Dental Tips Blog

Oct
16

Enamel Erosion: Do You Know the Signs?

Posted in Veneers

Enamel wear happens slowly and almost imperceptibly. Yet its consequences are too serious to ignore. Despite tooth enamel being the toughest substance in your body, it can rapidly disappear thanks to a few of your favorite foods.

Some common contributors to worn enamel include:

  • Citrus fruits
  • Juice
  • Soda
  • Sports drinks
  • Sweets
  • Simple carbs (think junk food)
  • Aggressive tooth brushing
  • Teeth grinding habit
  • Stomach acids (frequent vomiting or acid reflux)

Here’s what to look for if you think your enamel might be in danger.

Yellowing Teeth

Darkening teeth are often a sign of staining. But a distinct yellow hue can indicate that the enamel has thinned out to reveal more of the dark dentin. You may notice isolated yellow spots in areas exposed to the heaviest wear.

Increased Sensitivity

As you lose enamel, your teeth lose the insulating layer that protects the nerve chamber. Teeth usually become sensitive after losing some enamel.

Flattened Chewing Surfaces

Teeth typically have a variety of bumps and ridges. But if they take on a squared-off look, that means they’re grinding too much against their opposing neighbors.

Translucent Edges

As enamel thins out, the chewing edges of your front teeth may start to look a little clear or bluish. This enamel is very brittle.

White Spots

Also known as areas of decalcification, white spots are very prone to developing decay since the enamel has lost so much strength there. These chalky patches are not reversible and actually need extra protection against cavities.

Treatment Options

Fortunately, there are various treatment options for treating teeth damaged by tooth enamel erosion including bonding, porcelain veneers and crowns.

Plan a smile consultation with your local dentist to find out what you should do to prevent further loss of tooth enamel and to repair teeth with eroded tooth enamel.

Posted on behalf of:
Atlantic Dental Partners
729 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 390-8484

Oct
8

Not Ready to Commit to Veneers? Try Lumineers

Posted in Veneers

Like many other people, you may find yourself hiding your teeth behind your a closed-lipped smile.

Are you ashamed of your teeth? Have you ever wished you could just cover them up?

With the help of dental veneers, you can do just that. Veneers are commonly made of porcelain and they slip right over your front teeth to create a new look.

But, getting veneers is quite the commitment. Your tooth enamel has to be adjusted and prepared so it can fit a new porcelain “glove” without making your teeth feel bulky. If your veneers pop off or get damaged, you’ll have to get them replaced.

Fortunately, Lumineers® is a brand of no-prep veneers that typically eliminates the need for:

  • Numbing shots
  • Enamel prepping and reshaping
  • Temporary veneers

Your Certified Lumineers® Dentist will simply take a mold of your teeth as they are and send it off to a Lumineers® lab. You’ll get back a complete set of all the veneers you need at the same time. After using just a dab of bonding agent on your teeth, your dentist will place your finished restorations. That’s it!

Lumineers® can get away with such little work because they are ultra-thin. They’re so lightweight that you’ll hardly notice them on your teeth. When your dentist places your Lumineers®, they will be carefully adjusted so that they can’t easily chip off.

The best part about Lumineers®? Even though they’ll give you a killer smile in an instant, you can have them removed anytime you wish to go back to your original smile without needing to replace them with something else.

To find out whether Lumineers® are right for you, schedule a smile consultation with your dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Park Slope Dental Arts
506 3rd St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 962-0300

Sep
22

Which Should You Get, a Cap or Veneer?

Posted in Veneers

That front tooth is bothering you, again. Just when you think you’ve forgotten about it, you catch a glimpse of your teeth in the mirror.

Whatever your complaint may be, you are not alone. Many people live in fear of having their photo taken due to having a tooth they’re embarrassed by.

But each year, many people take their dental fate into their own hands.

Dental crowns and veneers have proven to be the perfect options for covering up less-than-perfect teeth. What are the differences between these two restorative techniques? And which is right for you?

