November 13, 2015
The phrase, “you are what you eat,” or more correctly, “dis-moi ce que tu mange, je te dirai ce que tu es,” was coined in 1826 by Frenchmen, Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. The physician’s words have been used for more than a century to point to the biological imperative that oral and overall health are dictated in large part by nutrients absorbed from the food we eat. When it comes to oral health, food not only provides the nutrients necessary to maintain health, they can also be a delivery system for acids and sugars that damage teeth. Maintaining a balanced diet may be the difference between a lifetime of naturally beautiful smiles, and one filled with dental damage. Preventive dentistry appointments and at-home visits may not be enough to keep teeth healthy for patients who consume a high sugar or acidic diet.
September 24, 2015
While root canals have gotten a bad reputation for being painful and unpleasant, the underlying cause of the pain is the root canal infection. Not the procedure. In fact, many patients who receive root canal treatment report feeling significant pain relief almost immediately after root canal therapy. If you’re experiencing pain you believe may be related to an infection of the root canal, call the Flint, MI dental team at the practice of Chitra P. Naik, DMD.
June 17, 2015
No matter what you look like, there’s probably something about yourself you wish was different. Longer legs, straighter hair, greener eyes. If the thing you want to change is your smile, maybe it’s time you did. Thanks to innovations in cosmetic dentistry, a brilliant smile isn’t just for movie stars. Whatever your dental esthetic needs, Dr. Chitra Naik will work to give you the smile you want. Chipped, cracked, stained or missing teeth, at our convenient Flint, MI office, we can put a celebrity smile on your face. Call to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation today.
Why Dr. Naik
Dr. Naik has 20 years of experience serving the Flint, MI community. With years of dental experience and training, Dr. Naik offers all of the services available at larger dental practices in a warm, welcoming setting. We get to know each of our patients personally so we can support their oral health goals and provide them superior care. At your two annual checkups, Dr. Naik takes the time to ensure you are getting the most out of your dental health care. Screenings for bruxism, gum disease, TMJ, and oral cancer ensure your continued whole mouth health. Our office believes that all dentistry is cosmetic. Your smile is the first thing many people see, and it should be beautiful. Our preventive and restorative dentistry services will correct not just dental function, but also dental esthetics.
Cosmetic Dentistry Services
In order to offer her patients the highest level of dental care, Dr. Naik provides a full range of cosmetic dentistry services to beautify your smile. When we feel good about ourselves, our health improves. There is scientific research that shows self-confident people have more energy, take fewer sick days from work or school, and are at a reduced risk for high blood pressure, cholesterol and stroke. It’s important that you feel good about yourself from the inside out, but it never hurts to start with a smile. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of reading If You Give a Mouse a Cookie or other such circular tales, you know that actions can have a ripple effect. Maybe if you’re happy with your smile, you’ll smile more. If you smile more, maybe you’ll be happier. If you’re happier, maybe you’ll feel better about yourself, and so on and son on. If you want to achieve a brilliant smile despite any cracked, chipped, crooked or missing teeth, we have cosmetic dentistry options to put a smile on your face, and maybe make you smile more which might make you happier.
Our cosmetic dentistry services include:
Teeth Whitening – We offer both in office and at home options for your convenience.
Porcelain Veneers – A minimally invasive option to restore your smile without extensive restoration.
Bonding and Shaping – The perfect choice if you want to cover minor cracks or discoloration in your smile.
During a cosmetic dentistry consultation, Dr. Naik will examine your teeth, and desk what your cosmetic goals are. You will work with her one on one to develop a smile makeover plan that fits your schedule and budget and leaves you with a beautiful smile.
For More Information
If you want to find out more about our excellent cosmetic dentistry services, or any of dental health care treatments we offer, call to schedule an appointment today. You don’t have to live with a smile you don’t love. Let Dr. Naik give you a smile you’ll love for life. Our Flint, MI office welcomes patients from surrounding areas including Grand Blanc, Burton, Mount Morris, Clio, and Swartz Creek.
