Why Choose Porcelain Veneers?

Dr. Kun understands that his patients have a lot of options when searching for cosmetic solutions to common dental problems. There are a lot of choices available to you in and around Whitehall, and finding the right procedure can be tricky.

Obviously, we can’t provide a specific recommendation for your specific needs without a thorough examination. Still, speaking generally, we have found that porcelain veneers are an excellent solution for a number of common cosmetic concerns.

We have seen many patients walk out of our office completely thrilled with the look of their porcelain veneers. And years later, they tell us that their veneers are as strong and practical as they are beautiful.

When are Porcelain Veneers A Good Option?

Of course, the first step to determining if porcelain veneers are right for you is to ask if you have a problem that veneers can actually address. Finding the right tool for the job is as important in dentistry as it is in carpentry.

Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are strongly bonded to your teeth. They can be used to address some of the following concerns:

  • Chipped, cracked or broken teeth
  • Irregularly spaced teeth
  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Stained teeth that don’t respond to conventional teeth whitening methods

Dr. Kun will closely examine your teeth to determine if you’re a good candidate for veneers and if veneers can achieve your stated goals. If they can, we will move on to next steps and begin the veneers process.

The Advantages of Veneers

Veneers aren’t the only option for treating the issues listed above, and, at times, these other options might be right for you. However, in many cases porcelain veneers represent a clear upgrade over other realistic choices.

How? Here are just a few of the advantages of porcelain veneers:

  • Veneers are quite attractive and inconspicuous. It won’t be obvious that you have them, and yet your smile will look bright, white and photogenic.
  • Porcelain veneers are incredibly durable. They’re made from strong porcelain and bonded to your teeth. If properly cared for, porcelain veneers can last for more than a decade.
  • They don’t require any changes in your diet – you can eat all of the foods you love without worrying about damaging your veneers.
  • Finally, while caring for your veneers is important, you don’t have to do anything special or unique to maintain them. Just practice simple dental hygiene: brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss on a daily basis and visit our office every six months or so for a cleaning and check-up.

Again, we can’t say for sure if veneers are right for you until you come in for an examination and a discussion about your goals and concerns. Dr. Kun is committed to listening to you at every step along the way and prioritizing your needs. We will answer your questions, address your concerns and help you determine if porcelain veneers are right for you.

If you live in or around Whitehall, Pennsylvania and you want to learn more about porcelain veneers, please call Dr. Michael E. Kun, DMD today at 610-266-9048 for a consultation and examination.

Explore the Advantages of Fountain of Youth (FOY ®) Dentures

Benefits of FOY DenturesFOY® Dentures are often described as the fountain of youth for denture wearers. They provide many benefits over traditional dentures, which we’ll explore here!

Traditional Dentures Can Make You Look Older

As your teeth wear down with age or you lose teeth due to infection or accident, your face can begin to look shorter and more sunken in because your teeth and jaw are not providing the same facial support structure that they used to. This loss of structure can result in:

  • Folds of skin and tissue around the mouth
  • Jowls hanging below the jawline
  • Hanging skin under the chin (the dreaded turkey neck)

In general, although traditional dentures can restore some of the look and feel of your natural teeth, they do not replace the full height of your natural teeth, which can result in a more compressed face plagued by the signs of aging mentioned about.

FOY® Dentures Can Make You Look Younger

FOY® Dentures are customized to your mouth to give you a comfortable fit in a more natural, youthful position than traditional dentures. Because FOY® Dentures restore the full height of your natural teeth, you can enjoy a younger looking smile than your friends who have opted to replace missing teeth with traditional dentures.

With FOY® Dentures, you may enjoy:

  • The appearance of a stronger jaw with the prevention of a collapsed jaw look
  • The creation of a fuller, more youthful facial appearance
  • The redefined, stronger jaw line
  • The appearance of fuller lips
  • The joy of a more appealing smile

FOY® Dentures Work Differently Than Traditional Dentures

FOY® Dentures are an innovative dental restoration that are designed to provide you with an ideal bite. Your bite is the way your upper and lower jaw and teeth come together. A properly aligned bite will not strain the muscles and ligaments that work in conjunction with your jaw. FOY® Dentures allow your bite to function in a relaxed, natural matter that prevents overexertion.

