Beautiful Teeth with Dental Veneers

veneersBeautiful Teeth with Dental Veneers

ental veneers, also known as porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates, are an amazing option for individuals wanting to improve the aesthetic appearance of their teeth or fix minimal to moderate damage caused by worn enamel or other incidents. Dental veneers are custom-made shells that are designed to match the exact color, size and shape of your teeth. The veneers are very thin, and easily bond to the front of your teeth to give the most natural look available.

What are Dental Veneers are made of?

Most dental veneers are made from porcelain, because they are extremely natural looking, translucent, and more resistant to stains. The alternative is a resin composite material that is thinner and requires less removal of the tooth surface before placement. It’s completely up to you which kind of veneer you want and your dentist can also help you find the perfect solution.

Why do people get veneers?

There are many different reasons why people choose to get veneers. They can correct almost any aesthetic concern that you may have and are used frequently because their look, comfort and versatility. They are used commonly to fix problems related to:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Teeth that are worn down
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Teeth that are skewed, uneven, or have bulges
  • Teeth with large gaps

What does the procedure look like?

In the end, you will probably end up making only three trips to the dentist: one for the consultation and two for the actual application of the veneers regardless of how many teeth are undergoing the process. The process is relatively quick and will most likely be over in an hour and half. The procedure doesn’t require a recovery period and the only discomfort usually comes from tooth sensitivity to hot and cold items which will lessen after the initial shock.

Afterwards, simply continue to follow good oral hygiene and take care of your teeth as you normally would. Dental veneers are simple and will keep your teeth looking beautiful for years!

About Dr. Inna Shimanovsky and Aadvanced Dental: Dr. Inna Shimanovsky and Aadvanced Dental is a 100% mercury-free general dental practice in Oregon City, OR specializing in advanced cosmetic/reconstructive dentistry and extensive dental care services using the latest science and technology in a caring and pain free environment.

Five Spring Cleaning Tips for a Sexy Smile

Great blog post from American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

When it comes to getting a sparkling white smile, the first step is keeping it healthy. Good oral hygiene is the key to maintaining a sexy smile but it’s also the first step in preventing defects like discoloration, cavities and gingivitis, which can lead to some serious smile issues. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) dentists offer these five tips to keep your smile in top shape.

1. Use an Electric Toothbrush
At more than 30,000 strokes per minute compared to the average of 100 strokes per minute with a manual toothbrush, electric toothbrushes work harder by pushing fluid between teeth and around the gum line, which provides a more effective cleaning. “Regardless of whether or not you have cavities, using an electric toothbrush over time prevents gum inflammation, gingivitis and periodontal disease,” says Eagan, MN, cosmetic dentist Kellee Kattleman Stanton, DDS.

2. Floss at Night
The CDC reports that nearly 65 million Americans—one out every two adults ages 30 and older—have gum disease. Therefore, flossing once a day is crucial to avoid plaque and tartar, a hard mineral deposit that can cause gums to become swollen and inflamed, leading to gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. “My recommendation is to floss at night,” says AACD president Ronald M. Goodlin, DDS. “During sleep cycles, less saliva is produced to naturally clean teeth and gums, so oral bacteria are free to do more damage. Therefore, it’s important to brush, floss and scrape your tongue every night to get rid of bacteria and go to bed with your mouth as clean as possible.”

3. Select the Right Toothpaste
Anaheim, CA, cosmetic dentist Jack Ringer, DDS, cautions his patients to be skeptical of any toothpaste that promises to “whiten” teeth. The reality is that removal of surface stains by toothpaste will make the tooth “look” lighter, but not change its inherent color. To lighten or “bleach” teeth, schedule a professional in-office whitening treatment, or use over-the-counter name brand bleaching products that work on the internal aspect of the tooth, not just the external aspect as toothpaste does.

4. Don’t Forget Mouthwash
It’s more important than you think. Click here to learn why you really should be using mouthwash.

5. Eat Foods Good for Healthy Teeth
Research studies show that certain foods naturally cleanse your teeth while you eat them. These foods are known to improve oral hygiene.

About Dr. Inna Shimanovsky and Aadvanced Dental: Dr. Inna Shimanovsky and Aadvanced Dental is a 100% mercury-free general dental practice in Oregon City, OR specializing in advanced cosmetic/reconstructive dentistry and extensive dental care services using the latest science and technology in a caring and pain free environment.

Preventing Teeth Staining

Preventing Teeth Staining

After appointments for tooth whitening and countless nights of whitening strips, you may still find yourself struggling with teeth staining. But what exactly causes the staining? Dentists explain that are certain foods and drinks that are prone to staining teeth.

To start off, foods and drinks with intense color tend to be big culprits of staining. The higher the pigmentation in color, the more likely it will cause a deeper stain. The color that is inherent in these foods comes from chromogens, which are highly colored molecules that have a strong affinity to dental enamel. This means that these molecules are more likely to stick and stay on your teeth. Acidic foods and drinks, even ones that may not be considered intensely colored, also lead to staining due to the erosion of dental enamel. These types of food tend to soften teeth, which makes it easier for chromogens to stick on. Another promoter of teeth includes tannins, which are food compounds that enhance chromogens’ ability to attach enamel.

Here are various foods and drinks that may leave you susceptible to teeth-staining:

 

 

Wine: red wine is considered an acidic beverage that holds both chromogens and tannins. Also, don’t be fooled! White wine, although almost colorless, also promotes staining. The New York University School of Dentistry presented studies that demonstrated that teeth exposed to tea were more likely to be more severely stained if they were previously exposed to white wine.

Tea: black tea is very saturated with stain-promoting tannins Dentists state that tea may leave teeth even more severely stained than coffee, which is chromogen-rich, but low in tannins. However, if you are a tea-lover and need your daily fix, some less teeth-staining alternatives include herbal, green and white teas.

Cola: it is obvious that this deep brown beverage (which is highly acidic and chromogen-rich) causes major teeth stain, but what you may not know is that the acidity of light-colored soft drinks also leads to a sufficient amount of teeth staining. Try your best to cut down on these carbonated drinks and reach for less acidic alternative.

Sports drinks: we know of the harmful effects of sports drinks on teeth enamel, and sure enough, the weakening of teeth enamel leads to more susceptibility to staining.

 

Berries: although strawberries and blueberries are high in anti-oxidants and are known to be healthy food choices, they are highly pigmented in color and are very likely to stain teeth.

Sweets: after working through a lollipop, you may sometimes find yourself with a different colored tongue; this is a good indicator that hard candies, chewing gum, and popsicles can also lead to stains as well

Although there are many foods and beverages that can cause teeth staining, that doesn’t mean that cannot be eaten; just be sure to brush well! Dentists also suggest using straws to sip on beverages that are acidic and highly pigmented in nature. Swallowing stain-causing foods quickly also helps to protect your teeth. Swishing and rinsing after consuming and drinking can also lessen the acidity and remove the substances that cause teeth staining.

About Dr. Inna Shimanovsky and Aadvanced Dental: Dr. Inna Shimanovsky and Aadvanced Dental is a 100% mercury-free general dental practice specializing in advanced cosmetic/reconstructive dentistry and extensive dental care services using the latest science and technology in a caring and pain free environment.