Smile makeovers can be life-changing, revitalizing your smile and leaving you with the self-confidence only a bright, healthy smile can bring. Because of its importance, you will want to care for your smile and make it last as long as possible.
Use a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste that won’t dull or scratch your teeth’s polish and will leave the surfaces clean and shiny. Brush at least twice a day, or immediately after meals.
Floss regularly to prevent decay and remove food particles, debris, and plaque from between the teeth. Ask your dentist if your restorations have any special flossing needs. Some crowns may require that the floss be pulled out horizontally between the teeth, as opposed to lifting it up between the teeth.
Avoid mouth rinses that contain alcohol, as those can damage composite fillings and weaken the bond between crowns and veneers and your natural tooth. Protect your restorations by using an alcohol-free mouthwash.
Avoid foods and beverages that are known to stain or discolor teeth. Red wine, soy or tomato sauce, coffee or tea, blackberries, blueberries, and beets will all leave residual color on your teeth. Limit their effects by rinsing your mouth out with water after eating and by brushing immediately after meals.
Smoking cigarettes should be avoided entirely, as it is terrible for your body as well as your teeth. Smoking can leave yellow stains on your teeth, lips, and fingers. Avoid this unsightly problem by stopping smoking today.
Do not bite or chew on hard objects such as ice, pens, pencils, or fingernails. Avoid hard or sticky candy. When playing sports, use a mouth guard to prevent trauma to your mouth, teeth, and tongue. Wear a night guard if you grind your teeth at night to prevent unintentional damage to your restorations and natural teeth.
Be sure to continue seeing your dentist twice a year for regular cleanings and check-ups to maintain your healthy smile, and with proper care and maintenance, you can enjoy your new smile for years to come!
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What is a dental veneer?
- A dental veneer is a cosmetic dentistry option in which a thin wafer (or shell) of a tooth-colored composite material or porcelain is placed on top of the surface of your tooth in order to enhance the aesthetic appearance of a tooth.
What dental problems can be corrected by dental veneers?
- Dental veneers can be used to correct crooked, gapped, missing, or misaligned teeth. They can hide discolored, dingy or stained teeth, as well as teeth that are short, small, or uneven.
What materials are used to make a dental veneer?
- Veneers can be created using porcelain or resin composite materials. Zirconium veneers are extremely strong and light. Porcelain has excellent light-reflecting properties that closely mimic the look of natural teeth.
How are dental veneers applied?
- Your cosmetic dentist will prepare your teeth by shaping or “prepping” them. A small amount of the natural tooth enamel is removed, ensuring that when the veneer is placed, it won’t appear bulky or unnatural. Composite resin veneers will be created by your dentist within your mouth in a single appointment. Porcelain veneers must be created in a dental lab and are cemented to your teeth in a second appointment. You will wear temporary veneers until your permanent porcelain veneers are created and ready to place.
How long do dental veneers last?
- Your veneers can last between 10 and 20 years. You should avoid chewing on hard things such as ice, pencils, or fingernails.
What are some disadvantages of dental veneers?
- The process of tooth grinding is irreversible. They are not usually repairable if they crack or chip, and will need to be replaced. A tooth with a veneer may be more sensitive to extreme temperatures in drinks or food.
How do I care for my dental veneers?
- Dental veneers don’t require any special care. You will need to continue to brush and floss as you normally would to maintain proper dental hygiene.
The American Dental Association suggests that children visit a dentist by the age of one. Most experts recommend you take your child to their first dental appointment within six months of the first tooth’s eruption. When this time comes, you may wonder if your family dentist is an appropriate choice for your child’s dental health needs.
A family dentist sees patients of all ages and can treat a child from infancy through their teens and into adulthood. Your family dentist likely already has a well-established relationship with your entire family and has knowledge of any family health history which may apply to your child.
Most family dentists offer a full range of services, including many that are specific to children. Regular check-ups, cleanings, fillings, x-rays, sealant application, and orthodontia assessment are all services your family dentist can provide.
Education is also a major part of any family practice. Your family dentist can help your child understand the importance of daily oral care, as well advise you on a broad range of other oral health topics specific to your child.
If you take your child for their first visit around the time the first tooth erupts, they will be too young to be nervous. However, if you wait until they are older, your child may be anxious when visiting your family dentist. Prepare your child for their first visit by taking them to one of your appointments to see you having your teeth cleaned and examined, or look for books geared to teaching children about dental visits. Make sure your child is well rested before the visit and plan plenty of time so the visit is not rushed. These simple steps will help your child feel relaxed and comfortable with your family dentist.
When the time comes for your child’s first dental visit, you can enjoy the convenience and flexibility of visiting your trusted family dental practice while feeling confident they will be receiving the best oral health care available.
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Teeth whitening is currently one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures in the country. Once thought to be something only people like movie stars and models could use, teeth whitening is now available to any dental patient, with both in-office and at-home options.
You may have wondered if teeth whitening is for you. Caring for your teeth is an important part of your personal hygiene, and receiving regular dental checkups ensures continued tooth health and functionality.
As we age, however, our teeth begin to darken or to stain and discolor. This is a natural part of growing older, but the process can be accelerated by the consumption of dark liquids such as wine, coffee, tea, or dark soda. Certain foods, such as blackberries, blueberries and beets will all discolor your teeth. Other sources of food-based stains include tomato sauce, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce. Smoking can rapidly discolor teeth, and is an unhealthy habit, affecting both your body and your teeth. It is known to leave teeth yellow or brown.
Studies have shown that when we feel good about our teeth and smiles, we are more relaxed, more comfortable socially, and have more self-confidence. Having a bright and attractive smile is an asset, both professionally and personally.
Perhaps you have a special event coming up. Look your best in the holiday photos! Blow them away at your high school reunion; they’ll say you haven’t aged a day. Even events like an important first date or a job interview can be occasions for teeth whitening and smile brightening.
Whether the shade of your teeth is only slightly discolored, or if you have deeply stained teeth, teeth whitening can help brighten your smile. Talk to your dentist about your smile concerns. Your dentist will know best which products, either at-home or in-office, will be best suited to address your specific brightening needs.
Start enjoying the benefits of a brighter, whiter smile today. Don’t wait to take this simple step toward a more confident, more attractive you!
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