Posts for: December, 2015
You might have flipped through a celebrity gossip magazine and noticed an article about how porcelain veneers have given megastars their megawatt smiles. This isn't just Hollywood fantasy; at Dr. Ashley Lloyd's dental office in Raleigh, North Carolina, porcelain veneers are a reality for patients with a variety of cosmetic dental issues. Read on to learn more about what veneers can do for your smile:
Odd shapes and sizes
Some teeth are naturally shorter or longer than others. If teeth are rotated, they can also appear misshapen. This can make your smile line look craggy and uneven. Porcelain veneers make each tooth proportional to the ones next to it while still maintaining a natural appearance.
Chips and cracks
Chipping or cracking on the edges of teeth can happen for a variety of reasons: biting down too hard on something, a sports or automobile accident, or simply having weak enamel. Regardless of the cause, porcelain veneers from your Raleigh dentist completely conceal any breakage on your teeth. While the veneers are thin and translucent, they are designed to flawlessly obscure problems that might have kept you from fully smiling in the past.
Whitening treatments can make a huge difference in your smile, but sometimes teeth become discolored from the inside and do not respond to whitening treatments. This is often the case with people who took tetracycline antibiotics in early childhood; their teeth often look gray, beige or even blue-tinted. Those whose tooth roots are slightly exposed from gum recession may notice that the root area does not whiten even when the rest of the tooth does. Visible restorations also do not respond to the bleaching agents in whitening treatments. For these reasons, patients of Dr. Ashley Lloyd in Raleigh often turn to porcelain veneers, which give them the bright, white smile they've always dreamed about. The tint will be customized for each patient to ensure natural-looking and beautiful results.
Interested in learning more about how porcelain veneers can give you a movie star smile? Contact Dr. Ashley Lloyd, your dentist in Raleigh, North Carolina, to get more information!
Although dental disease prevention has made great strides over the last century, tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease continue to pose a major health threat. People who’ve lost all of their teeth (edentulism) or most of them suffer the most with adverse effects on their overall health, function and appearance.
Removable dentures have been the traditional and most affordable means to treat edentulism. But even with material and construction advances in recent years, dentures can still lose their fit over time as the bone in the jaw shrinks. This happens because the bone no longer has the stimulus of natural teeth and older cells can’t be replenished at a healthy rate; the continuing compression of traditional dentures on the jaw’s bony ridges compounds the problem.
As the bone shrinks the dentures become loose and uncomfortable to wear. Among other results, this poor fit can drastically affect how you eat: studies of denture wearers have found a decrease in their diet’s nutritional value because they’re eating fewer vegetables or fibrous, “chewy” foods and more foods with refined carbohydrates and fats that are easier to eat but less nutritious.
There is an alternative, though, that might slow bone loss and provide a better long-term fit: an overdenture supported by dental implants. With this appliance, a few implants are strategically installed in the upper or lower jaw. Matched attachments securely fasten the denture to the implants. In this case, the implants not the jaw ridge and gums support the denture thereby preserving the bone.
If you’re healthy enough to undergo a tooth extraction, you should be able to handle implant surgery, a minor procedure usually performed with local anesthesia and with little to no discomfort afterward. It may even be possible to retrofit your current denture to work with the implants, but that will need to be determined during the planning stages.
Although more expensive than a traditional denture, overdentures are much more affordable than fixed restorations stabilized with implants. The difference, though, is the increase in your quality of life — for better nutrition, physical health and social confidence.
If you would like more information on treatment for teeth loss, 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 “Implant Overdentures for the Lower Jaw.”
As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.
What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.
For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.
Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.
Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.
So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”