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Methods of Home Teeth Whitening

Most people want to have bright, white teeth to display when they smile. It adds to their self-esteem and well being. People who do not want to use over the counter teeth whiteners purchased from a store nor want to pay for the high cost of having their dentist whiten their teeth are interested in a good home whitening method.

There are a few that have been used by people over the years. Use of table salt and lemon juice is an effective method of giving your teeth a good cleaning. Be sure to rinse your mouth with water after you finish to go get rid of the salt.

Another home whitening method is to rub an orange peel or lemon peel across just brushed teeth. The acid contained in both will have a bleaching effect.

Probably the most effective home whitening method is to use baking soda and water. Make the mixture of baking soda and water into a paste and brush your teeth just as you would with tooth paste. The abrasiveness of this mixture will give the same effect as the prophy paste used by dental hygienists. Another variation of the use of baking soda is to mix the baking soda with hydrogen peroxide. With a 50-50 mixture stir the baking soda and peroxide until you create a paste and brush your teeth. Be sure to rinse very well and do not swallow this mixture. If you accidently swallow the peroxide then drink at least a glass of water to dilute it in your stomach. All of these home whitening methods are most effective if you use a pre-rinse solution purchased at the pharmacy or market or you may use a pre-rinse made of baking soda and water.

There is no substitute for six month check-ups and regular cleanings at your dentist's office. When you do brush your teeth with the home mixtures we have talked about about sure to brush your tongue and the sides of your mouth to completely clean your teeth and oral cavity.

If you wish try these home whitening methods and you will probably get the desired white and bright smile you are seeking.



Source by Harvey J. Williams

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Laser Teeth Whitening – 1 Hour For Whiter Teeth

If you ask a dentist, what is the most effective, easiest, and quickest way to obtain whiter teeth? They will all recommend Laser teeth whitening. Even though cost is fairly high, ranging from $ 600- $ 400, it is a reliable treatment that can provide efficient results in just one session. This procedure involves a dentist applying whitening gel to all of your teeth and then simply activating it with a special laser light. The laser light actually helps activate the gel to penetrate your teeth and remove surface and internal teeth stains. The treatment only requires about 45 minutes to one hour of your time. Extra time may be required if first your teeth need to be cleaned by the dental hygienist to remove bacteria and plaque.

Can you picture your teeth 8 shades lighter? This is not only possible with laser treatment but 95% of the time you will not require any further whitening treatments. One session is all you'll need! Unlike many other whitening products, there is usually no pain or teeth sensitivity associated with laser treatment procedures. So if you are scared of the dentist you can feel free to relax now.

The most common laser teeth whitening systems used by dentist today are Zoom-2 and Brutesmile. These effective products all use high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide and are more effective and safe than the over-the-counter products. These systems are better for tooth enamel, gums and areas around dental fillings. Opalescence Boost is another office teeth whitening system used by dentist that features a unique, chemically activated formula that whitens your teeth without heat or rays of a light.

The advantages to using laser teeth whitening greatly outweigh the disadvantages. Laser treatment requires no trays, it's quick, very effective, and you will most likely only need one treatment session. The biggest disadvantages of laser teeth whitening is it is not a "home remedy", it must be applied by a dental professional and the cost will vary depending on dental clinic and location. Most standard at home teeth whitening products require numerous bleaching procedures and can become very messy. Placing messy gels and uncomfortable whitening trays in the mouth for 10 minutes or more can become difficult and cause mistakes. Usually teeth sensitivity and gum irritation occurs and results vary greatly with these do-it-yourself products.

The bottom line is that laser teeth whitening treatment can be a little expensive but the results are usually dramatic. The effects of these procedures will usually last a couple of years depending on what you eat, drink, and the natural structure of your teeth. Today a person has many options for teeth whitening so always consult a dental professional to help you choose the best method for your teeth and wallet.



