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How dental implants from your Norwich, Connecticut, dentist can give you an impressive smile

Do you know about the benefits of dental implants? The truth is, they can give you a smile that is virtually indistinguishable from having implants natural teeth. When you choose dental implants, you are on your way to a beautiful, natural-looking smile that will make you proud to show it off. Dr. Edward Yates at Norwich Aesthetic Dentistry in Norwich, CT, offers dental implants to give you an impressive smile.

If you are missing one tooth, multiple teeth, worn dentures, or partials for a long time, dental implants can give you back your strong, beautiful smile.

These are just a few of the many benefits of dental implants:

  • Natural beauty, because dental implants look just like natural teeth. The implant crown material is light-reflective and looks just like natural tooth enamel.
  • Stability, because dental implants are firmly embedded and surrounded by bone; they will never move around.
  • Convenient, because you never have to take them out; they are a permanent part of your smile.
  • Easy maintenance, because you brush and floss them right along with your natural teeth; dental implants make it easy to have a healthy, beautiful smile.

When you choose dental implants, you are choosing the most successful surgical implant, with a success rate over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.

You deserve to enjoy the many benefits of dental implants. You deserve a beautiful, strong smile that will enhance your looks and your life. To find out more about the benefits of dental implants and other restorative, cosmetic, and preventive dental services, call (860) 889-6445 to get started on your impressive smile with dental implants with Dr. Yates at Norwich Aesthetic Dentistry in Norwich, CT!


ActressEmmaStoneRevealsHowThumbSuckingAffectedHerTeeth

It's no secret that many of Hollywood's brightest stars didn't start out with perfectly aligned, pearly-white teeth. And these days, plenty of celebs are willing to share their stories, showing how dentists help those megawatt smiles shine. In a recent interview with W magazine, Emma Stone, the stunning 28-year-old star of critically-acclaimed films like La La Land and Birdman, explained how orthodontic appliances helped her overcome problems caused by a harmful habit: persistent thumb sucking in childhood.

“I sucked my thumb until I was 11 years old,” she admitted, mischievously adding “It's still so soothing to do it.” Although it may have been comforting, the habit spelled trouble for her bite. “The roof of my mouth is so high-pitched that I had this huge overbite,” she said. “I got this gate when I was in second grade… I had braces, and then they put a gate.”

While her technical terminology isn't quite accurate, Stone is referring to a type of appliance worn in the mouth which dentists call a “tongue crib” or “thumb/finger appliance.” The purpose of these devices is to stop children from engaging in “parafunctional habits” — that is, behaviors like thumb sucking or tongue thrusting, which are unrelated to the normal function of the mouth and can cause serious bite problems. (Other parafunctional habits include nail biting, pencil chewing and teeth grinding.)

When kids develop the habit of regularly pushing the tongue against the front teeth (tongue thrusting) or sucking on an object placed inside the mouth (thumb sucking), the behavior can cause the front teeth to be pushed out of alignment. When the top teeth move forward, the condition is commonly referred to as an overbite. In some cases a more serious situation called an “open bite” may develop, which can be difficult to correct. Here, the top and bottom front teeth do not meet or overlap when the mouth is closed; instead, a vertical gap is left in between.

Orthodontic appliances are often recommended to stop harmful oral habits from causing further misalignment. Most appliances are designed with a block (or gate) that prevents the tongue or finger from pushing on the teeth; this is what the actress mentioned. Normally, when the appliance is worn for a period of months it can be expected to modify the child's behavior. Once the habit has been broken, other appliances like traditional braces or clear aligners can be used to bring the teeth into better alignment.

But in Stone's case, things didn't go so smoothly. “I'd take the gate down and suck my thumb underneath the mouth appliance,” she admitted, “because I was totally ignoring the rule to not suck your thumb while you're trying to straighten out your teeth.” That rule-breaking ended up costing the aspiring star lots of time: she spent a total of 7 years wearing braces.

Fortunately, things worked out for the best for Emma Stone: She now has a brilliant smile and a stellar career — plus a shiny new Golden Globe award! Does your child have a thumb sucking problem or another harmful oral habit? For more information about how to correct it, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “How Thumb Sucking Affects the Bite.”