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Do you have a chipped or cracked tooth? Does your smile suffer from extreme discoloration? Both of these cosmetic issues can result in significant social discomfort, which can interfere with work relationships and personal friendships. If you don’t show off your smile as much as you would like, now is the time to ask your dentist about dental veneers.
What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are incredibly thin yet durable porcelain coverings. Crafted to perfectly fit your tooth shape and color, dental veneers can conceal multiple cosmetic flaws. Veneers can mask chips and cracks, and can cover discoloration that teeth whitening cannot remedy. Dental veneers can even disguise malocclusions, including minor gaps between teeth.
How are Dental Veneers Applied?
Getting porcelain veneers is typically a two-part process. During your first dental visit, your dentist creates an impression of your natural teeth that will be used to create your veneers. After the veneers are made, you will return for a second appointment. At this appointment, your dentist adheres your veneers to the surface of your teeth with a bonding agent. To ensure that the veneers blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, your dentist may remove a small portion of your tooth enamel. This procedure is generally painless, and allows patients to go home with an enhanced smile.
Who Should Consider Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are ideal for anyone suffering from an ongoing cosmetic issue. If teeth whitening cannot correct your teeth stains, or if you have mildly crooked teeth for which you’d rather not receive braces, veneers might be the perfect alternative for you. This simple cosmetic procedure has enabled countless patients to have the smiles they want; consult your dentist to find out how dental veneers can help you, too.
Foothill Ranch Dentist aims to provide our patients with not only healthy teeth, but also beautiful smiles. If you’re tired of hiding your crooked, cracked, or discolored teeth, we can help. Call our Lake Forest practice at (949) 382-1243 to schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist.
Last updated 6 months ago
Do you ever feel embarrassed about your smile because your teeth are not as white as you’d like them to be? If so, you’re not alone. Many people want to have whiter, brighter teeth to improve their appearance and their personal and professional interactions. In fact, 99.7% of adults believe that a great smile is an essential social asset. Teeth whitening is a great solution for people who want to improve their smiles. Your Orange County dentist can talk to you about different teeth whitening procedures so you can choose the one that’s best for your smile. Whether you whiten your teeth at home or at your dentist’s office, you’ll experience improved self-esteem thanks to your whiter smile. Check out this infographic to learn more about the benefits of having a white smile. Feel free to share these benefits of teeth whitening with your friends and family!
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There have been incredible advances in cosmetic dentistry in recent years. Cosmetic dentists can repair or cover up virtually any flaw or discoloration. Still, dentists emphasize that preventative care is critical for a healthy, radiant smile. Observe the following tips to ensure that you can enjoy your smile for a lifetime:
Oral Care Routines
Ask your dentist to demonstrate the proper brushing and flossing techniques. Many people miss hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. Brush your teeth thoroughly with a soft toothbrush at least twice every day, and floss between every tooth at least once daily. Your dentist can recommend a brand of fluoridated toothpaste that will work best for your needs. You should also choose mouthwash that does not contain alcohol, as mouthwashes with alcohol can dry out your mouth and encourage the development of cavities.
Dentists recommend foods that contain calcium and phosphorus, as these vitamins help strengthen your teeth and protect against acid erosion. Choose low-fat cheese, chicken, nuts, and milk. Additionally, foods like apples and pears can help keep your teeth clean. Avoid or limit sugary and sticky foods, and drink plenty of water throughout the day to flush away food particles from your teeth.
Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss, and certain lifestyle factors can encourage its development. If you smoke or use chewing tobacco, talk to a doctor about quitting. Tobacco products contribute to oral cancer and the loss of bone mass in the jaw. If you chew gum, remember to select the sugar-free varieties. Dentists also recommend brands that contain xylitol, which is beneficial for oral health.
Regular Dentist Visits
Schedule visits with your dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and check-up. Some people may need to see a dentist more often due to certain medical conditions or dental issues.
Schedule your dental check-up today by calling Foothill Ranch Dentist. Our cosmetic dentistry practice is conveniently located in Lake Forest and offers a comprehensive range of services. Contact us at (949) 382-1243 or visit our website to learn more about us.
Last updated 7 months ago
Brushing and flossing regularly removes food particles that can lead to the development of dental plaque. Dental plaque is the bacteria-ridden film that can cover your teeth. The bacteria release acids, which wear away the enamel of your teeth and encourage the development of cavities. You can reduce your dental plaque by maintaining a good oral care routine, seeing your dentist regularly, and limiting your intake of sugar.
For more tips on fighting dental plaque, watch this video. The dentist in this video explains which substance can form if dental plaque is not removed. She also recommends dental sealants to help protect your teeth.
Schedule regular dentist visits to maintain your beautiful smile. Call (949) 382-1243 to make an appointment with Foothill Ranch Dentist of Lake Forest.
Last updated 7 months ago
If you’re dissatisfied with your smile, talk to a cosmetic dentist about having a smile makeover. Cosmetic dentistry procedures allow you to restore a youthful appearance, boost your overall oral health, and improve the function of your teeth. Here are some of the procedures that you might include in a smile makeover:
Many factors can contribute to discolored teeth, and whitening toothpastes can’t remove every stain. Many people choose in-office tooth whitening procedures at a cosmetic dentist’s office for immediate, drastic improvements. In-office tooth whitening can be done within an hour, particularly if you choose laser bleaching or the Zoom whitening system.
If you have chipped, cracked, or otherwise misshapen teeth, your cosmetic dentist might recommend dental bonding. This procedure is also ideal for those who wish to camouflage amalgam fillings. By applying a tooth-colored composite material to the area, a cosmetic dentist can restore the shape of teeth and brighten them at the same time.
Enamel recontouring is a method of reshaping the teeth to restore symmetry and improve the tooth’s surface. This procedure is well-suited to patients with light imperfections, such as small chips. During this quick procedure, your cosmetic dentist uses special instruments to polish your teeth. Enamel recontouring is often paired with other procedures, such as dental bonding or dental veneers, during a smile makeover.
Dental Crown Placement
If your cosmetic dentist recommends dental crowns as part of your smile makeover, you may have a tooth that has become weakened, broken, or worn down. Crowns are also helpful for teeth that are discolored or misshapen, and for teeth that have been badly chipped. A crown is a cap that is placed over the existing tooth for a completely natural look.
Porcelain Veneer Placement
Veneers are thin strips of material that a cosmetic dentist adheres to the front of your teeth. Veneers can fix a range of dental issues, including broken or chipped teeth, gaps between the teeth, and discolored teeth that do not respond to tooth whitening.
Talk to a cosmetic dentist today about having a smile makeover. Call Foothill Ranch Dentist at (949) 382-1243 to schedule your appointment today. Our Lake Forest practice is a one-stop shop for all of your cosmetic dentistry needs.