Posts for: December, 2015
With the rise of the Hollywood smile in recent years, dental veneers are more popular than ever. If you are embarrassed by the imperfections in your teeth, veneers can renew your smile and boost your confidence. With help from your Westminster, MD dentist Dr. Pari Moazed, you can get your very own Hollywood smile.
What are veneers?
Dental veneers are a wafer-thin porcelain shell that fits over the front of a natural tooth. Veneers mask a variety of problems, like chips, misaligned teeth, gaps and cracks. Veneers also cover discoloration and staining. A dental laboratory creates each custom-made veneer based off a mold of your mouth. This ensures a perfect, natural-looking fit that provides a smile to be proud of.
The Benefits of Dental Veneers
- Natural Appearance: Dental veneers are extremely life-like. They are made out of porcelain, making their light-reflecting qualities very similar to natural teeth.
- Effective: Veneers are custom-made to cover virtually any imperfection. Say goodbye to gaps, chips, cracks, discolorations, stains and misaligned teeth.
- Durable: Veneers are stain-resistant and durable. With the proper care, they can last for many years. Your veneers will look, fit and function just like natural teeth.
Your dentist must first prepare your teeth to receive the veneers. He or she shaves a tiny amount of enamel, usually about .5 millimeters, from the front of each tooth. This makes room for the width of the veneer, and also gives the adhesive a sturdy foundation to hold onto. Each veneer is individually fitted to its tooth, and, if necessary, is shaped by your Westminster dentist Dr. Moazed for optimal fit. Your dentist bonds the veneer to the tooth using dental cement, and sets the adhesive with a special bonding light. At this time, your dentist makes any necessary final adjustments, and buffs and polishes your new veneers.
For more information on dental veneers in the Westminster, MD area, please contact Dr. Pari June Moazed, DDS. Call (410) 848-9192 to schedule your appointment for a consultation today!
Fans of the primetime TV show The Middle were delighted to see that high school senior Sue, played by Eden Sher, finally got her braces off at the start of Season 6. But since this popular sitcom wouldn’t be complete without some slapstick comedy, this happy event is not without its trials and tribulations: The episode ends with Sue’s whole family diving into a dumpster in search of the teen’s lost retainer. Sue finds it in the garbage and immediately pops it in her mouth. But wait — it doesn’t fit, it’s not even hers!
If you think this scenario is far-fetched, guess again. OK, maybe the part about Sue not washing the retainer upon reclaiming it was just a gag (literally and figuratively), but lost retainers are all too common. Unfortunately, they’re also expensive to replace — so they need to be handled with care. What’s the best way to do that? Retainers should be brushed daily with a soft toothbrush and liquid soap (dish soap works well), and then placed immediately back in your mouth or into the case that came with the retainer. When you are eating a meal at a restaurant, do not wrap your retainer in a napkin and leave it on the table — this is a great way to lose it! Instead, take the case with you, and keep the retainer in it while you’re eating. When you get home, brush your teeth and then put the retainer back in your mouth.
If you do lose your retainer though, let us know right away. Retention is the last step of your orthodontic treatment, and it’s extremely important. You’ve worked hard to get a beautiful smile, and no one wants to see that effort wasted. Yet if you neglect to wear your retainer as instructed, your teeth are likely to shift out of position. Why does this happen?
As you’ve seen firsthand, teeth aren’t rigidly fixed in the jaw — they can be moved in response to light and continuous force. That’s what orthodontic appliances do: apply the right amount of force in a carefully controlled manner. But there are other forces at work on your teeth that can move them in less predictable ways. For example, normal biting and chewing can, over time, cause your teeth to shift position. To get teeth to stay where they’ve been moved orthodontically, new bone needs to form around them and anchor them where they are. That will happen over time, but only if they are held in place with a retainer. That’s why it is so important to wear yours as directed — and notify us immediately if it gets lost.
And if ever you do have to dig your retainer out of a dumpster… be sure to wash it before putting in in your mouth!
If you would like more information on retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers” and “Why Orthodontic Retainers?”
You’re ready to have that missing tooth replaced with a dental implant or other life-like restoration. But we may first have to address another problem — moving the teeth around the missing tooth space back to where they should be.
That empty space is the primary reason those teeth are no longer in the right position. Through their attachment to the periodontal ligament that lies between them and the bone, teeth are able to move slightly over time in response to mouth changes. This same mechanism, however, may also cause teeth to “drift” toward each other across the empty space left by a missing tooth; too much drift and there won’t be enough room for the replacement tooth.
A fairly straightforward orthodontic treatment can restore drifted teeth to their original position to make room for the replacement. There is one situation, however, that can complicate this treatment — if you also have periodontal (gum) disease, a plaque-induced bacterial infection. During normal tooth movement bone dissolves (resorbs) in front of the tooth in the direction of movement, while new bone forms behind it to help stabilize the tooth in its new position. Gum disease, however, can weaken the bone around these teeth, inhibiting the natural rebuilding process of bone and connective tissue that could jeopardize the success of the orthodontic treatment.
It’s important, then, to first treat and bring the gum disease under control to restore health to both the gums and bone. It’s also just as important during orthodontic treatment to prevent another infection flare-up through renewed brushing and flossing and regular office cleanings and checkups. Choosing clear aligners over traditional braces to move the teeth could also help — unlike fixed braces that often make oral hygiene difficult, clear aligners can be removed to allow easier cleaning of teeth and gums.
Depending on your situation, the process for preparing your mouth for a tooth replacement can involve several procedures and healing time. But the end result — a brand new tooth that looks amazing — will be something to smile about.