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Dorit Kemsley isn't shy. Best known to fans as an outspoken and sometimes outrageous cast member of the reality show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Kemsley is never reticent about “mixing it up” with fellow castmates or their significant others. Recently, though, she confessed to something that left her less than confident: her smile.

Kemsley has been self-conscious about her smile because her teeth looked noticeably short, worn down from an unconscious habit of grinding her teeth. Although teeth grinding is more common among children (who normally grow out of it by adolescence), it can persist into adulthood, usually from difficulties managing high stress (a likely component in the fashion designer/reality show star's busy life).

Stress-induced teeth grinding can occur during waking hours or, more likely, during deep sleep. The accumulating, long-term effects from the habit can lead not only to worn teeth but to weakened gum support, a high risk of tooth fracture or jaw pain and dysfunction.

So, how do you know if you grind your teeth, especially if it's only happening at night? Typical signs include sore jaws after awaking from sleep, increased tooth pain or sensitivity or, like Kemsley, a noticeable difference in your tooth length. Your family or sleeping partner may also complain about the “skin-crawling” noise you make during the night.

There are ways to lessen the effects of teeth grinding. The first step is to have us verify the underlying cause for the habit. If it's tension from stress, then you might reduce the habit's occurrences by learning better stress management or relaxation techniques through individual counseling, group support or biofeedback therapy. We can also fit you with a mouth guard to wear at night or through the day that reduces the force generated during teeth grinding.

And if you've already experienced accelerated tooth wear like Kemsley with a resultant “small teeth” smile, you might pursue the same solution as the RHOBH star: dental veneers. These thin, life-like wafers of porcelain are custom-made to mask imperfections like chips, staining, slight tooth gaps and, yes, worn teeth.

Veneers are often less expensive and invasive than other cosmetic techniques, yet they can have a transformative effect, as Kemsley's Instagram followers have seen. In conjunction with other dental treatments needed to repair any underlying damage caused by a grinding habit, veneers are an effective fix for the smile you present to the world.

If you suspect you may have a grinding habit, see us for a complete examination. From there, we'll help you protect your teeth and your smile.

If you would like more information on teeth grinding habits and their effects, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Grinding.”

By Jennifer Robb, D.M.D.
October 06, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Are You Interested in Cosmetic Dentistry Services?

Whether you want your teeth straightened or whitened, or if you are looking for a smile makeover, you can trust Lorain family dentist, Dr. Jennifer Robb. She specializes in cosmetic dentistry.

How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Give You a Smile Makeover

Lorain dental patients find that Dr. Robb can improve the appearance of their pearly whites in the following ways:

  • Professional teeth whitening: If you have teeth discoloration out in-office whitening treatment is a quick and effective way to brighten up your smile by up to eight shades. Our treatment will not irritate your gums and can remove intrinsic and extrinsic stains.
  • Dental bonding: Bonding is a great option for eliminating minor imperfections such as small chips or cracks. Dental bonding corrects the flaws and matched the color of your natural teeth.
  • Porcelain veneers: If you would like to conceal larger imperfections such as gaps between the teeth, damaged teeth, tooth misalignment, and misshapen teeth, veneers are the answer. The thin porcelain shells are durable and look perfectly natural.
  • Crowns: If you have a tooth that has more damage than bonding or veneers can fix, a crown might be the answer. For this treatment, some of the tooth enamel is shaved away to make room of a full crown which completely covers the original tooth. The crown will match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth.
  • Invisalign treatment: If you are looking for an orthodontic treatment that is more discreet than traditional braces, Invisalign is the perfect alternative. They are comfortable, easy to use, and practically invisible. They can be used to correct alignment, spacing, over or underbite, and overcrowding.

Dr. Robb’s smile makeovers use individual treatments or a combination of treatments to give you the confident smile you’ve always dreamed of. She can make your smile straighter, whiter, and more even.

If you would like to find out more about cosmetic dentistry services in Lorain, OH call Dr. Robb today on (440) 960-1940 to request an appointment. She will be happy to discuss your options.

By Jennifer Robb, D.M.D.
August 03, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
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Actor Zac Efron has one of the top smiles in a business known for beautiful smiles. Bursting on the scene in 2006 at age 18 in High School Musical, Efron has steadily increased his range of acting roles. He recently starred as Ted Bundy on Netflix, wearing prosthetics to match the notorious serial killer's crooked teeth.

With his growing fame, Efron's attractive smile has become one of his more memorable attributes. But it wasn't always so. Before Hollywood, Efron's smile was less than perfect with small, uneven teeth and a gap between his top front teeth. Before and after pictures, though, make it quite apparent that the actor has undergone a significant smile makeover.

While fans are abuzz on the 411 regarding his dental work, Efron himself has been hush-hush about his smile transformation. We won't join the speculation: Instead, here are a few possible ways you can get a more attractive smile like Zac Efron.

Teeth whitening. A single-visit, non-invasive teeth whitening procedure can transform your dull, stained teeth into a brighter, more attractive smile. Although the effect isn't permanent, it could last a few years with a professional whitening and good oral practices. Having it done professionally also gives you more control over the level of shading you prefer—from soft natural white to dazzling Hollywood bright.

