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September 24, 2018
Thinking About Dental Porcelain Veneers?
The best moments in life are those that include uncontrollable laughter, genuine smiles, and overwhelming. Nothing should come between you and these moments with friends, family, and loved ones.
The harsh reality, however, is that many people find themselves filled with insecurity that detracts from those instances of pure joy. Too many people stifle their laughter and cover their smiles. They’re embarrassed—ashamed, even—of their teeth.
Worst of all, the embarrassment they feel doesn’t stem from a legitimate medical concern, but from an aesthetic discrepancy they deem unappealing. The good news is there are options for these situations where the perceived problem pertaining to cosmetic dentistry.
One of the options is porcelain veneers. Chances are, you’ve heard of porcelain veneers—they’ve been around for decades—but you may have some misconceptions or confusion about the details of their function and usefulness. Don’t worry, we’re here to fill you in on what you need to know!
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are extremely thin, tooth-colored fixtures that are cemented to the front of your teeth to correct minor cosmetic issues. Veneers are typically constructed of porcelain because of the material’s tooth-like appearance and reflective properties. To put it simply, porcelain has a natural look.
How do Porcelain Veneers Work?
In order for veneers to be a viable option, a certain degree of healthy tooth material must be available to act as a mounting point. If your cosmetic dentist determines such a mounting point exists, they will design a custom veneer that will fill the chosen space perfectly, color-match the surrounding teeth, and provide the ideal solution.
Once the custom veneer is ready, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic and, in most cases, reshape the tooth in preparation. Once the tooth is ready, the veneer will be bonded to it. That’s all there is to it!
What Problems Can Porcelain Veneers Fix?
Veneers are not intended to be a solution to medical issues. The problems veneers address are limited to those that are cosmetic in nature. If, for example, you have permanent staining that causes a noticeable inconsistency in the color of your teeth, you may be an ideal candidate for porcelain veneers.
Other problems that can be rectified with porcelain veneers include minor cracks in your front teeth, small gaps that do not require orthodontic procedures, and even chipped teeth. To take things even further, veneers can be utilized to change cheek shape by applying them to teeth farther into the mouth.
Who Should Consider Porcelain Veneers?
Before making a firm decision, ask yourself a simple question: will my quality of life be improved by porcelain veneers? If the answer is yes, consider talking to your cosmetic dentist—they may guide you toward porcelain veneers as the solution to your dental aesthetics.
Nothing can replace the joy that comes with sharing laughter, smiles, and carefree moments with those you care about. If dental veneers will give you the confidence and liberation you deserve to partake in those experiences without restraint, your cosmetic dentist can help!
August 16, 2018
Five Tips for Healthy Teeth This Summer
It’s a time of family get-togethers, vacations to the familiar or the exotic, long days playing on the water, and even longer nights lying by the pool sipping your favorite beverage—adult or otherwise. In many ways, it truly is a season of paradise – whether figuratively and/or literally.
Summer can be the season of poor oral health as well. Do we sometimes forget to take care of our dental hygiene throughout the year? Of course. It’s only natural to have momentary lapses! During the summer, however, we tend to not only become busier and more distracted, we change what we eat and drink as well—often to the detriment of our teeth.
So, how do we stay on top of our health—especially oral health—during the months where it’s so easy to get caught up in everything else? A good start would be to follow these five tips for healthy teeth during the summer!
We know, this tip is on almost every list involving health and wellness. While you could choose to be frustrated or annoyed by that fact, we recommend you take that as a sign—drinking water is incredibly important.
During the summer, remembering to drink the good old H2O will not only keep you hydrated, which is vital on hot days spent outside, it will also help keep your teeth in tip-top shape. Drinking water is vital for several reasons. Some of these reasons are as follows: it helps keep your teeth clean of stubborn food particles, it is a great replacement to the ever-tempting sugary drinks that call out your name, and certain water (such as tap water) includes fluoride that can strengthen your pearly whites.
Maintain Your Routine
You’ve worked all year to keep your teeth aesthetically pleasing and as healthy as possible, so why let that effort go to waste? Instead of allowing even a little slip in your oral health routine, practice consistency. Maintain your brushing habits, remember to floss, use mouthwash, and continue your healthy habits.
One omission in your routine can easily snowball into several, and so on. Not only will the state of your teeth suffer, your dentist might disown you—or, more realistically, you might have to reestablish all those habits you worked so hard to incorporate into your daily routine.
Visit Your Dentist
Yes, summer is a time of travel, adventure, and nearly constant activity. It can difficult—not impossible—to schedule important appointments like the ones with your dentist. After a season of less-than-obsessive dental care (we won’t say neglect), it is always a good idea to visit your dentist.
