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Dental Veneers: An Instant Smile Upgrade

22/Oct/2017

If you’re looking for an instant smile upgrade, dental veneers might be your answer. These thin customized shells made of porcelain or resin are used to cover numerous kinds of teeth imperfections. They are bonded to the fronts of your teeth to give you a beautiful smile.

Why do people choose dental veneers for their smiles? The list of benefits is long!

Natural look

Veneers reflect light in the same way as real teeth, making them look very realistic. Their thin width allow them to blend into your smile.

Color

Veneers are custom-made to match the exact shade of white that you desire. You and your dentist can work together to match your natural tooth shade, or to choose a brighter color that whitens your smile.

Durability

Veneers can last for ten years or longer with proper care. Once bonded onto your teeth, they are quite strong if you avoid doing things like biting into hard foods.

Versatility

Dental veneers hide nearly every cosmetic tooth flaw that you might have. Discolorations, chips, cracks, gaps, misalignment and more can all be covered. Veneers can even give your teeth a new shape and size if desired.

Functionality

Veneers can strengthen teeth that are cracked, fractured or chipped. This can improve your teeth’s function at the same time as transforming their appearance.

Stain resistance

Porcelain and resin both resist stains so that you can expect your veneers to remain the same color as when you got them. However, it’s smart to avoid consuming items that are known staining culprits.

Speed

It may take a week or longer to create your personalized veneers in a dental lab, but the actual process of applying them takes only about an hour.

Ease on teeth

Very little of your natural tooth must be removed in order to place veneers. The nerves of your teeth should remain unaffected, decreasing the risk of sensitivity.

Recovery

You can return to your normal routine as soon as your veneers have been placed, as there is no period of recovery or adjustment needed.

Maintenance

Veneers do not require any kind of special maintenance. You can just continue with your normal brushing and flossing routines.


22/Oct/2017

When scheduling routine dental care, you would be wise to consider making your appointments with a qualified family dentist. A family dentist is trained to not only treat adults, but also the very youngest members of your family. The ability of a family dentist to treat every age group makes the job of keeping your family’s teeth healthy easy and convenient.

An experienced family dentist provides a wide variety of services, including:

  • Bi-annual check-ups, x-rays, and professional cleaning
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Oral cancer screenings
  • Gum disease therapies
  • Cosmetic dental services
  • Cavity treatment
  • Orthodontics

Because this type of dentist gets to know your entire family, every member can enjoy a safe, warm, and familiar environment. Many family dental practices offer an array of amenities to make even the youngest child feel comfortable. Video games in the waiting room, televisions with movies in the exam rooms, and treats for a successful visit are all perks to help your children enjoy a stress-free dental visit.

A family dentist is also trained to treat the unique needs of the elder members of your family. Tooth loss and decay, gum recession, gum disease, and dry mouth are all issues with which senior citizens may suffer, and your family dentist is equipped to handle those problems. Advances in dental care mean people are keeping their teeth longer than ever before.

Finding and maintaining a relationship with a qualified family dentist will help ensure the dental health of your entire family and result in a lifetime of healthy smiles.


22/Oct/2017

Root canal therapy is often recommended to restore a damaged or diseased tooth.

While many patients are frightened when they hear “root canal”, there are several tips you can follow to ensure a smooth, complication-free procedure:

  • Consult with your dentist or oral surgeon to find out the available options for sedation. Sedation dentistry is especially helpful if you experience anxiety or fears about your scheduled root canal therapy.
  • Talk to your dentist or oral surgeon about prescribing antibiotics before your root canal procedure. Treating an infected tooth with antibiotics before the therapy can help reduce swelling and encourage healing after the root canal procedure is complete.
  • Discuss with your dentist the option of taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication beginning several days before your scheduled root canal treatment. Taking a medication such as ibuprofen or naproxen before and immediately following root canal therapy will help control pain and reduce swelling.
  • Treat yourself to a healthy, filling meal at least one hour before your root canal procedure. Root canal treatment can take up to three hours, and you may have difficulty eating afterwards until the numbness subsides.
  • Make your scheduled follow-up visits a priority. Keeping your appointments will allow your dentist or oral surgeon to identify any potential problems before they become severe. A root canal treated tooth also requires a crown or filling to keep it healthy and free from fractures.

Your dentist will provide additional before and aftercare instructions for your root canal procedure. By following these tips, along with any recommendations from your dentist, you will have the best chance for a successful procedure. With root canal therapy, you can save your damaged and diseased teeth and return to a healthy smile.


22/Oct/2017

When you have a tooth or multiple teeth with extensive damage, your dentist may recommend a crown or bridge to restore your smile. Most of the time these restorations provide complete and successful results, but occasionally problems arise.

Tooth decay

Good hygiene is imperative after a crown or bridge because plaque can build up in the area where the tooth and crown meet. Your crown can’t decay, but your tooth still can. Follow your dentist’s instructions for proper brushing, flossing, and fluoride use.

Gum disease

Plaque buildup around a crown can cause gum disease called gingivitis, and if untreated advance to periodontitis.

