Getting a new smile doesn’t have to be an elaborate affair. If your teeth have minor to moderate chips, stains or tooth gaps, dental veneers could be the answer. These thin wafers of dental porcelain mask tooth imperfections and completely change your smile’s dynamic—and without a huge impact to your wallet.
To achieve that effect, though, your personal set of veneers will require the expertise of both your dentist and a dental lab technician to design and create your veneers. And while there are numerous considerations in achieving a truly life-like appearance with veneers, one of the most important is their color.
We always associate the color white with teeth. And while it is the dominant hue, actual tooth color is more complex. An individual tooth is comprised of multiple shades and tints, that range in variation from its biting edge to the gums. Likewise, tooth color in general can differ from person to person.
Your dentist must take these individual color variations into account while designing your new veneers, especially if you’ll be getting them for some but not for all your teeth. In that case, it’s important for the veneer color to blend seamlessly with the color of your natural teeth without veneers.
Your new smile expectations and desires are also important and should be considered when designing veneer coloring. For instance, do you want a more natural look—or would you prefer a smile with more “dazzle”? This could have an impact on color.
Your dentist takes all of this information (including your input) and communicates it clearly to the dental lab technician creating the veneers. That process is a combination of both science and artistry, using a variety of techniques to achieve an accurate, life-like texture and color result. For example, a technician may paint the edges of the veneers with a ceramic paste that when cured produces a life-like translucency.
This meticulous attention to color detail is necessary to create beautiful veneers that look natural. If the color is right, you’re sure to enjoy the change your veneers bring to your smile for many years to come.
If you would like more information on transforming your smile with dental veneers, 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 “Porcelain Veneers: Your Smile—Better Than Ever.”
Facing extensive dental treatment can be stressful—and even more so when you realize what it will cost. It’s a hard fact of life, but some dental work can be expensive.
The good news, though, is that it’s possible to keep your costs at a manageable level, even with limited finances. And your best first step is to become proactive with dental care now, before problems appear or get worse.
There are good reasons for making room in your budget for regular dental cleanings and checkups: for one, dental cleanings coupled with your own daily hygiene help keep bacterial plaque, the main cause of dental disease, from causing gum disease or damage to the tooth surfaces. And seeing us regularly makes it more likely we’ll detect a problem before it inflicts too much harm.
Regular visits are also important for establishing a relationship with us. As we become more familiar with you and your own individual risk factors for dental problems, we can then develop a treatment strategy to minimize those risks or take action to decrease their impact.
The latter point has direct bearing on the financial side of your care. It’s tempting to postpone a recommended treatment for a mild to moderate issue because of the expense. But receiving treatment now could save you from major expense later.
Perhaps, though, you’re actually facing that major expense now and the full weight of what it will cost is bearing down. Even in this situation, you may actually find there are less expensive ways to deal with the problem, at least temporarily until you can afford a more permanent solution.
For example, if you’ve lost a tooth or have had it extracted, you may be able to opt for a partial denture or similar less costly restoration—at least for the time being. Eventually, when you’re prepared financially, you can replace it with a dental implant or another permanent restoration. In the meantime, you’re able to regain a reasonable level of dental health.
The key is to invest in your teeth and gums now whatever their state of health. The efforts you make today could save you from a greater health and financial burden tomorrow.
Multi-platinum recording artist Janet Jackson has long been known for her dazzling smile. And yet, Jackson admitted to InStyle Magazine that her trademark smile was once a major source of insecurity. The entertainer said, “To me, I looked like the Joker!” It was only after age 30 that the pop icon came to accept her unique look.
Jackson is not alone. A study commissioned by the American Association of Orthodontists found that more than one third of U.S. adults are dissatisfied with their smile. But there’s good news—modern dentistry can correct many flaws that can keep you from loving your smile, whether you’re unhappy with the color, size, or shape of your teeth. Here are some popular treatments:
Professional teeth whitening: Sometimes a professional teeth whitening will give you the boost you need. In-office whitening can dramatically brighten your smile in just one visit.
Tooth-colored fillings: If you have silver-colored fillings on teeth that show when you smile, consider replacing them with unnoticeable tooth-colored fillings.
Dental bonding: If you have chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth, cosmetic bonding may be the fix you’re looking for. In this procedure, tooth colored material is applied to the tooth’s surface, sculpted into the desired shape, hardened with a special light, and polished for a smooth finish.
