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Learn More about the Causes of Infected Wisdom Teeth

October 9, 2019 by Ryan Daniel  

Your wisdom teeth are actually large teeth located at the back of the mouth. They are usually called the third molars and are the last teeth to grow in, sprouting at 17 to 25 years of age. Just like the rest of your teeth, your wisdom tooth can also decay, become impacted, get a cavity, and get stuck in or below the gum line.  A wisdom tooth infection requires treatment by a dentist. However, not all pain leads to a tooth infection. Read as we discuss more about wisdom teeth pain and infection.

Wisdom Tooth Infection Explained

Because they are harder to reach and clean by brushing and flossing, wisdom teeth are at a higher risk of infection. Food and bacteria can get trapped in the spaces between the gums and teeth. A wisdom tooth that is impacted might not correctly grow through the gums. They might grow in at an angle, partially emerge or develop sideways. Partially impacted tooth are at a higher risk for infection.

An infection happens when there is an overgrowth of bacteria in holes in the tooth’s enamel. There are many kinds of bacteria that cause infection in and around the wisdom teeth. There are rare cases where the infection can spread to the other areas of the mouth and even the head. Some of these types of bacteria that cause wisdom tooth infection include Streptococcus, Prevotella, Aggregatibacter, Fusobacterium and Actinomyces.

Wisdom Tooth Infection Treatments

Treatments options for an infected wisdom tooth can include medication for treatment, dental work for repair and surgery for removal. Your dentist will first have to closely examine your wisdom teeth, and take an x-ray of the affected area. From here, he will determine the best procedures and treatment options for the tooth.

·         Treatment. Antibiotics will clear up an infected wisdom tooth, healing the tooth and preventing the spread of bacteria. This will have to be taken one week before the affected tooth is removed or repaired. Some of the most common prescribed antibiotics include penicillin, clindamycin, amoxicillin and erythromycin. Your dentist will also recommend pain medication, such as aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen.

·         Repair. Once the infection has cleared up, you will have to see the dentist again to remove or repair the tooth. Fixing a wisdom tooth cavity is the same as fixing any other teeth, usually with a crown or filling. To do so, the dentist will first file down the sides of the tooth, removing rough edges that can trap bacteria or food.

·         Removal. In the case of a damaged wisdom tooth, the dentist will have to partly or completely remove it. Dental surgery might be needed to remove an impacted wisdom tooth to also prevent future infections. The dentist will remove gum tissue from the top of the impacted wisdom tooth so it can grow through, or they will just remove the tooth’s top part to protect the nerves, roots and the jawbone.

Wisdom Tooth Infection Home Remedies

Home remedies might not treat an infected wisdom tooth, but these simple treatments can give you temporary relief from discomfort and pain. Some of these remedies include salt water rinse, cold compress, clove oil application, hydrogen peroxide rinse, and over-the-counter medication. Make sure to first consult your dentist before using these remedies.

Although it is hard to prevent an impacted wisdom tooth, you can very well help prevent them from getting infected. Make sure that you schedule regular checkups with your dentist to prevent any complications. Also, see your doctor as soon as you can if you experience any pain or discomfort in your mouth. Finally, always ensure good oral hygiene; brushing and flossing regularly can help keep your wisdom teeth from being infected.

How a Smile Makeover Can Change a Life

September 30, 2019 by Ryan Daniel  

Our smiles are a big part of our life, being it something that we use and show every day. Unfortunately, there are some who are not very happy with their smile, and are too conscious to show them. If you are one of these people, then perhaps it is time for a change by getting a smile makeover. A smile makeover is the best way to improve your smile’s appearance, and completely change your life for the better.

Defining a Smile Makeover

A smile makeover is made up of one or more cosmetic dentistry treatments that aims to improve the appearance of the smile, mostly including teeth whitening, teeth straightening and dental implants, among many others. Smile makeovers can also include dermal fillers and other facial aesthetic procedures. By combining these treatments, you can get a complete makeover with facial features that complement your new smile.

Benefits of a Smile Makeover        

·         Boost self-confidence. If you are not happy with your smile, know that you are not alone. One study showed that a third of American adults are actually not happy with their smile. If you are not comfortable smiling in photos, or are reluctant to let people see your smile, a smile makeover is what you need. If you want whiter, straighter or more even teeth, cosmetic dentistry will give you the look that you want. Once you are happy with your smile, you will feel your confidence level rise. You will find yourself more comfortable facing the world.

