By Allure Dental Group
November 14, 2017
Category: Dental Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

What your dentist in Bridgeport wants you to knoworal hygiene

Tooth decay and gum disease can affect the way your smile looks and how your teeth and gums work. You’ve probably seen people with dark spots or holes in their teeth and swollen, red gums. You don’t need to be one of them. You can do a lot to protect yourself against tooth decay and gum disease by keeping good oral hygiene habits. The good news is it shouldn’t take a lot of time out of your busy schedule.

Dr. Adriana Torena at Allure Dental Group in Bridgeport, CT wants to help you discover how a few simple steps can keep your smile in excellent shape.

Keeping good oral hygiene habits involves removing the bacteria-laden plaque from your teeth as completely as you can, as often as you can. You want to remove the plaque because it contains millions of bad bacteria that produce poisons, which can destroy your teeth and infect your gums. You can remove plaque effectively if you:

Brush your teeth after each meal and before you go to sleep. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush because medium and hard toothbrushes can cause gum recession and tooth wear. Use toothpaste which contains fluoride and has the American Dental Association stamp of approval. This means the product has been rigorously tested and is safe for use.

Hint: You can also use an electric or sonic toothbrush, which often removes plaque better than a manual toothbrush. Many people find sonic and electric toothbrushes easier to use than a manual toothbrush.

Floss daily, using either waxed or unwaxed floss depending on your preference. Guide the floss down in between your teeth, and wrap the floss around the round part of each tooth. The wrapping action ensures you are touching the tooth surface and cleaning it effectively.

Hint: You can also use floss picks or floss holders if you have dexterity issues, arthritis, or other painful medical conditions.

Protect your smile by visiting Dr. Torena every year for a dental exam and x-rays, and the hygienist twice each year for professional cleanings. Your beautiful smile starts with good oral hygiene habits so get some help by calling Dr. Torena at Allure Dental Group in Bridgeport, CT today!

By Allure Dental Group
September 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedure

Has your bright smile faded? When yellowing and stains dull your smile, professional teeth whitening offers a simple way to restore your teeth whiteningsmile. Our Bridgeport, CT, dentist Dr. Adriana Torena explains how whitening works and shares benefits of professional whitening.

How can whitening help my smile?

Stains become trapped in your porous tooth enamel, turning your teeth an unattractive shade of yellow. Hydrogen peroxide, a very effective whitening agent, removes these discolorations by bleaching them. Once stains are gone, you can expect your teeth to remain brighter for at least two or three years if you avoid smoking and eating and drinking darkly colored foods and beverages.

How is whitening performed?

A dental exam and cleaning is the first step in the whitening process. After plaque and tartar are removed from your teeth, a layer of gel is added to your roots and gums to protect them from the effects of the hydrogen peroxide. Small devices called retractors will be used to hold your lips and cheeks away from your teeth during the procedure.

The hydrogen peroxide gel will remain on your teeth for about an hour. After it's removed, your teeth will be noticeably whiter. Depending on the initial condition of your teeth, you may notice that your teeth have lightened by as much as three to eight shades.

Take-home kits offer another option. Before you receive your kit, we'll make a mold of your teeth in our Bridgeport office. The mold will be used to create upper and lower trays that fit your teeth snugly. You'll also receive whitening gel, which you'll place in the trays before placing them in your mouth for about an hour. At-home whitening generally takes a few weeks to produce the desired results.

What's the difference between drugstore kits and professional whitening?

Professional whitening offers quicker results and is much less likely to irritate your roots and gums. Irritation can occur if you accidentally get hydrogen peroxide on your roots or gums or you use over-the-counter trays that don't fit your mouth well. Because drugstore kits use weaker formulations of hydrogen peroxide, it can take a long time to notice a difference in your smile.

Brighten your smile with professional teeth whitening. Call Bridgeport, CT, dentist Dr. Adriana Torena at (203) 368-9016 to schedule an appointment.

By Allure Dental Group
July 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedure

Repairing your teeth with dental crowns may seem like a foreign idea, especially if you have never had a porcelain dental restoration dental crownsbefore. However, the procedure and the reasons behind it is easy to understand with the help of your dentist. Find out more about dental crowns and how they can help you with Dr. Adriana Torena at Allure Dental Group in Bridgeport, CT.

What are dental crowns? 
A dental crown covers a tooth to protect it after being damaged or to prevent damage due to instability. The crown itself is made from porcelain in a dental laboratory. It is designed and created by a dental technician using an impression of your mouth, taken by your dentist and sent to the laboratory. With the proper care, crowns can last years before requiring replacement.

