Protect Teeth While Playing Sports

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Sports are a great pastime or way to stay in shape but sports have a history of being a contributing factor to injuries. When we think of a ‘sports injury’, terms like a dislocated or a sprained ‘body part’ comes to mind but teeth are at risk too! Especially when it comes to broken or knocked out teeth.

Across all age groups, from the child on the elementary school team to the professional athlete in the big leagues, there are reports of dental injuries and injuries to the mouth. They come in by the boatloads with about 80% of athletes suffering injuries relating to the mouth or teeth. Despite the traditional image of a hockey player with a big smile and missing teeth, basketball is actually the sport that tends to cost players the largest quantity of pearly whites. Luckily for the athletically inclined, there are ways to protect teeth and gums while out on the field.

Helmets and mouth-guards are the most common safety gear.  It can be argued that this equipment can look silly, limit mobility, vision or may even be uncomfortable.  However, protective gear can help reduce the severity of injury or guard against it all together.

When it comes to mouth-guards, there are a few available options.  Generic mouth-guards are sold at sports stores that are not custom fit and are largely reported to be uncomfortable for the user. There are some mouth-guards that can be molded but are less reliable than ones custom fitted made by dentists. If a tooth should be injured in some way, it is possible to put a porcelain veneer on it, put it back in or replace it with a dental implant. If taking up sports, be sure to get a medical exam and visit your Las Vegas dentist for your oral health.

The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

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WHAT ARE PORCELAIN VENEERS?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells made to cover teeth and to improve the appearance of a smile.  Porcelain is white glass-like ceramic and a veneer is a decorative cover.  Charles Pincus invented veneers in 1928 for actors in film shoots.  In 1982, Simonsen and Calamia invented the improved porcelain variant.  Since then veneers have gained traction into the mainstream market.  As cosmetic dentistry technologies and procedures advance, prices became more affordable.  As a result, porcelain veneers are finding themselves in the smiles of millions. It is important to note that this procedure does NOT ruin, weaken, nor harm the teeth.  In fact, veneers often make teeth stronger than before. It is not a replacement for teeth, it is an enhancement. Take note though, as temporary veneers have many restrictions. These range from dietary restrictions to activity limitations.

Porcelain veneers are not always considered a permanent solution.  Although, if taken care of in a correct manner, porcelain veneers can last for decades!  Some people never have to replace them.  They can be for a single tooth or a whole smile. Many consider porcelain-veneers superior to resin-veneers.  They better mimic and reflect light similar to natural teeth.

HOW DO THEY WORK? Porcelain veneers replace the enamel on the teeth. By removing existing enamel, the dentist creates the space needed for a veneer insert. A less intense enhancement, Lumineers, is available to those who wish to keep their enamel. The dentist will prepare a tooth or teeth for veneers, by reshaping the surface of the teeth. This entails a numbing anesthetic, enamel trim, and veneer design. After the veneers are created the bonding process begins.  The dentist will fine-tune the veneers by first observing the fit. Necessary adjustments become obvious by placing the veneer atop the patient’s teeth. The dentist will trim the veneer until they craft the masterpiece that will be a perfect smile.

Porcelain veneers are more of a permanent option than Lumineers. They can last a lifetime and lessen the frequency of dental visits. Gum tissue, on a biological level, accepts porcelain with more ease than other veneers. This is due to porcelain’s pleasant property of mimicking a natural tooth. Plus, they are very stain resistant, unlike natural teeth.  On top of that, the color of a veneer can be fine-tuned to the patient’s preferences.  Opting for veneers avoids the extensive work crowns need. They also offer a more aesthetic and fortified alternative.

WHEN ARE PORCELAIN VENEERS A GOOD OPTION?

On deciding when to get porcelain veneers, everyone has a different opinion. People use them to fix tooth discoloration or teeth that have chipped, broken or worn-down. They are also used for misaligned or irregular looking teeth, or even to close the gap between teeth.

It is important to weigh in the opinion of the dentist as well, as they will be able to give professional advice. This will help the patient determine if it’s the best option for them. Not all dental offices offer porcelain veneers. The dentist office at Sahara Dental in Las Vegas does offer porcelain veneers. Not all offices have the same amount of experience with this procedure. A patient should be active and take part in the discussion. The patient should also be concise and explain the results they are trying to achieve. When everyone is on the same page on how to move forward, everyone will be happy with the results.