We are serious when it comes to the business of oral health and our patients’ smiles. A big aspect of dentistry revolves around education. The more you know, the better equipped you are to handle – or even prevent – the various situations that may arise. How much do you know? Take our quiz to find out!
True or False
- There is only one veneer technique.
Answer: False. There are, in fact, three ways to veneer a tooth or teeth. The technique that most people know is porcelain veneers. This process requires a few visits and slight reduction of enamel, but the long-lasting results look very natural. A no-prep veneer process may also be performed and is available in our Scottsdale office. This treatment involves resin veneers, which are thinner but not as translucent or natural looking as porcelain. Finally, dental bonding is a type of veneer treatment that may disguise small imperfections with composite resin.
- You should NOT brush your teeth after you have a sugary snack, coffee, or red wine.
Answer: True. We hear so much about stains and cavities caused by the foods and beverages we consume that we may think the only way to avoid these consequences is to brush right after meals and snacks. This is not true. When you eat sugar or any food or drink that is acidic, like coffee or red wine, your enamel becomes soft for a short time. Hence, it is best to give your natural bodily processes about an hour to dilute acid and sugar with saliva before you brush.
- There is no need to see the dentist for teeth whitening.
False. Of course, you should see your dentist! Here are some of the reasons:
- Commercial strips are thinly concentrated, so remove little, if any stains.
- Home remedies like brushing with baking soda and lemon juice will erode enamel, which will cause MORE discoloration.
- Your stains need to be addressed properly. Some stains cannot be lifted with peroxide and will require a different method, such as porcelain veneers.
- Professional treatment includes a thorough exam and consultation. This can mitigate risks such as inflammation and sensitivity.
Your Scottsdale dentist has the general and cosmetic treatments you need to love your smile. Call (480) 657-6981.