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By STEVEN M. ERLANDSON, DDS
March 04, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

What's the best cosmetic dentistry procedure for you? At Dr. Steven Erlandson's office in Grand Forks, ND, you can choose from a wide cosmetic dentistryrange of treatments that safely and effectively brighten, reshape, strengthen, or repair smiles in need of a bit (or a lot) of aesthetic help. Read below to learn more about how we can improve your smile.

The popularity of cosmetic dentistry has grown much more popular in the past few decades, it offers patients in good oral health the chance to feel better and look great every time they smile. The Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry has produced research which shows that Americans value their teeth as personal assets and that the appearance of teeth has major effects on first impressions.

As such, Dr. Erlandson offers cosmetic dentistry choices to his older teen and adult patients at his Grand Forks office. Built on the foundation of healthy teeth, gums, and bone, these treatments make smiles look as attractive and vital as they really are. Your suitability for any treatment is based on your dentist's complete oral evaluation, on X-rays and on your stated aesthetic goals.

What does Dr. Erlandson offer?

He offers innovative services such as:

  • At-home teeth whitening, which brightens teeth discolored from extrinsic stains (from foods, drinks, smoking, and other factors)
  • Porcelain veneers, tooth-shaped shells of high-quality ceramic bonded to the front of teeth which have substantial flaws or stains
  • Composite resin bonding, a tooth-colored putty added to chipped or cracked enamel and then sculpted and hardened for a lifelike repair
  • Orthodontic correction to realign crooked teeth and poor bites for a more attractive smile less prone to decay and gum disease
  • Tooth-colored fillings, which seamlessly restore decay with composite resin

Find out more
Your new smile starts with a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Steven Erlandson. Whether you need a complete smile makeover or just a touch-up service here or there, you'll be very pleased with the results. Please contact the office for your cosmetic dentistry appointment: (701) 772-6581.

By Steven M. Erlandson, DDS
August 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  
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You may be able to slow the aging process with healthy habits but you can’t stop it. Every part of your body will change, including your teeth and gums. And even with great dental hygiene and care, there are at least two aging outcomes you may not be able to avoid: discoloration and tooth wear.

Fortunately though, we have ways to counteract these effects and help you enjoy a much younger-looking smile. These techniques range in complexity and cost, but when tailored to your individual situation they can make a world of difference and restore your confidence in your smile.

Brightening teeth that have yellowed with age can be as simple as undergoing teeth whitening.┬áThe bleaching solution in this procedure (performed in the office or at home with a prescribed kit) can minimize enamel staining built up over the years. It can even be performed with some control over the level of desired brightness. Although whitening isn’t permanent, with proper care and regular touch-ups you can keep your youthful, dazzling smile for some time.

Tooth whitening, however, may not be enough in some cases of discoloration. If so, you can gain a bright new smile with porcelain veneers or crowns. A veneer is a thin layer of tooth-colored material bonded to the front of a tooth; a porcelain crown completely covers a tooth and is usually cemented onto it.

Normal tooth wearing can also affect the appearance of older teeth, making them look shorter and with less rounded edges than younger teeth. Veneers and crowns can be utilized for this problem too, as well as enamel shaping with a dental drill to minimize those sharp edges and project a softer, younger appearance. In extreme cases, surgically reshaping the gums can give teeth a longer and a more natural look.

These are just a few of the ways we can address these two aging problems, as well as others like receding gums. Depending on your situation, it’s quite possible we can help you take years off your smile.

If you would like more information on cosmetic answers to aging teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Steven M. Erlandson, DDS
July 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
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Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By STEVEN M. ERLANDSON, DDS
May 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Not liking how your smile looks? Feeling older than you really are? Are you embarrassed by your teeth? Don't despair. You can smile cosmetic dentistryconfidently and beautifully once again with cosmetic dentistry treatments from Dr. Steven Erlandson in Grand Forks, ND. From improving tooth color to disguising small flaws to total smile makeovers, your professional team can transform your dull smile to a truly dazzling one.

Cosmetic dentistry objectives

Also called smile goals, your cosmetic dentistry objectives tell Dr. Erlandson how you want your smile to change. Specifically, do you want brighter tooth color? Can your gaps and cracks be filled? Are your teeth correctly aligned?

With your desires in mind, Dr. Erlandson will do a comprehensive oral examination, along with digital X-rays and other modern imaging as needed. Then, he'll recommend the services you'll require to meet your goals.

Offered aesthetic services

Professional teeth whitening It brightens stained teeth by several shades. This economical, safe and effective treatment tops the list of most popular aesthetic treatments as outlined by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Composite resin bonding A one-visit service, bonding repairs small enamel defects such as cracks, chips, gaps and uneven tooth shape. Using a tooth-colored putty, your Grand Forks cosmetic dentist remakes selected areas for a seamless finish.

White fillings and porcelain crowns They restore decayed and damaged teeth with lifelike, tooth-colored materials. These restorations look, feel and function like natural tooth enamel.

Porcelain veneers These tooth-shaped shells of fine ceramic cover the front of teeth marred by larger defects such as fractures, intractable stains, odd tooth shape and more. Because this treatment requires some enamel reduction, it is considered permanent.

Total smile makeovers These complex procedures may include orthodontic correction, tooth replacements (such as bridgework, dental implants and dentures) and the other services outlined above. Dr. Erlandson has years of advanced training, including participation in the Spear Study Club; so you know he can deliver renewed smiles to people with extensive congenital, traumatic and cosmetic smile needs.

A new you

Research from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry shows that what people think about your smile translates to an impression of who you are. Make that impression as positive as possible by renewing your smile aesthetics. Contact Dr. Erlandson's office in Grand Forks, ND, for your one-on-one consultation. Call (701) 772-6581.

By Steven M. Erlandson, DDS
December 29, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”