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Even small tooth flaws can have a dramatic effect on your smile. Veneers, a popular cosmetic dentistry option offered by your dentists, Drs. Herbert and Harold Mendelson of Mendelson Family Dentistry in Owings Mills, MD, provide a simple way to hide the imperfections that mar your smile.
Lightweight Veneers Keep Flaws out of Sight
Veneers are tooth-shaped porcelain shells that cover the fronts of your teeth only. The restorations are just about as thick as a fingernail and are created using an impression of your mouth. Veneers are designed to hide flaws and minor damage and can help you:
- Improve the Appearance of Damaged Teeth: Small chips or shallow cracks may not affect the function of your teeth, but they are very noticeable. Adding a porcelain veneer to your tooth instantly improves the way it looks.
- Conceal Imperfections: Veneers also hide bumps, pits, uneven surfaces, and other tooth flaws.
- Hide Discolorations: Do you have one or two teeth that are darker than the others? Discolorations can occur due to tetracycline usage during childhood, large fillings, or tooth trauma. When you visit the Owings Mills dental office for your first veneer appointment, your dentist will select a veneer shade that matches the color of nearby teeth.
- Whiten a Dull Smile: Veneers hide stains caused by foods, drinks, and tobacco products. If your teeth still aren't quite as white as you'd like after teeth whitening, veneers offer an excellent alternative to whitening treatment. You'll choose the perfect shade of white to ensure your new smile meets your expectations. Veneers are stain-resistant and won't become dull even if you drink coffee, tea, or cola every day.
- Change the Shape of a Tooth: Crooked or oddly shaped teeth may not affect your ability to chew, but they can be unattractive. Fortunately, it's easy to makeover these teeth simply by adding veneers to them.
- Close Gaps: Veneers also offer an excellent option if you feel a little self-conscious about a slight gap between your teeth.
- Lengthen Short Teeth: Short teeth cause your smile to look uneven. Fortunately, the addition of a few veneers will improve the symmetry of your smile.
Interested? Call Us Today for a Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation
Are you ready to find out if veneers are the perfect cosmetic dentistry option for you? Call your dentists in Owings Mills, MD, Drs. Herbert and Harold Mendelson of Mendelson Family Dentistry, at (410) 356-4100.
You probably wouldn't be surprised to hear that someone playing hockey, racing motocross or duking it out in an ultimate fighter match had a tooth knocked out. But acting in a movie? That's exactly what happened to Howie Mandel, well-known comedian and host of TV's America's Got Talent and Deal or No Deal. And not just any tooth, but one of his upper front teeth—with the other one heavily damaged in the process.
The accident occurred during the 1987 filming of Walk Like a Man in which Mandel played a young man raised by wolves. In one scene, a co-star was supposed to yank a bone from Howie's mouth. The actor, however, pulled the bone a second too early while Howie still had it clamped between his teeth. Mandel says you can see the tooth fly out of his mouth in the movie.
But trooper that he is, Mandel immediately had two crowns placed to restore the damaged teeth and went back to filming. The restoration was a good one, and all was well with his smile for the next few decades.
Until, that is, he began to notice a peculiar discoloration pattern. Years of coffee drinking had stained his other natural teeth, but not the two prosthetic (“false”) crowns in the middle of his smile. The two crowns, bright as ever, stuck out prominently from the rest of his teeth, giving him a distinctive look: “I looked like Bugs Bunny,” Mandel told Dear Doctor—Dentistry & Oral Health magazine.
His dentist, though, had a solution: dental veneers. These thin wafers of porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to mask slight imperfections like chipping, gaps or discoloration. Veneers are popular way to get an updated and more attractive smile. Each veneer is custom-shaped and color-matched to the individual tooth so that it blends seamlessly with the rest of the teeth.
One caveat, though: most veneers can look bulky if placed directly on the teeth. To accommodate this, traditional veneers require that some of the enamel be removed from your tooth so that the veneer does not add bulk when it is placed over the front-facing side of your tooth. This permanently alters the tooth and requires it have a restoration from then on.
In many instances, however, a “minimal prep” or “no-prep” veneer may be possible, where, as the names suggest, very little or even none of the tooth's surface needs to be reduced before the veneer is placed. The type of veneer that is recommended for you will depend on the condition of your enamel and the particular flaw you wish to correct.
