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How Long Will Lumineers Last?

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Unlike conventional veneers, Lumineers are made from an advanced, ultrathin material that resembles a contact-lens. Thanks to a revolutionary proprietary process, Lumineers are only made from a patented material called Cerinate porcelain that enables these restorations to be contact lens thin.

In light of this design, the procedure for the placement of Lumineers is particularly less invasive than other types of dental veneers, leaving your teeth more structurally sound. In fact, these versatile restorations can even be removed if necessary.

Compared to conventional veneer procedures which require the removal of a significant amount of tooth structure, Lumineers do not typically require the cutting or grinding of the natural teeth. At the completion of the procedure, there are also less complications and less post-operative discomfort compared to traditional veneers.

Proper maintenance will influence the success of your new smile. Clinical research has proven that your Lumineers smile can last and look great for more than 20 years.

To lengthen the lifespan of your new smile, your cosmetic dentist will suggest that you use low-abrasion toothpaste to remove plaque, stain and tartar effectively. Choosing a more gentle toothpaste formula will help to keep your Lumineers as well as your real enamel smooth and intact.

Veneers are ineffective when they chip, fracture, stain, leak or become dislodged. You can protect your veneers when you visit your dentist and hygienist regularly as well as practice the home care habits that can reduce your risk for tooth decay and gum disease.

If you suspect that you may be clenching or grinding your teeth at night (or during the day), consult your dentist for an evaluation and a customized nightguard that can protect your veneers against biting forces and possible fractures.

For over 20 years, Lumineers have been used to improve the smiles of more than 250,000 patients. In fact, more than 13,000 dentists nationwide trust Lumineers to design perfect and natural-looking smiles. To find out if this procedure is right for you, contact Ora Dental Studio today and schedule a personalized evaluation with any of our cosmetic dentists.

Are there side effects from teeth whitening?

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

It may be tough to avoid the list of potential side effects that are associated with modern teeth whitening procedures. Although today’s available tooth whitening products are generally considered to be relatively safe, you should be aware of the possible side effects and consider them carefully before choosing any cosmetic dental procedure.

In most cases, your cosmetic dentist will recommend a professional whitening solution rather than an over-the-counter option in order to produce the most desirable results with the lowest risk for side-effects. For example, an in-office application of Zoom! whitening can provide you with a long list of benefits and a very short list of disadvantages: 

Your cosmetic dentist will recommend a professional whitening solution rather than an over-the-counter option in order to produce the most desirable results with the lowest risk for side-effects.

  • Safe, effective, and fast procedure
  • Low, or no post-operative sensitivity
  • Improved formulation strengthens tooth enamel
  • Long lasting results (up to 18 months)
  • Performed by a dental professional with teeth whitening experience.

Choosing a professionally applied product can significantly reduce the potential for the uncomfortable short-term side effects that may be experienced when having your teeth bleached. The primary active ingredient, hydrogen peroxide, can cause increased temperature and possible gum irritation.

During the whitening process and for a short period following the procedure, tooth sensitivity may occur. This sensation is typically of a short duration, and does not indicate any change or damage to the teeth or gums. Professionally formulated products such as Zoom! are designed to reduce this side effect, even for patients who have a history of sensitive teeth.

When the whitening solution is allowed to come into contact with the gum tissue or tongue, a temporary burning or tingling sensation can occur. This is a reversible condition that can be avoided or minimized when the procedure is performed by a trained professional.

If you are considering whitening your teeth, it is best to consult your cosmetic dentist. Your teeth will be assessed to ensure you are an ideal candidate for teeth whitening, and the most appropriate method will be recommended for you.

To learn more about Zoom! teeth whitening and other procedures that can enhance your smile, contact Ora Dental Studios at 312-491-9474 for a professional consultation.

Preserve Natural Teeth with Dental Implants

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Compared to conventional crown and bridge restorations, dental implants offer a number of significant advantages. Quite possibly, the most interesting advantage is the implant’s ability to preserve more of your natural tooth structure. When used to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, you’ll find that the implant is a very conservative solution that is suitable for virtually every tooth loss situation.

When you consult your dentist about dental implants, you’ll learn more about their benefits, including:

  • The result will look, feel and perform with the stability of real teeth even without the need for grinding down any natural tooth structure for support.
  • By anchoring your dental implants to the jawbone, your new tooth stimulates the bone and gum tissue preventing bone deterioration and helping to maintain the appearance of your facial structures.
  • Dental implants will maintain a permanent position without the need for any adhesives to hold them in place.

Typically, a dental implant is made of a textured titanium post that can be inserted below the gumline and into the jawbone. Since the titanium is highly compatible with human bone, the implant and bone tissues become fused together, forming a strong and permanent new tooth root.

With the implant post firmly in place, a dental crown is placed atop the implant to look and feel just like your natural teeth. For most patients, the implant procedure is relatively painless and simple, sometimes resulting in mild discomfort near the surgical site for 1-2 days. In fact, the post-operative sensation is comparable to that of a conventional crown or bridge although the benefits are significantly greater.

Due to the design and the placement procedure, dental implants are considered more conservative than any other form of tooth replacement. They do not require any changes or alterations to the neighboring teeth, leaving the natural teeth in perfect condition. More importantly, studies have shown that implants can be expected to last longer with more long-term success than conventional bridges and dentures.

Contact any of our skilled dentists at Ora Dental Studio to learn more about the impressive advantages of dental implants.