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Posts for: April, 2016

By Gary Belenski, DDS
April 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

How porcelain veneers can give you a perfect smile

When you watch television and see all the perfect smiles of celebrities, are you filled with envy? Do you want to look like a celebrity, with veneersbeautiful, sparkling white teeth? Well, now you can have the smile you’ve always wanted, with porcelain veneers. Dr. Gary Belenski in Westminster, Colorado wants to introduce you to the magic of porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers are the modern, state-of-the-art way to achieve a perfect smile. They are cosmetically beautiful and because porcelain has a unique translucent quality, your smile will look completely natural. Dr. Belenski wants you to know porcelain veneers can correct many major cosmetic issues including teeth that are:

  • Broken or damaged from injury or trauma
  • Unevenly spaced or gapped due to genetics
  • Chipped, cracked or excessively worn from aging and use
  • Deeply stained from drinking coffee or smoking
  • Heavily discolored from medications like tetracycline

Dr. Belenski wants to tell you about the many advantages of porcelain veneers. When you have a porcelain veneer treatment, you will experience:

  • A permanently beautiful smile that can last for many years
  • A conservative treatment, because minimal tooth surface is removed
  • Consistently white teeth, because porcelain is stain resistant

Your porcelain veneer treatment starts with Dr. Belenski preparing your teeth. He will remove only minimal tooth structure, just enough to accommodate the thickness of the veneers. He will take models of your teeth and send them off to a dental lab. The skilled artisans at the dental lab create your custom veneers out of sparkling porcelain. Dr. Belenski permanently cements your veneers and gives you a new celebrity-perfect smile!

If you want to look like a celebrity it’s time to consider porcelain veneers. You want to have a smile you are proud of, so that when you smile, others smile back! It’s time to call Dr. Gary Belenski in Westminster, Colorado. Get started with your new celebrity look. Call today!


ThreeReasonswhyYourSixYearOldShouldUndergoanOrthodonticCheck

It would seem the best time to turn your attention to orthodontic problems with your child is when their permanent teeth have come in around early puberty. In fact, you should be attentive much earlier at around 6 years of age.

Here are 3 reasons why an early orthodontic evaluation could be beneficial to your child’s dental health.

We may be able to detect the first signs of a malocclusion. Also known as a poor bite, it’s possible for an experienced dentist or orthodontist to notice the beginning of a malocclusion as the permanent teeth start coming in between ages 6 and 12. Crowding of teeth, abnormal space between teeth, crooked, protruding or missing teeth are all signs that the teeth are not or will not be coming in properly and some type of treatment will eventually be necessary to correct it.

We might spot problems with jaw or facial development. Not all malocclusions arise from faulty erupting teeth position: sometimes they’re caused by abnormal development of the jaw and facial structure. For example, an orthodontist can detect if the upper jaw is developing too narrowly, which can create a malocclusion known as a cross bite. The difference in the source of a malocclusion will determine what present or future treatment will be needed.

We can perform “interceptive” treatment. While braces won’t typically be undertaken until the permanent teeth have come in, there are other treatments that can “intercept” a growing problem to eliminate or lessen future treatment needs. Orthodontists may recommend appliances that help guide incoming teeth, coax impacted teeth to come in fully or expand portions of the upper jaw to normal dimensions.

As with other areas of health, the earlier orthodontic problems are found the better the chances of a successful and less interventional outcome. By having your child examined orthodontically you may be saving money and future difficulties.

If you would like more information on when to begin monitoring bite development in your child, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Early Orthodontic Evaluation.”


By Gary Belenski, DDS
April 09, 2016
Category: Oral Health
ActorDavidRamseySaysDontForgettoFloss

Can you have healthy teeth and still have gum disease? Absolutely! And if you don’t believe us, just ask actor David Ramsey. The cast member of TV hits such as Dexter and Arrow said in a recent interview that up to the present day, he has never had a single cavity. Yet at a routine dental visit during his college years, Ramsey’s dentist pointed out how easily his gums bled during the exam. This was an early sign of periodontal (gum) disease, the dentist told him.

“I learned that just because you don’t have cavities, doesn’t mean you don’t have periodontal disease,” Ramsey said.

Apparently, Ramsey had always been very conscientious about brushing his teeth but he never flossed them.

“This isn’t just some strange phenomenon that exists just in my house — a lot of people who brush don’t really floss,” he noted.

Unfortunately, that’s true — and we’d certainly like to change it. So why is flossing so important?

Oral diseases such as tooth decay and periodontal disease often start when dental plaque, a bacteria-laden film that collects on teeth, is allowed to build up. These sticky deposits can harden into a substance called tartar or calculus, which is irritating to the gums and must be removed during a professional teeth cleaning.

Brushing teeth is one way to remove soft plaque, but it is not effective at reaching bacteria or food debris between teeth. That’s where flossing comes in. Floss can fit into spaces that your toothbrush never reaches. In fact, if you don’t floss, you’re leaving about a third to half of your tooth surfaces unclean — and, as David Ramsey found out, that’s a path to periodontal disease.

Since then, however, Ramsey has become a meticulous flosser, and he proudly notes that the long-ago dental appointment “was the last we heard of any type of gum disease.”

Let that be the same for you! Just remember to brush and floss, eat a good diet low in sugar, and come in to the dental office for regular professional cleanings.

If you would like more information on flossing or periodontal disease, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Understanding Gum (Periodontal) Disease.”