Rebuild Your Smile With Porcelain Veneers

People with healthy, beautiful-looking smiles just can’t help but show them off. You can’t blame them. They worked hard to get the teeth they have and they have the right to flaunt it. But, for those who have problems with their teeth, such as chips, cracks or discoloration, smiling isn’t exactly all that easy to do.

Fortunately, dental medicine has plenty of ways to help fix such problems, with one of the most popular being porcelain veneers.

How Can Porcelain Veneers Help Me?

Porcelain veneers are made out of porcelain and are shaped to fit neatly over the front of your teeth. They are strong and the main advantage with using porcelain is that they can not only be made to fit the shape of your teeth, but also the color or shade.

Preparing your teeth for veneers requires the dentist to remove about one millimeter of enamel from the each of the tooth’s surface. After, an impression of the insides of your mouth is taken to form an exact mold, which is then sent to a dental laboratory where custom-made veneers are made by dental technicians.

Once the veneers are ready, you’ll be called in for another appointment where the veneers are bonded to your teeth using a special-kind of cement.

Am I A Good Candidate For Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are good for people whose teeth are discolored, chipped, decayed or misshapen. Also, those with unsightly gaps in between their teeth and those suffering from bite-related problems, as well as minor crowding can also benefit from porcelain veneers.

The best person to tell you if you’re a good candidate, however, is your dentist. It’s best that you discuss with porcelain veneers with them to see if they’re the best option for you.

Once your dentist has decided that you are, indeed, a good candidate for porcelain veneers, make sure that you are part of the whole process. Tell your dentist exactly what you want to happen and what you want to correct to achieve the best results.

The Good and the Bad

With porcelain veneers, very little tooth structure is lost and the treatment rarely requires the use of anesthesia. Porcelain is also very durable and are resistant to stains that normally would affect natural teeth.

Unfortunately, little doesn’t mean nothing is removed and once some of the enamel has been removed, there’s no turning back. Also, the color of the porcelain can’t be corrected and temperature sensitivity is to be expected, especially during the first few days after the procedure. You may also want to be careful about chewing and biting hard objects because doing so may damage the veneers.

Taking Proper Care Of Veneers

Another disadvantage of porcelain veneers is that while they’re made to blend in with the rest of your natural teeth, over time, the rest of your teeth may change in color. This is usually the result of bad oral health practices in your part, so be sure to take note of this.

Also, if you habitually or unconsciously grind or clench your teeth, you may want to visit your dentist and ask if you should be wearing a night-guard for added protection to your veneers.

As far as smiles go, porcelain veneers can benefit those who are already confident about their pearly whites.

Be sure to check if a new set of porcelain veneers is the best cosmetic option for you and your teeth by visiting your dentist today!

Five Reasons to Go See an Endodontist Instead of a General Dentist


Toothaches are horrible. But, what’s even worse are toothaches that are the result of a very deep infection. And, when that happens, you almost always will need a root canal and be sent to go to an endodontist, not a general dentist.

Why an endodontist, though? Why can’t a general dentist just do a root canal, when in fact most can?

Well, as far as root canals go, it’s actually a good idea to go an endodontist instead of a general dentist and listed below are five reasons to prove why that is so.

  • Variety of anesthesia options. Endodontists have access to far more anesthesia options. This is great because root canal treatments are very painful and sometimes, the typical anesthesia just won’t be enough. Also, most offer sedation dentistry, which allows you to be fully sedated during the whole procedure. Endodontists are also much better trained in numbing up specific areas, such as those with severe infections.
  • Comfort. Again, root canals can be very painful, but because Endodontists are better equipped to handle such procedures, they can make it much more comfortable for you. They have access to better tools and have gone through specialized training to make sure that the process goes much more smoothly with less pain involved.
  • Preservation of severely corrupted teeth. Because of their expertise and training, Endodontists can save even the most corrupted of teeth. This helps keep your smile look natural. But, more than just aesthetics, keeping your natural tooth will help with your overall oral health. While extraction is almost always an option, an endodontist will do everything possible to make sure that the corrupted teeth are saved.
  • Better emergency care. While they may charge more for their services, what you get is well worth it. Not only do you get better quality care, but the endodontist can also see take care of your emergency much faster. This means you’ll rarely have to book an appointment many days prior and have your dental problem solved as soon as possible.
  • More specialized training and experience. As mentioned earlier, Endodontists are just better equipped to handle root canals. Not only are they just dentists, but they also receive additional training to make sure that they can handle the complexities of root canals and re-treatments.

Speaking of re-treatments, most cases are often the result of ineffective or careless treatment. Failing to remove all the infected issue from the tooth is a common reason for the need for re-treatment. There are other common reasons too, such as carelessly missing compromised canals and not being able to seal the filling properly.

Given just how painful root canal treatments are, there’s just no way anyone would want to go through the same horrific experience again and again.

Of course, speaking of pain, it is possible to prevent ever needing to have a root canal done on your teeth and that is to always exercise proper oral care. This includes frequent brushing, flossing, rinsing and actually showing up to your dental appointments twice a year for professional cleaning and regular checkups.

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