Why Dental Veneers Are Your Solution to a Beautiful Smile

Staining, discoloration, cracks, chips and otherwise imperfect teeth can impact more than just your self-confidence – they can also make everyday life uncomfortable. Uneven spacing and other smile imperfections can significantly change the way you bite, chew, and speak. They often make these normal activities difficult, requiring diet changes and other measures to counteract the effects of the dental irregularity.

Previous restorative solutions have offered some relief from these challenges, but often come up short in terms of offering a comprehensive, long-lasting dental solution that not only improves the functionality of the smile, but its beauty as well. Fortunately, these solutions have paved the way to a modern cosmetic dental solution that really works: dental veneers.

What Can Dental Veneers Do For You?

Dental veneers are a minor, minimally-invasive cosmetic dental solution that may be recommended for the following smile concerns:

• Staining and discoloration from tobacco use, coffees, teas, medications, or natural aging

• Teeth that have been worn down

• Broken or chipped teeth

• Misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped teeth

• Teeth that are too far apart (gaps between the teeth)

Dental Veneers Are a Natural-Looking Cosmetic Dental Enhancement

Dental veneers are a thin piece of high quality porcelain that is cemented onto the front, outer-facing portion of your tooth. They are custom designed to replicate the shape, size, length, and color of your natural teeth. This means they blend naturally into your beautiful smile for a virtually undetectable cosmetic dental enhancement.

Choose Dental Veneers for a Lifetime of Benefits

When you choose to improve your smile with dental veneers, you are making the decision to invest in more than just a cosmetic dental enhancement. Your dental veneers will help you bite, chew, speak, and smile normally again, making these everyday activities convenient, all while increasing the confidence you have in yourself.

Dental veneers also offer the following benefits to you and your smile:

• Custom fit and design blends naturally with your smile

• High quality porcelain is designed to last with proper care

• Stain-resistant protection keeps your smile brighter and whiter

Your Beautiful Smile is Possible

If you have been dreaming of a beautiful, functional smile, there has never been a better time to take action with modern dental solutions like dental veneers. This minor cosmetic enhancement offers significant, long-lasting improvement that will leave you with the beautiful smile you deserve. To get started, schedule your personal consultation with a dental professional to discuss your smile needs and desires, and how dental veneers can be the solution you have been waiting for?

This is Essential When You Experience Tooth Loss

You might not expect it. But it happens.

Tooth loss!

Aside from oral trauma, the loss of a tooth or multiple teeth can set in motion a number of threats to your oral health. Delaying treatment enhances your impact risk.

One is all it takes

Depending on where your tooth loss occurs, your appearance is the first to suffer. Next is your tooth function.

One tooth might not affect your ability to eat or chew significantly. Yet the loss of more than one tooth will increase your functional challenges.

One missing tooth is one too many. Your teeth are designed to function as a unit in each arch (upper or lower) of your mouth.

Alignment, bone health, gum tissue health plus daily function are affected when a tooth gap exists.

The deeper issue

It’s not as much the loss of a tooth that causes long-term problems (there are solutions).Your problems mount when you delay tooth replacement (ignore solutions). Each tooth is more than what you see or utilize on the surface. Your tooth roots create stability within your jawbone and how each tooth aligns above your gum line.

Teeth that shift will weaken each root. Weakened tooth roots will begin to impact the health of your bone and gum tissue.

A solution to consider

Since tooth roots are a significant part of your tooth’s anatomy wouldn’t it make sense to replace them at the “root level?” A dental implant does that.

Implants from root to tip provide a secure, natural-looking, and naturally functioning new tooth. A dental implant:

Restores your tooth function and appearance

Adapts to your bone and gum tissue

Preserves the health of your jawbone and gums

Remains stable and will not shift or move

Tooth loss happens

It helps to be aware of the impact…and how to restore it when it does.Contact our Wayne dental office about your missing tooth or missing teeth. Schedule an examination to diagnose your tooth loss condition and discuss your tooth replacement options including dental implants.

What Cosmetic Dentistry Does for Your Health Can Also Positively Affect Your Calendar

A glance at your calendar and your mind begins to race. Right?

The decisions often start with where you’re going, what clothes to wear, and it proceeds from there. There’s another decision that can boost your confidence as your social calendar fills up in the weeks or months ahead.