Crowns vs. Veneers

Dental crowns are often made from metal, porcelain, or a combination. The cap covers the entire tooth like a snug winter mitten on a hand. Crowns are load-bearing and thus meant to improve the strength of a tooth.

Veneers, on the other hand, could be likened more to a potholder rather than a full mitten. Just as you only need a little fabric to shield your hand from hot elements, a veneer provides only partial coverage for the front of a tooth. Placed over the visible “smile” surface of upper front teeth, veneers are porcelain shells that improve the appearance of enamel.

What Your Tooth Needs

For a front tooth that only needs some cosmetic enhancement, you could go either way. If that tooth has significant structural damage or decay or experiences a lot of bite force, then a crown is the secure option.

But if your tooth doesn’t need total reinforcement, then a conservative and lightweight veneer may be all you need.

To find out which option is most effective for restoring your tooth, contact your local dental office.

Posted on behalf of:
Dentistry of Highland Village
3651 Weslayan St. #208
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 360-7700

Jul
18

Do You Need Dental Veneers?

Posted in Veneers

Are you happy with the way your smile looks?

Like most other people, you probably would make a few changes, if you could.

Do you want teeth that are:

  • Brighter
  • Straighter
  • Smoother
  • More even?

Dental veneers could be just what you’ve been looking for.

What Dental Veneers Do

Veneers are traditionally made from porcelain, but they also come in a slimmer plastic-like version. They’re made as thin as possible so they can neatly fit over the visible portion of your upper front teeth.

Your dentist will need to remove a little of the enamel from the front of your tooth so that the veneers can easily fit. Once your permanent veneers are in place, it’s not coming off. Gently brush and floss around your veneer as you would for any tooth.

Qualify For Veneers

Are veneers right for your smile?

Your teeth should be fully developed and healthy before you can get veneers. A veneer is not a deep restorative treatment, so if you have decay on your tooth, that should be treated first.

Not all problems can be patched up with veneers. For example, if you have a big gap between your teeth, closing it with large veneers will only weaken them. Not to mention, you’ll probably have a bucktoothed look.

Visit your dentist to find out whether veneers could be effective in improving your smile.

Why Choose Veneers?

Even though dental veneers are cosmetic treatments, they can make a big impact on your quality of life. Smoothing out your smile with these delicate porcelain shells could do wonders for your self-respect and confidence levels! They’re definitely worth a try.

Contact your dentist to find out more about the benefits of this cosmetic treatment.

Posted on behalf of:
Converse Dentistry
6634 Binz-Engleman Rd #109
Converse, TX 78109
(210) 960-8204

Jul
17

What Causes Acid Erosion and How to Fix It

Posted in Veneers

Did you know that your enamel comes under attack on a daily basis?

Your teeth suffer the effects of acid from a variety of sources. Enamel is the hard outermost layer on each tooth. It’s actually the hardest substance in your body. Even so, it’s prone to wear from exposure to acids.

Acids In Your Diet

The most common cause of acid erosion in tooth enamel is simply putting too much acid in your mouth.

Some of your favorite foods could be sources of regular acid exposure for you:

  • Soda
  • Juice
  • Sugar
  • Salad dressing
  • Coffee
  • Wine

Acids In Your Body

Do you suffer from gastro-reflux or another medical condition that causes frequent vomiting?

These issues expose your teeth to acids that should normally stay in your stomach. It’s very common for people with digestive issues to have teeth that are sensitive and look yellow because of enamel loss.

Acids In Your Mouth

Besides acids from your digestive tract, your mouth also gets exposed to acid from the bacteria that live in there. We all carry the germs that cause cavities. These bacteria secrete an acidic waste-product that triggers the start of cavities.

This is why it’s so important to floss and brush daily! Good oral hygiene disrupts the bacterial activity.

How Do You Repair Acid Erosion?

