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Patients ‘want lifelike flaws’ in their dental veneers


Cosmetic dentistry is changing to include small discolourations and crooked teeth.A slightly overlapped canine or discoloured mark near the gum line are becoming popular requests during cosmetic dentistry procedures.

Patients scheduling an appointment for veneers – wafer-thin shells that are bonded to the front of the original tooth – are increasingly asking for natural-looking flaws to help maintain a subtle look, according to the New York Times.

Dr Thomas Connelly, a cosmetic dentistry expert practicing in Manhattan, said: "[People] just want to have a nice smile. They don't want to be known for their smile."

What's more, patients that have opted for a brilliant while, perfectly straight set of veneers have been known to return to have flaws or imperfections added to their mouth.

A spokesman for the UCLA Center for Esthetic Dentisry added that texture in the enamel is one way to replicate human teeth.

This type of cosmetic dentistry can be used to straighten a crooked bite, fill spaces or gaps, or repair a tooth that has been damaged or chipped.

Children ‘must have good dental hygiene’


Children 'must have good dental hygiene'Children who suffer from tooth problems could require emergency dentistry for tooth loss, according to one publication.

Medical News Today has claimed tooth decay is the most common childhood disease and can have a significant effect on all aspects of a youngster’s life.

Being taught how to maintain a daily tooth cleaning routine that covers all aspects of oral health, such as brushing and flossing, is vital the paper explained.

It said that failure to maintain dental hygiene can have painful consequences and the child may find they become ill, cannot eat or sleep and in some cases it could even affect their growth.

Dr Ronald Smith, president of the Canadian Dental Association said: “A child with tooth decay can suffer from great pain and an inability to learn … children should not have to wait for urgently needed dental care.”

His comments came after the Wait Times Alliance (WTA) report card found that some children in Canada have to wait long periods of time for dental treatment.

Individuals were recently warned by Dr Thomas Connelly in the Huffington Post that nail biting can damage teeth.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19856039-ADNFCR

Dental appointments ‘prevent problems’


Dental appointments 'prevent problems'People are more likely to require emergency dentistry if they fail to have regular check-ups, one expert has warned.

Writing for the Auburn Reporter, Dr Stuart Rich recommended people make regular trips to see their dentist in order to help prevent problems arising.

Cleaning, x-rays and examinations can avert potential issues and if there is something wrong it can often be dealt with before it develops into something more painful or damaging, he explained.

If someone experiences a sudden toothache after eating he suggested they assess whether anything is stuck in the teeth and attempt to remove it using floss, however if it has been developing over time then it could be an abscess and referral to a dental specialist is the only option.

Dr Thomas Connelly recently advised individuals against biting their nails, as it can cause damage to tooth enamel and chip teeth, the Huffington Post reported.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19846250-ADNFCR

Nail biting ‘damages teeth’


Nail biting 'damages teeth'Damaged enamel and chipped, weakened teeth are some of the side effects of regular nail biting, according to one dental specialist.

Writing in the Huffington Post, dentist Dr Thomas Connelly stated that although not everyone will experience problems, he often observes patients displaying evidence of harm caused by the habit.

Dr Connelly explained that due to the number of clients he treats who want cosmetic dentistry to fix their smile, he has plenty of evidence to draw the conclusion that there is a direct link between tooth damage and chewing fingernails.

“I’ve seen too much first-hand to ignore this, in my mind – and professional opinion – it’s a fact that nail biting can hurt your teeth,” he said.

Meanwhile, industry professionals have reported a rise in the number of individuals seeking treatment for problems such as sensitive teeth and worn away enamel caused by teeth grinding, according to Medical News Today.

Foods that can stain the teeth


Brits have been advised on some of the more unusual things that can stain teeth.

There are many foods and substances that can stain the teeth and New York dentist Dr Thomas Connelly has highlighted some of the worst offenders.

WCBS reported that Dr Connelly claimed cough syrup and chlorine from swimming pools can be particularly harmful to the teeth if they are not quickly washed away.

He stated that swimmers calculus is a particular problem, as this occurs when chlorine the water reacts with the tooth enamel causing a yellowing of teeth and dark stain discolouration.

“Lemonade, there’s some lemonade that’s made from straight lemons and sugars,” he said.

“There’s nothing worse for your teeth – straight acid and sugar.”

Elsewhere, C Health recently reported that many people falsely assume that stained teeth come about as a result of poor oral health and this is not always the case.

Indeed, the publication stated that smoking, bad diets and drinking large amounts of coffee or red wine are all high-risk behaviours for teeth staining.

Smoking ‘can damage teeth’


People who smoke could be severely damaging their oral health.

Smokers have been warned that the habit could be damaging to their oral health. smoking teeth damage

Cosmetic Dentistry Guide reported New Jersey emergency dentistry professional Dr Sherzoy, who practices in Bergen County, said that smoking can cause both tooth and bone loss in the jaw.

He noted the habit causes bad breath, tooth discolouration, inflammation of saliva producing glands, increased build-up of plaque and increased risk of developing leukoplakia – white patches within your mouth.

Elsewhere, cosmetic dentist Dr Thomas Connelly told the Huffington Post that having poor oral health could be a reason many people fail to get a good night’s sleep.

He noted people could be unaware of the fact they suffer from bruxism – otherwise known as teeth grinding – and this could be causing them to miss out on a key phase of the sleep cycle.

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