Dr. James C. DeFinnis's Dental Blog

Wilkes Barre Family Dentist Dr. James C. DeFinnis

Veneers for a Beautiful Smile

There are many cosmetic dental solutions for people who want to have that perfect smile. One of them is veneers. They are thin, customized shells made of materials that are colored similarly to natural teeth. Their purpose is to cover the front surface of the teeth for an improved appearance.

Dental veneers are used for problems like teeth discoloration, wear, chipping, breaks, misalignment, and gaps. These don’t just pose aesthetic problems but may also lead to worse problems in oral health. Continue reading


March 23, 2015 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, General Dentistry, Oral Hygiene | , , , | Leave a comment

The Latest Trends in Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry has become a popular trend amongst many people in need of better-looking smiles. Thanks to it, there is no need to suffer from crooked or damaged teeth. Thanks to recent innovations in this field of dentistry, in turn, these people will be able to achieve a great smile in the most natural way. Continue reading

February 12, 2015 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Cosmetic Dentistry, General Dentistry | , , , | Leave a comment

Dangers of Do-It-Yourself Teeth Whitening

backmountainEveryone wants to achieve a sparkling-white set of teeth like their favorite celebrities, and some would even go to great lengths just to achieve it. Whitening your own teeth might seem cheaper and more practical than having to go to the dentist, but there are repercussions that could follow, which can result in your teeth becoming more damaged. Even some dentists agree that do-it-yourself teeth whitening can make your chompers look brownish or dirty white instead of really white. Continue reading

January 8, 2015 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry, Oral Hygiene | , , , , | Leave a comment

Cover Up: Veneers for Chipped Teeth

BackMountainDentalIt doesn’t take a lot to chip teeth, especially if you live a particularly active lifestyle. Even if you don’t, though, some of the everyday things you do could chip away at your pearly whites. Some food, like nuts, taco shells, and raw carrots, can be too hard for teeth to handle. 

One of the best solutions for damaged teeth is dental veneers. These thin pieces of porcelain or composite resin are designed to bond with your teeth and restore their appearance. They can also protect chipped teeth from decay or infections. Continue reading

October 23, 2014 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Cosmetic Dentistry, General Dentistry | , , , , | Leave a comment

A Look at In-office and At-Home Teeth Whitening

BackMountainDentalUnfortunately, your teeth’s pearly white color can fade away. Food, drinks, and nicotine (if you smoke) can leave intrinsic and extrinsic stains that will make you teeth look yellowish or grayish. Intrinsic stains are those that are stuck in the pores of the teeth’s enamel, while extrinsic stains adhere only on teeth’s surfaces.

Extrinsic stains may be removed by over-the-counter non-bleaching products that can be applied at home. These products contain chemicals that can dislodge stains as they thicken and before they form plaque. However, they are not potent enough to extract the stains embedded deep within the enamel. In such cases, in-office dental bleaching is needed, making use of peroxide to get rid of the stains. Continue reading

September 25, 2014 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry, Oral Hygiene | , , , , | Leave a comment

Want George Clooney’s Amazing Smile? Visit a Dentist in Dallas, PA

If there’s one thing that’s a prerequisite for making it big on the Hollywood red carpet, it’s having a brilliant smile. Great smiles abound among today’s celebrities, but perhaps the most striking of the bunch is the one George Clooney so willingly puts on display.

In surveys of who has the best smile in Hollywood, George Clooney has consistently won out above everyone else. In fact, the Huffington Post published an article last year that proclaimed “George Clooney’s Smile Is Known To Reduce Stress, Induce Labors, And Advance World Peace.”


September 1, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Boosting Confidence with Cosmetic Dentistry

A recent study from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry revealed that about 99.7% of Americans believe that smile is an important asset. A pretty and perfect smile boosts a person’s self-esteem. Today, with better dental technologies, there are more ways than ever to get your fix for a perfect smile from your dentist. Here are some dental procedures that you may need that could help boost your self-confidence:


Bleaching is one of the most popular teeth-whitening processes. Discoloration of teeth commonly occurs from certain food intake, smoking, and for some, from a certain hereditary disorder that affects teeth. Bleaching helps remove teeth stain.


Bonding is the process where a tooth-colored material made out of composite resin plastic is used to fill the gaps on the teeth. Though it only requires a single visit, bonding can last for years. Like natural teeth, however, it can discolor.


