Bonding and Veneers | Northridge, Ca Dentist

restorativeIs your smile everything you want it to be? If you would like to change your smile cosmetic dentist Dr. David Lunt DDS can help you. Dr. Lunt offers many cosmetic dentistry procedures including the most popular, bonding and porcelain veneers.

But what is the difference between the two?

Both bonding and porcelain veneers have similarities. They both are used to cover dental imperfections. However, the procedures are quite different.

Dental Bonding:

Dental bonding uses a smooth tooth colored solution which is applied to teeth. It covers stains, and fills in small chips and gaps. After the dental bonding solution has been applied and shaped a specialized dental light is used to harden the bonding material. Once the bonding solution is dried and cured additional layers may be applied depending on your situation. When the process is complete the tooth is then polished. Bonding is used on patients who need one or two teeth corrected.

Porcelain Veneers:

Porcelain veneers are fabricated from a solid piece of porcelain. They fit over the front and underside of your tooth covering the entire surface of visible tooth. Veneers can be fitted to lengthen or widen teeth to close gaps or fill in chips. Porcelain veneers are generally used for patients who have several cosmetic problems or want their entire set of front facing teeth made over. Modern porcelain veneers tend to last many years, are easy to care for (normal brushing and flossing is fine, no special care is required), provide a very natural appearance, and offer a stronger alternative to other cosmetic options.

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 size or shape of the tooth.

If you are unhappy with your smile and would like more information on bonding or porcelain veneers call Dr. David Lunt DDS at 818-885-7230. Learn more about Dr. Lunt and his practice by visiting his website at www.davidluntdds.com.

Dr. Lunt encourages student health and is proud to accept patients from Cal State Northridge, Burbank, San Fernando, Topanga Canyon, Valley Glen, Agoura, and all surrounding ares.

Can Certain Foods Affect Your Dental Health? | Northridge, Ca Dentist

Fruit and Veggies

Believe it or not what you eat can affect your dental health. We’ve all heard, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” But what foods can ‘keep the dentist away’?

Your best food choices for the health of your mouth include cheeses, chicken or other meats, nuts and milk. These foods are thought to protect tooth enamel by providing the calcium and phosphorus needed to remineralize teeth (a natural process by which minerals are redeposited in tooth enamel after being removed by acids).

Other food choices include firm/crunchy fruits (for example, apples and pears) and vegetables. These foods have a high water content, which dilutes the effects of the sugars they contain, and stimulate the flow of saliva (which helps protect against decay by washing away food particles and buffering acid). Acidic foods, such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, and lemons, should be eaten as part of a larger meal to minimize the acid from them.

Choose beverages like water (especially fluoridated water), milk, and unsweetened tea. Limit your consumption of sugar-containing drinks, including soft drinks, lemonade, and coffee or tea with added sugar. Also, avoid day-long sipping of sugar-containing drinks — day-long sipping exposes your teeth to constant sugar and, in turn, constant decay-causing acids(Source WebMD).

For more information about good oral hygiene call Dr. Lunt of Northridge, CA at 818-885-7230 or visit www.davidluntdds.com.

Dr. Lunt of Northridge, CA proudly accepts patients from Granada Hills, Reseda, Chatsworth, Porter Ranch, Winnetka, and surrounding areas

 

Northridge Dentist | Causes and Prevention of Yellowing and Stained Teeth

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Feeling a little less than confident due to having stained or discolored teeth? Not sure why they’re stained in the first place? The discoloration of teeth can actually be caused by a number of factors, ranging from natural aging to staining due to beverages you’ve consumed over the years.

While aging is something we can’t prevent, the staining of our teeth from outside sources we can. Over the years the enamel on your teeth begins to wear, when this happens it start to expose the dentin. Dentin is the second layer of tooth beneath the enamel, which already has yellowish tone to it. When the residue from food, drinks or even smoke are left to sit on your teeth till your next brushing, it can cause the dentin to darken.

There are a variety of reasons to having stained teeth, including:

  • The use of smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Drinks such as soda, tea, coffee, or wine
  • Excessive exposure to fluoride at a young age
  • Taking tetracycline and doxycycline based antibiotics before age 8 years old
  • Health conditions may cause discoloration
  • Natural aging can cause enamel to break down revealing dentin

Having a mouth full of sparkling pearly whites can be definitely be an advantage to all of us, and one quick easy cosmetic dentistry procedure to get rid of your stained teeth is a  professional tooth whitening.  Before taking that step, you could also follow these simple rules to stop the yellowing process:

  • Visit your dentist for regular teeth cleanings
  • Rinse your mouth out with water throughout the day
  • Use tooth pastes or mouthwashes with whitening agents

If your are interested in tooth whitening to brighten your up your smile, give Dr. David Lunt a call at 818-885-7230 or visit his website www.davidluntdds.com for more information.