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The dentists at Comprehensive Dental Group in Stamford, CT, know their patients want better-looking smiles. For that reason, Drs. Irina Pogosian and Thomas Ohlson suggest dental veneers.
Veneers resurface damaged teeth. They are made of thin porcelain or plastic, making them strong. They hide stained or discolored teeth due to poor hygiene, drinking coffee and tea, smoking, chewing tobacco, or even antibiotics containing tetracycline. Veneers can also fix misshapen teeth (crooked, worn or chipped, irregularly shaped, uneven surfaces and uneven spacing).
- Your Stamford, CT, dentist examines your teeth and assesses whether veneers are right for you.
- Any underlying issues, like cavities, are treated first.
- The dentist makes a model of your teeth and sends it away to a dental laboratory.
- A few weeks later, our office receives your custom veneers.
- When your veneers finally arrive, your dentist removes enamel off the surface of your teeth and cements them on.
Removing enamel is irreversible, so make sure you discuss whether or not veneers are the best option for you. Enamel removal prevents teeth from protruding and makes teeth feel smooth, even, and properly aligned.
Advantages of Veneers
Other than concealing dental flaws, veneers are a longer-lasting oral appliance that provides impressive color stability and is highly resistant to staining.
How to Properly Care for Veneers
To take proper care of your veneers, you need to brush twice a day and floss at least once before bed. This prevents plaque buildup, which leads to cavities, tooth loss, and gum disease.
Make sure you use mouthwash to eliminate acid-producing bacteria and drink plenty of water to wash away food debris.
For more information on veneers, contact your dentists at Comprehensive Dental Group in Stamford, CT, by calling (203) 359-3296. Drs. Irina Pogosian and Thomas Ohlson will be more than happy to help you with your dental needs!
Just like adults, teenagers experience chipped, stained or disfigured teeth. And during a life stage where issues with appearance can be acutely painful, these defects call out for a solution.
And, there is one: porcelain veneers. These thin wafers of custom-made porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to cover dental flaws. They’re one of the least invasive—and most affordable—methods for smile enhancement.
There is one caveat, though: The affected teeth will most likely need alteration. Veneers can look bulky when bonded directly to teeth, so we compensate for this by removing some of the surface enamel. This changes the tooth permanently, to the point that it will always require a veneer or some other form of restoration.
But although this may be a minor issue for an adult, it could pose a problem for a teenager. That’s because the pulp, the innermost layer of a tooth containing nerves and blood vessels, is larger in a younger adolescent tooth than in an older adult tooth. Because of its size, it’s closer to the tooth’s surface. During enamel reduction for veneers on a young tooth, this could lead to inadvertent nerve damage. If that happens, the tooth may need a root canal treatment to preserve it.
If the adolescent tooth needing a “facelift” has already been root canaled or sustained significant structural damage, then altering it for veneers may not be too concerning. Likewise, if the teeth are smaller than normal, the bulkiness of a veneer may actually improve appearance and not require alteration. We’ll need to examine a young patient first before making any recommendations.
There are also alternatives to veneers for improving smile appearance. Enamel staining could be enhanced temporarily with teeth whitening. Small chips can be repaired with bonded dental material, or in skilled hands be used to “build” a veneer one layer at a time with no enamel reduction. Although not as durable as regular veneers, these bonding techniques could buy time until the tooth is more mature for veneers.
Whichever path we take, there are effective ways to transform a teenager’s flawed tooth. And that can make for an even better smile.
If you would like more information on dental restorations for teenagers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Veneers for Teenagers.”
Need a smile makeover? Dental veneers are thin, ceramic shells that fit over the teeth, and they can change your smile for the better! Comprehensive Dental Group, located in Stamford, CT, offers a complete range of dental services. Dr. Irina Pogosian and Dr. Thomas Ohlson of the Group are some of the finest dentists in Stamford, and the following information will help determine if you're a good candidate for veneers.
