyone, supermodel or not. In fact, the two conditions are often related. Sometimes, the habit of bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding) occurs during the day, when you’re trying to cope with a stressful situation. Other times, it can occur at night — even while you’re asleep, so you retain no memory of it in the morning. Either way, it’s a behavior that can seriously damage your teeth.

When teeth are constantly subjected to the extreme forces produced by clenching and grinding, their hard outer covering (enamel) can quickly start to wear away. In time, teeth can become chipped, worn down — even loose! Any dental work on those teeth, such as fillings, bonded areas and crowns, may also be damaged, start to crumble or fall out. Your teeth may become extremely sensitive to hot and cold because of the lack of sufficient enamel. Bruxism can also result in headaches and jaw pain, due in part to the stress placed on muscles of the jaw and face.

You may not be aware of your own teeth-grinding behavior — but if you notice these symptoms, you might have a grinding problem. Likewise, after your routine dental exam, we may alert you to the possibility that you’re a “bruxer.” So what can you do about teeth clenching and grinding?

We can suggest a number of treatments, ranging from lifestyle changes to dental appliances or procedures. Becoming aware of the behavior is a good first step; in some cases, that may be all that’s needed to start controlling the habit. Finding healthy ways to relieve stress — meditation, relaxation, a warm bath and a soothing environment — may also help. If nighttime grinding keeps occurring, an “occlusal guard” (nightguard) may be recommended. This comfortable device is worn in the mouth at night, to protect teeth from damage. If a minor bite problem exists, it can sometimes be remedied with a simple procedure; in more complex situations, orthodontic work might be recommended.

Teeth grinding at night can damage your smile — but you don’t have to take it lying down! If you have questions about bruxism, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Stress & Tooth Habits” and “When Children Grind Their Teeth.”

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