Dental Tips Blog

Jan
10

Minimize the Effects of Acid Erosion on Your Tooth Enamel

Posted in Veneers

Acids attack tooth enamel every time you eat. Carbohydrates that enter your mouth fuel bacteria that produce even more acid. With this steady chemical erosion persisting over time, your tooth enamel can wear out to the point that your teeth get sensitive and/or develop cavities.

How do you counter the effects? Try the following five tips.

  1. Drink Lots Of Water

It’s impossible to avoid virtually every form of acid in your diet. A lot of acidic foods are healthy for you. These include:

  • Oranges, lemons, and other citrus fruits
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes

If you accompany these foods with a glass of water, you can rinse away acid so it doesn’t sit on your teeth too long.

  1. Brush After Meals

Don’t brush right after you eat. You could wind up just spreading all that acid around. Wait about 20-30 minutes after your meal and then brush with a fluoride toothpaste.

  1. Add Basic Foods

Food items that range on the opposite end of the pH spectrum could help strengthen enamel. Eat plenty of:

  • Dairy products
  • Eggs
  • Nuts
  • Oatmeal
  • Bananas
  • Melons
  1. Chew Sugar-Free Gum

Chewing gum stimulates the saliva flow that’s crucial to cleansing teeth and re-mineralizing enamel. Choose a brand that contains xylitol, a sugar substitute that helps prevent decay.

  1. Visit The Dentist

Your dentist has the tools necessary for examining your enamel and checking it for weakness. If your teeth could use an extra line of defense, then a fluoride treatment, porcelain veneers, or dental sealants may be in order.

Contact your dentist today to learn more about how to protect your enamel from acids in your diet.

Posted on behalf of:
Embrace Dental Care
8544 US-42, #500
Florence, KY 41042
(859) 371-4000

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
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

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

Jan
27

How Veneers Can Fix Your Smile

Posted in Veneers

When you first meet someone, what is one of the first things you notice about them?  Usually it is their smile.  When you feel good about your smile, you will probably keep smiling.  When you don’t feel good about your smile, you are bound to smile less often. This can make it seem like you aren’t having fun or don’t like being around people. Thankfully, porcelain veneers can change that!

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Dental veneers are made out of thin shells of tooth-colored porcelain to look like a natural tooth.  They cover your front teeth to make all of them match in color, size and shape.

What Can Porcelain Veneers Fix?

  • Gaps between your teeth
  • Slightly crooked teeth
  • Worn down teeth with cracks or chips
  • Stained or discolored enamel

What Condition Do Your Teeth and Gums Need to be In to Possibly Get Dental Veneers? 

You might qualify for veneers if your bite is lined up correctly and your smile is free of gum disease. It is also important to make sure your teeth are free of cavities, so that you will have enamel that is healthy enough to support your new veneers. Habits like grinding or clenching should also be addressed.

What is the Process Like for Getting Veneers?

During a dental veneer makeover, you will usually need to go to the dentist for three separate visits.  The first visit will be a consultation to check your teeth and make sure they are healthy enough for the procedure.  The second and third visits are for making and placing the veneers on your teeth.

 Are you ready to try porcelain veneers?  Call your dentist to discuss whether or not you should have them placed to improve your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Cosmetic Dentist of Hayward
27206 Calaroga Ave #216
Hayward, CA 94545
(510) 782-7821

Oct
28

The History of Porcelain Veneers

Posted in Veneers

Porcelain veneers are recommended to correct a variety of cosmetic issues: whether it’s a chipped incisor or a twisted front tooth, an unsightly gap or some deep stain, a veneer can improve your smile in many ways. Where exactly did veneers get their start?

Just For Looks!

Around the late 1920’s, a dentist named Dr. Charles Pincus designed a method for improving or altering the smiles of actors onscreen. However, these acrylic veneers were not very realistic in appearance, and they only stayed on temporarily. By the early 1960’s, Dr. Michael Bunacore discovered the method for etching tooth surfaces with acid to promote adhesion, opening the way for more lasting veneers.