·         Improve relationship prospects. A beautiful smile can make you more attractive to others. A survey showed that 71 percent of women and 58 percent of men first judge the smile during dates. With a new smile and renewed confidence, new dating opportunities and relationship prospects can open up for you. Aside from charming your date, you also have the confidence to be yourself, relax and focus on having fun.

·         Lead to new career opportunities. Having a good set of teeth can give you a more professional appearance. The more professional you look, you higher your chances of landing potentially exciting career opportunities. Pearly whites imply confidence and success, which are qualities that can make you a perfect candidate for a new position or a promotion. Also, when you smile more, you appear more approachable to your colleagues and superiors.

·         Improve oral health. Aside from improving your appearance, a smile makeover is also beneficial to your oral health. During your visits with the dentist, the dentist will also look into your overall oral health. They will check your teeth and gums, ensuring that your mouth is healthy before proceeding with any treatments. Bad oral hygiene like gum disease can lead to serious health problems like lung problems, arthritis, diabetes and heart disease. Thus, with improved oral health also comes improved overall health.

·         Improve mood. Now that you have improved your confidence and self-esteem, given new opportunities for personal and professional growth, and have a cleaner bill of health overall, you can now experience perhaps the most important benefit from a smile makeover, which is happiness. Every time you smile, your body releases feel-good chemicals like serotonin, endorphins and dopamine. At the same time, stress hormone levels will fall, which reduces your anxiety, stress and negative thoughts.

Indeed. Having a smile makeover can change your life for the better. If you are considering getting one, schedule a consultation with a reputable cosmetic dentist in your area now. They can help you determine the problem areas of your smile, the treatments needed to fix it, and how you can maintain it so your pearly whites last a long time.

Good Choices for Your Oral Health

September 23, 2019 by Ryan Daniel  

Dental health is more important than most people realize. It has a big influence in your overall health. In fact, your oral health gives some important clues on what is happening on the rest of your body. A few lifestyle choices, like nutritional imbalance, smoking, alcohol drinking, physical inactivity, and sleep shortage can hurt your oral health. This is why aside from good oral hygiene, you should also make the right lifestyle choices.

Below are six lifestyle changes that greatly improve your dental and overall health. 

Avoid Alcohol and Tobacco 

When you stop smoking, you will be protected against oral cancer and other health complications. It will also eliminate several ill effects brought about by agents that neutralize tobacco smell, like coffee, tea and candies. Tobacco also creates an environment in the mouth for bacteria and plaque to thrive, harming the tissues and bones that support the teeth. Alcoholcauses dental problems by making the mouth dehydrated. Cocktails are also harmful because they contain large amounts of sugar. 

Change your Diet and Cut Back on Sugar 

A diet high in sugar contributes to cavities, tooth decay and gum problems by increasing acidity and bacterial growth in the mouth. reduce your sugar intake by avoiding sugary snacks and sweetened drinks. Also brush and floss after every meal or snack, especially if they have sugar. Aside from cutting back on sugar, also make some changes in your diet. Here are food items recommended to improve oral health: leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, poultry, fish, eggs, cheese, and plain yogurt. 

Limit Coffee and Sodas 

These beverages are actually good for dental health because they contain high levels of phosphorous – for as long as they are consumed in small amounts. Too high amounts of phosphorous beats the calcium in the body, giving rise to dental issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Coffee and sodas also contain harmful additives like corn syrups and food dyes that can discolor teeth. Rather than reach for these drinks, go with milk instead. Milk builds strong enamel and strengthens teeth for a beautiful, healthy smile. 

Take Vitamins and Supplements 

Your teeth needs lots of calcium to stay strong and look healthy. This is why drinking milk and consuming dairy products like cheese and yogurt every day is essential. Calcium supplements can also help. Vitamin D and calcium ensures healthy teeth and gums, while vitamin B-complex supplements protect them from cracking and bleeding. Taking copper, iron, iodine, magnesium, potassium, and zinc are important, as well as food supplements like cod liver oil and coconut oil. 

Balance Your Hormones 

Many people are not aware that hormones play a huge role in oral health. For one, they control the acid-alkaline balance in the mouth. Also, hormones affect the way the body fights and heals diseases. Things like diet, sleep, physical activity, fitness and stress have a big impact on hormone levels as well as overall health, making a significant difference in dental health. Try to maintain a healthy lifestyle to ensure good hormone balance and then eventually reap the benefits of good dental health. 

