Dental Veneers

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What are dental veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel. It is often the material of choice for those looking to make slight position alterations, or to change tooth shape, size, and/or color.

Your dentist will most likely begin with a smile analysis to determine what steps are necessary to achieve the smile you desire. In addition, your dentist may create a diagnostic mock-up that will allow you to “try on” veneers and other procedures to see if the final result is actually what you’re looking for. Your dentist may also show you a photo of how your new smile will look. This is called cosmetic imaging

Patients with stains and damaged, chipped or worn and discolored filings or with gaps between their front teeth may choose veneers instead of crowns.

Veneers1-192x300 Dental VeneersVeneers Consultation and Treatment Planning

To determine if you are a candidate for dental veneers, your dentist will schedule a preliminary consultation during which your oral health will be evaluated and all available treatment options discussed. Veneer treatment involving tooth preparation is irreversible, so it is important that your dentist discuss any alternatives that provide the same results but with minimal to no removal of tooth structure. If you and your dentist decide that veneers are the best option, the next step involves a thorough review of treatment details, including preparing your teeth for your specific veneer procedure and what will be necessary for them to look and fit correctly.

During your veneers consultation, you will actively participate in the “smile design process.” By sharing your preferences for the shape, length, width and color of the veneers and the change in the appearance of your smile that you want them to create, you help ensure that your veneer treatment will meet your expectations. It is important that your dentist understands your objectives when undergoing a veneer procedure.

The Veneer Dental Procedure

There are several steps in the dental veneer procedure. First, your dentist will likely administer a local anesthetic so you will be comfortable during tooth preparation and placement of the veneer. Your natural tooth is then prepared by minimally reshaping it with a small handheld rotational cutting device called a bur to provide the best fit. Burs come in various shapes and sizes and allow precise and minimal shaping of a tooth prior to veneer placement.

If your treatment involves direct composite resin veneers, your dentist then will apply the appropriately shaded composite to your teeth, shape the material and harden it using a high intensity light. Additional layers of composite may be applied to build the veneer to the correct shape, length and form for your smile. When all composite is placed, the veneers will be finished and polished using burs and polishers to create a vital and lifelike smile.

 

If your treatment requires porcelain veneers, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth from which a mold of your mouth will be made. This impression may be sent to an outside dental laboratory where the veneers will be professionally fabricated. Some dentists have an in-house dental laboratory and technicians to provide restorative and esthetic treatments such as porcelain veneers in less time. Other dentists have chairside CAD/CAM technology and may fabricate the veneer in one visit.

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Healthy Diet

wheat_thins Healthy DietA healthy diet is a healthy smile

Today more than ever it is challenging to following a healthy diet, especially where beverages are concerned. We have a few very valuable tips for our patients which can save them time, money, and discomfort in the long run.

Soft drinks

The average 12 oz. can of soda contains 9-12 teaspoons of sugar. The bacteria that typically live in the mouth feed on the sugar they find on the teeth. When the bacteria digest the sugar, they produce acid which will slowly dissolve the protective outer layer of enamel. Eventually a hole is created in the enamel by this acid and can develop into a serious cavity.

The other ingredient in many sodas is acid, either phosphoric or citric. These acids also have a very low pH and can dissolve enamel by slowly demineralizing it. Not only can the acid cause decay but they also “erode” the teeth often leading to the wearing away of the biting edges. Once the enamel is worn away, the dentin layer is exposed, which can be very sensitive, as well as vulnerable to a faster rate of decay. Soda might best be called “liquid candy.” It is one of the most damaging beverages to the teeth and the biggest source of refined sugar in the America diet.

Snack foods

Foods that stick to your teeth (such as potato chips and dried fruit), foods that dissolve slowly in your mouth (like granola bars or hard candy), and eating too many sweets in general encourage tooth decay.

 How often we eat

healthydiet2 Healthy DietThe bacteria in your mouth feed on foods that are sweet or starchy and produce acid that attacks the teeth for up to 20 minutes. The more frequently you eat will expose your teeth to acids which eventually cause tooth decay (unless you immediately brush afterwards.)

The most beneficial eating regimen would be to combine your foods into a meal. Sticky and starchy foods create less acid in the mouth when eaten as part of a meal because saliva production increases at mealtime. Saliva rinses away food and neutralizes harmful acids, re mineralizes teeth and keeps them resistant to acid attacks.

 What and HOW we SHOULD eat

Smart food choices timed properly play an important role in your dental health.

A balanced diet boosts your immune system and provides you with the nutrients needed to maintain strong teeth and healthy gums. This includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, moderate amounts of proteins, carbs such as whole grains and beans, dairy products, and unsaturated fats.

Cheese, nuts, onions and some teas have been known to slow down the bacterial growth responsible for dental decay.

 

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How to Floss

Marielaina-Perrone-DDS-Flossing-300x199 How to FlossIf You Want to Look Like a Boss, Then You Should Frequently Floss

At home, dental care is necessary and flossing is an essential part of dental hygiene, even more than brushing. The main purpose of flossing is to remove food residue between our teeth and prevent plaque formation.

The American Dental association reports that only 50 percent of Americans floss daily, 31 percent less than daily and 18 percent don’t floss at all.

But when you consider that flossing helps prevent gum disease and cavities and not flossing is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, it makes you wonder why more people don’t do it.

Flossing Facts

1. Maybe you’re too tired at the end of the day to bother with flossing. Yet, it doesn’t really matter when you do it. The most important thing is to just do it—once a day. Whether you floss before or after you brush doesn’t much matter, either.

2. Here’s a no-brainer tip for easy flossing: Try storing floss in your car, in your bag or in your office drawer—then break it out when you have time (just don’t floss in public—your friends and coworkers will thank you). There’s no need to floss in front of a mirror, either.

3. Flossing should not be painful. It’s normal for it to be uncomfortable when you first start, but within a week or two, that discomfort should ease.

4. Be aware of flossing too hard—it could damage the tissue between your teeth. But don’t be too gentle either, which might not result in a complete job.

5. Children should start to floss as soon as they have two teeth that touch.

Flossing the Right way

floss2 How to FlossThe right way to floss your teeth consists of few essential and not overly difficult steps.

  • Not flossing enough
    You need to floss daily to prevent build-up of the dreaded tartar. And remember, when you first begin to floss, gums can bleed’don’t let that deter you. Try to floss at night before bed so the plaque between your teeth doesn’t have all night to rest and fester.
  • Not removing the plaque
    A lot of us use floss only to remove food that’s stuck between our teeth. Remember, for floss to be useful, you need to spend the time required to remove plaque: scraping the surface up and down two or three times, moving gently below the gum line, on both sides of each tooth. Having difficulty? Ask your dentist to recommend a type of floss (waxed vs. unwaxed, for example) suitable for your teeth.
  • Not using enough pressure
    It takes some elbow grease to actually clear the tooth of plaque. Press firmly against the tooth, while moving gently and slowly when guiding the floss under the gum line.
  • Not flossing long enough
    Most of us have 28 teeth, which means it should take us about two minutes for decent results. Add in the two to three minutes required for brushing, and it takes about five minutes an evening to ensure you have a set of teeth that can last you a lifetime.

 

Flossing Vs brushing

There have been endless debates between brushing and flossing. Which is better?

Flossing essentially removes the food residue between your teeth that a toothbrush might fail to reach and brushing is indispensable for the rest of your teeth and oral cavity.

When all is said and done, brushing and flossing are both important for your oral health. If you are planning to keep your teeth strong and in optimal health for life, make sure you use both techniques. If you brush your teeth, but do not floss, you are leaving a lot of plaque and bacteria which can cause gum disease and cavities.

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