Making Veneers Last

In the year 1982, R.J. Simonsen and J.R. Calamia discovered that hydrofluoric acid worked wonders in fastening veneers to teeth more effectively than anything tried before. This discovery marked a change in the history of dental veneers. Now, they are no longer limited to use in film, but they are available as a cosmetic option to virtually anyone who wants them.

The Porcelain Veneers of Today

Because of their durability and natural appearance, veneers today are esteemed as smile-changers. Porcelain veneers are now very thin and lightweight, providing a natural feel with minimal reduction of natural tooth structure.

Porcelain veneers have come a long way since their glamorous beginning in Hollywood. Offering dental veneers is now standard in a cosmetic dental office.. Veneers are no longer reserved just for the million-dollar smiles you see on television. Ask your dentist about how dental veneers can enhance your smile, too!

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

Sep
8

3 Ways to Fix a Chipped Tooth

Posted in Veneers

Have you ever suffered from a chipped front tooth? Maybe you bumped it during an accident, got hit by a baseball, or just bit down on the wrong thing. Whatever it was – a chipped tooth can make it impossible for you to go out in public. Here are 3 options that can help to address the functional and aesthetic concerns of a broken front tooth:

Composite Bonding

Mild to moderate chips or irregularities can sometimes be covered up with a bonded restoration. Bonding is relatively quick to complete, taking less than an hour total. The material is similar to what is used in a tooth-colored filling. It is shaped over the tooth to make the tooth look whole again, and then cured in place with a bright light. 

Porcelain Veneers

When bonding isn’t an option, or the chip is a bit larger than what bonding can repair, a porcelain veneer can give you dramatic results. Veneers simply cover the front and biting edge of the tooth, changing its appearance. Veneers are cosmetic in nature, but they provide your tooth with the same functions as if it hadn’t been chipped. 

Full Coverage Crown

If the break is fairly large, covering it with a crown will be the best option. Especially if a root canal is involved. Otherwise the tooth will just continue to chip apart even further. Crowns cover the entire tooth, unlike veneers, which just cover the front.

You might have more than one choice when it comes to correcting your smile. Call your dentist to see which one is best. A simple exam and x-ray is all you will need to find out.

Posted on behalf of:
Rowe Family Dental Care
2320 Satellite Blvd NW #120
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 622-5909

May
30

3 Ways Veneers Can Transform Your Smile

Posted in Veneers

Dental veneers are ‘false fronts’: thin porcelain laminates which are carefully cemented to upper front teeth to change their appearance. Could you benefit from having veneers placed? Let’s consider a few ways that dental veneers can change the appearance of your teeth.

Alignment

One or more of your front teeth may be a little twisted out of alignment. Or perhaps you are shy from having a slight gap between your front teeth. Veneers provide a symmetrical and uniform surface, all the way across, giving you confidence when you smile. Veneers are a faster solution to slightly misaligned teeth than lengthy orthodontic treatment.

Fractured teeth

Accidents happen, and sometimes accidents happen to your teeth. If one or more front teeth have been chipped from some kind of trauma, veneers can prove to be a worthwhile restorative option. A simple tooth-colored filling may not offer the strength that a veneer can. A veneer will provide a smooth and continuous surface of support for the tooth that was fractured.

Discolored teeth

Many people are unhappy with the color of their teeth, and search for ways to make them whiter. While there are many options available to whiten teeth, none of these will work for teeth with a deep stain that affects the inside of the tooth. Dental veneers will provide a whiter ‘face’ for stained front teeth.

If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your front teeth when you smile, then veneers may be a great option for you! Make an appointment with your dentist to learn more about veneers and how they can change your smile for the better.

Posted on behalf of:
Carolina Comfort Dental
5511 Raeford Rd #255
Fayetteville, NC 28304
(910) 485-0023

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