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Flippers, or partial
dentures, are mainly used in the interim during bridge work. Flippers
are an excellent solution for making it appear that you're not missing a
tooth! Bridge work can be very expensive and take time...
Dental Bridges Costs
How much do dental
The average cost of a
single fixed bridge depends on many factors, from which region you're in
to how many and which type of bridges are needed. Typically dental
bridge cost ranges from $500-900 per tooth. Dental insurance typically
pays for about half of the cost of the bridge. This is a cost per tooth
in the bridge, and doesn't include the costs for any anchoring crowns on
either side of the bridge.
In the case of a
Maryland type bridge, costs range from $250 to $550 for each
attaching wing and $600 to $1200 for each false tooth or pontic.
Advantages of dental
Bridges are natural
in appearance, and usually require only two visits to your dentist. If
you maintain good oral hygiene, your fixed bridge should last as many as
ten years or more.
having a dental bridge:
It is common for your
teeth to be mildly sensitive to extreme temperatures for a few weeks
after the treatment. The build up of bacteria formed from food acids on
your teeth and gums can become infected if proper oral hygiene is not
I turned forty last
year, and have enjoyed playing softball since I was a kid. One drawback
to the sport is the occasional hit from a ball. Several years ago I lost
two teeth from such a mishap, and had worn a partial. I found the
partial to be a bit embarrassing at my age, but my dentist had discussed
no other option with me.
Frustrated that I was
stuck with this thing for the rest of my life, I started doing some
research, which was hard to come by. And when I did discover information
on alternatives, I didn't understand it. As many of you who are now
visiting this site already know, such matters are not easy to speak with
family or friends about. After visiting this site, I soon understood
that I had a few options to remedy the spaces in my mouth.
I located a Certified
Cosmetic Dentist and discussed these options, including the fact that I
wanted to avoid the more costly procedures, such as implants. His
immediate solution was placing two bridges.
It only took two
appointments over two weeks, and I had a terrific smile again. Chris,
thanks for the site!
Jerry, New Hampshire
how it works:
you receive your kit, review the steps and instructions first. Then
take out 1 set of the YELLOW & BLUE impression material (putty).
the two pieces of putty together for 45 seconds to get one solid
your putty is one solid color, simply roll it and shape it like a
finger. Pick up your tray.
the finger shaped putty into the tray, making sure to cover all parts
of the tray.
the tray and place it over the center of your upper or lower teeth
(remember that this putty will harden in under two (2) minutes). Push
the tray over your teeth. Hold for four (4) minutes, then remove.
your impressions back to our dental lab using the pre-paid envelope
that came with your kit. We make your mouthpiece (s) & send it
back to you. As a member of the National Association of Dental
Laboratories, you can rest assured knowing you're getting a quality
custom made dental appliance!
Determining the color
for your flipper?
When considering partial
dentures a common question is how white the tooth should
be. Usually, the answer is to whiten your natural teeth to either the
level of whiteness you want or to the brightest they can be. Your
cosmetic dentist will then have the dental bridge made to that color.
Teeth are of course not monochromatic, so typically more than one color
is used to create a very natural look. This color variation is critical
in avoiding fake or artificial looking teeth. It is the internal
contrast of colors that help create vitality. The internal play of light
on the porcelain in the restoration helps to create this vitality.
Surface texture is also very important, and helps to break up light
reflections and make the dental bridge look more natural. Depending on
the type of dental bridge you're considering, it's important that the
crowns anchoring the bridge match both the dental bridge and the color
of your natural teeth.
There is no one
standard system in the dental field to measure and determine tooth
color. The most often heard about, however, is the Vita shade guide.
This guide divides tooth color into four basic shade ranges:
A (reddish brown)
B (reddish yellow)
D (reddish gray).
In the A range there
are five levels of darkness. Ranges B, C and D, each have four levels.
Not all of your teeth
are the same natural color. Usually your eye teeth tend to be darker
than the others, your front teeth are typically the whitest, and molars
tend to be a shade between the two. The goal for everyone is to achieve
their individual optimum whiteness while still looking natural.
