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finding comfort when wearing dentures

No two denturists are the same. If you have been wearing dentures for a while, you know that no two sets of dentures are the same. Finding a quality, experienced denturist can seriously impact the comfort of your dentures. You do not have to deal with loose plates, gums that are rubbed raw, distorted speech, and the inability to eat your favorite foods. If you have any of these problems, there are a few things that you can try before replacing your dentures. Use what I have learned over my 15 years of wearing dentures to find a perfect fit and optimum comfort in your dentures.


finding comfort when wearing dentures

Whitening Permanent Dental Discoloration

Priscilla Hansen

When many people of think of teeth-whitening services, dental bleaching products come to mind. These products, which are often applied as a gel or liquid, are applied to the enamel of the teeth to chemically remove food and tobacco stains. 

The tooth enamel regularly absorbs the pigments that give foods and drinks their color. These colorants eventually build up on the teeth, causing discoloration. Likewise, people who smoke or chew tobacco incur dental stains from the natural brown pigments found in the tobacco.

Food and tobacco-based stains are not considered permanent since they can be chemically removed or reduced. However, other types of dental discoloration do not respond to dental bleaches. 

When a tooth is discolored due to dental trauma, a congenital condition, or the side effects of a medication, the color change to the tooth is permanent. Nevertheless, even people with permanent discoloration can enjoy a white, healthy-looking smile. Here are a few ways to improve the look of permanently discolored teeth.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers can be fabricated in the desired shade and applied to the teeth to make the smile appear whiter. The veneers, which are slender shells of tooth-shaped porcelain or resin, are cemented to the front surface of the teeth. If the dental discoloration only affects a few teeth, veneers can be applied exclusively to those particular teeth and colored to match the patient's other teeth. However, a full set of veneers may be recommended if the majority of the teeth are discolored.

Dental veneers are considered permanent applications, so the effects are long-term. In most cases, some of the underlying tooth material is removed before a veneer is placed, permanently altering the tooth that is treated with the veneer.

Additionally, if the patient has other concerns about the appearance of their teeth, such as shape irregularities or minor misalignments, they may also be corrected with the veneers.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns work in a similar manner to veneers to conceal the discoloration. However, instead of only covering the front surface of a tooth, a crown covers the entire natural crown. 

Still, like a dental veneer, a crown can be colored to match the primary hue of the patient's other teeth. Additionally, since the crown encircles the treated tooth, it also provides protection and fortification.

If you suffer from dental discoloration and would like to explore your teeth-whitening options, schedule a consultation with a dentist in your local area.