FOY® Dentures Are Designed with Beauty in Mind

Your personalized fitting for FOY® Dentures is based on adhering to the principles of proportion and balance that give your face its natural beauty. Your customized smile with FOY® Dentures will uniquely suit your appearance.

The Advantages of FOY® Dentures

The many advantages of providing FOY® Dentures for our patients include:

  • An even distribution of the forces involved with wearing dentures, which has the potential to reduce bone loss in the jaw
  • A reduction or elimination of denture pain for denture wearers
  • An improved denture fit for better function, such as chewing, speaking, and smiling
  • A reduction in the appearance of signs of aging, such as jowls, facial folds, and turkey neck
  • A potential elimination of the sunken-in appearance often caused by traditional dentures.

If you live in or around Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and you want to learn more about how FOY® Dentures can change your life, please call Dr. Michael E. Kun, DMD today at 610-266-9048 to schedule your appointment.

Disclaimer: The Denture Fountain of Youth®Services are in no way related to Dr. Sam Muslin’s Exclusive Face Lift Dentistry® treatment.

TMJ Treatments to Alleviate Migraine Headaches

Bethlehem migraine headachesThe only thing better than getting a diagnosis of – and explanation for – your migraine headaches is finally getting treatment for them. It’s always a pleasure for us to help our Bethlehem-area patients find relief from the chronic headaches that have been torturing them for months, if not years.

After diagnosing your TMJ, the next step is to thoroughly evaluate your teeth and jaw to determine just how severe the problem is and map out the proper treatment.

Dr. Kun is trained in neuromuscular dentistry, so he is well-equipped to help you find relief. Our office has the technology and resources to provide you with the migraine headache treatment you need.

We’ll use our advanced technology to find just how misaligned your jaw and bite really are. We can then map out the right alignment – the alignment that will be relaxed and pleasant and remove irritation and excess strain on your temporomandibular joint.

There are a number of ways to realign your jaw and bite while also ensuring you have a beautiful smile you can be proud of. The right course of treatment for you will depend on your specific needs and the severity of your misalignment.

Potential treatment options include:

  • Neuromuscular orthotic device
  • Orthodontic treatments
  • Dental restorations

If you live in or around Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and you want to finally eliminate your migraine headaches, please call Dr. Michael E. Kun, DMD today at 610-266-9048 for an appointment.

How Often Should I Visit the Dentist?

Whitehall dentistKeeping your teeth and gums healthy is obviously a significant priority. And there’s a lot you can do in the comfort of your home to do so. However, these efforts have to be complemented by frequent visits to the dentist’s office.

How often? Generally speaking, dental experts recommend that Americans should visit their dentist at least once every six months.

Every patient is unique, of course, but that twice-a-year recommendation applies to the vast majority of patients. In some cases, such as when you’re suffering from gum disease or other specific conditions, you might need to come to the office more frequently. Dr. Kun will provide you with more specific instructions in such a situation.

Why are such frequent visits necessary? The reality is, no matter how hard you work at dental hygiene and no matter how thoroughly you clean your teeth and gums, there are some limitations to where you can reach and what you can achieve.

By contrast, Dr. Kun is capable of reaching parts of your mouth that are essentially unreachable to you when you’re standing in front of your mirror. In addition, these professional cleanings can remove plaque and tartar buildups that aren’t easily eliminated by brushing and flossing alone. As a result, these dental visits are simply irreplaceable – missing them can have serious effects on your oral health.

If you live in or around Whitehall, Pennsylvania and you need an experienced dentist, please call Dr. Michael E. Kun today at 610-266-9048 for a consultation and examination.

Why Do I Need To Replace Missing Teeth?

Bethlehem dental implantsWe tend to think of missing teeth as a cosmetic problem, and that’s certainly understandable – missing teeth absolutely mar an otherwise beautiful smile. However, what we tell Bethlehem-area patients considering dental implants is that there are serious health hazards associated with lost teeth as well.

