Teeth whitening is now available in various formats, from an easy to apply home kit to a salon based service that is done by a highly trained technician. The other alternatives are the latest in veneers and are called Lumineer’s. The home kit can be bought on the net or in most chemist shops for as little as £30, they come complete with everything you`ll need and instructions. First you`ll need to make a mould with an impression of your teeth in it, this is easy as in the kit you`ll find a blank gum shield to do this with. You bite down on it and then you fill it half way with the whitening agent, you then put it back on your teeth and wait 40 minutes, clean the shield out and you can reuse it later on. The salon way is a machine that produces an intense blue light; this reacts with a gel on the teeth to whiten your teeth back to its natural glory. With both methods you`ll also need to avoid any food or drinks that will stain the teeth again, that way it will last you a year or so. A Lumineer is a new type of veneer; it is made from a tough material that allows the orthodontist to make them thinner than previous veneers. This means that little or no preparation is required saving time in the chair and making it simpler and cheaper. They are also reversible in that they can be easily removed at any time.
Archive for September, 2010
Porcelain is a clay that is very hard wearing and so it`s ideal for making false teeth and veneers with says a Toxteth dentist. Having them made and fitted is a simple enough procedure, starting with identifying the problem that it is intending to solve. The most common problems are misaligned or crooked teeth, chipped and cracked ones and teeth that have lost their colour, though in that case it would more likely be a Lumineer Porcelain veneer. Digital pictures are taken and scanned into a computer program, this designs the veneer and decides on the thickness required which varies from problem to problem. They are made by a dental technician and are exclusive to the patient and their problem tooth. First the dentist must remove enamel from the tooth so the veneer will fit perfectly in place and look part of the natural enamel. This enamel never grows back, and so the tooth will require another veneer fitted in the same way when it comes to the end of its life. Most veneers will last from 5-15 years depending on the thickness, after this time they tend to discolour and have to be replaced with a new one. The Lumineer veneer is the exception though, it is made from a specially formatted Porcelain mix that means it can be made thinner and therefore it needs little preparation before fitting. The Lumineer is proving to be very popular as it means less time in the chair and no enamel is removed, at any time the Lumineer can be popped off and then popped back on if any work is needed on the tooth.
The Invisalign Brace is a unique aid to teeth straightening; it is a truly scientifically designed wonder of the modern world, says a Birkenhead dentist. The name suggests that a certain amount of invisible ability has been built into the design, and that is a fair description of this dental aid. The springs and pulleys are all built into the inside of the self contained brace, which is designed to look like a gum shield rather than a brace. Your dentist will start with digital images of your teeth; these are scanned into a program which designs the braces needed, and produces a 3D film to show you the end result. A series of braces is made beforehand and are fitted every two weeks, they manipulate the teeth into different positions to straighten them, at the same time they agitate the blood flow to make it place bone deposits behind the teeth to make sure they don’t move back again, ingenious really isn’t it? They can also be removed so cleaning the teeth and eating is so much easier, there is a minimum of 20 hours a day that they need to be worn, but that gives you a 4 hour period when they can be taken out for meeting purposes for the busy executive. The clear look of the soft rubber material also makes it comfortable to wear and hard to see with the naked eye. They are used to straighten teeth in all parts of the mouth, where other such braces will just facilitate the front teeth.
A Dermal Filler is an injectable chemical that is given just under the skin, says a Wirral dentist. In effect a Dermal Filler will iron out a wrinkle or crease in the skin, these have many causes and a dental problem is just one of those causes. It is a completely cosmetic procedure and has no medical value at all. It is not the same as Botox which freezes the muscles and stops the lines from forming in the first place, with this procedure it blows the skin out and evens the skin to fill, as such, the creases and wrinkles and makes them disappear. Hyaluronic Acid is produced naturally in the body to add volume to the tissue, especially in the facial area, as we age the body produces less of many hormones and acids, this is one such acid that we lack more in our mature years. The injections are high in the acid and simply plump out the area to do the job that natural can`t hack any more. The lips and eye area are the most popular, with cheeks and the tear trough also a popular place for injections. The good news is that everyone can have it, there are usually no allergy tests as the acid is naturally occurring and therefore the body won`t reject it. The results are instant and there is usually little swelling or any signs that a treatment has been done. It lasts around a year and is easily replenished safely, the body absorbs the acid over this period and the creases will gradually come back.
A dental Crown or Cap is one of the most important tools in the box of tricks used by a dentist. After a lot of work is carried out on the teeth a cap or crown is needed to seal up the tooth and make infections impossible, says a Bootle dentist. A root canal will destroy a lot of the tooth during the procedure and a crown will be needed to seal the tooth back up, it is a routine procedure that is used to get rid of deeply instilled infections within the inner chamber, to get to it the dental surgeon will take out all of the inner part of the tooth. The Porcelain crown may be made before hand or it may consist of a mix made in the surgery, and then sculptured by the surgeon to look natural. If we chip or crack a tooth the chip can be ground out, and then a crown will cover the top of the tooth to hide the missing enamel. A bridge is a crown as it will also need to fit over the anchor teeth either side of the false tooth being fitted. In this instance the anchors are ground down all round to the same size as the inside of the bridge teeth, it is then fitted over the natural tooth and cemented on. There are many uses for a crown and using a new method of making them called the CEREC method, a dentist can make a crown from a blank in the surgery, without using a dental technician to make it before hand.