Call it a back-to-school visit, or simply schedule it six months in advance so you don’t forget—or have any excuse. Your dentist can check on the state of your teeth, give them a thorough cleaning, perform or schedule any maintenance that needs to take place, and give you advice on how to best care for your teeth over the next few months. It’s a good time to check in and make sure everything is as healthy as can be!
Resist Crunching on Ice
Trust us, we understand the craving. You’ve just finished your ice-cold tea and you want to enjoy the last few bits of flavor and refreshing coolness, so what do you do? You tilt the glass high and start chomping on the remaining ice.
It’s a natural thing to do, but it can wreak havoc on your teeth. Chewing on hard foods like ice can damage your teeth directly and indirectly. If you already have weak teeth, you could end up chipping or otherwise hurting your teeth. Even if your teeth are strong, you may weaken them to the point of vulnerability. So, no matter how strong the urge—put the ice down.
Choose the Right Drinks
We aren’t going to sit here and tell you to not drink a single soda, mixed drink, or otherwise tasty beverage this summer. Not only is that unrealistic, it would be torturous. Instead, we recommend you consume such beverages in moderation and replace them with healthier alternatives whenever possible.
Water is a superb option—you can even try it infused with fruits. This is a flavorful and healthy substitute for sodas. Also, consider dairy products—preferably unsweetened—as they can change up any monotony you feel drinking water and contain important vitamins and minerals to strengthen those teeth!
July 3, 2018
Five Foods that can Whiten Your Teeth
We see it in commercials, at the most inconvenient times in movies, and on billboards as we fly by on the interstate. That’s right, we are bombarded with the most enviable physical trait of all on a daily basis—the flash of perfectly white teeth that make a person’s smile just light up a room.
Most of us have even tried to obtain such pearly beauties through various methods. Whether it be a traditional toothcare routine or extreme methods we saw on the internet, the appeal of white teeth has drawn us in and motivated action in one way or another.
However, many teeth whitening treatments are incredibly in-depth or involve chemicals you may not be comfortable using. So, what do you do? Believe it or not, there are several foods that can contribute to a clean and eye-catching smile. What are they? Read on to find out.
First things first, let’s leave the debate of whether or not water is technically a food up to the experts. Fact is, it’s a vital element of health—it makes up around 60% of your body, after all! It also has several added health benefits beside keeping you alive. One of those benefits? That’s right, keeping teeth nice and white.
If you are a lover of sugary or acidic drinks—soda, coffee, or essentially any other delicious beverage—water can be a tooth saver. Drinking water, or even swishing it around a little bit, especially after drinking or eating something full of sugars or dyes can cleanse your teeth and keep them free of stains.
Not only is this fruit crisp, juicy, and absolutely delectable, it also has properties that can aid in teeth whitening. The fibrous nature of an apple can act as a brush of sorts, helping dislodge food remnants and scrub away bacteria.
This fruit also contains a high-water content, which can help wash away stains when working in conjunction with increased saliva production. Maybe this explanation isn’t sexy, but your teeth sure will be.
Most cheeses are undyed, meaning that they will not contribute to staining. Better yet, they contain calcium, which is known for strengthening teeth and bones. That added strength can help your teeth resist decay and staining.
We don’t want to get too scientific, but strawberries are widely-known for their teeth whitening properties. This is because they contain malic acid, which is a bit like mother nature’s bleaching agent. In fact, many commercial teeth cleaning products include malic acid as one of their key ingredients.
Another fibrous enemy of tooth stains, carrots can be munched on or even rubbed on the surface of teeth to polish up those pearly whites. As an added bonus, the vitamin A prevalent in carrots helps strengthen tooth enamel, meaning this vegetable not only cleans teeth, it helps them stay that way!
May 29, 2018
Are You a Candidate for Cosmetic Dentistry?
Everyone knows the age-old saying that a smile is the best way to make a strong first impression. As it turns out, several surveys and studies has established a correlation between a confident and aesthetically-pleasing smile and positive first impressions. Does this mean those of us without pristine pearly whites are destined to be unsuccessful, left out in the cold both socially and professionally? Of course not!
Thanks to modern dental techniques, especially in the realm of cosmetic dentistry, you are no longer held captive by your teeth. Whether you are in need of minor tweaks or major repair, cosmetic dentistry can help you (and your smile) realize your full potential. So, how do you know if you’re a candidate for a life change in the form of dental work? Read on and you shall find out.
Your Teeth Aren’t Quite Straight
One type of cosmetic dentistry most people are familiar with is straightening teeth. Sometimes it’s aesthetic and for the health of the individual, such as braces. Other times, it could be a personal choice to take a mostly perfect set of teeth and correct any imbalances – no matter how minimal. If you believe your teeth could be more uniform, there are several options for straightening them out.
