Some patients have to wait years and go to many dental appointments to get the beautiful smile that they’ve always wanted. If waiting that long simply isn’t an option for you, talk to your dentist about dental veneers. With veneers, you get a big difference in the appearance of your smile with a very small procedure that can be completed in about two or three appointments. Learn more about veneers from your dentist.
What Is a Veneer?
A veneer is a covering placed over the surface of a tooth to make it look more attractive, whiter and more naturally shaped. It’s commonly made of porcelain, which is a very tough and durable material that resembles natural tooth enamel. The veneer resists staining and fixes a number of common cosmetic problems, including chipping, gaps and ridges in the teeth.
What Will Happen at the Veneer Appointment?
When it’s clear that veneers can help your smile, the next step is to get your teeth prepared for them. The preparation process involves removing a small amount of tooth enamel from the front of the tooth to make room for the veneer and ensure a proper bond. Since a veneer is as thin as a contact lens, less than a millimeter of enamel is removed from the surface of the tooth. The dentist will take an impression of the tooth so that a proper veneer can be made. At the final appointment, the veneer is bonded and shaped to perfection.
How Long Will this New Smile Last?
Veneers are a wonder of cosmetic dentistry not just because they give you a big difference in your smile with a small procedure, but also because they are long-lasting. Once a porcelain veneer is bonded, it can last for as long as 20 years—maybe even longer. It’s important to treat your veneers with as much TLC as your other teeth to keep them looking great for as long as possible.
How Do You Care for Veneers?
The veneer has a strong bond to your tooth, but you have to keep it clean and free from plaque buildup to ensure its ongoing health and resilience. Brush around all surfaces of the tooth and floss between the teeth daily. Avoid biting hot foods (or drinking hot beverages) with your veneers as much as possible and drink less sugary beverages. One of the most important things to remember after you get veneers is to keep up with twice-yearly appointments for cleanings and checkups.
Contact your Dentist
Veneers can give your smile a makeover that you never imagined was possible, and it only takes one small dental procedure to make a big difference. Call your dentist for a veneers appointment today.
Although your teeth aren't very big, losing one can affect your life and your smile more than you may realize. Your Miami Lakes, FL dentists at Allure Smile Center explain several benefits of dental implants.
Dental implants help your social and professional life
Tooth loss may seem like a trivial reason to reject an applicant, but problems with your smile can influence a prospective employer's opinion of you. A gap-toothed smile may also affect your social life, particularly if you feel so self-conscious about that missing tooth that you stop smiling. Dental implants replace your missing teeth and will usually last your entire life if you care for them properly. The implant replaces the roots of your teeth, while a crown is added to take the place of your tooth above the gum line.
Dental implants keep your other teeth straight
After you lose one tooth, the surrounding teeth lose an important support system. Without the missing tooth to help keep them upright, they begin to drift toward the gap in your mouth. As they drift, the teeth begin to overlap, which can ruin previous orthodontic work. Dental implants not only replace missing teeth, but ensure that surrounding teeth stay where they belong.
Dental implants may reduce or prevent further tooth loss
Your teeth aren't just needed to eat. They also play an important role in maintaining the health of your jaw. Teeth roots constantly stimulate the underlying bone and keep it strong. Without sufficient stimulation, your jawbone weakens. Eventually, it can become too weak to adequately support your teeth, and they may become loose. Dental implants prevent your jawbone from weakening because they stimulate the bone as effectively as natural roots.
The implant process is easy
During the first step in the implant process, your dentist creates a hole in your jawbone and places the implant. In approximately three to six months, the implant fuses to your bone. After bonding occurs, a crown that looks just like a natural tooth is attached to the implant. You may even receive your new crown at the same time you get your dental implant if your new tooth will not be subjected to strong biting forces. Once the crown is attached, the tooth will feel very much like a natural tooth.
Are you interested in replacing missing teeth with dental implants? Contact your Miami Lakes, FL dentists at Allure Smile Center. Call (305) 827-9148 to schedule an appointment.
Your teeth come in contact with all sorts of soft drinks, hot beverages, and foods every day. This can create stains and discoloration over time. Because the stains develop on the exterior surfaces of the teeth, they can usually be bleached away with whitening products. Learn the difference between over-the-counter bleaching products versus professional teeth whitening from the professionals at Allure Smile Center, a Miami Lakes dentist office.
If you visit your local pharmacy or grocery store, you’ll find loads of over-the-counter whitening products in the dental care aisle. They range from whitening strips to mouthwashes that claim to be able to rinse the stains away. There are a few things to know about these whitening solutions:
- You must commit to using the product consistently, usually over the course of several weeks, to get noticeable results.
- You may get an improvement of a couple of shades, which may not be significant enough to see real results when you smile, and may not last long.
- If you have sensitive gums, you must be very careful about how you use and apply OTC whitening products.
