Dental Tips Blog

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
17

Ashamed to Show Off Your Smile? 5 Things You Can Do to Boost Your Confidence

Do you have the habit of hiding your smile behind closed lips in photos? Do you cover your mouth with your hand when you laugh?

Here are five tips that can help you feel better about how your teeth look and feel. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan
28

Now Is the Best Time to Take Advantage of Cosmetic Dentistry

The cosmetic dental trend is picking up speed among “average” folks who have always wanted to do something to enhance the way their smile looks.

Have you ever thought that a smile makeover was beyond your reach? You’ll be glad to know that having beautiful teeth is more attainable (and affordable) than ever before.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments for Every Budget

As dental technologies and materials improve, it only gets easier to afford cosmetic dental procedures. The treatments last longer and add more value to teeth which, in turn, encourage you to invest more in maintaining your smile for life.

When you’ve got a smile accentuated by gorgeous veneers, you’ll be motivated to look after your oral health. Holding onto your natural teeth for life is preferable to paying for extractions and denture maintenance down the road!

Cosmetic Enhancements Complement Traditional Care

You’d be surprised at how many restorative dental procedures come with inherent aesthetic appeal. A simple crown or filling may be necessary to fix a tooth, but it serves another purpose in brightening and evening out your smile.

It’s the new standard of care to ensure that your teeth are not just functional, but look great, too.

Dentists Want You to Love Your Smile!

Most modern practices emphasize the artistic value of their services and want you to love the results. Ask about options such as discounts on teeth whitening or combining various treatments to help you get the best overall results.

Today, cosmetic dentistry is affordable, widely available, and the perfect way to enhance your smile.

Why not take advantage of all the options out there? Contact a cosmetic dentist near you to learn more.

Posted on behalf of:
Montevallo Family Dentistry
711 Wadsworth St
Montevallo, AL 35115
(205) 665-2224

Jan
8

Do You Need Crown Lengthening?

Crown lengthening is a procedure done to make your tooth look longer. It usually involves surgically removing some of the gum and bone tissue around a tooth to expose more of it.

Why might you need crown lengthening?

Cosmetic Smile Enhancement with Crown Lengthening (Gum Recontouring)

There are many people who hate having a “gummy” smile. They wish their teeth were a little longer so that they didn’t have to keep hiding them in photos.

Do you feel the same way?

Crown lengthening can remove just enough gum tissue to balance out your smile and make all of you teeth look to be an even length. You can have the procedure done to just one tooth or to several at once.

You can even combine crown lengthening with another cosmetic procedure for the best effect. For example, your dentist may trim down your gums to an extent and then place a veneer to perfect your smile’s appearance.

Crown Lengthening for Dental Crown Placement

Sometimes, a tooth in need of a dental crown doesn’t have enough base to retain the cap. This could happen when a tooth fractures close to the gum line or has a large cavity.

Crown lengthening will essentially reduce the level of gums and bone surrounding the tooth root. The new dental crown can then fit over the tooth with more of a foundation for support.

Crown Lengthening and Your Smile

A crown lengthening procedure could either be a necessary step in repairing your tooth or an elective treatment to improve the look of your smile. It’s also used in some gum disease treatment plans to make your mouth easier to clean.

To find out whether it’s the right procedure for you, contact your local dentist and ask about crown lengthening.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

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

Aug
3

5 Things You Should Know About Cosmetic Dentistry

What is cosmetic dentistry? Is it worth the cost? Should you give it a try?

Cosmetic Dentistry Includes More Than Teeth

Crowns, veneers, and dental bonding are all well-known cosmetic procedures. But some cosmetic dentists offer orthodontia, gum shaping, and even Botox to supplement a smile makeover. You might be surprised at the options available to you.

Cosmetic Dentistry Doesn’t Necessarily Repair Teeth…

The goal of cosmetic dentistry is to enhance the look of your smile. It isn’t considered necessary or therapeutic. Most aesthetic procedures have little to no effect on improving the structure or integrity of a tooth, or for treating active oral disease.