Practice Good Oral Care and Visit Your Dentist 

Even when you lead a healthy lifestyle, it is still important that you maintain good oral habits and regularly visit your dentist. Remember that good oral hygiene contributes to both a great smile and good overall health. Brushing, flossing and professional cleanings prevent dental problems like infection, gum disease, bone loss and heart disease. For a full dental treatment, visit your dentist at least twice a year. These professionals can solve your existing dental problems, and prevent future oral problems from developing.

 

CBD Oil for Pain Management: Effects, Benefits, and Uses

September 19, 2019 by Ryan Daniel  

Despite a considerable amount of people using cannabidol oil to relieve pain, more research is still needed to make sure it is safe. By better understanding CBD, the stigma associated with it can be better overcome. Read on as we look at how CBD oil works and how it can help with pain management. 

Effects of CBD Oil 

Cannabidol is one of over a hundred compounds found in the cannabis plant called cannabinoids. Unlike the other cannabis cannabidoid tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, CBD does not give a psychoactive or high effect. This is because THC does not work on the same receptors as CBD. Once THC enters the body, it effects the endocannabidoid receptors of the brain and products a high feeling. This actives the reward system of the brain, releasing pleasure chemicals like dopamine. 

CBD, on the other hand, has a more complex effect. While it does not change a person’s state of mind, it influences the body to more effectively use its endocannabidoids. One thing that it does is to stop the body from absorbing anandamide, a compound that regulates pain. Increased levels of anandamide in the bloodstream can reduce the amount of pain a person feels. Cannabinol can also reduce inflammation in the nervous system and the brain, benefitting people suffering from insomnia, pain and some immune-system responses. 

Various cannabis plants, usually called marijuana or hemp, has various levels of chemical compounds. The manner of the plant’s breeding effects its CBD levels. Majority of CBD oil comes from industrial hemp, which mostly has a higher amount of CBD compared to marijuana. CBD oil manufacturers use different methods in extracting the compound. The extract they get it added to a carrier oil, which then makes it CBD oil. CBD oil is available in different strengths and is used in many ways. 

Benefits of CBD Oil 

For thousands of years, people have used CBD to treat different kinds of pain, although the medical community have only started to study it again. Below are some of the possible benefits of CBD oil in pain management. 

Arthritis Pain 

A study on an animal model aimed to see if CBD can help people manage their arthritis pain. For four days, researchers applied a gel topically that contains CBD to rats with arthritis. They noticed a significant drop in the signs of pain and inflammation among the animals, without any added side effects. People using CBD oil for arthritis can find relief from pain, although human studies still have to be done for further confirmation. 

Multiple Sclerosis 

Multiple sclerosis or MS is an autoimmune disease effecting the brain and nerves of the body. One of its most common symptoms is muscle spasms, which causes great and constant pain to its sufferers. A report found that using CBD for short-term can decrease spasticity levels. Although the results are modest, many people have reported a significant reduction in their symptoms. 

Chronic Pain 

The same research looked into CBD oil use for general chronic pain. after compiling results of reviews covering studies and trials, their research concluded substantial evidence that marijuana is effective in treating chronic pain among adults. Another separate study suggest that CBD can reduce inflammation and pain. Subjects are not likely to build up tolerance to CBD, so continuous dosage increases is not needed. 

Uses of CBD Oil 

Currently, CBD has a range of applications and several promising possibilities, including drug withdrawal and smoking cessation; treating epilepsy and seizures; anxiety treatment; antipsychotic effects among people with schizophrenia; reducing the effects of Alzheimer’s disease; and future applications in combating type 1 diabetes, acne and cancer. More research is still needed for confirm some of its uses, but it is already shaping up as a promising versatile treatment.

 

Find Out How Your Young Children or Teens Can Achieve Better Oral Health

September 16, 2019 by Ryan Daniel  

If you are a parent to a young child or teenager, you might have lots of questions when it comes to their good oral health – especially when it is your first time handling these kinds of situations. When is the right time to visit a dentist for the first time? Should my 6-year-old floss? At what age can my teenager start wearing braces? 

Many parents have a hard time determining just how much dental care their kids needs. Of course, they know that they should prevent the formation of cavities, but most of them do not know the best way to do so. Read on for some tips and guidelines on how you can help your children achieve better oral health. 

