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It is important to remember first impressions last and one of the first things people notice upon meeting is a smile. You should feel good about your smile, and smile often. When we think of a perfect smile we have to remember that we all have our own idea of what that may be. It may be whiter teeth, straighter teeth, or even just healthier teeth. Each individual can look in the mirror and find what they want changed about their smile.

How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Help?

A well trained experienced cosmetic dentist can help remove or diminish those flaws using various procedures ranging from porcelain veneers to teeth whitening. Your cosmetic dentist can change the shape of your teeth, alter your gum tissue (for those with a gummy smile), or even fix chips on your teeth. Luckily, for the consumer not all of these cosmetic dentistry procedures are very expensive. While a complete smile makeover would be cost prohibitive for many, there are still many changes your cosmetic dentist can provide that will not break the bank. And while many may desire a complete smile makeover, it is not recommended for everyone. Cosmetic dentistry is very much an art, focusing on each individuals existing smile and needs.

Cost Effective Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

-Teeth Whitening. This has become a billion dollar cosmetic dentistry business with products ranging from in office whitening to at home whitening with customized dental trays, whitening strips,  paint on gels and even whitening toothpastes. The differences between the types has to do with speed and depth of whitening. Teeth whitening can have a dramatic effect on almost anyone’s smile for a relatively low cost and minimal time involved.

-Gum Contouring. For those with a gummy smile, this can be a real confidence booster. This cosmetic dentistry procedure is generally done in one visit and can give incredible results for many with an overly gummy smile. Gum contouring simply removes the excess gum tissue and reshapes the gums to ensure you obtain the desired look. for some, this may require reduction of bone also, in this case it is recommended that you see a periodontal surgeon .

-Dental Bonding. This cosmetic dentistry procedure involves using tooth colored materials that can be bonded to teeth to change shape, color, and length. This same material can also be used a full face veneer (called a composite veneer). Dental bonding can generally be completed in one visit.

-Snap On Smile. This is a way to improve your smile without any permanent dental work. All that is required is having your dentist take impressions of your teeth, choosing a color, and the dentist sending them to a lab to have your snap on smile fabricated. Once the snap on smile is made, you simply clean your teeth, apply a fluoride gel inside, and slip it on over your teeth. You can talk, eat and smile with it all day long.

-Porcelain Veneers. While the initial cost is higher than the other options, this may be cost effective if extensive changes need to be made. Porcelain veneers can change shape, color, length, and even correct minor misalignments of teeth. This will last a long time, will not stain, and is a very strong, natural looking material.

-Tooth Recontouring. Changing the shape or alignment of teeth in a minor way can have a dramatic effect on a persons smile. Tooth recontouring involves removing small amounts of tooth structure from edges of teeth to correct a tooth that might be misshapen or slightly misaligned.

-Minor Tooth Movement. Sometimes the only thing making you uncomfortable to smile may be a small misalignment of one or a few teeth. A simple orthodontic appliance may be able to move your teeth into a more favorable position in a few months.

Cosmetic Dentistry Conclusion

While cosmetic dentistry may not be for everyone, it is good to know the options available to you. Having a perfect smile is not a goal of everyone, but if you are looking to improve your smile, seek out the help of an experienced, well trained cosmetic dentist for a full evaluation. This cosmetic dentistry evaluation can give you valuable information to make an informed decision about possible treatment options available to you. Smile with confidence, it not only makes you feel good, it makes others smile too.

Making the decision to change your smile through cosmetic dentistry can take time and a careful discussion with your dentist regarding the best options for you. Porcelain veneers are an excellent option for transforming your smile from ordinary to dazzling. When making such a big decision it should be an educated one.  Porcelain veneers are a great option for those who want to change their smile shape and  give you that perfect smile. Understanding what they are, what they can do for your appearance, and the procedures involved.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are super thin, custom fabricated shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your smile. These porcelain  shells are adhesively bonded to the front of the teeth. Porcelain veneers have the ability to change the color, shape, size, or length of your teeth.

Porcelain veneers have the following characteristics:

-Translucent qualities — Like natural tooth enamel, porcelain veneers are translucent, meaning they allow some light to pass through and reflect off the natural dental material. This gives the veneer a natural depth, providing for a dazzling smile.

