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Veneers cover teeth with a thin layer of porcelain, instantly improving their appearance. Columbus, GA, dentist Dr. Tyler Myers explains how veneers can give you the smile you've always wanted.
How do veneers make over teeth?
Veneers are used to conceal flaws or minor damage that affects the fronts of teeth. They're often constructed of porcelain, a translucent material that closely resembles tooth enamel. Your veneers will be custom-made to fit your teeth using molds of your mouth made in our Columbus office.
Veneers typically require three dental appointments. During the first appointment, a thin layer of enamel will be removed, and an impression of your mouth will be made. A few weeks later, you'll return for the fitting and application of the veneers. A follow-up visit may also be scheduled about a week or two after you receive your veneers.
Who can benefit from veneers?
Veneers are a good choice for nearly anyone who would like to enhance their smile. They're an excellent option if you want to conceal:
- Surface Flaws: Whether your tooth chipped after you bit into a hard pretzel, or you've always wanted to do something about the pits in your enamel, veneers can transform the surface of your teeth. They're often used to hide shallow cracks or uneven surfaces.
- Gaps: Veneers can eliminate slight spaces between teeth.
- Discolorations: Injuries, large fillings or childhood tetracycline use can cause your teeth to become dark or discolored. Veneers match your natural tooth color, making it impossible to tell that you've had an dental work done. Veneers can also be used to whiten all of your teeth.
- Short Teeth: Grinding or clenching your teeth at night may eventually shorten some of them, affecting the appearance of your smile. Adding veneers is a simple way to lengthen teeth. A custom-made nightguard is a must if your teeth have shortened due to grinding or clenching. Without the nightguard, you may damage your new veneers.
- Oddly Shaped Teeth: Even the slightest twists or turns in teeth can make them stand out. Thanks to the addition of a veneer, your tooth will look perfectly straight.
Enhance your smile with veneers! Call Columbus, GA, dentist Dr. Tyler Myers at (706) 507-0606 to schedule your appointment.
As the days, weeks, and months pass, your smile may slowly fade in color. You might not notice the change until you do the “tissue test” in the mirror and notice that your teeth are not quite white anymore. A brighter smile is possible with one short dentist appointment at North Park Family Dentistry in Columbus, GA.
Ways to Brighten Your Smile
Many times, when someone notices that their smile isn’t as bright as it used to be, they will attempt to whiten using over-the-counter products. Whitening toothpaste, strips, mouthwashes, and trays abound on the retail market, but they don’t always work as promised. Some non-prescription whitening products can also cause damage to the teeth or gums when used improperly.
The Best Way to a Brighter Smile
If your goal is to have a whiter smile and have it now, your best bet is to visit the dentist's office for professional whitening. Dr. Tyler Myers at North Park Family Dentistry in Columbus, GA uses prescription strength whitening materials and tools to ensure that your teeth get up to eight shades brighter. Best of all, you don’t have to wait weeks to see a change—it’s a treatment that you can have done on a long lunch break from work. The results will last up to two years if you take good care of your teeth.
Teeth Whitening Benefits
People who have whiter teeth often enjoy a number of benefits, including higher self-confidence and an increased eagerness to smile in public. When you have your teeth whitened professionally, you don’t have to wait a long time to see an improvement. You can go out with your friends or to a professional event the very next day and feel comfortable knowing that you have a prettier, whiter smile to show off.
Schedule Time for Tooth Whitening
Dr. Tyler Myers is a Columbus, GA dentist who can give you a whiter smile. Call (706) 507-0606 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Myers.
When there’s tooth decay, the diseased tissue must be removed before it has a chance to spread. A root canal is the preferred solution because you want to avoid having a tooth extracted whenever possible. Take note of these signs that you may need to see a dentist at North Park Family Dentistry in Columbus, GA for a root canal to cure a decayed tooth.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a dental treatment that eliminates decayed tissue inside of a tooth. It is the logical next step when a simple cavity filling is no longer possible. The bad tissue is cleared from the canals, then the dentist disinfects the inside of the tooth to stop bacteria growth. Once the tooth is filled with a substance called gutta percha, it’s protected by a permanent crown. Root canal treatments have a relatively high success rate, especially when you have the problem addressed at the onset of symptoms.
