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How Dental Veneers Work

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 29, 2019
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Most people are not born with perfectly straight and attractively colored teeth. Numerous factors damage teeth and its appearance. Fortunately, dental technology is constantly improving, providing multiple options for patients who want to restore the look of their teeth. Veneers are one of the best dental procedures to restore or correct dental deficiencies.

So How Veneers Work?

Dental Veneers are custom-made thin shells that are attached over the surface of the defective teeth to regain its natural form and color. Veneers conceal teeth imperfections by covering chipped, stained or crooked teeth. They come in two types: composite resin or porcelain.

  • Composite Resin Veneers - In composite resin process, the dentist prepares the damaged teeth, sculpts the veneers and applied it in the office. It requires less tooth enamel removal and they are less costly. Veneers are attached to the defective teeth using resin cement. Apart from that, they are easy to fixed in case of damage.
  • Porcelain Veneers - Porcelain takes a longer process. The dentist will first take a mold or impression of your damaged teeth. The impression is sent out to the laboratory that designs and manufactures the veneers. Patients are required to come back after few days to set it in place. Porcelain dental veneers are strong and resilient once set. They don't stain easily and looks natural. They also need less enamel removal.

Veneers are easy to clean. Just care for them as you would care for your untreated teeth. Regular professional cleaning is also recommended to maintain it. For more information about dental veneers, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

How Invisalign Aligners Are Fitted

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 22, 2019
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Invisalign is the most popular system for straightening teeth. They are custom-made clear plastic aligners to perfectly fit every tooth in both upper and lower arches of the patient's teeth. It's an improved alternative to metal braces in which majority of the clients find it uncomfortable to wear. Unlike the former, Invisalign Aligners look like a clear mouth guard that can be taken off when eating or brushing teeth. This makes it easier to do your dental care routine everyday. Comfort is the major reason why many patients are turning to Invisalign Dental Aligners.

So How Is Invisalign Fitted?

Your dentist will first determine if you are indeed a good candidate for dental treatment using Invisalign Aligner. Your dentist will then make a mold or take a 3D scan of your teeth. Dentists usually use PolyVinyl Siloxane to take an accurate impression of your entire dental set. Patient's records including photos, x-rays, PVS impressions and 3D scans are sent to dental technicians to create the patient's personalized Invisalign Aligner set. These are then shipped to the doctor's office. 2-5 sets of aligners are provided to the patient to wear alternately per dentist's instructions. Prior to taking them home, the dentist will make sure first they perfectly fit patient's teeth as it is supposed to.

If you are interested of getting an Invisalign Aligner, contact Oyster Point Dentistry. Our dentist will asses the condition of your teeth and verify whether you are indeed a good candidate for the treatment.

Common Mistakes When Brushing Teeth

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 15, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry in Newport News, VA

There's a proper way to brush teeth. Brushing your teeth the wrong way can do harm. While brushing has been a routine of yours since you were a kid, you may never have learned the proper way to both protect and benefit your oral health. The following are common mistakes when brushing teeth.

  • Scrubbing so hard - If you brush so hard, your enamel can easily be damaged and it will cause gums to recede. You may also scratch your gums and bleed. So when brushing your teeth, just apply gentle pressure and small brush strokes.
  • Using toothbrush with hard bristles - Always opt for soft bristled toothbrush when buying a new set from your local grocery store. Bristles must be able to bend to clean under the gum line.
  • Using toothbrush longer than 3 months - You must change your toothbrush at least every 3 months. Many dentists say that a new toothbrush is 90% more effective than a 3-month old one.
  • Missing a section of your teeth - You should brush the front, back, top and side of your teeth. People usually skip the inside surface because they are out of sight. But plaque do buildup on this sites even though you don't instantly see them.
  • Not brushing long enough - Proper brushing requires 2 full minutes to properly clean the entire teeth. 40% of dental plaque can be removed when can manage to brush for 2 minutes. Remaining plaques can be removed during your professional dental cleaning which recommended to be done twice a year.

For more preventative dental care tips, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Traditional Dental Braces and the Threat of Gum Disease

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 09, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - Newport News, VA

Are you wearing traditional braces or retainers? If not properly fit, you may experience gum bleeding and general discomfort. Gum disease is a common occurrence among dental brace users. We all possess a certain amount of plaque bacteria in their mouth. This needs to be removed through proper oral hygiene. Accumulation of plaque bacteria can attack damaged gums caused by poorly fitted braces and thus can lead to gum disease.

If you notice blood associated with regular brushing and flossing you need to inform your dentist so they can provide you with proper consult. Likewise, let your dentist know when you are uncomfortable wearing your dental braces or retainer. It might require some adjustments to fit correctly.

Although dental braces are corrective device to straighten your teeth evenly, they can make your gums vulnerable to gum problems. In some cases food debris can be trapped within and/or around them. This leads to the accumulation of plaque bacteria. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular professional teeth cleaning is the best preventative dental care to fend off oral bacteria build up and keep your gums and teeth healthy and strong.

Other alternative solution for traditional braces are invasalign braces. They are convenient to wear and cleaner as compared to traditional metal brackets. Contact Oyster Point Dentistry to find out what treatment option is right for you.