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February 12, 2019

Can You Get Cavities with Veneers?

From a professional photo shoot to flashing your smile at a work function, feeling comfortable with your teeth is vital to your self-confidence, which is the feeling of freedom that comes with expressing yourself. That’s why porcelain veneers are so popular in cosmetic dentistry.

These thin, glass-like applications are applied to the front of teeth using dental cement and can take cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged teeth and transform them into pearly whites that are fit for the Hollywood big screen!

A common question that arises is this: Can I get cavities with veneers? While the short answer is yes, let us provide a more in-depth answer.

The Purpose of Veneers

While veneers do cause teeth to appear flawless and healthy, they are essentially facades. In other words, veneers cover up imperfections; they don’t fix them. The purpose of veneers is to improve the aesthetics of your teeth, which they do that job to perfection.

In fact, veneers are simply adhered to organic material (your teeth) that is vulnerable to decay. So, while the veneer itself will not degrade over time, there is still a chance that the tooth it's adhered to will. The teeth themselves are just as susceptible to cavities as they were before veneers.

How to Prevent Cavities with Veneers

You may assume that a special dental hygiene routine is required to care for teeth with porcelain veneers, but we have good news—your routine can remain unchanged.

That’s right: as long as you are maintaining consistent, healthy dental habits, you’ll be doing your part to prevent cavities, veneers or not. So, what does a proper dental hygiene routine (say that five times fast) look like?

A proper dental hygiene routine looks something like this:

Our Final Thoughts

Porcelain veneers are popular for many reasons. Porcelain veneers are a simple solution to a common problem because they are durable and tend to last for years on end. Porcelain veneers are a fantastic way to drastically improve the aesthetics of your smile.

Veneers are designed for a specific purpose and they fulfill that purpose very effectively. If you are looking to take your smile and self-confidence to the next level, or simply have more questions about porcelain veneers and other dentistry-related topics, reach out to a dentist with bountiful experience and an unmatched reputation. They’ll be more than happy to guide you in the direction that’s best for you!

January 4, 2019

3 Tips to Keep Teeth Healthy This Holiday Season

The holidays are a time of joy and celebration. From the exchange of gifts to the laughter shared with friends, family, and loved ones, there’s always a reason to smile. Also, there’s the ever-present temptation of holiday treats.

If you want to have confidence in your smile, it is vital that you keep your teeth healthy. This is easier said than done when you’re surrounded by sugar cookies and comfort foods, saturated in stress, and removed from your routine.

Don’t worry, though! Whether you’re using cosmetic dentistry to boost your holiday confidence or searching for a way to combat the negative dental influences that surround you during the holiday season, we’ve put together a few tips to help keep your teeth happy and healthy!

Be Selective When You Indulge

You will likely be surrounded by delicious holiday sweets this season. No one can be expected to turn down every tempting goodie, and neither should you. However, there is nothing wrong with being selective about which treats you indulge in.

While you should try to limit the amount of sugary foods you eat, it is especially prudent to avoid hard candies and chewy treats. Sticky foods—like caramel, taffy, and other similar substances—can cling to your teeth, contributing to the decay of enamel. Hard candies (looking at you, candy canes) can cause discomfort in sensitive teeth and even cause chipping.

If you choose to indulge in hard and/or chewy treats, make sure you’re conscious of how you eat them. Don’t crunch hard candies—just let them dissolve—and be sure to drink plenty of water to help remove the food particles that stick to your enamel after enjoying chewy treats.

Stick to a Routine

Whether you’re traveling, having people over, taking time off work, or simply getting wrapped up in the chaos of the holiday season, maintaining a routine can be challenging. From flossing to keeping that appointment with your dentist, making time for anything is a more difficult during the holidays.

You can create time for dental care by having a to-go kit that you keep in your purse, briefcase, or car. A travel tube of toothpaste and spare toothbrush can go a long way to keeping those pearly whites healthy when traveling or staying out late.

Also, make sure your dentist has your current contact information. They’ll be sure to send you reminders of appointments you may have made a few months ago and forgotten in the hustle and bustle of the season.

Drink Water

With eggnog and hot chocolate galore, it can be easy to pass on water in favor of something a little merrier. Drinking enough water is not only vital for staying hydrated and healthy, but for keeping your teeth clean as well.

