Archive for the ‘ Cosmetic Dentistry ’ Category

Whitening at Home Versus Professional Whitening

Friday, April 28th, 2017
dental myth

Have you teeth professionally whitened!

One of the first things people notice about you are your teeth, and there are many times when we all wish for a bigger and brighter smile. Whether you have an interview coming up, an event where your picture will be taken, or you just want whiter teeth, it can be tough to decide whether to try doing them at home or getting them professionally whitened. Let’s explore both of the options available to you! (more…)

Are Silver Fillings A Health Risk?

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Tooth color restoration is a great way to get rid of silver filling eyesores.

With tooth colored restoration paving the way for modern cavity fillings, some of you may still have dental amalgam (silver fillings). So why did we make the switch? Over the years, many have raised concerns about mercury components within amalgam filling material. The metal filling mixture includes silver, mercury, tin, copper, and small amounts of zinc, indium, and palladium. For the last 150 years, silver fillings have been used to treat mild to severe cavities and tooth infections. A much less costly alternative to tooth colored restoration, amalgam is still used by some dental practices. Let’s debunk the apparent health risks associated with silver fillings, this week, and explore alternative filling options if you want to play it safe.


Teeth Whitening In the Greater Baltimore Area

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

In-office teeth whitening is more efficient. Schedule an appointment with us today.

The best way to lighten teeth and remove stains and discoloration, teeth whitening is the most popular solution. Unfortunately, it is not a one-time procedure, and whitening needs to be repeated to keep teeth from dulling. Most whitening procedures are conducted by qualified dentists. Let’s explore what you might expect from an in-office tooth whitening procedure.


Is Invisalign Right for You?

Monday, February 29th, 2016
Invisalign braces keep you smiling

Invisalign braces can help get you the smile you want while saving you from the embarrassment metal braces can cause!

When it comes to choosing the right kind of orthodontic care, the majority of people come down to selecting between two choices: traditional braces and Invisalign. As traditional braces have been around for a much longer time, it is understandable why some people would tend to sway towards this option. They believe they can trust the effectiveness of traditional braces and that there must be a reason they are still around after all these years! (more…)

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Friday, December 18th, 2015
Dental implants

Choosing a dental implant can help you get the smile you always wanted!

Many factors can contribute to weak or missing teeth, and there are just as many options to replace them. It is important to discuss dental implants and other types of oral surgery with your dentist, in order to make sure that you have the best care and the best results. If you have missing teeth, dental implants are a popular solution and have many benefits.    (more…)

What are Dental Veneers?

Friday, December 11th, 2015
Dental veneers

Dental veneers help renew your teeth and give you the smile you always wanted.

If you are looking to improve the brightness and pearly white appearance of your smile, ask your cosmetic dentistry about dental veneers. Dental veneers, also referred to as porcelain veneers, are thin ceramic covers which are bonded and fit tightly to your front teeth to imitate the look and feel of natural teeth. Oftentimes, people elect to undergo veneer procedures to replace damaged tooth enamel or brighten their smile and overall appearance. (more…)

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Saturday, December 5th, 2015
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

There are many different types of cosmetic dentistry.

Does your smile embarrass you? If you have stained, broken, or uneven teeth, your Catonsville Dental Care dentist could help. Let’s take a look at cosmetic dentistry and how it can help you get your confidence back. (more…)

Dental Crowns: Function and Materials

Friday, September 11th, 2015
Dental Crowns

Your dental crown is not only for cosmetic appeal, but to help strengthen your tooth!

A dental crown is a cap that is placed over the tooth to help protect it. It is shaped like your regular teeth and is used to not only improve your mouth’s appearance but to save the remaining part of your natural tooth. Your new crown will be cemented into place to fully encase the visible portion of your tooth that is above the gum line. (more…)

Smile Bright with Cosmetic Dentistry

Friday, May 29th, 2015
cosmetic dentistry smile

Cosmetic dentistry is a wonderful way to restore your confidence in your smile.

A bright and beautiful smile can make or break your first impression. Of course, a smile isn’t always a reflection of who you are inside, but when you can smile with confidence, it changes the way you are perceived. Creating a beautiful smile isn’t about making your smile more beautiful for the world; it’s about making you feel more confident and secure. Few people are born with perfect smiles, but with the help of cosmetic dentistry, you can have a smile that radiates health and warmth. (more…)

Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

Friday, February 13th, 2015

tooth-covered-fillingsWhen you think of cavities, you think of little children who have snacked on too many pieces of candy. The reality is, cavities can happen at any age. Your teeth become more fragile as you age, and you are always at risk. While earlier dentistry relied on metal amalgam fillings, technology has made tooth-colored fillings a standard. Tooth-colored fillings aren’t just great for appearances though; they have many health benefits.

In past years, dentists used metal amalgam fillings as the go-to solution for your average cavity. These fillings were created out of a mixture of available metals. Today’s tooth-colored fillings are made of porcelain or composite resins.

The color

Your smile can be your biggest source of confidence when it is white and flawless. It can be your biggest source of insecurity once imperfections are thrown into the mix. Metal amalgam fillings look like you would expect. The dark metal presents a stark contrast to your pearly whites. Porcelain and composite resins on the other hand, are made to match the color of your teeth. Once they are set in place, you won’t even notice they are there. Metal fillings can also stain your teeth over time creating a gray look. This is not a problem you’ll face with tooth-colored fillings.

The method

The structure of the materials used for tooth-colored fillings is more similar to the natural material of your teeth. Whereas metal fillings were placed on top of the tooth as a method of protection, tooth-colored fillings bond to your tooth and actually help to rebuild and strengthen the structure. Even more compelling, in the process of placing a metal filling, a larger amount of healthy tooth can be compromised. Porcelain and composite resin fillings preserve more of your natural tooth’s structure.

Other benefits of tooth-colored fillings

Over the course of a metal filling’s lifespan, the material is subject to expansion and contraction caused by temperature change. As the filling changes, it can create cracks in your tooth. This can be extremely damaging. This is not an issue associated with tooth-colored fillings. On top of that, metal amalgam fillings often contain high levels of toxic compounds like mercury. The unpredictable nature of metal amalgam fillings is troubling to many. Tooth-colored fillings are safer for your teeth and much more predictable over time.

Leiken & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have questions about tooth-colored fillings, or it’s just been a while since you’ve had a cleaning or talked to your dentist, it’s time to make an appointment. You can contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting

Disclaimer: The writer of this article is not a medical professional. Information contained herein has been collected from sources believed to be reliable, and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided here is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care.