Most dentists will
show you a shade chart (like the above mentioned Vita Shade Guide) for
you to pick from. Keep in mind, with a good cosmetic dentist this is
merely a starting point. Other considerations when determining the color
of dental bridges for each patient are your complexion, hair color, the
color of your natural teeth and even your eye color.
Dental Bridge Basics
A bridge created by a
cosmetic dentist is completely metal-free. As a result, the bridge
absorbs light, creating a natural looking smile. (Bridges made of
porcelain fused to metal actually reflect light, creating an
"unnatural" look for the tooth or teeth.)
A dental bridge (or
pontic) is a custom-made false tooth or teeth, that is permanently
placed between two healthy teeth, filling in the area left by a missing
tooth or teeth. The bridge is held in place by porcelain crowns placed
on the healthy teeth on each side of space to be filled. Flippers
are used in-between visits to the dentist for the final bridge work.
Bridges reduce the
risk of gum disease, limit the shifting of remaining teeth, help correct
some bite problems and help improve speech.
How It's Done
The dentist will
first administer an anesthetic to numb the area. Then, a minimal amount
of tooth structure will be removed from the teeth on either side of the
space to be filled by the new tooth or teeth. This material is removed
to provide the needed space for the new crowns.
An impression of the
area will be made. This impression will be sent to a dental laboratory,
serving as a model from which the bridge will be created.
The patient will then
be fitted with a temporary bridge. At the next visit, when the permanent
bridge is ready, the temporary bridge will be removed. The new bridge
will be fitted and adjusted for perfect fit and comfort. The new bridge
will then be bonded to the teeth.
technology is necessary to create a bridge.
Both the preparation
and placement of the temporary bridge as well as the bonding of the
permanent bridge may cause some minor tenderness in the area. Ibuprofen
can reduce the symptoms.
There are no known
complications associated with the use of a bridge.
Am I a Candidate:
If you have a missing
tooth or teeth, you are a candidate for a dental bridge (and a
The cost of a bridge
depends on the number of units involved. Typically there is a fee per
tooth, including the anchoring teeth on each side. For example, if a
patient needed a three unit bridge (one missing tooth, two anchoring
teeth), and the cost per tooth was $1,000, then the bridge cost would be
$3,000. The cost per tooth depends on the lab fees, skill, training and
location of the dentist.
founder has been in the dental and orthodontic industry for 30+ years
and has done dental lab work for over 800 dentists & orthodontists
all over the United States. His years of work & research for
the dental/orthodontic community have yielded the finest process &
products found in the market, which dentists and orthodontists today
provide to their clients.
suggest whitening your natural teeth to the whitest shade possible
before bridge work.
Lab Direct™ Whitening
Professional Tooth Whitening System consists of customized whitening
trays (made of a thin flexible plastic to fit your teeth exclusively)
and three (3) syringes of 22% tooth whitener Carbamide Peroxide tooth
whitening-gel. We construct the whitening trays from the
impression trays and putty contained in our “kit”, that you make and
ship back to our lab.
Upon receiving your Custom Professional
Tooth Whitening Trays, a very small amount of tooth whitening gel from a
pre-loaded gel-syringe are placed into them, and then placed over
teeth. The trays are worn for thirty minutes to an hour, depending on
are worn for the first 5 days, then twice a week to maintain desired
tooth whitening. Compare ours versus the dentists versus the OTC
(over the counter) type. You’ll easily see the value of Neon
Brite’s products and services.
The uses of Custom Professional Tooth
Whitening trays are by far the most comfortable. The trays are form
fitted, not bulky like the type one boils. They stay in place unlike
whitening strips, can be worn anytime, not specifically at night and
provide for a more even whitening of your teeth.
Our Tooth Whitening Gel is a 22% tooth
whitener Carbamide Peroxide. The boil, strip, & applicator type is only
3-4 % and must be worn much, much longer for the same desired effect.
Lab Direct™ announces that Invisible clear retainers are now available
for individuals with concern over their teeth “crowding”.
