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Don't forget--your smile is one of your most valuable personal assets. If it looks deeply stained or chipped, it detracts from how you look and from your self-confidence. Why not show off a beautiful smile with porcelain veneers from your cosmetic dentists at Parker Dentistry in Hollywood, FL? Shell-like covers of fine dental porcelain permanently bonded to the front of healthy teeth, veneers beautify smile aesthetics, giving you a look just right for you.
Why use porcelain veneers?
Drs. Stephen and Blake Parker offer porcelain veneers--also called dental laminates--for patients who have healthy teeth and gums but exhibit enamel defects such as:
- Chips, pits and cracks
- Deep stains which can't respond to professional whitening
- Gaps and mild crowding
- Uneven length and odd shape
Besides creating an bright and even look, veneers strengthen tooth enamel and last for ten years or more. Considered a permanent smile enhancement, veneers resists stains and chips, and they cannot decay. Plus, they are so popular that millions of Americans have use them to improve their smiles.
During a personal consultation with your cosmetic dentist in Hollywood, FL, you can discuss how you'd like to improve your smile. Dr. Parker will evaluate your oral health and what changes he feels could be accomplished with porcelain veneers. With an agreed upon treatment plan in place, expect to receive your veneers in just a couple of visits to Parker Dentistry.
Because you'll need a little extra space in your mouth to accommodate your veneers, Dr. Parker will resurface your teeth, removing about 1/2 millimeter of enamel. Then, he'll take oral impressions and clean your teeth. Dr. Parker also places temporary veneers to keep you comfortable and smiling as the permanent ones are crafted. The impressions go to a dental lab in the area where a skilled technician will sculpt each veneer from color-matched ceramic.
At your next appointment, the dentist removes the temporary veneers and uses a special etching liquid and bonding cement to place the permanent laminates. He'll fit them carefully against your gum tissue to avoid any irritation or sensitivity. Additionally, he colors the bonding cement for a completely natural look. After curing the cement and adjusting the bite, the veneer process is complete.
Caring for porcelain veneers
Expect your dental laminates to last about ten years or more. Just brush and floss carefully as you usually do and see your cosmetic dentist, Dr. Parker and his team every six months for your routine exams and cleanings. Avoid chewing hard foods such as taffy, ice or peanut brittle, and wear a bite guard if you grind your teeth or play sports.
See you soon
To improve your smile beyond what you ever hoped, see the experts at Parker Dentistry in Hollywood. Porcelain veneers are just one of the fabulous cosmetic smile enhancements they offer. Call today for an appointment: (954) 983-5450.
How your dentists in Hollywood, Florida can enhance your smile
If you are ashamed to smile because of broken, stained or poorly shaped teeth, it’s time to give yourself a new smile. Cosmetic dentistry is the answer you’ve been waiting for. You don’t have to just live with what genetics or wear-and-tear has done to your smile. It’s time to discover what the right cosmetic dental procedure can do for you. Your dentists at Parker Dentistry in Hollywood, Florida want to help you explore the state-of-the-art world of cosmetic dentistry.
Cosmetic dentistry is an art form and your dentists in Hollywood, Florida want to create a work of art designed just for you, your new smile! Using innovative techniques and high-tech materials, they will give you a smile you can be proud of. They offer a full range of procedures to enhance your smile and your life. Consider:
Teeth whitening, which can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades whiter; it’s the perfect choice for coffee drinkers, smokers, or aging smiles. You can choose from a speedy in-office treatment that takes about an hour, or a convenient take-home kit containing everything you need to whiten your smile privately at home. Whichever option you choose, the results are dramatic and can last up to 5 years!
Porcelain veneers, which can give you a celebrity-perfect smile by dramatically improving the look of your front teeth; porcelain veneers are an excellent choice for front teeth that are:
- Unevenly spaced apart
- Worn down from a poor bite
- Broken or poorly-shaped
- Stained or discolored from medications
- Slightly overlapped
Bonding, a procedure which can repair small chips, cracks or uneven areas in tooth structure; you can even close small spaces, or cosmetically alter the look of rotated or stained teeth.
Dental implants, which can replace a single tooth or multiple missing teeth with a completely natural-looking, stable tooth replacement; with proper care, dental implants can give you a beautiful smile for life!
Cosmetic dentistry can give you a new smile easily and quickly. You won’t believe the results a simple procedure can give you. For more information call your dentists at Parker Dentistry in Hollywood, Florida. Don’t wait to get the smile you deserve. Call today!
Nothing says confidence like a bright, beautiful smile. But problems with your teeth’s appearance — discoloration, abnormal shapes, or gaps — may be giving you reasons not to smile. If so, you may be a candidate for porcelain veneers.
