Dental Tips Blog

Jan
8

Is Your Teenager Ready for Cosmetic Dental Veneers?

A beautiful smile is the accessory that looks good on everybody. All kids deserve to feel proud of their teeth, but unfortunately, not every teen feels that way.

Your teenage son or daughter may have significant confidence issues if they’re unhappy with the color or shape of their smile.

He or she is now bugging you about getting dental veneers.

But is your teen ready?

What You Should Know About Veneers

Dental veneers are like porcelain seashells that are shaped to fit neatly around upper front teeth. They are cosmetic dental restorations that hide stain, chips, and gaps. Veneers are permanent and valuable, so the decision for a teen to get them is not to be taken lightly.

Why Veneers Aren’t Always Good for Teens

Kids are still growing, even when they’re teenagers. The shape of their face can change enough to create new spacing between teeth that veneers once covered up. To hide such gaps, your teen would need to have completely new veneers placed.

Is your teen still in a rough-and-tumble phase? Veneers can be damaged in any accident, but some teens might be prone to even more injuries than adults. If your child is into contact sports, roughhousing, or is even a bit more involved with extracurricular activities than most, then he or she may not be ready to take care of an investment like veneers.

Alternatives to Dental Veneers

If you realize that you’d rather wait a couple more years before getting your teen a set of veneers (perhaps as a college graduation present) that’s fine – there are other options:

  • Snap-On SmileⓇ
  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental bonding

Find out whether your teen qualifies for dental veneers by scheduling a consultation with your family or cosmetic dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 953-1752

Nov
27

Cosmetic Solutions for Small Teeth

Do you have one or more teeth that seem ridiculously tiny?

If so, you may be embarrassed to show off your teeth when you smile or laugh.

Fortunately, there are some great tricks for making your teeth look larger to even out your smile.

Dental Crowns

Crowns provide the most comprehensive coverage for teeth. They’re solid and cover the entire tooth to provide structural support. A crown is ideal if your tooth is small because of a large fracture or a congenital defect.

Dental Bonding

For a minimal approach to enlarging teeth, try dental bonding. To bond a tooth means filling out its profile with a tooth-colored restorative putty. Bonding patches up shallow chips in enamel and can also round out the shape of a narrow-looking tooth.

Dental Veneers

One of the best solutions for making teeth look bigger is to get a dental veneer. A veneer is a wafer of porcelain that fits over the front of a healthy tooth. The porcelain can be shaped larger than the actual tooth, so that when it goes over the front, the entire tooth looks wider or longer than before.

Veneers are permanent yet less-invasive than crowns. They can also provide a more natural finish than dental bonding.

Cosmetic Dentistry Near You

Among these options for increasing tooth size, one is bound to work for your tooth! You may even try more than one to create your dream smile. Your days of close-lipped grins are over!

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

Oct
25

What to Expect: Cosmetic Bonding

Veneers, fillings, crowns, bridges, bonding – are these terms a mystery to you? If so, you’re not alone. Many people are confused about what different dental restorations are used for. In this piece, let’s consider what bonding is used for and what you can expect from it.

Does Your Tooth Need Bonding?

If you are unhappy with the color, size, shape, or spacing of your teeth, then bonding may be the answer for you. Bonding is done to repair or enhance your tooth or teeth. A sturdy resin-based material is bonded to the tooth with a curing light, leaving your tooth with a whole and natural appearance.

How It’s Done

The dentist uses a shade guide to select the composite resin material that will most closely match your natural teeth. Because bonding is not replacing decayed tooth material, drilling and anesthesia are generally not needed. The tooth may be prepared, however, with a little roughening to encourage the resin material to adhere. A liquid preparatory agent is applied, and the resin is placed and shaped. The dentist will use a special light to set the material. Next, he will smooth and shape and polish it so that your teeth still fit well together when you bite and smile. The entire process takes less than an hour for each tooth.

Caring for Your Bonded Tooth

To get the most out of your bonded tooth, maintain a daily routine of brushing and flossing. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and an abrasives-free toothpaste. Be cautious of biting into hard foods with your bonded tooth. Talk to your dentist to learn whether cosmetic bonding is right for you and how to care for a bonded tooth.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Apr
30

Bonding vs. Tooth Recontouring: Which is Right for Me?

So you’ve decided to finally do something about your smile. You know, the two or three teeth that look a little “off” and take away from your smile’s overall appearance. You’ve heard about other cosmetic treatments but have decided that tooth recontouring or bonding is probably your best choice – but which one is right for you?

Bonding

Bonding is perfect when you need to add to a tooth’s surface. That is, if there is a small chip or gap, or even a tooth that appears slightly shorter than the others. Tooth colored composite is then applied to the conditioned tooth and shaped in a way that it creates what looks like new tooth structure so that the tooth appears fuller and larger. Composite comes in many different shades and is perfectly matched to the natural enamel for the most dramatic results. 

Recontouring

Recontouring involves gentle reshaping of the natural tooth surfaces, so they appear even and smooth. You may notice that some teeth appear bumpy along the edges, are slightly uneven or some teeth look longer than the rest. By recontouring them, you can remove a small amount of tooth surface without causing tooth sensitivity or damage to the tooth itself. This creates a more even appearance from one side of the smile to the other. Soft tissue recontouring can also impact the appearance of your teeth, by adjusting the gumlines to make teeth look fuller and even.

Bonding and recontouring can also be used together, with one tooth addressed at a time. Your dentist can help you decide what the overall effect is that you want, and give you dramatic results in just one appointment.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

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