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Posts for: May, 2016

By Steinbach Dental
May 23, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

How teeth whitening can get you ready for a special event

Wedding season is coming, and chances are you have a special event coming up. It might be a wedding, or a reunion, or even an teeth whiteningimportant job interview. You deserve to look your best and that begins with your smile. If you have a smile that is darkened, stained, or yellow it’s time to get your smile ready with a professional teeth whitening treatment. Your dentists at Steinbach Dental in Brookfield, Wisconsin want to help you discover the magic of teeth whitening treatments.

Your teeth can become discolored from coffee, red wine, and tobacco use. Many healthy deeply pigmented foods like blueberries can also change the color of your teeth. Your dentists at Steinbach Dental want you to know the biggest offender for teeth staining is normal aging. That’s because as you age, your tooth enamel becomes thinner and more transparent. You can see through it to the layer underneath, called dentin. This dentin layer is yellow and gets even darker yellow as you age. The whole effect is a darker, more yellow smile.

You can try over-the-counter whitening products but they can take weeks to make a differenc, if they do anything at all. Why wait when you can have whiter teeth now, just in time for a big event? A professional teeth whitening treatment provided by your dentists in Brookfield give you a dramatically whiter smile, up to 8 shades whiter! The results can last up to an astounding 5 years! Your dentists want you to consider:

In-office whitening if you want a speedy, dramatic result; treatment takes only an hour using bleaching gel and a high-tech whitening light system to enhance the bleach.

At-home whitening if you want a convenient, private method of whitening your teeth at home; your dentists at Steinbach Dental provide you with prescription strength bleaching gel and custom trays you wear when it’s best for you.

Is your smile ready for wedding season or a special event coming up? If not, it’s time to get a beautiful white smile quickly and easily with a teeth whitening treatment. It’s time to call your dentists at Steinbach Dental in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Call today and get started on your whiter smile!


By Steinbach Dental
May 17, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: snoring   sleep apnea  
FindOutWhyYouorYourPartnerSnores-itmaybeSleepApnea

If your sleeping partner snores, it could be more than an annoyance: it could be a sign of sleep apnea. This occurs when air flow into the lungs becomes obstructed in the throat for a few seconds during sleep. The obstruction can take many forms, but a common one arises from the tongue relaxing against the back of the throat, producing snoring sounds as air attempts to pass through this restricted area.

Sleep apnea can cause severe problems: lower daily energy levels and mood from poor sleep; lower oxygen saturation that could affect brain function; and increased risk for cardiovascular disease. So, if you’re awakened by your partner’s snoring (or they’re complaining about yours!), it’s important to have it checked and treated.

This begins with a visit to us for a complete oral examination. Like many dentists, we’re well trained in the anatomy and structures of the mouth, as well as the causes and treatment of sleep apnea. We’ll examine your mouth, take into account any possible symptoms you’re experiencing and, if your suspicions are correct, refer you to a sleep physician to diagnose if you have sleep apnea.

Treatment will depend on its cause and severity. An oral appliance worn during sleep is the recommended first treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea that involves the tongue as an obstruction. We develop a custom appliance that helps move your tongue away from the back of the throat, reducing both apnea and snoring sounds. For more advanced sleep apnea you could benefit from a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. This device generates continuous air pressure through a mask worn while sleeping that helps keep the airway open.

Of course, there are other causes for obstruction, some of which may require surgical intervention to relieve the problem. Abnormally large tonsils, adenoids or excessive soft tissue can all restrict air flow. Surgically removing or altering these structures could help reduce airway restriction.

Whatever type or degree of sleep apnea you or your partner may have, there are solutions. The right treatment will not only improve overall health, it will help both of you get a better night’s sleep.

If you would like more information on sleep apnea and how to treat it, 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 “If You Snore, You Must Read More!


JimmyFallonCanrsquotCatchaBreak-ExceptinHisTooth

Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.

What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!

Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.

If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.

For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.

Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.

Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.

So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.

If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”