Root Canal Signs
Unfortunately, dental anxiety prevents many patients from getting root canal treatment, even though there may be clear signs. Here are a few indications that you may need to see your Columbus dentist for a root canal:
- Tooth pain that doesn't go away and worsens when you try to eat or talk.
- The tooth begins to turn dark or black.
- Holes or dark spots on a tooth.
- Swelling around the base of the tooth (sometimes a boil or ulcer will form).
You may experience some discomfort after a root canal, but soon after you’ll feel the relief of not having persistent tooth pain and swelling anymore. Your dentist will have you back into the office soon after the treatment for a permanent crown to protect and cover the tooth. After a few days of healing, you can go back to eating most regular foods, but it’s important that you keep a close eye on the tooth and see your dentist for regular checkups.
Repair and Restore Your Smile with a Root Canal
If you’ve noticed signs of tooth decay or dental disease and think you may need a root canal, see a Columbus, GA dentist at North Park Family Dentistry for an examination. Call (706) 507-0606 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Tyler Myers.
How dental implants from your Columbus dentist can save your smile
There are many reasons to consider getting dental implants. In fact, dental implants are the most modern, innovative way to replace missing teeth. You can replace one missing tooth or many missing teeth, and can even support a denture, all with lifelike, stable dental implants. Dr. Tyler Myers at North Park Family Dentistry in Columbus, GA wants to share the facts about why you should consider dental implants.
Some of the main reasons people choose dental implants include:
- Aesthetic beauty, because dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth
- Convenience, because you can brush and floss dental implants just like your natural teeth
- Stability, because dental implants are embedded in bone and won’t move around like partials or dentures
- Conservative treatment, because Dr. Myers only needs to prepare the implant space, not the teeth around it, as is the case with dental bridges
Dental implants are the right choice for just about everyone, however, there are a few factors to consider which can affect implant area healing. You need to discuss implant treatment with Dr. Myers if you:
- Have diabetes not controlled by diet or medications
- Have untreated gum or periodontal disease
- Use tobacco products or drink excessive amounts of alcohol
Dental implants have an outstanding success rate of over 95% according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. That’s the highest success rate of any surgical implant.
Your dental implants are placed during a simple in-office procedure and then over time, your bone will fuse with the dental implant, embedding it securely in place. After healing is complete, a beautiful implant crown is placed on top of the implant, giving you a natural, full smile.
If you are missing teeth, you should consider dental implants. Why settle for conventional tooth replacement methods like bridges, partials or dentures when you can have state-of-the-art dental implants? You deserve to look your best and dental implants can help. For more information about dental implants and other dental procedures, call Dr. Myers at North Park Family Dentistry in Columbus, GA. Call today!
Cosmetic dentistry has taken many strides in recent years. Many procedures can not only restore function to your smile but make it look great in the process. Depending on you and your preferences, dentists often use several cosmetic procedures alongside one another. Learn more about cosmetic dentistry and visualize a total smile overhaul with Dr. Tyler Myers at North Park Family Dentistry in Columbus, GA.
Dental Crowns and Bridges
First on the list for a smile overhaul are dental crowns and bridges, which replace missing teeth and protect damaged or broken teeth. These important restorative dental procedures bring the functionality back to your smile by restoring the biting surface, filling in your gaps, and protecting compromised teeth from further damage.
Veneers cover the teeth to mask their imperfections and, depending on your preference, can give your smile a subtle boost or a totally new look. After filling in your gaps with bridges and protecting weakened teeth with crowns, dental veneers can correct small chips, cracks, slight overcrowding and under crowding issues, and change the color of your teeth.
Dental contouring further improves your smile by using a dental drill with specialized bits to even out the appearance of the teeth. If you notice that one tooth is slightly longer than the others, you feel as though you have a too-pointy tooth, or have a small chip which does not require placing a full veneer, you could benefit from dental contouring.
After renewing your smile into one you love with cosmetic dentistry, your Columbus, GA dentist can also help you protect your teeth from future tooth decay with dental sealants. Your dentist will apply this thin plastic coating to the biting surface of the molars to fill in the tooth’s naturally occurring fissures and pits to help prevent food and bacteria from becoming trapped inside and causing tooth decay.
For more information on dental contouring, dental crowns and bridges, veneers, or sealants, please contact Dr. Tyler Myers at North Park Family Dentistry in Columbus, GA. Call (706) 507-0606 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Myers today!