Posts for: December, 2017
If you’ve ever looked at younger photos of yourself, you’re sure to notice differences with your present appearance. Of course, your basic features might appear much the same. But maybe your lips seemed a little thicker back then, or your nose a bit less prominent.
This is because your facial features don’t stop growing when you reach adulthood—they continue to change throughout your life. For example, lips reach their maximum thickness by around age 14 for girls or age 16 for boys; they’ll remain at that level of thickness for a few years before gradually thinning throughout adulthood. The nose will also continue to grow, becoming more prominent especially as changes in the lower part of the face can make the chin appear shorter.
Although each of us ages at different rates and in different ways, these general physical trends are somewhat predictable. That’s why we can use the knowledge of how our facial physiology changes with age to fine tune orthodontic or other cosmetic dental treatments. The most optimum approach is to consider treatment in the early stages of bite development during childhood or early adolescence.
This means we’re doing more than correcting a patient’s current bite: we’re also taking into account how tooth movement now might affect the jaw and facial structures later in life. By incorporating our understanding of age-related changes into our treatment we might be able to provide some hedge against the effects of aging.
This approach starts with early comprehensive dental care, preferably before a child’s first birthday, and an orthodontic evaluation at around age 6 to assess bite development. It may also be necessary to initiate interceptive treatment at an early age to lessen or even eliminate a growing bite problem to help ease the extent of future treatment. And if a bite requires correction, early evaluation can help create a timetable for effective treatment in later years.
Taking this approach can correct problems now affecting both dental health and appearance. But by acknowledging the aging process in our treatments, we can build the foundation for a beautiful smile well into the future.
Cosmetic dentistry offers many options for improving dental imperfections. In many cases, a few minor improvements are all it takes to significantly improve a damaged smile. Ringwood, NJ, based dentists Dr. David Kahn and Dr. John Pergolizzi recommend dental veneers for common cosmetic problems like stains, cracks, and gaps between teeth.
Get a New and Improved Smile in Ringwood, NJ
Even if you do everything in your power to keep your teeth looking and feeling their best, factors like everyday wear and tear, diet, smoking, and genetics can damage your teeth. Veneers are used to change the size, shape, and color of damaged teeth in as little as a single trip to the dentist.
How Veneers Work
Veneers are made of a thin layer of porcelain bonded directly onto the tooth. In some cases, a thin layer of enamel may need to be shaved down to smooth the surface for the best result. Veneers are an affordable and effective option for a number of common dental problems such as:
- Fill in spaces and gaps between teeth (spaces and gaps due to bite and alignment problems may require orthodontics)
- Repair moderate chips and cracks
- Stains and discolorations
- Resize uneven or misshaped teeth
- Seal and strengthen a tooth after root canal therapy or treatment for tooth decay
The first step to improving or completely making over your smile is to consult with a dentist to discuss what your ideal smile will look. Veneers are custom designed to match the color and texture of real tooth enamel for the most natural looking result. On average, veneers can last anywhere from five to ten years or longer with proper oral hygiene and follow up dental care.
Find a Dentist in Ringwood, NJ
Dental veneers are an affordable and effective option for your problems. For more information, contact our office by calling (973) 835-3900 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kahn or Dr. Pergolizzi today.
Teething is a normal part of your baby’s dental development. That doesn’t make it less stressful, though, for you or your baby.
This natural process occurs as your child’s primary teeth sequentially erupt through the gums over a period of two or three years. The first are usually the two lower front teeth followed by the two upper front ones, beginning (give or take a couple of months) between six and nine months. By the age of three, most children have all twenty of their primary teeth.
The disruption to the gum tissues can cause a number of unpleasant side effects including gum swelling, facial rash, drooling, disrupted sleep patterns and decreased appetite. As a result a child can become irritable, bite and gnaw to relieve gum discomfort or rub their ears. Every child’s experience is different as well as their degree of pain and discomfort.
As a tooth is about to erupt, you may notice symptoms increasing a few days before and after. The symptoms will then subside until the next tooth begins to erupt. In a way, teething is much like a storm—you mostly have to ride it out. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t lessen your child’s discomfort during the teething episode.
For one thing, cold, soft items like teething rings, pacifiers or even a clean, wet washcloth your child can gnaw on will help relieve gum pressure. Chilling the item can have a pain-numbing effect—but avoid freezing temperatures, which can burn the tissues. You can also massage the gums with a clean finger to relieve pain. But don’t rub alcohol on their gums and only use numbing agents (like Benzocaine) for children older than two, and only with the advice and supervision of your healthcare provider. The use of acetaminophen or ibuprofen might also be used under the advice of your doctor.
If you notice your child has diarrhea, extensive rashes or fever, contact your physician immediately—these aren’t normal teething symptoms and may indicate something more serious. And be sure to consult with us if you have any other questions or concerns.
Teething can be a difficult time for your baby and family. But with these tips and a little “TLC” you can keep their discomfort to a minimum.
If you would like more information on caring for your baby’s developing teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teething Troubles: How to Help Your Baby be Comfortable.”