Source by Hunter R Jones

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A Few Secrets About Teeth Whitening

Within the last 10 years the field of teeth whitening, both in the dental office and at home, has changed immensely. Essentially, there are two different methods to get whiter teeth: dental (in-office) whitening, and an at home treatment. Discover a few secrets about teeth whitening that your dentist hopes I’ll never tell you!

METHOD #1: DENTAL (IN-OFFICE) TEETH WHITENING

I can tell you from first-hand experience, dentists LOVE the patient who wants to have a teeth whitening procedure in the dental office. Back in the early ’90’s there was only one option available.

Your dentist would make molds of your teeth, send them off to a lab, and in 5-10 days receive back your custom fitted teeth whitening mouthpiece. Then you would sit in the dental chair for 1-2 hours, with these plastic teeth whitening molds filled with peroxide (at a very low concentration) pressed against your teeth and gums.

After 3-4 visits, your teeth would be officially declared whiter (and usually they were), and you would be sent home with a nice $500 – $1,000 bill to pay. And with whiter teeth of course.

I’ll be the first to admit, dental office teeth whitening has come a long way in the past 10 years. Now the most popular teeth whitening dental office procedure known as Laser Bleaching (or Power Bleaching, Argon Bleaching, etc.) is a shorter process. Basically this teeth whitening procedure consists of the application of a concentrated peroxide gel onto your teeth, then for the next hour you sit in a dental chair with your mouth wide open, while a special light (usually argon) is shined onto the teeth whitening paste that in turn chemically reacts with the peroxide to complete the teeth whitening process in as short a time period as possible.

This teeth whitening procedure does work. Although, many dentists say that you get a whiter smile by repeated tray applications because the teeth whitening peroxide stays in contact with your teeth for longer periods of time. The downside is that you still get stuck with that fat $500 – $1,000 bill (at least for the good teeth whitening procedure).And you still need to either come back 6 months later for another teeth whitening (excuse me – a touch up!), or you’re given some take home whitening items. Why then did you spend $500 – $1,000 dollars for an in-office teeth whitening procedure?

Fortunately, as most other things in life, technology stepped in to make teeth whitening easier and more affordable!

METHOD #2: HOME TEETH WHITENING

I’ll say this once just to get it out in the open, it’s now possible (in almost all cases) to achieve “dental office” quality teeth whitening, from the comfort of your own home! “At-Home” teeth whitening has taken a bite out of (sorry for the pun) the “in-office” power bleaching systems, where millions of corporate advertising dollars now compete with the comfort of teeth whitening at home.

And rightly so…

Up until a few years ago, teeth whitening was a fairly complex process. The hard part was making those fitted mouthpieces for each patient, for this reason alone, home teeth whitening was not an option for most people.

ESSENTIALLY, THERE ARE 3 DIFFERENT HOME TEETH WHITENING OPTIONS AVAILABLE

TEETH WHITENTING OPTION #1 – BRUSH-ON WHITENING

Brush-on teeth whitening in principal is a great concept, just brush on the formula, allow it to dry on your teeth, and let is stay on your teeth overnight. Sounds simple, right?

In reality, brush-on teeth whitening is designed for the segment of the public that is in love with shortcuts (in other words, for those people who don’t want to spend the time to do it right the first time). Brush-on teeth whitening has TWO MAIN FLAWS:

1. When you brush on the teeth whitening formula, it relies on the premise that it will dry on your teeth. This is great in principle, but if you get the teeth whitening formula wet (i.e. from saliva or from licking your teeth) then it becomes REALLY easy to rub off parts of the formula. And guess what happens if you rub off only part of the teeth whitening formula? You got it – you don’t get an even whitening result! It turns out patchy and blotchy.