These Invisible clear retainers are made of a thin, clear, durable
plastic that snaps into place over the teeth and prevents teeth rotation
& migration. When using this transparent dental retainer,
teeth and gums show through the plastic, unlike the “Hawley”
retainer (metal wire & denture plastic). When one smiles
others are not able to see the dental retainer. Mouth retainers
with the wire across the front teeth are used mostly to keep teeth from
shifting, but can also be used to move teeth. Dental night guards are
worn at night to protect the teeth.
Lab Direct™’s invisible retainers do not move teeth; they simply
keep teeth in their current position & eliminate further
crowding. By wearing these for just 15-30 minutes per day, it will
prevent teeth from rotation or migration. These clear retainers
are made of the same materials that dentists use and manufactured by the
same lab as well.
the video on our new site www.dental-lab-direct.com to view making your own impressions!
Lab Direct™ saves its customers hundreds of dollars by sending them a
“Teeth Impression Kit” - for retainers, instead of another "TRIP TO THE DENTIST".
The cost of these clear retainers at a dental office ranges from $250 to
$500 and usually includes a full examination.
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Retainers After Braces
Purpose: The dental retainers are
important to hold the teeth after braces are removed. New bone and
supporting fibers of the teeth are being completed for the new tooth
Time of Use: Mouth retainers are
usually worn until eruption of the permanent teeth makes wearing a mouth
retainer difficult. You will start with full time wear and phase slowly
into night time wear as a dental night guard. Experiencing tightness
when placing the retainers after leaving them out for a period of time
is an indication of how often you need to wear the retainers.
Care: To keep your dental retainers
fresh and clean, scrub them before putting them in their case. Use warm
or cool water and soap. Hot water will warp the retainers. Limit the
soaking time to 15 minutes if you choose to use Efferdent. We have found
that over time Efferdent weakens the solder joints. Brushing with
Listerine will decrease bacteria and give your retainer a fresh taste.
Adapting: Most people get used to
mouth retainers within a day or two. At first there may be a new plastic
taste and you may have extra saliva in your mouth. Reading aloud the
first day will help your speech adapt. The habit of flipping a dental
retainer in and out with your tongue will loosen the dental retainer and
may break the wires and/or plastic.
Visits: Upon completion of early
phase orthodontic treatment, you will be checked periodically with
visits to the dentist. Bring the dental retainer to your visits. If the
dental retainer does not fit or if there is any tissue soreness, call us
for an appointment as soon as possible.
Breakage/Loss: The common habit of
flipping the retainers in and out with your tongue will make it become
loose and can introduce stresses in the plastic or wires which will
result in breakage.
Relapse: Failure to use dental
retainers regularly may result in unfavorable tooth movement. If brought
to your dentist's attention early it may be corrected with another
retainer. If not caught early, retreatment with braces may be necessary.
Lab Direct™ Night
Lab Direct™ announces the Custom Comfort NiteGard® is now available
for individuals for bruxism treatment. Bruxism \‘brək˛si-zəm\
n [Gk brychein to gnash the teeth]: the habit of unconsciously
gritting or grinding the teeth especially in situations of stress or
The Custom Comfort Night Guard consists of a
clear soft plastic that one wears to relieve tooth grinding and
clenching when asleep. This night mouth guard fits comfortably over
either the upper or lower teeth only. It is 3mm thick and will allow an
individual to completely close their mouth while asleep, unlike other
bruxism mouth guards. The night guard is made of exactly the same
material dentists/orthodontist use to prepare their devices for patients
cost of a nightguard prepared by a dentist/orthodontist will range
from $250.00 to $600.00. It is smaller and much more comfortable than
the “boil & bite” nightguard types found at the store, due
simply because they are specifically customized to that particular
Lab Direct will save those individuals hundreds of dollars by
providing them with the Custom Comfort Night Guard “Personal
Impression Kit” for bruxism treatment. This kit will instruct
exactly how to take one’s own teeth impression. The kit will also
provide a SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope) to deliver it to the
Neon Brite dental lab, which will be returned usually within a week.