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Archive for Month: November 2016

November 13, 2016
8 yearsago

Rye, NY Area Dentist Describes the Differences Between Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers

Patients who are interested in visiting a dentist in the Rye, NY area who offers cosmetic dentistry solutions for unattractive teeth are encouraged to visit the practice of Chester Hill Dentistry. Drs. Chi Fu and Kay Oen provide patients with ways to address imperfections that may negatively affect the appearance of the smile. This includes the chance to cover areas of the smile with porcelain veneers or Lumineers.

Both porcelain veneers and Lumineers are types of ceramic facings meant to bond over the front of a tooth to cover up imperfections or change the overall appearance. These facings are opaque but look like natural tooth enamel. They provide a natural-looking way of addressing areas of the smile that need to be improved. However, there are some differences between the two that patients need to understand before choosing one for their smile.

Porcelain veneers are thicker than Lumineers, and require the removal of some natural tooth enamel to place without adding unwanted bulk. Because of this, the treatment is not reversible. Patients will experience permanent changes to their natural teeth for the replacement of veneers. Lumineers, on the other hand, are much thinner. Because of this, there is no need to file down the tooth to remove enamel. This makes them removable later on down the road if patients change their mind on treatment.

Lumineers and porcelain veneers have their benefits, and patients should consult with their dental team to determine which one is right for their specific needs. A consultation appointment is just a phone call away and can educate patients on the treatment as well as which is most appropriate.

At Chester Hill Dentistry, we want patients to have access to some of the latest and greatest dental techniques available. This includes the ability to choose between traditional porcelain veneers and Lumineers. Our practice is conveniently located at 150 Purchase Street, Suite 1 in Rye, NY and can be reached by calling (914) 939-2132 to schedule a consultation appointment. Drs. Chi Fu and Kay Oen regularly accept new and existing patients into their practice to encourage lifelong beautiful, healthy smiles!

November 13, 2016
8 yearsago

Dentist Greenwich CT discusses the damage nuts can cause to teeth.

As the season of dry fruits arrives, none can be more scintillating and delicious than the wide variety of dry nuts at our disposal. But have you considered the jeopardy and harm against which you are exposing your teeth? While this may seem an exaggerated statement, despite the goodness and wholesomeness of dry nuts for health, this fruit can be typically devastating to your teeth.

The problem does not lie with the inner soft, juicy, and tasty fruit, but the outer hardcore shell. Unfortunately, most people have this habit of breaking a nut’s shell with their teeth, instead of breaking it with other solid material, such as a small hammer or nutcracker. The force and the shock of a sudden breaking of the shell puts much strain and pressure on our tooth nerves and can shatter its enamel.

People who use their teeth as tools to break or rip apart hard materials are likely to suffer from tooth fracture or weak tooth. This happens because our teeth are not made for tasks which involve ripping or breaking apart hard materials. Teeth are made to chew soft food and it is best if we confine them to this use only. It is not only limited to breaking up a nut’s shell but many people also directly use their teeth in doing things like:

  • Chewing and breaking ice cubes
  • Opening bottle caps
  • Opening packages by ripping them apart via teeth

The latest studies and professional dentist’s all around the world are in agreement that such bad habits may cause severe damage, and could even break or crack the tooth. In the case a tooth is fractured, the tooth nerve may also become infected by germs and could result in a root canal. The patient may also need to replace the tooth completely by getting help from a cosmetic dentistry solution.

So, to avoid such a scenario, make sure that this year while you enjoy a huge appetite of hard dry fruits, avoid using your teeth to break off the shells and use some other solid material in their place. Remember, ensuring healthy dental habits is your responsibility so adhere fully to it, for your own benefit and safety.


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