-Color matching — If you are replacing multiple teeth, then all your veneers can be a natural, bright color. When covering just one or two teeth, porcelain veneers can easily be matched to the surrounding natural teeth in order to provide a consistently beautiful smile.

-Non-porous surface — Porcelain veneers are ceramic glass and are non-porous, preventing future stains from ruining your new smile.

What Can Porcelain Veneers Do For Your Smile?

Porcelain veneers are used in cosmetic dentistry to alter your front teeth in a variety of ways. These include:

-Making shorter teeth longer.

-Reshaping a smile

-Changing color (porcelain veneers can can be viewed as permanent teeth whitening)

-Restoring worn teeth with weak or worn down enamel.

-Close Gaps Between Teeth.

-Repairing cracked, chipped, or broken teeth.

-Minor Realignment Of Teeth. Porcelain veneers are also called “instant orthodontics” for this reason. They can straighten slightly out of place teeth to create a perfect smile.

Porcelain veneers are generally completed across the front 6 teeth on either the top or bottom or both. Single porcelain veneers can also be done to change individual teeth with minor flaws.

Additional Benefits Of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers can also change other parts of your face. This can include:

-Lip Enhancement – The extra layer that porcelain veneers add to teeth pushes the lips just slightly outward, can lead to fuller lips that look very natural.

-Strengthening sensitive teeth – Worn teeth lacking enamel will make patients feel twinges when their teeth are exposed to hot or cold. Porcelain veneers will strengthen the teeth by covering the exposed layers of the tooth leading to improved comfort.

-Increased Smiling.

Procedures involved in Porcelain veneer fabrication

-Most teeth require some removal of enamel to shape and prepare the surface for the veneer.

-Impressions of the teeth before and after the preparations.

-Diagnostic study models and photos are  to find what will look best.

-Temporaries are worn while the veneers are being created.

-Veneers are adhered to the teeth with bonding resins.

-Proper maintenance and care at home and with regular professional cleanings.

Conclusion

The decision to have porcelain veneers is a large and permanent commitment. You need to understand and decide whether this procedure is right for you. If you find that porcelain veneers are the correct choice, you and your dentist can work up and design your custom smile. Following placement of your new porcelain veneers you are able to leave the dentist office with the smile of your dreams. Once your permanent veneers have been placed and bonded to your teeth, you can enjoy the many benefits that they have to offer immediately. Your cosmetic dentist will give you proper aftercare instructions so you can maintain your new smile for years to come. It is important to maintain regular dental examinations and professional cleanings to keep your smile looking its best for years to come.

As we age many aspects of our body change. Some we can control, or slow down, but others we cannot. Good health is the key to staying young and fit. Oral health is directly linked to your overall health. There are scientific studies which link systemic disease to oral health.  So, the first step towards a healthy, youthful, body is a healthy smile.

Dental Health Tips

-Regular Visits To The Dentist. Routine visits are important not only for the health of your teeth but they are also an opportunity to check for signs of other diseases such as oral cancer. Changes can be monitored and treated quickly when regularly scheduled visits are maintained.

-Maintain Good Oral Hygiene At Home. A daily routine should include brushing, flossing, and rinsing or waterpicking. Brushing should be done a minimum of 2 times per day for at least 2 minutes each time. Flossing should be done at least once per day. Rinsing with an antibacterial rinse, or irrigating the oral tissues and periodontal pockets with a waterpick, will complete the regimen.

-Cosmetic Dentistry.  As we age, our teeth change from wear and tear. They may become darker over time, may be worn down or cracked in different areas, and may even shift. Grinding, bad habits like smoking, aggressive brushing, clenching, etc. cause the teeth to become stained, and worn. Cosmetic dentistry can help give you back a more youthful, healthy appearance. Procedures may include dental bonding, porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, and teeth whitening. A whiter brighter smile is within reach.

-Dry mouth. As we age, oral dryness(xerostomia) becomes more frequent.  Dry mouth can cause bad breath, cavities, increase gum disease, and may also be a symptom of  systemic disease or medication use. You may want to try to drink more water, or perhaps oil pulling. The water or oil will act as a saliva replacement keeping tissues and teeth moist. Another good tip is to chew xylitol gum. Xylitol has been shown to not only stimulate salivary flow but also protect our teeth against tooth decay.

