From The Office Of Dr Andrew Kim

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Check our dental blog every week for the latest news, advice, and information on oral health — plus get can’t-miss tips straight from the Doc himself!



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24/Apr/2019

IF YOU WANTED TO STRAIGHTEN your teeth back in the day, you really only had one option–traditional metal braces. Nowadays, our patients have a variety of different options when it comes to how they would like to have their teeth straightened and what is most convenient for them. At our office, we offer Invisalign®! 

Invisalign® Treatment Provides Many Benefits

Not everyone is a good candidate for Invisalign, but if you are, it may be a great option to achieve your dream smile!

As the name implies, Invisalign trays are nearly invisible, allowing you to go throughout your daily activities with most people being unaware that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment! The aligners are custom-made for you, ensuring a perfect, comfortable fit.

Of course one of the best perks of choosing Invisalign is being able to eat whatever you want! Because you can take your aligners off while eating and drinking, you don’t have to worry about staying away from the foods that you love. Invisalign trays also don’t affect your oral hygiene routine like traditional braces do. You can brush and floss as you normally would!

You also won’t have to worry about getting used to metal brackets that may cut into your cheeks and lips at the beginning of treatment or during sporting events. With Invisalign, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort to get the smile you’ve always wanted.

Invisalign® vs. Braces

As an Invisalign patient, you’ll generally have less office visits than those with traditional braces. So if you have a busy schedule but still want to improve your smile, Invisalign might be just the thing for you!

Many patients chose Invisalign over Braces, watch the video below to hear why Fred chose Invisalign over traditional braces.

Talk To Us About Invisalign®

We want your treatment to reflect your unique smile, lifestyle and personality. Call us or book an appointment to visit us today to discuss any questions you might have about Invisalign! At our practice, we believe your smile deserves the very best.

We appreciate you, our valued patients and friends!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.


24/Apr/2019

IT IS NOT UNCOMMON for your teeth to lose their luster over time, which is why so many people are interested in teeth whitening!

Teeth Get Yellow For A Number Of Reasons

Teeth becoming yellow over time is as normal as graying hair–it is a natural part of the aging process. As we get older, our tooth enamel begins to thin due to everyday wear and tear. This causes the layer beneath our enamel, called the dentin, to show more, giving our teeth a more yellow appearance.

There are other factors that can cause teeth to yellow other than aging however, such as:

  • Tobacco use
  • Food and drink
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Dental trauma
  • Certain medications

If you want to prevent your teeth from yellowing as best you can, we suggest a change of lifestyle habits. If you use tobacco in any form, quit. Consume acidic food and drink in moderation and monitor your intake of beverages that can stain your teeth such as wine, coffee, tea, soda, etc. And as always, brush up on your oral hygiene habits and make sure you’re getting frequent cleanings!

The Approach To Teeth Whitening Depends On The Stain

There are two types of stains that you can have on your teeth. Surface, or “extrinsic” stains, caused by smoking and diet occur on the surface of the enamel. “Intrinsic” stains are deeper, and happen inside the tooth.

You can remove surface stains on your teeth by using a whitening toothpaste. These kinds of toothpastes usually contain special abrasives that gently polish the teeth as well certain chemicals that can help break down stains. These toothpastes can be tough on tooth enamel, so make sure to always read labels when using them–some should only be used temporarily.

Intrinsic stains can’t be helped by whitening toothpastes. To get that brighter smile, you’ll need to actually change the color of your teeth. You can do this using a bleaching agent. The bleaching agents most products use are hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These chemicals break stains into smaller pieces, making their color less concentrated and leaving your teeth much whiter! Some of the most common ways to bleach your teeth are whitening strips and gels, tray-based tooth whiteners and in-office whitening services supervised by a dentist.

We Would Love To See You At Our Office

At our practice, we offer in-office whitening that will get you the white smile you’ve been dreaming of in half the time or less than other whitening options. We will also carefully monitor the whole process to ensure its safety and efficacy.

Or, if you’re looking to use a tray-based whitening system, we can customize your mouthpiece to exactly fit your teeth! This will protect the soft tissues of your mouth, especially your gums, as well as ensure maximum contact between your teeth and the whitening solution.

