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Porcelain veneers are sometimes perceived as something out of Hollywood. There is a good reason for this as many actors and actresses have abnormally perfect white teeth. Cosmetic dentistry is an art and smiles can be recreated or they can be perfect. Perfection is in the eye of the beholder. Some like having small gaps between their teeth or a tooth slightly out of alignment. Porcelain veneers work very well when cosmetic changes need to be made without the need for more invasive dental procedures.

Are Porcelain Veneers Right For Your Smile?

-Desire For A New, Beautiful Smile. Generally when someone openly wants a change in appearance, especially one requiring a significant financial investment, they are usually more receptive to maintaining it properly. If the porcelain veneers are not cared for they can and will develop tooth decay as well as break down. Routine dental examinations, professional cleanings, and excellent dental hygiene are an integral part of keeping your new smile looking its best.

-Healthy Teeth And Gums. If extensive tooth decay, fractured teeth, or periodontal disease are present, you will not be considered a good candidate for porcelain veneers. Good oral health is required for porcelain veneers. The mouth needs to be  in a healthy, stable state to allow porcelain veneers to be considered an option. You will need a full dental examination to assess your dental health. If your mouth is not free of the above conditions, it is best to avoid porcelain veneers due to an increased chance of failure.

-Teeth Alignment. Severely misaligned teeth are not good candidates as this will cause issues with preparation of teeth for porcelain veneers. A good cosmetic dentist will try to be quite conservative when removing natural tooth structure. If the teeth are too far out of alignment it means more tooth structure will need to be removed to accomodate the spacing. Removing too much tooth structure can lead to tooth sensitivity and even nerve exposure (requiring possible root canal therapy). For teeth that are severely misaligned, invisalign, 6 month smile orthodontics, or traditional orthodontics may be needed to bring them into proper alignment.

-Sufficient Tooth Enamel Present. Tooth enamel is needed for the porcelain veneers to bond to your teeth. If the tooth  is severely worn down or damaged, porcelain veneers will not bond well and may not be a good option for you. In this case a full crown may be a better option.

-Tooth Color. In general, porcelain veneers look best when they are thin and translucent. If you have severely stained teeth (developmental dentin staining, tetracycline staining, root canal therapy staining), it is usually best to undergo teeth whitening prior to veneers. Blockout of underlying staining is possible, but the end result will not look as natural.

-Gum Tissue Alignment. Proper gum tissue contours are necessary to give a natural look. If the gum heights are out of proportion, they will need to be recontoured with a gingivectomy procedure prior to veneer placement.

- Oral Habits: Nail BitingTeeth Clenching/Grinding (Bruxism). Severe teeth clenchers or teeth grinders are not good candidates for porcelain veneers. Veneers are not able to handle the powerful stresses put forth by grinding and clenching. If a patient only grinds their teeth at night then it is possible to still complete porcelain veneers but only with the use of a night guard at night. Other oral habits such as, biting nails, chewing on pens, opening packages with your teeth, etc. will also cause damage to veneers and may cause them to fail.

 Porcelain Veneers Conclusion

Porcelain veneers can give the ability to transform an ordinary smile to an extraordinary one. The information above should give everyone some information on what to expect if they are considering making changes to their smile. A natural looking new smile is just a dentist visit away!

Many of us see a beautiful smile and wish that it could be ours. Few of us are born with perfectly shaped, straight, white teeth. In the past, “natural smiles” were the norm, but today, cosmetic dentistry has evolved to offer many corrective options. This has allowed many patients to take advantage of these modern options to give them that “perfect smile” they have always dreamed about. What about those patients who choose not to go that extra step for that perfect smile?

What Is Snap On Smile?

Snap on smile is a revolutionary solution for many cosmetic dental issues. The beauty of the snap on smile is that it is a totally reversible cosmetic dentistry option. The snap on smile is much more affordable than porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns. In general, the snap on smile procedure costs as much as a single porcelain crown.

