The Latest Advances in Dental Veneers

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Years ago, certain cosmetic dental procedures were the exclusive domain of celebrities. Many popular treatments went mainstream when regular people began to look for ways to emulate the superstar smiles that they loved. Today, dental veneer technology has advanced to the point that it is a viable alternative to anyone who is seeking a beautiful, healthy smile.

Dental Veneers – One of the Most Sought-After Cosmetic Dental Treatments

A dental veneer or laminate is a thin, but strong, custom-made shell constructed out of porcelain or composite. Many people tend to think that dental veneers are simply a solution for dental discoloration. They can be so much more, though. Since a veneer is an entirely new outer layer for each tooth, you get to change the shape of the tooth too. Dentists recommend veneers to help restore structure and naturally appealing appearance to teeth. Structural problems involving minor crookedness, chips, and gaps are easily treated with veneers.
 
What Do the Latest Advances in Veneer Technology Offer the Patient?

The best dental veneers are made of porcelain. The way a porcelain veneer is constructed, though, makes all the difference.

Up until 15 years ago, porcelain veneers were handmade by dentists. These were called feldspathic veneers. Dentists would paint porcelain veneer over each tooth, cure it in an oven and try it on again, which allowed dentists to try artistic effects. The downside of this method was that the end product tended to be thick. To make room for such a veneer over each tooth, the dentist would buff each tooth down considerably. Unpredictable results were also a problem – when cured in the oven, for instance, veneers would often warp or shrink.

With the latest advances in veneer technology, manufacturers are now able to turn out ultra-thin, super-strength porcelain veneers in a dental laboratory. Ultrathin veneer technology is a significant advance. It isn’t just that very thin veneers make for more aesthetically pleasing results, the main benefit comes from the fact that dentists installing these veneers need to do practically no tooth buffing. Modern, ultrathin veneers are actually called “no-prep” veneers.

Patients approaching Dr. Frost for veneers at Frost Dental Group often do so for discolored teeth. If a coffee or smoking habit is behind the discoloration, modern porcelain veneers can be particularly effective – tobacco and coffee have no effect on these materials. Modern advances in porcelain veneer technology make the material effective in another way related to color too – they allow precise color matching so that the patient’s veneers are the exact shade as their regular teeth.

More Affordable Veneers Are Now Available – But Choose Carefully

While a porcelain veneer is far more affordable today than it used to be, quality can still be expensive. Some dentists try to accommodate every budget by offering inexpensive porcelain when their patients can’t afford the best kind. This isn’t always a good idea, though.

Inexpensive porcelain veneers tend to be fragile – they are unable to take the tremendous biting force that teeth are subjected to each day. While superior porcelain veneers can last as long as 20 years, the inexpensive kind can begin to crack in as little as five.

Porcelain Veneers are Nearly Maintenance-Free

Modern porcelain veneers are strong and require no special care in most instances. You simply brush and floss as always. Dr. Frost usually recommends nonabrasive toothpaste, as abrasion can be a concern in patients who have the habit of clenching their teeth or grinding them.  Such habits can quickly cause porcelain to wear down. For this reason, Dr. Frost may suggest that patients wear nighttime bite guards to protect their smiles.

For more information on how you can improve your smile with porcelain veneers, contact our office today for your consultation.

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Is Teeth Whitening for You?

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Are you unsatisfied with the way your teeth look? You’re far from alone. In our culture, bright, white teeth are the ideal. Despite being conscientious about brushing and flossing regularly and visiting the dentist at least twice a year, though, yours may be losing their luster. Could teeth whitening be the answer? At Frost Dental Group, we think everyone deserves to have the brightest, whitest, most attractive smile possible, which is why we are proud to offer the GLO teeth whitening system. Is it right for you? If you want to put your most dazzling smile forward, it probably is!

Considerations to Make before Having Your Teeth Whitened

As tempting as it may be to go right ahead with teeth whitening, it’s smart to consider a few things first. Frost Dental Group has successfully whitened the teeth of countless patients, but we believe in educating them properly about the process first. With that in mind, ask yourself the following questions before having your teeth whitened:

Are you self-conscious about your teeth? If you’re reluctant to smile or even try to cover your mouth because you’re embarrassed about stains and other imperfections, you are probably an ideal candidate for teeth whitening.

– Do you have realistic expectations? The GLO teeth whitening system is among the best available today. Still, it’s not a magic bullet. Depending on the condition of your teeth, you may need to undergo several applications before you arrive at a look that makes you happy.

Have you tried over-the-counter options without success? From whitening toothpastes to teeth-whitening kits that are sold in drugstores, you may have struck out time and again. Such products are effective in some cases, but they generally fall short on teeth that are more severely stained or for other reasons.

Introducing the GLO Teeth Whitening System

If you’re self-conscious about stains and other imperfections on your teeth and would like to try teeth whitening, we’re confident that you’ll be thrilled by the GLO teeth whitening system.

GLO stands for guided light optics, which is the technology that’s used to activate the whitening gel. GLO is effective and gentler than most options for teeth whitening, as it does not use a UV light and temperatures of whitening treatment are cooler than other popular in-office whitening brands. The GLO system is a two-step process:

1.) In-Office Treatment: The GLO system features a mouthpiece with LED lights and heat resistors that is placed in the mouth after the whitening gel has been applied to the teeth by Dr. Frost. Because the light used does not emit ultra-violet rays, the patient does not have to be protected from any harsh light during treatment and there is zero sensitivity post-treatment. You will only remain in the dentist’s chair for whitening treatment for a little over 30 minutes and will be able to see a smile that is 5 shades whiter.
2.) At-Home Care: After you have completed your in office treatment, you will receive a take-home kit from Dr. Frost. While it’s in place, you can carry on about your daily business. The lights and resistors in the mouthpiece activate the whitening gel to quickly and effectively whiten teeth. Take-home whitening should begin 48 hours after your in-office treatment, and 1-2 times a month after that.
The Perfect Teeth-Whitening Solution for Busy People

Perhaps you’ve held off on professional teeth whitening because you can’t spare the time to sit in a dentist’s office for hours on end. At Frost Dental Group, we understand. The GLO teeth whitening system is designed to be used at home in conjunction with one speedy office visit. Unlike the products you’ll find at the drugstore, though, it’s used under the supervision and guidance of an experienced dentist.

If you’re ready to regain your self-confidence and want to flash the most dazzling smile possible from this point forward, contact Frost Dental Group and ask about the GLO teeth whitening system today!

Welcome to our Frost Dental Group blog!

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We’re excited to announce the official launch of our Frost Dental Group blog.

We’ll be posting helpful dental tips, news from the dental industry, news from our practice, and more about the latest in dentistry.

We built our practice on the notion that we’re there for our patients when they need us and we want our online presence to be a reflection of that principle. We hope this blog provides an extra level of service to our current and future patients.

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Here’s to your best oral health ever!