When Something’s Gotta Give, Don’t Let It Be Your Smile

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Life gets busy for all of us, and at times, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Maybe you’ve been putting off fixing a leaky faucet for as long as you can remember. Lots of things get put on the back burner, but at Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, we urge you not to let your dental care be on of them!

Here are some common dental care shortcuts. Do any of them sound familiar?

  • Rushing Through Brushing: Your teeth deserve at least two minutes of brushing. Slow and methodical beats quick and dirty. Use a process to make sure you get every tooth. Playing one of your favorite two- or three-minute songs may help you go the distance.
  • Only Seeing The Dentist When You Have a Toothache: We hope none of our patients put off evaluations and cleanings. When you feel tooth pain, it may already be a cavity.
  • Neglecting Professional Cleanings: When softer plaque turns to tartar, you can’t clean it away with a toothbrush. Six-month cleanings help get rid of it before it can impair your enamel or irritate your gums.
  • Using Floss Picks Instead of Dental Floss: While it’s better to use a floss pick than to not floss at all, it’s important to know that they can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface. Ordinary string floss is by far the most effective way to floss your teeth.

At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, we want all our patients to have good dental health. People from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to our office for general and restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

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Is Perfect Possible?

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Are you thinking about improving your appearance with a smile makeover? Are you skeptical when you hear promises of a “perfect” or “celebrity” smile? Well, at Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry, so are we.

After all, perfect is a pretty tall order. So, let’s do a reality check, and review two of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures and the results you can expect.

  • Porcelain Veneers can remedy several problems. They can fix chips, cracks, minor tooth misalignment, tooth discoloration, unattractive tooth shape, and disproportionate tooth size. Can a veneer create a perfect tooth? While veneers don’t repair decay, they can turn unappealing teeth into beautiful teeth.
  • Teeth whitening is a non-invasive cosmetic dental treatment that dramatically improves a smile. Many patients are impressed by the amazing results when they leave our practice.

We only recommend teeth whitening for patients who are good candidates. If you have crowns in the front of your mouth, or gums that have receded, conventional teeth whitening may not lighten your smile.

These and other cosmetic dentistry solutions create sensational smiles, at Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry. People from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI also come to us for general and restorative dentistry. Contact us for an appointment today!

Contact Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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Looking for a Long-Term Tooth Whitening Solution?

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Are your teeth yellowish or gray? Have you tried a whitening product without success? Do you have tetracycline stains? At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, we see patients with these problems every day.

The goods news? You don’t have to live with a subpar smile. Porcelain veneers can transform your teeth and create a breathtaking smile that will delight you for years to come.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Veneers are thin shells made from durable, translucent porcelain or composite resin. They are custom-made for each patient and are used to improve the appearance of teeth. Veneers can be made any shade whiter than your remaining teeth.

How is a Veneer Different than a Dental Crown?

Unlike a dental crown, which covers the entire visible portion of a tooth, a veneer covers just the front part of the tooth. When your veneer is affixed to your tooth, your dentist only removes a tiny bit of enamel–unlike a crown, which requires the removal of more tooth structure. Therefore, veneers are the most conservative long-term tooth whitening procedure.

Not only do veneers brighten your teeth, they are also used to repair teeth that are chipped, cracked, or slightly crooked!

How are Dental Veneers Made?

The veneer procedure is similar to that for any restoration. First, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth. Next, a dental technician will use the model to fabricate the veneers, so you can be sure of a custom fit. You will work with your dentist to choose an appropriate color for your skin tone.

Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI offers all the services you need to attain a a breathtaking smile. People from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI come to us for this and other cosmetic dentistry options. If you are looking for a dental team that is informed and prioritizes direct communication, contact us today!

Contact Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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7 Ways Bonding Can Beautify

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Dental bonding is a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure at Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, but there are many patients who don’t know exactly what it is. In this blog post, we explain seven ways dental bonding is used in cosmetic dentistry.

The procedure uses a tooth-colored material that is applied to the teeth while soft, like putty. Next it is hardened with a special light. The material bonds with the tooth, and can be shaped and polished.