Snap on smile is a removable arch of “teeth” which is designed to snap over the existing teeth. The snap on smile removable appliance is made from an extremely strong dental resin. It can be used as a short term or a long term cosmetic dentistry option. The following are the steps involved in the fabrication of a custom snap on smile:

-Dental Impressions. This will include impressions of the teeth, photographs, along with a bite registration. A bite registration allows the dental lab to know the relationship between the upper and lower teeth. At this visit you and your dentist will also pick out the style, shape, and color of your new smile.

-Dental Laboratory. The information gathered by the dentist is then sent off to the dental laboratory. The dental technician will digitally create the custom made snap on smile.

-Snap On Smile Insertion. Following fabrication by the lab technician, your dentist will then place the final product over your teeth. The snap on smile pops right in over your own teeth and fits perfectly.

The snap on smile is so simple to complete without the need for removing any of your natural tooth structure or need to use any anesthesia. The beauty is that it is completely removable at any time with no effect to your natural teeth.

Common Snap On Smile Questions

-Will Snap On Smile Affect My Speech? It usually takes about 2 weeks to get used to the new teeth and speak as yo did before.

-Is It Covered By My Dental Insurance? Snap on smile is considered a cosmetic procedure and is therefore not covered by dental insurance.

-Will It Stain? Your dentist will supply you with special snap on smile cleaning supplies. This kit includes a cleaning solution and an antibacterial gel. Using this kit regularly will help keep your new smile looking like new.

-How Long Does It Take? The entire process can be completed in as little as 3 weeks. The initial appointment (includes photos and impressions) should take 15-20 minutes. The laboratory needs about 2 weeks to complete fabricating your new snap on smile. And the final appointment is a short one ensuring proper fit and comfort.

-Is There A Warranty? There is a 1 year warranty, but an extended warranty can be purchased.

-Can I Cover All Of My Teeth? Upper and lower snap on smiles are available, however most people choose to do the upper only.

-Can I Eat And Drink While Wearing My Snap On Smile? Yes, your new smile is designed to wear during eating and drinking. However, be aware your new smile can stain just like your real teeth if not cleaned properly.

Flossing is one of those things that everyone knows they should do but probably do not do regularly or correctly. Flossing, along with brushing is one of the most important things you can do to keep your smile healthy. Flossing is a simple 1-2 minute activity that is recommended to after meals. Once it becomes part of your routine it becomes an easy habit to keep. Everyone should floss at least once a day. The most important time of day to floss is before bedtime. When you sleep, saliva flow slows down and if food is left in between teeth, bacteria have a solid 8 hours to break teeth down with their acids without worry of being rinsed away by saliva.

Signs You are Not Flossing Properly?

-Bleeding gums upon brushing or flossing. If your gums are bleeding when brushing or flossing you have a form of periodontal disease called gingivitis. Gingivitis is reversible once you are regularly brushing, flossing, and go for regular professional cleanings. If the supporting tissues surrounding your teeth begin to breakdown then you have a more advanced form of periodontal disease called periodontitis. Periodontitis is not reversible without intervention.

-Build up of plaque and food debris along gum line and between teeth. Flossing is able to reach areas that brushing alone can not reach. Lack of flossing will lead to tooth cavities in between teeth (also called interproximal decay). A good tip is to use a disclosing solution before brushing and flossing. It will color your plaque a color like bright purple. This will give adults and children a good visual to see what areas they might be missing.

Flossing the proper way

Flossing – The Proper Technique

Proper Flossing Technique

-Start with about 18-24 inches of floss. Then wind a good portion of the floss around each middle finger. Make sure to leave an inch or two of floss to use for the actual flossing of your teeth.

-Hold the floss tight between your thumbs and index fingers, slide it gently up and down between your teeth. Do not shoeshine side to side as you can wear notches into the teeth over time. Some teeth with tight contacts may be difficult to floss thru. Try using a thinner Teflon type of floss such as Glide. Be diligent and make sure to get in between the tight spaces.

-Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth one by one. It is important to ensure you go below the gumline. Never try to snap the floss in between the teeth as this may injure the gum tissues.

-Make sure to use clean sections of floss as you advance around your mouth.