1. You want to whiten your smile.
Tooth staining affects people of all ages. There are several causes of tooth staining including poor dental hygiene, dark beverages and foods, tobacco use, certain medications, as well as several tooth enamel affecting diseases. Dental veneers can give you the bright white smile you've always wanted, and unlike your natural teeth, veneers resist stains remarkably well.
2. You want to close a tooth gap.
Diastemas are gaps between teeth, and they can form anywhere in the mouth. These spaces may be caused by missing teeth, under-sized teeth, or bad oral habits such as thumb-sucking. Dental veneers are routinely used to fix diastemas by being placed over your teeth to create an evenly-spaced smile.
3. You want to restore a broken tooth.
Fracturing a tooth is an unfortunately common phenomenon, however, dental veneers can be used to restore these damaged teeth. Veneers can cover these injured teeth and restore their appearance and function. A dental veneer covers the front of the tooth with a thicker section to replace the broken parts.
4. You want to fix your crooked teeth.
For some people, having a crooked smile can affect their self-esteem and confidence. However, you may not need orthodontic treatment to fix your crooked teeth—dental veneers can straighten your teeth without the discomfort and hassle of braces. Veneers are effective in covering up dental flaws and giving people the appearance of a perfect smile.
5. You want to look years younger.
Your teeth play an important role in defining how old you look. If you want to look years younger, getting dental veneers is a good place to start. Veneers can enhance your smile and make you look younger instantly, which is the exact reason why it's such a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure among Hollywood celebrities!
Interested? Call our Stamford office today!
The best way to find out if you're a viable candidate for dental veneers is to consult with a dentist. Don't wait—call Comprehensive Dental Group at 203-359-3596 today to schedule a dental consultation in Stamford, CT. Dental veneers will do you and your smile a world of good!
Discover the many ways porcelain veneers could improve the shape or appearance of your teeth.
Are you unhappy with the shape of your smile? Do you wish your smile was more symmetrical? While there are a lot of cosmetic dentistry options out there from which to choose, if you want to alter the shape, size or color of your smile then it might be time to talk to our Stamford, CT, dentists Dr. Irina Pogosian and Dr. Thomas Ohlson about getting dental veneers.
What are dental veneers?
These thin porcelain layers are adhered to the front of one or more teeth to enhance the look of your smile. Each veneer is customized based on the tooth or teeth you want to improve. The porcelain offers a translucency that matches that of natural tooth enamel and can be an easy way to give your smile the makeover it deserves in only a couple of visits.
What problems can veneers address?
You may want to consider getting dental veneers in Stamford, CT if you are dealing with any of these cosmetic problems:
- Chips and cracks
- Discolorations that won’t respond to professional teeth whitening
- Misshapen or malformed teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Minor crowding or crookedness
- Teeth that are worn down or too short
Veneers have the ability to alter the shape, size or color of one or more teeth. If you’ve also wanted to get a straighter smile but you only have a very subtle misalignment then chances are good that you don’t want to wear braces in order to fix this minor issue. This is where veneers can come in to improve the alignment of your smile without ever needing braces.
What goes into getting dental veneers?
Here are the steps involved in getting these cosmetic restorations:
Step 1—Consultation: We need to make sure that veneers are truly the best way to improve your smile. This consultation involves examining your teeth and conducting X-rays to make sure they are healthy enough to support veneers. We will also talk to you about your treatment goals to make sure veneers can offer what you are looking for.
Step 2—Tooth Preparation: With traditional veneers, a very small amount of enamel will need to be removed from the front portion of your teeth. After your teeth are prepped we will need to take impressions of your teeth. A dental laboratory will use these impressions to create properly fitted veneers.
Step 3—Veneer Fitting: Once your veneers are fabricated (this usually takes about one week) you’ll come in so that we can check the look and fit before bonding each one to the front of your teeth. The bonding process is non-invasive and completely painless.
Comprehensive Dental Group in Stamford, CT, is ready to help get your smile back on track. Are you ready to find out if porcelain veneers are the right option for you? If so, call our office today to schedule your cosmetic consultation.
What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.
"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."
But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.
"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."
What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.
Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.
To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.
Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?
"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.