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By Stonebridge Ranch Smiles
August 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
3QuestionstoAnswerBeforeYourSmileMakeover

Transforming your smile can be a huge undertaking. And while we have the technical skills, experience and understanding of aesthetics to perform a smile makeover, your input is just as necessary to achieve a satisfying result.

Your part really has to do with expectations — what do you see when you look in the mirror — and what do you want to change?

Here are 3 questions to help guide you in shaping your expectations for that new, beautiful smile.

What do you dislike about your teeth? This is really about specifics and not just a general feeling of dissatisfaction. Are your teeth misshapen, chipped or missing? Are they discolored or stained? Is the spacing off or do you have a poor bite (malocclusion)? Getting a sense of what you perceive as unattractive will help us formulate a plan to improve the appearance of those problem areas.

Are you concerned with how much your gums show when you smile? Your teeth may be perfect, but if your gums seem to steal the spotlight when you smile (known as a “gummy” smile), you may need some remedy like veneers, crowns or even corrective surgery. Which procedure depends on whether the crowns of your teeth are too short in proportion to the gums, or the muscles in your upper lip are allowing the lip to rise too high when you smile. A dental examination will tell all.

Do you want a “Hollywood Smile” — or just a more attractive, natural you? Smile makeovers aren’t just about clinical alterations — it’s just as much about your personal perceptions of beauty. Some patients want the perfectly shaped, aligned and dazzlingly white smile that’s the epitome of Hollywood. Others want only to enhance their smile, perhaps even keeping a few unique imperfections they’re comfortable with. It’s important to know which person you are, and to communicate that with us when we’re putting together your makeover plan.

Changing your smile is a big step in your life. You can help make the process more satisfying and successful if you understand what you want to change — and why.

If you would like more information on smile analysis and makeover, please contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Great Expectations.”

By Stonebridge Ranch Smiles
January 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Does your smile seem dull compared to those around you? Do you feel as though your appearance is brought down by your smile? If so, teeth whiteningyou could benefit from teeth whitening, a fast and simple procedure which produces big, dramatic results. Find out more about teeth whitening and how it enhances your smile’s appearance with Dr. Kenneth Sharp at Stonebridge Ranch Smiles in McKinney, TX.

What can I expect during a teeth whitening treatment? 
Teeth whitening treatments will begin with a consultation with your dentist. This gives you a chance to address any concerns or ask any questions you have about the procedure. Then, your dentist will section off the teeth from the oral tissues and apply the whitening gel to the surfaces of the teeth. The gel remains on the teeth for about an hour, after which your dentist will rinse the gel and remove any dental apparatuses in the mouth. Depending on the kind of whitening system your dentist uses, a special UV light may be aimed at the teeth during your treatment to aid in the whitening process.

Teeth Whitening Treatments in McKinney, TX
If you think you could benefit from teeth whitening, you should consult with your dentist to ensure that this treatment is the best plan for you and your smile. Dentists advise against teeth whitening for those who are pregnant or nursing or who have a severe tooth sensitivity. Additionally, teeth whitening is not effective against lifting the color of porcelain dental restorations, meaning that if you have visible bridges, veneers, crowns, or other restorations, you may want to reconsider your teeth whitening treatment.

What procedures can I use alongside teeth whitening to further enhance my smile? 
While whitening treatments do not work on porcelain restorations, they can work with porcelain restorations. If you decide that you want to brighten the color of your smile alongside a bridge, veneer, crown, dental implant, or other restoration, you can work with your dentist to choose the color you want, then use teeth whitening around the restorations to lighten the natural teeth to the color of your restoration. Simply plan this process with your dentist to ensure the results you desire.

For more information on teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Sharp at Stonebridge Ranch Smiles in McKinney, TX. Call (972) 984-1882 to schedule your appointment today!

By Stonebridge Ranch Smiles
September 14, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Stonebridge Ranch Smiles
March 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Don’t let coffee and wine stains keep you from having the smile you want.teeth whitening

From coffee-filled mornings to your evening glass of wine, there are many treats we enjoy that seem so wonderful and yet can lead to some pretty unpleasant stains. If yellowing teeth have you feeling a bit down about your smile, isn’t it time you lifted those spirits? Our McKinney, TX, family dentist, Dr. Kenneth Sharp, has just the answer you’ve been looking for: teeth whitening.

How Whitening Works

When whitening, gel is placed over the teeth the bleach immediately goes to work to break up stain molecules within enamel (outer layer of the tooth) and dentin (the layer directly under the enamel). By leaving the gel on the teeth for anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour we can eliminate these stains and also get smiles several shades whiter.

Of course, not all whitening products are created equal. The whitening kits and gels you may get over-the-counter at your local drugstore won’t be nearly as strong as the products you will get from our McKinney cosmetic dentist. Why? Because Dr. Sharp has received the proper training to successfully and safely work with whitening gels that contain a higher concentration of bleaching agents so you can get results fast.

Your Whitening Options

As you probably already figured, you do have options when it comes to how you whiten your smile:

Commercial Whitening Products

This includes those popular whitening kits and toothpastes that you see in the oral care aisles. While a whitening toothpaste is never a bad idea to use regularly—as it can prevent new stains from forming— it certainly won’t be enough to tackle severe external stains. Some people find good results with commercial whitening kits, but it does take several weeks of continual use to see changes.

In-Office Whitening

Coming into our office for whitening treatment is probably the best option for someone looking to tackle darker and more severe stains, as well as those who want to see results quickly. If you have a big event coming up and you want to have a white, stain-free smile then our whitening system will be the ideal treatment. In just one hour we can get smiles several shades whiter.

At-Home Whitening

In-office whitening promises great results but it can be pricey. If you still want to brighten your smile but don’t want to take the financial hit then our at-home whitening can also give you more visible results than over-the-counter products. Use the products as directed and you could see results in a couple weeks.

Teeth whitening can be an amazingly effective way to brighten your smile before the big day or just to give your self-esteem a little boost. Let Stonebridge Ranch Smiles in McKinney, TX, give you that vibrant smile you know is under there.

By Stonebridge Ranch Smiles
January 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
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Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”