Professional Teeth Whitening
When you have your teeth whitened professionally by your Miami Lakes dentist, you don’t have the same concerns as you would have with OTC whitening products. For one, you don’t have to wait weeks for a nicer smile—it happens in the course of about 60-90 minutes. Secondly, the smile improvement is up to eight shades and can last for several years. Finally, since your dentist performs the whitening treatment and protects your gums, there are little to no worries about gum sensitivity.
Why a Whiter Smile Is Important
Many patients consider teeth whitening to be an optional treatment, but there are a number of reasons why you should prioritize a whiter smile as a part of your lifestyle:
- Whiter teeth give your mouth and face a more youthful appearance.
- When your teeth are more attractive, you’re more compelled to smile, which does wonders for your mood.
- When your teeth look beautiful and healthy, you are more motivated to keep them looking and feeling that way with regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits.
Rediscover Your Smile
Find out just how beautiful your smile can be with teeth whitening at the Allure Smile Center in Miami Lakes, FL. Call the office for an appointment today at (305) 827-9148.
Gone are the days of flashing a mouth full of silver after having your cavities filled. Over the decades, advances in dental technology have delivered aesthetically pleasing materials that can restore your teeth with a more natural look. From the office of your Miami Lakes, FL dentists at Allure Smile Center, here is some information about fillings.
The most popular alternative to silver amalgam fillings are composite fillings, made from a mixture of acrylic resin and glass. Glass ionomer fillings are another common option. Both are types of cosmetic fillings, meaning that they harden into a tooth-colored material and are virtually invisible compared to your natural teeth.
Depending on your specific needs, composite and glass ionomer materials may be used together or alone to complete your cosmetic filling.
Benefits of cosmetic fillings include:
Pleasing appearance: Once your filling is complete, it will look completely natural and won’t be noticeable when you speak or smile.
Minimal preparation: Compared to traditional amalgam fillings, cosmetic fillings may require less of the healthy tooth structure to be removed before placement.
Prevent decay: For patients at high risk of decay, glass ionomer releases a small amount of fluoride for extra protection.
Maintain tooth health: Cosmetic fillings work wonderfully for small or medium-sized cavities. Most of the healthy tooth structure can be preserved, and the material serves to hold that structure tightly together to prevent further decay or fracture.
Avoid metal allergens: For those who are allergic to the metals used in traditional amalgam fillings, cosmetic fillings can restore the teeth without risk of an allergic reaction.
Build up tooth structure: Composite material is also used for a procedure called bonding, which fills in minor gaps, chips, or worn areas of the teeth for better function and appearance.
Miami Lakes, FL Dentist
Patients today have many options for fillings and cosmetic dental restorations. Talk with your Miami Lakes, FL dentist at Allure Smile Center about whether cosmetic fillings are a good choice for you. Call (305) 827-9148 orrequest your appointment online.
Everyone loves having straight teeth, but no one likes going through the painful process of getting braces. Luckily, the dentists at Allure Smile Center in Miami Lakes, FL offer a solution--Invisalign. Allowing adults and teens alike to straighten their teeth while continuing to enjoy a white smile, Invisalign is effective for a variety of common orthodontic conditions, including:
The Invisalign Process
To begin, your Miami Lakes dentist will take impressions and x-rays to create a 3D model of your smile. They even show you a virtual model of what your teeth will look like once you’re finished. Then this model is used to create a series of customized aligners.
After that, the treatment is simple: wear your clear aligners for 20-22 hours a day, removing them only to eat and clean your teeth. You’ll receive a new set of aligners every two weeks, each one bringing your teeth slightly closer to perfection.
Benefits of Invisalign
Discreet: A common reason dentists suggest Invisalign is patients can maintain a white smile during their orthodontic treatment--no metal appliances required. With your clear aligners, no one can tell you’re receiving orthodontic care.
Easy to Clean: With traditional braces, it can be difficult to clean around the brackets or between the teeth. This difficulty increases the risk of tooth decay and can lead to unsightly spots upon removal of your braces. Since Invisalign trays are removable, you can continue your regular dental hygiene practice for healthy, evenly-shaded teeth.
Fast: Although every case is unique, adults typically complete their Invisalign treatment in about a year. For teens, the treatment length is approximately equal to that of braces.
Comfortable: No metal means no sharp edges to cause scratches or sores inside your mouth. Invisalign aligners are smooth for a less painful orthodontic experience.
Convenient: Unlike with braces, you won’t need to change your diet to avoid breaking your hardware. Because you can remove your aligners to eat, you can continue eating the foods you love without worrying about damage. Plus, since there are no brackets or wires to adjust, you can enjoy fewer dentist visits with less discomfort.
Miami Lakes Dentist
Allure Smile Center is your source for comprehensive orthodontic care and general dentistry in Miami Lakes, FL. Asa certified Invisalign Provider, its dentists can help you achieve the straight smile you've always wanted. To find out if Invisalign is the best choice for you, request your appointment online or call 305-827-9148 today.
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