Dental Tips Blog

Oct
18

Hate Your Short Teeth? Here’s How to Get a More Even Smile

Posted in Veneers

If you’re ashamed to show off small teeth in photos, then it may be time to do something about it. There are several effective treatment options for getting longer teeth. One may work for you!

Short Teeth? Shorten the Gums!

One of the first factors you’ll want to consider is the condition and shape of your gum tissue. It could very well be that your tooth size is just fine–the problem may lie in your gums.

Gums that are inflamed or overgrown can cover over teeth until only a little bit of the white enamel is showing. You may need treatment to either bring down a gum infection or trim away excess tissue to reveal a balanced and toothy grin.

Put Dental Crowns on Short Teeth

Sometimes, the permanent teeth that come in are very small relative to the size of your mouth. If you have large gaps between teeth in your smile, then you might want to consider capping them altogether. A dental crown can make any tooth the perfect shape and size.

Get a More Even Smile with Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are extremely light compared with crowns and save more of your natural tooth structure. Despite being so conservative, porcelain veneers can add a lot of length and body to your upper front teeth to make them look bigger.

Never Too Late for Braces to Straighten Out Short Teeth!

You may have some teeth that look short because they never fully erupted out of the gums. Braces could help pull your teeth up or down into even alignment.

Schedule a smile consultation with a local cosmetic dentist to discover the best way to get longer teeth.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

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

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

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

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