Time for Veneers? | Mooresville Dentist

If your teeth aren’t exactly your idea of a great smile, worry not – there are plenty of ways that dental professionals can rehab your smile into one you’ve only dreamt of. One of the techniques they use is veneers – thin, custom made shells that are placed on top of existing teeth, fixing discolorations, gaps, chips, and broken teeth. While veneers and bonding are cosmetic procedures used to treat similar problems, veneers may be a better alternative in cases where the patient wants to adjust the overall look and feel of their teeth.

A normal procedure typically requires multiple visits – on the first visit, the dentist will inspect the tooth (or teeth) to make sure the patient is a good candidate and verify that veneers will properly fix the problem at hand. During this first visit, the dentist will remove a thin layer of tooth enamel, so that the veneer surface rests even with the rest of the teeth. Once the enamel is removed, the dentist will make a detailed impression of the tooth and send the impression off to a laboratory for a custom veneer designed to fit the tooth precisely. The dental laboratory can make the veneer using either porcelain or resin – porcelain veneers are more natural, resin veneers requiring less enamel removal.

Once the veneer is created, the patient will return for a second visit to continue shaping the veneer before it is bonded to the tooth surface with permanent cement. In many cases, the patient will be asked to return in a few weeks to evaluate the gums and make sure the patient’s gums are reacting well to the new veneer surface.

For more information about veneers, call Dr. Schneider in Mooresville, NC at 704-660-1802 or visit www.schneidersmiles.com.

Dr. Schneider proudly serve patients from Mooresville and all surrounding areas.

Unfortunately, You Need a Filling | Mooresville Dentist

It’s unfortunate, but it happens to the best of us. Even the strictest of dental routines cannot always prevent cavities from developing. And now you have found yourself back in the dentist’s chair, waiting to get the cavity filled.

Your dental options vary depending on your health, where and how the filling is placed, the amount of pressure the tooth will have to endure while chewing and the type of materials that should be used for your individual needs. These days, there are three main versions of fillings available: amalgam, composite, and ionomers. Let’s analyze…

Amalgam. Amalgam fillings are extremely durable, relativity inexpensive, and can be done in one dentist visit. This type of filling can sustain a heavy chewing load and are usually used in the restoration of your molars.

Composite. Composite fillings consist of fine glass particles or quartz and resin, the mix of these materials produce a more natural tooth colored filling. With composite fillings, less of your tooth is removed and more of the natural structure of the tooth is preserved, providing great resistance against fractures and extreme durability.

Ionomers. Ionomers are the least durable filling and are made out of a mixture of fine glass powders and acrylic acids. This type of filling is commonly used to fill cavities on the root of teeth or in small areas that don’t require any chewing resistance.

Cavities are natural and shouldn’t be anything to be ashamed of. But taking care of the cavity as soon as possible will help prevent any further damage to your oral health.

For more information about fillings, call Dr. Schneider in Mooresville, NC at 704-660-1802 or visit www.schneidersmiles.com.

Dr. Schneider proudly serve patients from Mooresville and all surrounding areas.

Your Smile’s Least Favorite Halloween Candies | Mooresville Dentist

We may not have the typical Halloween celebrations, but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying loads of fun-sized candy during this time of year. But not all candy is the same. There are some candies that can cause more damage to our teeth than others. So, next time you go fishing for candy in that plastic pumpkin, try to avoid the following candies in order to keep your smile intact while indulging in our favorite spooky snacks:

Candy corn. Even though candy corn is a Halloween candy trademark, it is one of the worst Halloween candies for your teeth. Candy corn has lasting negative effects on your teeth because it has a high amount of sugar, which can lead to tooth decay.

Caramel apples. Caramel apples are also a huge symbol of Halloween. However, as good tasting as they are, they are extremely bad for your teeth. Not only do they have a caramel coating that can get stuck in your teeth, but they also have a high amount of sugar that can cause tooth decay.

Chewy candy. Starburst and gummy bears are great for a fruity treat but are some of the worst candies for your teeth because it gets stuck in the crevices of your teeth, unable to be removed by your toothbrush alone.

Chocolate. Candy bars are one of the most popular items, but chocolates filled with caramel, cream, or coconut are bad for your teeth. They stick to your teeth like chewy candy, allowing bacteria to feed on it and cause tooth decay

When brushing your teeth after eating sugar isn’t an option, rinsing your mouth out with water is a good secondary option. Keep those teeth clean, no one wants to hear the word ‘cavity’ on your next visit!

For more information about Halloween candy, call Dr. Schneider in Mooresville, NC at 704-660-1802 or visit www.schneidersmiles.com.

Dr. Schneider proudly serve patients from Mooresville and all surrounding areas.

Time to Bond in the Summer Sun | Mooresville Dentist

Summertime is the ultimate time for active outdoor fun. Whether you are a nature lover or a sporty athlete, getting outside during these hot summer months is the best. The problem with being so physical is that there is a chance that you could accidentally chip your tooth. It’s something that happens to the best of us, but will your tooth ever be the same?

First, get to a dentist. The sooner you get there, the better your odds are to fix your tooth. One of the more popular treatments for chipped or broken teeth is bonding. Your dental professional will repair your teeth by adding a compound that will adhere, or bond, to your tooth. Once bonded, your dentist will design and match your tooth’s natural color to blend in perfectly.

