If you’re looking for a fast and simple solution to a smile that has lost its luster, you may not need to look any further than dental veneers. They can transform broken, discolored, or uneven teeth into a perfect set of pearly whites.
What are veneers?
These thin, tooth-colored shells are bonded directly onto the front surfaces of your teeth. They are usually made from porcelain or composite resin, and fit onto your tooth perfectly. They provide a uniform and natural look; in fact, most people won’t even be able to tell they’re not your original teeth.
What problems do they fix?
Some of the dental issues that are remedied by veneers include:
• Chipped or broken teeth
• Discoloration from severe staining or exposure to certain medications or chemicals
• Worn enamel from age or bad habits
• Improper tooth alignment
• Gaps between teeth
What are the benefits?
Because porcelain reflects lights in the same manner as natural teeth, dental veneers look completely natural. They are bonded on very well so that they rarely fall off or are damaged from wear. Veneers remain bright and shiny for a very long time, and resist stains from foods and drinks that often stain natural teeth. Also, your dentist usually does not have to alter your original tooth significantly in order to apply veneers. Most often, veneer procedures are performed without anesthesia or pain medication because there is very minimal discomfort involved.
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Most people don’t worry if their children get a cavity or two. Unfortunately, tooth decay can have an impact on can impact, development, nutrition, and behavior. Identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a silent epidemic, tooth decay occurs five times more often in children than asthma. By kindergarten, 40 percent of kids will have developed cavities.
During difficult financial times, such as the ones our country has recently faced, families have to prioritize their spending and dental care is often seen as optional. For infants and children, dental checkups are an important component of overall health. Because tooth nerves are close to the blood supply, tooth infections can quickly and easily spread, which can lead to serious complications.
Other issues can also arise. When children have pain from cavities, they may eat less, increasing the risk for malnutrition. If kids are malnourished, they can have difficulty learning. Sometimes, parents mistakenly believe baby teeth don’t matter, but that’s not the case. If early teeth are lost too soon, permanent teeth can come in at the wrong time and in the wrong location, creating future orthodontic problems.
These tips will help you keep your child’s smile healthy and strong:
- Schedule a first exam between ages one and three. Make regular checkup appointments twice a year after that.
- Start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as the first one erupts.
- Limit sticky, starchy, and sweet foods.
- Select healthy snacks like fruits, vegetables, and cheese.
- Talk with your dentist about applying a fluoride varnish to protect teeth.
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