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By Progressive Dental
April 13, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Having a beautiful smile is important for people's confidence and first impressions. There are many cosmetic dentistry procedures but one of the less invasive and cost-effective is veneers. Drs. Meridith and Barton Hall of Progressive Dental at Domino's Farms in Ann Arbor, MI, provide many services, including veneers.

Why choose dental veneers?

Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that fit on the surface of teeth. Veneers are custom-made so they mimic your natural teeth's shape, color, texture, and alignment.

Veneers make it possible for people to have beautiful smiles by fixing natural teeth's appearance or restoring your beautiful smile after years of coffee drinking or an accident chipping a tooth.

The Benefits of Veneers

If you're unsure of this procedure your Ann Arbor, MI, dentist can tell you about the advantages of veneers.

  1. Porcelain veneers are resistant to staining and because they adhere to dental surfaces, they cover stains and discoloration.
  2. Veneers are custom-made so if you want different shaped teeth, that's a simple fix. Your dentist can have teeth edges rounder or squarer.
  3. The porcelain veneers are made of are strong so that will protect your teeth and less enamel is removed from dental surfaces than with other dental appliances.
  4. Veneers can also reshape teeth for improved symmetry and fix minor spacing and alignment issues. For large gaps, you may need orthotic treatment so consult your dentist first.
  5. This is a cost-effective procedure for people who want to revitalize their smile without breaking the bank.

Steps to Place Porcelain Veneers

Your dentist prepares teeth by removing some enamel off the surface of teeth, then makes an impression using a mold that'll be sent to a lab. You'll be given temporary veneers until your next appointment when permanent veneers are bonded to the surface of teeth. Any adjustments necessary are made over the next few weeks.
 

Are you interested in dental veneers?

Call Drs. Meridith and Barton Hall of Progressive Dental at Domino's Farms in Ann Arbor, MI, at (734) 930-4022 for more information!

By Progressive Dental
April 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Preventive Care  

No one decides to have poor oral health; it happens gradually, often due to neglecting simple practices form the base of basic oral hygiene. Here at Progressive Dental in Ann Arbor, MI, your dentists, Drs. Meridith and Bart Hall, provide preventive care guidance that keeps patients in great health—read on to learn more.

The enemies of your teeth and gums

There are tiny, microscopic pathogens that put your oral health at risk. They're Streptococcus bacteria, and they live in the food residues that cling to your teeth and gums. Brushing and flossing remove these organisms, which is why the American Dental Association (ADA) highly recommends these actions as part of your regular routine, along with a low-sugar diet and ample hydration.

However, the war on gum disease and tooth decay cannot be won alone. You and your family need regular preventive services from our Ann Arbor office. After all, without routine hygienic cleanings, X-rays, and examinations, tooth decay and gum disease remain hidden and untreated.

What you can do

Besides your conscientious at-home care, come to our Ann Arbor office for your cleaning and check-up. Each exam includes a check for decay/gum disease, oral cancer evaluation, an inspection of any dental restorations, and a careful look at jaw joint function/dental bite. Every cleaning also removes the plaque and tartar build-up which can damage your gums and teeth.

Additionally, your dentists will present you with a comprehensive care plan to include your best path to a long-lasting smile. It includes preventive, restorative, and cosmetic treatments.

Common preventive care includes:

  • A cleaning and check-up every six months (or more often if you struggle with gum problems)
  • X-ray imaging according to a set schedule
  • Anti-cavity fluoride treatments to supplement the fluoride in your toothpaste and municipal water supply
  • Plastic sealants (particularly for children's teeth) to protect the chewing surfaces of molars
  • Customized mouth guards to protect your teeth during sports

Learn more

Prevention is the way to go. At Progressive Dental, Drs. Meridith and Bart Hall will partner with you to keep your smile intact and shining for years to come. Contact your dentists at (734) 930-4022.

By Progressive Dental
February 19, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Orthodontic  

Improve your smile, improve your oral health and improve your appearance all at once.

Unfortunately, many people make assumptions about us based on the way we look. So if you have a smile that is a bit crooked or misaligned you may feel embarrassed to smile around friends, colleagues, coworkers or fellow students. Our Ann Arbor, MI, dentists Drs. Meridith and Bart Hall have helped countless patients of all ages get beautifully straight, confident smiles through braces.

Along with the obvious benefit of getting a straighter smile, here are some of the less obvious benefits of getting orthodontic treatment,

Make Chewing Easier

While you might not even realize it, having crooked teeth can make it more challenging to properly chew food. Getting a straighter smile can help make eating everything you love easier, which also means a happier digestive tract.

