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By Michelle B. Deutch, D.D.S.
December 10, 2018
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

A whiter smile is a better smile, at least according to a survey published by Kelton Research. It found that most Americans judge the professionalism, success, and trustworthiness of others by how white their smiles look. Consequently, there are benefits to whitening your teeth and specific benefits when you opt for professional teeth whitening. This cosmetic treatment is available at Dr. Michelle Deutch’s office in Overland Park, KS.

What Happens at a Teeth Whitening Appointment?
Some people have anxiety about visiting the dentist, but when you are going in for a teeth whitening treatment, there is nothing to be afraid of, as the process is simple. A dental retractor will be placed in your mouth to protect your gums from irritation. Then, your dentist will apply a special bleaching agent, composed of a high-percentage hydrogen peroxide solution. A curing light may also be used to activate the whitening effect more quickly and give you the exact color you want.

Teeth Whitening Benefits
The most noticeable benefit of teeth whitening is how bright your smile will become, as your Overland Park dentist can improve the color of your smile by up to eight shades. Years of staining will be removed! Another benefit of this treatment is that it works so quickly. You could leave work and go back after your appointment with a whiter smile after just an hour or so. After teeth whitening, regular professional cleanings will be even more important, so your overall dental health may improve over time.

Keeping Your Teeth as White as Possible
Your newly whitened smile can continue to look beautiful if you show extra love, attention, and care to your teeth. Be mindful of these tips for extending the whiter look of your teeth:

- Commit to twice-per-day brushing sessions that last for at least two minutes at a time and use a fluoride paste with whitening properties.
- Drink beverages with a straw. When eating, cut your food and place it toward the back of your mouth instead of biting into it with your front teeth.
- Eat a diet with sufficient nutrients (including calcium and iron) to keep your teeth strong and healthy.

Visit Your Dentist for Teeth Whitening 
When the outer layer of your teeth is stained, it can be brightened with a professional teeth whitening treatment at your dentist’s office. Call (913) 469-0085 today to set an appointment with Dr. Michelle Deutch at her office in Overland Park, KS.

By Michelle B. Deutch, D.D.S.
October 26, 2018

Find out if your damaged tooth could benefit from this dental restoration.

Broken TeethAre you dealing with a damaged tooth? Are you wondering whether a dental crown might be able to help you? If so, our Overland Park, KS, dentist Dr. Michelle Deutch are here to answer your questions regarding this common dental restoration. After all, a dental crown can be used for both restorative and cosmetic purposes.

In most cases, a dental crown is recommended by our Overland Park, KS, general dentist because it is truly the best way to extend the longevity of a tooth after it has been damaged. So, when might you need a dental crown?

You Have a Cracked Tooth

Does your tooth hurt when you bite down or put pressure on the tooth? If you said “yes” then the tooth may be cracked. This is considered a dental emergency and requires immediate care. Once the tooth has been treated we will most likely place a crown over the tooth to protect and preserve it. Remember, a cracked tooth will not heal or get better by itself.

You Have a Weak Tooth

There are many things that can weaken a tooth, from decay to a traumatic injury. When the tooth isn’t as strong as it once was it will require support from a dental crown to preserve the natural tooth structure and to prevent it from cracking or chipping. While most decayed teeth can be restored with a simple dental filling, if the decay is severe enough then a crown may be necessary.

You Have a Misshapen Tooth

From certain dental injuries to genetic conditions, there are many scenarios in which you may be dealing with a malformed or discolored tooth. When this happens, especially if the tooth is already damaged, then a dental crown may be the best way to not just strengthen the tooth but also to improve its shape, size and color. Remember, dental crowns have cosmetic benefits, as well.

You are Replacing a Missing Tooth

That’s right; a dental crown can help replace your missing tooth. If you choose to get a dental implant a crown will be placed on top of the implant to cover it and complete the restoration. Crowns are also placed over teeth to support a dental bridge, an oral appliance containing false teeth.

Often times the only way to find out whether you need a dental crown or not is to schedule an appointment with a family dentist who can examine your smile. If you don’t remember the last time you visited the dentist for a routine checkup then it’s time to call our Overland Park, KS, dental office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michelle Deutch.

By Michelle B. Deutch, D.D.S.
August 03, 2018
Tags: Invisalign  

InvisalignWhile almost everyone wants a beautiful, straight smile, not everyone wants to submit to wear metal braces. Another option is a treatment called Invisalign. It’s a revolutionary orthodontic method that has grown sharply in popularity since it was first developed in 1997. Dr. Michelle Deutch helps patients get that straighter smile they desire with Invisalign at her dentist office in Overland Park, KS.

Invisalign Works
A Harris survey found that 78 percent of American adults say that having their teeth straightened was one of the best things they did for their smiles. Eligible patients who choose Invisalign for their orthodontic needs do so because this treatment provides the same results as wearing metal braces, and often in much less time. The system uses a series of plastic trays instead of having brackets cemented to the teeth. It’s an ideal solution for patients who have relatively minor issues, like crowding, small gaps, and overbites.