2. The second flaw with most brush-on teeth whitening as I see it, is the ingredients. If you look at the ingredient list of the leading brush-on whitener, you’ll see the first ingredient is alcohol. If you’ve read my ebook “The Bad Breath Bible” (http://www.TheraBreath.com/web/art/l/badbreath.asp) then you already know that alcohol is terrible for your breath! Actually, I’m sure the reason why they’ve added alcohol to their teeth whitening formula is because it’s needed as a desiccant (something that dries out the formula so that it supposedly stays on your teeth at night). However, that still doesn’t diminish the effect it can have on your gums and your breath. Also, most of these brush-on teeth whitening formulas contain glycerin which literally sucks the moisture out from the enamel of your teeth and it’s the primary cause of most tooth sensitivity from teeth whitening.

TEETH WHITENING OPTION #2 – STRIPS YOU STICK ON YOUR TEETH

The second most common type of home teeth whitening is using whitening strips. The main lure of this home teeth whitening option is the strips’ simplicity of use, they’re easy to apply and no preparation is necessary. Again, everybody loves shortcuts, right? Unfortunately, once again that’s exactly the type of teeth whitening you end up getting! Let me explain…

Strips that stick on your teeth usually consist of an upper strip and a lower strip each pressed against the outer surface of your teeth. Now think about this for a second…Are your teeth completely flat? Of course not – they have recesses and grooves, particularly between each tooth. Well imagine you’re painting a fence, and you just slapped paint on the outside, without taking the time to paint in the grooves between each wooden board. That fence would look pretty funny wouldn’t it? Nicely painted on the outside, but in the grooves between each wooden board, still dark and dingy, with all of the old paint showing.

When you use teeth whitening strips, the same thing can easily happen to your teeth if you’re not careful. The whiter your teeth become, the more pronounced those dingy cracks seem! Eventually it can end up looking like you have small gaps between your teeth. Definitely not the desired result!

TEETH WHITENING OPTION #3 – TRAYS WITH BLEACHING GELS

Trays with bleaching gels still provide the best combination of the most affordable and most efficient teeth whitening available. Since I’m a dentist, I can let you in on a few little secrets (some secrets which most dentists would shoot me for telling you since it costs them thousands in lost income)!

First, most of the teeth whitening gels available at your dentist are exactly the same. There is very little difference from one dentist to another, that’s because the gels are formulated by a small number of manufacturers.

Second, most of the teeth whitening gels available at retail stores are of very poor quality. They’ve been sitting in a warehouse or on a truck for who knows how long, and because they are designed to be “low cost” they have very low concentrations of active ingredients. Older teeth whitening gels use a concentration of only 16% of carbamide peroxide.

Third, the one thing in common between dental office and “store” teeth whitening gels is that they both use glycerin as a carrying agent. Now there is nothing wrong with glycerin by itself. It is not dangerous in any way. However, when mixed with carbamide peroxide, the glycerin is used to draw water out of the enamel in order to speed up the whitening process. This is what causes the most common side effect of teeth whitening – sensitive teeth! Therefore, you’re going to want to find a teeth whitening product that does not use a glycerin base.

ARMED WITH THIS NEW TEETH WHITENING KNOWLEDGE, NOW WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

There are four key components I recommend for making sure you get the best possible teeth whitening results every time.

1. Immediately before whitening, brush your teeth for two minutes with an oxygenating toothpaste combined with the finest natural polishing agents AND aloe vera to strengthen your gums and prevent any sensitivity. This way you’re sure that the whitening gel directly contacts your tooth enamel (instead of dental plaque).

2. Use form-fitting mouth trays that are fitted to your specific bite. Make sure they fit snugly around each tooth, and at all points they press firmly around the sides of your teeth and gums. The best home teeth whitening systems use a moldable tray system that contains mouthpieces which you can actually fit to your mouth. You mold them by soaking them for a few seconds in warm water, then you press the plastic up (or down) against your teeth and gums. When the plastic cools you have a nice soft plastic mouthpiece that is fitted to the curves of your particular smile.

3. You should use as strong of teeth whitening gel as possible to ensure that the time your teeth are in contact with the whitening gel is well spent. Use a 21% carbamide peroxide concentrated teeth whitening gel that is formulated specifically to reduce the sensitivity to your teeth and gums, (in other words – NO glycerin!). This percentage of concentration also means a whiter result in a shorter period of time. Finally, a flavored teeth whitening gel helps – why not make the experience as pleasant as possible? No need for it to taste bad!

