Posts for: December, 2020
A dark, chipped smile detracts from your personal appearance and self-confidence, too. To recreate your smile appearance in just two dental visits, see Dr. Robert Wyler, your dentist in Waukesha, WI. He offers exceptionally realistic and ultra-thin Lumineers, veneers that cover defects to create the smile of your dreams.
Are Lumineers veneers?
Yes, Lumineers are a special kind of porcelain veneers. These super-thin dental laminates are custom-crafted from patented Cerinate porcelain, a material that is durable and reflects light in the same way natural teeth do.
Bonded to the front of flawed teeth, Lumineers remake tooth color, shape, alignment, and more. If your teeth are slightly gapped, twisted, chipped, pitted, or otherwise marred, Lumineers can strengthen and beautify them.
Plus, unlike traditional dental veneers, Lumineers require no enamel resurfacing. In other words, Dr. Wyler simply cements them to your teeth with no drilling, sanding, or other prep work. Therefore, Lumineers are typically reversible, reports Healthline, although you will like them so much you'll want to keep them for their full 20-year lifespan.
Conditions Lumineers correct
- Spanning narrow gaps between teeth
- Correction of minor tooth twists and rotations
- Covering of deep, intractable enamel stains from smoking, oral trauma, or some pharmaceuticals
- Regularizing tooth size and shape
- Covering pits, craze lines, and other obvious detractors
Your dentist will review your specific case right in his Waukesha, WI, office. You'll undergo a complete oral exam to determine if your teeth and gums are healthy enough for this popular cosmetic dentistry procedure. Be sure to tell Dr. Wyler how you wish to improve your smile appearance. He'll actually show you digital representations of your finished smile.
Caring for your new smile
Lumineers are chip- and stain-resistant. However, you must avoid hard foods, such as peanut brittle, and brush and floss diligently every day. If you grind or clench your teeth, you could damage your laminates; so ask Dr. Wyler about a custom-made bite guard to protect your investment.
Lumineers are one of today's most popular and effective cosmetic dentistry treatments. Find out if they are right for you. Call our Waukesha, WI, office for a consultation with your friendly dentist, Dr. Robert Wyler at (262) 784-5757.
Being a parent can be a rewarding role. But it's also hard work, especially the effort required in keeping children healthy. In that respect, there's one area you don't want to overlook—their dental health.
Taking care of their teeth and gums has two aspects: their current state of dental health and their ongoing development that impacts future health. Fortunately, you can address both the present and the future by focusing on the following areas.
Prioritizing oral hygiene. From the moment your child is born, you'll want to practice daily oral hygiene to keep their teeth and gums clean of disease-causing bacterial plaque. This starts even before teeth erupt—simply wipe their gums with a clean wet cloth after feeding. As teeth emerge, begin brushing each one with a small amount of toothpaste. Around your child's second birthday, start training them to brush and floss on their own.
Limit their sugar intake. The biggest threat to your child's teeth is tooth decay, which is caused by bacteria. These bacteria multiply when they have plenty of sugar available in the mouth, one of their primary food sources. It's important then to reduce the sugar they eat and limit it to mealtimes if possible. Also avoid sending them to bed with a bottle filled with sweetened liquids, including juices and even formula.
Visit the dentist. You're not in this alone—your dentist is your partner for keeping your child's teeth healthy and developing properly. So, begin regular visits when your child's first teeth appear (no later than their first birthday). You should also consider having your child undergo an orthodontic evaluation around age 6 to make sure their bite is developing properly.
Practice oral safety. Over half the dental injuries in children under 7 occur in home settings around furniture. As your child is learning to walk, be aware of things in your home environment like tables and chairs, or hard objects they can place in their mouths. Take action then to move these items or restrict your child's access to them.
Good habits in each of these areas can make it easier to keep your child's teeth and gums healthy and on the right development track. That means good dental health today that could carry on into adulthood.
If you would like more information on children's dental care, 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 “Top 10 Oral Health Tips For Children.”
During the COVID-19 quarantines, stir-crazy celebrities have been creating some “unique” home videos—like Madonna singing about fried fish to the tune of “Vogue” in her bathroom or Cardi B busting through a human-sized Jenga tower. But an entertaining Instagram video from Kevin Bacon also came with a handy culinary tip: The just-awakened film and TV actor showed fans his morning technique for cutting a mango to avoid the stringy pulp that gets between your teeth. After cutting a mango in half, he scored it lengthwise and crosswise to create squares and then turned the mango inside out for easy eating.
With his mango-slicing video garnering over a quarter-million views, the City on a Hill star may have touched a nerve—the near universal annoyance we all have with food stuck between our teeth. Trapped food particles aren't only annoying, they can also contribute to a bacterial film called dental plaque that's the top cause for tooth decay and gum disease.
Unfortunately, it's nearly impossible to avoid stuck food if you love things like popcorn, poppy-seed muffins or barbecue ribs. It's helpful then to have a few go-to ways for removing food caught between teeth. First, though, let's talk about what NOT to use to loosen a piece of stuck food.
A recent survey of more than 1,000 adults found that when removing something caught between our teeth, we humans are a creative lot. The makeshift tools that survey respondents said they've used in a pinch included twigs, safety pins, screwdrivers and nails (both the hammer and finger/toe variety). Although clever, many such items are both unsanitary and harmful to your gums and tooth enamel, especially if they're metallic or abrasive.
If you want a safe way to remove unwanted food debris, try these methods instead:
Brush your teeth: The gentle abrasives in toothpaste plus the mechanical action of brushing can help dislodge trapped food.
Use dental floss: A little bit of dental floss usually does the trick to remove wedged-in food—and it's easy to carry a small floss container or a floss pick on you for emergencies.
Try a toothpick. A toothpick is also an appropriate food-removing tool, according the American Dental Association, as long as it is rounded and made of wood.
See your dentist. We have the tools to safely and effectively remove trapped food debris that you haven't been able to dislodge by other means—so before you get desperate, give us a call.
You can also minimize plaque buildup from food particles between teeth by both brushing and flossing every day. And for optimally clean teeth, be sure you have regular dental office cleanings at least twice a year.
Thanks to Kevin Bacon's little trick, you can have your “non-stringy” mango and eat it too. Still, you can't always avoid food getting wedged between your teeth, so be prepared.