Posts for tag: veneers

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  
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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 Today's Dental
October 21, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

It's the little things that tend to bother us the most, whether it's a small scratch at the corner of your dresser or a chip in your tooth. veneersCovering up that scratch is an easy fix, and so is concealing little flaws that keep your smile from being perfect. Dr. Tiberiu Oancea and Dr. Jeromy Thornton, your Houston, TX dentists at Today's Dental explain how you can benefit from veneers.

Veneers hide flaws

Veneers are created in a dental laboratory using a very thin layer of porcelain. The thin porcelain shells are attached to the front surfaces of your teeth, completely covering imperfections. The entire process only takes two visits.

Dental veneers offer versatility

Veneers can conceal a variety of flaws. Perhaps you hate the color of your teeth and are frustrated after multiple attempts to lighten them. Although whitening products can be helpful, they can't always get teeth as white as you would like. Thanks to dental veneers, you can achieve the bright smile of your dreams. You'll even be able to pick the shade of white you want. Veneers work equally well if just one or two teeth are discolored. Your dentist will make sure that your new veneer matches the color of surrounding teeth.

Chips or pits in the surface of your teeth can be very noticeable. Veneers cover those flaws, allowing the treated teeth to blend in effortlessly. Veneers are also a good choice if you have a small gap between your front teeth or one tooth isn't quite as long as the others. If the gap is large or your tooth is very short, your Houston dentist may recommend orthodontic treatment or a crown to correct the problem.

Veneer care is simple

Brushing and flossing your teeth will keep your veneers in perfect condition. You won't need any special equipment to care for veneers, but you should avoid abrasive toothpastes that can scratch them. It's also important to avoid biting into hard foods or objects, like hard pretzels or plastic packaging, as this can break veneers. If you grind your teeth at night, consider wearing a nightguard to prevent damage to your dental veneers.

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

By Today's Dental
December 31, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Dental veneers brighten your smile and help hide imperfections that can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. Dr. Tiberiu Oancea and Dr. Jeromy Thornton, your Houston, TX dentists at Today's Dental, explain how veneers can transform your smile.

What are veneers?Veneers

Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are attached to the fronts of your teeth. They're permanently bonded to your teeth and are used to change color, shape, length, and size. With you choose veneers, your teeth will be uniformly white with no discrepancies in size or shape.

How can veneers help me?

Veneers are the perfect option if you want whiter teeth than teeth whitening treatments can offer. They're also a good choice if you have any of the following cosmetic issues:

  • Uneven teeth
  • Crooked or oddly shaped teeth
  • Spaces between your teeth
  • Chipped, broken or eroded teeth
  • Discolored teeth, due to root canal treatment, large fillings or tetracycline stains

Will people be able to tell that I have veneers?

People will notice that your smile looks great, but won't notice anything unusual. Because veneers are created from impressions of your teeth, they fit each tooth perfectly and don't look artificial.

What happens during the veneer process?

Your dentist will remove a very thin layer of your enamel from your teeth to accommodate the thickness of the veneers. Some people report slight pain during this part of the process, although it's easily relieved with a local anesthetic. After your dentist shaves your teeth, he'll make an impression, which will be sent to the dental laboratory that will create your custom dental veneers.

You'll return to your dentist's office when the veneers arrive from the lab. He'll test the fit first, then permanently apply them to your teeth with dental cement, aided by a light that bonds the cement to the veneers. Approximately two weeks later, you'll return to the office to determine if any minor adjustments are needed.

Do you think veneers are the answer to your cosmetic issue? Call Dr. Tiberiu Oancea and Dr. Jeromy Thornton, your Houston, TX dentists at Today's Dental at (281) 580-0770. An improved smile awaits you!