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By Mountain Brook Smiles
October 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Porcelain VeneersDo you have stained or damaged teeth? Do you want to rejuvenate your smile back to its glamour days?

Your dentist in Mountain Brook, AL, Dr. Wes Samford, knows patients want to have better-looking smiles, so he recommends a solution: Veneers.

More Information About Veneers

Veneers are an anesthetic fix for unsightly teeth. They are made of thin porcelain and used to resurface an individual's teeth, especially if they're damaged. They treat a variety of issues, such as:

  • Stained or discolored teeth, usually a result of drinking coffee or tea, poor oral hygiene, smoking, chewing tobacco, or taking tetracycline-containing medicine
  • Teeth that are crooked, overcrowded, and irregularly shaped

Veneer Procedure

When you come into the Mountain Brook office, Dr. Samford will:

  • Examine your teeth and assess whether veneers are right for you. Before he decides that you are a good candidate, he'll first have to deal with any underlying issues, like cavities.
  • He'll remove some enamel from the surface of your teeth so that you won't feel like your teeth are protruding once the veneers are placed.
  • Your dentist will then take an impression of your teeth and send it to a lab where a custom set of veneers matching the color of your teeth will be made and then applied.

Caring for Veneers

In order to take proper care of your veneers, you need to:

  • Brush twice a day while holding your brush at a 40-degree angle
  • Use fluoride-containing toothpaste, mouthwash, and water
  • Eat healthy food like carrots that scrape teeth clean
  • Floss at least once before bed
  • Change your toothbrush when it's frayed

Consultation

Veneers are a good choice for concealing superficial dental issues. For more information on veneers, contact your dentist in Mountain Brook, AL, by calling (205) 423-9140. Dr. Wes Samford will be more than happy to help you with your dental needs!

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Dental implants are widely considered by both dentists and patients as the premier choice for replacing missing teeth. Unfortunately, implants aren’t the appropriate choice for teenagers with missing teeth.

That’s because their jaws won’t fully finish most of their growth and development until early adulthood. An implant placed too early could become misaligned as the jaw matures. The best approach for a teenager is a temporary restoration until they’re old enough for an implant.

There are a couple of good options. One is a removable partial denture (RPD), prosthetic (false) teeth set in an acrylic base that mimics gum tissue at the locations of the missing teeth. RPDs, which stay in place by way of metal clips that fit over other teeth, are easy to wear and maintain.

On the downside, an RPD can break if you bite into something too hard. They can lose their fit and may need to be replaced with a new one. And, some teens aren’t quite keen on wearing a “denture.”

Another option is a bonded or Maryland bridge, a kind of fixed bridge. We bond dental material to the back of a prosthetic tooth with portions of the material extending out from either side of it.  We then bond these extending tabs to the back of the teeth on either side of the prosthetic tooth to hold it in place. Unlike traditional bridges, we can eventually remove it without any permanent alterations to the teeth it’s attached to.

Before we undertake a bonded bridge, though, we must make sure the gums and bone of the surrounding teeth are free from periodontal (gum) disease and are healthy and strong enough to support the bridge. We also need to be sure the patient doesn’t have a deep bite or a teeth grinding habit, which could cause the teeth to make contact with the tabs and break them.

The patient also needs the maturity to responsibly perform diligent oral hygiene: this type of bridge has a tendency to build up disease-causing plaque, so brushing twice and flossing once every day is critical. Not doing so increases the risk of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease, which could complicate a future implant.

We can discuss these options after a thorough dental examination of your teenager. Either way, we’ll be able to restore your teen’s smile until we can undertake a more permanent restoration.

If you would like more information on tooth replacement options for teenagers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.