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Here are some of the most commonly asked questions we are asked by patients, as well as excerpts from Dr. Gladnick's column in the Wilmington News Journal's "Ask the Dentist."
The appearance of teeth can be improved in several ways. One of them is cosmetic resin bonding. It will give you immediate results, but it may chip and stain over time and it has a limited life expectancy.
Veneers are a better option. Made from strong, durable dental porcelain, veneers are bonded securely to the fronts of your teeth for beautiful finished results. While veneers aren’t right for everybody, they can be an excellent solution to a range of common cosmetic concerns, including:
- Wide spaces between the teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Uneven or crooked teeth
Besides protecting your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), eliminating muscle pain, relieving headaches, and protecting the enamel on your teeth, there are sizable financial savings to using a nightguard versus taking care of dental problems that may arise from not using one.
Cost Of A Nightguard
Let's do the math. A nightguard will cost about $650. The cost of a single crown that will be needed to protect a tooth that has lost its enamel because of constant grinding is about $1200. Multiply this by six (or more) teeth, and you are approaching $10,000. If there is damage to the joint itself, an operation to repair the joint can cost about $30,000.
Call Our Dental Office To Learn More
The decision to simply protect your teeth and joints with an inexpensive night guard seems like a good decision both economically and medically. If you would like to learn more information about nightguards, call Drs. Gladnick and Justison today! Our entire dental team is thrilled to meet you and the entire family.
Bonding is a technique that restores chipped, cracked, misaligned, or discolored teeth. An enamel-like resin is sculpted to the tooth to rebuild it. In this way, gaps in teeth can be closed, chips can be built up, and your tooth can be restored to enhance your smile.
With the proper care, a bonded tooth can last three to five years before it needs to be touched up to correct wear or discoloration.
Veneers are thin sheets of ceramic that are also bonded to the teeth but last much longer, usually eight to twelve years. They look like your natural teeth without the imperfections. Your existing tooth surface will need to be prepared, or etched, to accept the veneers, which will be extremely durable. The final result is one of a natural, beautiful translucency that will give you a perfect smile.
Absolutely – a nice smile is a key part of looking and feeling your best. It even adds to your self-confidence and self-esteem. You see, excessively worn front teeth age a smile (some may even suspect you wear a denture!). They often chip and crack, leaving uneven edges. Worn teeth can be lengthened and chipped or damaged areas corrected using advanced dental materials.
Call Our Dental Office
Here at Dr. Mark C. Gladnick, DDS, we offer a number of cosmetic and restorative options to fit your needs: veneers, whitening, crowns, bridges, and more. Ask your Wilmington DE dentist for a smile evaluation or phone us for a complimentary one at (302) 468-6742.