Once the enamel is gone, it won’t grow back. What you can do is strengthen your teeth with fluoride to avoid cavities, sensitivity, and further erosion.

Remineralizing toothpastes may also help.

Depending on the location and extent of the damage, your dentist may recommend dental bonding, crowns, or porcelain veneers. Talk with your dentist to find out which restorative therapy is best for your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Preston Sherry Dental Associates
6134 Sherry Ln
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 691-7371

Jul
12

How Do You Get Dental Veneers?

Posted in Veneers

To get dental veneers, the very first thing you need is a smile consultation with your dentist.

Your dentist will help you make sure that your teeth are good potential candidates. They should be mature and the jaw fully-developed. Overall, your smile will also have to be free of disease.

Once you’re cleared for treatment, the next step is designing how you want your smile to look. Not all veneers are the same. In fact, they are individually-designed for each tooth. Working with your dentist, you get to pick out the color and shape of the final restoration and basically figure out how you want your smile to ultimately look.

The Treatment Phase

At your first veneer appointment, the dentist trims away a bit of the enamel on the front of the teeth. Otherwise, classic porcelain veneers would feel too bulky. Next, he or she takes a mold of the prepared teeth and sends that along with designs off to a veneers lab.

You won’t go home with altered-looking teeth. Instead, the dentist fits you with temporary (often acrylic) veneers to protect your smile. In a matter of days or a couple weeks later, you’re called back in to get your permanent new veneers bonded in place.

Why Try Veneers?

As a dental veneer covers only the front of a tooth, it’s not meant to provide structural support. But it does benefit your tooth by giving it a smooth and flawless appearance.

You can repair just one tooth or several and hide stain, old fillings, small fractures, and gaps all with the help of veneers. Ask your dentist how.

Posted on behalf of:
Precision Digital Dentistry
674 US-202/206
Suite 7
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 955-6999

Jun
28

Why Do My Teeth Look So Rough?

Posted in Veneers

For a long time now you’ve been coveting the smooth, gleaming white smile that all celebrities have.

Why don’t your teeth look like that?

While rough enamel may not be a threat to the health of your teeth, it could be bad enough to make you hide your smile in shame.

Causes Of Rough Enamel

One common reason for worn enamel is acid erosion. If your teeth are in regular contact with sugary and acidic foods or if you suffer from acid-reflux or frequent vomiting, then your enamel will suffer.

Aggressive brushing can also wear away enamel and cause irregularities in texture. Or, ingesting too much fluoride when you were a child may also have affected your tooth development.

Another condition called “enamel hypoplasia” can give your teeth a pitted appearance. This usually happens if you suffered some sort of serious disease when you were young.

Cosmetic Treatment For Rough Enamel

If you’re not happy with the look or texture of your smile, it’s okay to do something about it!

From chips to deep staining to a mottled texture, there are procedures to treat all kinds of enamel imperfections. Some of these include:

  • Dental bonding
  • Cosmetic veneers
  • Enamel reshaping

Porcelain dental veneers are very common for treating rough surfaces. They’re like false fronts put over your upper teeth that show when you smile. A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that replaces that outer layer of enamel and gives your tooth a completely smooth surface.

Plan a smile consultation with your local dentist to find out if you qualify for veneers or some other tooth-smoothing procedure.

Posted on behalf of:
Marvin Village Dentistry
8161 Ardrey Kell Road
Suite 101
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 579-5513

Apr
15

How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?

Posted in Veneers

If you decide to get veneers, one thing that may stand out to you is the price tag. Fortunately, dental veneers are more affordable than you may realize when you factor in payment plans offered by your dental office.

Still, once you get that beautiful new smile, you’ll want to find a way to keep it there forever (and get the most out of your investment.)

Reality of Dental Restorations

It’s an unfortunate fact of dentistry that there are no restorations that will last for life. Taking away one part of a tooth and covering it with a manmade material is never going to compare to the strength of a whole natural tooth.