Prevent Damage

If you are dealing with an overbite, underbite or an all-together misaligned smile then every time you bite down or put pressure on your teeth the force from your jaws isn’t being evenly distributed throughout your smile. This means that some teeth end up taking on more pressure and force than they should. Over time, this leads to excessive wear and tear on teeth, eventually resulting in cracks, chips and fractures.

Reduce Decay Risk

Crooked, twisted or overlapping teeth are also more difficult to keep clean, making it a hospitable environment for food to get trapped between these crevices. By correcting these issues with orthodontic treatment our Ann Arbor family dentists can help you reduce your risk for cavities and gum disease.

Should I get braces?

Since most people don’t end up with perfectly straight teeth, many of them can benefit from braces. Our dental practice makes it easy to get the orthodontic treatment you need based on certain factors including your age, the type of issues you need to fix and your finances. Each orthodontic plan is individualized to meet your needs. While children as young as seven often benefit from undergoing an orthodontic consultation, you are never too old to get braces.

Are you interested in getting braces for you or your child? If so, Progressive Dental in Ann Arbor, MI, can help get your smile where you want it with orthodontic treatment and other dentistry options. Call our office today at (734) 930-4022 to schedule a consultation.

By Progressive Dental
December 23, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants are an efficient and effective way to replace missing teeth. Drs. Meridith and Bart Hall provide patients with dental implants at their Ann Arbor, MI, office to treat this problem.

Dental implants are oral appliances that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. They provide people with a smile that will improve their self-esteem and resolve functional problems.

Missing teeth affect a person's ability to bite, chew and speak, and, in the long run, you may even notice jawbone shrinkage. One of the many advantages of dental appliances is that it prevents this shrinkage, and reinforces the jawbone.

So, what else do you need to know about dental implants?

Your Ann Arbor dentist first places a biocompatible titanium screw in your gums, where the tooth is missing and allows it to fuse with the rest of your jawbone for 3-6 months. You'll need to visit your dentist during those months to ensure all is well and after the implant has bonded, your dentist will insert a screw in the titanium post, put an abutment on the screw and, finally, place a crown that matches the rest of your smile.

You'll walk out of your dentist's office with a healthy rejuvenated smile that can last a lifetime. That's right! If you take care of your dental implants properly, they can last a lifetime. Make sure you brush twice a day and floss daily.

Other preventative measures include maintaining a healthy diet. Avoid sugary food that fuels acid-producing bacteria. The bacterial acid is the cause of decay and gum disease which may lead to serious dental problems.

Are you interested in dental implants? Call the dentists at Progressive Dental, Drs. Meridith and Bart Hall, located in Ann Arbor, MI at (734) 930-4022 for more information.

By Progressive Dental
May 28, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: teeth whitening  

Since you look at your teeth every day in the mirror, you may not notice when the color starts to change or become dull. An Ann Arbor, MI dentist at Progressive Dental will help brighten up with smile quickly with professional teeth whitening. The dentists are committed to cosmetically improving your teeth while also being concerned about your comfort.

When Your Smile Becomes Dull


As much as you love your coffee, tea, Italian dinners with plenty of tomato sauce, and the occasional glass of wine, these substances can do a number on the appearance of your teeth. The enamel becomes darker and duller, gradually over time. This is especially true if you don’t brush or see your dentist for checkups as often as you should. The good news is that food or drink staining usually only effects the outer enamel, so there’s a good chance that it can be bleached by your dentist.

The Bleaching Process


The dental team at Progressive Dental in Ann Arbor, MI uses a teeth whitening system called BOOST to whiten your smile in about an hour. It involves the use of a bleaching agent containing peroxide to remove several shades of stains from your teeth. It is applied to the teeth while the lips and cheeks are retracted for protection. If the tooth discoloration is relatively mild, you will most likely only need one session with your dentist.

White Smile Benefits


If you’re committed to giving your professional or social life a boost, having an off-white smile is simply not enough. A professionally whitened smile comes with the following benefits:

- Feeling more relaxed when in the company of others and when smiling for photos.
- A younger, more refreshed appearance.
- Inspiration to brush, floss, and care for your teeth more consistently to maintain your whiter smile.

Make Your Smile Brighter


If you want to improve the quality of your smile quickly and reliably, consider professional teeth whitening. It won’t take much of your time, yet this simple cosmetic treatment provides significant results. Call (734) 930-4022 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Meridith Hall or Dr. Bart Hall at Progressive Dental in Ann Arbor, MI.





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