For specific questions that are not answered on this page, please feel free to submit your question below:
Following are some commonly asked questions about tooth problems. If you have questions of your own, please contact us to schedule a time to meet with Dr. Olberding. He will take the time to discuss the best treatment options for your individual needs. You can also contact him by selecting the link below.
I have a space between my two front teeth. How can this be corrected?
Orthodontic aligners are the more permanent correction for straightening an uneven smile. We can also bond tooth-colored material to give you a natural look.
I have a missing tooth and wear a removable partial. I constantly worry about it being noticeable or breaking. Is there something better to replace this tooth?
Yes! There are more permanent and natural alternatives to partial dentures. Depending on your unique situation, it is possible a fixed bridge or implant would be a better option. These alternatives are a worthwhile investment in your smile. Please ask for more information during your next visit.
Home Care & Maintenance
What is the recommended regimen for brushing and flossing?
Our hygienists will give you the best regimen for you as an individual. Here are some typical guidelines for a healthy mouth:
- Brush teeth two times daily, morning and night.
- Floss teeth at least once daily, which is most effective when done before bedtime.
That said, this is a great time to explain why these guidelines apply. Plaque is a film of bacteria that forms on your teeth. Plaque produces byproducts that irritate periodontal (gum) tissue and cause tooth decay. In some people, tartar can form in as little as 24 hours. Once tartar has formed you will be unable to remove it by brushing and flossing. A daily regimen of proper home care will help you keep your teeth healthy.
My gums bleed when I brush or floss. Is this normal?
Healthy gums (periodontal tissue) don’t bleed! Bleeding typically indicates irritation or infection, an early stage of periodontal disease. If this condition is present in your mouth, please schedule an appointment. This condition, if left untreated, may lead to tooth loss.
How often should I have my teeth cleaned?
Every individual has unique needs based on many factors, including but not limited to: body makeup, ability to fight disease, eating habits, and home care regimen. Healthy individuals typically visit a dental professional twice a year.
My teeth are not as white as I would like. Will bleaching help and is it bad for my teeth?
Everyone will react to bleaching differently. However, yellow and brown stains typically whiten better than gray ones. Whitening does remove microscopic amounts of enamel, which can be regenerated in time. Manufacturer instructions should be followed carefully. There are several options available in our office to whiten teeth. Please ask an E.P. True Dental professional for your best option.
I have bonding on some front teeth. They are starting to look brown and chipped. What can be done to whiten these teeth?
Unfortunately, composite (bonding) restorations will not whiten from bleaching. Simply polishing the restorations will remove some surface stains, but not those that have penetrated into the tooth structure. It may be time to replace the bonding, or consider porcelain veneers as a longer lasting restoration.
Does bleaching last forever, or will I need to bleach again?
Typically, an initial whitening treatment takes a couple of weeks. After a minimum of twelve months, a touch-up whitening may be necessary. Touch-up whitening will vary depending on your daily habits, but usually takes just a couple of days. Prevent new stains by limiting coffee, tea, soda, red wine and tobacco. It is also helpful to rinse with water or brush after consuming these beverages.