Veneers are no exception. Of course, they cannot be placed as a substitute for dental fillings. They replace only a shallow layer of tooth enamel. But they are still prone to the wear and tear that comes with years of doing what teeth are made to do.

Are You Doing Your Part?

How you treat your veneers can make them last longer. With proper brushing and flossing, you can keep your new smile looking clean and staying strong. Veneers aren’t likely to stain, but stain might collect along the border between the porcelain and your tooth, if you aren’t careful.

Definitely don’t forget that a veneer doesn’t make your tooth invincible to cavities. Once decay sets in, that veneer will need to come off, anyway. Oral hygiene and fluoride use is essential!

Some veneers around today were placed around 20 years ago. There’s hope on the horizon that they’ll only last longer and longer as dentistry continues to improve. Talk with your dentist to get a realistic outlook on what to expect from dental veneers.

 Posted on behalf of:
Seacrest Dental
66 N. Holiday Road
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
850-298-8576

Jan
9

What Exactly Are Dental Veneers?

Posted in Veneers

If the idea of dental veneers is a little vague to you, you’re not alone. But these fantastic cosmetic restorations are a proven, decades-old secret to getting a killer smile.

Better Than Bleaching

Dental veneers are slim shells of porcelain that replace a thin layer of enamel on the front of a tooth. Being that they are so delicate, porcelain veneers are designed to enhance the appearance of a person’s smile; they don’t provide structural support.

A dental veneer can erase major cosmetic problems when bleaching and fillings cannot. These include:

  • Deep staining
  • Rough texture
  • Small chips
  • Gaps between teeth
  • A patch-job of old fillings

Who is a Candidate for Veneers?

Any adult who wants to give their smile a boost is a potential candidate for veneers. From brightening the color to evening out an uneven edge, this powerful false front can make a big difference. However, they should only be placed on adult teeth.

What to Expect with Veneers

After you get the OK to start treatment, your dentist will help you design your dream smile.

What shade do you want your veneers to be? Do you need just one or several? What shape?

Next, your dentist will prepare your teeth and take an impression. The mold gets sent to a lab where each veneer is carefully crafted by hand. In the meantime, you get to wear a temporary one. When the permanent copies are ready, the dentist will check the fit and then cement them into place.

Keen to give dental veneers a try? Ask your dentist what the process is like. A professional consultation will help you determine whether or not this cosmetic procedure is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Ashley Dinh, DDS, PC
107 E Holly Ave #5
Sterling, VA 20164
(703) 430-6655

Dec
18

3 Ways to Afford Dental Veneers

Posted in Veneers

Dental veneers are beautiful “false fronts” that can even out and brighten just about any smile. Do you have to pay for them entirely out-of-pocket? Take a look at the following tips for some helpful inspiration.

  1. Do Some Research on Insurance

Most insurances won’t cover the cost of purely cosmetic dental treatment. But you may need something to repair minor damage you experienced in some sort of accident. As long as the damage to the tooth is not too deep, veneers could serve a bit of a restorative purpose.

It would be a good idea to investigate the policy of your insurance company (and others) to see whether there is some way to get coverage.

  1. Shop Around

The cost of cosmetic dentistry tends to vary with location.

While you shouldn’t settle for a dental practice simply because it’s cheaper (that can say something about the experience and quality), you could get a better deal by seeking treatment out of town or a different type of veneer.

  1. Try Out a Payment Plan

Almost every dental office that provides cosmetic procedures like dental veneers has some sort of in-house financing or payment plan. Your dentist works to make the care you want as easy as possible for you to access.

You might even find that having multiple veneers placed at once will get you a discount on the overall cost.

The results that you’ll see in your smile from dental veneers could change your life! It certainly doesn’t hurt to ask your dentist about how veneers can make a difference in your smile. Schedule a consultation to find out whether veneers are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Southern Charm Dental
7119 FM 1464 #312
Richmond, TX 77407
(832) 648-3685

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