Dental Tips Blog

Oct
19

What You Should Know Before Getting Dental Veneers

Posted in Veneers

If you’re sick of having front teeth that are dull, chipped, or unevenly spaced, then you might need dental veneers. Veneers are the secret to getting that gorgeous celebrity-caliber smile you’ve always dreamed of!

Just make sure that you have all the facts about dental veneers before you start planning your smile makeover.

Dental Veneers Permanently Alter Your Teeth

There is a kind of ultra-thin veneer that can fit over your existing tooth enamel. But traditional veneers do require removing a layer of your enamel in order to avoid a bulky sensation.

Once your teeth are prepared for veneers, there’s no going back. That enamel will never grow back on its own. You’ll have to wear veneers on your teeth on a permanent basis to avoid tooth sensitivity and decay.

Dental Veneers Are Not Permanent

Despite the fact that getting veneers will permanently alter your teeth, the veneers themselves are not permanent.

If a veneer chips off or fractures, you’ll have to buy a new one since your teeth can no longer go without veneers. You have to be very careful with your veneers if you want them to last you a long time.

Dental Veneers Can’t Substitute for Fillings or Crowns

Do you have large cracks or spots of decay in your front teeth? Veneers could be insufficient to fix those problems. Dental veneers only offer superficial cosmetic value; they can’t restore damaged tooth material.

Depending on your dental health needs, you may have to get a filling or some crowns instead of those veneers you’d like.

Meet with a cosmetic dentist in your area to find out whether or not veneers are right for you.

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

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

Jun
21

Are Dental Veneers Bad for Teeth?

Posted in Veneers

Porcelain veneers close up gaps in front teeth, even out tooth size, restore damaged enamel, and cover up stubborn stains.

But veneers do have a couple of drawbacks. You might wonder: “could veneers harm my teeth?”

The Downsides of Dental Veneers 

Once your first get your porcelain veneers put on, your teeth will likely feel a little sensitive. The dentist has to remove a thin layer of enamel from the front of your teeth. The sensitivity should go away with time as your teeth adjust, but if it doesn’t, there are dental products and treatments that can provide relief.

Another drawback of dental veneers is the fact that the process requires removing a thin layer of enamel from the teeth slated to get veneers. This is an irreversible process and one of the reasons some claim that veneers are “bad.” Removing a small layer of enamel is essential to secure the veneer and create a smooth finish. Simply putting a porcelain veneer on top of existing enamel will make the tooth feel too big and you’d have trouble closing your lips together.

The drawback to this process is that if your veneer falls off, you have to have it replaced or crown your tooth. Once that enamel layer is gone, you can’t leave your exposed tooth as-is ever again or it will suffer from sensitivity and be prone to decay.

Successful Veneer Treatment 

Consult with an experienced cosmetic dentist before you dive into getting veneers. Ask how you can prepare for veneers and about temporary or reversible veneer alternatives. Taking good care of your restorations for years to come will help keep your new smile healthy.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Smiles Dentistry
2655 Dallas Highway Suite 510
Marietta, GA 30064
770.422.8776

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

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

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
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

Mar
6

6 Ways Dental Veneers Will Perfect Your Smile

Posted in Veneers

Celebrities, actors, and many others in the spotlight have gorgeous smiles. It’s not that they were born with teeth any better than ours – they’ve just had a lot of little imperfections covered up.

Often, this is all thanks to dental veneers.

Here’s how porcelain veneers could work wonders for you, as well:

  1. Close Gaps

By making the veneers just a little bigger than the teeth, your dentist can span a considerable gap between teeth.

This function of veneers makes them a potential alternative to braces.

  1. Whiten Teeth Instantly

Stubborn stain that won’t go away with bleaching can be masked over with a porcelain veneer.

  1. Cover Up Chipped Teeth

If you’re tired of a chip in your tooth making you look childish or unprofessional, then get it fixed with a veneer (which is less invasive than a crown.)

  1. Even Out Your Smile

Can’t shake the feeling that one tooth is just a tiny bit longer than the others?

A veneer can erase even the smallest irregularities and create a uniform smile line.

  1. Smooth Enamel

Rough tooth surfaces tend to trap a lot of stain. It goes without saying that your tongue can’t seem to stay away from the odd texture! You’ll feel a lot better about your smile with a smoother surface created by veneers.

  1. Hide Old Fillings

Sick of a patchwork of stained, old, tooth-colored fillings that show on your front teeth? Many times, restoring those teeth with dental crowns is the best option. But you never know; your dentist may find that the fillings are small enough to be covered over by veneers.

Schedule a smile consultation with your local dentist to find out whether veneers are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Bayshore Dental Center
810 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd #2900
Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 330-2006

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