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Dental Veneers: An Instant Smile Upgrade

24/Jun/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.


24/Jun/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.


24/Jun/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.


24/Jun/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.


24/Jun/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.


24/Jun/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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24/Jun/2017

If you are one of the 45 million Americans who currently wears full or partial dentures, you probably see your prosthetic device as both a blessing and a curse. Dentures serve as replacements for missing teeth, restoring the functionality and appearance of your smile. Your oral health will also improve with the dentures.

Getting used to your new “teeth” can feel frustrating and take some time. During your adjustment, keep these tips in mind:

  • Plan on two to four weeks to get used to speaking with the dentures. Try reading aloud as practice.
  • At first, you may bite your tongue or cheek until you adapt to the prosthetic.
  • Don’t be surprised by increased saliva production or changes in speech.
  • Chewing with the dentures can be challenging. Start with a diet of liquids or soft foods that you can easily chew.
  • During meals, cut food into small pieces and take your time.
  • To keep your denture balanced while you eat, put even amounts of food on each side of your mouth.
  • Avoid sticky foods.
  • Make sure to wear your denture every day.
  • While your mouth adjusts to the dental appliance and the gums firm up, sore spots may develop.
  • If you think your denture needs adjusting, contact your dentist. Don’t make adjustments yourself.
  • Treat your dentures as you would your natural teeth. Check with your dentist’s office for proper home care instructions and follow them diligently.

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24/Jun/2017

Most people don’t worry if their children get a cavity or two. Unfortunately, tooth decay can have an impact on can impact, development, nutrition, and behavior. Identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a silent epidemic, tooth decay occurs five times more often in children than asthma. By kindergarten, 40 percent of kids will have developed cavities.

During difficult financial times, such as the ones our country has recently faced, families have to prioritize their spending and dental care is often seen as optional. For infants and children, dental checkups are an important component of overall health. Because tooth nerves are close to the blood supply, tooth infections can quickly and easily spread, which can lead to serious complications.

Other issues can also arise. When children have pain from cavities, they may eat less, increasing the risk for malnutrition. If kids are malnourished, they can have difficulty learning. Sometimes, parents mistakenly believe baby teeth don’t matter, but that’s not the case. If early teeth are lost too soon, permanent teeth can come in at the wrong time and in the wrong location, creating future orthodontic problems.

These tips will help you keep your child’s smile healthy and strong:

  • Schedule a first exam between ages one and three. Make regular checkup appointments twice a year after that.
  • Start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as the first one erupts.
  • Limit sticky, starchy, and sweet foods.
  • Select healthy snacks like fruits, vegetables, and cheese.
  • Talk with your dentist about applying a fluoride varnish to protect teeth.

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24/Jun/2017

When you have a cavity, your dentist will remove the decay and repair the remaining tooth structure. Typically, a dental filling is the choice for restoring your smile. Your dentist has two options: an amalgam or composite filling. Learn more about filling basics so that you can make an informed decision about your oral health.

Amalgam Fillings
Metal fillings have been used for years to fix a tooth with that has a cavity. Less expensive than the composite fillings, amalgams offer durability, especially for back teeth. Mercury is a component of amalgam fillings, however, and questions have arisen about whether these fillings can contribute to mercury overexposure. Amalgam fillings also tend to look dark or gray with time, which can detract from your smile’s appearance. Wear and tear can cause amalgams to crack or leak, producing new decay in and around the damaged filling.

Composite Fillings
Initially, composite fillings were used for individuals who worried about the impact of metal fillings on their white smiles. Because the mercury in amalgam fillings has come under fire for contributing to potential health issues, many dentists have begun using only composite fillings. In fact, all-white fillings are becoming the standard in dental care.

Created to match your natural tooth coloring, composite fillings provide additional benefits as well. These restorations allow your dentist to perform a more conservative repair and leave more healthy tooth structure in place. Because all-white fillings bond to the tooth, they won’t change shape or leak over time. Many people have started replacing amalgam fillings with composite alternatives.

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24/Jun/2017

People mistakenly think of heart disease as a man’s disease, but it does affect many women. In fact, heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. New research from the University of California, Berkeley has given woman another reason to keep regular dental visits on their calendars.

A study released in October indicates that women who get regular dental care can reduce their risks for strokes, heart attacks, and other cardiovascular problems by one-third. Using data from people ages 44-88 enrolled in the Health and Retirement Study, researchers looked at information regarding nearly 7,000 people from ages 44 to 88. The results did not suggest the same benefits for men.

Data in this study was collected every two years from 1996 to 2004. Over this time, the individuals involved were asked about dental visits as well as whether they had dealt with heart attack, angina, stroke, or congestive heart failure during the prior two years. Any deaths from these cardiovascular problems were also recorded. With this study, researchers were able to show the benefit of routine dental care to a woman’s heart health. As well, the study authors indicated that dental care has the biggest impact if it begins early in the development of cardiovascular disease.

To promote optimal oral health, you should:

  • Brush twice a day
  • Floss regularly
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Keep dentures clean
  • Schedule checkups every six months

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