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Posts for: January, 2014

By Dr. Ronald L. Morse
January 24, 2014
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
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Eliminate your Winter Blues with an Enhanced Smile

Dental veneers may solve most or even all of your cosmetic dental issues.  Veneers are an ideal choice to permanently change the shape and color of your teeth, as well as aiding dental restoration of a knocked out tooth.  Falling into the category of cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers help to create a bright, white smile with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth.  If you are a resident of Lakewood, porcelain veneers are available from Ronald Morse, DDS, PC.Cosmetic Dentistry

Veneers Restore your Smile after an Icy Fall 

The cold winter months can bring snow and other weather that makes performing your daily tasks difficult. Shoveling your driveway is a typical routine in the winter months, but what happens when you slip on ice, falling face first on the hard ground?  You might slip and fall resulting in the cracking, or chipping your tooth or multiple teeth.  In these circumstances, dental veneers might be the best solution to bringing your smile back to life. 
A common problem is that you can often chip or damage your teeth from trauma such as sports or just simply falling and banging your front tooth, which results in your tooth being chipped or broken.  Composite resin can be used to build the tooth back up, and is a quicker solution than porcelain veneers, but does not last as long.  
After slipping on ice, restoring your teeth with porcelain veneers from our Lakewood dental office is an ideal solution.  Not only do veneers make your teeth look aesthetically pleasing, they can also serve a functional purpose as they can provide a protective cover for damaged teeth in a similar manner to the way dental crowns protect damaged teeth.  The advantage of veneers over crowns is that veneers are thin and very little tooth structure needs to be removed or drilled away. 

Examination and Procedure 

Our Lakewood cosmetic dentists will thoroughly examine your teeth to ensure that your teeth are clean, healthy, and that your gums are free from any signs of periodontal disease.  It is very important that your teeth and gums are healthy before undergoing any major dental treatment.  Once your dentist has had a good look at your teeth he or she can begin to design your new smile and prepare your teeth for accommodating the veneers. 
A small portion of your natural tooth structure is first removed to allow for your veneer to properly fit on your tooth or teeth.  Once your teeth have been prepared, an impression or mold of your teeth will be taken in order to properly fabricate your new veneer(s).  At your second visit, your veneers will be placed on your teeth and adjusted to give your teeth the perfect look before they are permanently placed onto the front surface of your teeth.  The veneers are attached to your teeth with a special dental cement to hold them in place permanently.  
Porcelain veneers are not for everyone in Lakewood, or any location, but they can be used to eliminate gaps and stains on your teeth, creating the much-publicized, Hollywood smile.  Veneers can give you a perfectly aligned, white smile with the translucent quality that provides a completely natural look.  With proper consultation, your dentist in Lakewood can determine if porcelain veneers are an appropriate procedure and can properly plan an appropriate treatment for your chipped, or broken tooth.

Make A Resolution To Better Your Dental Health

January is a fabulous month to start changing your dental health for the better.  Whether you resolved to exercise more, quit smoking, get organized, travel more, or learn something new, don’t forget to make your “healthy smile” resolutions too.  According to the American Dental Association, these resolutions should include the following:

-Start brushing 2min2x.   Brushing twice a day for two minutes promotes healthier teeth, better breath, and fewer cavities.

-Floss daily.

-Eat a healthy diet.  Eat balanced meals with limited snacking in between.

-Drink fluoridated water.  That’s right, many bottled water brands do not contain fluoride. However, the fluoride in most ordinary tap water helps prevent cavities by making teeth more resistant to acid attacks that cause cavities.

-Most importantly, resolve to see your trusted dentist, Dr. Morse.   Your proactive phone call to Dr. Morse's office will help maintain your gorgeous smile in the years to come.  So, whether you need to schedule that overdue dental filling, schedule those crowns that you have put off for a couple years, schedule your routine dental cleaning, or invest in those porcelain veneers for that beautiful smile that you always dreamed of….YOU ARE WORTH IT!  Dr. Morse and the rest of our Team would be honored help you get where you want to go.

 Call our office at 303-279-6929 or email us at [email protected]



“New Year, Healthier Mouth.” American Dental Association. January 2014. http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/h/holiday-ideas

Photo courtesy of ADA.org