4. Immediately after your teeth whitening treatment, enhance the effect by using an oxygenating oral rinse. Remember, make sure not to use a mouthwash that contains alcohol, as this can actually chemically curtail the bleaching effect, not to mention it dries your mouth out!

I recommend following this teeth whitening system for 5 days in a row. You can even do the top and bottom arch separately for comfort if you prefer. After that…you’ll have a noticeably whiter smile – GUARANTEED!



Source by Harold Katz

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How Teeth Whitening Works

There are several different methods for teeth whitening ranging from professional products only available if the work is carried out by your dentist to very basic tooth whitening products such as toothpastes.

Teeth whitening basically works by bleaching, or in the case of whitening toothpaste by removing stains from the surface of your teeth through abrasive means.

Most teeth whitening products contain either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide as a bleaching agent with the former being the main component of professional bleaching products.

Bleaching lightens the color of your teeth but the degree of lightening is dependent on the type of product you use. Laser teeth whitening is perceived by many to be the most effective method as the laser light activates the bleaching agent so speeding up the teeth whitening process. However it is the most expensive way of whitening your teeth and is a process that will need to be repeated at regular intervals (every one – three years depending on how well you look after your newly whitened teeth).

Tray based teeth whitening products also work by bleaching your teeth but have an added advantage over laser whitening in that the custom mouthpiece can be re-used when you want to whiten your teeth again. The only consumable is the teeth whitening bleaching agent. Tray based tooth whitening products can be purchased through your dentist or over the counter tray based products are now available that use the preferred carbamide peroxide as the bleaching agent.

Paint on teeth whitening products and whitening strips are available over the counter for not a lot of money but there seems to be little support for any over the counter products other than tray based teeth whitening with carbamide peroxide.

Bleaching works well for whitening yellow teeth but is not the answer in every situation so it is advisable to seek the advice of your dentist. Your dentist may recommend that you do not use teeth whitening products if your teeth are sensitive, you have worn enamel, cavities, gum disease or in other situation where tooth whitening may prove detrimental to your health or the health of your teeth.

Teeth whitening through bleaching is not normally recommended for individuals that have crowns, bridges or other types of prosthetic teeth as bleaching will not lighten the color of anything other than your natural teeth leaving anything else looking out of place. In such instances it may be worth looking at paint on teeth whitening products that can be used to whiten individual teeth.

If you are an unsuitable candidate for teeth whitening products then you may have other options open to you such as dental veneers or crowns.

Teeth whitening toothpaste, can be quite useful after teeth whitening to help maintain the lighter color of your teeth with their abrasive action helping to remove new stains from the surface of your teeth.



Source by Terry Ross

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Combating Aging Teeth With Teeth Whitening Kits

Its a sad fact that as we age our body does not look as young and as fresh as it used too, this goes for our teeth too. Our teeth will naturally discolour as we get older, made worse by years of eating and drinking sugary foods and coffee. Ironically your teeth may well be very healthy but if they are discolored they will not appear so!

So what can you do to stop the aging appearance of your teeth and get them looking white and bright again?

Trying teeth whitening kits

Teeth whitening kits have been around for some time but only during the last few years have they become really affordable and more socially acceptable. The beaming white smile, becoming popular by celebrities mostly, is seen as a good indicator of health and makes a great first impression.

Using teeth whitening kits have become safer too over the years. When the industry was new there were a few dodgy products on the market but these have notasted and have mostly disappointed.

The whitening gels used now tend to be on the conservative side and tend to consist of Carbamide peroxide. The use of Carbamide peroxide is very safe for teeth whitening and any occasional side effects are minimal. It can cause irritation if in contact with your skin and eyes, so ensure you are careful when handling Carbamide peroxide. This is true for any whitening and bleaching gels though!

How do teeth whitening kits work?