…But Cosmetic Dentistry Can Have Restorative Benefits

There are plenty of dental procedures that have both functional and cosmetic benefits. Dental crowns, for example, can both improve a tooth’s appearance and restore it after it’s damaged. Implants serve the dual purpose of filling a gap in the smile and restoring bite function.

Cosmetic Dentistry Isn’t Always Covered by Insurance

Because cosmetic procedures aren’t medically-necessary to your health, most dental insurance plans won’t cover them. You have to be prepared to shoulder the expense.

Cosmetic Dentistry Can Improve Your Oral Hygiene

Whether you choose to upgrade your smile with a little bleaching or a set of veneers, cosmetic dentistry will help boost your confidence. It’s not just an investment in your teeth…it’s an investment in your lifestyle.

Aesthetic dentistry is the perfect gift to yourself or a family member. To find which treatment is right for you, schedule a smile consultation with a cosmetic dentist in your area.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

May
20

When Do You Need to Completely Restore Your Smile?

Some people opt to completely redesign their mouths with multiple stages of dental work. This sounds like something only celebrities would do; but you might one day find yourself unexpectedly needing full-mouth restoration, as well.

Here are a few reasons why.

Accidents

Nearly all of us face the risk of an automobile accident every day. It’s one of those things you have less control over than you realize. Such a traumatic event could cause an injury with permanent damage.

Sports Trauma

Sometimes, a broken tooth is just the name of the game.

Boxing, hockey, martial arts, and all other contact sports jeopardize your smile with each practice session. A mouth guard can help, but if the worst should happen, restoring your teeth will help you feel confident about getting back on the field.

Makeover

You may decide that you deserve a gorgeous smile every bit as much as the movie stars do.

Sick of your overbite? Want brighter teeth? Tired of all those crooked snaggle-teeth? Are you done with getting filling after filling updated?

Thousands of American dental patients just go for the gold and commit to a complete cosmetic dental makeover as a gift to themselves. Hey, you deserve to look good at your wedding or right after you retire.

Cancer Treatments 

Cancer of the throat, jaw, tooth, tongue, and other types can all cause permanent disfigurement in the face. This doesn’t just affect looks – it can also seriously impact daily functioning and nutrition.

Rebuilding your smile after cancer will help you eat and speak comfortably as well as feel like your old self, again.

Contact your dentist for a consultation if you’d like to start planning your full-mouth reconstruction.

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

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
13

What Does a Cosmetic Dentist Do?

Dentistry has several branches of specialty practice. Periodontists focus on gum health, oral surgeons reconstruct jaws, orthodontists straighten teeth, and so on.

Cosmetic dentistry, however, is not a recognized specialty, according to the American Dental Association.

So, what exactly is cosmetic dentistry if it’s not a specialty?

Cosmetic Dentistry: An Emphasis on Art

Cosmetic dentistry focuses on treating teeth to make them look as beautiful as possible. While general treatments makes teeth healthy and functional, cosmetic services take things a step further.

Cosmetic dental procedures include things like:

  • Teeth bleaching
  • Gum contouring
  • Minor orthodontic enhancements
  • Esthetic dental crowns
  • Veneers
  • Dental bonding

What Makes Cosmetic Dentists Different?

A cosmetic dentist will take the time to help you create the smile of your dreams. Simply filling or capping a tooth is not the answer. A dentist who focuses on aesthetics wants you to love the results and feel confident in showing off your teeth.

To make the time necessary to focus on the cosmetic aspect of his or her work, a cosmetic dentist will likely treat complicated cases by working with other specialists or hand chosen labs that specialize in cosmetic restorations.

For example, the cosmetic dentist will cover a dental implant, but might send the patient out to a surgeon for the implant procedure. Or they might bleach crooked teeth after they’ve been straightened by an orthodontist. An endodontist can do your root canal, and then a cosmetic dentist can crown the tooth.

Cosmetic dentistry doesn’t mean ignoring health or function issues in your teeth. It simply means that the dentist spends more time making your teeth look youthful, natural, or glamorous during the process.

Schedule a smile consultation today to learn how cosmetic dentistry could change your smile for the better.

Posted on behalf of:
Mundo Dentistry
3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
(704) 825-2018

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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