Posts for: May, 2016
Do you feel that the small imperfections in your teeth add up to give you a smile you wish looked better? If so, you may benefit from dental veneers to give your smile the overhaul it needs. These dental restorations can give you a whole new look in only a few appointments. Learn more about dental veneers with help from your North Attleboro, MA dentist at Unique Dental Care.
What can veneers do for me?
Veneers are a versatile dental restoration with many uses.
They can repair:
- cracked teeth
- chipped teeth
- slightly overlapped teeth
- slightly gapped teeth
- yellowed teeth
- stained teeth
Though veneers can repair various aesthetic issues, they cannot always take the place of the proper orthodontic treatment necessary to treat alignment and bite issues with your teeth. Consult with your North Attleboro, MA dentist to determine if veneers are the best option for you.
How do veneers work?
A veneer is a tiny shell of porcelain which, when placed over the front of a tooth, covers its imperfections. Veneers are permanent and usually last up to 20 years with the proper care. A dental laboratory creates each veneer based on a mold of your mouth taken by your dentist. Since the laboratory step takes about two weeks to complete, you will need to schedule two appointments for your veneers. At the first appointment, your dentist takes a mold of your mouth and prepares the teeth. This is done by shaving a tiny amount of enamel from the surface of each tooth which will receive a veneer. Temporary veneers protect your prepared teeth until the final restorations arrive at your dentist’s office. At your second appointment, your dentist carefully fits and bonds each veneer to your teeth.
The Benefits of Veneers
The most obvious benefit to veneers is the smile they help you achieve. This boosts self-confidence, making face-to-face encounters easier and giving you the chance to make only the best first impressions with a beautiful smile. Veneers are extremely durable and long-lasting. Made from porcelain, which has the same light-reflecting qualities as natural teeth, your veneers will blend into your teeth seamlessly. Veneers give you dramatic, fast results in only a few dental appointments.
For more information on veneers, please contact your dentist at Unique Dental Care in North Attleboro, MA. Call (508) 399-8800 to schedule your consultation for dental veneers today!
When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.
"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."
As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.
For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.
If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.
If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”
Since as many as 26 percent of older U.S. adults have lost all their teeth, there are a large number Americans who wear full removable dentures, also known as false teeth. You may be one of them.
How much do you know about dentures? See if you can answer the following questions connected with lost teeth and dentures.
- Which word refers to the loss of all permanent teeth?
- What is the name given to the bone that surrounds, supports, and connects to your teeth?
- What tissue attaches the teeth to the bone that supports your teeth?
- Periodontal Ligament
- Periodontal Muscle
- Parietal Ligament
- Achilles Tendon
- When a person loses teeth, the stimulus that keeps the underlying bone healthy is also lost, and the bone resorbs or melts away. Pressure transmitted by dentures through the gums to the bone can accentuate this process, which is called
- None of the above
- A device that replaces a missing body part such as an arm or leg, eye, tooth or teeth is referred to as
- When teeth have to be extracted, bone loss can be minimized by bone grafting. Bone grafting materials are usually a sterile powdered form of
- Allograft (human tissue)
- Xenograft (animal tissue)
- Wearers of full dentures must re-learn to manipulate the jaw joints, ligaments, nerves, and muscles to work differently in order to speak, bite, and chew. The name for this system of interconnected body mechanisms, originating with the root words for “mouth” and “jaw,” is
- Boca biting
- None of the above
- A type of plastic that is artistically formed and colored to make prosthetic teeth and gums look natural is called
- methyl methacrylate
- beta barbital
- Success in denture wearing depends on
- The skill of the dentist
- The talent of the laboratory technician
- The willing collaboration of the patient
- All of the above
Answers: 1c, 2d, 3a, 4b, 5d, 6c, 7b, 8a, 9d. How well did you do? If you have additional questions about full removable dentures, don’t hesitate to ask us.