Oral Health Care for Babies and Toddlers 

Just like mom and dad, even small kids need to get regular checkups. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that children should start going to the dentist by the time they reach one year old, or when their first tooth appears.

 

But even before they reach their first year, you should already be taking steps to take care of their teeth and gums. Yes, they will eventually lose them, but baby teeth plays a big role in helping a child talk and chew properly. They are also crucial in creating a path for the permanent teeth that will follow. Here are some tips for baby and toddler dental health.

 

·         For babies with no teeth yet, clean the gums twice daily: after breakfast and after the last feeding of the day. If you can, clean them after every feeding. Start to brush your kid’s teeth with a little water once their first tooth appears.

·         Never put your child to sleep with a feeding bottle of milk, juice or any kind of sweetened liquid. For those babies who need a bottle to sleep, fill it with water instead.

·         Soothe a teething child by letting them chew on a cool spoon, cold wet washcloth or a clean teething ring. You can also try rubbing your child finger in the child’s gums.

·         Once your kid reaches the age of two, start giving them supervised brushing sessions. Place a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on a soft-bristled brush and teach them to spit the toothpaste out once they are done. Remember that swallowing too much fluoride can stain teeth permanently.

·         If your child is taking medicine, get them to brush their teeth afterwards. Most medicines come with sugar that can be converted to acid and ultimately damage the tooth enamel.

·         Choosing the right dentist for your kid is up to you. It helps to know that pediatric dentists get about two to three years of additional dental training so they can better address the specific needs of infants, kids and adolescents. 

Oral Health Care for Pre-Teens and Teens 

Pre-teens and teenagers will still get care from their pediatric dentists, but their basic dental health needs are almost practically the same with adults at this age. And even if they can do oral care on their own, you should still check into their routines from time to time. Here are some tips for pre-teens and teen dental health.

 

·         Brush your teeth twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste that has ADA’s Seal of Acceptance

·         Floss at least once a day

·         Maintain a healthy diet rich in vegetables and fruits, and low in sweetened food and beverages.

·         Limit snacks in-between meals, especially on food items high on sugar

·         Drinks lots of water

·         Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings 

As a parent, it is important that you let your kids know the importance of strong and healthy teeth. This means that, aside from the tips above, they should also not use their teeth as potato chip bag openers, fork tine straighteners and ice crushers. This way, you can face the world and confidently flash their pearly whites.

 

Baby Teething Comfort Tips

September 11, 2019 by Ryan Daniel  

Are you noticing your baby becoming fussier, biting down on practically anything they can get their mouth on? Do you now see a tooth starting to pop out from their gums? You will have to start thinking about teething solutions.

 

Teething is challenging time for both babies and their parents. Of course, any parent would hate to see their child suffer from the struggles of teething pain. Below are a few tips to help you and your baby sail through this challenging phase.

 

1.      Wash your hands and give your baby a gum massage. The pressure will counter the pressure of the teeth breathing through offering some comfort and relief from swelling gums.

2.      Chill your baby’s pacifier to lightly numb the gums and soothe them.

3.      Get your baby one of those baby-safe teething necklaces on the market. Aside from providing relief, these teething jewelries also look great!

4.      Many children refuse to eat while teething, mostly because of discomfort. Keep them fed and hydrated, while soothing their gums by giving them milk popsicles. There are lots of BPA-free popsicle forms in the market that you can fill with formula or breastmilk.

5.      Cut a big piece of an apple and allow it to chill in the freezer for a couple of hours, and let your baby gnaw on it. Just make sure that you stay close by to make sure that no pieces break off, which can be a potential choking hazard. A frozen bagel should also work.

6.      Just like most things, babies have preferences when it comes to teethers. Research on some of the most popular teethers that you can freeze. There are lots of rubber and wood options in the market today.

7.      If you can, strap your baby in a structured carrier and keep them close with you at all times. They will feel comforted being close to you, and help lessen the discomforts of teething.

8.      Keep your baby’s face dry and wipe the drool that comes with teething from their mouth, cheeks and chin. This might not stop their gums from aching, but this will prevent skin irritation that can potentially add to their discomfort.

9.      Moisten a texture washcloth and put it in the freezer before giving it to your child to gnaw on. While a plain washcloth will work, a terrycloth or those that come with ribbing will give added relief by creating friction.