Drinking water naturally flushes little crumbs and food particles from your mouth, effectively reducing the damage they can cause. Even if you do indulge in holiday drinks or adult beverages, follow them up with a glass of water—your teeth will thank you!

Our Final Thoughts

Keeping your teeth healthy during the holidays is exceptionally challenging. Those first impressions with your in-laws or laughs shared with friends are worth it, though. That’s why you should feel confident in your smile and work diligently to maintain its healthy glow!

You may even wish to have some cosmetic dentistry performed as the holidays approach. Feeling the freedom to flash your smile when the moment is right is invaluable!

With these three tips, as well as any advice from your dentist, you’re prepared to keep your smile shining bright and your teeth feeling happy and healthy!

December 12, 2018

Why Smiling is Good for You

In moments of lightheartedness and joy, smiles come naturally. Whether you’re alone or socialized in a group, those naturally-occurring smiles feel contagious (spoiler alert: they are). When your mood isn’t so great, smiling can feel nearly impossible.

From stressful traffic to a strained relationship, putting a smile on your face during the tough times is no easy task. In the end, smiling is something that can directly benefit you, your mood, and those around you. So, read on for motivation to turn that frown upside down!

Smiling Improves Your Mood

While we don’t recommend this strategy for everything, sometimes it’s okay to fake it until you make it. In fact, studies suggest that smiling goes both ways: it both reflects your emotional state and influences it.

This means there is a correlation between smiling and a positive emotional state, even if you’re faking. Unsurprisingly, the ability to manipulate your internal state by changing the external contributes to the next benefit of smiling.

Smiling Helps Your Health

While it’s easy to dismiss the adages of smiling through struggles or staying positive through pain, it turns out that there’s actually solid truth behind them. According to a recent study, genuine smiles (also known as Duchenne smiles) that activate the muscles both around the mouth and eyes help reduce stress and lower heart rates in stressful situations.

The ability of genuine smiles to act on your physical state will not only improve your mood, but also contribute to a healthier, happier body.

Smiling Creates Connections

Humans share their emotions and make interpersonal connections in a variety of ways, but few are as strong or as effective as a smile. In fact, smiles have more functions than simply showcasing happiness.

Smiles make people seem more approachable and more trustworthy. Whether you’re working in a service business, going on a date, or simply trying to give yourself a more welcoming aura, smiling is one of the best ways to set yourself up for success. People appreciate the friendliness and invitational nature of a smile, so let your smile shine!

The benefits of smiling extend to social situations in another way—you can pass on or receive them. While the idea of smiles being contagious may sound silly, humans actually have something called mirror neurons that cause them to respond to smiling by—you guessed it—smiling. Not only does this help foster a spirit of community when you’re surrounded by friends, it helps the positive benefits of smiling be shared as well!

Our Final Thoughts

While we’ve touched on some of the primary benefits of smiling, there are several more to be explored. In short, allowing (and even forcing) yourself to smile can make your life better on the surface, but on a deeper, more meaningful level as well.

It’s unfortunate that so many people actively work to hide their smiles. A lack of confidence associated with one’s teeth is extremely prevalent in a society where teeth are expected to be perfectly straight, pearly white, and all-around aesthetically pleasing.

We believe that every individual should have the confidence to let their smile show in the good times and the bad. Whether it’s sharing laughter with friends or reaping the health benefits of smiling through the tough times, our smiles are our portal to not only displaying our internal joy, but to developing that joy in the first place.

October 31, 2018

3 Reasons You Should Consider Laser Dentistry

No longer are lasers confined to galactic space battles and other science fiction blockbusters. In fact, modern medicine has allowed varying versions of that technology to be harnessed for use in reality and the advancement of certain procedures.

Dentistry is one of the many fields to benefit from these scientific advancements. One of the latest innovations to come from this is the Solea dental laser, a revolutionary tool that completely changes the game of dental procedures.

Just what are the benefits of using lasers in dentistry? That’s what we’re here to tell you! Read on to discover three reasons you should consider laser dentistry.

Pain-Free Dentistry

Because Solea utilizes a unique wavelength that is guided by advanced computers, its precision is uncanny. This leads to a reduction in the pain experienced during a procedure—a reduction so dramatic that many patients feel no pain at all.

Accompanying this elimination of pain is the possibility of blood-free and anesthesia-free procedures. The benefits of this possibility are numerous. There’s an obvious decrease in discomfort along with a reduction of time spent at the dentist’s office.