Orthodontics. Like Efron, if your teeth aren't quite in proper alignment, straightening them can make a big difference in your appearance (and your oral health as well). Braces are the tried and true method for moving teeth, but you may also be able to choose clear aligner trays, which are much less noticeable than braces. And don't worry about your age: Anyone with reasonably good dental health can undergo orthodontics.

Bonding. We may be able to correct chips and other slight tooth flaws with durable composite resins. After preparing your tooth and matching the material to your particular color, we apply it directly to your tooth in successive layers. After hardening, the unsightly defect is no more—and your smile is more attractive.

Veneers. Dental veneers are the next step up for more advanced defects. We bond these thin, custom-made layers of dental porcelain to the front of teeth to mask chips, heavy staining and slight tooth gaps. Although we often need to permanently remove a small amount of tooth enamel, veneers are still less invasive than some other restorations. And your before and after could be just as amazing as Zac Efron's.

Improving one's smile isn't reserved for stars like Zac Efron. There are ways to correct just about any dental defect, many of which don't require an A-lister's bank account. With a little dental “magic,” you could transform your smile.

If you would like more information about how to give your smile a boost, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Porcelain Veneers.”

Natural White TeethTooth-colored fillings fix dental decay, but unlike old-fashioned metal fillings, they leave your smile seamlessly restored. Dr. Jennifer Robb, your dentist in Lorain, OH, uses these cosmetic fillings in a variety of treatment situations. If you have a cavity, likely she'll place one in your tooth.

Materials used in tooth-colored fillings

There are a few different materials which are cosmetically pleasing, durable and long-lasting. They bond directly to enamel, are naturally-colored and may be used on the chewing surfaces or cheek-side (buccal) portions of a tooth. They work in interdental spaces as well. Your Lorain dentist will determine which material will work best for your cavity.

Restorative materials include:

  • Composite resin, a flexible, yet strong, blend of plastic (acrylic) and glass particles which mimics natural tooth structure in sheen and color
  • Glass ionomer, a blend of glass and sustained-released fluoride used to restore decay near the gum line, on tooth roots or other areas of the tooth which are not exposed to the strenuous pressures of biting and chewing
  • Porcelain inlays and onlays, or partial crowns, which are formed in the dental lab to restore larger cavities involving the chewing surfaces and cusps, or corners, of larger teeth

All these materials feature a long-shelf life if you take care of your teeth with proper brushing and flossing, six-month cleanings and examinations with Dr. Robb. However, you should avoid hard foods, such as peanut brittle, because these can damage any filling or even dislodge it. Also, people who grind or clench their teeth usually experience excessive enamel wear. If this applies to you, ask Dr. Robb about a bite guard to cushion your teeth and your dental work.

When it's time for a filling...

The American Dental Association says that your dentist is your best ally in the fight against tooth decay. In addition to your diligent oral hygiene routine at home, and your tooth-friendly diet, Dr. Robb will provide you with careful six-month examinations which look for early signs of gum disease, decay, oral cancer and other issues. Your semi-annual cleanings remove the bacteria-filled plaque and tartar which begin cavities in the first place.

Find out more

Modern dentistry has much to offer in terms of preventive, restorative and cosmetic care. Tooth-colored fillings are just one item on a long list of services your family dentist provides so you have your best possible smile. If it's time for your routine check-up and professional cleaning, please call Dr. Robb's office in Lorain, OH, at (440) 960-1940.

By Jennifer Robb, D.M.D.
February 08, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Cosmetic Dentistry ProcedureCosmetic dentistry continues to grow in popularity each year, with more and more dentists acquainting themselves with the necessary procedures to make patients' smiles shine. Below, are a few scenarios in which Dr. Jennifer Robb's Lorain office can help rejuvenate your look!

 

Do you have discolored teeth?

If your smile isn't as white as you'd like it to be, your teeth have likely become stained from coffee, tea, or other foods and beverages. Your Lorain dentist offers an affordable, easy cosmetic solution with an in-office whitening treatment. Unlike over-the-counter bleaching products, which can take months to produce results and require ongoing maintenance, professional whitening treatment from Dr. Jennifer Robb only takes 30 to 45 minutes, offers immediate results, and can last as long as a year!

 

Do you have a chip on the edge of your tooth?

Chips are very common dental injuries, whether it's from overzealously biting down on a piece of hard candy or experiencing a childhood accident. Although a misshapen tooth can be distracting and prevent you from smiling as comfortably as you should, these spaces can be filled in with bonding from our cosmetic dentist. Dr. Robb will carefully sculpt the bonding material into place and use a curing light to harden it. The material will be matched to the color of your teeth and is very durable and long-lasting.

 

Do you have missing teeth?

A missing tooth isn't just unsightly; it makes eating more difficult and can put your other teeth in jeopardy of shifting out of place. All of these problems can be solved with one amazing restoration—a dental implant from our Lorain office. Dental implants aren't just cosmetic, though! They help to stabilize both your jawbone and the rest of your teeth by replicating the structure of a natural tooth. They're designed to be comfortable, permanent, and low-maintenance, making them the best option for restoring your smile.

 

Interested? Give us a call!

For all your dental needs, contact Dr. Jennifer Robb in Lorain, OH, at (440) 960-1940 to schedule an appointment today!