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Dental Veneers

What are dental veneers?

Veneers are ultra- thin shells made of ceramic (porcelain) or a composite resin material attached to teeth. It is a process that requires little or no anesthesia and is used to correct and improve appearance of the front teeth, mask eventual discolorations or just to brighten a smile.

It is important that the patient spends time and takes an active role in the design process for a better overall result. Be clear about your expectations and objectives, because veneers can’t solve all esthetic problems.

In many situations Veneers can be the ideal choice and an excellent alternative to the crowns. Patients with stains and damaged, chipped or worn and discolored filings or with gaps between their front teeth may choose veneers instead of crowns.

Time and procedure

Veneers1Patients may need up to three appointments for the entire process. There are usually three stages:

-Diagnosis and planning stage,


– Bonding

The procedure consists of slightly buffing the enamel, to allow for the added thickness of the veneer. It is usually 0,5 mm of the tooth removed and it may necessitate an anesthetic for patients anxious or overly sensitive. Because of the buffing, veneers are not considered a reversible form of treatment.

For the ceramic veneer, a mold of the teeth is taken and after several days, approximately, the dentist places each veneer to the tooth to check their color and their fit. Composite veneers are commonly done in one appointment and thus may cost less than the ceramic ones. The color of the veneers can be changed before the cementation process, but not after it.

The tooth gets cleaned with chemicals that help to achieve a bond and once the cement is placed it gets hardened with a white light beam.

The period of adjustment is necessary for about two weeks. You must get used to your new teeth that have changed shape and size, as well as color. After a period of adjustment your dentist will ask you to return for a follow-up. This visit will give your dentist the opportunity to evaluate the gum tissue response and overall success of the procedure.

Maintenance of your bright veneer smile and costs

The veneer procedure, if approved by your dentist, will surely make you smile bigger and enhance your self-esteem.

I`m sure you don’t want to ruin it with bad habits of chomping and grinding on hard stuff. What you need to discern is that veneers are reproductions of natural teeth, but not perfect and indestructible replacements. Opening cans and pistachio nuts with your teeth or chewing on hard candies and candy apples is not a good idea. Veneers are strong, but may be more brittle than your natural teeth, so use good old common sense when you chew.

Veneers can Cost anywhere from $250 to $2,000 per tooth, depending on what part of the United States you live in.

The maintenance of veneers is actually very simple. You need no special treatment, just floss and brush without fear of damaging them. Any non-abrasive toothpaste is suitable and good oral care will ensure nice and bright veneers for years to come.

Healthy Diet

A healthy diet is a healthy smile

Our body is a complex machine. The foods you choose and how often you eat them can affect your general health and the health of your teeth and gums, too. If you consume too many sugar-filled sodas, sweetened fruit drinks or non-nutritious snacks, you could be at risk for tooth decay. Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, but the good news is that it is entirely preventable.
Tooth decay happens when plaque come into contact with sugar in the mouth, causing acid to attack the teeth.

Foods that contain sugars of any kind can contribute to tooth decay. To control the amount of sugar site you eat, read the nutrition facts and ingredient labels on foods and beverages and choose options that are lowest in sugar. Common sources of sugar in the diet include soft drinks, candy, cookies and pastries. Your physician or a registered dietitian can also provide suggestions for eating a nutritious diet. If your diet lacks certain nutrients, it may be more difficult for tissues in your mouth to resist infection. This may contribute to gum disease. Severe gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Many researchers believe that the disease progresses faster and is potentially more severe in people with poor nutrition.

healthydiet2Refreshing Eats, Ever bright Smiles

For healthy living and for healthy teeth and gums, think before you eat and drink. It’s not only what you eat but when you eat that can affect your dental health. Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks. If you are on a special diet, keep your physician’s advice in mind when choosing foods.

For good dental health, keep these tips in mind when choosing your meals and snacks:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups, including:
    • whole grains
    • fruits
    • vegetables
    • lean sources of protein such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish; dry beans, peas and other legumes
    • low-fat and fat-free dairy foods

Limit the number of snacks you eat. If you do snack, choose something that is healthy like fruit or vegetables or a piece of cheese. Foods that are eaten as part of a meal cause less harm to teeth than eating lots of snacks throughout the day, because more saliva is released during a meal. Saliva helps wash foods from the mouth and lessens the effects of acids, which can harm teeth and cause cavities.

For good dental health, always remember to brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, floss daily and visit your dentist regularly. With regular dental care, your dentist can help prevent oral problems from occurring in the first place and catch those that do occur in the early stages, while they are easy to treat.

How to Floss


If You Want to Look Like a Boss, Then You Should Frequently Floss

At home, dental care is necessary and flossing is an essential part of dental hygiene, even more than brushing. The main purpose of flossing is to remove food residue between our teeth and prevent plaque formation. The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day as an essential step in getting rid of harmful plaque, the bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Flossing removes plaque from the areas between your teeth, places where your toothbrush can’t reach. Everybody gets plaque, that is inevitable, and it can only be removed by regular flossing or a deep cleaning from your dentist.

Flossing options

There are several options for cleaning the space in-between your teeth. You might choose to use dental floss and there are few types like: waxed floss or un-waxed, thick or comfort floss or another product specifically made for this purpose. Some of the products are:

Dental pick,

Pre-threaded flosser

Interdental brushes (tiny brushes designed to get in between teeth)

Wooden plaque remover

Spongy floss

– Dental tape

– Water flosser

Floss is usually made from nylon or plastic filaments. It may have flavoring agents, such as mint, to make flossing more pleasant. You can ask your dentist which type is better for you and how to use them properly to avoid injuring your gums. The ADA does not recommend using a floss strand more than once.

The most important thing about flossing is to do it and do it on a daily basis, at least once a day; the best time would be before going to bed. Don’t look for excuses as so many people do. It seems that flossing is the most difficult grooming activity. We all hate it. Just don’t be lazy, “I don’t know how to floss“ is just an excuse.

How to floss

floss2The right way to floss your teeth consists of few essential and not overly difficult steps.

  1. Use about 18 inch of floss, wind it around your middle fingers and leave an inch or two to work with.
  2. Hold floss between your thumbs and index fingers and gently guide it between the teeth by using a zigzag motion.
  3. Contour the floss around the side of the tooth, do it gently.
  4. Slide the about – floss up and down your tooth and under the gum line, but avoid snapping the floss on the gums. Gums can bleed easily so it is better to be careful.
  5. Floss each tooth with a clean section of the floss, thus avoiding bacteria transfer.


Flossing or brushing

There have been endless debates between brushing and flossing. Which is better?

Flossing essentially removes the food residue between your teeth that a toothbrush might fail to reach and brushing is indispensable for the rest of your teeth and oral cavity.

When all is said and done, brushing and flossing are both important for your oral health. If you are planning to keep your teeth strong and in optimal health for life, make sure you use both techniques. If you brush your teeth, but do not floss, you are leaving a lot of plaque and bacteria which can cause gum disease and cavities.