Posts for: February, 2016
Our bodies are constantly changing as we age. Although the most rapid development occurs during childhood and adolescence, our bones, soft tissue and bodily systems will continue to change, even as we enter old age.
That includes our mouth and facial structures. Over time change will result in a flatter facial profile: this will cause the nose to gain more prominence as the lower part of our face becomes shorter. The extent of our lip movement can also change with time, resulting in less of our teeth appearing when we smile. The teeth themselves will also wear, which can make them appear shorter.
These and other aging consequences should be taken into account in our dental care. We should consider their impact on the health and function of our teeth (the therapeutic aspect) and our appearance (the cosmetic aspect). Rather than less attention, the effects of aging often require a multi-layered approach to care. The foundation for this care, of course, isn’t laid when we reach our middle or later years, but with the regular and special treatments we receive when we’re young.
For example, the best time to address teeth alignment and bite is usually during early adolescence. Orthodontic treatment will certainly improve dental function and smile appearance in the short term; but improving the bite can also have implications later in life. By anticipating how the soft tissue and bone structure within the face and jaws will continue to develop, we can better determine the final teeth position we wish to achieve. This creates satisfying results in the present and a more stable platform for oral health in the future.
We can apply the same approach to other areas, like the position of the lower jaw. Using orthognathic surgery to reposition it will benefit jaw development throughout adulthood. Making these improvements can diminish the effects of aging later in life.
In essence, dental care is a life-long endeavor that begins when we’re very young and continues into our senior years. Properly caring for your teeth at any age is the key to enjoying good oral health for your entire life.
If you would like more information on the effects of aging on dental health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Understanding Aging Makes Beauty Timeless.”
As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.
What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.
For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.
Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.
Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.
So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
There's nothing better than a great smile. When you know your teeth look good, you feel more confident and sure of yourself. Unfortunately, many people don't have perfect teeth naturally. Stains, gaps, and other problems can make you feel embarrassed to open your mouth. Luckily, there is a solution. Lumineers from Robert L. Wyler, DDS, SC, your dentist in Waukesha, WI, hide a multitude of problems and drastically improve your smile.
What are Lumineers?
Lumineers are very thin porcelain shells that are bonded to your teeth to mask imperfections. Since Lumineers are as thin as contact lenses, they don't feel bulky or uncomfortable.
What types of problems can Lumineers handle?
Lumineers are a good choice if your teeth are slightly crowded or misaligned. If your alignment problem is severe, braces may be a better option. Lumineers are also appropriate for these cosmetic issues:
- Stains or discolorations
- Gaps between teeth
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Small or oddly shaped teeth
- Worn teeth
How are Lumineers different from traditional veneers?
Lumineers are much thinner than traditional veneers. Before traditional veneers can be attached to your teeth, the front surfaces of the teeth must be filed down to accommodate the thickness of the veneers. Lumineers are so thin that this step usually isn't necessary. If no reduction is needed, you won't need local anesthesia and won't have to worry about tooth sensitivity, which can occur after the teeth are filed. Lumineers can also be easily removed and can be used over crowns and bridges.
How long does the process take?
Your dentist will make an impression of your teeth during your first visit. A dental laboratory will use this impression to create custom Lumineers that will fit your mouth perfectly. You'll also pick the shade of your Lumineers during this visit. A week or two later, they'll be ready. During your next visit, your dentist will check the fit of your Lumineers and then apply them to your teeth in just about an hour.
Are you ready to improve your smile with Lumineers? Call Waukesha,WI dentist, Robert L. Wyler, DDS, SC, at (262) 784-5757 and make an appointment today.