10.  Infant-formula acetaminophen and other over the counter pain relievers can help take the edge off. This can come in handy among babies who cannot sleep because of the discomfort. If you are considering giving them medication, make sure to consult your baby’s pediatrician first.

11.  Refrigerate a spoon. This is something your child can easily hold on their own to push against their gums, chew on, and even play to distract themselves from the discomfort. Have a few of them in the freezer so you always have one at the ready.

12.  Place pureed foods in the refrigerator before feeding so the food feels cool on your child’s gums. It will offer them some relief and even encourage them to eat more.

13.  Studies have shown that reflexology have identified connections between the toes and teeth. Gently massage your baby’s foot, focusing on the toes.

14.  If you are nursing, offer your breast more to give your baby additional comfort and make sure that they are nourished.

 

Keep in mind that teething will not stay on your child for long, and the first few ones always seem to be the worst. Follow the tips above and you should soothe and give your baby comfort in no time.

 

What You Need to Know About Dental Veneers

September 2, 2019 by Ryan Daniel  

Dental veneers is a great solution to help you get the smile that you have always wanted. This is a good choice for those with misshaped teeth, gap teeth and chipped teeth. Dental veneers are thin covers that applied to the surface of the teeth to give it a more classic look and shape. There is a wide range of dental veneers to choose from. Talk to your dentist about the kind that best fits your needs and lifestyle. 

What are Dental Veneers? 

If you want to improve the look of your smile, dental veneers is a great option. These are thin coverings that look like natural tooth that are placed over the front part of the tooth. Veneers is able to correct many dental issues, including stained teeth that cannot be whitened with bleaching, misshapen or crooked teeth, worn or chipped teeth, and uneven spaces or gaps between teeth.

 Dental veneers are made with porcelain or composite resin material. Each of these material come with their own benefits. Your dentist will help you pick the material that is best suited for you. 

Kinds of Dental Veneers 

Porcelain Veneers 

A porcelain veneer is a thin shell made of porcelain material that is custom made to fit your tooth. It is strong and long-lasting, and have a natural-looking surface. They also do not easily stain. One more benefit is that less tooth enamel is removed than when a dental cap or crown is installed. Here are the steps to applying porcelain veneers:

 

1.      To prepare the teeth, the dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from the sides and front of the tooth. This gives room for the veneer to stick to the tooth and make it look more natural.

2.      After determining the best veneer shade that will match your overall smile, the dentist makes a mold or impression of the prepared tooth.

3.      The mold is sent to the lab that will create the veneer that is custom fitted to the tooth. Because the process can take a few days, the dentist will give you temporary veneers to wear until the veneer is made.

4.      On your next visit, the dentist will apply the veneers on the tooth to check for shape and fit. After some adjustments, if there are any, the tooth is again cleaned and the porcelain veneers are finally bonded onto the tooth.

5.      If there is a need for them, some changes will have to be made in later dental appointments. 

Composite Resin Veneers

 

A composite resin veneer is made from a tooth-colored filling material that is bonded to the tooth. Its benefits include: less tooth enamel is removed compared to porcelain veneers, cost less than porcelain veneers, require fewer visits to the dentist, and are easily fixed when damaged. Here are the steps to applying composite resin veneers:

 

1.      After preparing and shaping the teeth, the dentist will bond and sculpt the composite material in a color that best matches the rest of the teeth.

2.      A curing light is used to harden the composite and make it bond to the teeth.

3.      The composite resin veneer is polished and smoothed to make it look like natural teeth.

 

Considerations for Dental Veneers 

Having healthy teeth and gums is important. Any decay or disease will have to be treated before the installation of veneers. Veneers is not recommended to those who clench or grind their teeth. Thin veneers can chip or break, and the dentist might require wearing a dental night guard during sleep. 

Dental veneer application requires the removal of some amount of enamel, so this a process that cannot be undone. Veneers can come loose after a while. When this happens, a new one is needed. It is important that you discuss your treatment options and expectations with your dentist. This will also help keep your teeth and gums healthy.

What You Need to Know About Dental Veneers

September 2, 2019 by Ryan Daniel  

Dental veneers is a great solution to help you get the smile that you have always wanted. This is a good choice for those with misshaped teeth, gap teeth and chipped teeth. Dental veneers are thin covers that applied to the surface of the teeth to give it a more classic look and shape. There is a wide range of dental veneers to choose from. Talk to your dentist about the kind that best fits your needs and lifestyle. 

What are Dental Veneers? 

