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Effects of Sour Candy and Soda on Teeth

September 20th, 2016

If you are constantly at the dentist getting cavities filled perhaps sour candy and soda are to blame. Research shows that your teeth start losing its enamel at a pH level of 4.0. Enamel is one of the four tissues that make up our teeth. Remember that 7.0 is neutral on the pH scale and anything lower than 7.0 is considered acidic. The acidity level of candy and soda is well below 7.0. Battery acid has a staggering pH of 1.0 and many sour candies closely follow behind it!
If you do consume candy or soda here are some tips that you should know about:
-Rinse with water, drink milk or eat a piece of cheese as soon as you’re done in order to regain a neutral pH level.
-DO NOT brush your teeth immediately afterwards. You’re mouth is at an acidic level and brushing your teeth will actually abrade the soften enamel away. It is best if you wait 20 minutes to brush after you have consumed something acidic.
-Drinking little sips of coffee or soda through out the day is a habit many of us have adopted, however it is one of the worst things you can do for your teeth. Continuously bathing your teeth in acid, keeps it at the acidic pH and softens the teeth allowing bacteria to easily attack and cause cavities. Remembering to floss is also important as many of the acid attacks occur between your teeth, right above the gumline.
Below is a chart showing the different acidic ranges of different products:

 

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Full Mouth Reconstruction in Overland Park and Leawood
October 17, 2014

Full mouth reconstruction is a foreign concept to most patients who come to Leawood Cosmetic and Family Dentistry looking for relief from headache, neck and back pain, clicking of jaw joints or pain in jaw joints. Once Dr. Kelly Thomas helps patients understand what the procedure is, why they need it and the outcome they can expect, they immediately look forward to the end result.

Full mouth reconstruction is defined as an extensive restoration of the entire mouth using a number of dental and cosmetic processes to restore natural function. As the name implies, a reconstruction, or restructuring, of each and every tooth occurs. Your mouth and bite will feel comfortable and pain free. Your teeth and gums will be healthier and more attractive. You’ll experience improvement in your overall appearance and health.

Reasons you may need full mouth reconstruction include:
Dental work from years past needing to be replaced
Missing, decaying or worn down teeth
Bite that has been compromised and needs adjustment
Periodontal disease which causes bone loss and loose teeth
Bone disease that has resulted in the top teeth overlapping the bottom teeth

Full mouth reconstruction involves:
Restoring damaged teeth using porcelain veneers or crowns
Filling cavities
Whitening discolored teeth
Replacing missing teeth with bridges
Treating any periodontal disease
Adjusting bite to be exactly right
Contouring gums to create a beautiful smile

Smile design is an opportunity presented when you treat your broken, worn and unhealthy teeth by full mouth reconstruction. Leawood Cosmetic and Family Dentistry is the perfect place to receive a full-service smile design experience and have one of the nation’s top cosmetic and neuromuscular dentists perform your dental work. Just ask your Overland Park and Leawood neighbors or look online to see what others think about Dr. Kelly Thomas and her team of dental professionals.

If you are interested in exploring full mouth reconstruction, schedule a free, no obligation smile design consultation at Leawood Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today by calling (913) 685-1900. You’ll be amazed at how the smile you’ve always dreamed of can become a reality.

Teeth Whitening At Your Overland Park and Leawood Dentist

September 29, 2014

Dr. Kelly Thomas has been recognized as one of the Top 40 Dentists Under 40 in the Nation as a result of being the cosmetic and neuromuscular dentist of choice for Overland Park and Leawood. While Leawood Cosmetic and Family Dentistry has a reputation for giving patients the smile they’ve always wanted, Dr. Kelly Thomas reminds prospective patients that one of fastest, most affordable ways to achieve a gorgeous smile is through teeth whitening.

As the seasons are beginning to turn to fall, the holidays are growing closer and closer, which means it’s almost time for family celebrations, good food and most likely plenty of pictures. If you’re thinking about making a change to your look, a photo-ready smile is always in style.