When are dental crowns necessary?
Dental crowns are one of the most versatile restorations, used in many situations, including to:

  • stabilize a tooth with a large filling
  • protect a damaged tooth
  • hold a dental bridge in place
  • restore the surface of a tooth to make biting possible
  • renew the appearance of a discolored or misshapen tooth
  • replace a missing tooth as part of a dental implant
  • preserve the structure of a tooth instead of requiring extraction

Dental Crowns in Bridgeport, CT
Dental crowns usually require two appointments with your dentist. At your first appointment, your dentist will prepare the tooth for the crown by removing parts of its enamel and shaping it into the correct form to fit inside of the crown. This provides the best environment for a proper bond between the crown and the natural tooth. Your dentist then takes an impression of your mouth and places a temporary crown onto the tooth. The dental laboratory requires about two weeks to create the crown itself. After this waiting period, you will have your second appointment. At this visit, your dentist places your final restoration.

For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Adriana Torena at Allure Dental Group in Bridgeport, CT. Call (203) 368-9016 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Torena today!

By Allure Dental Group
May 30, 2017
Category: Missing Tooth
Tags: Bone Loss   Uneven Smile   Decay   Gum Disease  

A missing tooth will need to be replaced as soon as possible if you want to prevent further issues from happening.Tooth Loss

When you lose a tooth, the problems don’t just stop there. In fact, there are so many issues that someone with tooth loss will face if they don’t visit our Bridgeport, CT, cosmetic dentist Dr. Adriana Torena to get the missing tooth or teeth replaced. With so many wonderful ways to replace your teeth, there’s no reason why you should put it off. If you do put it off, then you may end up facing even worse issues such as,

Bone Loss

The jawbone and your gums both need stimulation from your tooth’s roots to stay healthy. When they are no longer getting ample stimulation due to tooth loss, this causes the jawbone to deteriorate and shrink. As a result, gums start to recede, which can affect the strength and support that neighboring teeth need to stay stable and healthy. This may even cause teeth to collapse if left untreated.

Uneven Smile

When you have a gap or gaps in your smile due to tooth loss, this leaves a wide-open space that the rest of your teeth will gradually try and shift around to close the gap. As you might imagine, when this happens, the rest of your smile may become crooked or misaligned. Not only is the problem embarrassing but it can also place excessive wear on certain teeth, which can lead to chips, cracks, and fractures.

A Change in Face Shape

Tooth loss and a shrinking jawbone can all affect the shape of your face. You may find that the chin begins to recede and the cheeks become wrinkled and saggy. This is because these changes to your teeth and jaws make it impossible to fully stabilize the muscles of the cheeks. Of course, everything from dentures to dental implants can support these muscles to prevent sagging.

Problems with Decay and Gum Disease

With large gaps becoming a popular spot for decay-causing bacteria to thrive and for teeth to shift out of alignment, these are issues that can make it more difficult to keep your teeth and gums healthy. As a result, our Bridgeport, CT, dentist may detect more cavities during your next visit or find that you now suffer from gum disease, too.

Allure Dental Group in Bridgeport, CT, prides itself on providing the ultimate in dental care, whether you want to replace missing teeth or schedule your routine cleaning. We offer it all so that you always get the care you need whenever you need it most.

By Allure Dental Group
March 15, 2017
Category: Dental Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Don’t let decay and gum disease impact your oral health.oral hygiene

No one likes the idea of finding out that they have cavities or gum disease. Our Bridgeport, CT, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Adriana Torena, hates being the bearer of bad news. Luckily, there is some good news we are happy to share: some helpful tidbits to prevent these issues from happening to you.

Brushing: You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste (look for a toothpaste that has the ADA seal of approval). Every time you brush you should brush for about 2-3 minutes. Set a timer if you don’t have an electronic toothbrush that will time your brushing session for you.

Flossing: Everyone should floss their teeth, as this is the most effective way to clean gums and between teeth. Your toothbrush won’t be able to get into all those crevices between teeth, but floss can. By flossing every night before bedtime (preferably before you brush your teeth) you can remove plaque and food from between teeth and prevent decay or gum disease.

Dental Products: The products you use can also determine how clean you get your teeth and gums. Once the toothbrush head’s bristles start to fray, it’s time to replace it (this usually happens every 3 months). However, you should also replace your toothbrush head after sickness to prevent harmful bacteria from re-entering your body.

Electronic vs. Manual: The type of toothbrush you choose to use really depends on your personal preference. If you are someone who brushes too hard you could be damaging healthy enamel. In this case, using an electronic toothbrush, which already provides the proper amount of force needed to clean teeth, might be a better option. Those who have dexterity issues such as arthritis may also find electronic toothbrushes to be easier to handle.

Preventive Care: While at-home dental care is so very important this should never take the place of professional cleanings. Even the healthiest-looking smiles still need routine care to make sure that teeth and gums are free of disease or decay. A lot of these dental problems don’t present with any symptoms, so if you want to protect your smile and prevent issues from happening to you then you need to see us every six months.

Don’t let problems befall your beautiful smile. By coming in every six months you can prevent these issues from getting worse. Turn to Allure Dental Group in Bridgeport, CT, for the preventive care you need to keep teeth and gums dazzling and healthy.

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