Posts for: April, 2016
Do you feel as though the imperfections in your smile are dragging you down? When you look in the mirror, do you see your chipped front tooth before you see anything else? If your answer to these questions is yes, cosmetic dentistry from Dr. Gabriel Mannarino and Dr. Holly Halliday in Williston, VT might be the answer to your problems. Cosmetic procedures revitalize your teeth and give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
What is the difference between cosmetic and restorative dentistry?
While there are some procedures which fall into both types of dentistry, cosmetic dentistry focuses more on the outcome’s aesthetic appearance. Restorative dentistry focuses on repairing the teeth and providing a proper biting surface. A Williston cosmetic dentist’s strict attention to detail allows them to tweak your smile into a beautiful grin to be proud of.
Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
- Veneers: Porcelain or composite material veneers give your teeth a renewed appearance. They sit on the surface of the teeth to cover imperfections such as chips, cracks, misaligned or misshapen teeth and discolored teeth. The procedure usually takes two appointments and the results are immediate.
- Teeth whitening: Teeth whitening is one of the easiest and most surefire ways to brighten and rejuvenate your smile. In just one session, the color of your teeth could lift up to ten shades.
- Crowns & Bridgework: Crowns protect damaged or weakened teeth and allow the tooth to keep its natural roots. Bridges replace missing teeth using one crown on either side of the restoration to anchor the bridge in place.
- Dental Implants: Dental implants are the most effective and permanent way to replace a missing tooth. Unlike a dental bridge, implants replace the tooth’s root and provide a solid foundation for a replacement tooth.
- Composite bonding: This tooth colored material bonded directly onto the teeth corrects small imperfections like chips. It also restores the tooth’s natural shape.
- Tooth-colored fillings: When a tooth has a cavity, your dentist removes the decay from the tooth. This leaves a hole, which tooth-colored fillings fill to restore the tooth’s structure.
For more information on cosmetic dentistry procedures, please contact Dr. Gabriel Mannarino and Dr. Holly Halliday at Williston Dental Team in Williston, VT. Call (802) 878-0600 to schedule your appointment for a cosmetic dentistry procedure today!
Modern life can be demanding. The body helps us rise to the occasion through responses we collectively call stress.
But while stress can be a good thing, it can also overwhelm us and manifest in some harmful way: bouts of back pain, stomach ulcers or even acne. It could also trigger tooth grinding, often occurring as we sleep. And like other stress relievers, tooth grinding can be detrimental to your health long term.
Teeth-on-teeth contact occurs normally when we eat or speak, or simply as our jaws contact each other with glancing touches hundreds if not thousands of times a day. Such normal contact is beneficial because it stimulates healthy bone growth in the jaw. But if the forces created exceed the normal range as with tooth grinding (up to ten times), it can cause a bevy of problems to the teeth and jaws.
While excessive jaw motion during teeth grinding can cause inflammation and painful spasms in the muscles, the greater danger is to the teeth, which could even fracture from the high amount of force. The more common occurrence, though, is an increased rate of enamel erosion, which causes the tooth to lose vital structure and eventually appear shorter in appearance.
Fortunately, there are ways to reduce teeth grinding or its severity. The first order of business is to treat its effects by reducing its symptoms and ongoing damage. We can recommend some behavior modification techniques to alter the frequency of the habit or a night guard to protect the teeth from the intensity of the habit if you’re unable to change the behavior.
A custom-fitted night or occlusal guard, a retainer-like dental appliance made of smooth acrylic plastic is designed so that the lower teeth glide over the guard surface when grinding and can’t make solid contact with the upper teeth. This reduces the generated force and helps protect the teeth.
In the long term, though, you should address the root cause — how you’re handling daily stress. Treatment by a psychotherapist or counselor, for example, could help you develop ways to channel stress in more productive ways.
However your treatment strategy develops, it’s important to address stress and teeth grinding as soon as possible. Controlling it will have long-term benefits for your teeth and smile.
If you would like more information on dealing with stress that causes tooth grinding, 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 “Stress & Tooth Habits.”
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.”