Most kits work by using a whitening gel that bleaches your tooth enamel. The bleaching agent releases oxygen which gets to work in breaking down the stains on your teeth. This is why whitening gels are very effective at removing stains on your teeth.

Good quality whitening kits can whiten your teeth by up to 11 shades lighter, a significant increase in your whiteness and brightness of your teeth. Such results can be possible within just two weeks of using a kit every day for around 30 minutes.

If you want reduce the signs of aging on your teeth and get rid of tooth staining you could consider using a good quality teeth whitening kit.

Best teeth whitening kits on the market

There are many kits on the market and choosing the right one for you can be confusing. If you are looking for a product that has been clinically proven and is the most cost effective then you should consider the cost of the whitening gel. Finding a product that has enough whitening gel for multiple treatments means that you are not spending money on replacing the gel after only a few treatments.

The most cost effective whitening kits on the market at the moment are Smile 4 You and Dental White. Both offer enough whitening gel for up to 200 treatments, the highest on the market at the moment, and the gel has a shelf-life of around 2 years.



Source by Andrea R Smith

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What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Are your teeth and gums healthy, but you still notice some slight imperfections, like slowly jagged edges on the ends of your front teeth?

Cosmetic dentistry may be what you're looking for.

Cosmetic dentistry is a specialized field of dentistry that is dedicated to purely enhancing a patient's smile. Because the purpose of cosmetic dentistry is aesthetics, it is usually not covered by dental insurance.

While restorative dentistry is dedicated to repairing dental health issues relating to the teeth and gums, cosmetic dentistry is composed of optional dental procedures that make a patient's smile better.

The most noticeable and thought-after benefit of cosmetic dentistry is an improved look. An often overlooked benefit of cosmetic dentistry is the improved functionality of one's teeth and gums.

Cosmetic dentistry can improve one's smile, boost one's self-esteem and confidence and strengthen one's teeth and gums to better prevent future dental issues.

What are cosmetic dental procedures?

When many people think of cosmetic dental procedures, they think of the beautiful, perfectly white smiles of celebrities. Most of the popular, most common cosmetic dental procedures are in fact chosen by the rich and famous to give them that iconic Hollywood smile.

Specifically, these cosmetic dental procedures include:

· Professional, in-office teeth whitening

· Veneers

· Onlays and inlays

· Dental bonding

· Invisalign

· Dental implants

In-Office Teeth Whitening

Sure, you can buy a whitening kit and whiten your teeth at home, but whitening done at the dental office uses UV light and an extra potent bleaching agent. Often times, the patient's teeth are cleaned and buffed before the whitening is done, including a natural, longer-lasting whitening.

Veneers

Veneers are thin, porcelain shells that are placed over the front of teeth to correct their shape, smooth rough surface and give a whitened appearance to a tooth. Veneers are ideal for people with severely stained teeth, misshapen teeth, and teeth that are chipped or cracked.

While most veneers are made of porcelain, they can also be made with composite resin (lumineers). The veneers are affixed to the surface of teeth using a special dental bonding agent.

If properly cared for, veneers can last many years.

Inlays and Onlays

Dental inlays and onlays are both ideal treatment options for patients with concentrated cavities (or tooth decay) where there is too much damage for fillings, but a crown would likely cause further damage to the tooth.

Inlays and onlays are very similar and are often mixed up. Inlays are only applied to the area of ​​the teeth between the cusps (rounded portions). Onlays are applied to any other area of ​​the tooth's biting surface.

Inlays and onlays can be made of resin, porcelain or gold and are similar to heavy-duty fillings. In fact, onlays are sometimes called "partial crowns" depending on the size.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a tooth-colored resin material that is firmly attached to the surface of teeth using a curing light. Bonding is ideal for patients with discolored or chipped teeth. Dental bonding has recently become a popular alternative to silver or gold amalgam fillings.

