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

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

Nov
26

Will Dental Bonding Be Enough for Your Chipped Tooth?

Posted in Bonding

If you have a chipped tooth, your dentist may be able to patch on a little tooth-colored filling material in a procedure called dental bonding.

Dental bonding is a popular solution for chipped teeth because it’s:

  • Fast, delivering instant results
  • So conservative that drilling and numbing injections usually aren’t needed
  • Cost-effective

However, dental bonding isn’t the best option in every case. You may have to go with a different procedure depending on how damaged your tooth is.

When to Bond a Tooth

Bonding is usually sufficient for a chip in a front tooth that becomes a cosmetic issue or an annoyance. Not all tooth fractures hurt, but a crack can leave a sharp edge that hurts your lips or tongue.

Your Options When Bonding Isn’t Enough

Even if your dentist feels that your tooth needs more than bonding, you still have other options.

The next step up may be a dental veneer. Veneers are usually made of porcelain and they fit over the entire front of a tooth. Rather than risking a large patch of bonding material that may have to be redone time and again, you can just get a completely smooth finish the first time with a dental veneer.

If the chip in your tooth is rather large, then you’ll need the structural support of a crown. Dental caps cover the whole tooth and help to evenly distribute the pressure from biting. A chipped tooth that’s likely to get worse over time may need a crown rather than bonding.

Is Bonding Right for You?

Find out what restorative option is best for your tooth by scheduling a consultation with your local dentist.

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

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

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