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Can You Change The Shape Of Your Teeth?

Dr. Fojas can re-shape your teeth to give you a beautiful smile.

Dr. Fojas can re-shape your teeth to give you a more beautiful smile.

Have you ever wondered whether you could change the shape of your teeth and what options are out there? There are ways to close gaps between your teeth, make your teeth look longer, repair teeth that may be damaged by chips or cracks. These things can be accomplished by re-contouring, veneers, bonding and dental crowns.

Reshaping or recontouring of the teeth, also referred to as stripping, slenderizing, odontoplasty and enameloplasty is accomplished by taking off small amounts of enamel from the teeth. This removal of the enamel can change the tooth’s length and shape of the surface.

Dental porcelain laminates, commonly known as veneers, are a custom-made thin shell that covers the front surface of your teeth. This shell is made of a tooth-colored material that is bonded to your teeth.

Dental bonding uses a tooth-colored resin material that is bonded directly to your tooth’s surface that is hardened with a special light.

Crowns totally cover the entire tooth down to the gum line. They are tooth-shaped caps that are placed directly over the tooth.

If you are interested in any of these procedures call Dr. Fojas’s Westerville, OH dental office to discuss your options further. Dr. Fojas would be happy to advise you on the best approach to solving your cosmetic problem such as durability, chair time, cost, etc.

Dentistry Throughout the Ages: A Worm, A Queen & A Barber Pole

Much of the history of dentistry is pretty intriguing. From the first recorded ‘doctor of the tooth’, Hesy-Re, an Egyptian who lived around 2600 BC; to the father of modern dentistry, Pierre Fauchard, who, in 1728, was the first to apply a jeweler’s enamel over a thin gold plate, to Aristotle, the famous philosopher, who wrote of an ancient form of braces to straighten teeth.

Fun facts from this fascinating dental history – here are a few more:Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 3.01.06 PM

Due to a popular and ancient myth, Queen Elizabeth believed in something called a ‘dental worm’ that burrowed into teeth and caused sharp pain. To combat this ‘worm” she consumed copious amounts of sugar! She was known to have discolored teeth!

During the Tang Dynasty, the first bristle toothbrush was invented in China and was made from stiff hogs hair!

The earliest known example of dental implants is the Maya Civilization. They used sea shells to replace teeth. (implants placed into the bone or, in this case, the mandible).

From the 5th to the 15th century you could have your dental work done by your barber! ‘Barber-surgeons’ could give you the latest style and pull a few teeth while your hair was drying! This combination profession often performed surgery on the battlefield and in their shops. This the reason barber poles are red and white today!

To learn more about dental history visit the American Dental Association and check out the historical facts dentistry has to offer.

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