Plastic resin and silica filler join together to create a replica to the material that makes up our teeth. Add in some porcelain and you have yourself a tooth that will rival your natural versions. Ceramics have been used in the dental world since the early 1900’s. as time went on, the compounds have changed to become stronger, more natural look and feel adhered to your mouth. Resin got its start in the 1970’s in order to secure crowns in a patient’s mouth. Over the next couple decades, resin has advanced so much that it can not only bond to the original tooth better but can also be used to make bridges look and function just as the original teeth would.

So, take your hikes and play your sports. Just be careful and make sure you have your dentist’s number handy.

For more information about bonding, call Dr. Schneider in Mooresville, NC at 704-660-1802 or visit www.schneidersmiles.com.

Dr. Schneider proudly serve patients from Mooresville and all surrounding areas.

Repair Your Tooth with a Filling | Mooresville Dentist

Now that we are slowly being released from lockdown, it is a good time to contact your dental professional for a quick checkup. After all, who didn’t overindulge while we were stuck at home? If you didn’t keep up with your daily dental hygiene or found ways to rough-house with other family members and you crack a tooth, it’s possible you may have developed a cavity or some other dental malady.  But you need not worry, one of the more common fixes for things like broken or decaying teeth is getting a filling.

Composite fillings may look natural, but keep in mind they are not a permanent fixture in your mouth. Chances are you will need to have it replaced at some point. But don’t worry – they are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile. Here are the common reasons one may need a filling:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Worn teeth

Another great advantage is that composite fillings are done in a day. Once your tooth is numbed, the decay is removed, the space is cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished. It’s as easy as that.

Keep in mind, it is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, but it will subside as your tooth acclimates to the new filling. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.

For more information about composite fillings, call Dr. Schneider in Mooresville, NC at 704-660-1802 or visit www.schneidersmiles.com.

Dr. Schneider proudly serve patients from Mooresville and all surrounding areas.

Your Smile Hates It when You Do This | Mooresville Dentist

No one wants to have a toothache, but if we don’t look after our teeth between checkups, you’re risking the chance of creating dental issues in the future. We need to practice daily dental hygiene, but if you don’t practice good dental habits, you’re at risk of some rough checkups. The following are some things you should avoid in order to keep your smile as healthy as possible:

Soda. Whether it is diet or not, your favorite sugary soda is a total smile saboteur.

Hard candy. Savoring a sweet sucker might seem innocent enough but sucking on these candies exposes your mouth to harsh sugars for longer periods of time, and chewing them can break or crack teeth, fillings, and sealants.

Ice. Ice is just frozen water but chewing on the cubes can cause major damage. Dental experts say nibbling on ice is a major no-no as it can easily crack or break teeth.

White wine. While red wine can cause discoloration, white wine might actually trigger even more damage due to its acidity.

Chewy candy. Sticky candies get stuck between braces and teeth, allowing plaque to build up. Plus, a chewy candy can easily take a tooth out.

PB&J. The high sugar content of all three ingredients means that as soon as you bite in, enamel-eroding bacteria go on a feeding frenzy. And because peanut butter and jelly are both sticky, they allow the bacteria to adhere to your teeth.

Dried fruit. You may think you’re choosing the healthy option bursting with nutrition, they’re also packed with a dense dose of sugar and non-soluble cellulose fiber, which can trap sugars around the tooth.

For more information about dental health, call Dr. Schneider in Mooresville, NC at 704-660-1802 or visit www.schneidersmiles.com.

Dr. Schneider proudly serve patients from Mooresville and all surrounding areas.

A Brush Twice a Day Keeps the Dentist Away | Mooresville Dentist

Yes, that title is misleading – because you will always need your dentist. In fact, you need to see your dental professional twice a year in order to maintain your healthiest smile. But practicing proper dental hygiene will make those visits much more pleasant. So, let’s take a moment to take stock on your dental practices. If you find that there is room for improvement, now is the time to make those changes. You’re one step closer to a bright, healthy smile!

It is no secret that you need to brush your teeth at least twice a day, and for at least two minutes – in the morning to start the day with fresh clean breath, and before bedtime to prevent any remaining cavity-causing bacteria from settling in your mouth while you sleep. Try rinsing between meals to keep bacteria from settling in.

When choosing your toothbrush, stick to soft bristles so that it is gentle on your gums. Hard bristles don’t mean a better clean and can be harsh on your gums. If you want mechanical, there are pros to them, but it isn’t necessary and won’t give you a better clean. Daily attention given to your teeth will give you those results.

There is one bit of our dental routines that seems to be the most forgotten – flossing. Flossing plays a very important part in our dental routines. Not only does it get stuff stuck deep between each tooth, but it also keeps your gums healthy by preventing bacteria from getting inside and causing infection. Don’t neglect flossing – it can really prevent lots of dental issues in the future.

For more information about dental health, call Dr. Schneider in Mooresville, NC at 704-660-1802 or visit www.schneidersmiles.com.

Dr. Schneider proudly serve patients from Mooresville and all surrounding areas.