If you lose a tooth, you are at a greater risk of suffering:

  • More lost teeth
  • Loss of bone density in the jaw
  • Difficulty eating, speaking and even breathing
  • A “sunken” shape in the facial region
  • Teeth shifting to accommodate the missing tooth
  • TMJ

As you can imagine, these are serious problems. They’re not to be ignored. If you’ve lost a tooth, it’s important you replace it as soon as possible.

And while there are a lot of options for replacing a missing tooth, dental implants are often the best choice available. This is because they do the best job of addressing the problems listed above. Because implants are placed deep within your jawbone, they arrest and reverse the loss of bone density, while their sturdy, durable construction greatly reduces the risk of losing the replacement.

In contrast, dentures, for example, are just adhered to the gum line – there is no “anchor” within the structure of your jaw to act as a replacement tooth root.

Are dental implants right for you? The only way to know for sure is to arrange a consultation and examination with our dentist. But we have found time and again that implants are a wonderful option for patients looking for a durable, inconspicuous tooth replacement.

If you live in or around Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and you’re considering dental implants, please call Dr. Michael E. Kun today at 610-266-9048 for a consultation.

When Should I Consider Sedation Dentistry?

Allentown sedation dentistryDr. Michael E. Kun is one of the few dentists in the Allentown area to offer sedation dentistry (which we also refer to as “relaxation dentistry”). Sedation dentistry is an excellent way of undergoing needed dental work you’ve been putting off for years.

It’s important to understand that sedation dentistry is not for everyone. Sometimes, people ask us about sedation dentistry when it’s really not the right option for them. Many people experience minor nervousness before going to the dentist – this is normal, and while we strive to keep everyone relaxed and in a pleasant state of mind, it’s not a situation that calls for sedation dentistry.

Instead, you should consider sedation dentistry if you suffer from serious, debilitating dental anxiety. How do you know if this is you? One crucial sign of such anxiety is an unwillingness to undergo needed dental work because of a fear of the dentist. If you find yourself so scared of the dentist’s office that you cancel appointments or you decide to just “deal” with pain and discomfort, this is likely dental anxiety.

In such a situation, sedation dentistry is often a perfect solution. We will provide you with safe, proven oral medications you can take before your procedures – these will put you in a pleasant, relaxed state. You’ll be able to undergo the dental work you need.

If you live in or around Allentown, Pennsylvania and you suffer from dental anxiety, sedation dentistry might be an option. Please call, Dr. Michael E. Kun today at 610-266-9048 to learn more.

Causes of Tooth Discoloration

Bethlehem teeth whiteningIf you’re a Bethlehem-area resident considering teeth whitening, the cause of your tooth discoloration might not seem particularly important. After all, you just want white teeth. What does the cause of the discoloration really matter?

Actually, it could matter a great deal. Teeth whitening is a great option most of the time. But in some very specific circumstances, whitening treatments will not be effective. Therefore, it’s important to have a sense of why your teeth have grown discolored.

Common causes of tooth discoloration include:

  • Tobacco use
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Frequent consumption of sodas, wines, juices and other staining beverages
  • Age
  • Disease
  • Genetics
  • Certain medications, such as tetracycline and doxycycline
  • Trauma

In most of those cases, our teeth whitening treatments can have a tremendous effect. However, in some of them – for example, discoloration related to medication use – teeth whitening products are often not effective.

That’s why it’s important to be completely open and up-front about your medical history and medication usage, even if both are a little embarrassing. The more we know about your habits and history, the better equipped we will be to help you achieve your goals.

If you live in or around Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and you have questions about our teeth whitening treatments, please call Dr. Michael E. Kun today at 610-266-9048 to schedule a consultation.

The Dental Implant Process

The dental implant processWe fear what we do not understand. So many of our Lehigh Valley patients don’t know what to expect when they come to our office to talk about dental implants. As such, a key component of our practice is giving you the information you need to be an informed, relaxed, happy patient.

This is particularly important when the subject in question is the process of placing dental implants. People have a lot of fear about this process, fear that is often based on misconceptions and misunderstandings.

