Cosmetic Dentistry: Some Food for Thought

Changing your smile through the treatments available in cosmetic dentistry is a great way to improve your look and boost your self-esteem. Here is some food for thought if you’re considering cosmetic dentistry procedures.

There are lots of treatments to consider.
Cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of procedures, each targeting certain issues and goals. Some of the options include teeth whitening, orthodontics, bonding, veneers, implants, crowns, and contouring. Schedule an appointment with your dentist to discuss what you dislike about your smile, and find out what treatments might be most helpful in achieving your goals.

Choosing the dentist is important.
Different dentists specialize in different areas, so it’s important to find one who is qualified and experienced in cosmetic procedures. Ask about the dentist’s training and continuing education, and request referrals from other patients. Also ask to see before and after photos of patients who have undergone the procedures you are interested in having done. Your experience with cosmetic dentistry will only be as good as the dentist who performs the treatment.

Your teeth aren’t the only thing to consider.
It is easy to focus only on your teeth when you think about your smile. There are actually many other important factors, such as face shape, bite alignment, lip structure, and gum position. For example, sometimes teeth may look uneven but it is really the gums that are not consistent in your smile. Your cosmetic dentist should consider all aspects of your oral health before embarking on treatment.

Your gum health is important.
Gum disease should be treated prior to cosmetic treatment to help ensure the success of any work you have done.

Your bite can make a difference.
If your upper and lower teeth don’t fit properly together when you bite, you will likely damage any restorations that are used to improve your smile. Bite issues also can trigger teeth grinding and clenching, both of which are hard on restorations. Your bite must be considered as part of your cosmetic dentistry treatment.

 

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Making Smiles with Dental Veneers

If you are unhappy with your smile, it’s time to turn it into one that you can be proud of instead of hiding it all the time. One way that many people accomplish this is by getting dental veneers. These thin shells are cemented directly to the front surfaces of your teeth to give you a whole new look.

What can veneers do for me?
There are many reasons that veneers are a good choice for restoring a smile. They hide stained or discolored teeth, repair chips or advanced decay, and fill in gaps between teeth. Veneers also can be applied to cover crooked teeth and align your smile. Basically, veneers are a great way to improve the appearance of your smile!

Are there different types?
Veneers are most often made from porcelain or composite material. Porcelain is the most popular choice because it is very durable, looks natural, and resists stains. Although usually less expensive, composite veneers do not last as long. They stain more easily and require replacement more often, possibly making the initial cost benefit less appealing when you end up paying for replacements more frequently.

What is the process for getting veneers?
The first step is seeing your dentist to determine if veneers will meet your goals. Once you’ve decided that they are right for you, the dentist will prepare your teeth for veneers. While using topical anesthetic as needed so that you do not feel any discomfort, your dentist will gently alter the surface and shape of your teeth to make them ideal for veneers. After the preparation is complete, a mold of your teeth will be made using dental putty to create a model so that your veneers will fit exactly. Temporary veneers are usually placed while permanent ones are made, which takes several weeks. When your veneers are ready, your dentist will use special glue to permanently adhere them to your teeth. After trimming the edges, your new smile will be complete!

 

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Ways to Save Money on Dental Costs

In the current economy, many families are doing whatever it takes to cut costs. Putting off dental visits can actually end up costing you more in the long run, but there are ways to reduce dental expenses. The following tips will help you keep your teeth healthy and leave more money in your wallet:

Take good care of your teeth.
It may seem obvious, but brushing twice a day and flossing regularly will go a long way toward good oral health. The better shape your mouth is in, the less money you will spend on fillings or other repairs. If you have young children, encourage these habits with them as well.

Visit the dentist regularly.
Usually, your dental insurance covers a cleaning and exam twice a year. You have already paid the premiums so why not use the service. Plus, these appointments allow your dentist to monitor your dental health and catch any issues before they escalate into bigger problems.

Complete the necessary and/or more expensive procedures right away.
This tip may seem counter-intuitive to saving your budget, but this strategy really does work. If you don’t get the crown you need now, you could face a crown and a root canal later.

Inquire about payment plans.
Especially if you don’t have dental insurance, asking about payment plans can really help your pocket book – so you don’t have to pay a large sum all at once. At Metrowest Prosthodontics, third-party financing is offered through CareCredit and Citi Healthcard. Low or no-interest financing is available for qualified applicants.

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The Causes of Crooked Teeth

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, so when you have crooked teeth it really impacts the way you feel about yourself. You may not even allow yourself to smile at all! Have you ever wondered why your teeth are crooked in the first place?

 

Genetics

Experts say the most common reason behind misaligned or crooked teeth is that it’s an inherited trait. Just like the color of your eyes or hair, you may be predisposed to having teeth that aren’t in straight alignment. Some genetic conditions can influence your bite, making top and bottom teeth improperly meet when you close your mouth. The pressure on your teeth from a misaligned bite can produce crooked teeth.

 

Mouth and jaw shape

Another reason for teeth being out of place is that your mouth may be too small. Your teeth become crowded and shift in order to make space for all your teeth to fit. Also, it’s possible your upper and lower jaws aren’t the same size or didn’t form correctly.

 

Timing

Early loss of baby or adult teeth can both result in making the teeth left behind become crooked. Tooth overcrowding can occur when permanent teeth replace the baby teeth. Misalignment of teeth can happen when adult teeth shift to take over the spots where adult teeth have fallen out.

 

Trauma

Jaw or facial trauma often shifts your teeth out of place. Your jaw may also become misaligned due to an injury. In fact, traumas can cause some of the most severe cases of crooked teeth.

 

Bad habits

Common oral health issues during childhood may cause overlapping and twisted teeth. These include habits like thumb sucking, prolonged use of a pacifier or bottle, and tongue thrusting. These behaviors may apply force to the teeth and cause them to shift into improper positions.

 

Disease

Gum disease can impact the position of your teeth, especially when you lose teeth due to advanced gum disease called periodontitis. Your remaining teeth may shift with the extra space in your mouth. Also, diseases such as cancer can result in mouth or jaw tumors that alter the location of your teeth and jaw.

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Making Your Smile Shine

A bright, healthy smile is a goal for most people. It takes care and good habits to achieve that goal however. Of course, brushing and flossing are the most obvious way to keep your teeth and gums healthy. There are some additional ways of improving your smile and making it last for a long time.
See your dentist regularly
Experts recommend seeing your dentist every six months. Your dentist will examine your entire mouth to make sure everything looks healthy, and clean your teeth to get rid of plaque buildup and stains.

Choose what you eat carefully
A nutritious diet promotes overall wellness and oral health. A balanced intake of vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy, and lean proteins should be included. Crunchy fruits and vegetables also gently remove plaque from your teeth and gums.

Rinse your mouth
After drinking or eating foods that have a reputation for staining teeth, you should rinse your mouth with water if you’re unable to access a toothbrush at the time.


Quit using tobacco products

Smoking and using other tobacco products develops hard-to-remove stains on your teeth. It also creates bad breath, and increases your risk of oral cancer.

Chew sugarless gum with xylitol

A natural sweetener, xylitol has been added to many sugarless gums and candies. It also is beneficial in lowering the levels of oral bacteria, which in turn reduces your risk of cavities.


Break bad habits

Don’t chew on items like fingernails and pens, and don’t use your teeth as a tool to open things. These habits can fracture or chip your teeth.

Listen to your body

Don’t ignore your body’s warning signs that something might require treatment. If you have a toothache or gums that bleed easily, see your dentist as soon as possible so that you can catch problems before they worsen.

Play smart

If you participate in sports, ask your dentist about wearing a mouthguard to protect yourself from injuries.

 

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