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

Mar
3

How Can I Get a More Even Smile?

For some people, a crooked smile is a unique part of their character. But you’re not so confident in your own smile. You’d like to make some changes.

Where do you get started?

Your local cosmetic dentist may recommend some of the following options…

Dental Bonding

Bonding is a procedure where your dentist molds a tooth-colored putty to fill in a small or chipped tooth, and then cures it with a powerful light. This process is very flexible, cost-effective, and fast, making it a great way to change the shape of teeth in a single appointment.

Dental Veneers

Taking things a level up from dental bonding, veneers cover up the entire front of a tooth to give it a new overall look. Crooked, gapped, or chipped teeth can be completely masked with the help of veneers to create a more uniform appearance.

Orthodontics

Are your teeth only slightly crooked? Accelerated braces, Invisalign, or some other problem-focused orthodontic treatment could be your solution. If your case is more extreme, you may need full traditional braces or even jaw surgery to even out your smile.

Gum Recontouring

Perhaps your smile looks crooked because your gums are the problem, not your teeth.

In this case, a qualified periodontist or dentist can gently trim away the excess gum tissue. This is usually done with a laser. The resulting gum line perfectly contours your teeth and exposes a whiter smile. Botox is another method for adjusting the position of gums, cheeks, and lips.

You may actually get a more even smile by combining two or more of the suggested options listed here. Talk with your dentist to find out which methods are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

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

Jan
7

3 Options for Fixing a Chipped Tooth

A chipped tooth can be embarrassing at the least, and excruciatingly painful, at worst.

How you fix a fractured tooth will also depend on the extent of the damage. Here are a few of the most common options your dentist may offer:

Dental Bonding

Small chips in teeth can often be patched up with a little composite filling material in a procedure called bonding. The dentist molds the tooth-colored putty against your tooth to fill in the gap and then cures it with a special light.

Bonding doesn’t require much drilling, if any at all. This makes the procedure quick and anesthesia-free.

Dental Veneers

A chipped piece of enamel that can’t be repaired with bonding may call for a veneer – a thin porcelain shell that covers the entire face of the tooth.

Veneers can mask gaps, stain, and rough enamel in addition to covering up chips in teeth.

Dental Crown

Full coverage crowns are best for teeth with large fractures. A crown keeps the entire tooth strong and intact during biting and chewing.

If your fractured tooth has already suffered some nerve damage, then it may need to be treated with a root canal before capping it.

Why You Should Repair a Chipped Tooth

Your chipped tooth may not seem like a big deal. If you don’t mind how it looks and it doesn’t hurt, why bother fixing it?

The truth is that a chipped tooth is weak and prone to breaking even more. The more damaged your tooth is, the harder it will be to fix the chip. Restoring your tooth now will help it retain its natural strength for many years.

Contact a restorative dentist near you to find out which option is best for fixing your fractured tooth enamel.

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

Jan
7

The Top 6 Popular Cosmetic Dental Procedures

Looking for a good way to give your smile a boost? Check out six of the most common cosmetic treatments that can totally transform the appearance of your teeth.

Teeth Bleaching

Tooth whitening is a good way to enhance enamel without altering its shape. Whitening is not permanent, but it’s easy to maintain the results at home.

Bleaching is good for teeth that have yellowed with age and picked up stain from food, drinks, or tobacco. If you plan to have any other cosmetic procedures done, get your teeth whitened first so that the other restorations can be matched to your new color.

Dental Veneers

For front teeth with chips or stains that refuse to come out, you may opt for veneers.

Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that fit over the front of your visible “smile” teeth. They can completely change their look in just a couple of appointments.

Invisible Braces

Have you ever wanted to straighten your teeth without braces? Thanks to invisible orthodontics like Invisalign, that’s now a possibility. You can wear a clear custom aligner to gently guide your teeth into their proper position. The trays are removable so that you can eat whatever you want.

Dental Bonding

Cosmetic bonding is a classic procedure for covering small chips and rough spots quickly and economically. It’s not going out of style any time soon!

Dental Implants

An implant serves a dual function and cosmetic purpose. By replacing a missing tooth, can implant can help you chew and fill in an unsightly gap in your smile.

Gum Contouring

Sick of your gummy smile? A little gum reshaping can make your teeth look longer and more even.

Which procedure is right for your smile? Contact your local cosmetic dentist to find out.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123

Jan
6

5 Ways to Reshape Your Smile

Sometimes, you may find yourself looking in the mirror or at a photo and think: “I wish my smile wasn’t so uneven!”

Thanks to a few advancements in cosmetic dentistry, there are a several ways you can even out your smile and show it off with killer confidence.

Gum Recontouring

There may be nothing wrong with your teeth, themselves. Rather, excess gum tissue around one or two teeth may give the illusion that they’re uneven. A dentist or gum specialist can reshape your gums to look more natural.

Porcelain Dental Crowns

Does your smile look crooked because of having an unusually small tooth or two? A cosmetic crown to reshape and cover it up entirely may be your answer.

Dental Veneers

If you want a lasting and natural-looking way to reshape your teeth, then veneers are the way to go. A veneer is a porcelain shell placed over a front tooth. It essentially replaces the outer layer of enamel and creates a brand-new appearance when you smile.

Cosmetic Bonding

Bonding is a non-invasive procedure that delivers immediate results. Small gaps and chips in your smile can be reshaped at a negligible cost with some tooth-colored and light-cured dental composite.

Botox

You didn’t see this one coming on the list of dental procedures!

Yet, it’s true. Minor procedures involving a product like Botox can help correct the way your mouth pulls up in a smile.

This kind of procedure isn’t available in just any dental office. You may have to ask around a bit to find a cosmetic dentist who is experienced in providing the service.

Get more suggestions by visiting a cosmetic dentist near you.

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

Nov
28

Is a Dental Crown Right for Your Smile?

Posted in Crowns

Damaged, decayed, and dull-looking teeth can be updated and reinforced with dental crowns. But a cap isn’t your only option. Before you decide to get a crown, you should know what it can do for your smile and what your other options are.

Why Choose a Dental Crown

Dental caps are great for:

  • Strengthening teeth with little remaining tooth structure
  • Protecting teeth weakened by enamel loss
  • Capping teeth with root canals
  • Covering teeth made sensitive by large fillings
  • Preventing tooth damage from teeth grinding
  • Anchoring a dental bridge
  • Finishing off a dental implant

There may be other situations in which your dentist feels your tooth needs a crown. In general, dental caps bring the benefits of strength, protection, and beauty to a smile.

When You May Want to Pass on a Crown

There are, however, a couple of instances in which a full dental crown isn’t so ideal.

Perhaps one of your front teeth has a small chip in it. You could cap it with an entire crown. But for a more conservative look, you might opt for a cosmetic dental veneer. Front teeth don’t experience as much bite pressure as the back ones, so as long as a tooth is structurally-sound, you may not need a full dental cap.

Something similar is the case when it comes to molars. Back teeth with minimal damage may not need to be completely covered with a cap. Instead, they may qualify for a restoration called an inlay or onlay. This works like a combination crown and filling.

The best way to find out which kind of restoration your tooth needs is to see your local dentist for an examination.

Posted on behalf of:
Manhattan Dental Design
315 W 57
th St Suite 206
New York, NY 10019
(646) 504-4377

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

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