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Why is porcelain an ideal material to use for veneers?

veneers Cypress TXVeneers are very thin, tooth colored shells that are permanently cemented to the front of teeth that suffer from some type of cosmetic malady. The majority of veneers are made from porcelain providing many advantages such as:

Stain resistance – Unlike dental enamel, porcelain resists stains resulting from the consumption of coffee, tea, cola, red wine, brightly colored foods like tomato based sauces, or foods that contain colorful dyes.

On the flip side, porcelain is unaffected by teeth whitening products so if you anticipate getting dental veneers, whiten first. Your cosmetic dentist can then match your veneers to your newly whitened teeth.

Natural in appearance – Porcelain utilizes the light reflective properties of teeth making veneers appear more like your biological teeth than some other cosmetic enhancements. In addition, porcelain can easily be matched in color, size, and shape to neighboring untreated teeth to allow for a virtually undetectable improvement.

Using porcelain means less dental enamel needs to be removed from teeth being treated.

Gum tissue is more likely to accept porcelain making rejection or intolerance less of a problem than some other materials.

Placing porcelain veneers is minimally invasive, but can correct many different dental cosmetic concerns:

Intrinsic dental stain – When other efforts to eliminate dental stain are ineffective, veneers are the conservative option to enhance your appearance.

Chipped, broken, misshapen, or uneven teeth – Porcelain veneers can cover many cosmetic dental flaws that could otherwise require years of alternative treatment. Major changes can occur in a few dental visits over a couple of weeks.

Unwanted gaps between teeth – Those spaces appear to close when veneers are applied.

Porcelain veneers provide added strength to treated teeth, they are durable, and require no special treatment to keep them looking great.

Just as it is inadvisable to use your teeth to open packages or to chew or bite your finger nails, your cosmetic dentist will strongly recommend you do not use your veneer treated teeth for these purposes as well. If a veneer should break or become dislodged, it generally requires replacement. Porcelain veneers are strong, but not invincible.

With porcelain veneers you will brush and floss daily, with the same care you have always extended to your natural teeth. Visits to the dentist every six months should help you to keep your cosmetic enhancement looking great for many years.

Contact our office today to discuss your cosmetic options!

5 Reasons You Can’t Afford to Neglect Your Oral Health

Cypress TX dentalGreat oral health requires vigilant care: daily brushing with a fluoridated tooth paste, flossing to remove debris your toothbrush did not reach and visits with the dentist every six months for cleaning and a dental exam. Skip any of these steps and you are putting healthy teeth and gums at risk.

Maintaining good dental health starts in infancy. Of course, you must rely on your caregivers in the early years. As you age, you will learn how neglecting your oral health impacts more than just your smile (although that is important for self-confidence and emotional well-being).

Things that can contribute to poor overall health include: tobacco use in any form, overuse of sugary snacks and beverages, neglect, illicit drugs and excessive alcohol consumption, dehydration, sleep/rest deprivation and lack of sufficient body movement.

Possible negative results to poor oral health include:

Cavities – Decay prevention is possible. Your dentist can offer dental sealants to teeth unaffected by decay that can protect the chewing surfaces where decay often begins. Fluoride treatments are available to strengthen dental enamel.

Gingivitis – This is the early stage of gum disease. Symptoms include bleeding or swollen gum tissue, chronic bad breath, one or more teeth feeling loose, or teeth appearing to separate from the gums. If not treated, this condition can progress to periodontitis with the possible result of tooth loss. Early intervention is important.

Lost teeth – An accident or traumatic event can mean losing one or more teeth. But if that should occur, replacing those teeth with some type of dental prosthesis is important. Tooth loss should never be considered a natural part of the aging process. Speech patterns, appearance, and the ability to eat the foods you love are jeopardized when teeth are missing.

Crooked teeth – We aren’t all blessed with straight teeth, but crooked teeth affect more than appearance.  Failure to correct a malocclusion can leave many areas susceptible to decay and/or gum disease due to the inability to keep plaque build-up controlled.

Overall good health – Scientific research continues to point out the correlations between heart health/diseases of the immune system and the condition of our oral health. Neglect and lifestyle play a huge role here.

Great oral health requires regular daily care but the rewards are certainly worth it. Contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan today to get more tips!