Q: How to brush and what to use?A: This is such a broad post, but I will try to filter it through what has been discussed before on the post of thinning enamel. The enamel layer may get thinner if there are chemicals involved (erosion), if there are mechanical teeth on teeth contact (attrition) or mechanical “bending of enamel” if there is mechanical rubbing of the surface (abrasion) resulting in cracks (abfraction). It is always found that all 3 are present in most patients with a thin enamel layer. Loweres Ph, in another hand, an acidic environment contributes to the quick decalcification of the enamel surface. As enamel becomes decalcified, abrasive forces become too destructive and result in thinning and the loss of the outer layer of teeth. It is a myth that the hard and medium toothbrushes will cause abrasion of enamel. In the mid-2000’s, in the study by Dzakovich, it was discovered that it is not the brush but the tooth paste that is an abrasive tool. Tooth paste contains sand, silica. If you want to prevent enamel abrasion, use a very tiny amount of toothpaste, resort to some old fashion techniques such as soap or use tooth pastes with very fine particles of silica. After all, this is how our ancestors kept their teeth shiny and clean.
Q: Are Veneers worth it? Or should you just go with Dental Implants?
I’ll say it again and again, veneers can be a good choice for patients who have aesthetic worries for their generally healthy teeth. Although some persons may consider this a cosmetic remedy, that assumption is not correct. While “cosmetic” indicates to something that may be easy or not important, that is not the case of veneers. Veneers are an aesthetic procedure that requires a technical, scientific approach, and precise in order to be successful. If you are considering veneers, it is strongly recommend that you looking for an experienced prosthodontist that can carefully evaluate whether your teeth are appropriate for veneers. A prosthodontist specializes in implant dentistry, the replacement of teeth, and the aesthetic reconstruction of teeth. Prosthodontists are the only specialists trained in placing on veneers. They are the best bet to feel confident that your beautiful smile was designed with quality and longevity and to obtain the most out of your investment.
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