With that in mind, here is a brief primer on the dental implant process so you can know what to expect as you begin your journey toward sound oral health:

  • The process begins by thoroughly evaluating your dental health. If you have no active infections, you don’t suffer from gum disease and you have sufficient bone density in your jaw, you’re likely a good candidate for dental implants.
  • After we’ve determined you are a good candidate for dental implants and crafted your implant and replacement tooth, we will place the implant in your jawbone. This procedure ensures your new tooth will have a strong, durable foundation.
  • We wait. Over the next three to six months your jawbone will slowly integrate the implant in a process known as “osseointegration.” The implant will, for all intents and purposes, become a part of your jaw. The process is a bit lengthy, but it’s worth the time investment – your implant will have an incredibly strong and sturdy base.
  • Once osseointegration is complete, we will top your implant with your replacement tooth – usually a porcelain dental crown.

There might be additional steps and office visits in between the points listed above. But this gives you a clear sense of the broad path associated with dental implants. We won’t lie – it requires a significant investment of time. But the end results are worth it.

If you live in or around Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania and you have questions about dental implants, please call Dr. Michael E. Kun, DMD today, at 610-266-9048, to arrange a consultation and examination.

Tips for Maintaining Your Teeth Whitening Results

Teeth whitening in Bethlehem PA

If you undergo teeth whitening in the Bethlehem area from Dr. Kun, you’re almost certainly thrilled with the results. We have seen so many patients walk away from a teeth whitening treatment positively giddy about the bright, white, photogenic smile they can now show off with confidence.

Naturally, then, you’ll want to maintain these results. We understand you want your teeth whitening results to last as long as possible. No teeth whitening treatment lasts forever, but there are some things you can do to increase the duration of your results.

If you want to keep your teeth white for as long as possible, here are some tips:

  • Practice sound dental hygiene. There is really nothing better you can do for your teeth than thoroughly brushing them at least twice a day (preferably right after meals) and flossing on a daily basis. You want to clear off as much of the plaque and food particles from your tooth enamel as possible.
  • Avoid – or at least minimize your consumption of – food and drinks that are known to stain tooth enamel. These include red wine and sodas. And if you do drink soda, make sure to drink it using a straw.
  • If you do eat or drink any of these staining foods and drinks, brush your teeth immediately after. If that’s not possible, you should drink water and rinse as quickly as possible.

Of course, the reality is you can do everything right and still end up with some enamel staining. This is one of the most common cosmetic problems. From time to time you might need a bit of a whitening touch up. Dr. Kun will talk to you about your options and whether or not another procedure might be the right course of action.

If you live in or around Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and you have questions about teeth whitening, please call Dr. Michael E. Kun, DMD today at 610-266-9048.

What Are The Benefits of Invisalign?

Eating during Invisalign treatment in BethlehemOur Bethlehem-area patients in need of orthodontic treatments have a number of options. Part of our job at Dr. Kun’s practice is helping you choose the right option. When it comes to finding the best possible orthodontic adjustment option, many patients wind up choosing Invisalign®, and for good reason.

If you’re unfamiliar with Invisalign®, here are the basics: We will custom craft a set of clear plastic aligners that you will wear whenever you’re not eating. After a couple weeks, you return to our office and swap out your aligners for a new set.

And that’s it. The process is simple, safe and quite pleasant. Many patients choose Invisalign® because it offers a number of benefits, including:

  • An utterly invisible, inconspicuous experience – no one will know you’re wearing Invisalign® aligners
  • The process is much more comfortable than traditional metal braces. You won’t have metal wires poking your cheeks or gums and you won’t have to undergo repeated appointments for tightening of your braces
  • You won’t have to worry about getting food stuck under the wires of your metal braces – you’ll remove your aligners before meal time

As you can see, Invisalign® offers a number of benefits and advantages over traditional metal braces. We’re happy to talk to you about your orthodontic options and help you decide if Invisalign® is right for you.

If you live in or around Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and you have questions about Invisalign®, please call Dr. Michael E. Kun, DMD today at 610-266-9048 for a consultation and examination.