Is your smile making you camera-shy?

A lot of us are camera shy and are always wary of how our pictures would look. Most of us would not even force a smile because, you know, everything is out there in the open! One thing those lips could be hiding are your teeth. A small gap, a little chipped tooth, a missing tooth are only a few of those many reasons that make you conscious of your smile.

So, does dentistry offer any solution to this? You bet it does! Your answer lies with veneers. Simply put, veneers are thin shells that cover your faulty tooth, thus masking its original appearance. Veneers are known for their high aesthetic appeal, particularly for the ease of application and comfort.

Veneers can be composed of resin or porcelain. Composite resin is the primary component of resin veneers that is used with a bonding material for the affected tooth. Resin veneers can be easily applied in one visit and are hassle-free. Furthermore, they last at least 6 years and can be replaced if required.

By contrast, porcelain veneers are synthesized in the laboratory and are a one-time permanent solution. Porcelain veneers are superior to resin veneers in terms of their durability and camouflaging properties. Moreover, their appearance is more similar to that of natural teeth than that of resin veneers. Because they are a permanent solution, porcelain veneers cannot be replaced on damage. In addition, porcelain veneers are expensive as compared to resin veneers and usually require more than one visit to the dentist.

You would require veneers in case you have a broken tooth, a gap between adjacent teeth, stained teeth, decayed teeth, and so on. The procedure usually involves a preliminary examination to determine the health of your teeth. Following this, your dentist will design a subtle option that is appropriate for your needs. A teeth impression is obtained to construct the veneer. A part of your enamel may be removed such that the veneer can be suitably placed. Subsequently, the tooth may be trimmed to adjust the veneer position. A bonding element holds the veneer in place, thus establishing the tooth firmly. The veneer-covered teeth are exposed to special lights, which gives them their characteristic color and ensures their proper activation.

Veneers are the perfect quick fix to your lesser-known teeth problems. The results are instant, long-lasting, and completely nonsurgical. Whether you choose composite or resin, the treatment has a high success rate and augments the overall look. Furthermore, veneers are low on maintenance. You do not have to go the extra mile for caring for your teeth. Practicing basic dental hygiene, such as brushing and flossing, would suffice. To protect your enamel from getting stained, your dentist may advise you to avoid drinking caffeine-enriched beverages and dark fruits.

So, no more shying away from the camera! Let your gorgeous self glow with your gorgeous teeth.

So, if your smile is making you camera-shy, why not contact us about your tooth-restoration options? If you would like to know more, do schedule an appointment for a consultation.

Brighten Up Your Face With Teeth Whitening

Pearly white teeth are an instant attraction. They add a sparkling touch to your aesthetic appeal. However, unregulated dietary habits affect the natural shade of teeth; for example, drinking several cups of tea is sufficient to cause visible discoloration.

Teeth tend to absorb the food colours they are exposed to. Hence, the type of food you eat is partly associated with the coloration of your tooth.

Discoloration may be extrinsic or intrinsic. Enamel, the outer layer of the tooth, is the target site for external discoloration. As the name suggests, external discoloration occurs only at the outer layer. The enamel is stained in a yellowish hue of spots, fine lines and may be brownish or black in severe cases.

When the internal tooth area is affected, it leads to intrinsic discoloration. Discoloration of the dentin, the softer teeth tissue, is majorly observed in intrinsic discoloration. The teeth usually become darker, with a greyish or yellowish appearance.

Discoloration may be caused by several factors:

Food/Drinks: Beverages such as coffee, tea, colas, and wines.

Tobacco: Tobacco consumption in the form of chewing or smoking.

Improper Dental Hygiene: Inappropriate or insufficient dental hygiene, such as inadequate brushing and flossing.

Diseases: Certain infections, congenital diseases, and metabolic disorders.

Ageing: Teeth discolour with age, as the enamel wears out. This exposes the internal layer, dentin, which is naturally yellow in color. Furthermore, as the enamel wears off with age, teeth stain easily.

Genetics: Certain individuals may have stronger and thicker enamel because of their genetic make-up.

Environment: High fluoride content in water and use of fluoride-rich toothpastes.

Professional bleaching is the most common method of teeth whitening. Based on the health of your teeth and the extent of discoloration, your dental care provider may recommend the appropriate bleaching technique for you.

