Posts for: June, 2016
Many people are unsatisfied with the appearance of their smile. They spend years trying to hide it, feeling uncomfortable every time their teeth show. But there’s no need to live like this for years on end. Veneers can permanently alter the appearance of your smile to give you the gorgeous teeth you’ve always dreamed of.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are simply a covering for your teeth, custom-made in the shape and color you desire. These thin shells are bonded to your teeth for a permanently improved appearance.
Veneers can improve the look of teeth that are:
- Worn down
- Too short or long
- Rough or ridged
- Yellow or stained
- Slightly crooked
- Oddly spaced
Veneers can be made to match the shade of your other teeth for a natural look, or they can be a brilliant shade of white that won’t fade. They’re an ideal choice to give you a brighter smile when traditional whitening treatments aren’t enough.
They will cover up chips, gaps, and grooves for a more aesthetically pleasing smile. They’re also a top choice for patients with mildly crooked teeth since it can help your teeth appear straighter without the need for extensive orthodontic treatment.
There are two types of veneers:
- Porcelain veneers create a lifelike appearance, are stain-resistant, and require only minimal tooth structure to be removed before placement. However, they are more expensive and will need to be completely replaced if they get chipped or broken.
- Composite resin veneers are more affordable, can usually be placed in one appointment, and are easy to touch up if needed. However, they require a bit more tooth structure to be removed and may not look as natural.
Your Alexandria cosmetic dentist will talk with you about your wishes and needs to help you decide what type of veneer is best.
Have you always wished for a straighter, smoother, whiter smile? Talk with your dentist to find out if veneers could give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. For veneers in Alexandria, VA, call Gibberman Dental at 703-823-6616 or request your appointment now.
People who’ve lost all their teeth have benefitted from a solution that’s been around for generations: removable dentures. These appliances have helped millions of people chew and eat food, speak, and smile confidently.
But for all their benefits (including affordability) there’s still some things you need to do to get the most out of them like cleaning them daily or having us check them regularly for damage and wear. And, there’s one thing you shouldn’t do: wear them around the clock. Not removing them when you sleep at night can harm your oral health and reduce your dentures’ longevity.
Dentures are fitted to rest on the gums and the bony ridges that once held your natural teeth. This exerts pressure on the underlying bone that can cause it to gradually dissolve (resorb). This loss in bone volume eventually loosens your denture’s fit. If you’re wearing them all the time, the process progresses faster than if you took them out each night.
The under surfaces of dentures are also a prime breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. Besides unpleasant odors and irritation, these microorganisms are also the primary cause for dental disease. Research has found that people who sleep in their dentures have higher occurrences of plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food remnants that cause periodontal (gum) disease. They’re also more prone to higher levels of yeast and the protein interleukin-6 in the blood, which can trigger inflammation elsewhere in the body.
To avoid these and other unpleasant outcomes, you should develop a few important habits: remove and rinse your dentures after eating; brush them at least once a day with dish or anti-bacterial soap or a denture cleanser (not toothpaste, which can be too abrasive); and take them out when you sleep and place them in water or an alkaline peroxide-based solution.
Be sure you also brush your gums and tongue with an extra soft toothbrush (not your denture brush) or wipe them with a clean, damp washcloth. This will help reduce the level of bacteria in the mouth.
Taking these steps, especially removing dentures while you sleep, will greatly enhance your well-being. Your dentures will last longer and your mouth will be healthier.