Your Teeth Are All Shapes and Sizes
If you have teeth that are misshapen or different sizes, your smile can become an ongoing source of discomfort. Thankfully, there are a couple of options for sprucing up your teeth and brightening that smile with cosmetic dentistry.
With porcelain veneers, a uniform surface can hide the shape and size of teeth. Essentially, a façade is cemented to the front of a tooth, removing any blemish from view. The end result is a smile you will be showing off instead of keeping your mouth closed to hide your teeth.
Another option is composite bonding—a technique that bonds a very strong tooth-like material directly to your tooth, completely covering any imperfections.
Your Teeth Are Off-White
No one really knows the difference between “Eggshell White” and “Bone White,” but everyone can see the subtle change in tones when looking through the paint swatches at the hardware store. Comparing shades of white is all well and good when you’re trying to pair your new wall color to the kitchen tile you’ve selected, but not when the mystery shades of white are in your mouth.
What’s the solution? Teeth whitening. Whether you utilize custom-fit take-home options, in-office whitening procedures, or internal whitening techniques, there is a variety of techniques from which to choose. Just ask your dentist for guidance on what would work best for you!
A quick and easy way to find out where the rubber hits the road is to ask yourself if your teeth are routinely causing you to second-guess your smile or feel insecure. If so, you’re likely a candidate for cosmetic dentistry.
Your Teeth Bring You Down
Whether it is crookedness, unmatched size and shape, unsightly stains, or slight misalignments, if your teeth are holding you back from being a healthy, happy, and confident individual, cosmetic dentistry may be for you.
In an era of quick and simple options that can vastly improve the appearance of your teeth, there is rarely someone who couldn’t be considered a candidate for cosmetic dentistry. If it results in your smile not only being brighter, but in it being used more often, go for it!
This is about you, and you deserve to live your life without worrying about your teeth. The solution is right here.
May 7, 2018
Top 5 Benefits of Dental Implants
The first impression you make is your smile, or so they say. Sure, it’s a cliché, but many clichés exist because they are true. The problem with first impressions, however, is they are only surface-level. In other words, you could have a beautiful smile without having a healthy mouth! Anyone who has struggled with missing teeth knows this. Many people opt for dentures which can give the appearance of a vibrant smile and healthy mouth; however, once again, this is superficial.
So, if you had the option between a purely cosmetic fix to a problem and a true improvement to – not only your appearance – but to your health as well, you would choose the latter, right? Good news: you can. We’re here to tell you how. Dental implants not only give you a memorable smile, but that ever-important bill of health. Check out our Top Five Benefits of Dental Implants below!
Your Mouth Isn’t a Dance Floor
People want to see sick moves on the dance floor, not in your mouth! When there are gaps between your teeth, your other teeth naturally gravitate toward filling that empty space. Not only is this a less-than-desirable look, it compromises the integrity of your mouth’s health by causing uneven spacing or crowding—both of which can lead to severe dental complications down the road. By filling those gaps with custom-fit dental implants, you can retain your classic smile and leave the movement on the dance floor!
Like a Glove
Dental implants aren’t too big or too small. Dental implants fit just right! One of the major problems people experience with dentures is poor fit. Sure, this wouldn’t be a big deal if our mouths were strictly aesthetic, but they aren’t. With poor fit comes a myriad of potential complications—from simple discomfort to more serious problems like mouth sores and even deformation. With dental implants and dental implant-supported dentures, you won’t be exposed to these potential drawbacks because they are custom-fit to you! Therefore, you should have dental implants that aren’t too big or too small, but just right!
Like You Grew ‘Em
The custom-fit nature of dental implants undoubtedly benefits the health of your mouth, but the good news doesn’t stop there. Because they are implanted directly into your jaw, dental implants not only provide a natural looking smile, they remain incredibly durable. Dental implants do not need to be removed to be maintained like dentures require, nor do they have any food restrictions. In other words, you can basically forget that they’re not your real teeth; it’s almost as if you grew them yourself!
Not only will your dental implants last for years—potentially a lifetime—they very rarely suffer from complications. In fact, the success rate of implants has been reported to be up to 98%! Naturally, there is hesitation when committing to something as permanent as dental implants, especially when there is minor surgery involved, but a success rate that high should put to rest any hesitation you might have!
Floss, Brush, Rinse, Forget
We may have touched on how easy it is to care for dental implants, especially in contrast to alternatives such as dentures, but it is a point worth reiterating. Dental implants are easy to take care of. For the sake of emphasis, dental implants are really easy to take care of. Once you have your new implants, you can treat them just like your other teeth. By maintaining a consistent dental care routine—flossing, brushing, rinsing, and regularly seeing your dentist—your implants will be happy, and so will you!
Make your dental implant appointment with Dr. Matthew Wimmer, DMD today to begin the rest of your life.