Invisalign

Invisalign is composed of wearing a series of two clear, plastic trays that gradually shift the teeth into proper positioning and alignment. Invisalign is a popular alternative, especially among adults and older teens who would otherwise need to wear braces.

Invisalign provides a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing orthodontic treatment for patients with crooked teeth.

Because they are clear and are custom made to fit over the patient's teeth, they are almost invisible.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are great, permanent ways to fix embarrassing bars in your smile from missing teeth. Implants are composed of three parts: a titanium post, an abutment and a tooth-like crown.

The titanium post is inserted into the gum. The crown is attached to the abutment which attaches it to the post.

There are many cosmetic dental procedures available today to address a variety of dental imperfections. The most common cosmetic dental procedures include teeth whitening, veneers, onlays and inlays, dental bonding, dental implants and Invisalign.

It is important to learn more about cosmetic dentistry and speak to a cosmetic dentist to get an idea of ​​what cosmetic dental procedure would best strengthen your smile.



Source by Anna Bird

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Causes of Yellow Teeth – Reasons Why Your Teeth May Not Be Their Whitest

There are several causes of yellow teeth. Some of these reasons may be minor and only require an over-the-counter whitening treatment, while others are more serious and should be evaluated by a dentist. Before you try a teeth whitening solution, you may want to consider the real reasons behind tooth discoloration. It is important to get expert advice so that you know whether you need a simple solution, or if you should turn to your dental health professional.

The foods and drinks that you are consuming could be yellowing your teeth. Tooth discoloration can be caused by drinking coffee, teas, dark colored sodas and some fruits and vegetables like potatoes or apples. In this case, a good over the counter product and regular dental care can help remove stains and keep your teeth their whitest.

Smoking is not only terrible for your health, it can also turn your teeth yellow and brown. This type of staining from long term tobacco use requires a little more than just the standard whitening product. Your dentist will probably have to do a professional cleaning solution.

Some health issues, or even medical treatments can also cause yellow teeth by weakening the enamel and dentin inside of the tooth. Consult a health professional for ways to whiten your smile.

Inadequate personal dental hygiene is another problem that will cause tooth discoloration. Learn proper ways and get into the habit of brushing and flossing your teeth the right way. A dental professional can give you the best techniques and methods to use.

Now that you know many of the causes of yellow teeth, you can prevent discoloration. Make a few changes to your lifestyle and you can get a whiter smile. If you smoke or drink a lot of coffee, simply stop. Find treatments or safe healthy alternatives to correct your habit. If you need to improve your dental hygiene, start today by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly several times a day, and seeing your dentist for a professional cleaning every six months.



Source by Bradford Scott

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Arm & Hammer Whitening Booster

One product on the market that has received rave reviews is from the long-time favorite tooth paste manufacturer, Arm and Hammer; introducing whitening booster.

The way Whitening booster works is by first applying regular toothpaste, preferably Arm and Hammer toothpaste, to a wet toothbrush. Next, apply the same amount of the whitening booster onto the toothpaste. The final step involves simply brushing the teeth as normal then rinsing with water when complete.

There are some online offers that sell the whitening agent in a convenient package called an Arm & hammer whitening booster Kit, which includes everything that's needed to add brightness to a dull smile. The kit includes two bottles Arm & hammer whitening boosters and two Arm and Hammer Advanced White Brilliant Sparkle Toothpastes (4.3 oz).

Common Questions:

What distinguishes this from other whitening products on the market? What differentiates this from other whitening agents on the market is that the product not only whitens the facial surface of the teeth, but it also provides 100% whitening coverage behind and between the teeth. Other whitening products that use whitening strips can only be applied to the surface of the teeth, leaving the back side and side teeth still discolored.

Is this safe for tooth enamel? Yes. Even though the whitening agent is 2 times stronger than leading strips, it will not harm the tooth enamel.

How long will it take to see results? Some people have reported visible signs of brighter tooth enamel in as little as one week. It is encouraged that the users brush their teeth three times a day, but no more than three times per day.



