Porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic dental treatment utilizing thin shells of ceramic that are attached to the front of teeth for an immediate smile transformation. Dental veneers are non-invasive restorations that are easily applied and create a natural appearance. Porcelain veneers are long-lasting, resistant to staining, and are used to mask a multitude of cosmetic dental issues including:
- Yellowed, stained, or dingy teeth that are unresponsive to professional whitening treatments
- Gaps or unattractive spaces between teeth that cannot be corrected by braces
- Misaligned, crowded, or unevenly spaced teeth
- Imperfections such as larger chips or cracks or broken teeth
- Worn down or irregularly shaped teeth
- Teeth that are too short and do not match the length of the adjacent teeth
The placement of porcelain veneers can correct and cover a host of cosmetic dental problems at once, creating a white, even, smooth and balanced smile. To place the veneers, your dentist will reshape your natural teeth, creating the proper surface to adhere thin layers of porcelain over the teeth. These durable shells are bonded to the front of teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length. Once the porcelain veneers are placed, your cosmetic dental flaws will be a thing of the past. With vigilant oral care, you can expect your new veneers to last five to fifteen years, at which time they will need to be replaced. Consult with Broadmoor Family Dental to learn more about how porcelain veneers can help return your smile to its beautiful best.Read More »
If you’ve been wearing dentures for a while, you may have some complaints. They might fit poorly and shift or click when you talk or eat. Poor fit can lead to discomfort and sores in the mouth that worsen over time, or they can collect food underneath them, leading to bad breath.
If this sounds familiar to you, there might be alternatives for you. One of the newest developments in dentures is the pairing of standard dentures with dental implants. The dental implants are placed directly into your jawbone, providing the kind of stability only previously offered by natural teeth. Dentures fixed in the mouth with dental implants become something new: hybrid dentures.
Dentures that utilize dental implants as their anchors are very stable. They enable denture wearers to enjoy foods previously denied them, such as crisp, healthy foods or chewy cuts of meat. Eliminating the food restrictions present for many denture wearers allows them to eat a wider variety of foods, helping to reduce the risk of poor nutrition and the poor health associated with it, including digestion difficulties.
Because of this increased stability, the denture itself can be made smaller. A standard denture covers the roof of the mouth completely, inhibiting the taste and texture of foods. A denture designed around dental implants, however, has an open roof and facilitates a greater enjoyment of foods of all kinds, as well as a more natural feel for your tongue.
Dental implants also stimulate bone by mimicking natural tooth roots. This stimulation allows the bone to continue to be strong and alive, whereas the bones of the face can begin to shrink once a tooth has been extracted. This bone shrinkage leads directly to poor denture fit. Dental implants used with dentures avoid this issue.
If you are a denture wearer and you’d like to see some changes in how your dentures fit, schedule a consultation with the dentists at Broadmoor Family Dental in Shreveport LA to see how using dental implants can improve your denture experience.Read More »
When you meet someone for the first time, they notice things about you: your hair, your eyes, your handshake, but most of all they notice your smile. A bright, even smile, freely given, can leave the most positive impression you can make on a stranger. It sends a message of friendliness, confidence and ease. As you continue speaking to that stranger, your smile, your ready laugh and your comfortable manner all send the right signals of health and well-being.
When you don’t have a nice smile, that confidence is lacking. Smiles become tight-lipped, heads are bowed down and laughter is smaller and speech can become clipped. You avoid eating in public and when you do, you cover your mouth constantly with your hand to hide your teeth. Bad breath from bad teeth could lead you to fear getting close with someone. The message sent here is one of avoidance and embarrassment and shame.
Bad teeth and poor oral health can hold us back in our personal lives as well as our professional ones. Smiles that are decayed and unattractive send signals that we never intend. Correct or not, they can indicate histories of poverty, a lack of education or poor hygiene habits. These indications, even when they’re wrong, can lead to being passed over for promotions, for dates or for a variety of social opportunities.
Don’t be this person. Take steps now to work with a cosmetic dentist to change everything you don’t like about your smile. From large changes to small ones, a skilled cosmetic dentist can makeover your smile to be the bright, beautiful smile you’ve always desired.
Whether you need to correct some cavities and to revamp your oral hygiene habits at home, or if you need braces to correct alignment issues, a cosmetic dentist can help you. Dental veneers can change the color, shape and length of one or more teeth, and missing or gapped teeth can be replaced with dental implants or dental bridges.
Don’t let your smile hold you back another minute. Talk to the cosmetic dentists at Broadmoor Family dental in Shreveport LA today about your smile makeover.Read More »
If you have lost a tooth due to injury, disease, or decay, you may be wondering what your options are for restoration. The best, long-term solution for restoring your single missing tooth is a dental implant fitted with a crown. A single tooth dental implant replaces both the natural tooth, as well as the tooth’s root.
A dental implant allows you to replace a missing tooth without altering the state of surrounding teeth. Common alternative treatments, such as the placement of a tooth-supported bridge, require neighboring teeth to be filed or cut down into peg shapes to support the appliance. Those compromised teeth are more susceptible to decay and bone loss. However, dental implants do not require such alterations, thus preserving the healthy teeth. The placement of an implant involves placing a small titanium post into the jawbone, which provides an anchor for the placement of the implant. This artificial “root” attaches to the bone and gums to become a base for a crown.
You may be tempted to avoid restoring one missing tooth; however, leaving it untreated can result in bone loss, altered chewing capability, and an overall unappealing appearance to your smile. For these reasons, it would be wise to consider an individual dental implant to replace your single missing tooth. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental care, single tooth implants can last as long as 25 years. Schedule a consultation with Broadmoor Family Dental to determine if you are a good candidate for a single tooth dental implant to replace your missing tooth and restore your healthy smile.Read More »