It’s about dentistry…cosmetic dentistry to be more specific.

Cosmetic dentistry provides health benefits. It also amplifies something else.

Your smile gives you an advantage wherever you go. Plan now to make sure yours does as you prepare for an upcoming class or family reunion, a wedding, a vacation, or other social event you have calendared in the weeks ahead.

Top priority

Your dental health is of utmost importance. The health of your teeth and gums can make-or-break your smile.

Cosmetic dentistry places a priority on your health first. There are restorative benefits that some procedures primarily provide to assure that your oral health is protected and maintained.

White (tooth-colored) dental fillings treat your decay damaged teeth, restore your tooth structure, and improve the appearance of your treated tooth. They are also a recommended replacement for old, worn-out, and more visible metal (silver) fillings.

Dental crowns are another treatment that has a restorative as well as a cosmetic benefit.

Crowns cover your tooth that’s damaged by decay with a natural looking replacement.

A dental crown also provides the functional, surface structure for a tooth that’s been replaced with a dental implant. Your dental crown is designed to perfectly match your surrounding teeth for a healthy aesthetic improvement.

Put a smile on it

Other cosmetic dentistry procedures are dominant smile enhancers. Treatments can include teeth bleaching (whitening), veneers, and orthodontics featuring Invisalign(r).

These procedures noticeably improve the appearance of your smile. Orthodontic dentistry does that plus it improves the alignment of your teeth to assure healthy teeth and gums along with your smile.

Now is the perfect time to improve the health and look of your smile. Contact our Wayne dental office about cosmetic dentistry and schedule an oral examination to discuss treatment options.

How Protecting Your Dental Veneers Can Create Lasting Value for Your Investment

How are your investments doing? Your first reaction is likely related to your financial portfolio.

What about your health portfolio? More specifically, your dental health portfolio?

Restorative and cosmetic dentistry provide you a variety of investment opportunities. Each have value to your oral health and your appearance.

Consider veneers

Dental veneers restore your front, smile-zone teeth to a natural looking, attractive condition. Veneers are most often crafted from thin, porcelain shells that are bonded to front surface of your teeth.

Porcelain veneers are effective for:

-Treating your dull, stained teeth

-Repairing your crooked, crowded, broken, chipped, and misshapen teeth

-Filling the gap(s) between your front teeth

Treatment with veneers can also eliminate the need for ongoing teeth whitening. And your dental veneer procedure can restore your smile within two in-office appointments.

Long-term investment value

The costs of your veneer treatment can vary. Compared to the long-term value to your health and appearance they are a cost-effective investment.

If ignored, your tooth imperfections can have a negative impact on your health and increase your treatment costs. Compare your investment in dental veneers with the lasting value they provide your health and appearance.

As you’re considering an investment in dental veneers we recommend that you ask your insurance provider (if applicable) about coverage. This could give you cost reducing options, if your provider coverage allows.

How to protect your investment

Treat your dental investments, including veneers, as you would any of your financial decisions. Protect your dental veneers to assure that they last and are not damaged.

Preventive dentistry is a priority. Care for your veneers by brushing and flossing daily and stay consistent with your professional, in-office teeth cleanings and dental examinations.

You can also protect your veneers with a night guard. This oral appliance is essential if you experience teeth grinding (bruxism).

Be aware of the foods and beverages you consume. Coffee, tea, and red wine can increase the risk of staining your veneers.

Your investment in dental veneers has longevity with proper care. Expect them to function effectively for up to 15 years.

Contact our Wayne dental office about cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry. Schedule a dental examination to discuss dental veneers.

The Problems Solved by a Full-Mouth Restoration

A do-over. Perhaps you’ve needed one on occasion.

“Need” is an important word when your dental health is involved. Full-mouth restoration or full-mouth reconstruction (as it’s often called) is a dental specialty that focuses on restoring all your teeth in your upper and lower jaw.

The treatment is most often completed over a period of time. And it’s common for a variety of dental problems.

Want vs. Need

A full-mouth reconstruction falls more into the category of need. Although understanding its value to your overall health can easily provide you the motivation to want the treatment.

Your need for a full-mouth restoration can result from various dental issues. These can include tooth loss caused by decay or trauma, fractured or injured teeth, damage caused by teeth grinding, or ongoing head, neck, or jaw pain caused by a poor or uneven bite.

