August 13, 2014

No More Teeth Means No More Tooting…

lake-orion-musicians…your trumpet, that is.

We’ve had music on our mind ever since we heard about the Downtown Lake Orion gazebo concert series. With concerts every Wednesday evening, it’s not hard to get out weekly arts fix. Of course, that set us to thinking about the talented musicians who make the concerts possible, and what being a musician means for oral health. Dr. Brad Greenfield shares helpful information for musicians considering cosmetic dentistry in Lake Orion, MI. By the way, you can click here for a full concert schedule and details.

How Is Dentistry Different for Musicians?

We all rely on our mouth to eat, speak, and express ourselves, but the mouth serves a special purpose for musicians, allowing them to play their musical instrument of choice. Every structure within the mouth—the tongue, jaw, and position of their teeth—impacts their ability to produce the right sounds. For those non-musicians amongst us, you might be surprised that musicians even have a special word for it: embouchure. It’s a complex relationship between these oral structures that allows for the ideal range, tone, and endurance needed to play brass or wind instruments.

What About Cosmetic Dentistry?

Any procedure that alters the size or shape of your teeth may change the way you play your instrument, so porcelain veneers or contouring may not be the most viable options. However, you may wish to consider dental bonding, which can repair very minor imperfections, such as a chipped tooth. Because you aren’t adding bulk to the tooth, you should notice no difference in your embouchure.

Dental Tips for Musicians

  • Don’t be shy. If you’re a musician, don’t hesitate to tell us!
  • It’s very helpful when our musically inclined patients explain exactly how they play their instrument and how it fits with various mouth structures – even if it means bringing your musical instrument to your dental checkup.
  • We’ve also seen musicians who have a mold made of their mouth and teeth. If you ever experience a dental emergency, a mold is the best way to ensure that your dentist can restore the teeth to their original glory, preserving your embouchure.

Questions about cosmetic dentistry in Lake Orion, MI? To learn more about our services, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brad Greenfield, contact us at (248) 693-6213. We welcome patients living in Lake Orion, Clarkston, Royal Oak, and the surrounding cities.

July 23, 2014

Cosmetic Bonding or Veneers: Which Is Best for You?

Choosing between cosmetic bonding and veneersIsn’t it nice to have options? To know that you won’t be saddled with a one-size-fits-all procedure that fails to take into account your unique appearance, preferences, and expectations? After all, no two chipped teeth are exactly the same, and the crack in your tooth may look completely different than a crack in another patient’s tooth. Dr. Brad Greenfield of Lake Orion Family Dentistry explains that patients with imperfect smiles have several treatments from which to choose. Lake Orion, MI porcelain veneers and dental bonding, two of the most popular options, serve many of the same purposes but have several key differences. How do you know which to choose?

Similarities Between Veneers and Bonding

Bonding and veneers are both highly versatile cosmetic dental treatments capable of treating multiple cosmetic flaws, including:

The Beauty of Bonding

Bonding is a fast, affordable alternative to veneers. The procedure can be completed in only one office visit, making it ideal for anyone with an unforgiving schedule. Because the special resin used for bonding isn’t translucent like veneers, it is best reserved for the most minor imperfections. Dr. Greenfield often recommends bonding for patients whose teeth have sustained damage to the tooth enamel, a concern that makes teeth more prone to showing stains. A good example would be patients whose teeth show signs of dental fluorosis or damage caused by an acidic diet. However, it can be used for any of the purposes listed above.

Unique Properties of Porcelain Veneers

Have you ever watched an awards show, perused a fashion magazine, or read a blog about celebrities? If so, then you’ve probably witnessed porcelain veneers in action. Veneers, a favorite among stars and other high-profile figures, are widely considered to be the pinnacle of cosmetic dentistry. Much of the magic lies in dental ceramic, the material used to craft veneers. Unlike bonding material, porcelain is stain-resistant and boasts a natural translucence comparable to that of natural tooth enamel. The procedure for crafting and applying veneers is slightly more involve than that of dental bonding, and more than one office visit is necessary.

Are you a candidate for bonding or veneers? To learn more about cosmetic dental treatment in Lake Orion, MI, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brad Greenfield, contact us at 248-693-6213. We welcome patients living in Lake Orion, Royal Oak, Clarkston, Bald Mountain, and the surrounding areas.

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