Dentist Blog

Posts for: November, 2017

November 29, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: CareCredit  

CareCredit is a financing service that you can apply for at your dentist’s office. Dentists who offer this service care about your teeth and carecreditthey also care about helping you get the treatments that you need with reasonable financial terms. This dental financing service is offered at Paul G. Culver, DDS in Brookfield, WI. Find out more about CareCredit and discuss it with Dr. Culver at your next appointment.

What Is CareCredit?
Having a healthy, beautiful smile can be life-changing. It can have a profound effect on your self-esteem and your quality of life. But having your teeth fixed or upgraded can be costly and not every patient can afford to pay for the entire treatment plan all at once. CareCredit is a financing service that makes treatment possible with reasonable terms.

How Does CareCredit Work?
When you're approved for CareCredit, you’ll be given a healthcare credit card to cover the cost of your treatment plan. Each time you visit your certified dentistry for treatment, you’ll use this card to pay for the visit. You’ll make monthly payments for a designated period. The great thing about CareCredit is that you are able to have your nicer smile now, and pay for it in affordable monthly installments over time. Some patients may qualify for no-interest promotional offers if the full balance is paid in full by a designated date.

How to Apply
Your Brookfield, WI dentist will help you with the process of applying for CareCredit to cover your treatment costs. The process is relatively simple and straightforward. Depending on your credit approval, you may qualify for special offers. It is possible to apply with a co-applicant if necessary.

Don’t Let Finances Stop You from Going to the Dentist
If you’ve been avoiding the dentist because of financial concerns, see Dr. Paul Culver in Brookfield, WI to ask about CareCredit. You can get the smile you want this year with reasonable monthly payments. Call (262) 782-1655 today to schedule a smile consultation with Dr. Culver.

By Paul G. Culver, DDS
November 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  

What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Paul G. Culver, DDS
November 09, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   diabetes  

November is National Diabetes Month—a good time to look at the connection between diabetes and oral health. While it’s important for everyone to take care of their teeth and gums, it may be especially important for people with diabetes.

People whose diabetes is not well controlled have a higher risk of infections in the mouth, especially gum disease, also called periodontal disease. Advanced periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss among adults. Not only does diabetes put you at risk of oral health problems, it goes both ways. Periodontal disease can lead to higher blood sugar levels in people with diabetes and may increase the risk of complications such as heart and kidney problems.

But here’s some good news: People who take good care of their teeth and gums may have better blood sugar levels and, conversely, better blood sugar levels generally result in better gum health. Many people successfully avoid complications of diabetes by taking good care of themselves, including their teeth and gums. Here are some things you can do to help control your diabetes:

  • Eat right, exercise and watch your weight for better blood sugar control.
  • Keep up with your oral hygiene routine at home.
  • Schedule regular dental visits and cleanings.

Better oral health combined with better blood sugar control will reduce your risk of complications from diabetes. Your dental care team can help you maintain the best oral health for better diabetes control.

If you have questions about diabetes and oral health, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Diabetes & Periodontal Disease.”