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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Temiko G. Braswell, D.D.S.
September 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Crown DiagramYour dentist, Dr. Temiko Braswell, at Braswell Family Dentistry in Perry, GA offers lifelike porcelain crowns which shore up damaged enamel and normalize appearance, biting, chewing and speaking. You can have a beautifully complete, strong smile.

The advantages of dental crowns

A dental crown replaces chipped, decayed or misshapen tooth enamel with a customized, tooth-shaped cover of high-grade dental ceramic. Based on Dr. Braswell's findings after an exam, X-rays and oral impressions, she'll map out your treatment options. If a crown is one of them, she'll carefully shape the remaining tooth structure and fit a temporary restoration. When your new crown returns from the dental lab, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and use a special adhesive to bond the permanent one in place.

Modern dental crowns are more realistic than ever before. Their fit and bite are precise and the shading and shape is natural-looking, blending in with surrounding teeth so well that people won't even notice you're wearing a crown. However, they will notice how beautiful your smile is and how healthy you look.

Caring for your crown

It's simple, really. Just:

  • Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush, as recommended by the American Dental Association
  • Floss around your new restoration daily to remove harmful plaque and avoid periodontal problems around the crown
  • See your dentist in her Perry office twice a year for a complete examination and professional cleaning

Dr. Braswell carefully checks her patients' restorations, such as crowns and fillings, to look for cracks, looseness or other issues which could compromise their function and oral health.

What else can a crown do?

Porcelain crowns finish dental implants. In other words, a crown is the part of an implant that you actually see. Additionally, crowns support fixed bridgework composed of one or more adjacent artificial teeth. Finally, crowns cover teeth restored by endodontic therapy or root canal treatment.

The choice is yours

Of course, Dr. Braswell wants your smile to thrive. If she recommends a dental crown to save your compromised tooth, rest assured it's a good option for the longevity, health and appearance of your smile. Worried about a tooth? Explore what the team at Braswell Family Dentistry can do. Call today for an appointment: (478) 988-3200.

TakeYearsoffYourSmilebyTreatingAge-RelatedDentalProblems

You may be able to slow the aging process with healthy habits but you can’t stop it. Every part of your body will change, including your teeth and gums. And even with great dental hygiene and care, there are at least two aging outcomes you may not be able to avoid: discoloration and tooth wear.

Fortunately though, we have ways to counteract these effects and help you enjoy a much younger-looking smile. These techniques range in complexity and cost, but when tailored to your individual situation they can make a world of difference and restore your confidence in your smile.

Brightening teeth that have yellowed with age can be as simple as undergoing teeth whitening.¬†The bleaching solution in this procedure (performed in the office or at home with a prescribed kit) can minimize enamel staining built up over the years. It can even be performed with some control over the level of desired brightness. Although whitening isn’t permanent, with proper care and regular touch-ups you can keep your youthful, dazzling smile for some time.

Tooth whitening, however, may not be enough in some cases of discoloration. If so, you can gain a bright new smile with porcelain veneers or crowns. A veneer is a thin layer of tooth-colored material bonded to the front of a tooth; a porcelain crown completely covers a tooth and is usually cemented onto it.

Normal tooth wearing can also affect the appearance of older teeth, making them look shorter and with less rounded edges than younger teeth. Veneers and crowns can be utilized for this problem too, as well as enamel shaping with a dental drill to minimize those sharp edges and project a softer, younger appearance. In extreme cases, surgically reshaping the gums can give teeth a longer and a more natural look.

These are just a few of the ways we can address these two aging problems, as well as others like receding gums. Depending on your situation, it’s quite possible we can help you take years off your smile.

If you would like more information on cosmetic answers to aging teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

TipsforPicture-PerfectSummerSmiles

June is the month when lots of important events happen—like weddings, graduations, and family get-togethers. When the weather turns balmy and the days get longer, it’s the perfect time for a celebration‚Ķand today it’s easier than ever to capture those special moments in pictures that will be treasured for years to come. Are you ready for your close-up?

Both professional photographers and dentists want to help you look your best when you’re smiling for the camera. Here are a few suggestions from both kinds of pros for capturing a great-looking smile.

Tilt your head just a bit

Instead of looking straight at the camera, try turning or tilting your head slightly. This often presents a more flattering angle, and can hide small facial asymmetries. If your face has a “good side” (you can check by looking in a mirror), be sure to make it visible. But even if your head is tilted or turned, your eyes should be looking at the camera.

Moisten teeth before the shutter clicks

A sparkly smile is the most appealing one. Just before the picture is snapped, run your tongue over your teeth to give them a little extra shine. Highlights in the teeth, lips and eyes add liveliness to your portrait.

Relax—Don’t clench your teeth!

It’s better to smile naturally—perhaps with teeth slightly parted, or lips in a more relaxed position—than to force yourself to make an artificial-looking grin. Try recalling things that make you joyful, or think of people you care about, and chances are your natural smile will shine out.

Have your teeth professionally cleaned at the dental office

Before the big event, you can ensure that your smile looks its best with a professional cleaning at our office. This treatment removes layers of plaque and tartar on visible tooth surfaces, as well as between teeth and under the gumline. It not only makes teeth look their best, but it’s also an effective way to fight tooth decay and gum disease. And while you’re here, it’s the perfect time to talk about any cosmetic issues that may be troubling you about your smile. With treatments like teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding or dental veneers, we can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about professional teeth cleaning or cosmetic dentistry, please call our office to schedule a consultation.

By Temiko G. Braswell, D.D.S.
July 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Get a whiter smile with professional teeth whitening treatments in your dentist’s office. Over-the-counter whitening products are available, teeth whiteningbut they do not deliver the same level of whitening results as professional teeth whitening treatments from your dentist. In as little as one appointment, you can whiten your smile by several shades with professional whitening treatments. At Braswell Family Dentistry, Dr. Temiko Braswell is your dentist for professional teeth whitening in Perry, GA.

Advantages of Professional Teeth Whitening Treatments

A variety of over-the-counter whitening products exist for brightening your smile at home. Such products include whitening toothpastes, strips, rinses, and gels. These products are an affordable and convenient option for many people, but over-the-counter products do not provide the professional-level results that whitening treatments from your dentist do.

Professional teeth whitening treatments contain a significantly stronger bleaching agent than what is found in over-the-counter products. The high-quality bleaching agent in professional teeth whitening treatments means you can whiten your smile by several shades in a single treatment session. Further, the results can last for several years. Over-the-counter products cannot deliver results as quickly or that are as long-lasting as professional teeth whitening treatments.

Another advantage of choosing to have your teeth whitened professionally by dental staff is safety. The bleaching agent in whitening products is harsh and can irritate sensitive gums. Dental staff are professionally trained and have the proper equipment, tools, and materials to apply whitening treatments both evenly and safety. The dental staff takes measures to protect your gums so they do not come into contact with the bleaching agent.

Professional teeth whitening treatments from your dentist can help you get a whiter smile easily. Significantly whiter teeth can be achieved in a single treatment with results lasting for several years. For teeth whitening in Perry, GA schedule an appointment with Dr. Braswell by calling Braswell Family Dentistry at (478) 988-3200.