Many dental patients opt for veneers because they can be used in a variety of cosmetic situations, including upgrades to previous dental work as Howie Mandel experienced. So if slight imperfections are putting a damper on your smile, veneers could be the answer.
If you would like more information about veneers and other cosmetic dental enhancements, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “Porcelain Dental Crowns.”
How veneers from your dentists in Owings Mills, Maryland, can give you a dazzling smile
Do you want a memorable, dazzling smile? Do you want your smile to make a great impression? If so, it’s time for you to discover the benefits of dental veneers, the go-to cosmetic dentistry treatment to achieve a perfect smile! Drs. Herbert and Harold Mendelson at Mendelson Family Dentistry in Owings Mills, Maryland can give you the dazzling smile you deserve, thanks to dental veneers.
More about Veneers
Dental veneers are thin sheaths of sparkling porcelain which are permanently placed on the front surfaces of your teeth. Porcelain is a uniquely beautiful material that reflects light, resembling tooth enamel. That’s why veneers look so natural—just like your teeth, only better! Porcelain also doesn’t pick up stains, so your new porcelain veneers will stay attractive for years. Just imagine, you can permanently have a beautiful, white smile!
Dental veneer treatment is quick too! You can have a dramatically improved smile in as little as two to three appointments, including the initial consultation appointment. Treatment is also conservative because very little tooth surface is removed, just enough to compensate for the thickness of the veneers.
The benefits and versatility of dental veneers are amazing. You can change the color, shape, and other aspects you don’t like about your teeth. With dental veneers you can cover up aesthetic issues such as:
- Breaks and fracture lines
- Chips and cracks
- Blotches and discolorations
- Tooth wear and erosion
Dental veneers may even allow you to close up small gaps between your teeth, and hide tooth overlap. During a consultation, your dentist can evaluate whether dental veneers can help hide alignment issues, or if you should consider orthodontic treatment.
For more detailed information about veneers and to view an informative video, please visit the Porcelain Veneers section on our website at https://www.mendelsondentistry.com/library/7735/PorcelainVeneers.html
Interested? Give Us a Call!
Now is the time to discover the benefits of dental veneers and achieve your best smile! Get started today by calling (410) 356-4100 for Drs. Herbert and Harold Mendelson at Mendelson Family Dentistry in Owings Mills, MD.
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.
Veneers were first used by a dentist in California in the 1920s. He wanted to help his Hollywood client change his smile for a movie. Today, veneers are used by dentists all over the country to help patients from all walks of life. One treatment at Mendelson Family Dentistry in Owings Mills, MD, can resolve a long list of cosmetic problems with your teeth, including discoloration, chipping, and spacing. If you're considering cosmetic dentistry, learn more about veneers and how they can make your smile look more perfect.
How Veneers Help Your Smile
Your teeth are considered the most attractive feature you have, even above eyes and hair, according to a survey sponsored by the American Dental Association. Veneers will renew the surfaces of your teeth so that you don’t have to be embarrassed to smile in public and you can take pictures that show your full essence. Each veneer replaces a small amount of enamel, which is removed in advance of the procedure. The veneers blend with the gumline and are carefully contoured, giving your smile a natural, healthy, and youthful appearance.
Veneers Can Also Strengthen Your Smile
The most notable benefit of veneers is that they make your smile look more attractive. But they also protect your teeth. Although it looks as thin as a contact lens, the shell of a veneer is made of tough porcelain material. The material doesn’t stain as easily as your natural teeth. You may also be inspired to maintain pristine dental hygiene habits when you see how lovely your smile looks after veneers.
Caring for Your New Smile
The cleaner you keep your teeth on a daily basis, the longer your veneers will last. That means brushing and flossing every day, paying close attention to veneer surfaces. Regular bi-yearly visits to see your Owings Mills, MD, dentist after getting veneers will also lengthen the life of your new smile. Avoid using your teeth to tear into food and chew hard substances. To prevent enamel erosion, ask your dentist to make you a night guard appliance.
Veneers May Be Your Smile Solution
Veneers can fix up your smile and make you feel more confident in your facial appearance. Call (410) 356-4100 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Herbert Mendelson, Dr. Harold Mendelson, and Dr. Jeremy Rosenfeld at Mendelson Family Dentistry in Owings Mills, MD.