Dental Tips Blog

May
20

Should You Get Veneers or Dental Bonding?

Posted in Veneers

Dental veneers and cosmetic bonding are both popular aesthetic dental procedures and can accomplish similar results.

Does it matter which one you get?

The Difference Between Veneers and Bonding

Dental bonding involves molding a small amount of tooth-colored filling material onto a tooth. A dentist can do this to fill in chips or gaps and smooth out rough edges. It’s a non-invasive and cost-effective option.

Veneers are single-piece restorations that are usually made from porcelain. They go over the front of a tooth and completely cover the visible part of it, giving the tooth a new look from the outside. Dental veneers replace the outer layer of your tooth’s enamel.

Choosing Between Veneers and Bonding

Bonding may be cheaper, but ultimately, your tooth’s structural needs will determine which restoration is best.

If you have a front tooth with a small patch of decay, then a veneer won’t be sufficient. You may need bonding or an actual filling, instead. If you have a tooth with large surface area discoloration, then it’s likely better off covered with a lightweight veneer rather than a thick layer of bonding material.

Your lifestyle can also play a role in determining whether you get bonding or veneers. If you’re terrible about flossing your teeth, then costly veneers may only go to waste. But if you want long-lasting and secure results and are willing to maintain them, then veneers are a worthwhile investment.

The best way to figure out which procedure you need is to consult your local restorative dentist. He or she will take a look at your teeth and help you decide on the option that best suits your needs and goals.

Posted on behalf of:
ConfiDenT
11550 Webb Bridge Way, Suite 1
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 772-0994

May
18

What Is Crown Lengthening?

Posted in Veneers

If you have short teeth that need to be restored, then you may be a candidate for a procedure called “crown lengthening.”

How to Make Teeth Longer

Dental crowns are very effective restorations that fix teeth with root canals or large cavities. But you can’t cap a tooth when there isn’t much of it there! In that case, the dentist will lengthen your tooth to provide more surface area for a crown to hold onto.

Crown lengthening usually involves trimming away a portion of gum tissue around a tooth. Sometimes, even the bone around a tooth also has to be reduced down. This exposes more of the tooth for treatment.

Do You Need Crown Lengthening?

You might qualify for crown lengthening if you just don’t like the look of your teeth, because they’re worn down. Your dentist can comfortably remove some of the excess gum tissue to give you a fuller smile. Cosmetic crown lengthening is often followed up with porcelain dental veneers.

In other cases, crown lengthening is a necessity. Fractured or severely decayed teeth often need crowns. But some teeth are so damaged that they can’t be capped. A dentist needs to expose more of the tooth in order to get a secure fit for the crown.

If you have any flat, broken, or otherwise stubby-looking teeth, then crown lengthening may be an option.

It’s a procedure that can help you avoid an unwanted dental extraction!

Who Can Lengthen Teeth?

Periodontists typically perform crown lengthening surgeries. The procedures are not too complex, but these gum experts have the specialized skills and tools to treat the area around teeth.

Your dentist will likely work along with a periodontist to bring your crowns to the proper length.

Contact a cosmetic, restorative dentist or periodontist in your area to schedule an appointment.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

Mar
13

Hate Your Smile? How Dental Veneers Can Help

Posted in Veneers

Dental veneers can fix almost any problem to get you a smile you’ll love.

What Are Dental Veneers?

A veneer is a single, thin, cosmetic dental restoration which is usually made from porcelain. It covers the entire front of a tooth, changing how it looks from the outside.

How Dental Veneers Can Improve Your Smile

Dental veneers can cover up stubborn stains. You may also get a veneer to widen the size of one or two teeth to close up a gap between them. If one of your front teeth has a chip in the edge or enamel with a rough texture, then a veneer can smooth out its appearance.

If you choose to get a veneer or two, you’ll need to schedule a few dental appointments. The first visit assesses your smile’s cosmetic needs. The next one involves trimming down the enamel so that the restorations aren’t too bulky. Your dentist will also take a mold of the prepared teeth, which is used to design the veneers.

By the last appointment, you dentist will check the fit of the veneers and bond them into place.

Are Veneers Right for You?

Dental veneers usually only go on upper front teeth, where they won’t experience too much bite pressure. They also need to be kept very clean to avoid developing cavities around the edges. Veneers can make radical changes in your smile, but they can’t treat active decay or major damage.

Do you have a tooth or two with some cosmetic flaws? If your teeth are healthy, then you may qualify to upgrade your smile with dental veneers. Ask your dentist for more information.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

Feb
18

How to Get a Celebrity Like Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

How many of you think that Tom Cruise, David Beckham or Cheryl Cole are beautiful people with their good looks and beautiful smiles?