A veneer is a thin covering of porcelain or other dental material permanently attached to the face of a tooth to improve its appearance. Veneers help resolve a variety of aesthetic issues: their life-like color can brighten dull, stained teeth; they can “lengthen” shortened teeth caused by wear or normalize congenitally misshapen teeth; they’re also helpful in reducing small gaps or used in conjunction with orthodontics for more serious misalignments.
The first step to a better smile with veneers is to assess your teeth’s current condition and develop a treatment plan. Your input is extremely important at this stage — what changes you believe would improve your smile. We would also offer valuable insight, based on our knowledge and experience, into what is realistically possible and aesthetically appealing regarding porcelain veneers.
Once you have decided to go forward, the next step is to prepare the teeth for attaching the veneers. Depending on their size and location, this preparation can range from no tooth structure removal to a relatively small amount of structure. If the latter is needed, we remove only what’s necessary to achieve the aesthetic result since structural reduction isn’t reversible.
After preparing an impression of your teeth, we would send it and other instructions to a dental technician to create the permanent veneers. In the meantime, we’ll install a temporary set for you to wear while the permanent set is under construction.
Once we attach the permanent veneers, they will adhere so securely a drill or laser would be needed to remove them. We achieve this attachment by creating microscopic pores on the face of the teeth and the inside of the veneer with a mild acid solution. The bonding cement seeps into these pores and creates a strong bond that virtually unites the tooth and veneer into one.
Although your new veneers are made to last, you’ll need to maintain them like your other teeth, with a little added caution when biting and chewing. All in all, though, you’ll be able to smile again with confidence — for many years to come.
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.”
Your otherwise beautiful smile has one noticeable flaw — one or more of your teeth are deeply discolored or stained. More than likely this staining is deep within the teeth, what we refer to as intrinsic staining. There are a number of reasons this can occur — from fillings or use of antibiotics, for example — and our first approach should be to attempt a whitening technique.
However, if that doesn't produce the desired result, porcelain laminate veneers are another option you might consider. Veneers are made of dental porcelain, a bio-compatible material that can be shaped and colored to closely match neighboring teeth. After a minimal amount of tooth reduction (removal of some of the enamel from the tooth surface) to prepare for the laminate, the veneers are then permanently bonded to the tooth surface and cover the discolored natural tooth. Besides changing the appearance of discolored or stained teeth, veneers can also be used to correct other imperfections such as chipped or misshapen teeth.
Patients, however, have a common question: how long will the veneers last? With proper care, veneers can last anywhere from seven years to more than twenty years. It's possible, though, to damage them — for example, you can break them if you bite down on something that goes beyond the porcelain's tolerance range, such as cracking nut shells with your teeth (not a good idea even for natural teeth!). You should also keep in mind that veneers are composed of inert, non-living material and are attached and surrounded by living gum tissue that can change over time. This process may eventually alter your appearance to the point that the veneer may need to be removed and reapplied to improve the look of your smile.
If a veneer is damaged, all is not necessarily lost. It may be possible to re-bond a loosened veneer or repair a chipped area. The worst case is replacement of the veneer altogether. Chances are, though, this will only happen after the veneer has already served you — and your smile — for many years.
If you would like more information on porcelain laminate 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.”
Although traditional porcelain laminate veneers are much less invasive than other cosmetic dental applications, they still often require the removal of some of the surface tooth enamel, a process known as tooth reduction. Now, an alternative veneer treatment known as “no-prep” veneers eliminates this initial step of tooth reduction for some patients.
Although most reductions take very little of the tooth enamel, they do permanently alter the tooth. No-prep veneers are growing in popularity because the tooth is not permanently altered, allowing for two benefits: if desired, the veneer application can be reversed and the tooth returned to its original state; and there's more flexibility for patients to “test-drive” their new look with prototype veneers worn while the permanent veneers are manufactured, with changes made easily during this tryout period.
Dentists have long regarded at least a minimum of tooth reduction as absolutely necessary for the proper adhesion of veneers, and to avoid a bulky or over-contoured smile. And, while advances in no-prep veneers have largely addressed these concerns, it is true this option isn't for every patient considering a veneer application.
For example, patients with large or forward-positioned teeth are not good candidates for no-prep veneers. Patients who choose a veneer treatment over orthodontic treatment for certain conditions will likely need some tooth preparation to achieve an acceptable aesthetic result. For patients generally, no-prep veneers have a limited application range on the bottom jaw due to space limitations.
Simply put, traditional veneers are a more versatile option for most patients. On the other hand, no-prep veneers can be a good choice for patients with genetically small or misshapen teeth, teeth reduced by erosion or grinding, or those with narrow or diminished smiles.
If you're considering this option, our first step is to conduct a complete examination of your teeth and mouth. We'll carefully evaluate every aspect of your mouth structure and overall dental condition. If you fit the criteria, you may be able to avoid tooth reduction and still gain the smile you desire.
If you would like more information on no-prep 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 Without the Drill.”