April 15, 2015
If it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words, then it’s doubly true for a beautiful smile. It’s the first thing that people notice about you, and it’s often the feature that leaves the most memorable impression. If your teeth are marred by aesthetic imperfections, however, you may feel less inclined to share your smile with those around you. At the Flint, MI dental office of Dr. Chitra P. Naik, you’ll find an all-encompassing range of cosmetic dentistry solutions, each designed with your most radiant smile in mind.
The Confident, Beautiful Smile You Deserve
One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry solutions is professional teeth whitening. While it’s easy enough to find generic whitening kits at your local pharmacy or grocery store, these over-the-counter products lack the whitening power needed to eliminate persistent stains. Most tooth discoloration is caused by dark foods and beverages, though other sources of stains include tobacco and certain medications. With both in-office and take-home teeth whitening, Dr. Naik can help you erase years from your smile in a way that fits your lifestyle.
For problems like chips, cracks, gaps, and uneven spacing, Dr. Naik may recommend porcelain veneers. These ultra-thin, stain-resistant layers of dental porcelain are meticulously crafted to look and feel just like your natural teeth. They are carefully placed over your existing teeth in order to mask a variety of cosmetic concerns all at once. The porcelain veneers process typically takes only two to three visits to our office, so you can begin enjoying your luminous new smile faster than ever.
Because dark amalgam fillings can detract from anyone’s smile, Dr. Naik is happy to offer posterior and anterior tooth-colored fillings as an alternative. These composite resin restorations are carefully shaded to perfectly match the color of your tooth enamel, promoting a completely natural appearance.
If a gap between two of your teeth (typically the two upper teeth) causes you embarrassment, we can help with a treatment solution known as diastema closure. This cosmetic bonding procedure can completely transform your smile, making you look more sophisticated and professional in just one visit to our office.
Transform Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry
Whether you are seeking a brighter smile with teeth whitening or you’re interested in transforming the appearance of your teeth with veneers, Dr. Naik is your trusted source for cosmetic dentistry solutions in Flint, MI and the surrounding areas. Contact our office today to learn more and to schedule your consultation with our team. We sincerely look forward to realizing your dream of a gorgeous smile and the confidence that comes with it. We happily welcome patients from throughout Flint, MI and the surrounding areas, including Grand Blanc, Burton, Mount Morris, Clio, Swartz Creek, and beyond.
June 15, 2014
For many years, dental cavities were treated with amalgam fillings, commonly known as “silver” or “metal” fillings. Today, however, modern dental technology and advanced science have made it possible to utilize much more sophisticated materials in the treatment of tooth decay. At the Flint, MI dental practice of Dr. Chitra P. Naik, we offer a variety of restorative dental solutions to help keep our patients’ smiles looking and feeling their best, including composite resin tooth-colored fillings.
The Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Though tooth enamel is the hardest natural substance in the human body, it is still susceptible to considerable damage due to decay. A dental filling is placed to repair and protect a damaged tooth after the decayed portion has been treated. Amalgam fillings are comprised of numerous metals, including silver, liquid mercury, tin, and copper. Because of their composition, amalgams can be affected by changes in temperature, thereby making them unideal as compared to a more stable substance like composite resin. Composite resin maintains its size and shape despite temperatures changes, decreasing the chances that a tooth will develop microfractures over time. In addition, composite resin fillings (often simply referred to as tooth-colored fillings) are more aesthetically pleasing, blending in with your smile in a way that looks completely natural.
While it has not yet been definitively proven that the mercury in amalgam fillings poses a health risk, many doctors and patients prefer the certainty afforded by composite resin fillings instead. The biocompatible materials used in these restorations look and feel more natural, and they are completely free of metal. You can rest assured in the knowledge that your dental fillings are 100 percent safe.
Visit Our Dental Practice in Flint, MI Today
Whether you currently have amalgam fillings and you would like to learn more about tooth-colored alternatives or you simply need to schedule your next dental checkup, we are here to help. Contact our office in Flint, MI today and speak with our caring, considerate staff, and discover the difference that our experience, technology, and patient-centric approach can make in your oral health and wellness. Our practice also happily welcomes patients from throughout the surrounding communities, including Ortonville, Flushing, Fenton, Davison, and more.