Archive for March, 2014

How Stain Resistant are Porcelain Veneers?

veneers north austinWhen it comes to cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers are generally regarded as the best procedure to produce a total smile overhaul. Concealing nearly every imaginable smile imperfection, porcelain veneers are worn by some of the world’s most famous entertainment and public figures. Fortunately, porcelain veneers are not just available to the rich and famous; your cosmetic dentist provides this one-of-a-kind smile makeover procedure, too. 

Because veneers are crafted from porcelain, they are very resistant to staining. 

Made from wafer-thin, handcrafted pieces of porcelain, these cosmetic enhancements are permanently bonded to the outer surfaces of teeth. Veneers are made from a variety of shades of white porcelain to produce a uniformly bright smile to suit an individual patient’s needs. Veneers also cover imperfections such as crooked teeth and gapped teeth along with concealing teeth damaged by chips and cracks. Once veneers are bonded to teeth, a patient enjoys a flawless and aesthetically pleasing smile free of noticeable imperfections. Not only do veneers produce a celebrity-worthy smile, they also appear natural and life-like.

Because veneers are crafted from porcelain, they are very resistant to staining. Your cosmetic dentist also polishes veneers with a special glaze to provide further protection. This glaze can be reapplied if veneers become dull over time. Along with porcelain’s light-reflecting properties, the glaze also promotes a natural appearance by giving your cosmetic enhancements a tooth-like luster.

For patients interested in improving their smiles through cosmetic dentistry procedures such as placing porcelain veneers, our team welcomes you to schedule a consultation with our caring, skilled dentist. During your consultation, our team will help you determine which procedure is right for your unique needs. If you and our dentist decide that veneers are right for you, impressions of your teeth will be taken to determine the exact shape and size each veneer should be. After a dental technician has made your veneers, you will return to our practice for the placement process. This procedure is minimally invasive and does not require anesthesia.

To schedule a smile makeover consultation, contact our office at 512-200-7422 today.

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Nail Biting May Lead to Dental Issues

north austin dentistWhen stressed or worried, do you bite your nails? This is a common habit among people of all ages. Unfortunately, this nervous habit poses risks to a patient’s oral health and creates significant dental problems. Biting one’s nails can transfer oral bacteria from the hands to the mouth, lead to bruxism, and irritate soft tissues in the mouth.

Think about everything you touch in a day’s time. Even if you wash your hands regularly, bacteria and germs often accumulate underneath nails. When you chew on your fingernails, you are inviting additional bacteria to your mouth. At any moment, your mouth is teeming with bacteria because it is a moist, warm environment. To help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, patients should strive to ward off bacteria with thorough oral hygiene practices and avoid placing their fingers in their mouths.

When nail biting becomes a habit, it often leads to bruxism—the unconscious habit of grinding or clenching one’s teeth as a response to worry and anxiety. Bruxism causes unnecessary wear on teeth because the force used to clench and grind wears teeth down and damages tooth enamel. When tooth enamel is damaged, patients are more susceptible to dental caries and dental injuries. Habitual grinding and clenching of teeth causes malocclusions (misaligned bites) and strains the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) that connect the skull and jawbones. These conditions produce discomfort and diminish a patient’s ability to speak or eat with ease.

Chewing on your fingernails also affects the mouth’s soft tissues—especially the gums. The sharp edges of nails and their pieces cut gums and soft tissue. Scrapes and cuts on gums leaves them open to bacteria, which can infect and inflame soft tissues.

Because of the many dental concerns associated with this bad habit, our dentist strongly encourages patients to avoid biting their fingernails out of nervousness and instead urges patients to develop healthier coping mechanisms for handling times stress and anxiety.

Contact the office of Dr. Paul Lounsberry to schedule a dental examination or cleaning with our experienced general and restorative dentist.

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