Dentists will usually consider the option of bonding when:

  1. Teeth are decayed
  2. Teeth are chipped
  3. Teeth are cracked
  4. There are large spaces between teeth
  5. Gums have receded.
  6. Teeth are uneven
  7. Teeth are discovered

Bonding is often used, along with teeth whitening as part of a total smile makeover. At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, bonding is a versatile cosmetic dentistry procedure. We’ve treated people from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI, who also come to us for general and restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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Does Whitening Toothpaste Work?

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Are your teeth not as bright and white as they used to be? If so, you are not alone! Everyone, it seems, would like to have whiter teeth and a better smile. Teeth whitening at Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, MI may be just what  you need.

Of course, there are plenty of over-the-counter products you might want to try. Any grocery store will have plenty of options in the dental care aisle: every major brand of toothpaste, it seems, offers a whitening version.

Whitening toothpastes work by adding chemical agents that polish and whiten teeth and they do a fairly good job. However, these products can only remove stains that are on the surface. This generally results in whitening by roughly one shade.

Professional whitening, on the other hand, can whiten your teeth up to eight shades. The process is simple: a whitening agent, such as carmabide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide, is applied to the surface of your teeth. The chemical process thoroughly removes stains and leaves you with a smile that looks brand-new!

We offer both take-home trays, which you can do at your convenience, or in-office Zoom!® whitening treatment, which accelerates the process and can leave your smile looking several shades lighter in just one visit.

Professional teeth whitening at Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, MI is just one of our cosmetic dentistry options. People throughout Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI also come to us for general dentistry and dental implantsContact us today!

Contact Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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Are All Clear Aligners Alike?

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If you are researching orthodontics, you have probably heard about clear aligners. But with all the brands available how are you supposed to know which one is the best for you? At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, we can only vouch for one option: Invisalign® clear braces.

Consisting of the most advanced clear braces in the industry, Invisalign® offers several advantages over traditional metal braces. For one thing, they’re nearly invisible!

Millions of people have aligned their teeth with Invisalign® in the past, and it has become a mainstay in cosmetic dentistry. We’re here to help with your research.

The Invisalign Process

Invisalign® pioneered clear aligner orthodontics in 1997, and has has shaped more than 6 million smiles throughout the world. This advanced technology uses proprietary and unique virtual modeling software to create durable, versatile custom aligners, formed specifically for your teeth.

First, you’ll start with a consultation where we will take photos and review them with you. We will work with you to determine which Invisalign® treatment plan will work best for your teeth, lifestyle, and dental goals. Then, we schedule you for a records appointment to scan your teeth and take a panograph x-ray to send to Invisalign®. They will use the records to manufacture aligners that are unique to your smile and your needs.

It’s important to note that you will never be left on your own to figure out what step is next. Our team will be with you every step of the way, advising on how best to maintain your aligners and follow the steps of your orthodontic journey. If you stick to the guidelines set out during your consult, you should be ready to enjoy your straighter, healthier smile.

The Benefits of Invisalign®

  • More consistent aesthetics
  • Healthier teeth that are easier to clean
  • No metal
  • Removable aligners make is easier to thoroughly brush and floss.
  • More comfortable than traditional braces
  • Non-invasive process
  • Improve chewing ability
  • Prevent further dental issues

At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, Invisalign® clear braces can reshape and transform your teeth, so you can smile confidently! Patients from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI also come to us for dental implants and general dentistryContact us today!

Contact Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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Why Trust Your Smile to Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry?

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Good dental health means having healthy teeth and gums. Maintaining it is something that you have to work at every day.

It can be a real balancing act: using the right oral care products, your personal oral care habits, and seeing us at Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI at least twice a year.

Your dental health strategy should include:

  1. Daily brushing and flossing. You should brush and floss twice a day. Just before bedtime is especially important, because it cleans out the germs and plaque that build up during the course of the day.
  2. Proper brushing. It’s important not only to brush, but to brush properly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush in a gentle, circular motion along the gum line. Take your time; a minimum of two minutes is recommended. Don’t forget to brush your tongue!
  3. Using fluoridated toothpaste. There are dozens of choices when it comes to toothpaste. Whether you prefer mint flavored or bubble gum, fluoride is the most important consideration. It can help strengthen your teeth and maintain that smile!
  4. Limiting sugary and acidic foods. Acidic fruits, teas, and coffee contributes to enamel erosion. Sugar converts into acid when it’s in your mouth. You don’t have to avoid these foods entirely, but choose carefully and minimize your intake.
  5. Seeing the dentist twice a year. Your daily dental health care habits are essential, but so is the attention and care of a dentist. A professional tooth cleaning alone is worth the trip, but we can also identify issues before they become serious, and treat them.