You may undergo the procedure at the clinic. A typical procedure may last a few hours, wherein your dentist will use a bleaching agent to remove discoloration. Patients needing a quick fix can also avail of the technologically advanced one-hour in-office teeth whitening procedure. It’s safe, effective and fast – in less than an hour your teeth will become dramatically whiter.

This is just an overview of the treatment options. Our team at Sterling Dental Clinic will advise you if you are suitable for this treatment. If you need your teeth whitened, we recommend the removal of any existing decay and treatment of restorations if any, prior to this procedure. For more information regarding other value-added options, book an appointment today!

Practicing dental hygiene is the first and foremost requirement for maintaining dental health. Avoid excessive consumption of beverages and substances that leave a nasty stain. Rinse your mouth well after you eat. In addition, always remember what grandma said, “Brush your teeth, twice a day!”

Are Ceramic Tooth Implants a Viable Alternative to Titanium?

Dental hygiene is usually ignored until a problem surfaces. Sometimes, the condition is so severe that it calls for tooth extraction. For several decades, dental treatment solutions were limited. Primitive approaches would usually result in teeth removal, causing a lot of discomfort and pain.

With the advent in science and technology, oral care and surgery emerged with numerous therapeutic options. One such novel option was implants. Used as substitutes for missing body parts, implants are inserted in place of the defective or faulty original components and serve as viable replacements.

Dental implants are commonly used for replacing missing tooth roots. Initially, only bridges and dentures were used for treating missing teeth. However, implants are the most sought after options today owing to superior efficiency and high success rates.

Implants are embedded into your jaw bone or placed on the surface of your jaw bone depending on the requirement. Endosteal implants are placed inside the bone, whereas subperiosteal implants are placed on the bone. Titanium is the typical component of most dental implants. Biocompatibility, rigidity, longer shelf-life, non-reactivity, and ease-of-use are a few properties that favour titanium implants.

However, titanium implants have their fair share of disadvantages. Being a metal in intimate contact with body tissues and fluids, corrosion is a common feature. This may lead to adverse reactions in the tissues, triggering inflammatory responses. Furthermore, allergies have been reported in several individuals and symptoms include pain, redness, burning sensation, and so on.

Ceramic implants are a suitable alternative to metal-based implants. Zirconium dioxide or zirconia, as it is commonly known, is the principal component of ceramic implants. They are a major favourite among dental patients, particularly because of their aesthetic appeal.

We list the top five reasons why ceramic implants score over other implants:

Biocompatibility: Ceramic implants are non-toxic. They are safer and more suited to sustain in the oral cavity. In addition, the reactivity of the normal microflora with ceramic implants is close to nil. Thus, they prevent plaque formation and propagation of harmful bacteria. Titanium implants may undergo corrosion, leading to adverse reactions and allergies.

Absence of bleeding: One of the chief concerns of titanium implants is gum bleeding and receding. Bleeding around the implants has been frequently reported by users. However, no such reaction occurs with ceramic implants. They are more effective in mimicking the natural environment, and bleeding is rare. Hence, adverse reactions such as inflammation, soreness and pain are missing.

Superior look-and-feel: The natural white colour of ceramic implants is a superior camouflage. They can be easily mistaken for natural teeth. Furthermore, any missing gaps or bridges can be filled using ceramic implants without making the replacement too obvious. Unlike ceramic implants, titanium implants are easily visible, and the metallic sheen is hard to miss. Sometimes the implants need to be fitted deeper into the bone to hide them, whereas ceramic implants can be suitably place at the optimal position without any compromise.

Maintenance: Because the implants are in line with the bone and are usually placed on the gums, they inhibit bacterial growth, thereby making cleaning and maintenance easier. Titanium implants, on the other hand, are placed deep into the bone, thus facilitating easy bacterial growth where brushing is difficult.

Integrity: Although metals are known for their tensile strength and superior resistance, modern and improved ceramic implants now offer superior support and endurance. Ceramic implants are easily integrated into the bone and tissue and are well-received by the body as compared to titanium implants.

Missing teeth is no longer an option for any individual. Efficient and durable implants are your answer to partial or complete teeth replacement. Dental implants offer several advantages, such as easy chewing, improved speech, longevity, improved look, superior sense of comfort, and convenience.

