Pearls of Wisdom
If your teeth are excessively discolored and misaligned, then no amount of whitening or orthodontics will bring about perfect results and perhaps something more extreme might be suitable. Just remember - this is serious, face-changing and life-changing stuff (not to mention very expensive) and should not be entered into lightly. Porcelain veneers involve filing off your teeth and having them capped with custom-made porcelain veneers. The good thing about this facing is that it doesn't stain, whereas other reshaping techniques, such as bonding, use plastics, which can discolor over time. Custom veneers with Kevin Sands, $2,000 per tooth. Suite940, 414 North Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, California.001 310 273-0111.
TOOTH TIPS: A FEW NO-NONSENSE POINTERS FROM DR. KEVIN SANDS
Using two toothbrushes, one in the morning and one at night (different colors may save confusion) allows the brush to thoroughly dry out, killing most bacteria. Throw them away every two to three months or after a cold.
"Use a vitamin supplement, such as B12 or grape-seed extract or any B complex to promote strong, healthy teeth and gums."
"Tea (green, oolong and black) contains several different chemicals that have teeth-friendly properties, including a group of compounds called polyphenols, which scientists believe have a cavity-reducing effect."
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