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Posts for: December, 2016

By Johansen Dental
December 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.

"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."

As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.

For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.

If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.

If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”

December 02, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   invisalign  

Learn more about how Invisalign can straighten your smile.

Many people put off straightening their teeth because they don't like the way metal braces look. Luckily, the Invisalign brace system can invisalignrealign your teeth without any metal. Dr. Kent Johansen and Dr. Grant Johansen of Johansen Dental in Chandler, AZ explain how Invisalign can improve your smile.

The clear solution

No wires or brackets are needed with Invisalign. The system uses a series of removable aligner trays custom designed to fit your upper and lower teeth. Tightening the wires controls the movement of teeth when you wear metal braces, but Invisalign wearers only need to open a new set of aligner trays to shift the position of their teeth. Every two weeks, you'll begin wearing a new set. Since the aligners are clear, it won't obvious that you're straightening your teeth.

Popcorn is no problem

Popcorn, gum, apples and other foods can damage brace wires or get stuck in them. In fact, people who wear metal braces receive an entire list of foods they must avoid for the next several years. You won't have that problem if you choose Invisalign. Since you'll remove your aligners to eat, you can continue to enjoy all of your favorite foods while you straighten your teeth.

Temporary breaks are okay

Once you receive traditional braces, they don't come off your teeth until your treatment is completed, which can make attending special events or playing sports more challenging. Because your Invisalign aligner trays are removable, you can take them out occasionally for a few hours without affecting your progress. Whether you plan to play in a big game or want to attend a dance or gala completely brace-less, you'll appreciate this option. Your aligners should typically be worn about 20 hours per day.

Treatment may be shorter in some cases

If you're an adult, you may only need to wear your Invisalign aligners for about a year. Children and teenagers must usually wear the aligners for the same amount of time that they would wear traditional braces.

Invisalign offers a better way to straighten your teeth! Call Dr. Kent Johansen and Dr. Grant Johansen of Johansen Dental in Chandler, AZ at (480) 345-0530 to schedule your appointment.

By Johansen Dental
December 01, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

You have a problem with your teeth. Functionally, there's nothing wrong with them — but it's another story when you look in the mirror: discoloration, wearing or maybe a slight gap between them.

Fortunately, you don't have to settle for a smile you're not happy with. Less costly than crowns or bridgework, porcelain veneers can nonetheless correct many mild to moderate cosmetic problems with teeth and transform them into an attractive smile.

Like the name implies, a veneer is made of thin layers of dental material custom-designed and bonded to the outside of a tooth. Veneers can correct problems with color, tooth shape and size, and mild misalignments or spacing. It's akin to installing new siding on a house.

To begin your journey with veneers, we must first examine your teeth to fully assess your dental needs and ensure you have no issues that could prevent applying them. Then, we prepare your teeth: although not to the extent as for a crown or bridge, we must remove a small amount of tooth material so the veneer will appear natural and not bulky.

We then make an impression mold of your prepared teeth that a dental technician will use to create your veneers. During this process they build up layer after layer of liquid porcelain until they achieve the right thickness, shape and color to match your teeth.

In the meantime, we can fit you with a temporary set of veneers made of acrylic plastic so you can chew, speak and smile normally. These provisional veneers also give you and your friends and family a chance to see what your new smile will look like.

When your veneers are ready, we'll create micro-etches in your teeth that will help keep the veneer secure after we've bonded them. Once bonded, the veneer will feel like an inseparable part of the tooth and look it too. No one except you and us need know you're wearing veneers.

If you take care of them — keeping up daily hygiene habits, not biting into hard surfaces, and visiting us regularly for checkups — your veneers can last for many years. And so will that beautiful, new smile.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers.”