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How to Make the Most out of Porcelain Veneers

August 3, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwagner @ 2:23 pm

Dr. Scott Wagner is known for the thoughtfulness and expertise he carries throughout every appointment. Cosmetic dentistry is a life time investment, one that Eccella Smiles doesn’t take lightly. When you visit Eccella Smiles, you can expect to receive the comprehensive care you deserve that extends beyond your time in the chair. Maintaining the health of your cosmetic dentistry is just as important as the procedure itself. Here we will discuss some tips on how to get the most out of your porcelain veneers long term.

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About Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are often used to elongate a tooth or teeth. They can also be used to disguise slight turning, stains, chips or gaps. Since porcelain veneers have many common characteristics with enamel, their presence in the mouth looks very natural. To start the process, tooth impressions are made and sent to a lab where veneers are crafted out of durable dental porcelain. These veneers are made to exact specifications to give the desired result.   

How Long Do Your Veneers Last?

Porcelain veneers are bonded to tooth enamel with a strong chemical solution. This chemical bond is  intended to last through normal eating for several years. With proper care and usage, it’s possible for porcelain veneers to last for up to 15 years.

Porcelain veneers can be vulnerable to the same types of degradation as natural teeth due to biting, chewing and diet. Besides normal wear and tear, veneers may also need to be replaced due to decay. It is important that you brush and floss properly to prevent decay from forming in the margins between your natural teeth and the veneer.

How Will My Veneers Look?

Porcelain is stain resistant, making a great option for veneers. Though a mouth with veneers can still be susceptible to staining, but not in the way you may think. We have found that substances like coffee or tobacco can discolor the margins around the edges of veneers, as well as surrounding natural teeth. To maintain an even tone on your smile, it is important that you develop strategies to protect against these kinds of stains.  

The Magic Is In The Follow Through

The longevity of Veneers is supported by good habits. In addition to good home routines, it’s important that you visit your dentist regularly for follow ups. Eccella Smiles is here to help in all aspects of your veneers journey, contact us today will any questions.

 

Is it time to bring out the best in your smile? Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more. Call (904) 853-3102 or visit http://www.eccellasmiles.com/ for more information.

Benefits of Single Tooth Dental Implants

July 27, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwagner @ 11:56 am

Image result for dental implantsAlmost everyone will lose an adult tooth in their lifetime. While some may think this is only a cosmetic issue, failing to replace a missing tooth can cause all sorts of health problems. Single tooth dental implants are one of the safest and most effective options for repairing your smile.  

What Happens When You Lose a Tooth?

Besides helping us eat and talk, our teeth play a number of important roles in our overall health. The roots of our teeth stimulate the bones in our jaws, if the tooth is no longer there the bone will become weakened. People with missing teeth are at a higher risk of facial deformities, malocclusion, tooth decay and gum disease. Devices like dentures can help improve function and prevent bad side effects, but they are not always enough.  

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are small devices that begin with a titanium rod that adheres to the jaw in the place where the previous tooth was. A “saddle” at the other end of the rod holds the crown, which is made custom for every patient to match the tone and shape of surrounding teeth. Dental implants are one of the newest and most popular treatments for missing teeth and are a great long term solution.

Single-Tooth Dental Implants

The screening process for single tooth dental implants is extremely thorough. Our dentists will carefully inspect your gums and teeth to ensure there are no serious oral health issues present. This process is one of the reasons the final result for single tooth implants are so successful.

The Procedure and Results

If no other procedures are taking place, a single tooth implant can be completed in about an hour. Our dentists will begin by anchoring the implant in your mouth, followed by placement of the crown.  

If taken care of properly, the implant should last for the patient’s entire life, with crowns lasting for about 15 years. Thanks to to single tooth dental implants patients are able to live their life confidently!

If you are missing a tooth, consider a single-tooth dental implant procedure at Eccella Smiles. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more. Call (904) 853-3102 or visit http://www.eccellasmiles.com/ for more information.

Invisalign for Adults: The Perfect Alternative to Traditional Braces

July 20, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwagner @ 11:00 am

Image result for invisalignOften times adults wish they could do something to fix their crooked teeth, but feel like their time has passed long ago. For a long time the only options adults had were traditional metal braces, and what adult really wants to deal with those?

Eccella Smiles is giving renewed hope to adults just like you who are hoping to straighten their teeth without metal braces, with Invisalign! Invisalign is changing the braces game by using clear, plastic trays instead of metal wires or brackets. They are thin and custom made to fit perfectly over your teeth. Every few weeks you get a new set of trays until you’re teeth are straight!

Besides appearances, there are several other advantages of using Invisalign over traditional braces.

They’re Removable

Normal metal braces often hold food in hard to reach places making keeping your mouth free of cavities more challenging. Traditional braces also require a change in diet, as hard food can damage your brackets. Since Invisalign trays are removable, you can simply take them out when eating and cleaning without having to change your diet or tooth care routine.

They’re Discreet

While it’s very common to see younger people with braces, adults often don’t want the distraction of braces taking away from their professional appearance. This makes traditional braces less than ideal. Invisalign trays are completely clear, making them nearly impossible to spot!

They’re Comfortable

Traditional braces take weeks to become comfortable, rubbing against the soft tissues of your mouth. Clear, plastic trays are smooth and comfortable, fitting snugly over your teeth. Invisalign won’t irritate your gums and cheeks like traditional braces.  

They’re Fast

Maybe the time commitment of traditional braces is preventing you from straightening your teeth. With Invisalign, the time it takes to perfect your smile is much shorter. Most patients see a straight smile in a year or less!

They Work

Some people assume Invisalign trays aren’t as effective as traditional metal braces, but that isn’t the case. Invisalign trays give the same teeth straightening effects as metal braces in the same amount of time or less, and give you a more enjoyable experience while they do it!

Though traditional braces are still widely-used to correct more complicated malocclusion problems, Invisalign trays are  just as effective for normal teeth straightening. If clear aligners are the right solution for your smile, you’ll enjoy the same, satisfying cosmetic results you get with braces.

Next Step

Schedule an appointment with Eccella to see if Invisalign is the right choice for changing your smile! Dr. Scott Wagner of Eccella smiles is an experienced, professional invisalign expert. Call (904) 853-3102 or visit http://www.eccellasmiles.com/ for more information.

 

What do you have to lose… except for crooked teeth?

How to Close Gaps in Your Smile – Invisibly

July 14, 2018

Woman holding Invisalign trayIf you’ve been avoiding closing the gaps between your teeth because you don’t want to deal with the hassles of metal bracket and wire braces, it’s time to talk to a trusted dentist or orthodontist about Invisalign clear braces. These alignment trays orthodontic treatments allow patients to invisibly shift teeth into the ideal position over the course of just eight to eighteen months of treatment. Almost any bite misalignments can be corrected invisibly with these clear aligners. In this post, we’ll discuss some of the basics of Invisalign treatment, but the best way to learn about this innovative dental service is to schedule a consultation with a trusted dentist.
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Questions to Ask Your Cosmetic Dentist in Jacksonville Before Teeth Whitening

June 25, 2018

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry — Tags: — drwagner @ 12:52 am

before and after teeth whiteningIf dark tooth discoloration has caused your confidence to suffer, you can restore a bright smile with your cosmetic dentist in Jacksonville. With a professional whitening treatment, your teeth will become several shades whiter using a highly concentrated bleaching agent. While you look forward to a bright smile, you still have plenty of questions. During your consultation for the procedure, there are a few key questions to ask your dentist.
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