Jon, 50, had braces in his early twenties, he wore his retainers as instructed for three years and then he was told he no longer needed to wear his retainers. Well his teeth did not remain perfectly straight and over the years they became more and more crowded.

Jon wanted to know his options to straighten his teeth again.

1. Braces.

2. Invisalign, clear plastic aligners that straighten teeth.

3 Bonding of composite filling material or lumineers (porcelain veneers) to reshape and make his teeth look straighter.

Jon felt the Invisalign would be best because he would not be adding filling to his teeth or have braces again.

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While viewing TV personalities, I am struck by how white some of the teeth are on these stars. These repeated images are changing our collective view of what are beautiful smiles. Right or wrong that is what is happening. If you desire more beautiful teeth (which can be the shade you want), you can have it. By working with an experienced cosmetic dentist, all the particulars of shape, color, length, function and durability can be worked out and you can have a smile that will be beautiful, feel natural and last a lifetime.

Call Dr. John W. Johnson, DDS at New Albany Adult Dentistry for more information or to schedule an appointment | (614) 775-9300 or (740)427-2929

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What is good value as it pertains to money and good dental health? What is it worth to chew with your natural teeth? To have dentures that chew or stay put? To have teeth that do not hurt or cut your cheek or tongue? To Smile and not be self conscious? To not have bad breath or gum infection? To Smile and feel good? Only You Know the answers to these Questions, not your family members or friends,YOU. Dentistry can be a great value. A old farmer said to me, “You get what you don’t pay for”.

What are the costs? First there is time, it takes time to care for your teeth and gums. Time with the tooth brush, oral irrigator, tooth pick or dental floss. Time with the dental hygienist to maintain health gums and dentist to repair decayed, broken or missing teeth. And if you thought life was fair, you were wrong, some people need to spend more time to keep their mouth healthy than others. Second it can take money, if you are not genetically blessed or do not spend enough time.

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Diana, did not develop her lateral incisors (these are the teeth next to her two front teeth). At age 14 she had braces moving teeth into their proper place with space created for false lateral incisors. For a few years she worn a retainer with false laterals included, then moved to a removable partial denture. After 27 years of wearing a removable partial denture, which looked natural and felt comfortable, it broke.

Solutions available today:

1. new partial

2. fixed bridge work attached to her central incisors

3. two dental implants with crowns.

1. and 2. do away with the partial.

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Mike, age 45, has multiple broken teeth and excessive wear on all of his teeth. His goal is to stop breaking teeth and keep his teeth for the rest of his life. My goal for Mike is to keep him out of the dentist’s chair.

Solutions for Mike:

1) Achieve proper jaw position and muscle comfort, and restore his mouth in the best position.

2) Restore front teeth to proper length so they can do their job of protecting the back teeth.

3) restore with crowns the broken back teeth so they are strong and will not break again.

4) Wear a Night Guard while sleeping to protect against future wear.

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Mac was very disappointed and discouraged his front bridge was loose and decayed on one of the two supporting teeth. He had lost two of his front teeth on the 2 yard line of the football field at age 18. He had hoped the bridge would out live him. I explained to him 52 years of service was excellent!

His solutions:

1) new bridge

2) Cut off loose portion of bridge and place dental implants and crowns for the missing teeth

3) remove fixed bridge and replace teeth with a removable partial denture.

Mac decided to get a new bridge since the first one had lasted so long and functioned so well.

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Rick has been missing his front four teeth for 30 years, a fixed bridge from right canine to left canine has replaced these teeth for 20 years. The left canine has failed and cannot be saved, thus the bridge fails also. All solutions involve removing the left canine.

Solutions to replace missing teeth

1) removable partial denture

2) fixed bridge

3) Implants with crowns.

Rick chose Implants. Note: implants need a certain amount of bone thickness to hold them in. In Rick’s case his bone had thinned over thirty years of not having teeth, this bone will need to be built up to hold in the implants. (614) 775-9300 or (740)427-2929

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Jeb felt that he looked like a jack-olantern, he was missing nearly every other tooth, some gaps were because he genetically did not develop certain teeth and some teeth were lost due to decay, for a time Jeb did not take care of his teeth be cause he did not like them. Goal: Jeb wants a complete smile & better chewing.

Solution Options:

1) Repair decayed and broken teeth and fill in missing teeth with a removable partial denture.

2) Use fixed bridge work to replace the missing teeth and restore the decayed / broken teeth.

3) Implants with crowns to replace the missing teeth and fillings & crowns to restore the decayed / broken teeth.

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Tom has worn dentures for 27 years, and he has had three sets made over that time. This last set has really gotten loose, the upper drops down frequently when eating or laughing, the lower denture floats around and does not chew well. Goal: Tom wants solid teeth, like when he was 25. Solution: Dental Implants, 8 on the upper jaw and 5 on the lower jaw, which support new teeth anchored in bone.

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Jean was gently told by her best friend that she has bad breath. Her physician suggested she might have Gum Disease and she should have a thorough gum exam by a dentist. She did and was Diagnosed with Advanced Gum Disease. Not all was lost: Jean did 3 things: 1. Had gum therapy preformed, 2. Improved her home-care routine, 3. Had her bite evened out and, rough, broken fillings and teeth restored. Her gums returned to health, no teeth lost and no more bad breath. Success!

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