There's no such thing as a minor smile issue. Even small chips or slight gaps can affect your appearance and might even make you feel a little less self-confident. Fortunately, veneers offered by your Portage, MI, dentists, Drs. David Johnson and Jared Hector of Johnson Family Dentistry offer a smile-changing solution.
How veneers improve your smile
Veneers keep imperfections hidden beneath a thin layer of porcelain attached to the fronts of teeth with dental cement. Each tooth-shaped shell is only as thick as a contact lens yet offers excellent coverage for flaws.
In some cases, your dentist may need to remove a tiny amount of tooth enamel before attaching your veneers, although this step isn't always necessary.
Do you have any of these smile issues? Veneers can help
Veneers may be a good option for you if you're concerned about:
- Teeth That Stand Out for All the Wrong Reasons: When an oddly shaped tooth disrupts that uniformity of your smile, veneers can be a good option. They're often used to improve the shape of crooked, twisted, pointed or other unusually shaped teeth.
- Minor Damage and Imperfections: You'll soon forget you ever had a chip on one tooth or a crack on another once you receive your veneers. Veneers can also help bumpy or uneven teeth look perfectly smooth.
- Discolored or Stained Teeth: Veneers are equally effective at covering a single stained tooth as they are at whitening your entire smile. If teeth whitening hasn't lightened your teeth enough, you may want to consider adding veneers instead. Veneers don't stain and are available in many shades of white.
- Noticeably Short Teeth: Your smile may look a little uneven if a few of your teeth are shorter than the others. Veneers lengthen short teeth, eliminating the problem.
- Spaces Between Teeth: Braces aren't necessarily the only solution if you have a gap between your front teeth. Veneers easily conceal slight gaps, instantly transforming your smile. (You may need orthodontic treatment if gaps are large.)
Renew your smile with veneers! Call your dentists in Portage, MI, Drs. David Johnson and Jared Hector of Johnson Family Dentistry at (269) 381-7250 to schedule your appointment.
How dental bridges from your dentists in Portage, Michigan can restore your smile.
There are many excellent tooth replacement options, including dental bridges. A dental bridge will fill in the space of one or more missing teeth. A bridge looks natural, completing your beautiful smile flawlessly. A bridge is also strong, providing decades of superb chewing ability, so you can enjoy food again, without worry.
Dr. David Johnson and Dr. Jared Hector at Johnson Family Dentistry in Portage, Michigan offer a wide range of tooth replacement options, including dental bridges to restore your smile.
To get the most out of your dental bridge, you need to take good care of it, just like your natural teeth. That means you need to:
Brush all of your teeth and the bridge after meals and before bed; use a toothpaste containing fluoride which will help strengthen along the margins of the crowns that support the bridge.
Floss every day; flossing a bridge is a bit different than flossing your natural teeth. You need to use a floss threading tool, available at your grocery store. Use the threading tool to floss underneath the bridge, cleaning away the plaque, bacteria, and debris. If you don’t floss under the bridge, there is a good chance your gums under the bridge will become inflamed or infected.
Another important way to take good care of your bridges is to avoid using your teeth as tools. Don’t try to open packages or tear off tags with your teeth. If you use your teeth as tools, there is a chance you can break the bridge.
Dental bridges can provide decades of natural-looking tooth replacement and restore strength and chewing ability to your smile. Dental bridges are sturdy, but you need to take good care of them, just like your teeth.
To find out more about caring for dental bridges and what they can do for your smile, call Dr. David Johnson and Dr. Jared Hector of Johnson Family Dentistry in Portage, Michigan. You can reach them at (269) 381-7250 so call today.
Dental bridges can last 10 to 15 years or longer with proper care. Visiting your Portage, MI, dentists, Drs. David Johnson and Jared Hector of Johnson Family Dentistry, and following these care recommendations can help you extend the life of your bridge.
Brush and floss daily
Brushing and flossing your teeth and your bridge every day keeps plaque from building up on your bridge and gumline. Good oral hygiene also ensures that any food particles that become trapped under your bridge are promptly removed.
Plaque buildup increases your risk of gum disease and cavities. Cavities in the teeth that support your bridge may put your bridge in jeopardy, depending on the amount of decay. If decay is severe, the teeth may no longer be able to adequately support your bridge. Fortunately, brushing and flossing offer simple ways to keep plaque under control.
Brush your teeth in the morning and evening for at least two minutes. Daily flossing sessions are just as important as brushing. Flossing removes plaque between teeth and at the base of your bridge. A floss threader, Super Floss or water flosser will make it easier to clean the area under your bridge.
Don't chew on hard foods and objects
Chewing ice, eating hard nuts or other foods, or opening packages with your teeth can damage your dental bridge. Avoiding these foods and using scissors to open packages will also reduce wear and tear and damage to your natural teeth.
Use a nightguard if you grind your teeth
Grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep can cause wear and tear and damage that may reduce the lifespan of your bridge. Your dentist in Portage can fit you with a custom mouthguard that helps protect your bridge and your teeth.
