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Are you unhappy with your smile? Your dentist can help! Steven A. Corben, D.M.D., offers many treatments to improve the look of teeth, including veneers and Lumineers. Discover the major differences between these two cosmetic treatments with this guide:
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Both veneers and Lumineers are used to create more attractive smiles for patients who are unhappy with their natural smiles. These dental devices can be used to improve the appearance of a number of problems, including crooked, chipped, broken, and discolored teeth. Patients suffering from one or more of these concerns can find the corrective treatment they seek by turning to veneers or Lumineers.
How Are Teeth Prepped?
The preparation process is one of the biggest differences between veneers and Lumineers. Patients who choose veneers must have their teeth prepped before the procedure. This typically includes removing a small amount of tooth enamel so the veneers will fit properly and stay in place. Lumineers are thinner, meaning they can be bonded to the teeth without removing any of the tooth’s surface.
What Happens After the Procedure?
Dentists typically use an anesthetic when prepping and applying veneers, meaning patients may feel drowsy after the procedure. Due to the prep process, patients may also feel soreness or pain around their teeth for the first few days after the veneers are applied. Dentists do not need to remove portions of the teeth to apply Lumineers, leaving patients with little to no discomfort following the procedure.
How Do Patients Make the Decision?
Patients should ask their dentists about both options before making any decisions. Taking prep time and recovery time into account is important when determining which option is right for you. Working with your dentist can help you make the right choice and achieve the beautiful smile you desire.
Steven A. Corben, D.M.D., can help you figure out whether veneers or Lumineers are right for you! Learn about our North Shore dental office and the other procedures we provide by giving us a call today at (888) 707-1084.
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How you care for your children’s teeth today can prove instrumental to their oral health in the future. Though your children’s baby teeth may come and go in the span of only a few years, they can substantially impact your children’s risk of teeth and gum problems as they get older. The following benefits of good dental health highlight why it is important to teach your children to protect their teeth while they are still young.
Reduced Tooth Decay
Cavities during childhood can cause damage beyond that of decayed baby teeth. You may see only baby teeth for five or six years, but your children’s permanent teeth are developing underneath the gum line. If your children suffer from extensive tooth decay, harmful bacteria may reach their permanent teeth as well. By practicing good oral hygiene methods even before your children begin to teethe, you can lower their risk of cavities.
Less Dental Discomfort
Another common side effect of childhood tooth decay is pain. If your children have cavities that reach the interior of their teeth, the small nerve endings that reside inside the teeth can become inflamed. Persistent discomfort may necessitate a trip to the dentist. While a dentist can remedy your children’s pain with fillings or extraction, your children might mistakenly associate their pain with their dental visits and become reluctant to maintain future dental appointments.
Better Oral Hygiene Practices
Oral hygiene habits, both good and bad, are often formed in childhood. If your children fail to learn that taking care of their baby teeth is imperative to their dental wellbeing, they may not take the necessary steps to protect their permanent teeth as well. The lack of a consistent oral hygiene routine can predispose your children to a lifetime of tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems.
Steven A. Corben, D.M.D., provides friendly family dentistry services for children and adults in the Danvers and Salem communities. If you would like to find out more about our pediatric dental services, call (888) 707-1084. We also welcome you to visit our website to learn more about the many general, cosmetic, and orthodontic options we offer North Shore residents.
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Could how well you brush and floss your teeth impact your chances of having a heart attack? According to many dentists, the answer is yes. As unrelated as they may seem, the health of your teeth can largely influence the wellbeing of your heart. Understanding the link between oral and cardiovascular health can help you take the necessary steps to preserve both of them.
When Gum Disease Develops
Gum disease is a problem that often develops as the result of an inadequate brushing and flossing routine. Your oral hygiene habits are the best defense against this condition, as they can help to remove the plaque that forms from bacteria, food, and acids in the mouth. If given the opportunity to build on your teeth, plaque can trigger the onset of gum disease.
What Happens When Bacteria Enter the Bloodstream
When gum tissue is in contact with plaque, it becomes inflamed. It can also begin to recede from the site of the plaque. Gum recession creates pockets between your teeth and gum tissue, which bacteria can easily infiltrate. These bacteria can then enter the small blood vessels that reside in your gums, providing them with access to the rest of your circulatory system.
Why Heart Disease Becomes a Risk for Gum Disease Sufferers
Many dentists stress the importance of good oral hygiene because harmful bacteria from the mouth can infiltrate and inflame your circulatory system. Heart disease frequently develops with changes to the arterial walls that make it more difficult for blood to pass smoothly through them. These changes result from the buildup of fatty deposits and cholesterol and the hardening of the walls themselves. Inflammation contributes to this arterial wall rigidity.
Let Steven A. Corben, D.M.D., help you maintain good oral health for your teeth, gums, and heart. For more information on the services we provide for residents of Salem, Danvers, and the surrounding communities, visit our website. To make an appointment at our North Shore office, call (888) 707-1084.
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Thumb-sucking is a common childhood behavior, but as many orthodontists can attest, it is one that can wreak havoc on the teeth. If your child is of school age, yet he refuses to give up thumb-sucking, you can help him stop this damaging habit. The key to helping your child stop this activity is positive reinforcement. Thumb-sucking is not a form of disobedient behavior, so avoid scolding or yelling at your child for it. Instead, focus on how he can benefit from quitting this habit. Verbal praise is an excellent reward when your child does not suck his thumb. Special milestones, such as a week or month without thumb-sucking, may warrant a special treat. To make this change easier on your child, consider the times when he sucks his thumb. Minimizing stressful situations for your child can facilitate the transition to not sucking his thumb.
Are you finding it difficult to stop your child’s thumb-sucking habit? Steven A. Corben, D.M.D., can help. To speak with an associate at our North Shore dental office, call us today at (888) 707-1084.