If you want to improve the look of your smile, dental veneers is a great option. These are thin coverings that look like natural tooth that are placed over the front part of the tooth. Veneers is able to correct many dental issues, including stained teeth that cannot be whitened with bleaching, misshapen or crooked teeth, worn or chipped teeth, and uneven spaces or gaps between teeth. 

Dental veneers are made with porcelain or composite resin material. Each of these material come with their own benefits. Your dentist will help you pick the material that is best suited for you. 

Kinds of Dental Veneers 

Porcelain Veneers 

A porcelain veneer is a thin shell made of porcelain material that is custom made to fit your tooth. It is strong and long-lasting, and have a natural-looking surface. They also do not easily stain. One more benefit is that less tooth enamel is removed than when a dental cap or crown is installed. Here are the steps to applying porcelain veneers: 

1.      To prepare the teeth, the dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from the sides and front of the tooth. This gives room for the veneer to stick to the tooth and make it look more natural.

2.      After determining the best veneer shade that will match your overall smile, the dentist makes a mold or impression of the prepared tooth.

3.      The mold is sent to the lab that will create the veneer that is custom fitted to the tooth. Because the process can take a few days, the dentist will give you temporary veneers to wear until the veneer is made.

4.      On your next visit, the dentist will apply the veneers on the tooth to check for shape and fit. After some adjustments, if there are any, the tooth is again cleaned and the porcelain veneers are finally bonded onto the tooth.

5.      If there is a need for them, some changes will have to be made in later dental appointments. 

Composite Resin Veneers 

A composite resin veneer is made from a tooth-colored filling material that is bonded to the tooth. Its benefits include: less tooth enamel is removed compared to porcelain veneers, cost less than porcelain veneers, require fewer visits to the dentist, and are easily fixed when damaged. Here are the steps to applying composite resin veneers: 

1.      After preparing and shaping the teeth, the dentist will bond and sculpt the composite material in a color that best matches the rest of the teeth.

2.      A curing light is used to harden the composite and make it bond to the teeth.

3.      The composite resin veneer is polished and smoothed to make it look like natural teeth. 

Considerations for Dental Veneers 

Having healthy teeth and gums is important. Any decay or disease will have to be treated before the installation of veneers. Veneers is not recommended to those who clench or grind their teeth. Thin veneers can chip or break, and the dentist might require wearing a dental night guard during sleep. 

Dental veneer application requires the removal of some amount of enamel, so this a process that cannot be undone. Veneers can come loose after a while. When this happens, a new one is needed. It is important that you discuss your treatment options and expectations with your dentist. This will also help keep your teeth and gums healthy.

What are the Treatments for Smile Makeover and How much Does It Cost?

August 26, 2019 by Ryan Daniel  

What is a smile makeover? This is the process of improving the appearance of the smile using one or a combination of cosmetic dentistry procedures like dental veneers, tooth implants, composite bonding and teeth whitening. To perform a smile makeover, some components that will be considered are your facial appearance, hair color, skin tone, teeth (color, shape, length, width and display), gum tissue and lips. 

Treatments for a Smile Makeover 

A smile makeover is done for many reasons and is customized according to your unique considerations. To determine the treatments needed, your dentist will ask you what you like or dislike about your teeth or your smile. Some of the aspects of your smile that your dentist can improve on with a smile makeover include the following:

 

·         Tooth Color. Silver or amalgam fillings can be replaced with more natural-looking, tooth-colored composite restorations. Teeth whitening can also improve the color or dulled or stained teeth. Choosing the right color requires careful evaluation from your dentist with special consideration to the color and tone of your hair and face. Cosmetic dentists are skilled at determining the right balance between maintaining a natural color and giving you a whiter smile.

·         Spacing and alignment. Teeth that are overlapping, crooked or have gaps in between can be aligned or straightened through Invisalign or orthodontics, and be improved with veneers are necessary.

·         Missing teeth. Having one or more missing teeth can have a negative impact on the appearance of your smile. At the same time, it can also affect your bite and increase your risk for tooth decay. Because of this, replacement of a missing tooth is an important part of both facial aesthetics and oral health. Missing teeth can be replaced with partial dentures, bridges or dental implants.

·         Balance and harmony. Cracked, chipped and uneven teeth can be bonded cosmetically to give it an improve its appearance. A gummy smile, on the other hand, can be recontoured to improve the overall look of the smile.

