Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

How Long Do Veneers Last?

If your smile leaves something to be desired, it’s time to fix that. Veneers can be a great option if you’re looking to improve the look and feel of your smile.


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Veneers 101

Veneers are tooth-shaped shells custom made out of porcelain to fit over the teeth. They are used to fix up the smile, solving a variety of common issues including yellow or crooked teeth. When installing veneers, your dentist will remove some enamel, making room and creating a rough surface for the veneers to adhere to. Veneers are attached to the existing teeth using a dental resin. The result will be an incredibly natural smile—a durable set of teeth that won’t stain.

Are They Forever?

Veneers are built to last. Porcelain is strong and durable, much like enamel. But again, like tooth enamel, porcelain can crack. Barring any sort of accidental break, veneers will typically last somewhere in the range of 10 to 15 years. Once that time frame has come and gone, your veneers will either need repair or replacement, depending on the shape they’re in.

It’s All About Care

With great care, you can ensure that your veneers will last as long as possible. Since the veneers are simply covering the natural teeth, oral care should remain a top priority. That means brushing, flossing, and seeing a dentist twice a year, in addition to maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle habits. In addition to care, if you’re careful you can minimize the risk of wear and damage. Do not bite your nails, never use your teeth to open packaging or rip off a tag, and if you have a teeth clenching or grinding habit, address it before, or soon after, getting veneers.

Top Quality Care At Paris Mountain Dental

Whether you want veneers, already have veneers, or are fine without them, you have the power to control the look and feel of your smile by paying attention to your oral health, and we’re here to help. Feel free to call our office with questions about your care, or to set up an upcoming visit!

To ask our team any questions about veneers or to schedule your visit to our office, contact us today!

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How Can I Fix Calcium Spots on My Teeth?

As you age, you may notice white spots on your teeth. If these white spots are causing you to hide your smile, it’s time to take action.  Our team at Paris Mountain Dental can help treat these white spots and restore your smile. Today, we want to talk about some of the causes for white spots on teeth along with treatment options.

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What Causes White Spots?

There are two common culprits for white spots on teeth: dental fluorosis and calcium deposits. Dental fluorosis occurs when people ingest too much fluoride as children. This condition is usually harmless and develops before teeth break through the gums. Calcium deposits, on the other hand, develop in adulthood.

Calcium Deposits

Calcium deposits occur when the calcium phosphate in your saliva sticks to plaque on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky biofilm composed of bacteria in your mouth that feed on sugar and starches. Without proper care, calcium phosphate can harden into tartar. Not only does tartar attract even more bacteria and plaque, tartar is an irritant that can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues.

How Do We Treat Calcium Spots?

Unlike plaque, tartar cannot be removed by brushing.  The only way to remove tartar is through a professional cleaning at our office. Our team will use special tools to remove tartar both above and below your gum line. If the tartar buildup is more severe, we many recommend root planing and scaling, a deep cleaning treatment that involves cleaning the root surfaces of your teeth and removing all tartar.

Restoring the Appearance of Your Teeth

Once white spots on your teeth are a thing of the past, you may want to take advantage of our professional whitening services to get that bright, white smile you’ve always wanted. To ask our team any questions about white spots on your teeth or to schedule your next appointment, contact our office today!

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Porcelain Veneers Process: What to Expect?

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Have you found yourself wishing you could change your smile? Maybe you’ve heard that porcelain veneers can give you a whole new smile, but you’re not sure exactly how they work. We’ve broken down exactly what you can expect, appointment by appointment, to help you prepare for this permanent change to your smile.

Consultation

Before we even begin your treatment, we bring you in for a consultation. At this meeting, we go over your goals for your smile – do you want to cover up chips, close a small gap, or make multiple drastic changes? – and work with you to design your dream smile. We build this dream smile in our computer software so we can send this to our dental lab. The lab will use our design to create your veneers. At your consultation, we also talk with you about your expected costs and your payment options.

First Appointment: Preparation

When you come in for your first appointment, which is often grouped with your consultation, we start the process for getting you your dream smile. In addition to the smile design we create together, we also make sure that the lab has accurate impressions of your teeth. We want your veneers to fit great, so these impressions are vital. In order to take impressions that will allow your veneers to fit snugly and blend in with your surrounding teeth, we have to remove some enamel. Removing the enamel ensures that once we’ve bonded your veneers to your teeth, they don’t feel too bulky or stand out too much. After removing the enamel and taking impressions, we usually fit you with temporary veneers to keep your teeth protected until your permanent veneers are ready.

Second Appointment: A New Smile

When your veneers are back from the lab, we bring you in for the placement appointment. After removing the temporaries, we test the fit to make sure everything feels comfortable and your new look is what you pictured. Once we’re all satisfied, we bond the veneers to your teeth and you’re all set! We send you home with care instructions but know that after a day or two, you can get back to your normal dental hygiene routine. Brush and floss like normal – your veneers will stay in place and last for years to come.

The porcelain veneers process is actually very simple, and we think you’ll love the results. Contact us to schedule a veneers consultation and see what we can do to give you a smile you can’t wait to show off.

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Professional In-Office Teeth Whitening vs. Take-Home Kits

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Let’s face it: most of us wish that our smile was at least a little whiter. Maybe you’ve tried whitening toothpastes or mouthwashes, or even over-the-counter whitening kits and strips. But if those haven’t given you the results you’re looking for, consider professional whitening treatments. At Paris Mountain Dental, Dr. Ghimire offers both in-office whitening and take-home whitening kits. If you’re wondering which option is best for you, read on to learn a bit more about each.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

At our Travelers Rest dental office, we offer ZOOM!® in-office whitening. This is a powerful whitening option for patients looking for a dramatic change. In fact, ZOOM! can brighten your teeth up to 8 shades in just an hour – that’s something to smile about!

What’s even better is that we handle the whole process for you. Just make an appointment, come in, and relax in the dental chair. We take care of the rest. Once we’re all finished – the whole appointment takes about an hour – you’ll want to show everyone how beautifully white your smile is.

Take-Home Whitening Kits

Busy schedule keeping you from making that whitening appointment? We may have a great solution in our custom take-home whitening kits. After a quick appointment to get molds of your teeth, we have trays made that fit your teeth perfectly. You’ll also get professional-strength whitening gel. Then you can whiten at home on your own schedule, making it more convenient than ever to get professional whitening results.

Which Is Best for You?

This really depends on your needs, schedule, and budget. Both give you great results, but if you experience tooth sensitivity, take-home kits might be a better option because they give you the ability to manage how much gel you use and how often. For patients who want to get quick results, say over their lunch break, our in-office whitening is a perfect option because the appointment is quick. And depending on your budget, our flexible financial options can help make sure a beautiful smile is affordable.

If you’re ready to stop hiding a yellow smile anytime anyone says, “Say cheese!” give our team at Paris Mountain Dental a call. We can help you decide which whitening option is best for you, so you can start showing off a beautifully white smile!

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