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Are You Properly Maintaining Your Porcelain Veneers?

Are You Properly Maintaining Your Porcelain Veneers?Once your beautifully designed new smile is complete, it is important that you maintain it properly so that you achieve the maximum lifespan of 20+ years from your porcelain veneers. Luckily, this task is relatively simple and easy to incorporate into your daily oral hygiene routine.

Since your veneers are made from porcelain and so closely mimic natural teeth, don’t be afraid of damaging them with normal brushing or flossing. However, if you are a bruxer (someone who clinches or grinds his/her teeth), you will need to let our office know. A mouthguard can be fabricated to wear while sleeping to protect your veneers. Learn more tips in “Maintenance of Your New Porcelain Veneers.”

Enhancing Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers

Enhancing Your Smile with Porcelain VeneersWhen it comes to a person’s smile, most people can name at least one thing they would love to change. The good news is that many issues can be addressed with porcelain veneers, which are among the most esthetic means of creating a more pleasing and beautiful smile. With porcelain veneers, our office can custom-make a thin covering (veneer) that is placed over a tooth’s surface to change tooth position, shape, size, and/or color. Placing veneers to fulfill your smile design goals, typically results in perfection. Learn more about the process and your options in “Smile Design Enhanced with Porcelain Veneers.”

A Clear Way for Straightening Teeth

A Clear Way for Straightening TeethFor years, straightening teeth required a mouthful of metal braces; however, today there are clear alternatives that may work just as well. This 21st century approach requires sets of clear aligners that are replaced every 2 to 3 weeks over the course of the typical 6 to 18 month treatment. And to ensure you obtain the best results, we use computer-generated aligners as they are more efficient and are the best way for you to obtain your new smile goals. Learn more about this orthodontic technique and whether they’re right for you in “Clear Orthodontic Aligners.”

Dental Implant FAQs

Dental Implant FrontPrior to having a dental implant, most patients have questions that range from, “where should I go to get the process started?” and “how do I know if my general dentist is qualified to do dental implants?” to “what should I know or be told prior to surgery?”. If this describes you and causes anxiety, relax you are on the right track, you are asking excellent questions!

The best place to get started and get answers to these questions is by discussing them with our office. We will assess your needs and then, if necessary, refer you to a specialist. Our office will also communicate our findings to any specialists if needed so they are prepared for your appointment. Learn more from these Dear Doctor responses by reading “Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).”

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Tooth Decay—An Age Old Epidemic

Tooth Decay—An Age Old EpidemicWith the common cold being the only disease more rampant, tooth decay is one of the world’s oldest and most widespread diseases. In fact, it is a problem for more than 90% of U.S. adults over age forty. To best understand dental decay, you should think of your mouth as an ecosystem where living organisms interact with everything in it and the fact that tooth decay is an infectious disease. And if you want a healthy ecosystem with good dental and oral health, then you need to understand what habits are required for obtaining this goal. You must form and execute a plan of action for preventing tooth decay. Discover the facts, your risks, and strategies for both prevention and health promotion in this comprehensive article, “Tooth Decay—The World’s Oldest & Most Widespread Disease.”

Getting Over Your Fear of the Dentist

Getting Over Your Fear of the DentistBeing a little nervous prior to a dental appointment is actually quite common. In fact, some studies have shown that up to 75% of all people have these feelings. However, for 10-15% of those surveyed, this nervousness grows into a great deal of fear. Fear so bad that it prevents them from having any dental treatment. As result, these individuals often suffer from unnecessary infections, toothaches, and a poor appearance due to tooth decay.

If you feel this way or know someone who does, there is hope! Your first step is to contact our office. We will talk to you about your fears and anxieties before you sit in the dental chair. With full knowledge of what will happen ahead of time and a caring professional to partner with, you can have a calm, safe dental experience. Get a first-hand feel of how this is possible when you read a patient profile in “Overcoming Dental Fear & Anxiety.”

Gold or Porcelain, Which Crown Is Right for You?

Gold or Porcelain, Which Crown Is Right for You?When getting a crown on a back tooth, there are three popular options: gold, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and all porcelain. However, before making this decision, it is important that you understand the pros and cons of each. Gold crowns, which classically are most like normal tooth enamel in the way they wear and closely adapt to tooth structure, have been around for over 100 years and may last upwards of 50+ years. For this reason, many dentists prefer them for their own teeth. On the other hand, all porcelain crowns have been around for about 25 years and have an incredible life-like appearance. Unfortunately, they lack the strength of natural teeth and tend to wear the natural teeth against which they bite. While porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns (gold or platinum) have been around for 40 years trying to capture the best of both worlds, they rarely do. However, some of the newer porcelain materials are showing great promise. Discover which type is right for you in “Gold or Porcelain Crowns?”

Understanding their Differences: Fixed vs. Removable Bridges

Understanding their Differences: Fixed vs. Removable BridgesWhen it comes down to making a decision between a fixed or removable bridge, the reality is that there is a balance between your preferences as the patient and what we can provide. An evaluation of your remaining teeth, bone, gum tissue, as well as your need for lip, and cheek support will determine the right option for you. To help you make this decision, you can rely on the expertise of our office. We will explain why sometimes the aesthetic, hygienic, and long-term maintenance advantages of a removable bridge or “overdenture” that fits on top of implants is a better choice than a fixed bridge. And if those reasons aren’t enough, it is also important to note that people who have previously worn a denture prefer this treatment solution when it comes to their speech. Learn more by reading “Fixed vs. Removable.”

Understanding the True Impact of a Smile Makeover

Understanding the True Impact of a Smile MakeoverDo you ever dream of improving your first impressions with a smile makeover? If so, and you are in the 31-50 age group, then you are like 70% of the U.S. population according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Other interesting polls conclude: 50% of people are unsatisfied with their smile, 74% feel an unattractive smile can hurt their chances for career success, 96% believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to the opposite sex, and a whopping 99.7% of all Americans believe a smile is an important social asset. Based on all of these statistics, you begin to see the underlying psychological and physical benefits that go hand-in-hand with a beautiful smile. Learn more by reading “The Impact of a Smile Makeover” and take the self-test to see if a smile makeover may make a difference in your life.