My Blog

Posts for tag: veneers

By Mendelson Family Dentistry, PA
November 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  

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.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Mendelson Family Dentistry, PA
February 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

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, veneersveneers 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.

By Mendelson Family Dentistry, PA
April 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

For over three decades, veneers have helped mask dental imperfections like chipping, staining or gaps and improve the appearance of millions of teeth. As the name implies, this thin layer of porcelain covers a tooth's visible surface and accurately mimics the texture, color and translucence of natural teeth.

Veneers could be just the solution you need for a more attractive smile. But before you begin treatment, be sure you have these 3 essentials in place to ensure a successful outcome.

True expectations. While the transformation of a tooth's appearance with a veneer can be astounding, veneers in general do have their limitations. You need an adequate amount of the tooth's structure present for a veneer to properly adhere — if not, you may need to consider a porcelain crown instead. Likewise, gaps and other misalignments may be too great for a veneer to cover: in that case, you should consider orthodontics. A thorough examination beforehand will determine if veneers are the best option for you.

An artisan team. Every veneer is custom made to match an individual patient's tooth shape and color, handcrafted by a skilled dental technician. There's also an art to the dentist preparing the tooth beforehand and then properly positioning the veneer for bonding to achieve the most attractive result. Be sure, then, that your veneer "team" comes highly recommended by others.

The best materials. The first porcelains were powdered glass ceramics mixed with water to form a paste. Technicians shaped the paste in successive layers and as it oven-cured it took on the beautiful translucence of natural teeth. Unfortunately, this type of porcelain could be brittle and prone to shattering when subjected to heavy biting forces. In recent years, though, we've begun to use ceramics reinforced with other materials like Leucite for added strength. Today, the materials dentists use have much better durability.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, 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 “Porcelain Veneers.”

By Mendelson Family Dentistry, PA
December 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

If your smile makes you feel as though it is dragging down the rest of your appearance, it may be time for a change in the form of veneerscosmetic dentistry. Luckily, dental veneers can significantly change the way you look with a single procedure performed right in your dentist’s office. Learn more about dental veneers with Mendelson Family Dentistry in Owings Mills, MD.

What are veneers? 
Veneers fit over the front of your tooth to mask its imperfections. This important dental restoration can totally change the appearance of one, several or all of your teeth, including their size, shape and even color. Made from porcelain, veneers resemble your natural teeth almost exactly, ensuring the veneers blend into your smile without issue. Your dentist will also take the color of your natural teeth into account and work with the dental laboratory who creates the veneers to ensure they will match your teeth perfectly.

How can veneers help my teeth? 
Dental veneers benefit patients who have one or more of the following dental issues:

  • chipped teeth
  • cracked teeth
  • misshapen teeth
  • discolored teeth
  • yellowed teeth
  • slightly overcrowded teeth
  • slightly under crowded teeth

If you feel as though you could benefit from dental veneers, you should contact Mendelson Family Dentistry to schedule a consultation with your dentist. There, you can determine if veneers are your best course of treatment and best personal choice for you.

Dental Veneers in Owings Mills, MD
Dental veneers normally require two dental appointments. The first appointment requires your dentist to prepare the teeth, rendering the procedure irreversible and permanent. This preparation involves removing a small portion of enamel from the surface of the tooth in order to better the bond between the veneer, the adhesive and your tooth. The dental laboratory needs about two weeks to create your veneers. After this time, your dentist’s office will receive the finished restorations and schedule a second appointment to place the veneers permanently onto your teeth.

For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Herbert Mendelson and Dr. Harold Mendelson at Mendelson Family Dentistry in Owings Mills, MD. Call (410) 356-4100 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Mendelson Family Dentistry, PA
April 05, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Why porcelain veneers are right for you

Porcelain veneers are a great choice if you would like to have a better smile. They can correct many cosmetic dental issues with your veneersfront teeth. If your front teeth look less-than-perfect because they are stained, yellowed, cracked or chipped, porcelain veneers are custom-made just for you. Your dentists at Mendelson Family Dentistry in Owings Mills, Maryland want to help you discover all the benefits of porcelain veneers.

Your dentists at Mendelson Family Dentistry want you to know porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic dental treatments available. They are the right choice for you if you want to enhance your smile by changing the look of teeth that are:

  • Slightly rotated or overlapping
  • Spaced or gapped apart from genetics
  • Excessively stained from drinking coffee or smoking
  • Cracked, chipped or heavily worn from aging and overuse
  • Damaged and broken from traumatic injury

Porcelain veneers are thin laminates of sparkling porcelain, with a unique translucent quality just like your natural teeth. They are custom-made just for you by skilled technicians in a dental laboratory. Your dentists at Mendelson Family Dentistry prepare your teeth by removing very little tooth surface and making molds of your teeth. These molds are sent off and your porcelain veneers are made. Your dentists at Mendelson Family Dentistry will permanently cement your new porcelain veneers at your next appointment. That’s all there is to it; you will have a perfect smile in a short amount of time!

Your new porcelain veneers may look delicate and natural, but they are also very strong and durable. They should last for years with proper care. They are also conservative because your dentists at Mendelson Family Dentistry only remove a very minimal amount of tooth structure. They are also stain resistant, making them a great choice for people who drink coffee or smoke.

There are many reasons why porcelain veneers are right for you, but don’t see just anyone. You need the help of an expert on porcelain veneers. It’s time to call your dentists at Mendelson Family Dentistry in Owings Mills, Maryland for an appointment. You deserve a great smile, so call today!

Contact Us

Mendelson Family Dentistry, PA

11300 Reisterstown Rd Owings Mills, MD 21117-1812