Posts for: December, 2016
You have a problem with your teeth. Functionally, there's nothing wrong with them — but it's another story when you look in the mirror: discoloration, wearing or maybe a slight gap between them.
Fortunately, you don't have to settle for a smile you're not happy with. Less costly than crowns or bridgework, porcelain veneers can nonetheless correct many mild to moderate cosmetic problems with teeth and transform them into an attractive smile.
Like the name implies, a veneer is made of thin layers of dental material custom-designed and bonded to the outside of a tooth. Veneers can correct problems with color, tooth shape and size, and mild misalignments or spacing. It's akin to installing new siding on a house.
To begin your journey with veneers, we must first examine your teeth to fully assess your dental needs and ensure you have no issues that could prevent applying them. Then, we prepare your teeth: although not to the extent as for a crown or bridge, we must remove a small amount of tooth material so the veneer will appear natural and not bulky.
We then make an impression mold of your prepared teeth that a dental technician will use to create your veneers. During this process they build up layer after layer of liquid porcelain until they achieve the right thickness, shape and color to match your teeth.
In the meantime, we can fit you with a temporary set of veneers made of acrylic plastic so you can chew, speak and smile normally. These provisional veneers also give you and your friends and family a chance to see what your new smile will look like.
When your veneers are ready, we'll create micro-etches in your teeth that will help keep the veneer secure after we've bonded them. Once bonded, the veneer will feel like an inseparable part of the tooth and look it too. No one except you and us need know you're wearing veneers.
If you take care of them — keeping up daily hygiene habits, not biting into hard surfaces, and visiting us regularly for checkups — your veneers can last for many years. And so will that beautiful, new smile.
If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, 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 “Porcelain Veneers.”
Ever since childhood, when her career as a model and actress took off, Brooke Shields has enjoyed worldwide recognition — through advertisements for designer jeans, appearances on The Muppet Show, and starring roles in big-screen films. But not long ago, that familiar face was spotted in an unusual place: wearing a nasal anesthesia mask at the dentist's office. In fact, Shields posted the photo to her own Instagram account, with the caption “More dental surgery! I grind my teeth!” And judging by the number of comments the post received, she's far from alone.
In fact, researchers estimate that around one in ten adults have dental issues that stem from teeth grinding, which is also called bruxism. (Many children also grind their teeth, but it rarely causes serious problems, and is often outgrown.) About half of the people who are teeth grinders report problems like persistent headaches, jaw tenderness and sore teeth. Bruxism may also result in excessive tooth wear, and may damage dental work like crowns and bridges; in severe cases, loosened or fractured teeth have been reported.
Researchers have been studying teeth grinding for many years; their findings seem to indicate that it has no single cause. However, there are a number of factors that play a significant role in this condition. One is the anatomy of the jaw itself, and the effect of worn or misaligned teeth on the bite. Another factor relates to changes in brain activity that occur during the sleep cycle. In fact, nocturnal (nighttime) bruxism is now classified as a sleep-related movement disorder. Still other factors, such as the use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs, and a high level of stress or anxiety, can make an individual more likely to experience bruxism.
What can be done for people whose teeth grinding is causing problems? Since this condition may have many causes, a number of different treatments are available. Successful management of bruxism often begins by striving to eliminate the factors that may cause problems — for example, making lifestyle changes to improve your health, creating a soothing nighttime environment, and trying stress-reduction techniques; these may include anything from warm baths and soft music at bedtime, to meditation and mindfulness exercises.
Several dental treatments are also available, including a custom-made occlusal guard (night guard) that can keep your teeth from being damaged by grinding. In some cases, a bite adjustment may also be recommended: In this procedure, a small amount of enamel is removed from a tooth to change the way it contacts the opposite tooth, thereby lessening the biting force on it. More invasive techniques (such as surgery) are rarely needed.
A little tooth grinding once in a while can be a normal response to stress; in fact, becoming aware of the condition is often the first step to controlling it. But if you begin to notice issues that could stem from bruxism — or if the loud grinding sounds cause problems for your sleeping partner — it may be time to contact us or schedule an appointment. You can read more about bruxism in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Stress and Tooth Habits.”
What your cosmetic dentists in Chatham want you to know
Are you embarrassed by your smile? Do you smile less often because you are afraid of what people think of your teeth? Do you just want to have a more beautiful smile? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time to create your new smile. The answer is porcelain veneers!
Porcelain veneers can cover most dental imperfections, giving you a celebrity-perfect smile. Dr. Domenic Riccobono and Dr. Vicki Cohn at Countryside Dental in Chatham, NY want to help you discover how porcelain veneers can help your smile.
Your cosmetic dentists in Chatham want you to know about the versatility of porcelain veneers. They can cover many imperfections in your teeth including teeth that are:
- Severely cracked or chipped from overuse
- Excessively worn down from aging and uneven bite
- Badly damaged or broken from traumatic injury
- Darkly discolored or stained from drinking coffee, smoking or taking medications
- Unevenly spaced apart or gapped from genetics
When you choose porcelain veneers you are choosing a conservative dental treatment. That’s because your cosmetic dentists remove very little tooth structure, just enough to accommodate the thickness of the veneers.
Porcelain veneers look completely natural because they are made of beautiful, translucent porcelain. They reflect light just you’re your natural teeth. People will notice how much more beautiful your smile looks, but they won’t be able to tell why. Porcelain also resists staining, giving you a lifetime of dazzling beauty no matter what you eat or drink.
Think about porcelain veneers if you have a special event coming up like a reunion, wedding or important job interview. They are the perfect way to make a great impression. You should also consider porcelain veneers if you just want to look your best! Veneers can give you a whole new look.
Your smile is what people notice, and you want your smile to stand out! Let porcelain veneers cover your dental imperfections and renew your smile. It’s time to call the experts, Dr. Riccobono and Dr. Cohn, your cosmetic dentists at Countryside Dental in Chatham, NY. Find out more about porcelain veneers by calling today!