-To remove the floss, use the same up and down movement to bring the floss up and away from the teeth.

Best Types Of Floss

Depending upon your particular needs, there are many types of floss to choose from:

-Dental tape is great for teeth with space between,

-woven yarn floss is for periodontal problem areas,

-thin Teflon floss is for tight contacting teeth,

-fluoride floss is for people who are prone to cavities between teeth,

-Stain removing floss is for smokers and heavy tea/ coffee drinkers,

-all in one or threader floss is for flossing under bridgework.

Any flavor or type of floss that you feel comfortable using and use regularly is fine.

What if I find it hard to floss properly?

Let’s face it, flossing requires dexterity and work for all of us. Under some conditions or even as we age, we may lose some of our natural dexterity. This does not give you a free pass to avoid flossing. There are various aids on the market to deal with this problem. The most popular of these products are called flossers. They allow anyone to floss

Flosser - Reach Access

Flossing Using the Reach Access Flosser

their teeth easily with little to no effort.

-Wishbone type flossers- allow you to wind your own floss onto the holder, maneuver into position, floss.

-Reach access flossers- come with pre- threaded disposable floss ends, even easier to use than the previous type, just bite down, it snaps between the teeth, floss.

-disposable small plastic handled floss, (usually come in a large bag of 100 or so)

-Hummingbird, electric type flosser

There you have it, an easy guide to flossing to help maintain your oral hygiene and your smile for years to come!

 

Women have known for years that different changes to their hair, makeup, or clothes can give them a whole new look. Makeup has been used for centuries by women trying to highlight

and define their individual facial features. While these techniques have long been known….Did you know that changing your teeth can give you similar results?

Some of us are born with teeth that complemnts our facial features. But not all of us are so lucky.

A bright, white, beautiful smile creates a first impression that poeple are sure to take note of. Without a spoken word, your smile can give off a confident, optimistic and friendly personality. An esthetically pleasing smile is an attractive quality that brings people to you, making them respond in a positive way towards you.

Physical characteristics aside, a winning smile can also have a major mental and emotional influence on you. People who are self conscious about their smiles tend to appear timid, hesitant, withdrawn or even angry. You may not feel as attractive as you can be.

Modern advances in cosmetic dentistry has allowed a growing number of people to benefit from smile makeoversCosmetic dentistry smile makeovers are capable of transforming a person’s smile to produce dramatic life changing results. A cosmetic dentist will examine your smile and make notes of the changes that need to be made.

Cosmetic Dentistry - smile makeover

Cosmetic Dentistry – smile makeover

Smile Design Principles or Smile Design for Cosmetic Dentistry

A smile design influences the overall cosmetic impact of an person’s smile. Smile design can be divided into four separate components:

-Facial Esthetics. A person’s facial esthetics varies greatly from patient to patient. A cosmetic dentist can evaluate this using a visual examination and the use of photography. Facial Esthetics will include not only the teeth but also the bone structure of the face and the musculature. It will also inlcude the way your lips frame your smile when you speak, smile, or laugh.

-Gingival (Gum) Tissue Esthetics. A smile with diseased gum tissue will never bo one that is considered attractive. Healthy gum tissue is an essential element in smile design. Common cosmetic dentistry complaints include a gummy smile, uneven gum tissue, and exposed root surfaces from recession. All of these things take away from a person’s smile appeal.

-Microesthetics. This component deals with the subtle attributes that make your teeth appear the way they do. This includes how they reflect light, any unique marks or colorations. This technique is applied when restoring a tooth from decay. Cosmetic dentistry will restore the tooth to give it qualities closely resembling the natural tooth. The anatomy and coloration of natural teeth is a unique quality that varies from patient to patient.

-Macroesthetics. This area allows the cosmetic dentist to analyze the relationship and proportions between a patient’s front teeth, surrounding tissues, and facial characteristics. Analyzing these characteristic will ensure the final result will be natural and attractive for the patient. Working together, your cosmetic dentist and dental laboratory technician combine their technical and artistic abilities to create a natural and esthetically pleasing appearance in which the shapes, sizes and arrangement of individual teeth blend with and complement your particular features.

