Archive for August 6, 2014
What is a cosmetic dentist? Cosmetic dentists are qualified individuals who administer cosmetic dental treatments, which are procedures that are designed to improve the appearance of your smile. Fortunately, there are several cosmetic dental treatment options available, and each one is beneficial in its own way.
1. Veneers. Veneers are thin sheets of porcelain material, and they are adhered to the front surfaces of teeth to cover a wide variety of noticeable flaws. Chips, stains, and minor fractures, for instance, can all be concealed using porcelain veneers. Although veneers are not permanent, they typically last for 5-10 years before they need to be replaced.
2. Teeth whitening. An estimated $1.4 billion is spent on teeth whitening each year in the United States, and for good reason, too. Profession
In this country alone, almost 40 million people grind their teeth, and mostly at night. The technical term for teeth grinding is “bruxism,” and if left untreated, it can lead to TMJ disorder, headaches, and trauma to the soft tissues of your mouth (your tongue and the insides of your cheeks). But perhaps the biggest danger is the damage that can happen to your enamel.
Your enamel is the hard, outer layer of the crowns of your teeth. It protects the layer directly below it, a porous calcified material called dentin, which in turn protects the pulp, the living center of your tooth. While enamel is the hardest substance in your body (and dentin itself is harder and denser than bone), it can be damaged. The damage we hear about most is from the bacterial byproducts (acids, mostly) that can accumulat