At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, we see patients from  Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI. Our services include cosmetic dentistry, general dentistrydental implants, and Invisalign orthodonticsContact us today!

Contact Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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Remake Your Smile With Dental Bonding

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Most of us want to have a more beautiful smile. At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, this is a real possibility. Dental bonding can improve your smile in ways you probably never thought possible!

Traditional Dental Bonding

Dr. Eric Hull uses dental bonding to improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, cracked, misaligned, or dull/dark.  When teeth are bonded, a tooth-colored material is applied to the tooth surface and is blended with the natural tooth enamel to provide a strong structural support with a natural appearance.

Composite Dental Bonding

A more conservative form of treatment, we can use composite dental bonding to change the color, improve the shape, and shift the contours of your teeth. Different shades and colors of composites are used, including some translucent ones to create a natural looking smile in as little as one visit.

If you’re looking for quality cosmetic dentistry and a focus on patient comfort, look no further than Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI. Patients from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford also come to us for general dentistryContact us today!

Contact Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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Which Tooth Whitener Works Best?

A beautiful smile can light up a whole room. And since a smile is one of the very first things that other people notice, it can serve you well in any social setting.

If you’d like a brighter smile, professional teeth whitening from Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park can restore your natural beauty.

Everything from the foods we eat to the drinks we consume leave their mark on the surface of our teeth. Things like blueberries and red wine are especially known for leaving stains. Factor in the accumulation of plaque and tartar, and it’s easy to understand why teeth dull over time.

Having your teeth whitened professionally can be a huge boost for your self-confidence. You’ll look younger, and find it easier to make a positive impression on other people. This helps explain why teeth whitening is one of the most in-demand treatments in cosmetic dentistry.

You will love the results you will get from professional whitening. We offer in office Zoom!® whitening and professional home whitening, for your at-home convenience.

Teeth whitening at Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park is safe and effective. We’ve whitened the smiles of patients throughout Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI.  We also help with Invisalign clear braces, family dentistry, and other dental care needs. Please call our office for an appointment today!

Contact Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321

 

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When Style And Oral Health Collide

At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, we focus on cosmetic dentistry and patient-centered dental care. Today, we wanted to talk to you about the potential health benefits that cosmetic dentistry could bring you!

We know that the term ‘cosmetic’ might be fitting, but it can also be misleading. Most cosmetic dentistry procedures actually do double duty! They help you with the aesthetics of your smile and they also improve and maintain your dental health.

Our team has put together this simple list containing the health benefits of procedures that might seem, at first, to be purely cosmetic.

Oral Health Benefits

 

  • Zoom!® teeth whitening not only helps your smile shine brighter; it also helps keep your teeth healthy by removing stains. This strengthens your enamel and keeps your gums clean.
  • Porcelain veneers might be our most popular cosmetic option, but, in addition to the improvement of aesthetic smile consistency, they can protect the front of your teeth and create long-lasting, structural support for your jaw and teeth.
  • Invisalign® Clear Braces can correct smiles in need of some restructuring. In addition to giving you a red-carpet smile, these help keep your teeth and jaw lined-up and prevent overcrowding, allowing you to easily clean your teeth.
  • Chipped tooth repair can be crucial to your dental health. A cracked or broken tooth that has been repaired helps build a healthy oral ecosystem and keeps your other teeth healthy, too.

Cosmetic dentistry is where oral health and style combine. At Eric Hull DDS Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park MI, we serve  patients from Ada, Belmont, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, who come to us for these and other cosmetic options, as well as restorative and implant dentistryContact us today to find out how you can look and feel healthier!

Contact Eric Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

616-784-2377

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan
49321