A bright smile leaves a lasting impressing. Professional Teeth Whitening can dramatically improve your self-confidence and overall appearance.

Benefits of Teeth Whitening
•Elimination of stains from food, drink and/or smoking
•Brighter smile and more youthful appearance
•Fast and affordable way to rejuvenate your appearance
•Least invasive form of cosmetic dentistry

Why do Overland Park and Leawood residents visit Leawood Cosmetic and Family Dentistry for teeth whitening instead of purchasing DIY teeth bleaching products sold in Overland Park and Leawood grocery and drug stores?

Teeth whitening strips, pens and toothpastes can sometimes whiten your teeth a few shades, put the peroxide concentration is much lower than the whitening solutions used in Dr. Kelly Thomas’ dental office. These over the counter solutions may not be strong enough for removing stains and they end up costing more because you have to use so many to get the same result.

A dental professional needs to examine your teeth to ensure they are healthy enough to receive a teeth whitening treatment. Dr. Kelly Thomas will carefully look for sensitivities in your teeth, review the health of your gums and check for decay.

Leawood Cosmetic and Family Dentistry provides two types of in-office teeth whitening as well as one take-home version of teeth whitening.

In office teeth whitening Zoom! or KoR laser whitening are offered. Patients experience the greatest effect by getting three to four 15 minute treatments in one office visit. The active ingredient is such a high percentage, it can only be used by a dentist. We also include custom take home trays for touch up. $650

Prescription gel bleaching kits are available for patient to take home and use. After taking impressions, we make thin, custom plastic tray ready in just 2 days. The bleaching trays are filled with a high concentration of peroxide gel and then lightly applied to the teeth. The gel remains in contact with the teeth for 20-30 minutes. it is recommended to use it once to twice a day for around 4 weeks. Some teeth whiten very quickly and some take longer. Factors are coffee, red wine and the natural makeup of the tooth. $150

If you are interested in exploring teeth whitening, schedule a consultation at Leawood Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today by calling (913) 685-1900. Dr. Kelly Thomas also offers free, no obligation, smile design consultations to discuss the steps to get the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

Leawood Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, “We have a passion for the art of dentistry and creating an exceptional experience for our patients.”

Dental Implants

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Replacing a missing tooth can often be a daunting task. At Leawood Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Leawood, Kansas, Dr. Kelly Thomas encourages her patients to choose a dental implant over a bridge or a removable partial. Implants are the next best thing to healthy, natural teeth. Strong and stable, implants look, feel, and function like a natural tooth. Timely placement of an implant can prevent bone deterioration that would normally occur without the support of a natural tooth.

A traditional tooth-supported dental bridge requires Dr. Thomas to drill down the natural healthy teeth on either side of the space. With proper care they can last ten to twenty years, but will eventually need to be replaced. Dental implants are a long term solution that could possibly last a lifetime. Look no further than Leawood Cosmetic and Family Dentistry serving Overland Park and Leawood, Kansas for your dental implant needs.

The aesthetics of an implant are far superior to the alternatives. An implant emerges from the gum in the same location that the original tooth did, therefore looking natural in appearance. Dr. Thomas is especially skilled in aesthetic implants in the front of the mouth as she uses all porcelain materials so that there is no black line at the gum line. She also uses methods to guide the gum to heal to match the symmetry of the other gumlines.

If you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss the possibility of having an implant placed, please call Leawood Cosmetic and Family Dentistry at 913-685-1900.

Cosmetic Dental Transformations in Overland Park and Leawood

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

September 22, 2014

As an Overland Park and Leawood cosmetic dentist with a solid reputation for creating beautiful smiles, Dr. Kelly Thomas has had the opportunity to help thousands of Overland Park and Leawood residents enjoy the lasting benefits of cosmetic dentistry.

A beautiful smile not only looks great, but it makes you feel great! Every time you brush your teeth or look in the mirror and see your perfect teeth, you can’t help but smile when you remember that you fixed your teeth and they look fantastic! What a wonderful gift to yourself.