Either way, we’d love to see you, whether that’s for a cleaning, checkup, or whitening treatment! Book an appointment to visit us today!

Have any questions? Call us or let us know in the comments below.

Thank you for reading our blog!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.


24/Apr/2019

Teeth are resilient and aren’t damaged easily but sometimes they can develop cracks and the edges may get chipped.  The damage can compromise the beauty of your smile as well as the integrity of your teeth. At Dentalopolis, we can restore your tooth’s appearance by placing a dental crown over it, so you can smile freely once again.

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are caps made of porcelain or ceramic. They’re placed on the natural tooth and help restore its appearance.  The entire tooth doesn’t have to be removed; only the damaged portion would have to be replaced. These caps are permanent and will last for several years if you maintain them well.

When Do You Need Dental Crowns?

  • Large Filling – Large fillings weaken the structure of the tooth and make it more vulnerable to damage. In such cases, the best way to protect the natural tooth is to place a dental crown over it. The crown will protect the tooth from further damage and help maintain the integrity of the socket and root.
  • Root Canal – Like a large filling, the root canal also weakens the structure of the tooth. Dentists will remove the top portion of your tooth to access the nerve underneath and remove it. They will apply a dental crown over the exposed root to protect it and rebuild its structure.
  • Cracked or Chipped Teeth – Cracked or chipped teeth are weak and more vulnerable to decay and infections. They also look unsightly and can compromise the beauty of your smile. Dental crowns are the best way to protect your teeth and restore its appearance.
  • Broken Teeth – If the cusp and root is intact, you don’t need to extract the tooth and add implants. You can simply place a dental crown over the root and the remainder of the tooth.
  • Excessive Wear – If you are in the habit of grinding your teeth, consuming acidic food items, or have health problems like GERD and bulimia, your teeth will face a considerable amount of wear and tear. These problems can remove the enamel on your teeth and make them more vulnerable to decay. Dental crowns will protect worn down teeth and minimize the damage.
  • Cosmetic – Dental crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes. These caps can add structure and mass to uneven or short teeth and improve the appearance of your smile.

If your teeth have sustained damage or if you have considerable tooth decay, we encourage you to call us today. At Dentalopolis, we provide a combination of excellent care in a comfortable and luxurious environment. You will feel relaxed and receive the best dental treatment possible.


24/Apr/2019

Some people are blessed with perfectly-aligned teeth that look beautiful and white. Their teeth aren’t stained or chipped, and are uniform in size and shape. However, most people need some professional assistance to ensure their teeth look naturally beautiful. Modern cosmetic dentistry is the perfect solution for people who want to improve the appearance of their teeth and smile.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is a combination of a number of dental procedures that restore the health and appearance of your teeth. Through this process, we correct all imperfections, damage, and misalignment to ensure your teeth look good. At Dentalopolis, we combine the latest in technology with expert dental artistry to create smiles that suit you and look natural.

How Does It Work?

Based on the condition of their teeth, different people require different procedures. For example, if your teeth are only stained and there is no misalignment, you will just require a small whitening procedure that lasts for an hour. If your teeth are cracked or chipped, you will have to come in for several sessions to get the problem fixed. Cosmetic dentistry includes procedures including:

  • Teeth whitening to remove stains and discoloration.
  • Porcelain veneers to hide stains, chips, and damaged teeth.
  • Dental crowns to cover misshapen or cracked teeth.
  • Cosmetic dentures to replace missing teeth.
  • Dental bonding to cover chipped, gapped, stained, or discolored teeth with the help of dental composite resin.
  • And 6-Month Smiles that will correct misalignment in your front teeth.

Our dentist will assess your teeth and create a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses all your dental concerns. You can discuss the plan with him and decide which procedures you want to undergo.


Dentalopolis

3779 Riley Fuzzel Rd Suite 400
Spring TX 77386
832-510-3282
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Dentalopolis is a family & cosmetic practice dedicated to dental excellence and patient comfort.
Just like our family, we treat all patients with dignity and provide premium quality dental care. If you are looking for a dentist who will treat you with respect and compassion, Dentalopolis is here for you!

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