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Why You Shouldn't Use Your Whitening Trays as Retainers

If your retainer has become too worn to work as effectively as it should, or you have misplaced it, you may be wondering if your whitening trays could perhaps do the same job. The truth is that even if used on a temporary basis, a whitening tray would serve as a poor substitute for your orthodontic retainer. Though whitening trays might look similar in form, that's about as far as the similarities go.

In Fear of Veneers: Why Having Porcelain Veneers Fitted Rarely Hurts

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, you should know that there are many cosmetic dental treatments that can improve the quality of your smile. Porcelain veneers are one such option. Teeth that are badly stained, chipped, broken or misaligned can be covered with porcelain veneers to give you a much-improved smile. However, if you fear the pain that might be involved, you first need some reassurance. There Is Little to no Pain for Standard Cases

How Can a Dentist Fix an Unsightly Chipped Tooth?

A chipped tooth sounds like cause for serious concern, but it isn't always that much of a problem. Depending on how much of the tooth is left unharmed and how sharp the damaged part it, it can sometimes be left alone without causing any other dental issues. If you have a chipped front tooth and have been given the all-clear by a dentist, however, you might not be happy. Despite the tooth being considered healthy, you may be upset by the way it looks, leaving you with low confidence and making you want to hide your smile.

Tooth Positioning Technology Explained

Orthodontics, the specialist area of dentistry that deals with the position of teeth in the mouth, is constantly innovating, and there are many new techniques which have been developed to help with repositioning teeth. Orthodontic treatments, including rudimentary methods such as using materials like catgut in the mouth, have a long history which goes back as far as Ancient Greece. These days, however, many of the latest devices are highly-engineered and custom made products that are tailored to the individual mouth.

Five Tips for Finding the Best Local Dentist for Your Family

Most cities have a wide range of dentists to choose from, which means it can be difficult to decide which one is likely to be best for your family. Should you simply choose the one that is closest to your home or workplace or carefully check out every dental office in the city before deciding which one to select? Here are five tips that can help you narrow down your search.

Brace Yourself! Habits to Avoid When Getting Your Teeth Straightened

You will make a significant investment in time and effort, together with associated costs, if you decide to get your teeth professionally straightened. It stands to reason that you should break yourself from some of those bad habits that will likely get in the way. You don't want to be wearing braces for longer than you have to, and you want to see results quickly. What do you need to curtail?

Think Your Teeth Are Too Small? Here Are Some Easy Solutions with Big Results

Do you ever worry that your smile is not as big as it could be? This has nothing to do with how enthusiastically you smile, and it might be that you feel your teeth are simply too small. This does not have to be a permanent issue, and there are three key dental procedures that can solve the problem. Gum Removal It's not as though your dentist is going to get rid of your gums, but the shape of your gumline can be contoured by your dentist, meaning your dentist can effectively remove a small section of the gums.

Is Tooth Whitening a Good Solution for Teenagers?

Teenagers will often obsess about their appearance. They live in an environment where fellow teens and their peers can be very critical and feelings can be hurt quite easily. These teenagers can also be recalcitrant when it comes to discussing any of these obsessions with their parents. Sometimes the teen is not happy about the appearance of their smile. As a parent, what do you need to be looking out for and what solutions are available?

New Dentures and Swollen Gums: How Vitamin E Can Help!

If your new dentures are rubbing against your gums and causing them to swell, you may be seeking a home remedy to relieve the pain. Vitamin E might be the solution for you. Treating any inflammation of your gums will help to make wearing your new dentures more comfortable and will also reduce the chance that you will develop an infection or gum disease. Below is a guide to the benefits of vitamin E and how you should apply it to your gums.

Why Tooth Reshaping Might be Right for You

Tooth reshaping, often called tooth contouring, involves both sanding down tooth surfaces and when necessary, adding filler to shape your teeth exactly the way you want them. This allows you to create the perfect smile. However, there are other benefits of reshaping besides the obvious cosmetic improvements. Below is a brief guide to these benefits. Quick and easy  Unlike other cosmetic dentistry such as dental implants and braces which can sometimes take months to have the desired effect, contouring is very quick.