Dental VeneersMore and more people are turning to cosmetic dentistry to improve the quality of their smile. Nature is often unkind with gaps between your teeth or an uneven alignment. Are your teeth discolored? Cracked? It doesn’t matter because modern dental techniques can give everyone a perfect smile.

The easiest and least costly procedure is veneers. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain permanently attached to the front of your teeth. The glass-like material is tooth-colored and resistant to surface wear.

Your dentist will note your desires for a better smile and analyze your teeth and facial structure, then determine which type of veneers will best suit your needs. He will shave a thin layer of enamel from each tooth to be fit with a veneer. He will also fit you with a temporary set of veneers, until the lab has created your custom set.

Once the lab delivers your veneers to the dentist, you will have to visit him again for their installation. You will leave his office with a brand new smile, and your veneers should last from ten to fifteen years if you take care of them.

Whereas a veneer covers only the front side of a tooth, a crown covers a tooth like a permanent cap. A crown can be made from a variety of materials, depending upon the location in the mouth. If you’re crowning a tooth in the front of your mouth, you’ll want to use a tooth-colored material so it will look as natural as possible. It could be either a porcelain ceramic (glass-like) or a composite resin (a mixture of powdered glass and plastic resin). If you’re crowning a molar, where you are more concerned with chewing power than hiding the crown, you might use a gold alloy mixture of metals. Your dentist will determine which material best suits your needs.

To place a crown in your mouth, the dentist will grind down the enamel from your tooth until it resembles a round peg. He will then permanently cement the crown on top of the tooth. If properly taken care of, a crown shouldn’t need to be replaced for ten to fifteen years.

The most permanent and durable cosmetic procedure to replace a missing tooth is an implant, but it is by no means a quick fix. It typically takes anywhere from 12 to eighteen months to install. The dentist will first make sure the entire tooth is gone, and then he will drill a hole in your jaw. This hole is called the pilot hole. The dentist will then widen the hole until it is able to hold the implant screw. After the implant screw is inserted, the dentist will put a protective cover (temporary crown) on it. Osseointegration is the next step – where the jawbone grows around the implant and anchors it into place.

Several months later when the dentist determines the osseointegration is complete, he will remove the temporary crown and install a custom-crafted permanent crown. At that point, your implant is complete. An implant should last thirty years or more, although the crown itself may have to be replaced sooner.

New technology and stronger, more durable compounds continue to reshape dental cosmetics. If you desire to improve your smile, make an appointment with your dentist and discuss what he recommends for you.

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Virtually all teeth problems can be solved by the dentist. The result is not only an improvement in the smile but also an improvement in appearance and the overall quality of life. Having beautiful teeth enhances self esteem and one will no longer have to feel awkward when meeting new people or speaking in front of others. With perfect teeth, one can eat, talk, and laugh with confidence.

One of the most common teeth problems encountered is discolored teeth. There are several reasons why teeth lose their whiteness. Certain drinks like coffee, tea, and wines can stain teeth. Smoking or chewing tobacco can also stain teeth. Poor dental hygiene and inadequate brushing is also a contributing factor. Genetics also plays a role in the color of the teeth and some people just have naturally whiter teeth. With age, the outer layer of the teeth naturally wears away, revealing the dentin layer, which is naturally yellowish in color. One can prevent teeth discoloration by improving dental hygiene, regular flossing, and visiting the dentist for checkups and cleaning twice a year. Today, there are also treatment options available to whiten the teeth. Applying a bleaching agent to the enamel can remove discoloration. A light activated bleaching gel can also significantly whiten teeth in less than an hour although follow up treatments are needed. The teeth can also be covered with bonding materials. Another treatment method is by applying veneers, which may be thin composite or dental porcelain shells that are placed on the outer surfaces to cover the stained natural teeth.

Worn or cracked teeth are usually due to grinding and chewing on hard objects. The teeth can hurt when chewing or when the teeth are exposed to extremes in temperature. The treatment will depend on the type and extent of the crack. Sometimes, severely cracked teeth can no longer be repaired and would need to be extracted. This is the reason why regular visits to the dentist are very important. The dentist can spot hairline cracks, thus preventing further damage. Cracks can sometimes be restored with filling materials. If the damage has reached the nerve, a root canal treatment is done and a crown is placed to restore the tooth. In vertical breaks or split tooth or when the tooth has weakened from a cavity, the tooth may have to be removed.

Crooked teeth can adversely affect self confidence. Conventional braces have been used for years to move the teeth gradually and eventually straighten them. Typically, it takes two to three years before these can be removed. Today, there is an option not to wear these ugly metal wire braces. Especially for adults, metal braces across the teeth can be deemed unattractive. Invisible braces are made of clear plastic and are removable teeth aligners. These also require fewer return visits to the dentist or orthodontist so they are suitable even for busy people.

Another common problem is misshapen teeth. Teeth can be misshapen either naturally or as a result of extensive wear and tear. Teeth that are naturally misshapen can be covered with veneers or can be reshaped using dental bonding techniques. Porcelain veneers are thin shells that fit snugly over the natural teeth and are very effective in hiding misshapen teeth. The result is a perfect smile.

Dental implants are the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth. Unlike removable dentures, dental implants are long term or permanent replacements. A dental surgeon places a titanium metal in the jawbone. After three to six months, this is naturally and completely fused with the jawbone. An abutment is then fitted over the implant and a crown is fitted onto the abutment for a natural appearance. Dental implants are becoming the preferred choice over bridges or removable dentures because they not only look and feel natural, they prevent bone loss that would generally occur with tooth loss.