Monday, January 14th, 2019
If you’re looking for an orthodontic solution to your smile’s alignment issues, you have more options today than anyone has before. The most popular options for many adults are either traditional braces, because they get predictably good results with a method that has decades of success behind it, or Invisalign, because of the discreet profile and minimal dietary changes needed to make it successful. If you’re trying to decide between these approaches, there are a few things you should know before you talk to a dentist in Rochester Hills, MI.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Traditional Braces
While there are a lot of success stories and the process for placing and adjusting braces has been well-known to the dental and orthodontic communities for years, there are some issues with it as well. Benefits include:
- Reliable straightening for even extreme misalignment
- Adjustable pace of change to fit patient needs and comfort levels
- Simple, well-known orthodontics and care processes
- Many parents feel comfortable with it for their kids because of personal familiarity with the process
- Useful for patients at all ages
The drawbacks from traditional braces aren’t extreme, and they are well-known. Braces require a patient to adjust their approach to many aspects of personal care and hygiene. They need to be checked to keep the brackets free of food debris after meals, and patient diets need to change to embrace foods that minimize the issue of debris. Additionally, some foods can damage braces, and those need to be avoided. Patients also sometimes experience discomfort with the visibility of braces, and some experience changes to their speech patterns.
Invisalign: A More Discreet Option
The biggest reason patients prefer aligner trays? They literally have none of the drawbacks of braces. The kind of discomfort brackets cause is avoided, and aligners can be removed for meals or speaking engagements. There are limitations, though. Aligners work for mild or moderate changes, but they can not be used for most major changes. To learn more, contact our office and make an appointment with Dr. Wolfe today.
Wednesday, November 7th, 2018
The holiday season is coming up quickly, which makes now a great time to take those steps toward a brighter, more confident smile. If you act quickly, you can get porcelain veneers and other smile upgrades in time to show off your new smile in holiday photos. What better way to get the Thanksgiving pictures you really want?
Advantages of Veneers
Patients often ask why they should consider veneers over options like teeth whitening, and there are a lot of reasons. Whitening allows you to improve the color of your teeth a few shades at a time, but it does not do anything for minor alignment issues, chips, or other esthetic issues. Veneers, on the other hand, allow you to present a corrected smile that is not only as bright as you like, but that also looks straight and hides any cosmetic damage to teeth.
Are Veneers Permanent?
Your dentist in Rochester Hills, MI, will tell you that when cared for properly, veneers have a fairly long life. They are not permanent prosthetics, though. That means you will need to plan for a replacement when they begin to wear. Your dentist will be able to keep an eye on them from cleaning to cleaning, though, so you’ll have help monitoring their progress, and that will make it easy to know when they need to be replaced.
Other Cosmetic Dentistry Options
No matter what you’re looking to do to improve your smile, Dr. Wolfe has options that fit your needs. Veneers are a great way to improve your confidence and get cosmetic changes, and when the time comes to replace them, you can always consider whether you’re ready to move forward with a more permanent option. Whether you choose to get a fast fix you can enjoy today with porcelain veneers or you plan to permanently realign your smile, though, we can help. Call today.
Friday, September 7th, 2018
If you’re looking for ways to quickly improve the way your smile looks, porcelain veneers are a great treatment option. They snap over the top of the teeth can instantly cover up common dental imperfections. However, if you currently have cavities, you may not be able to get veneers until you have your cavities treated by a dentist in Rochester Hills, MI. Here’s how to tell if you’re a good candidate for veneers.
What Problems Can Be Treated With Veneers?
Veneers can be used to treat many dental problems quickly and with minimal discomfort. Some of the most common problems that can be treated with veneers include:
- Stained, yellow or discolored teeth
- Minor cracks and chips that don’t affect the function or health of the teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Slightly twisted or crooked teeth
- Eroded, short or otherwise misshapen teeth
If you’re unhappy with the aesthetic appearance of your smile but don’t want to receive multiple or lengthy treatments, veneers may be a good option for you. They can instantly transform your teeth into the picture-perfect smile you’ve always wanted.
What Problems Shouldn’t Be Treated With Veneers?
Not all cosmetic issues should be treated with veneers, especially if they affect the health of your teeth. Your dentist in Rochester Hills, MI, will not recommend veneers for any of the following dental problems:
Even though these conditions can affect the way your teeth look, they need to be treated appropriately before veneers are even an option. Treating these problems with veneers will not fix the underlying issues and will allow them to become worse. Your dentist will perform an evaluation to determine if you’re a good candidate for veneers or if you need other treatments first.
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Wednesday, July 11th, 2018
The human mouth is made of both hard and soft tissues. Gums, lips, tongue, and inner cheeks are all soft tissues, while the jawbone and teeth are hard tissues. Included are connective tissues that bind the mouth structures together with the blood vessels and nerves. The way the upper and lower teeth meet is referred to as a bite or occlusion. How healthy the mouth is, depends on how each aspect works together to keep the system in harmony. If there is a disconnect or imbalance, it may compromise oral health.
REPAIRING MOUTHS ONE STEP AT A TIME
Dr. Wolfe offers reconstructive dentistry in the form of a full mouth reconstruction to repair damaged teeth, replace missing teeth, address gum and jawbone damage and treat diseases of the mouth. Every patient is unique and will have their own treatment plan for a mouth reconstruction, but the following procedures may be included.
