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Although I love my daughter, I have never loved how sneaky she can be. After she kept coming home from dental checkups with cavities, I told her that candy had to stay out of our house until her checkups improved. Well, she found a loophole in our agreement, and she kept eating candy at friends' houses and at school. I realized I was fighting a losing battle, so I asked her dentist what we could do. He told me that she was a good candidate for a dental sealant that coated her teeth and protected them from decay. I could not believe there was such an easy way to help improve her smile. I had the sealant applied to her molars, and she hasn't had a cavity since! I created this blog to spread the word about how well dental sealants can work to help preserve children's smiles.

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Dental Sealants Can Help Keep Your Child's Teeth Healthy

Porcelain Veneers—Are They The Answer?

by Vera Bradley

Everyone prides themselves on great teeth and a beautiful smile but sometimes cosmetic challenges present you with costly solutions. If your teeth have become noticeably discolored, you have an obvious gap in your teeth, maybe you have some crooked teeth that you want straightened, porcelain veneers can definitely remedy your problems.

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are small shell-like materials made of porcelain used to cover the surface of teeth. Though they can be made of a resin composite, the preferred and most effective material is porcelain. This is mainly because they are

  • similar to your teeth's natural surface
  • able to match your teeth's enamel color
  • able to resist staining
  • praised for their extended durability and reliability.

The Dental Procedure

The process typically takes three dental visits. At your initial visit, your dentist will discuss the materials and process to determine whether or not veneers are a proper fit and solution for your needs. If your dentist agrees that this procedure is suitable for you, your second visit will involve removal of a slight portion of your tooth enamel to make room for the addition of the veneer surface.

He or she will also take an impression of your tooth/teeth. The removal procedure is required to alleviate any bulk appearance once veneers are put in place. Your final visit will be the placement of the veneers accomplished with the use of a special permanent adhesive.

Advantages and Disadvantages

As is the case with any product or service, veneers have both advantages and disadvantages. Some of the disadvantages include:

  • Number of Visits. The complete procedure requires three dental office visits and can be a bit inconvenient.
  • Cost. Unlike other cosmetic procedures, veneers are a very costly procedure and can range up into the thousands per tooth.
  • Sensitivity. Since removing portions of your tooth's enamel is a critical part of the procedure, once completed, you may find that your teeth with veneers in place become very sensitive and need more attention.

As is the case with all dental procedures and with your teeth in general, to extend the life expectancy of your new veneers avoid such things as biting your nails, chewing on hard foods and ice and always remember to brush sensibly and floss regularly. If you are in need of reliable cosmetic dental work, talk to a local dentistry such as Adam Dental Clinic about porcelain veneers; they will definitely make you smile. 

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