First things first

Your first step will involve a thorough dental examination. I will examine the presence and extent of any tooth damage, tooth wear, or other signs of dental trauma.

It’s important to observe the health of your teeth and gums. Their relationship to each other and the presence of any disease must be treated for any restorative dentistry to be effective.

Bite correction is also essential. Any reconstructive dentistry that follows will provide you the healthiest outcomes.

It’s also necessary to observe the appearance of your teeth and how they compliment your gums. Color, shade, and alignment are an essential aspect of your full-mouth restoration.

Why prioritize?

Certain treatments may not be necessary. Your initial consolation and dental examination will help determine the best procedures for your restorative treatment plan.

Procedures, cost, and time involved are also important considerations. Again, your need for restorative dentistry is the priority.

Contact our Wayne dental office about your tooth loss, dental trauma, or related oral health issues. Schedule a consultation to discuss a full-mouth restoration to improve your health and appearance.

How Porcelain Dental Veneers Provide You a Healthy Confidence Boost

Your dental health can be defined by two things. One, how well your teeth function and two, how your teeth appear.

The combination is of function and appearance is a goal of cosmetic dentistry. Ultimately, your teeth must be healthy or aesthetics will be of less or no benefit to you.

Your smile is among the first thing people notice. That makes it all-important that you’re confident your teeth are healthy.

Confidence boost

Porcelain veneers can deliver a confidence boost. The cosmetic dentistry treatment covers your tooth imperfections.

Your dental health can be threatened by gaps, chips, and stains on your teeth. These conditions also have an impact on your willingness to smile confidently.

Dental veneers are thin porcelain layers. The treatment bonds to the front, visible surfaces of your teeth.

Veneers look natural. They create a long-lasting solution for covering your damaged or unattractive tooth issues.

Porcelain veneers are also stain resistant. They require less tooth preparation prior to treatment, unlike dental bonding and/or dental crowns.

What to expect

Your procedure duration will be determined by the severity of your tooth imperfections. Also, the type of veneers you select can have affect the length of your treatment appointment.

I will examine your teeth. Once I have an understanding of your appearance goals and I can create a specific treatment plan that meets your dental health goals.

During your procedure appointment I will prep the surface of your teeth for the application of your veneers. It’s common for portions of your tooth surface to be removed to help assure that your porcelain veneers fit properly.

A mold of your teeth is obtained as well. It will be sent to our selected dental laboratory where your custom-designed set of veneers will be crafted.

We will notify you when your veneers are available from the lab. An appointment will be scheduled for confirmation of fit and color matching prior to your procedure.

Your new porcelain dental veneers will then be bonded to the surface of your teeth with a special curing process once all necessary adjustments are completed. It’s essential that you protect and care for your dental veneers as you would your natural tooth surfaces.

Maintain the health of your teeth and the appearance of your smile with routine preventive dentistry. This includes at-home care and scheduled dental examinations and teeth cleanings.

Contact our Wayne dental office about your cosmetic dentistry questions and goals. Schedule a consultation to discuss porcelain dental veneers for transforming the appearance of your smile.

How Dental Crowns Help Support the Lifetime Value of Your Teeth

The worth of something can easily be determined by its lasting value. No doubt, your teeth would fit in that category.

Your teeth have lifetime value. This is why you must prioritize their care and maintenance.

Brushing, flossing, dental examinations, and teeth cleanings are fundamental to keeping them healthy for life. But what about the occasional threat to their health?

Lasting yet vulnerable

Your teeth are vulnerable to decay, loss, and damage. Fortunately, you have restorative dentistry treatment options that can restore their health, function, and appearance.

Dental crowns, for example, are a versatile restorative dental treatment. They are also a significant piece of the dental implant treatment I provide as your Wayne dentist.

Dental crowns…

• Secure your dental bridge

• Restore your broken, damaged, decayed, or discolored tooth.

• Protect your tooth from additional damage caused by decay.

And as mentioned…

• Create a new and functional tooth for your dental implant.

Made to last

Dental crowns are created from a variety of materials. Each has their advantages and disadvantages.

For example, a metal crown will require that less of your tooth structure be removed prior to placement. The downside is that they’re more visible alongside your adjoining teeth than a tooth-colored, porcelain crown.