A crown covers a damaged tooth and shaped according to the desired normal form and appearance. Crowns are often used to restore a broken or decayed tooth or cover a large filling. They may be made of porcelain, ceramic, glass, or gold alloy.


Veneers are the more expensive alternative to crowns. They are made of porcelain or plastic and used to treat misshapen, uneven, and crooked teeth. Often they are custom-made.

Contouring and reshaping

Tooth contouring is used to shape crooked, chipped, or irregularly shaped or overlapping teeth. This procedure is used to change the length, shape and position of the teeth. Patients who undergo this procedure actually have healthy teeth.

August 27, 2014 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Cosmetic Dentistry, General Dentistry, Oral Hygiene | , , , | Leave a comment

Why Having White Teeth is Important

Having white teeth is probably one of the most coveted physical assets people want to get as glistening white teeth makes them more attractive and can boost their confidence. But is there a deeper purpose for people to actually want a set of pearly whites? Apparently, there is and the reason goes beyond beauty and aesthetics.

According to the American Dental Association, the human mouth is a window into the health of the body. The condition of the teeth can reflect signs of nutritional deficiencies or general infection that may lead to systemic diseases that could also cause mouth lesions and other oral problems. A set of white teeth, in medical sense, is a sign of good health. Continue reading

July 22, 2014 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Bruxism, Cavities, Children's Dental Care, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, Emergency Dentistry, Family Dentistry, General Dentistry, Healthy Living, Just for Fun, Missing Teeth, Office Technology, Oral Hygiene, Restorative Dentistry, Sedation Dentistry, Tooth Sensitivity, White Fillings | , , | Leave a comment

Cosmetic Dentistry: The Invisalign Process

So you want your teeth to look great and feel right, but you don’t want to spend the better half of a couple of years looking anywhere like the famous James Bond villain Jaws? Don’t despair, invisalign might be the treatment you’re looking for. It’s a clear, removable plastic aligner that nobody will even suspect you’re wearing.BackMountainDental

A Talk with your Dentist

The invisalign process begins with a visit to your local cosmetic dentist. There you will get a consultation where the dentist will identify your need for teeth realignment and recommend a treatment for you. If your oral health makes you a good candidate for invisalign, then you will be fitted with one.

Customized Treatment

Your dentist will not only fashion a custom invisalign that perfectly fits your teeth, but he will also offer you personalized treatment suited to your needs. A machine will take 3D images of your teeth for fitting, and the dentist will determine how often you will have to change your invisalign for an improved one.

The Aligners

Invisalign is made of clear and comfortable plastic, so you won’t have to worry about it irritating your gums. You can even remove it should it be too awkward to eat with, a practical function that conventional braces simply couldn’t provide. You will have to change your aligner after every few weeks until your ideal dental structure is achieved.

June 30, 2014 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Cosmetic Dentistry, General Dentistry | , , , | Leave a comment

The Truth on Teeth Discoloration

Your pearly whites are one of the things that most people notice when you see and talk to them. It’s your crowning glory during social interactions, as people often remember and think more positively about people with bright, white teeth.

However, maintaining a bright smile also has its challenges. Knowing what tarnishes your pearly whites gives you a head start on how to combat the stains that can tinge your teeth. Here are the types of tooth stains you should be familiar with:

Extrinsic stainsBackMountainDental

Extrinsic stains are usually caused by something you ate or drank, and have pigmented materials that attach itself to the outer tooth enamel. Drinking excessive amounts of coffee, soda, wine or tea, and smoking can often instigate these stains. Routine dental cleaning, teeth brushing, flossing and mouth rinsing after having food that can stain the teeth can get rid of extrinsic stains.


Intrinsic stains

Also called deep stains, intrinsic stains affect the inner layer of the tooth enamel and darken the teeth. Too much exposure to fluoride, tetracycline antibiotics, past trauma to the mouth like internal bleeding, and the natural aging process are frequently the reasons for intrinsic stains. Your dentist can apply bleaching agent to significantly whiten your teeth, or can recommend you products to lighten any discolorations. You may also ask your dentist for veneers or crowns to conceal severe stains.


June 27, 2014 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry, Oral Hygiene | , , , | Leave a comment