Porcelain veneers: Dental veneers provide a natural-looking, long-lasting solution to many dental problems. These very thin shells fit over your teeth, essentially replacing your tooth enamel to give you the smile you desire.
Replacement teeth: Is a missing tooth affecting your self-confidence? There are several options for replacing missing teeth, from a removable partial denture to a traditional fixed bridge to a state-of-the-art implant-supported replacement tooth. Removable partial dentures are an inexpensive way to replace one or more missing teeth, but they are less stable than non-removable options. Dental bridges, as the name implies, span the gap where a tooth is missing by attaching an artificial tooth to the teeth on either side of the space. In this procedure, the teeth on both sides of the gap must be filed down in order to support the bridgework. Dental implants, considered the gold standard in tooth replacement technology, anchor long-lasting, lifelike replacements that function like natural teeth.
After coming to embrace her smile, Jackson asserted, “Beautiful comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors." If you don’t feel that your smile expresses the beauty you have inside, call our office to schedule a consultation. It’s possible to love your smile. We can help.
For more information, read Dear Doctor magazine article “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger.”
You can have gum disease and not even know it. That’s because you may only see a slight amount of bleeding when you brush and floss, and you might think it’s normal. The truth is, bleeding gums are not normal. It’s a sure sign of gum disease. The good news is, gum disease can be reversed, and you can enjoy a healthy smile once again.
Your periodontist can help. Dr. Joseph Yang at San Diego Dental Implant Center in San Diego, CA, offers a full range of gum and periodontal therapy solutions to give you back your healthy smile.
Gum disease is caused by bacteria contained in the plaque that clings to your teeth. These bacteria produce toxins that destroy the health of your mouth, producing inflammation and disease. The key to preventing and treating gum disease is to reduce the amount of bacterial plaque in your mouth. You do this by:
- Brushing your teeth after meals and before you go to bed; using a soft-bristled toothbrush, brush gently in a circular motion, covering all surfaces of your teeth and along the gumline. Many people prefer the flushing action of a sonic or electric toothbrush.
- Floss your teeth at least once each day; make sure you wrap around each tooth as you go down in between your teeth. This wrapping action helps keep the floss firmly against the tooth surface, for better, more thorough cleaning.
Visit your dentist or periodontist at least once each year for a comprehensive examination of your gums and teeth. You should also visit your dental hygienist at least once every six months for a professional cleaning, or once every three to four months if you have periodontal disease.
Don’t let gum disease destroy your smile. Your periodontist can help get rid of gum disease so you can enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles. To find out more about gum disease symptoms, prevention, and treatment, call Dr. Joseph Yang at San Diego Dental Implant Center in San Diego, CA. Call today and protect your smile!
Learn more about getting dental implants in San Diego, and how they work.
Are you an adult living in San Diego, CA, who is missing one, several or even all of their teeth? Particularly if you are dealing with complete tooth loss you may be worried that the only option is to get dentures. Well, you’ll be relieved to hear that our San Diego, CA, implant dentist Dr. Joseph Yang offers dental implants to healthy adults who are missing everything from one to all of their teeth.
Here’s How a Dental Implant Works
When most people think of a dental implant they imagine the small titanium screw that is placed into the jawbone; however, an implant is made up of three different parts:
- The base: This is the metal screw that is surgically placed into the jawbone to provide a strong, durable foundation from which to support a false tooth.
- The abutment: This structure is placed over top of the implant and it’s designed to connect the implant with the false tooth.
- The false tooth: If you are replacing a single tooth then a dental crown will be placed over the abutment to complete the restoration; however, if you are missing several teeth then a dental bridge or dentures can also be secured on top of the implants.
Getting Implants with Dentures
If you are missing all of your upper or lower teeth you may be wondering whether implants are still right for you. You’ll be happy to hear that implants can replace as many teeth as you need. Our San Diego restorative dentist even offers All-on-4, a system that allows patients to get implants and teeth in the same day. During this visit we will place implants into the jawbone and then immediately place temporary dentures over top of the implant.
Once the implants and the jawbone have naturally fused together then we can remove the temporary dentures and secure the permanent dentures on top.
Interested in getting dental implants? Want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for All-on-4? Let San Diego Dental Implant Center treat your tooth loss right away and even give you a full smile again on the same day. Call our San Diego dental practice today to schedule a no-risk consultation.
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