Overland Park and Leawood residents continue to turn to Dr. Kelly Thomas when they know what cosmetic dental procedures they want, or at least know how they want their smile to look. Leawood Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offers several cosmetic and restorative dental procedures, but let’s review the most common used for cosmetic dental transformations.

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that adhere to teeth to alter the shape and color. Porcelain veneers are strong and have the translucency of natural teeth. As described by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, veneers do much than just cover teeth with a coating, cosmetic dentists use veneers to correct stained, chipped, oddly shaped and misaligned teeth.

Crowns are used to cover teeth to restore them to their normal appearance and shape. Porcelain crowns are caps or coverings that are tooth-shaped and when in place will cover the portion of the tooth that is above the gum line. Crowns restore teeth damaged by decay, injury or periodontal disease.

Implants are an option to replace missing teeth due to periodontal disease, injury, illness, congenital absence, smoking or old age. Implants have become a popular and effective alternative to bridges and dentures due to the benefits of being natural looking, comfortable and durable.

Bonding is recommended when you need to fill gaps or alter the color of your teeth. When performed by an expert cosmetic dentist, bonding looks completely natural. The positive impact can last for several years. Bonding can result in drastic improvements when combined with other porcelain restorations and whitening.

Teeth Whitening is the least invasive and quickest way to brighten your smile several shades. The teeth whitening process can be used to eliminate stains or discoloration and brighten smiles. Zoom! or KoR laser whitening use light energy to accelerate the teeth whitening process in the dental office.

If you are interested in exploring any of these safe and effective cosmetic and restorative dental procedures, schedule a consultation at Leawood Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today by calling (913) 685-1900. Dr. Kelly Thomas offers free, no obligation, smile design consultations to discuss the steps to get the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

Leawood Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, “We have a passion for the art of dentistry and creating an exceptional experience for our patients.”

Don’t let your investment in your child’s smile go to waste!

Posted by on Feb 20, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Parents here in Leawood and Overland Park strive so hard to give their kids every advantage.  One of these important opportunities is orthodontics.  Ortho plays an important role in the skeletal development of a child. It enables us to create balance and harmony between the teeth and face structure, not to mention beautiful smiles!    Lately, however, I’ve been noticing a disturbing amount of “ortho scars” developing behind those not so inexpensive brackets.  Whether it is from lack of time or simply just a lack of effort, about half of the kids are not successfully removing all of the plaque off of their teeth.  This plaque, when allowed to sit on the teeth over time, causes a weak area of the tooth that develops chalky white spots or even brown spots on the teeth.  The weak area develops when the minerals that make up the tooth structure are leached out by acid, a waste product from plaque bacteria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The orthodontists in the community are amazing at what they do.  They work hard with the kids to develop good oral hygiene practices, but they still need the parents, to reinforce those good habits at home.  Most of the time, parents don’t realize this scarring is going on until the braces come off.  They are then dismayed at the condition of their children’s teeth.  This scarring is difficult to treat and very expensive.  The most effective treatment of severe ortho scarring is porcelain veneers, which however beautiful, are costly, avoidable, and cannot be performed until the child has stopped growing.

So here are a few tricks of the trade… An electric toothbrush is preferred when it comes to brushing habits, and an oral irrigator (like a waterpik or hydroflosser) is also highly recommended to clean between the teeth and around brackets. Other items that we advise patients to use include a proxybrush (tiny tree-shaped brush) for between brackets, threaders to maneuver floss around wires and brackets, and prescription fluoride toothpaste that is brushed on before bedtime to help the teeth become more resistant to cavity formation.

Be an advocate for your children’s dental health.  If your orthodontist or dentist is not forthcoming about how their hygiene is going, make sure you ask.  If they are getting poor reports, consider bringing them in for cleanings more often.  Most of all, make sure they are spending the time they need at home.  It takes an average of 10 minutes to brush, floss and waterpick when in full braces!