March 15, 2015
If you are afraid to flash your pearly whites because of crooked, misshaped, cracked or chipped teeth, your dentist may be able to help with affordable cosmetic dental restoration techniques that really will turn your frown upside down. Invisible braces, dental bonding, dental implants, tooth colored fillings and dental veneers are just a few of the procedures that your dentist may recommend to help improve your smile.
A beautiful smile is the first thing people see when they meet you, and if your smile is less than appealing it could affect your self-esteem. In a recent study, a nice smile was what people found most attractive when it came to members of the opposite sex.
According to the American Dental Association, Dental Veneers also called dental porcelain laminates or porcelain veneers are custom made to fit over the top of your teeth. Made from tooth colored materials Dental Veneers are wafer thin and are bonded directly to the front of your teeth in order to change the length, size, shape, or color.
Dental Veneers can be manufactured out of resin composite materials or porcelain. Porcelain Veneers are designed to resist staining better than resin and actually mimic the reflecting properties of natural light much like your own teeth. Resin veneers are much thinner and require less removal of the surface of your natural tooth. Your dentist will be able to determine what type of Dental Veneer is best for your particular situation.
Dental Veneers usually require three trips to your dentist, which includes a consultation, preparation, and application.
After your initial consultation, your dentist will prepare the tooth or teeth for the Dental Veneer removing about a ½ millimeter of the enamel on the surface of your tooth. Once an impression has been made, it will be sent to a dental lab. This usually takes one to two weeks. If your teeth are unsightly, temporary Dental Veneers may be placed.
When your Dental Veneers are ready to go your dentist will temporarily place the veneer to examine for color and fit. Once satisfied, your Dental Veneers will be permanently bonded to your natural tooth or teeth. After bonding, a special light or laser will be used to harden or cure the veneer. Because of the enamel removal, porcelain veneers are permanent.
For more information regarding Dental Veneers or any other cosmetic dental restoration procedure, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.
January 15, 2015
An attractive smile not only boosts your self-confidence but can also make you more appealing to others. In fact, in a recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 96 percent of those who responded felt that an attractive smile made the person more appealing.
Of course, your dentist explains that good oral health goes beyond your smile. Your mouth is literally the gateway to your entire body meaning that the condition of your teeth and gums will affect your overall health.
Brushing regularly is the first step when it comes to good oral health as it helps remove the bacteria loving food particles, freshens breath, and cleans your teeth. Use a fluoride toothpaste recommended by the American Dental Association and be sure to brush at least two minutes twice each day. If you have a tough time, consider purchasing an electric toothbrush with a built in timer.
Flossing once a day helps to remove the bacteria that your toothbrush can’t get to. Flossing helps prevent gum disease and when you floss before bedtime, you are helping your mouth become less vulnerable to bacteria. When you sleep, your mouth produces less saliva making you more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.
Only your dentist can spot gum disease in its earliest stages. Schedule twice-yearly cleanings and checkups with your dentist. If you are more prone to cavities and gingivitis or periodontal disease, consider seeing your dentist quarterly. In addition, if you have diabetes, cancer or other immune disorders, ask your dentist how often you should schedule appointments.
Examine your mouth regularly checking for any irregularities. If you have a sore that just won’t heal, bleeding or sensitive gums schedule an appointment with your dentist as quickly as possible.
Eating a diet rich in calcium and vitamin C can help boost your immune system. Because your teeth are mostly made up of calcium, dairy foods and other calcium rich foods such as kale and sardines can keep your tooth enamel strong. In addition, vitamin C can help prevent gingivitis as it helps keep your gums healthy.
Avoid sticky and sugary foods and keep starchy foods to a minimum as they can stick to the crevices in your teeth. Bacteria will feed off the sugars while releasing cavity-causing acids. If you must indulge, rinse or brush as soon as you can.
Kick the habit and you are less likely to be diagnosed with gum disease. Your teeth will be noticeable whiter and your breath won’t scare others away if you give up tobacco products.
Your dentist also recommends tooth whitening, dental veneers, and other cosmetic restoration procedures for a healthier and more attractive smile.
For more information regarding cosmetic dental restorations or a total mouth makeover, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.
August 15, 2014
Dental Bonding is a Cosmetic procedure that can improve your smile by filling in gaps or repairing chips and cracks. If your teeth are shorter than you would like, Dental Bonding can also make your teeth appear longer. Your dentist can determine if Dental Bonding will work to repair decayed teeth or whiten discolored teeth. If the roots of your teeth have been exposed because of gum disease, Dental Bonding may be the perfect solution. Unlike Dental Veneers, Dental Bonding can usually be done in one dental appointment. Veneers can sometimes take up to three dental visits.
According to Colgate, there is little preparation required for Dental Bonding. Thankfully, anesthetic is usually not required unless Dental Bonding is being used to replace a silver amalgam filling or repair a cavity.
If your dentist has determined that you are a good candidate for Dental Bonding, a shade guide will be used to select a resin color that closely matches the color of your natural tooth. After a color has been chosen, your dentist will etch or roughen the surface of the tooth or teeth that are to be bonded. Etching allows the resin bonding material to adhere to your tooth or teeth. After your tooth or teeth have been etched, your dentist will apply a conditioning liquid to allow the resin bonding material to adhere directly to your tooth.
Once your dentist has applied the conditioning liquid, a putty like material that matches the color of your teeth will be used before being molded into its desire shape. Much like a sculptor, your dentist will smooth the resin before a laser or light is used to harden or cure the Dental Bonding material. Once the resin has hardened, your dentist will continue to shape and trim before polishing.
Each Dental Bonding application takes between 30 and 60 minutes to complete and is the least expensive Cosmetic Dental Restorative procedure available. Unlike Dental Veneers or Dental Crowns, Dental Bonding is the least invasive as there is little or no enamel removal required.
Dental Bonding is best for small cosmetic procedures as it is not as strong as regular fillings, Dental Veneers or Dental Crowns. If you do have Dental Bonding, your dentist recommends that you never chew on ice or anything else as the bonding material can break or chip.
If you would like more information regarding Dental Bonding, schedule an appointment with your dentist who will be able to determine if you are a good candidate for Dental Bonding.