Posts for: November, 2016
You have a problem with your teeth. Functionally, there's nothing wrong with them — but it's another story when you look in the mirror: discoloration, wearing or maybe a slight gap between them.
Fortunately, you don't have to settle for a smile you're not happy with. Less costly than crowns or bridgework, porcelain veneers can nonetheless correct many mild to moderate cosmetic problems with teeth and transform them into an attractive smile.
Like the name implies, a veneer is made of thin layers of dental material custom-designed and bonded to the outside of a tooth. Veneers can correct problems with color, tooth shape and size, and mild misalignments or spacing. It's akin to installing new siding on a house.
To begin your journey with veneers, we must first examine your teeth to fully assess your dental needs and ensure you have no issues that could prevent applying them. Then, we prepare your teeth: although not to the extent as for a crown or bridge, we must remove a small amount of tooth material so the veneer will appear natural and not bulky.
We then make an impression mold of your prepared teeth that a dental technician will use to create your veneers. During this process they build up layer after layer of liquid porcelain until they achieve the right thickness, shape and color to match your teeth.
In the meantime, we can fit you with a temporary set of veneers made of acrylic plastic so you can chew, speak and smile normally. These provisional veneers also give you and your friends and family a chance to see what your new smile will look like.
When your veneers are ready, we'll create micro-etches in your teeth that will help keep the veneer secure after we've bonded them. Once bonded, the veneer will feel like an inseparable part of the tooth and look it too. No one except you and us need know you're wearing veneers.
If you take care of them — keeping up daily hygiene habits, not biting into hard surfaces, and visiting us regularly for checkups — your veneers can last for many years. And so will that beautiful, new smile.
If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, 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 “Porcelain Veneers.”
Find out why dental implants have become one of the most popular ways to replace missing teeth in Stamford.
While dentures are certainly kind to your finances and dental bridges can be a fast solution, there is a reason why so many people are dedicating themselves to months of treatments to get a dental implant. After all, there is truly no other restoration like it. Our Stamford, CT dentist, Dr. Peter Perimenis, explains why dental implants might just be the best solution to your tooth loss woes.
A dental implant is a small metal screw or post that is biocompatible, which means that the body won’t reject it. This screw is surgically embedded into the jawbone where it is then left to heal over the course of a few months. During these months of healing the bone and tissue around the implant will regrow and fuse together with the metal screw. This is what makes an implant a strong, stable restoration and unlike other options, it doesn’t rely on other neighboring teeth for support.
Now that the jawbone and the implant have become one, the implant is designed to last a very long time. Of course, it’s important that you maintain good oral hygiene to make sure that your restoration and the rest of your smile stays healthy. The life of your implant relies on you.
Once the gums have healed and the bone and implant are one, the next step is to perform another minor surgery to open up the gums and to place a connector, also known as an abutment, over top of the implant. Then we will give the gums time to heal around the new structure. Once the healing process is over we will place a dental crown over the abutment.
There are many different dental implant options. In fact, there are more than 40 different kinds of implants on the market. You can get implants that are designed to support a single crown. You can also choose to get multiple implants to replace several teeth. Implants can also be used to support dental bridges and even dentures. When we sit down and discuss your treatment goals we can determine which type of implant is best suited to your needs.
Don’t let tooth loss affect your smile for life. Rely on the dental restoration that could turn all this around for you. Schedule your consultation today with Perimenis Family Dental Practice in Stamford, CT and get one step closer to a beautiful, full smile.
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.”