Most if not all of you am I right? But did you know that they did not always have perfect smiles?

Fortunately, the wonders of cosmetic dentistry have helped them enhance their smiles to the perfect smiles we know today. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov
28

How Veneers Change Your Smile for the Better

Posted in Veneers

Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain that fit over your teeth like gloves. Each veneer is custom-fitted to replace the outer layer of enamel on a tooth. They’re a cosmetic treatment, rather than a restorative one.

How much of a difference can veneers make in your smile?

Close up gaps.

You know that embarrassing empty space between your two front teeth? A veneer on both of them can fill in the gap and make it look like you got braces overnight. Say goodbye to that child-like gap-tooth grin!

Whiten teeth…permanently!

You could spend countless months trying to whiten teeth with store bought kits that just don’t work. If you’re disappointed with your teeth bleaching efforts to date, then try masking the stain by covering it completely with a row of brilliant white porcelain veneers.

Smooth out chips.

As long as your tooth isn’t fractured too badly, a veneer could be just the thing to smooth off the edge. Chipped teeth can make you look unkempt and create an impression of something that you’re not. Veneers are the perfect way to get that instant “glow up” for a more professional image.

Even out tooth size.

You can finally make that one tiny tooth match all the rest by masking it with a dental veneer.

Veneers can get you an overall smile that looks healthier, younger, and more attractive. They’re permanent, too, often lasting ten to twenty years.

Your smile is that one accessory you always have with you, so why not keep it looking the best it can?

Discover confidence you didn’t know you had by showing off a smile polished and perfected with dental veneers! Contact a cosmetic dentist near you to find out more.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

Oct
18

3 Ways to Reshape Your Tooth Without a Crown

Posted in Veneers

Living with a misshaped front tooth can significantly impact your confidence. Whether your tooth is chipped or too small, you may be ashamed to show it when you smile or laugh.

Many cosmetic issues with front teeth are fixed with dental crowns. Crowns add strength and beauty in addition to filling out a damaged smile.

But if you’re looking for a more conservative way to reshape your tooth, then you may qualify for one of the following procedures:

Dental Bonding

Bonding is a procedure in which your dentist molds a simple putty-like filling onto your tooth to fill it out. It’s then cured with a light to chemically bond with the enamel. The result is a very subtle repair that makes a big difference.

Dental bonding is a very cost-effective procedure and it gets instant results. It’s best for only a couple of teeth at a time.

Enamel Contouring

It’s possible that your tooth just has a lot of excess enamel making it look misshaped. Your dentist can gently buff away just a tiny bit of the existing structure to make your tooth fits in with its neighbors.

Dental Veneers

Veneers are the perfect solution when you want dramatic results without capping the entire tooth. Porcelain dental veneers are essentially a facade – they just cover the front of a tooth to make it look different. But the don’t provide the strength or structural support that a crown does.

You may qualify for a dental veneer if your dentist determines that your tooth doesn’t need complete coverage with a crown.

Looking for a way to change your tooth’s shape without a crown? To find out whether bonding, enamel contouring, or a veneer is right for you, schedule a consultation with your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

Sep
17

Will Braces Cause White Spots on Your Teeth?

Posted in Veneers

If you’re due to get braces in the near future, you’re likely afraid of getting some of those dreaded “white spots” or circles on your teeth, as well.

Here’s what you need to know about what causes them, and how to prevent it from happening.

What Are White Spots?

Tooth enamel that loses minerals is considered decalcified. When this happens, the enamel takes on a bright white, chalky appearance.

Decalcification can happen when teeth are exposed to too much fluoride during development. It also occurs as a result of long-term exposure to dental plaque.

Braces can cause enamel decalcification when plaque is allowed to accumulate in places that are hard to reach with a toothbrush or floss. The acids in this biofilm zap minerals out of the enamel, and you’re left with white spots around areas where the brackets and wires used to be.

Decalcified spots on enamel tend to be weaker than other areas on the tooth; they need to be well cared for to avoid developing cavities.

How to Avoid White Spots

Thankfully, white spots are not an inevitable part of getting braces. As long as you maintain a strict oral hygiene routine, you can keep your enamel healthy during orthodontic treatment.

Your daily routine may include:

  • Brushing after every meal, not just twice a day
  • Flossing every day
  • Using a fluoride and/or antiplaque rinse
  • A water flosser or powered toothbrush for extra clean

Minimizing White Spots

Tooth-colored fillings and porcelain veneers are great ways to restore your smile after braces if you have a lot of white spots. A little teeth bleaching may also help even out tooth color. Enamel remineralizing toothpastes can restore weakened areas as well.

Talk with your dentist for more ideas on preventing and treating white spots after orthodontics.

Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 622-5050

Sep
9

Are Dental Veneers Permanent?

Posted in Veneers

Dental veneers have been getting people perfect smiles for decades.

You’re interested in what veneers have to offer, but you want to know how long they’ll last. Is the investment worth it?

Veneers Permanently Alter Teeth

To place a veneer, the dentist first has to remove a thin layer of enamel from the front of your upper tooth. This ensures that the veneer fits seamlessly with the rest of your tooth and doesn’t make your smile feel bulky.

But losing even that thin layer of enamel isn’t the best thing for your teeth. They can’t be left with absolutely nothing protecting them.

This means that once you get your teeth prepared for traditional porcelain veneers, there’s no going back – you’ll always have to wear veneers for the rest of your life.

What about the veneers themselves?

As Long As You Want

Veneers, like any other dental restoration, are susceptible to wear and tear over time.

The better you take care of your dental veneers, the longer they will last you.

You must carefully brush and floss around the teeth that have veneers. Otherwise, it’s possible to develop some decay at the margin where the porcelain meets your enamel.

You also have to be careful that you don’t accidentally chip or loosen a veneer by chewing on hard objects.

To make veneers last, you may have to kick a few habits:

  • Nail biting
  • Ice chewing
  • Teeth grinding

Investing in a mouthguard for sports or to prevent bruxism/clenching at night is another great way to protect your veneers.

If you damage your veneers, they will have to be replaced. They are not permanent in that sense.

Learn more about classic veneers and less permanent alternatives. Contact your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Elegant Smiles
1955 Cliff Valley Way NE #100
Brookhaven, GA 30329
404-634-4224

May
20

Life with Veneers: 4 Things You Should Know

Posted in Veneers

Dental veneers are perfect for covering up deep stain and rough enamel. They can close up gaps and even out the shape of neighboring teeth.

Before you decide to get dental veneers, just make sure you are aware of their limitations.

  1. You can’t bleach them.

Your veneers will be designed to reflect the whiteness level you want at the time they are placed. After that, there’s no changing them. If you bleach your teeth later on, they could end up whiter than the veneers.

  1. You may need to cut back on the coffee.

New porcelain veneers are tough and they aren’t porous like tooth enamel. While they aren’t as likely to stain, you can still get some unsightly darkening at the margins where they’re bonded. Try to limit dark-colored foods and drinks.

  1. They can chip off.

Veneers don’t have the strength of natural teeth or dental crowns. If you bite on them at an angle with enough force, they can pop off. Granted, it takes a lot to do that, but you should stay away from chewing ice or using your teeth as tools to open packages.

  1. Veneers cannot prevent tooth decay.

A dental veneer may cover the front of a tooth, but it can’t seal up the whole thing. Bacteria and acid can still eat away at the exposed parts and sneaky underneath the veneer. This means that although your veneer itself won’t decay, you still need to carefully brush and floss the tooth it rests on.

If you’re sure that you can take great care of your teeth and veneers after getting this cosmetic procedure, then ask your local dentist for a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Smiles Dentistry
2655 Dallas Highway Suite 510
Marietta, GA 30064
770.422.8776

May
6

What’s the Difference Between Lumineers and Regular Veneers?

Posted in Veneers

You’ve heard so much about how veneers can makeover a smile in one appointment. Countless celebrities and movie stars have glammed up their grins thanks to the help of veneers.

But what’s this about “Lumineers?”

Lumineers vs. Veneers – The Differences

Dental veneers are .5mm-thick sheets of porcelain crafted to fit over the front of a tooth. They replace an ultra-thin layer of enamel to create a smooth surface.

Lumineers are a brand of “no-prep” veneers. They essentially do the same thing, but they don’t actually replace an outer layer of enamel. Instead, they’re bonded directly over the tooth. They measure in at around .2mm – about the thickness of a contact lens.

Why Choose Lumineers?

Because Lumineers don’t require any tooth alteration, you can get them put on with zero-drilling and no numbing. They’re also reversible. If you ever decide that you want to go back to your original smile, your dentist can pop Lumineers off. This is not the case with traditional veneers which permanently alter your teeth.

There are other brands of no-prep veneers. Lumineers just happen to be well-known.

Are Lumineers Really Better?

Just because no-prep veneers are reversible doesn’t make them the best option. They might be thin, but you may notice the difference in bulk on your teeth. So much so that you could have problems closing your lips, biting into food, and even risk having a plaque-collecting “speed bump” near your gum line where the veneer ends. You need just the right smile to consider this option.

It’s not to say that either regular veneers or Lumineers are better. It simply depends on what your unique smile needs are. Ask a cosmetic dentist in your area which method will help you reach your goal.

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

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