At Sterling, we specialize in catering to all your needs. With state-of-the art technology and personal supervision, getting ceramic implants is no longer a far-fetched option. Superior comfort, enhanced looks, and a cost-effective procedure is your wish and our command. Book an appointment today with our niche team to avail the benefits of long-term and effective dental care.

Cosmetic Concerns? You have a lot of treatment options

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Cosmetic concerns? There are a lot of treatment options.

The only person who looks like a million bucks without teeth is a baby. However, the rest of us are always under the scanner for our looks, always. Earlier it was just the clothes or the way you carried yourself. Teeth were only an aspect of hygiene; not something that you’d probably pay attention to otherwise.

However, times have changed and so has the definition for style and beauty. Everyone is increasingly conscious of how they look and feel and rightly so. There’s nothing more comforting than feeling confident about the way you are and how you carry yourself. You’ve got to sparkle, you see.

And what better than flashing that darling smile. You can win a million hearts with that one stroke. Just flash them pearlies and spread the glow. All this is possible if you pay a little more attention to yourself, your teeth in particular. You may be thinking, you are fine the way you are, and we agree no one knows you better than you — but hey, a little scale-up wouldn’t hurt.

Innovations in medicine have revolutionized treatment and surgical options. This has also given rise to numerous niche fields that now cater to your custom needs; cosmetic dentistry being one of them. Pioneers in biomedicine research have led to the generation of high-end devices and dental practices that can rework and refurbish everything from a broken tooth to lost sheen. Furthermore, all these options can be customized as per your needs, and the procedures are safe and cost-effective.

Cosmetic dentistry covers a broad range of dental treatments. These treatments can be permanent or temporary based on the condition of your teeth. The basic treatments include teeth whitening, crowns, tooth-colored fillings, and so on. Specialized treatments include cosmetic contouring, dental implants, tooth jewelry, and so on.

Teeth whitening or dental bleaching involves restoration of normal tooth color. Owing to structural changes and mineral composition, teeth darken with age. The porosity of the enamel increases, coupled with phosphate deficiency. In addition, a lot of factors cause teeth discoloration, of which food and lifestyle habits are the major culprits. Those of you who smoke or have high caffeine intake, yellowing of teeth is a constant concern.

Teeth whitening can be of two types: at-home or in-office.

The at-home technique, as the name implies, is a DIY method in which you may use commercial lightening products or bleaching techniques that enable effective decoloration. However, it is recommended that you visit your dentist to avail better results and avoid any unwanted results or effects that may ensue. You sure don’t want your teeth to look like a light saber at any cost.

In the in-office technique, a whitening product is applied to your teeth, which is generally composed of a harmless and effective bleaching agent. Based on your requirements, these products can be used in combination with heat, light, or a laser. Furthermore, a tray comprising your teeth impression may be designed by your dentist such that you can continue the treatment at home. The treatment may last for a couple of weeks and may call for a round of visits depending on the need.

However, you do need to remember that the stain may reappear if continue to indulge in the same habits that cause discoloration. Regular oral hygiene may facilitate their maintenance.

Just as a crown adores a king’s head, dental crowns help you attain that perfect shape for your teeth. Chipped tooth, cavity, severely discolored teeth, disfigured teeth, supporting your teeth, covering a dental implant can all be treated using crowns.

Crowns can be composed of metals like stainless steel, all-porcelain or all-ceramic, porcelain-to-metal — you name it, we have it for you. Crowning involves an initial examination by the dentist to determine the health of the teeth and its surrounding jaw and estimating the risk involved (if any). Under local anesthesia, an impression of the tooth and the gum tissue is obtained of the teeth receiving the crown. Once the said crown is generated in the laboratory, the dentist will determine the shade of your teeth that closely resembles the neighboring teeth and fix it accordingly. The crown may be further supported using building material to close any gaps.

Fillings are the most preferred option for cavities. Tooth decay or minor dents may be easily fixed using fillings. Like we said earlier, cosmetic dentistry spoils you with its wide range of options. Based on your need, you can choose the filling you prefer and take your dentist’s take on what works best for you. Fillings may be temporary or permanent based on the condition of your teeth.

Despite the option you choose, always make sure you take your cue from us at the Sterling Dental Clinic for obtaining the best results. After all, a smile is all that it takes sometimes.