Posts for: December, 2017
Enhance your smile with dental veneers by correcting or concealing cosmetic imperfections with teeth. Dental veneers are thin covers applied to the front of problem teeth. They can be used to improve the appearance of teeth with chips, cracks, or stains. Veneers can even improve the shape and appearance of teeth that are oddly shaped or slightly crooked. Once installed, dental veneers look and function like your natural teeth. At Milford Dental Group, Dr. Peyman Beigi and Dr. Nina Raeisian are your Milford, MA, dentists for installation of dental veneers.
Installation of Dental Veneers
Dental veneers can be made from different materials. Porcelain is commonly used because it closely resembles the look of natural tooth enamel. It can also be color-matched to your existing teeth, which helps the veneers look completely natural, as well as to readily blend in with the surrounding teeth. As mentioned, dental veneers are extremely thin covers. They are not meant to replace your existing tooth. They are affixed to the front of problem teeth to cover cosmetic flaws.
To install dental veneers, a thin layer of enamel is first removed from the surface of the tooth. In other words, the front surface of the tooth is shaved down slightly. Removing a bit of enamel allows the dental veneer to sit flush with the surrounding teeth once installed. If a layer of enamel was not removed, the veneer would protrude slightly past the surrounding teeth. Once the tooth with cosmetic imperfections is prepped, the veneer is permanently affixed to the tooth using a dental adhesive.
Benefits of Dental Veneers
Dental veneers offer several benefits and there are a variety of cosmetic imperfections they can conceal or correct. Your Milford area dentist can help you decide if dental veneers are the right choice for enhancing your smile. Some of the many benefits of dental veneers are:
- Repairing chipped or cracked teeth
- Concealing stains and discolorations
- Correcting the shape of misshaped teeth
- Smoothing out uneven surfaces
- Closing small gaps between teeth
- Correcting uneven spacing between teeth
- Installation is permanent so they will not fall off
- Veneers look just like your natural teeth
- Veneers are color-matched to your existing teeth
Take care of cosmetic imperfections and enhance your smile with dental veneers. They can correct and conceal a variety of issues and give you the smile you desire. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Beigi or Dr. Raeisian, your Milford, MA, dentists for veneers, contact the Milford Dental Group.
As the old song says, “’Tis the season to be jolly.” And for many of us, the year-end holidays offer a perfect opportunity to break out of our daily routine and get together with co-workers, friends and family. Whether it’s a casual gathering at home or a night on the town, one thing is for sure: There’s likely to be plenty of food and drinks at hand to keep the good times rolling.
We’re not going to say that you should never indulge in a sugar cookie or a tumbler of eggnog. But everyone knows that too much of a good thing can be bad for your health. So here are some simple tips to help keep your oral health in good shape while you’re enjoying the holiday season.
Choose Healthier Snacks — good-tasting munchies don’t have to be bad for you. Plant-based hors d’oeuvres like hummus with raw vegetables can be just as delicious and satisfying as chips and dip—and a lot healthier, with plenty of vitamins and fiber, and little or no sugar. Cheese, yogurt and other dairy products, eaten in moderation, can actually be beneficial for your oral health: they can stimulate the flow of saliva and restore minerals to the teeth. If you choose to eat sweet snacks, limit them to around mealtimes. That way, your mouth gets a break from sugar and acid in between meals.
Drink Plenty of Water — Sure, there are plenty more exotic beverage choices. But for better health, alternate those fancy drinks with glasses of water. Sugary, acidic beverages like soda (or even juice) can feed decay-causing bacteria and weaken the tooth’s enamel, leading to cavities. Alcohol dries out the mouth, which can cause a number of oral health problems. But water promotes the body’s production of beneficial saliva, and keeps you healthy and hydrated. It also helps neutralize tooth-eroding acid and wash away sticky food residue that can cling to your teeth.
Don’t Neglect Your Oral Health Routine — Sure, between frantic holiday shopping and eagerly anticipated get-togethers, it may seem like there aren’t enough hours in the day. But it’s always important to maintain your regular oral health routine—and even more so at this time of year. Brushing twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing once a day are proven ways to prevent cavities and gum disease. Find a few minutes to take care of yourself and you can keep your smile looking good all year long.
The holidays are a time for friends, family, fun and celebration. We offer these suggestions with our best wishes for a safe and healthy season. If you would like more information about how to maintain good oral health—during the holidays or any time of year—please contact our office or schedule a consultation. Read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Nutrition and Oral Health” and “10 Tips for Daily Oral Care at Home.”
A lot happens in your child’s mouth from infancy to early adulthood. Not surprisingly, it’s the most active period for development of teeth, gums and jaw structure. Our primary goal as care providers is to keep that development on track.
One of our main concerns, therefore, is to protect their teeth as much as possible from tooth decay. This includes their primary (“baby”) teeth: although your child will eventually lose them, a premature loss of a primary tooth to decay could cause the incoming permanent tooth to erupt out of proper position. And we of course want to protect permanent teeth from decay during these developmental years as well.
That’s why we may recommend applying topical fluoride to your child’s teeth. A naturally occurring chemical, fluoride helps strengthen the mineral content of enamel. While fluoride can help prevent tooth decay all through life, it’s especially important to enamel during this growth period.
Although your child may be receiving fluoride through toothpaste or drinking water, in that form it first passes through the digestive system into the bloodstream and then to the teeth. A topical application is more direct and allows greater absorption into the enamel.
We’ll typically apply fluoride in a gel, foam or varnish form right after a professional cleaning. The fluoride is a much higher dose than what your child may encounter in toothpaste and although not dangerous it can cause temporary vomiting, headache or stomach pain if accidentally swallowed. That’s why we take extra precautions such as a mouth tray (similar to a mouth guard) to catch excess solution.
The benefits, though, outweigh this risk of unpleasant side effects, especially for children six years or older. Several studies over the years with thousands of young patients have shown an average 28% reduction in decayed, missing or filled teeth in children who received a fluoride application.
Topical fluoride, along with a comprehensive dental care program, can make a big difference in your child’s dental care. Not only is it possible for them to enjoy healthier teeth and gums now, but it could also help ensure their future dental health.
If you would like more information on topical fluoride and other dental disease prevention measures, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Fluoride Gels Reduce Decay.”