A porcelain crown more perfectly matches your surrounding teeth. Yet, a porcelain crown will not last as long as a metal or resin crown.

Care is essential with your dental crown as it is with your natural teeth. Consistent brushing and flossing along with regular dental check-ups are essential to keep your crown functioning properly.

It’s also important to protect your crown from damage. Hard or sticky foods can loosen or damage your dental crown.

You should expect your dental crown to last. It’s not uncommon for crowns to function effectively for over 10 years.

Contact our Wayne dental office about restorative dentistry and implant dentistry. Ask us about treatment with dental crowns.

When Tooth Durability is Compromised and What You Can Do About It

Durability. Companies like to promote their product’s ability to withstand everyday disasters.

And your teeth are not to be ignored in a discussion about durability.

You subject them daily to temperature extremes and acid via what you eat and drink. Your teeth are being attacked by bacteria as we speak.

The routine force exerted on them can exceed 120 pounds per square inch. And yet all things considered, if you take care of them, your teeth will last decades.

It’s a harsh environment

Keeping your mouth healthy is a major challenge. Common threats like bacteria, infection, cavities, decay, trauma, or tooth loss make protecting your teeth a top priority.

Teeth are durable. In fact, they’re among the most durable bones in your entire body.

But they are not indestructible. The big question is, can they be saved if they become a victim of trauma or dental health issues such as decay.

Should you feel threatened?

The topic of decay leads the discussion of threats to your oral health. This is especially true if dental decay advances deep into your tooth or teeth.

Once the pulp or nerve tissue is compromised a full-blown infection can set in. If the infection is sourced in your tooth roots the threat increases.

Scary language isn’t often enough to motivate change. You’re accustomed to hearing about the danger and damage that your diet can have on the health of your teeth.

Diet isn’t the only issue. Poor dental care is also to blame.

The threat is imminent if you avoid routine, daily dental care (brushing and flossing) plus scheduled dental exams and teeth cleanings (recommended two times per year).

The silent “enemy”

Bacteria were mentioned earlier. They cause problems for your teeth, out of sight, as a microscopic enemy.

The result of a bacterial attack is tooth decay that leads to gum (periodontal) disease and bone loss. Be concerned because this can happen slowly, silently, and sometimes without pain.

Again, it’s important to schedule regular dental check-ups and exams. These appointments give us opportunity to detect potential risks that you’re not aware of.

Watch your blindside

It’s those seeming out-of-nowhere circumstances that can also do damage to your teeth. And even cause tooth loss.

Sports injuries, random accidents, clenching or grinding your teeth threaten your teeth with fractures and in some instances with a loss of tooth structure.

Once an infection sets in you could require root canal therapy. This procedure is successful to treat your severely decayed teeth, especially when the damage is into the pulp portion.

Your Plan B

Tooth damage, tooth loss, and tooth decay, no doubt, require care. On occasion, the recommended care will include dental implant treatment.

For example, root canal failure could be cause for a reassessment. Before root canal re-treatment is pursued it’s necessary to evaluate the reason for the failure, how strong the treated tooth and its root are, your overall health, and what could be involved in retreating the tooth.

Dental implants provide a solid tooth replacement option when your damaged tooth or teeth have been compromised by decay or the need for a treatment reassessment following root canal therapy

Dental implants:
• Have predictable outcomes
• Last for decades
• Are functional and enhance your appearance
• Can effectively replace single or multiple teeth in your upper or lower jaw
• Help maintain your jawbone and facial structure
• Provide stand-alone support without the need for adjacent teeth
• Will not be a victim of tooth decay

It’s important to talk with me about the circumstances of your tooth loss, tooth pain, or the damage caused by progressive tooth decay. Your treatment success depends on a careful assessment of the factors that uniquely affect you.

How Prepared Are You for Tooth Loss?

Maybe you’re one who likes to “file-things-away.” If so, you get credit for thinking ahead and being prepared.

No one plans for tooth loss. But you can “file-away” a solution that will come in handy should the need arise.

Regardless of how it happens, a missing tooth is traumatic. In fact, mouth trauma ranks high on the dramatic life event scale.

The first thing that comes to mind.

