“Hey Doc, my teeth are crooked. I don’t like my smile! I want straight teeth. What are my options?
Part 2 – Veneers”
Dental veneers, also called dental laminates, are a superb choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth. They are thin, custom-made, porcelain “shells” that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth, giving the teeth a face lift. Think of veneers as “false nails” for the teeth.
After the teeth are prepared, an impression is taken and sent to the laboratory to custom-made the veneers. After the veneers are completed, they are tried-in on the teeth at the dental office. After the esthetics and the fit of the veneers have been approved by the patient and the dentist, the dentist will then condition the teeth and then use bonding agents to adhere the veneers to the front surfaces of the teeth. Often, the front 6 to 10 teeth are involved in a veneer case for a good result.
Veneers are indicated for:
- closing diastemas (spaces between teeth)
- restoring broken/chipped teeth
- covering and whitening
- stained/unsightly/poorly shaped teeth
- correcting minor to moderate crowding
Benefits of veneers include:
- superb esthetics as they are custom-made in the laboratory
- resistance to stain from coffee, tea, red wine as they are highly polished in the laboratory without porosity
- minimal to no anaesthetics is required during the teeth preparation
- minimal to no tooth structure is removed in most cases;however, the procedure is not reversible if tooth structure is removed
- stronger, more durable and more colour-stable than composite bonding
- the ability to cover up dark teeth and make them white and bright.
Even though veneers are stronger than composite bonding, they can still break or fracture due to habits such as nail/pencil biting, chewing on hard foods such as carrots, ice cubes, bones, opening nutshells with your teeth etc. Also, clenching and nighttime grinding can cause damage to the veneers. Therefore, a grinding/ night guard is highly recommended to be worn during sleep to protect the veneers.
If veneers are well-cared for, they can last and look great for a long time!
If you’re afraid of going to the dentist, you are not alone! Fear is one of the main reasons people avoid visiting the dentist. Even patients who see the dentists on a regular basis can find their visits stressful.
Fear of dentistry can be due to:
- Bad dental experience in the past
- Fear of needles or pain or the sound of the drill
- Difficulty with opening the mouth wide
- Strong gag reflex
- Sensitive teeth
Nowadays, with the availability of sedation dentistry, fear of visiting the dentist can be a thing of the past! Sedation dentistry refers to the use of pharmacological agents to calm and relax a patient prior to and during a dental appointment. The pharmacological agents, called sedatives, exert their action by depressing the central nervous system, specifically those areas concerned with “conscious awareness”.
There are different degrees of central nervous system depression, each corresponding to a level of relaxation which ranges from minimal, moderate, to deep sedation:
- Minimal sedation– Patients have reduced anxiety but can readily respond to verbal or physical stimulation.
- Moderate sedation– Patients are even more relaxed and will respond to purposeful stimulation.
- Deep sedation– Patients may not exhibit any signs of consciousness and therefore be unresponsive to stimulation.
Sedation by pharmacologic methods may be obtained by 2 general routes:
- Enteral route- Involves absorption of medication across membranes from the oral cavity, through the digestive tract, ending in the rectum (the alimentary canal).
– Includes medications that are either swallowed, absorbed through the lining of the oral cavity, or inserted rectally.
- Parenteral route– Involves the administration of sedative drugs other than absorption across the membranes of the alimentary canal.
– Includes intravenous(IV), inhalation, intramuscular (IM), submucosal, among others
Sedation dentistry has become very popular because it offers the following benefits for the patients:
- Increased patient comfort and relaxation
- Little or no memory of treatment (amnesia)
- Control of gag reflex
- Movement control
- Decreased pain sensitivity
- Time saving- allowing dental treatment to be accomplished in fewer visits, sometimes as little as one visit.
In the upcoming blog article, we shall discuss the different methods of providing sedation to patients who are nervous of visiting the dentist. Visit us, at http://www.drvictorsun.com.
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Congratulations to Cambria and her pet Cooper, the adorable puppy of Lindsay, Ontario for being named the winner of the Victor Sun, DDS Cutest Pet Contest! Cambria won an iPad Mini courtesy of Dr. Victor Sun.
Dr. Sun and his team chose their 1st place winner by randomly choosing out of the top 5 finalists in the contest. Check out the video below to see how Cambria and Cooper became the winners of our contest and the excitement of the Victor Sun, DDS team when she came to pick up her prize…
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Dr. Victor Sun is a family dentist with expertise in cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics and implantology. Serving Omemee, Fenelon Falls, Little Britain, Downeyville, Dunsford, Bobcaygeon, Port Perry, Perborough and surrounding communities.
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Dr. Victor Sun, a cosmetic dentist from Lindsay, Ontario announces the launch of his “Cutest Pet” Photo Contest. Think your pet is the cutest? Show us!
How to enter:
Submit a cute photo of your pet to our Facebook contest and get your family and friends to vote for it. The five entries with the most votes become our finalists. Dr. Sun and his team will select a winner from the finalists, who will receive:
An iPad Mini!
The contest is running on our Facebook page, but we have three additional ways to enter:
1) Visit the Victor Sun, DDS Facebook page and enter from your computer right now.
2) Email your photo to Info@drvictorsun.com
3) Enter your photo directly from your smartphone:
–On Twitter, tweet your photo with hash tag #DrSunCutestPet
–On Instagram, post your photo with hash tag #DrSunCutestPet
Don’t forget to include both your and your pet’s name!
Once you enter your photo, ask your family and friends to vote for yours. Don’t have a pet? No worries, you can enter a friend’s pet as long as you appear in the photo. Good luck!
Victor Sun, DDS proudly serves Lindsay, Cameron, Cambray, Kinmount, Kirkfield, Pontypool, Rosedale, Bethany, Woodville, Cannington, Minden, Haliburton, Oakwood, Omemee, Fenelon Falls, Little Britain, Downeyville, Dunsford, Bobcaygeon, and the surrounding communities.