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Dental Implants: A Guide for Seniors

If you are a senior considering dental implants, you may have to worry about issues other dental patients don't have to think about. For example, you may need more time to recover after receiving your implants. My name is Jodi, and I've been working with seniors for years. I decided to create this blog to help the seniors I can't meet in person. In this space, I'm going to post entries on everything related to dental implants and seniors. From tips on flossing implants after arthritis has claimed some of your dexterity, to guiding you through the implants-vs-dentures debate, this blog is designed for you. Thanks for reading. I hope you find what you need!



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Two Misconceptions About Dental Veneers

by Jimmy Carter

Here are two misconceptions about dental veneers that dentists often hear from their patients.

Myth: You can always tell if a person has veneers

Sometimes, a patient will worry that their veneers will not look realistic or will appear unnatural. The truth is that there are several factors that affect how real or artificial veneers look. Your dentist can match your veneers to your teeth, so they will not appear to be too white or oddly-shaped.

Most dentists steer their patients away from veneers that are too white or too perfect-looking because they are well aware that, whilst they might look glamorous, veneers like this don't look real. If a patient opts for veneers in a shade that matches their teeth, when their teeth are at their whitest, they will get the healthy smile they want without having to worry that everyone they encounter will immediately notice their dental treatment.

The skill of the dentist who makes the moulds and fits the veneers will also influence how they look. A cosmetic dentist will be able to ensure that the veneers are thin enough to fit very neatly over the patient's real teeth so that the patient does not end up looking like their teeth are too large for their mouth. Your veneers will be an option to cover any chipped or discoloured teeth in a way that makes your smile look great.

Myth: It's impossible to match veneers to a person's surrounding teeth

The other misconception is that it is impossible for dentists to make veneers look just like the person's surrounding teeth and that, as a result of this, it will be very obvious where the veneers start and where the person's real teeth begin. The truth is that dentists can quite easily match veneers to a person's natural teeth, by ensuring that the size, angle, shade and shape of the veneers are almost identical to that of the real nearby teeth.

The only situation in which a person might start to notice a difference between their own teeth and their adjacent veneers is if they start drinking a lot of red wine or smoking, as these activities can cause stains. Whilst resin-coated porcelain veneers are fairly stain-resistant, natural teeth will stain quite quickly when exposed to tannins and nicotine. However, this difference in colour between the veneers and the natural teeth can be rectified if the person cuts down on these activities and increases the number of dental they make.

For more information about dental veneers, contact a local dental office.