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By Progressive Dental
April 13, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Having a beautiful smile is important for people's confidence and first impressions. There are many cosmetic dentistry procedures but one of the less invasive and cost-effective is veneers. Drs. Meridith and Barton Hall of Progressive Dental at Domino's Farms in Ann Arbor, MI, provide many services, including veneers.

Why choose dental veneers?

Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that fit on the surface of teeth. Veneers are custom-made so they mimic your natural teeth's shape, color, texture, and alignment.

Veneers make it possible for people to have beautiful smiles by fixing natural teeth's appearance or restoring your beautiful smile after years of coffee drinking or an accident chipping a tooth.

The Benefits of Veneers

If you're unsure of this procedure your Ann Arbor, MI, dentist can tell you about the advantages of veneers.

  1. Porcelain veneers are resistant to staining and because they adhere to dental surfaces, they cover stains and discoloration.
  2. Veneers are custom-made so if you want different shaped teeth, that's a simple fix. Your dentist can have teeth edges rounder or squarer.
  3. The porcelain veneers are made of are strong so that will protect your teeth and less enamel is removed from dental surfaces than with other dental appliances.
  4. Veneers can also reshape teeth for improved symmetry and fix minor spacing and alignment issues. For large gaps, you may need orthotic treatment so consult your dentist first.
  5. This is a cost-effective procedure for people who want to revitalize their smile without breaking the bank.

Steps to Place Porcelain Veneers

Your dentist prepares teeth by removing some enamel off the surface of teeth, then makes an impression using a mold that'll be sent to a lab. You'll be given temporary veneers until your next appointment when permanent veneers are bonded to the surface of teeth. Any adjustments necessary are made over the next few weeks.
 

Are you interested in dental veneers?

Call Drs. Meridith and Barton Hall of Progressive Dental at Domino's Farms in Ann Arbor, MI, at (734) 930-4022 for more information!


By Progressive Dental
April 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Preventive Care  

No one decides to have poor oral health; it happens gradually, often due to neglecting simple practices form the base of basic oral hygiene. Here at Progressive Dental in Ann Arbor, MI, your dentists, Drs. Meridith and Bart Hall, provide preventive care guidance that keeps patients in great health—read on to learn more.

The enemies of your teeth and gums

There are tiny, microscopic pathogens that put your oral health at risk. They're Streptococcus bacteria, and they live in the food residues that cling to your teeth and gums. Brushing and flossing remove these organisms, which is why the American Dental Association (ADA) highly recommends these actions as part of your regular routine, along with a low-sugar diet and ample hydration.

However, the war on gum disease and tooth decay cannot be won alone. You and your family need regular preventive services from our Ann Arbor office. After all, without routine hygienic cleanings, X-rays, and examinations, tooth decay and gum disease remain hidden and untreated.

What you can do

Besides your conscientious at-home care, come to our Ann Arbor office for your cleaning and check-up. Each exam includes a check for decay/gum disease, oral cancer evaluation, an inspection of any dental restorations, and a careful look at jaw joint function/dental bite. Every cleaning also removes the plaque and tartar build-up which can damage your gums and teeth.

Additionally, your dentists will present you with a comprehensive care plan to include your best path to a long-lasting smile. It includes preventive, restorative, and cosmetic treatments.

Common preventive care includes:

  • A cleaning and check-up every six months (or more often if you struggle with gum problems)
  • X-ray imaging according to a set schedule
  • Anti-cavity fluoride treatments to supplement the fluoride in your toothpaste and municipal water supply
  • Plastic sealants (particularly for children's teeth) to protect the chewing surfaces of molars
  • Customized mouth guards to protect your teeth during sports

Learn more

Prevention is the way to go. At Progressive Dental, Drs. Meridith and Bart Hall will partner with you to keep your smile intact and shining for years to come. Contact your dentists at (734) 930-4022.