Source by Ashley Atkinson

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Porcelain Veneers – Are They the Best Solution For Whiter Teeth?

One of the most dramatic teeth treatments is porcelain veneers-an intricate (and expensive!) procedure in which natural tooth material is removed from the tooth’s surface and then replaced with a thin porcelain sheath that is strongly and permanently bonded to the front of the tooth.

Other than the high cost, this sounds wonderful, right? Consider the advantages:

Veneers can correct many of the natural imperfections in teeth that could take months to change through other methods like braces. Short and stubby teeth – wavy surfaces – gaps between teeth – uneven lengths – can all become non issues with a skillfully applied set of veneers. Veneers are manmade material that will never discolor. So veneers can not only instantly create teeth in any desired shade of whiteness, unlike your natural teeth, the veneer material will never stain or darken or be affected by dental decay.

Many television personalities, performers and actors have obtained their perfect smiles through the help of porcelain veneers applied by the hands of the industry’s most skilled cosmetic dentists, enforcing the popular stereotype of the “Hollywood smile.”

However, before you jump to invest your life’s savings in a set of bright new veneers, here are a few things to consider:

Are veneers permanent?

In a word, no. Long lasting, certainly-but even with the most modern materials and applications, the typical life of a veneer is approximately 10 years. Even more concerning-depending on lifestyle and habits, veneers can chip, break or fall completely away from the tooth at various (and at the most inconvenient) of times, requiring costly follow up treatments at various intervals for the rest of your life.

Since their inception as a means of cosmetic restoration in the 1980’s, methods and materials for applying porcelain veneers have substantially improved. Many factors can influence the longevity of veneers such as: the effectiveness of the bond to the tooth, the patient’s bite, and inappropriate use of one’s teeth (such as to bite package labels or hard materials).

Skillfully and correctly applied and protected appropriately, a set of veneers could last well beyond the original10 year estimate. And as newer and better adhesives emerge, who knows how long today’s new veneers could survive?

But realistically, if you are planning to purchase veneers, you should also plan for eventual maintenance and replacement of even the best set of veneers.

What if I don’t like the look of my veneers?

Although it is possible to change or replace veneers that don’t suit you, it can’t be said too many times: You should check and double check and triple check the results, the reputation and even the warranty of the cosmetic practitioner you choose.

When clients are unhappy, their complaints can include a feeling of “thickness” that can happen if a dentist didn’t reduce the tooth enough to allow room for the porcelain layer or the dental lab who constructed the veneers made them too thick. In addition to checking references, see if your prospective dentist can fit you with a diagnostic “wax-up” that can help you see and feel what the finished product will look like before you proceed.

If I’m not happy, can I have my veneers re-done?

Yes, it is possible for dentists to remove and replace veneers that are old or that aren’t to a client’s liking-however, one should consider the difficulty (and expense) of having this done. Far beyond the intricacy of applying a veneer in the first place, the most challenging cases any cosmetic dentist will face would be the process of removing a newly-applied veneer to correct someone else’s mistakes. The removal of old veneers can be extremely costly and tedious, and if a dentist removed too much tooth structure, the mistake could even affect the longevity and health of the original tooth. This is yet one more reason to be very sure of your decision to purchase veneers and to be extremely cautious about reviewing the photos and results of other veneers your prospective dentist has done.

I have veneers that have fallen off, is that normal?

No. If teeth are properly prepared and the veneers have been correctly bonded, they should not fall of as long as there are no problems related to your bite. Often times it is usually a failure of improper bonding. Bonding porcelain to teeth is a technically sensitive procedure. If the surfaces are not properly treated and free of contaminants such as oil, water or saliva, there will be a bond failure.

I have discoloration at the margins of my veneers where they meet the tooth and I can see my old tooth color between my teeth. Is there anything I can do?

It sounds like the veneers were not bonded correctly. Either you have resin cement that has discolored or there is a gap and stains are getting into the margin. The fact that you can see the color of your original tooth probably means that the tooth was not reduced properly so that the porcelain would cover that part of the tooth.