Multiple Procedures, One Session

Pain-free, blood-free, and anesthesia-free dental procedures mean that more work can be done more quickly. Also, Solea is FDA-approved for use on both hard and soft tissue (teeth and gums, for example), meaning that a single tool can be used for multiple procedures.

Undergoing more than one procedure in one sitting, especially when they are virtually pain-free, means less time spent in the chair, fewer return visits, and a smaller window for healing. In other words, you’ll be out of the office and back to your normal life in a fraction of the time associated with traditional dental methods!

Laser Dentistry is Less Invasive and More Comfortable

Hand-in-hand with the dramatic reduction in pain comes the near-elimination of discomfort associated with traditional dental drills. Laser dentistry is virtually noise and vibration free, effectively making those uncomfortable—and annoying—elements of dental procedures a thing of the past.

Laser Dentistry allows procedures to be performed in a less invasive way, which drastically reduces the recovery time needed after a visit to the dentist. Imagine this: no persistent numbness! You could have dental work performed in the morning, then head directly to lunch or to work that same day.

Final Thoughts on Laser Dentistry

Traditionally, going to the dentist has an unfair stigma of being both intimidating and uncomfortable. At Matthew Wimmer Dental, we work hard to dispel those perceptions by adopting the most cutting-edge advancements in the industry whether it’s environment of the office or the technology used during actual procedures.

By increasing your confidence in your smile and performing procedures that will improve your health and overall quality of life, we’re making the dentist an enjoyable experience. Our goal has always been to provide the best service by utilizing the most advanced methods possible. Laser dentistry is simply another way of showing you that your comfort and happiness are what we value most!

September 24, 2018

Thinking About Dental Porcelain Veneers?

The best moments in life are those that include uncontrollable laughter, genuine smiles, and overwhelming. Nothing should come between you and these moments with friends, family, and loved ones.

The harsh reality, however, is that many people find themselves filled with insecurity that detracts from those instances of pure joy. Too many people stifle their laughter and cover their smiles. They’re embarrassed—ashamed, even—of their teeth.

Worst of all, the embarrassment they feel doesn’t stem from a legitimate medical concern, but from an aesthetic discrepancy they deem unappealing. The good news is there are options for these situations where the perceived problem pertaining to cosmetic dentistry.

One of the options is porcelain veneers. Chances are, you’ve heard of porcelain veneers—they’ve been around for decades—but you may have some misconceptions or confusion about the details of their function and usefulness. Don’t worry, we’re here to fill you in on what you need to know!

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Veneers are extremely thin, tooth-colored fixtures that are cemented to the front of your teeth to correct minor cosmetic issues. Veneers are typically constructed of porcelain because of the material’s tooth-like appearance and reflective properties. To put it simply, porcelain has a natural look.

How do Porcelain Veneers Work?

In order for veneers to be a viable option, a certain degree of healthy tooth material must be available to act as a mounting point. If your cosmetic dentist determines such a mounting point exists, they will design a custom veneer that will fill the chosen space perfectly, color-match the surrounding teeth, and provide the ideal solution.

Once the custom veneer is ready, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic and, in most cases, reshape the tooth in preparation. Once the tooth is ready, the veneer will be bonded to it. That’s all there is to it!

What Problems Can Porcelain Veneers Fix?

Veneers are not intended to be a solution to medical issues. The problems veneers address are limited to those that are cosmetic in nature. If, for example, you have permanent staining that causes a noticeable inconsistency in the color of your teeth, you may be an ideal candidate for porcelain veneers.

Other problems that can be rectified with porcelain veneers include minor cracks in your front teeth, small gaps that do not require orthodontic procedures, and even chipped teeth. To take things even further, veneers can be utilized to change cheek shape by applying them to teeth farther into the mouth.

Who Should Consider Porcelain Veneers?

Before making a firm decision, ask yourself a simple question: will my quality of life be improved by porcelain veneers? If the answer is yes, consider talking to your cosmetic dentist—they may guide you toward porcelain veneers as the solution to your dental aesthetics.

Nothing can replace the joy that comes with sharing laughter, smiles, and carefree moments with those you care about. If dental veneers will give you the confidence and liberation you deserve to partake in those experiences without restraint, your cosmetic dentist can help!

 

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