Smile Makeover: What you need to know

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At Shane McDowell, we know that your smile says it all, and we want you to be able to say it confidently! If your teeth are discolored, crooked, unevenly spaced, too long or short, or worn down, we’ve got solutions for a healthier looking smile today (Just in time for summer!):

Whitening Teeth can become stained for many reasons, from the beverages we drink to smoking or even just from aging. We use a variety of different teeth whitening methods, including Zoom to get your teeth their whitest and brightest! We also have available in-home whitening kits which are easy to use, and achieve great results in 4-6 weeks.

Veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth. Veneers are customized to look like natural teeth, and can be used to fill spaces between teeth, or to cover teeth that are stained, poorly shapes or maybe even crooked. Veneers are a great alternative to braces, and can give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of!

Crowns, also known as caps, are used to restore broken or cracked teeth. We offer a new, metal-free crown that eliminates the unsightly black line you may have seen next to the gym line on older crowns. With newer porcelain covered crowns, these crowns are very natural looking.

Tooth Colored Filling We have all experienced a time when we received a filling, and embarrassingly enough, you could see the silver filling in your mouth. These new tooth-colored restorations look completely natural and typically require that far less of the tooth be removed.

Invisalign New techniques in orthodontia can sometimes align your teeth in as little as ten months! Invasalign is designed to transform your smile without wires, comfortably and less noticeably than traditional braces. Dr. McDowell has advanced training and participates in many hours of post graduating study pertaining to orthodontics and invisible braces, so if you have any questions, please be sure to contact our office.

Bridges A bridge is a dental restoration, also known as a fixed partial denture that is used to replace a missing tooth by joining it permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants. The great part about bridges is that it can reduce your risk of gum disease, and can help correct some bite issues, and perhaps even improve your speech and appearance.

Getting a smile makeover is a lot to decide, and can sometimes be overwhelming.We know that you deserve the smile that you have always dreamed of! Call us today at 239-936-0597 for a consultation, or email us at, and we will help find the right solutions for you!

Take a bite out of teeth stains

If you’ve ever dropped spaghetti sauce, curry or even a popsicle on your clothes while indulging, you may have noticed a powerful shutterstock_115820041stain. The top foods and beverages that stain your clothing also stain your teeth. These stain causing foods and beverages also include candy, berries, colored sauces, soda, sports drinks and coffee. Since the worst culprits not only stain your teeth and can also cause tooth decay, knowing how to counter the effects of teeth stains can help keep your smile pearly white.

Foods that help counteract teeth stains

  • Apples are not only healthy for your diet because they offer soluble fiber and are high in antioxidants, but they also help produce saliva in the mouth which reduces teeth stains over time. Other foods that increase saliva production include cauliflower and cucumbers.
  • Spinach is considered a super food. It is rich in iron and Vitamin A and helps protect teeth from stains by creating a protective film over the teeth when eaten. Leafy vegetables like kale and lettuce also make a great addition to your natural tooth whitening remedies.
  • Cheese. Rich in protein, calcium, phosphorus and it lowers pH levels to help fight against tooth decay and protect teeth.

In addition to eating the right foods to help keep your teeth protected against staining and decay, switching from high-sugar beverages, like soda, to fluoridated water or green tea (without the added sugar) will also make a difference.  While no foods will replace a quality brushing and flossing dental routine, there are also options for those who need an extra tooth whitening boost.

For people who feel their teeth have turned a few shades too yellow or discolored, there are options available at our dental practice, which include Zoom – an in-office process to help get your teeth their whitest in just over an hour. Our in-home teeth whitening kits are also easy to use and can help you achieve results in around 4 to 6 weeks.

If you have questions on teeth whitening options, we are here to help. Call our office at Shane McDowell Dentistry at (239) 936-0597 or visit our website at today.

What do you like most about your smile?

lady smilingEver look at a photo of yourself and think “I wish….” Well, when it comes to your smile, your wish is our command.  Schedule an appointment with us for a Smile Makeover – just tell us what you would like to change, and we’ll discuss the options with you. Here are some of the cosmetic dentistry services we provide to help patients love their smile more:

Invisalign – straighter teeth without the use of braces

Crowns – protect and restore damaged teeth

Tooth colored fillings – fillings that blend with the natural color of your teeth

Bridges – replace missing teeth

Veneers – cover severely stained or damaged teeth

Teeth whitening – restore the teeth’s healthy youthful color

Schedule your appointment for a consultation for your personal Smile Makeover today or visit for more information on cosmetic dentistry and the individual procedures listed above.