What are the most typical complaints about dental veneers?

Incomplete coverage of the tooth can occur if a veneer doesn’t cover the edges of the teeth completely, leaving the spaces between the teeth prone to darkening or decay. Also, if gum shrinkage occurs in the years after the veneers are applied, there will be additional tooth exposed that isn’t covered by the original veneer, which could lead to an artificial “two-toned” appearance at the top of the smile.

Far and away, however, the most common complaints surrounding too white, too thick, or poorly applied veneers can result in an artificial “denture-like” appearance that ironically doesn’t enhance a person’s appearance-it could actually serve to make the individual appear more old (not unlike the stark appearance of a jet-black hair dye or wig on a middle aged individual-yes, the gray hair is eliminated, but a software hair tone would be more forgiving of the skin tone and “laugh lines” that naturally become more apparent with age). It is important to consider the overall impact and even “try on” a color or style of dental improvement for size before making an expensive decision that may be difficult or impossible to adjust or reverse.

Also-it is important to note that nail biting is one of the habits that is most damaging to any variety of dental veneers. If you have a nail biter, you must be sure you are able to reliably break that habit before you invest in veneers.

Are there other drawbacks to dental veneers?

Far and away, the biggest con to porcelain veneers is their cost. A single porcelain veneer can cost upwards of $1,500 (plus eventual replacement and maintenance). Veneers constructed of “composite” materials may be less expensive – however, with an investment for something as permanent and as visible as veneers, you will want to save your money for the best product you can possibly afford.

Because of the high cost, it is typical for clients to purchase veneers for just the front 6 or 8 teeth that are exposed when they smile, and clients frequently purchase veneers for top teeth only. In this case it is critical that clients whiten their bottom and remaining teeth that are visible as often as required to avoid an unsightly mismatch with the veneers. It is also important to pay attention to the spaces between teeth to keep them from darkening with time and use and creating an even more visible disparity with the glowing white veneers on the front of their teeth.

If we have convinced you of nothing more, the most important factor to remember in considering veneers is that veneers are nigh unto permanent. Many people look upon porcelain veneers as the greatest investment they’ve ever made-but perhaps more than any other appearance altering procedure, it is important to enter the decision to purchase veneers with thorough research and impeccable care.



Source by Laurie Peterson

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Brighter Teeth – Simple Daily Tips For a Whiter Smile

Sometimes when we look back at old photos of ourselves it can be quite surprising. We do not always really remember what we looked like. Smiles are a very prominent part of our faces and it can change without us even realizing it.

People even stop smiling sometimes in photographs because they are so self-conscious about their smiles. It can even become so natural to do it after a while that they do not even realize it. Making faces like that can seem very unnatural and even scary sometimes. Fortunately, there are things you can do at home to help brighten your smile so you can feel comfortable taking pictures and smiling again.

Any vegetables that make you salivate will help you brighten your teeth. Some good ones to try are carrots and apples. The flavor and sweetness of these foods help your mouth create extra saliva. This extra salivating helps remove foods and substances left in your mouth after eating that could stain them. Chewing or snacking on these foods as a final snack help clean your teeth.

Chewing gum can also help clean your mouth and give you brighter teeth as well. Try some of the gum brands that meant to help with this. Chewing gum also produces some of the same results as chewing on the foods previously mentioned in that it creates saliva. There are so many types of gum out there that are meant for helping with this. You will have an easy time finding them. It is best to find ones that are sugar-free so you are not adding to the teeth problem.

Finally, you can use teeth whitening pens to help brighten your teeth. These pens are filled with a solution to help whiten your teeth in an easy to use applicator. Using this only a few times a day after eating and brushing helps clean your teeth. It takes only a very small amount of effort to have brighter teeth.

Using all of these techniques with the brightening pens have helped a lot of people I know improve their smiles. There are no more stains! So if you are have trouble getting whiter teeth, add some of these tips to your routine.



Source by Timmy Tanner