Chipping or breaking

Crowns and bridges are susceptible to damage like fracturing or chipping. Many crowns are made of porcelain, which can chip or completely fail. Heavy wear or stress such as teeth grinding can cause this type of damage, as well as an accident like hitting your restoration. Small chips may be repaired with composite filling, but larger damage can mean total replacement.

Incorrect color

When having your crown or bridge made, you can choose from a selection of colors. However, the whitest shade is not advised because it likely won’t match the rest of your smile or it can look fake. Make sure you consider the color carefully or else you’ll be faced with redoing the restoration if you dislike it.

Falling out

Several problems can cause your crown to fall out. The core may fail so that the interior portion of your crown is unable to provide a strong base for the restoration. Less likely, the cement can fail so that the crown simply needs stronger adhesion. Or, the post crown can dislodge so that you’ll see a large post sticking out of your crown. If your crown falls out, be sure to save it for your dentist in case it can be reinserted.

In most circumstances, these problems with your crown or bridge do not occur and you can enjoy a long lifespan with your restoration. If you do notice any of these issues, schedule an appointment with your dentist to ensure optimum oral health.


22/Oct/2017

CEREC crowns are named for CEremic REConstruction. CEREC is a restorative dental treatment resulting from computer assisted design (CAD) and computer assisted manufacturing (CAM). This process was developed in the early 1980s at the University of Zurich by Dr. W.H. Mormann and Dr. M. Brandestini.

The process allows a cosmetic dentist to design, create and place computer-developed tooth restorations in one single dental appointment. With CEREC, there’s no need for a dental lab or multiple visits to the dentist. In use since the mid 1980s, CEREC is rapidly becoming the top-of-the-line choice for tooth restoration.

Because CEREC begins with a digital scan of the mouth, traditional goop-filled molds are not required. These trays are problematic for many patients, especially those with a delicate gag reflex, eliminating the possibility of retching and vomiting during the molding process.

CEREC crowns can help anyone who necessitates a dental crown to complete a root canal treatment or a dental bridge. CEREC allows a crown to be placed the same day as a root canal procedure, alleviating the need for a temporary crown. This can save a great deal of time for a busy patient, and a lot of anxiety for a fearful one.

CEREC teeth are extremely accurate. Because they were created with the help of an optical scan, they are more accurate than most teeth created by hand in a lab. This ensures proper fit and a long life for your crown.

If you have questions about whether or not you can benefit from CEREC technology, talk to your cosmetic dentist about this exciting advancement in dentistry. Find out how CEREC can improve your experience in the dental chair and in the future of your smile.


22/Oct/2017

Have you had your photo taken recently? When was the last time you took a selfie that you thought was perfect? How many times do you wish for a “live action” retouch tool that would follow you around, brightening your smile each time you opened your mouth? If you’ve been unhappy with your smile in photos, there are things you can do to turn toward a more beautiful smile, beginning by talking to a skilled cosmetic dentist.

A cosmetic dentist can address such issues as the color of your teeth, and can provide professional treatments that can lighten your tooth shade by several levels in only a few in-office visits. Utilizing customized trays loaded with light-activated bleaching agents, your cosmetic dentist can ensure that every surface of your tooth is evenly coated, giving you the consistent, bright results you desire.

Tooth length, shape and alignment can be corrected through the use of dental veneers. Dental veneers are applied directly to a tooth or series of teeth, providing an outer layer that is white, straight and pleasing to the eye. Teeth can be reshaped and cracks and chips can be repaired through the use of composite resin material, crafted by hand and hardened and polished to shine like your natural teeth.

If you’re missing a tooth, a dental bridge or dental implant can be the solution. Filling the area where a tooth used to be is very important in order for you to maintain the correct spacing for the rest of your teeth. Without something to fill the gap, the surrounding teeth will begin to collapse into the open space, leading all the teeth in line to begin to shift, similar to dominos.

If you’re unhappy with your smile, find a skilled cosmetic dentist and get to work creating a smile you’ll love in photos for years to come!


22/Oct/2017

If your quality of life has been compromised by tooth loss, dental implants may be the answer to your problem. Missing teeth can affect even the most basic daily activities like speaking and eating. If you are looking for a lifetime replacement for a missing tooth, dental implants should be your first choice for restoration.

A dental implant is an appliance that is affixed to the jaw bone and replaces natural teeth by supporting a crown or fixed denture. Once the implant has been placed, bone forms around the implant to make it a stable anchor for a restoration.

Any patient who is missing natural teeth is considered a candidate for implant placement.

Just a few of the many reasons you should consider dental implants include:

  • Your desire for a durable and long-term restoration
  • Your desire to restore your facial appearance that has been altered by missing teeth
  • Your desire to eat and speak normally

There are many benefits to dental implants. The placement of dental implants does not require any alteration of adjacent teeth, which is ideal as it preserves your natural tooth structure. Dental implants are cleaned the same way as your natural teeth, allowing you to maintain excellent oral health. Once the implant has been placed, you can eat all your favorite foods and speak without worrying about slipping or breaking.

