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18 Feb 2015

Why Ask Your Dentist About Porcelain Veneers

There are plenty of solutions for those looking to fix or revamp their smile. However, these days, it seems porcelain veneers are becoming a more common solution. The option of porcelain veneers offers substantial benefits over other common cosmetic dentistry procedures. Porcelain veneers are very thin shells that are made by dentist to place over your existing teeth in order to improve the over-all look, colour, size, as well as correct gaps that have formed between teeth. There’s plenty of reasons to ask your family dentist in Ottawa about getting veneers as an alternative option to crowns. What makes this dental method more appealing is its ability to quickly and effectively correct and cover a wide range of dental problems.

Amongst many of the dental issues, a few that can be corrected with the help of dental veneers are:

  • -Masking stains
  • -Fixing alignment issues
  • -Correcting the overall shape and appearance of a tooth
  • -Cover chipped or cracked teeth

Dental veneers can assist with an array of cosmetic and dental health issues, and treat multiple problems at once. There are plenty of reasons to inquire to a dentist about veneers as an option to improve on a healthier, straight and beautiful smile. Here are a few reasons to consider veneers when exploring your options with your family dentist in Ottawa.

Immediate satisfaction 

Getting dental veneers requires just a few easy steps. The first step is to book a consultation with your family dentist in Ottawa. This consultation is your opportunity to explain to your dentist the results you hope to achieve. During this appointment, your teeth will be examined to determine whether or not dental veneers are appropriate for you, as well as to go over some of its limitations. From there, getting your dental veneers is a quick and painless process!

Once your dentist qualifies you for the procedure, during your next appointment he or she will remove a thin layer of the enamel from your natural teeth. That way there won’t be any noticeable difference in the thickness of your teeth. This process will insure the veneers fit you your teeth perfectly, as far as size and shape. Once the last shell has been put in place, you’ll get instant gratification of the perfectly straight and luminescent smile you’ve always dreamed of having!

Long lasting results

Maintaining the healthy and white appearance of your veneers is easy. Just simply brush and floss your teeth the way you would normally. Soon after having your veneers fitted you won’t even notice they’re there. That’s because each thin shell lays right on top of your natural tooth. The best part, veneers are stain resistant! Unlike your natural teeth, veneers have a high stain resistance to coffee, wine, and cigarettes, because they contain properties that make them much more difficult to stain.

11 Feb 2015

Then and Now: Dental Implants and Dental Crowns

Dental technology has improved significantly over the last few centuries and the industry continues to move forward. From invisible braces to bedazzled tooth jewellery, it’s astonishing how far dental health has come compared to even just a few years ago. If you jump into your mental time machine back to ancient times, dental procedures weren’t always the most comfortable. Let’s take a look back in time at dental implants and dental crowns and how they have evolved .

Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial teeth roots often made of titanium metal. They are surgically inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of a missing natural tooth. Modern dental implants have been in popular use since 1970s and have been a very successful dental technology since. However, taking a look back at 600 A.D. when implants are said to have been first in use, they were not so hygienic or comfortable as they are now.

Ancient history shows that dental implants have been in use for thousands of years. There have been discoveries made from archeologists that Mayan civilization used to use stone like Jade and seashells to replace missing teeth. It wasn’t until the 1950s, after many years of improvement, when scientist discovered the amazing properties that titanium metal has when paired with boneThe process is called osseointergration , which refers to the fusion of the titanium root to the bones in your gums.. When this discovery was made, dental implants started to be used for people that had no teeth at all and couldn’t adapt to dentures. Now implants can be used for single teeth to fill an embarrassing gap or help hold crowns in place.

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits over an existing tooth that may be broken, sensitive or for the purpose of restoring its shape or size. They are often made from porcelain, but are also available in luxurious materials like platinum and gold.

Believe it or not, the first known dental crowns were made of gold which dates back to 700 B.C. In 1530, the first book of dentistry emerged from Germany which really pushed dentistry into the forefront as a profession and not so much a side job like most barbers and blacksmiths had. This dentistry book included a lot of information about other dental restoration procedures including dental crowns. These dental caps weren’t as comfortable or as hygienic as they are now. Back in the day, a crown may have been made of wood or even old animal teeth.

Luckily for us twenty first century folk, dental crowns are crafted to fit perfectly to our smiles with the latest dental technologies that ensure we stay healthy and happy.