Visit the dentist for regular checkups
During your checkups, your dentist will examine your crown for signs of damage and other issues and check for cavities in your supporting teeth. Correcting issues as soon as possible can help you keep your bridge in good condition.
Whether it's time for your next checkup, or you're having a problem with your dental bridge, Drs. Johnson and Hector of Johnson Family Dentistry can help you care for your smile. Call their Portage, MI, office at (269) 381-7250 to schedule an appointment.
Do you have one or more teeth that are damaged, fragile, or unattractive? Your Portage, MI, dentists, Drs. David Johnson and Jared Hector of Johnson Family Dentistry can help restore your damaged teeth and improve your appearance with dental crowns.
How Do Crowns Work?
Crowns strengthen, protect, and improve the appearance of teeth. The hollow restorations slide over the tops parts of teeth, completely encasing them. Crowns are made of a variety of durable materials, including porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, and resin. These materials are strong enough to withstand years of wear and tear and closely resemble the appearance of natural tooth enamel. Your crowns are cemented to your teeth and become a permanent part of your mouth.
Before you receive your crown, your tooth must be reduced in size. Decreasing the size of the tooth ensures a proper fit for your restoration. Your first crown appointment at our Portage dental office also includes the creation of a temporary crown and an impression of your mouth that will be used to create your permanent restoration.
Can Dental Crowns Help My Smile?
Dentists use crowns to:
- Restore Broken or Fractured Teeth: Broken teeth are unsightly, often painful, and impair your ability to chew. When you do attempt to bite, your broken tooth may accidentally cut your mouth. Your new crown will cover the broken edges, preventing cuts and ending pain that can occur when the broken ends of teeth are exposed to the air. Your new crown will fully restore the normal appearance of your tooth and restore your biting and chewing ability.
- Protect Fragile Teeth: Fragile teeth are at increased risk of breaking, due to the strong forces that you produce when you chew. Your new crown will absorb the biting forces, reducing stress on the tooth underneath.
- Make Short Teeth Longer: If one or more of your teeth are noticeably shorter than the others, crowns offer a simple solution. They can be used if your teeth are naturally short or if their length has changed because you grind your teeth while you sleep.
- Enhance the Appearance of Unattractive Teeth: Crowns can improve the color of a discolored tooth or make an oddly shaped tooth look perfectly straight.
Rejuvenate your smile with dental crowns! Call your dentists, Drs. Johnson and Hector of Johnson Family Dentistry in Portage, MI, at (269) 381-7250 to schedule your appointment.
There’s a multitude of cosmetic dentistry options and techniques used for treating teeth that are misshapen, gapped, crooked, chipped, cracked, or stained. These treatments are also not always just for aesthetics, as most of them could improve or fix a host of oral issues. Your dentist could close spaces, reshape your teeth, restore short or worn teeth, alter their length, or perform teeth whitening to refresh your smile.
From major changes to subtle repairs, the dentists here at Johnson Family Dentistry in Portage, MI, Dr. David Johnson, and Dr. Jared Hector, can perform various treatments to enhance your smile. Learn more about these procedures below:
This is a tooth-colored composite resin material utilized for masking discoloration or filling in very minor gaps. It’s likewise used to fill in tiny cavities and covering a tooth’s entire exterior surface to alter its shape and/or color.
Teeth whitening is a very popular cosmetic dentistry treatment that can be sued to get rid of discoloration, while others are just looking to lighten their teeth’s shade. This procedure can be performed at home, under your dentist’s supervision, or right in your dentist’s office.
In most cases, at-home whitening kits (even those recommended by dentists) could take weeks to complete depending on how light you want your teeth to be. On the other hand, in-office bleaching usually takes 45 minutes to an hour. That said, ask your Portage, MI, dentist which teeth whitening option would work best for you.
These are very thin porcelain pieces that are fitted over the teeth’s front side to modify its shape and color. They can be used for concealing uneven tooth shape, minor crookedness, discolored, and chipped teeth. Basically, veneers can be utilized for treating the same issues as dental bonding, but have better color stability and durability than bonding.
Teeth Reshaping and Contouring
These procedures are used to fix overlapping, weirdly shaped, chipped, or crooked teeth. Generally speaking, teeth contouring and reshaping are commonly used for changing a tooth’s position, shape, and length. In most cases, these procedures are used alongside dental bonding.
Crowns, likewise called caps, are used for covering teeth or restoring their normal appearance and function. They’re very versatile and can be used for one or several teeth, by themselves, or along with dentures, bridges, or dental implants.
To Learn The Most Suitable Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments Ideal for You, Give Us a Call
Whether you’re interested in veneers, teeth whitening, or another procedure, Dr. David Johnson or Dr. Jared Hector can walk you through your options here at the Johnson Family Dentistry in Portage, MI. Dial (269) 381-7250 today for more information.
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