Anatomy of a Smile in Cosmetic Dentistry

The following are the important anatomical structures or landmarks used in cosmetic dentistry:

-Lips. In cosmetic dentistry the lips are usually compared to a picture frame. The lips frame your smile, teeth, and gums. Lip enhancements correcting shape, fullness, and symmetry of your lips can make your smile seem broader and fuller.

For optimal cosmetic effect, your facial features should line up to your teeth and lip lines. When your lips form a broad smile, an imaginary line can be drawn through the corners of the mouth, from one side to the other. The amount of upper front (maxillary anterior) tooth revealed below this line helps create a vibrant, youthful image. In a youthful smile, the upper front teeth should fill between75-100% of the space between your upper and lower lips in a full smile.

-Midline. The facial midline is an important landmark in cosmetic dentistry. It is an imaginary vertical line drawn between the front two upper teeth. For optimum esthetics the facial midline should line up with the middle of the face.

Sometimes facial features can throw the midline off. These include the eyes, nose, and chin. A portion of the population has uneven eye levels or a nose that is slightly off center. If not taken into account this will throw the whole analysis off. Cosmetic Dentistry uses a more accurate landmark on the face. The point between the eyebrows and the cupid’s bow in the center of the upper lip is used. By using these two landmarks, cosmetic dentists can draw and locate the facial midline wile also determining its direction.

Whenever possible, the midline between the upper front teeth (central incisors) should coincide with the facial midline. In cases where this is not possible, the midline between the central incisors should be perpendicular to the imaginary line that could be drawn through the corners of the mouth.

-Smile Line. Your smile line is the line created by the top of your lower lip. In an ideal smile line, the edges of your upper teeth should be parallel to your lower lip when you smile. The bottom of your lower lip should have the same line as the gums of your lower jaw. This should always be a standard, regardless of the size or shape of your smile. Once your cosmetic dentist has determined the orientation of your smile line, they can design its curve, or shape, and determine the length of your new restorations for your smile makeover.

-Teeth. Smiles that tend to be considered attractive usually hve a few things in common. These features include white teeth, teeth that are unstained, and evenly spaced with no crowding.

Upon smiling, your top teeth show fully in a good proportion to your gums. The line where the gums and teeth meet is smooth and even. The smile line of the upper teeth follows the curve of the lower lip. The midline of the upper front teeth ideally is in the center of the face. Tooth reveal is a term that describes the amount of tooth structure that shows during smiling and various angles of your face.

Cosmetic Dentististry Variations

The impact of a smile cannot be judged just by the individual beauty of teeth and gums. Each and every patient has their own unique qualities, quirks, and traits. These include age, sex, personality traits, as well as cosmetic dentistry expectations.

When considering  person’s ideal smile, the cosmetic dentist will always consider an individuals personal traits. These include facial features, skin tones, hair color, as well as how your teethare framed by your overall appearance. Occlusal and functional considerations will also play a role in the final treatment.

Macroesthetic concepts provide only guidelines and reference points for beginning esthetic evaluation, planning and treatment. The artistic component can be applied and perfected in cosmetic dentistry by dentists who understand the rules, tools and strategies of smile design. In modern cosmetic dentistry there are tools such as digital imaging, lasers, teeth whitening procedures that allow a skilled cosmetic dentist to create smile makeovers.

The cosmetic dentistry procedures range from teeth whitening to dental bonding to porcelain veneers, crowns, and dental implants. Cosmetic dentists also have at their disposal the ability to augment soft tissues. The use of dermal fillers can correct certain facial feature such as thin lips or even facial asymmetry. Advances in cosmetic dentistry and sedation dentistry make it possible to do these procedures with less patient anxiety and pain.

Ultimately any cosmetic dentistry smile makeover is in the eye of the beholder. Just because certain procedures are possible it does not mean it should be done on each and every patient. Many patients embrace their uniqueness and are fine with the way they look. Others are looking for a change and thats where cosmetic dentistry can come in and make that happen for them.