When you replace a missing tooth with a dental implant, you will enjoy the same function, convenience, and natural look as you have with your other teeth. If you are missing teeth, talk to your dentist about the possibility of dental implants to restore your beautiful, healthy smile.


22/Oct/2017

You may have heard the term cosmetic dentistry but have no idea what it really is. As the name suggests, this field of dentistry focuses on the appearance of your smile. The goal is to give you renewed confidence by improving the look of your smile.

The flaws in your smile might be minor, like a small chipped tooth or a slight gap between teeth. Or they might be more noticeable like major discolorations or severely crooked teeth. If the problem is significant in your own eyes, then it’s worth contacting a cosmetic dentist to correct it.

There are many cosmetic dentists practicing today, so finding one who meets your needs shouldn’t be difficult. Once you’ve selected a practice, schedule a consultation so that you can voice your smile concerns and find out ways that it can be improved. Not only will the dentist focus on the appearance of your smile, its functionality and health will also be considered. A cosmetic dentist looks at the big picture as your smile is transformed.

Cosmetic dentistry provides numerous options for improving smiles. Some of the most common treatments include:

  • Porcelain veneers – thin shells that are secured on the fronts of your teeth to hide chips, cracks, stains, gaps and more
  • Dental implants – titanium rod inserted into the jaw to replace a missing tooth root and then covered with a crown on top, providing a very natural and functional tooth replacement
  • Teeth whitening – the most popular of all cosmetic dental treatments, professional teeth whitening tackles stains and can brighten your smile up to ten shades in under an hour
  • Bonding – minor chips and cracks can be repaired by bonding them using composite resin material, and then polished to blend perfectly into your smile
  • Composite fillings – old fillings were often performed using unsightly metal which can now be replaced with tooth-colored resin that is invisible in your smile
  • Invisalign – traditional metal braces may be avoided by wearing clear plastic aligners to move your teeth without the “brace face” appearance during the process

If you are unhappy with your smile, contact a cosmetic dentist today to get your transformation underway.


22/Oct/2017

If you suffer from discolored or stained teeth that have lost their luster, it might be time to visit a qualified cosmetic dentist. Cosmetic dentistry offers a multitude of treatments and procedures to restore the shine to your smile.

Teeth can change colors for many reasons, including trauma, aging, too much fluoride, tobacco use, or exposure to foods and drinks that are known to stain.

Your cosmetic dentist can address the discoloration caused by these offenders in a variety of ways:

  • Professional teeth whitening treats surface stains quickly, leaving you with teeth that are as much as ten shades lighter. With proper care, the results of professional teeth whitening can last a year or more. Use a whitening toothpaste, avoid staining foods and beverages, and refrain from tobacco use to ensure the longest lasting results.
  • Dental veneers are an excellent option for teeth with internal stains that are resistant to professional whitening. A wafer-thin layer of porcelain or composite resin is bonded to the surface of the tooth to cover the darkened tooth underneath. The placement of veneers requires the structure of your natural tooth to be altered, meaning it is a permanent option. With excellent care, veneers can last from ten to twenty years.
  • Composite bonding uses tooth-colored bonding material to cover the surface of a discolored tooth, matching it to the color of the surrounding natural teeth. This treatment is especially good for single teeth that have changed color due to trauma or damage.

With advances in cosmetic dental technology, there is no reason to live life with a dark or dull smile. To find out more about how cosmetic dentistry can brighten your smile, consult with a qualified cosmetic dentist.


22/Oct/2017

From the time we are young, our parents teach us to brush and floss our teeth so that we won’t get cavities. Most people believe certain “facts” about cavities and how they actually develop. Unfortunately, not everything we learn is true.

Take a few minutes to discover what’s true and what’s not about keeping your teeth healthy and strong:

Fact or Fiction: Sugar causes most cavities.
Reality: Actually, this statement is both fact and fiction. The acid produced by bacteria in your mouth is what causes cavities. Eating foods high in carbohydrates increases the bacteria in your mouth, resulting in greater acid production, which leads to a greater chance of tooth decay.

Fact or Fiction: Kids get more cavities than adults.
Reality: In the last 20 years, thanks to fluoride and better preventive care, tooth decay in school-aged children has decreased. On the other hand, senior citizens have seen a rise in the incidents of cavities, possibly because of changes in their mouths that come with aging, including dry mouth and issues with gum health.

Fact or Fiction: You must replace old fillings.
Reality: Most restorations do have a life expectancy, but it depends on a variety of factors such as tooth wear, hygiene habits, and location. Plan to replace an old filling if the restoration breaks down, a cavity develops around the filling, or the tooth fractures.

Fact or Fiction: If I get a cavity, I will know it.
Reality: Because tooth decay starts out small, most people don’t realize they have a problem until the cavity gets bigger and causes damage to the nerve. Routine visits to the dentist enable your doctor to check your mouth and catch small cavities before they create larger oral health issues.

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