Posts for tag: veneers

By Today's Dental
January 14, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

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.”

By Today's Dental
January 02, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Dental VeneersIn dentistry as in life, beauty is in the eye of the beholder—what one person considers an imperfect or damaged smile could look close to perfection to someone else. While there is no finite or set in stone definition of what constitutes a perfect or beautiful smile, there are a few characteristics that are generally considered hallmarks of healthy and attractive teeth: white, fairly even, and symmetrical. The good news is that winning the genetic lottery and being born with perfect teeth are not necessary to achieve these benchmarks, for dental veneers can change the size, color, and shape of the surface of damaged teeth to fix cosmetic imperfections. The dentists at Today's Dental, Dr. Tiberiu Oancea and Dr. Jeromy Thornton, offer a range of cosmetic and general dentistry services in Houston, TX—read below to learn more!

What are Veneers

Dental veneers are made from a thin, translucent layer of porcelain that closely matches the texture and color of tooth enamel for a natural, organic finish. The porcelain is bonded to the surface of the tooth and then molded to achieve the desired size, shape, and finish.

When are Veneers a Good Option?

Veneers are a good option to repair surface imperfections and minor chips and cracks to the front teeth, as they are commonly used to:

  • Whiten stained or discolored teeth
  • Repair mild to moderate chips and cracks (larger or more severe breaks or deep cavities typically require a crown)
  • Close minor gaps and spaces (spacing problems caused by bite and alignment issues may require orthodontic treatment with braces or Invisalign)
  • Reshape damaged or unattractive teeth

Furthermore, with good oral hygiene and preventive dental care, veneers can last anywhere from five to ten years, often longer.

Find a Dentist in Houston, TX

For more information about dental veneers and other cosmetic dentistry options, contact our Houston office by calling (281) 580-0770 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Oancea and Dr. Thornton today!

By Today's Dental
August 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Porcelain VeneersCould your smile benefit from the addition of veneers? The thin porcelain shells offer the perfect way to conceal small flaws that affect your teeth. Houston, TX, dentists Dr. Tiberiu Oancea and Dr. Jeromy Thornton of Today's Dental offer veneers to help you get a dazzling smile.

Are veneers a good choice for me?

Veneers are cemented to the fronts of your teeth only and cover minor imperfections and damage. You may want to consider them if:

  • One of your teeth has become discolored: Discolorations can occur due to large fillings, leaky fillings, tetracycline use, and other issues. Your new veneers will match the shade of your teeth, helping your smile to look more uniform.
  • Your teeth aren't white enough: Sometimes, teeth whitening just doesn't get your teeth white enough. If you want a brighter smile, you may want to consider adding veneers to your teeth. The restorations are stain-resistant and won't discolor even if you drink coffee or tea regularly. You can choose any shade of white you prefer if you plan to whiten your teeth with veneers. The shade of dental cement used can also help your teeth look whiter.
  • You have minor damage: Small chips and shallow cracks may not harm your teeth, but they can certainly affect the appearance of your smile. Veneers keep the damage concealed.
  • You don't like the appearance of a tooth: Whether your tooth is bumpy, pointed, crooked, or oddly shaped, adding a veneer can completely transform your smile.
  • Your tooth is too short: It's not unusual for one tooth to be just a little shorter than surrounding teeth. Veneers extend the length of short teeth without extensive dental work.
  • You have a gap between your teeth: Even tiny gaps between teeth can make you feel reluctant to show your smile. Once your veneers are cemented to your teeth, your gaps will disappear.
  • You don't want to alter the structure of your tooth: Unlike crowns, the veneer process doesn't require significant changes to the size of teeth. In fact, your Houston dentist will only need to remove a very small amount of tooth enamel before you receive your veneers. Removing the enamel ensures that the restorations look natural and feel comfortable.

Are you ready to enhance your smile with veneers? Call Houston, TX, dentists Dr. Tiberiu Oancea and Dr. Jeromy Thornton of Today's Dental at (281) 580-0770 to schedule an appointment.

By Today's Dental
August 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Changing the way your smile looks with cosmetic dentistry can have obvious and subtle results. Dental veneers’ versatile nature allowsVeneers you to get the look you want. Find out more about dental veneers and what they can do for your smile with Dr. Tiberiu Oancea and Dr. Jeromy Thornton at Today’s Dental in Houston, TX.

What can veneers do for my smile? 
Veneers are versatile and can correct many dental issues. A few of the most common uses for dental veneers include correcting the following imperfections:

  • chipped teeth
  • cracked teeth
  • discolored teeth
  • yellowed teeth
  • uneven teeth
  • small gaps between teeth
  • slight overlaps

Am I a candidate for dental veneers? 
Dental veneers require that a patient have realistic expectations for the results of their procedure. Veneers are a permanent procedure and, while they last for many years with the proper care, may need eventual maintenance or replacement. Your teeth should be decay and gum disease-free. Habitual teeth grinders or clinchers may need to look into options other than veneers. Candidates should also have enough healthy tooth enamel to support the restorations.

Dental Veneers in Houston, TX
Dental veneers require a two phase procedure. The first phase involves preparing the teeth by removing a small layer of enamel from their surfaces. Your dentist takes an impression of the prepared teeth and, if necessary, places temporary restorations. A dental laboratory requires about two weeks between the phases to design and create your veneers from the impression your dentist took. Phase two begins when the final restorations return to your dentist’s office. Then, your dentist can remove the temporary veneers and place the final products.

For more information on veneers or cosmetic dentistry in general, please contact Dr. Tiberiu Oancea and Dr. Jeromy Thornton at Today’s Dental in Houston, TX. Call (281) 580-0770 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Today's Dental
August 01, 2017
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.