·         Fuller lips, cheeks and smile. An aging or unshapely face by be rejuvenated or improved using certain procedures in a smile makeover, such as with oral maxillofacial surgery and orthodontics. 

A cosmetic dentist will closely work with you to come up with a treatment plan specially designed to achieve what you want from the smile makeover. This plan may consist or several functionally-restorative and cosmetic procedures, which can include teeth whitening, veneers, composite bonding, orthodontics, dental crowns, gummy smile reduction and maxillofacial surgery. 

Cost of a Smile Makeover 

The duration and cost of your smile makeover treatment will vary depending on your location, dentist, dental insurance, oral health and extent of the customized makeover plan. The treatment may take longer and cost you more if your dentist sees any underlying oral issues before starting treatment. 

Maintaining a Smile Makeover 

The procedures of cosmetic dentistry require regular oral hygiene care. There are also those that may maintenance over time: teeth whitening have to be repeated to maintain brightness, veneers can chip off and require replacement, composite bonding can stain and require enhancement, and dental crowns require replacement after about 10 years. 

The cosmetic dentist, lab technician, and the materials chosen for your smile makeover procedures also has a big impact on the longevity. Therefore, to get the best possible results, take special care in choosing the professionals to do the procedure on you, and ask about your material options. 

Before creating a plan for your smile makeover, you will have to go through a thorough evaluation of your oral health. Your dentist will look into your gums, teeth, bite and underlying support structure to determine your candidacy for a smile makeover. Any problems or issues your dentist encounter will have to be taken care of your first.

 

 

5 Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

August 21, 2019 by Ryan Daniel  

Do you constantly try to hide your smile in group photos? Are you afraid to show your teeth on dates or during job interviews? Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry is here to save you. Cosmetic dentistry is designed to help people feel more confident by hiding slight tooth discoloration and damage. If you have cracks, chips or gaps in your smile, consider getting porcelain veneers. 

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are applied, or bonded, to the surface of the problem teeth, hiding any imperfections and giving it a more appealing look that blends well with the rest of your teeth. The whole process will only take a few days, and is will give you years of confidence with your smile. If you are not yet convinced, here are five benefits porcelain veneers can give you. 

Porcelain Veneers Look Natural 

Porcelain veneers are made from impressions the dentist makes of your tooth. This means that the color contouring of the porcelain shell will match your natural tooth enamel. Aside from looking natural, porcelain veneers also feel natural. The covering is made of ceramic and will hide cracked or stained teeth while still allowing you to eat and talk normally. 

Once your custom made porcelain veneers arrive from the lab, your dentist will then make minor adjustments by removing excess material or matching its color with that of your natural tooth enamel. This means your dental veneers are customized to fit your teeth so that it will feel and look natural. 

Porcelain Veneers Fix Cosmetic Issues 

Porcelain veneers can fix a wide range of dental issues such as missing teeth, discolored or stained teeth, and gaps between teeth, as well as broken, chipped or misshapen teeth. It is best that you first discuss with your dentist if you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers, especially if you have minor cosmetic problems. 

Porcelain Veneers are Stain Resistant and Durable 

Porcelain veneers are able to resist decay and staining better than natural teeth. For as long as they are properly cared for, you can expect them to last for as long as 15 years, maybe even more. Take note, though, that although they are stain resistant and durable, they will still require the same care and attention as natural teeth. 

Drinking excessive coffee or tea, for example, can stain your veneer. It is also not advised to use your front teeth to bite down hard food items like ice or apple and this can cause the veneer to chip if you are not careful enough. For as long as you take care of your veneers, you can expect them to last for many years. 

Porcelain Veneers are Easily Maintained 

Taking care of newly installed porcelain veneers is practically the same way as taking care of natural teeth. They also need to be brushed twice daily and flossed at least once to decrease tartar and plaque buildup. It is also important to have regular dental checkups with your dentist at least twice a year.

 Dental Veneers are Minimally-Invasive 

Applying dental veneers are less invasive compared to dental crown installation and most other kinds of dental restorations. The dentist will only need to shave a small amount on the front surface of the teeth to make room for the porcelain veneers. The procedure also requires little to no anesthesia. 

If you are interested in getting porcelain veneers, make sure that you choose the reputable cosmetic dentist to do the job on you. This will ensure seamless work and that you will not encounter any problems in the future. Schedule an appointment with them to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure, as well as to talk about your expectations going into and after the procedure.