Regaining Smiles with Veneers

July 2018

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Regaining Smiles with Veneers

A lot of people hesitate to smile due to their dental issues, which makes them lose confidence to express themselves freely due to the social stigma associated with defective teeth. Veneers can help a lot in this aspect, as they can give that perfect smile and help to restore the confidence.

Veneers are made out of porcelain or composite material and can be matched to suit your teeth colour. Both porcelain and composite veneers have their own set of positives and negatives, but both of them help to restore perfect smiles by bonding to your teeth and giving it great shape and appearance. A tooth may need to be reshaped in order to be perfectly capable of getting attached to the veneer but the end results are worth all the effort.

Veneers are produced in specialized labs after taking precise measurements of your teeth to ensure a perfect fit. They are also custom made to suit your teeth’s colour so that they blend in with the teeth and give it a natural appearance. While porcelain veneers are more resistant to stains, composite resins can be colour customized to a higher degree.

Dental veneers can be used for a variety of dental procedures. They can be used to fix teeth which have lost their original colour due to permanent staining or discolouration. They can also be used to fix teeth which have chipped or have been broken due to an accident or some other cause and are shaped unevenly which makes them look out of place in the mouth. They can also be used to fix dents and other deformations of the teeth as well as fix gaps where food can get stuck and cause infections. There are no limits on the use of veneers and they can be used on multiple teeth at the same time with ease.

Unfortunately, veneers are not an ideal solution for those who experience teeth grinding or bruxism as that puts strain on them and can even lead to the veneers breaking or shattering. Veneers cannot be put over teeth with cavities, and those teeth would need to be treated first and may even need to be removed before the application of veneers in those regions.

The process of getting veneers involves several visits to the dentist, where he can determine the best course of treatment. Then the process starts with the dentist taking x-rays of your teeth to determine the extent of veneers to be used and determines what kind of veneer would be the most suitable for your teeth. He or She then takes measurements and impressions of your mouth and then sends those data to the lab in order for the veneer to be prepared for your teeth. After the veneer is prepared the dentist then bonds it to the teeth surface and then uses a UV light in order to harden it.

Post the application of veneers it becomes extremely important to maintain proper dental hygiene as bad oral health leads to rapid degradation of the veneer. The dentists at Aten and Garofalo dentistry specialize in veneers and other dental procedures.

Sparkling Water and Teeth

We all know about the drastic effects sugary aerated drinks, commonly known as fizzy sodas can cause on our teeth. Many people have thus have completely stopped the consumption of such sugary drinks and have instead started to use sugar free carbonated water, which is also called sparkling water. Many surveys have found out that sparkling water sales in the country has increased significantly and has potential for a higher rate of growth over the coming years. But, while general people think that sparkling water is a healthy choice, some others call it a health hazard and consider it no better than sugary drinks. Let us separate fact from fiction and know more about sparkling water and it’s effect on our teeth.

Sugary drinks are harmful for the tooth due to the fact that the high quantity of sugar present in them presents an open invitation to germs and pathogens to attack the mouth and the teeth post their consumption. These germs then produce acids which affect the enamel and the gums significantly and can cause enamel erosion, tooth sensitivity as well as tooth decay and cavities. Hence, it is recommended to stay away from fizzy drinks to avoid poor dental hygiene.

While sparkling water does not contain sugar like sugary carbonated drinks, they are carbonated. This carbonation is the cause of concern for some people, who claim that they cause sparkling drinks to be as bad as sugary drinks.

Some research has been performed in the field or beverages and how they affect the teeth. The pH levels of more than 400 liquids have been taken and their acidity calculated. The scientists labelled the drinks having pH of less than 3.0 to be extremely corrosive and the drinks above ph 4.0 were labelled less corrosive. Sparkling drinks fell in the latter category in the research. Another study was also performed to check the acidity of sparkling water amongst different brands as well as the change in acidity due to change in temperature. It was found that when the water was kept at room temperature, it tended to be less acidic and its pH level rose, while decreasing its temperature led to the drop in pH levels and therefore rise in acidity levels, which made them more harmful against the teeth. The American Dental Association recommends replacing sugary drinks with sparkling water, but does not recommend replacing regular water with sparkling water owing to its corrosive properties when compared to normal drinking water.

To protect the teeth and the enamel from erosion and acids, proper oral and dental hygiene tips can be followed. These tips are simple yet highly effective to combat acid attacks as well as preserve your healthy smiles.

The Aten and Garofalo Dentistry ensures the best dental care for their patient and specialize in a wide variety of dental procedures and treatments. Their team is extremely professional and caring towards their patients and their dentistry is open to people of all age groups.