Almost reflexively, you will reach for a mirror when mouth or tooth impact occurs.

Why?

You’re checking to see the gap and how large it is. This cosmetic-level reaction is normal.

Your smile frames your face. One missing tooth, especially front and center, can alter your appearance.

This alone is baseline motivation to seek a solution. And who would blame you.

As important as your appearance, there’s another reason tooth loss is traumatic.

Your teeth have a practical function. Lose one or more of them and you’ll immediately feel the impact at meal time.

A single missing tooth can impact your ability to chew effectively. Poor chewing can lead to digestive and dietary issues too.

Also, your remaining teeth must compensate for the one that’s absent. This can cause wear and eventually create alignment problems.

What starts with a single missing tooth can transition to damaged surrounding teeth and possible orthodontic treatment challenges.

Let’s go a bit deeper.

Your tooth roots create stability within your jawbone. When tooth loss occurs, the root is damaged or it accompanies the traumatized tooth.

Root loss is a problem also. If your tooth root isn’t replaced your jawbone will begin to atrophy and potentially lead to the loss of other, currently healthy, teeth.

The shift and drift effect.

Tooth movement can lead to misalignment. Untreated tooth movement can cause bite and gum issues – some as serious as periodontal disease.

And we haven’t even mentioned the impact a missing tooth can have on your speech. So, add that to the list of tooth loss drama.

A tooth replacement option to file-away (and use when necessary)

Dental implant treatment replaces your missing tooth or teeth and puts an end to tooth loss drama. Implants are uniquely designed to mimic your natural tooth structure and function.

They improve your appearance with a visible, natural looking crown on the surface. More significant, they create a solid, new tooth root that stabilizes your jawbone and surrounding teeth.

Your jawbone will bond with your dental implant. This process restores the practical function of your missing tooth.

Plan now so you’re prepared later.

Sooner is better when replacing your missing teeth. Having this information on-hand will enable you to respond quickly when you, a family member, a friend, or colleague experiences the trauma of tooth loss.

Contact us about a free consultation. This quick and easy appointment will provide you answers to your tooth replacement questions.

There’s More to a Healthy Mouth Than Your Ability to Chew

Some statistics cause you to panic. Others – especially those one-in-a-million types – not so much.

Here’s an example: according to The American College of Prosthodontists, an estimated 178 million people are missing at least one tooth. Compare that data to the over 35 million that live their lives with…no teeth!

If you’re missing a tooth you might be thinking – “That’s not so bad. It’s easy to blend-in with 178 million others and go unnoticed.”

There’s more to missing teeth than meets the eye

You might be one of those millions who’ve learned to do something common. You’ve learned to compensate.

And the place you’ve become accomplished at it is eating. Perhaps you discovered how to chew and relatively enjoy your food with a missing tooth or two.

It’s proven to be easier if it’s one of your back teeth. After all, out-of-sight-out-of-mind, right?

There’s a problem with compensating. Your gums take an initial hit but they toughen over time (not necessarily a good thing).

Your lack of problems while eating can disguise deeper problems. But, if you’re missing a front tooth, chewing is more difficult – especially if you enjoy raw fruits and vegetables, a thick slice of meaty pizza, or a sandwich.

Risky behavior

It’s not a matter of how many of your teeth are missing before it impacts your diet. The bigger issue is the risk that comes with your missing teeth.

Tooth loss leads to bone loss. And bone loss can begin to put your other teeth at risk.

Your teeth depend on each other. They’re an interdependent support system throughout your entire mouth.

The out of sight damage from one missing tooth can lead to more serious (and painful) dental issues. Gum disease, inflamed, sore, or bleeding gums can produce infection and eventual tooth extraction.

The better – no risk – approach

You don’t have to get-by on one missing tooth. In fact, there’s a healthier, less risky way to keep your remaining teeth and enjoy your food.

Replace your missing tooth with a dental implant. This treatment enables you to live a healthier lifestyle and preserve your teeth.

Your dental implant procedure is a long term investment. Implants put an end to eating difficulty, bone loss, gum issues, mouth pain, and tooth replacement options that are more costly over time.

What statistics prove is clear. Millions of people live with the hassle, pain, and health risks of missing teeth.

Choose to reduce the list by one. You have options for treating tooth loss and improving the quality of your life – starting with your meals.

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