Posts for: April, 2015
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that about 45 percent of Americans believe that a smile is the most attractive feature a person can have. The same study also found that people with imperfect smiles were often seen as less attractive (37 percent) and less confident (25 percent) than their perfect smile counterparts. If you think a good smile goes a long way and you’re looking to hide certain imperfections for good, consider getting dental veneers at Dr. George Salem and Associates, PC in Braintree, MA.
Dental veneers are ideal for those looking to fix these common dental problems:
- - Small gaps between teeth
- - Minor overlapping
- - Severe discolorations
- - Chipped, cracked, and fractured teeth
- - Misshapen or crooked teeth
If you’re experiencing any of these problems and looking for a way to hide these problems, dental veneers in Braintree could be the easy solution. What makes dental veneers so great?
They are non-invasive
You don’t have to worry about needles, surgeries or countless hours spent in the dental chair. The procedure is quick and virtually painless.
There is minimal tooth preparation needed
While dental crowns require a significant amount of your natural tooth to be shaved down, dental veneers do not. Before we put on your veneers, we will only need to shave down about a ½ millimeter of your tooth’s enamel to make room for your veneers. Removing this minimal amount of enamel ensures that your veneers will fit properly and won’t look bulky.
They look natural
We create veneers that match the rest of your smile, so you won’t have to worry about a mismatched set of teeth. We will match contouring and color to ensure that your smile is uniform and natural. You’ll fool everyone into thinking you were just born with a perfect smile.
Are there any downsides to veneers?
Since some enamel is removed from your natural tooth, this treatment option is irreversible. If you want dental veneers, then you have to be ready to have them forever. Also, since this is a cosmetic procedure, some insurance companies may not cover the cost of your treatment. Always talk to your health insurance provider about which dental treatments are covered and which ones are not.
Are veneers right for everyone?
If you are an avid nail biter or tooth grinder, veneers might not be right for you. While veneers are made from durable porcelain, they are not meant to bend or flex, as this can cause them to break. Ditch the nail biting habit or consider a mouthguard to protect your beautiful new smile from damage.
A focus on dental care in senior citizens is just as important as it is for children. Indeed, oral health in your later years can be a major factor in your quality of life.
For one, aging effects on other parts of the body can make dental care more challenging. Some hygiene tasks once performed easily become harder — arthritis, for example, or loss of muscle strength may make it difficult to hold a toothbrush or floss. In such cases, you may need to find new ways to make the task easier: a power toothbrush with a larger handle; pre-loaded floss holders or a water flosser; or adaptations to a manual brush to make it easier to hold, like attaching a tennis ball or bike handle.
Other age-related conditions — and their treatments — can negatively impact oral health. Less saliva production, which is a consequence of aging or certain drugs, increases the risk of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. Older adults often develop gastric reflux problems that can introduce tooth enamel-eroding stomach acid into the mouth. And medications called bisphosphonates, often prescribed to treat osteoporosis, may interfere in rare cases with bone healing after tooth extraction or similar procedures.
Prior dental work can also prove challenging to treating dental disease. It becomes more difficult to preserve teeth threatened with decay if there are significant restorations or appliances to work around. Pain perception can also diminish with age, so that dental disease may not be noticed until later stages when significant damage has already occurred.
Oral care requires more attention as we grow older, or as we care for older family members. Your best defense against disease is to continue regular six-month visits with us. In addition to normal cleanings and checkups, we’ll also screen for oral cancer (a more prevalent occurrence in older adults), review your prescriptions or other supplements and medications for any possible side effects to oral health, check the fit of any dentures or other restorations and evaluate the effectiveness of your hygiene.
While other age-related conditions may capture the majority of your attention, you shouldn’t allow that to neglect your dental care. With your continued efforts, along with our support and your family’s, you can continue to enjoy good oral health throughout your lifetime.
Fans of the classic bumbling-buddies comic film “Dumb and Dumber” will surely remember the chipped front tooth that Jim Carrey sported as simpleminded former limo driver Lloyd Christmas. Carrey reportedly came up with the idea for this look when considering ways to make his character appear more “deranged.” He didn't need help from the make-up department, however… He simply had his dentist remove the dental bonding material on his left front tooth to reveal the chip he sustained in grade school!
Creating a Bond
A dental cosmetic bonding involves application of a composite filling material that our office can color and shape to match the original tooth. Bonding material can be used to replace the lost portion of tooth or to seamlessly reattach the lost portion if it has been preserved and is otherwise undamaged. Little to no removal of existing tooth surface is needed. This is the quickest and lowest-cost option to repair a chip.
When a relatively large portion of the tooth is missing, a crown is often the better choice. It fully encases the visible portion of the remaining tooth above the gum line and is shaped and sized to match the original. It can be made of tooth-colored porcelain fused to metal crowns or all-ceramic (optimal for highly visible areas). A small amount of the existing tooth surface will be removed to allow the crown to fit over it.
A veneer can be used to hide smaller areas of missing tooth. This is a thin, custom-made shell placed on the front of the tooth to give it a new “face.” Some removal of existing tooth surface also may be necessary to fit a veneer.
A chipped tooth makes an impression, but generally not a flattering one. Nearly 20 years after “Dumb and Dumber” hit the theaters, the only thing Jim Carrey had to do recently to hint at a sequel for his nitwitted character was tweet a photo of that goofy grin!
If you would like more information about repairing a chipped tooth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”