-Medications. Many medications have side effects. Some can make your gums overgrow, cause dry mouth, unstable bone, tooth staining, cavities, or “fake toothaches”. Be sure to know what oral side effects your medications may cause. Always let your dentist know about all of your medications.

-Well Balanced Diet. Nutrition is important for our body as well as our mouths. Vitamin C, Phosphorous, and Calcium are important building blocks for healthy teeth and gums. Most healthy foods are crunchy and need to be chewed properly for proper breakdown and digestion. Healthy teeth will allow you to have the ability to chew the raw fruits , nuts and veggies you need in a healthy diet.

-Orthodontics.  As we age, our teeth can shift causing crowding or spacing in different areas of the mouth. Orthodontics can give you back that youthful smile or give you the  smile you’ve always wanted. Adult orthodontics are very successful when done in conjunction with monitoring by a periodontist, and more frequent cleanings at the dentist office.

-Dental Implants. Missing teeth can make you feel uncomfortable with smiling, socially awkward, or may make you look older than you are. Replacing lost teeth can be done with very natural results. Implants are a great way to achieve cosmetics, strength, and durability.  Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. The best part is, once restored, the dental implants should last a lifetime.

Dental Health Conclusion

A healthy smile needs constant care but the results are well worth it. A healthy, bright smile will portray youth, confidence, and vitality. It will also help us to keep as healthy as possible. The best way to start down the right path is to visit your dentist regularly for dental examinations and professional cleanings.

As we get go down the inevitable path of aging, health problems arise that we never expected. This includes oral health changes that can be kept at bay with proper care. Below you will find a list of some of the common dental health issues seniors face.

Common Dental Health Issues For Seniors

-Xerostomia (Dry Mouth). This occurs when salivary flow is reduced. This can occur from many factors such as medications, Sjogren’s syndrome, or even from radiation therapy to the head and neck area. Saliva is the body’s natural defense against the bacteria and food debris that can build up in our mouths. Without proper flow, tooth decay and periodontal disease has an increased chance of developing creating problems for your oral health.

-Darker Smile. This is a  cumulative effect of thinning enamel (exposing more of the underneath layer, the dentin) and a lifetime of eating and drinking stain causing food and drink. For many a simple teeth whitening can bring back the bright, white shine for others it may require more extensive cosmetic dentistry.

-Decay Along The Roots Of Teeth. As we age and are not as diligent over time with our dental hygiene, the gum tissue surrounding our teeth can recede as we lose bone. This recession will expose portions of the tooth known as the root. These areas are much less protected and more vulnerable to developing tooth decay. Simce this area is thinner, this tooth decay can progress rapidly leading to tooth sensitivity and possibly the need for root canal therapy.

-Changes In Taste. We have all heard the sayings how our tastes change as we get older. We make different choices in our nutrition as we get older. Other items that can contribute changes to our taste sensation include disease, medications, and even dentures.

-Periodontal Disease. This is not just a disease for young or old. It affects both equally but tends to rear itself more in the older population. This is due to usually slow progression of the disease. It is important to note keeping periodontal disease at bay will stave off tooth loss as we age. A full smile is a youthful looking one.

-Tooth Loss. This can occur for many reasons including periodontal disease, trauma, or untreated tooth decay. It is important to replace lost teeth whenever possible as it prevents your bite from shifting creating issues with your Temperomandibular Joint (TMJ).

-Temperomandibular Joint Disorder. This is generally a slow developing disorder. Hence, it seems to be more likely in an older person than a younger one. The bones and the disc in this joint will break down over time from bad habits like teeth grinding or even chewing hard candy over a long period of time.

-Denture Induced Stomatitis. This is simply an inflammation of the tissues beneath a denture. This is caused by dentures that do not fit properly, poor oral hygiene, or can even be caused by a fungus (Candida Albicans, also known as thrush).

What Can Be Done To Combat These Issues For Seniors?

The main thing is to maintain dental hygiene throughout life. This includes brushing at least 2x per day, flossing at least 1x per day, and using an antibacterial rinse. Dental hygiene tends to become more difficult for many as they age due to arthritis. This makes hands dexterity and strength an issue. Luckily, there are many wonderful products on the market to help with these situations. And it is also important to keep up with your scheduled dental visits for examinations (including oral cancer screenings) and professional cleanings. Doing the right things can be hard sometimes but doing them will pay off over the long run leading to a happy, healthy more youthful looking smile as we age.