Dowd Family Dentistry
309 McArthur Road
Fayetteville, NC 28311

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Posts for: December, 2014

By Dowd Family Dentistry
December 22, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: whitening  

Whitening toothpaste can work--but it does have its limitations. Here is what you need to know.

Some Whitening Toothpastes are More Effective Than Others

Not all whitening toothpastes are created equally. Most toothpastes contain special chemicals that help to break down stains and remove them from the tooth's surface. However, the amount and potency of these chemicals will vary among brands. Furthermore, some whitening toothpastes may only contain a special blue dye which clings to the teeth and only makes them appear less yellow. For a truly white smile, you will likely need to visit a professional cosmetic dentist in Fayetteville, NC, such as Tracy Dowd Johnson, DDS.

Whitening Toothpastes Take Time to Work

Because whitening toothpastes generally contain weaker chemicals than the ones you would receive by visiting a Fayetteville, NC professional cosmetic dentist, you often have to wait longer to see the effects. This can be frustrating and inconvenient if you have an engagement coming up in the near future or if you would like a beautiful smile today.

Most Whitening Toothpastes Can Only Be Used for a Limited Amount of Time

Whitening toothpastes aren't always gentle on the teeth and gums, and as a result, they should only be used for a short amount of time. Use a whitening toothpaste longer than the manufacturer recommends and you risk irritating your gums or even wearing down your tooth enamel. If your teeth have significant discoloration, this limited window may not be long enough to give you the results you want.

Whitening Toothpastes Will Only Help So Much

Furthermore, whitening toothpastes are only effective on mild surface stains. If your teeth are badly stained or if the stain goes deep enough into your teeth, whitening toothpaste may never provide you with the results you need. Visiting a cosmetic dentist in Fayetteville, NC would be a much better option.

While whitening toothpastes may seem cheap and convenient, if your teeth require more thorough whitening, these small tubes may be little more than a waste of your time. For a beautifully white smile you can be proud to show off, call Tracy Dowd Johnson, DDS instead. Along with her knowledgeable and caring staff, Tracy Dowd Johnson will help you achieve a beautiful and sparkling smile you can be proud to show off.

By Dowd Family Dentistry
December 10, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns  

Dentists commonly use crowns to fix your smile when there are imperfections that can’t be resolved with cleaning or whitening. When a tooth is still strong and sound, but shaped awkwardly, crooked, too small or discolored beyond bleaching, crowns can often be the perfect solution. Learn how Fayetteville cosmetic dentist Dr. Tracy Dowd Johnson, DDS can enhance your already beautiful smile with a dental crown.

Description of a Dental Crown
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped piece of material that is polished and shined to perfection in a laboratory. It’s commonly made of ceramic or porcelain to closely resemble the look of a natural tooth. The crown acts as a covering—it improves the cosmetic appearance of your smile but you maintain the root of your original tooth. When bonded over the existing tooth, it looks like you were born with it. 

The Process of Enhancing Your Smile with a Crown
It takes a few visits to get your finished dental crown. On the first visit your Fayetteville cosmetic dentist must take X-rays and make a mold of your teeth so that the crown can be custom-created to fit your smile. During that visit the dentist may also prepare the surface of the original tooth with his dental tools and provide you with a temporary covering. When the finished crown is ready, you’ll come in for a final appointment to have it bonded with a very strong cement material. The dentist uses his tools to shape your smile to near perfection. Your crown can last for up to 20 years if you take good care of your oral health and maintain regular dental visits.

Personalized Dental Care
Dowd Family Dentistry is committed to “personalized dental care,” and that definitely includes getting you fitted with a custom tooth restoration that you can count on for many years to come. Contact the office today at 910-822-5888 to schedule an appointment with Fayetteville cosmetic dentist Dr. Tracy Dowd Johnson, or visit the practice’s website at for more information.