How the Trays Work
The mold of an Invisalign aligning tray is similar to but slightly different from the current contours of your teeth. The more you wear the tray, the more your teeth move to fit its shape. After wearing a series of these trays during the treatment period, your teeth will eventually settle into the new position mapped out by your Overland Park dentist. It’s very important to wear the aligners for at least 22 hours per day if you want the treatment to work for you.

Benefits of this Method
The primary benefit of Invisalign is that you’ll get straighter teeth without having to wear an unattractive appliance for years. The aligning trays are clear and very lightweight so people usually don’t notice them right away. You also have the option of removing the trays, which is convenient when eating, brushing your teeth, or having an intimate conversation with another person.

Invisalign and Your Smile
Your dentist must evaluate the extent of your orthodontic problems to ensure that Invisalign is the right treatment for you. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Deutch at her Overland Park, KS, today by calling (913) 469-0085.

By Michelle B. Deutch, D.D.S.
May 31, 2018

Learn more about how our Overland Park, KS, dentist can bring your smile back to life.
 
No matter whether you are dealing with tooth loss from gum disease or an injury caused you to crack a tooth, there are many issues thatrestorative dentistry can affect the overall health and appearance of your smile. Luckily, our Overland Park, KS, general dentist Dr. Michelle Deutch understands that every smile requires unique and individualized treatments to get smiles back on track. Find out how restorative dentistry could help you.

What is restorative dentistry?
While cosmetic dentistry focuses on providing a dental restoration that improves the aesthetics and overall appearance of your smile, restorative dentistry is designed to fix dental problems such as cracked or fractured teeth, or weak or missing teeth. The goal of restorative dentistry is to fix structural issues to strengthen your smile for the long term.

What types of restorative dentistry are available in Overland Park, KS?
There are many ways in which we can help revive your smile through restorative dentistry. Some of the most common dental restorations include:

  • Dental Fillings
  • Porcelain Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Dental implants
  • Full-mouth restoration

A filling is the best way to restore a tooth after a cavity. Of course, if there is extensive damage to the tooth a filling might not be enough to support the tooth. In this case, a dental crown will be placed over the tooth.

A dental crown is one of the most versatile dental restorations because it can serve both cosmetic and restorative purposes and it can be used to protect a weak or damaged tooth, it can support a dental bridge and it can even cover a dental implant.

A dental bridge is used to replace a single missing tooth or two teeth in a row. Of course, for a dental bridge to be the right option for you we will need to make sure that the two teeth surrounding the gap are strong enough to support crowns.

If you are missing one, multiple or even all of your teeth and you want a restoration that can last the rest of your life with the proper care then dental implants might be the best way to go. Implants function and look just like real teeth, but they do require surgery. While the process to get implants can take up to one year, these tooth replacements have the longest lifespan and really are the next best thing to real teeth.

If you are interested in taking the next steps to getting restorative dentistry in Overland Park, KS, then it’s time to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Deutch to find out the many ways in which we can give you back the smile you remember.

By Michelle B. Deutch, D.D.S.
April 05, 2018

Find out how you can get that perfect, full smile back with implants in Overland Park.dental implants

Tooth loss is a frustrating ordeal, but it’s important to know that you aren’t alone. There are millions of American adults who have dealt with the same issue. The most important thing is to make sure that you get the restoration you need to replace your missing tooth (or teeth) and bring your smile back to life. Our Overland Park, KS, dentist, Dr. Michelle Deutch, is here to tell you how dental implants could be that solution for you.

No matter whether you are missing one or all of your teeth, if you are an otherwise healthy adult then dental implants might be able to help you. An implant looks like a tiny metal post or screw. This metal restoration will act as your new tooth roots. While you might not realize it, tooth roots actually play a vitally important role in maintaining good oral health.

The roots of your teeth constantly stimulate the jawbone to produce new bone cells, which keep the bone healthy and strong; however, when one or more teeth fall out there is not enough stimulation for the jawbone. As a result, the jawbone begins to lose density and deteriorate. Over time, these changes in the bone structure can also affect the shape of your face, leading to sunken cheeks and premature lines and wrinkles.

While there are certainly other options for replacing missing teeth these solutions aren’t able to replace missing tooth roots or stimulate the jawbone like implants can. This is why patients with dental bridges or dentures have to come in for regular adjustments or get replacements every few years.

A dental implant is the only tooth replacement that naturally fuses with the jawbone and tissue and provides a long-term and stable foundation from which to support a false tooth or teeth. If you are only missing one tooth, a single implant will be embedded in the jawbone and covered with a dental crown. If you are missing several or all of your teeth then multiple implants will be placed along the jawbone to support partial or full dentures.

If you think dental implants are the best way to give you that full smile back then it’s time to schedule a consultation with us. We would be happy to sit down with you and determine whether you are the ideal candidate. Call our Overland Park, KS, dental office today.