Your smile is one of your greatest assets and the first thing that people notice about you. Cosmetic dentistry can transform your smile, but that is only the first step. A proper at-home oral hygiene routine ensures that you will have not only a great-looking smile, but a healthy mouth.
- Brush at least twice a day; in the morning and before bed. Unsure of which brush is right for you? Dallas Cosmetic Dentist can help you select one that suits your needs.
- Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle where the gums and teeth meet.
- Use small circular motions to gently brush gum line and teeth.
- Don’t apply too much pressure to the teeth - this can damage gums and tooth enamel.
- Brush every surface of every tooth, cheek-side, tongue-side, and chewing surfaces. Pay special attention to the surfaces of the back teeth.
- Use back and forth strokes to brush the chewing surfaces.
- Brush the tongue to remove fungi, food and debris.
Flossing is a very effective way to remove plaque from between teeth. The flavor and type of floss are unimportant; choose floss that will be easy and pleasant to use.
- Cut a piece of floss about 18” long.
- Wrap one end of the floss around the middle finger of the left hand and the other end around the middle finger of the right hand until the hands are 2-3 inches apart.
- Work the floss gently between the teeth toward the gum line.
- Curve the floss in a U-shape around each tooth, carefully sliding it beneath the gum line.
- Carefully move the floss up and down several times to remove inter-dental plaque and debris.
If you still have questions, contact Dallas, TX Smile Studio, and we will be more than happy to answer them for you.
I recently spoke to you about veneers, focusing on porcelain veneers. Many patients are curious about Lumineers as an alternative to porcelain veneers, so today I’d like to tell you a little bit more about them.
How are Lumineers different from traditional veneers?
Lumineers is a trade name that refers to an ultra-thin, highly translucent material that replicates the natural appearance of enamel. Traditional veneers are much thicker and require grinding of your original tooth structure. The ultra-thin material used in Lumineers means that little or no adjustment to the original tooth is necessary. With proper care and oral hygiene, Lumineers will last for as long as 20 years.
Is it painful to have Lumineers applied?
Lumineers are a pain-free way to reshape and permanently whiten your teeth. Because of the ultra-thin material, most patients will get a perfect fit with no alteration necessary. Once the procedure is completed, there is no post-procedure discomfort or sensitivity. Lumineers will look natural and feel comfortable from the moment they are placed.
Will Lumineers eliminate the need for braces?
In many cases, yes! Your Dallas Cosmetic Dentist will be able to evaluate your teeth and decide whether orthodontics is necessary. If you do not have a severe problem, Lumineers can reshape the appearance of your teeth, making them look more even.
What’s involved with a Lumineers procedure?
On the first visit, we create a precise mold. Then we’ll discuss the shade of white that suits you best. The mold is then used to create your own custom fit set of Lumineers. During your second visit to our Dallas, TX Dental Office, your Lumineers are painlessly applied without shots or drilling of sensitive tooth structure.
Can my Lumineers be removed?
Lumineers are completely reversible because there’s no grinding down of healthy tooth structure in most cases. Your natural teeth are still intact and strong, and now your smile is bright and beautiful!
Porcelain veneers and Lumineers are both fairly recent developments in Cosmetic Dentistry, and many patients come to me asking for information about both applications. Either will provide an attractive and durable alternative to chipped or discolored teeth, but both have their own distinct properties. Today I'd like to explain the benefits of using porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers look like your own teeth
To start with, porcelain veneers are very natural looking. Also called dental veneers or dental porcelain laminates, porcelain veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that are bonded onto the front side of teeth to create a cosmetic improvement.
Since porcelain veneers are glass-like in nature they have a unique advantage over other cosmetic bonding techniques because they are a translucent material. When a porcelain veneer is bonded onto a tooth's surface by Dallas, TX Cosmetic Dentist, it will closely mimic the light handling characteristics of dental enamel. This translucent quality provides one of the great advantages of using porcelain veneers – their surface creates a natural-looking, bright smile. In fact, porcelain veneers are so natural-looking that they are virtually undetectable, and most people won’t realize that you’ve had any type of cosmetic procedure at all.
Veneers made of porcelain are stain resistant
Your natural teeth can become worn and pitted with age, creating microscopic spaces for stain-producing foods like red wine and caffeine to cling to. This staining builds up over time and can create a dull-looking smile. Porcelain veneers have the benefit of being highly stain-resistant because of their smooth, glass-like finish. This means you will be able to continue to enjoy all your favorite foods without the worry of staining. The process takes only a few visits, and once your porcelain veneers are applied by the Dallas, TX Smile Studio you will be delighted with your beautiful, bright new smile.
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