- Restorative dental care such as bridges, inlays, onlays, fillings and dental crowns
- Implant dentistry to replicate teeth from root to crown and replace missing teeth
- Cosmetic dentistry including teeth whitening, gum re-contouring, porcelain veneers and dental bonding
- TMD treatment/neuromuscular dentistry, treatment of problems with the bite or the temporomandibular joints
- Bruxism treatment to resolve symptoms associated with teeth grinding
- Orthodontics including spacer, retainers, expanders, traditional metal braces or Invisalign®
Because every patient is different, you’ll have a consultation with Dr. Wolfe to discuss your expectations and your end goals when it comes to full mouth reconstruction. Once your ideals are clearly defined, a treatment plan can be made to create the beautiful, white smile you’ve always wanted.
CONTACT US TODAY
Problems with your smile can make you insecure and be hard on your health. We are happy to provide you with treatment options that can fix problems with your mouth. Give us a call today in Rochester, Hills MI to schedule a consultation.
Friday, May 25th, 2018
Did you know May 25’th is National Wine Day! If one of your favorite beverages is wine, then get ready to celebrate. You might already be aware of wine’s many health benefits. However, you might not like how it stains your teeth, especially if you are into the red varieties. Before you pour your next glass of vino, Dr. Matthew Wolfe wants you to know that teeth whitening in Rochester Hills, MI can keep your smile nice and bright.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Drinking Wine
Good oral hygiene is a must for wine drinkers. Dirty teeth are covered with plaque and bacteria, giving the staining properties of wine something to adhere to. Regardless of the day, you should never neglect your dental health. On days you plan to indulge in foods and beverages that can affect your teeth’s color and health, such as red wine and coffee, it is best to exercise a little caution. The acid content in wine can soften the enamel on your teeth and cause dental problems. Rinse your mouth with water after consumption to reduce the likelihood of stains and tooth decay so consider having your teeth whitened in addition to regular maintenance.
Cosmetic dentist Dr. Wolfe advises patients to wait a day or two after having professional teeth whitening before consuming red wine and other potentially staining beverages and foods. Teeth are most prone to staining immediately following a whitening treatment. This is because teeth whitening treatment temporarily opens the pores of the teeth, increasing the chances of discoloration. Red wine should be avoided for about two days after whitening. White wine is not staining to teeth. Good oral hygiene and routine dental treatment can keep your teeth white and healthy.
If you are ready to celebrate National Wine Day and not willing to suffer the embarrassment of having stained teeth, contact our cosmetic dentist in Rochester Hills, MI to schedule a teeth whitening treatment appointment at (248) 243-1039 or visit us online. Dr. Wolfe and the team at Signature Dentistry of Rochester offer a variety of dental services to protect your beautiful smile!
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
Dr. Wolfe discusses his passion for helping patients achieve the smile of their dreams with a smile makeover. Dr. Wolfe is an expert at transforming smiles as a highly qualified and trained dentist with an affiliation to Dawson Academy.
Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
Dr. Matthew Wolfe offers patients comprehensive dental care in order to find the root of their dental problem. Addressing these issues early on can lead to fewer dental appointments in the long run. Watch Dr. Wolfe’s video blog to learn more about his approach to dental care.
Friday, July 8th, 2016
A dental implant is the most effective way to permanently replace a missing tooh. A titanium screw is placed where your tooth’s root should be located and a crown is attached to the top of the implant. Treatment planning is key in this process because want to make sure your new tooth matches the rest of your perfect smile.
Thursday, June 9th, 2016
Are you not happy with the position of their teeth due to crowding or crooked teeth? Braces may be your best option. If you are looking for a more conservative option you may opt for Invisalign. Patients love Invisalign® because there are no brackets or wires. Instead, a thin clear tray is worn over your teeth for a period of time. A beautiful straight smile helps prevent gum disease and even increases the functionality of your teeth. Contact Signature Dentistry of Rochester for your Invisalign consultation in Rochester Hills, MI today!
Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
Dental veneers are a popular way to perfect your smile because the procedure is minimally invasive. A veneer is a thin piece of porcelain that is glued to your tooth. The veneers at Signature Dentistry of Rochester are high quality works of art that will fit your smile perfectly.
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015
As you run from store to store this month looking for the perfect gifts for family and friends, consider taking an hour or two to give yourself the gift of a bright, white smile!
Rochester Hills, MI Dentist Dr. Matthew Wolfe offers teeth whitening to remove stains and the natural darkening of teeth that occurs as we age. A quick, painless and economical treatment can take years off of your appearance and give you a confidence boost during the busy holiday season.
Dr. Wolfe will assess your dental health and discuss expected results from teeth whitening. Most tooth stains and color changes due to age can be addressed with a teeth whitening treatment, but there are certain situations where dental veneers or other cosmetic options will be necessary to achieve your goals.
Benefits of Teeth Whitening
While a teeth whitening treatment alone will not guarantee lasting oral health, the bright white smile you see in the mirror each day can often be the inspiration needed to maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine, including regular preventive care visits to our Rochester Hills, MI dentist office.
Dr. Wolfe will recommend a professional cleaning (if it has been over 6 months since your last visit) before administering a teeth whitening treatment, ensuring your smile makeover is both healthy and beautiful.
The teeth whitening that we offer is of professional quality and will provide a whiter smile with minimal to no side effects. Your results will be far superior to those achieved using over the counter options and regular visits will provide us the opportunity to recommend periodic touch ups to keep your teeth looking their best.
A white smile has been shown to improve confidence in both personal and professional relationships, especially in patients who have been hiding their smile due to embarrassing discoloration.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Wolfe by calling our office at 248-243-1039 or using our online request form. We look forward to helping you put your best smile forward this holiday season!