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By MEHR TUCKER, DDS, LLC
February 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Dental veneers are a common cosmetic dentistry procedure which, thanks to their versatility, can subtly change your smileveneers or completely change your entire look. However, understanding how veneers work is crucial in determining if this is the right procedure for you. Learn more about dental veneers with Dr. Mehr Tucker in Rockville, MD.

What can veneers do for my smile? 
Dental veneers can fix many aesthetic issues with your teeth. In some cases, veneers can even treat several issues at one time. From chips and cracks to discolorations or misalignments, veneers cover the tooth to improve its appearance and makeover its look. Your dentist may suggest just one veneer for a single tooth or several veneers to cover all of the visible teeth on the arch. Your dentist can help you determine the best treatment plan for your smile.

What can I expect from the veneer process?
Veneers normally require two dental appointments to complete. The first visit will include a consultation where you should ask any questions or talk with your dentist about any concerns or expectations you have for the procedure. Your dentist will need to prepare your teeth to receive the veneers, a process which includes removing small amounts of enamel from the front of the teeth. Your dentist takes an impression of the prepared teeth to use in designing the veneers themselves. A dental laboratory creates the veneers over the next few weeks. The completed veneers then return to your dentist’s office and, at your second visit, your dentist affixes them permanently to the teeth.

Dental Veneers in Rockville, MD
Dental veneers are an effective procedure which can totally makeover your smile. With the proper care, veneers can last for many years, with many patients reporting that their veneers staying healthy up to 20 years before requiring replacement. If you think you could benefit from dental veneers, consult with your cosmetic dentist to plan your new look. For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Mehr Tucker in Rockville, MD. Call (301) 963-8900 to schedule your appointment for a dental veneer consultation today or email at office@sfaa.dentist!


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Everyone loves a concert where there's plenty of audience participation… until it starts to get out of hand. Recently, the platinum-selling band Fifth Harmony was playing to a packed house in Atlanta when things went awry for vocalist Camila Cabello. Fans were batting around a big plastic ball, and one unfortunate swing sent the ball hurtling toward the stage — and directly into Cabello's face. Pushing the microphone into her mouth, it left the “Worth It” singer with a chipped front tooth.

Ouch! Cabello finished the show nevertheless, and didn't seem too upset. “Atlanta… u wild… love u,” she tweeted later that night. “Gotta get it fixed now tho lol.” Fortunately, dentistry offers a number of ways to make that chipped tooth look as good as new.

A small chip at the edge of the tooth can sometimes be polished with dental instruments to remove the sharp edges. If it's a little bigger, a procedure called dental bonding may be recommended. Here, the missing part is filled in with a mixture of plastic resin and glass fillers, which are then cured (hardened) with a special light. The tooth-colored bonding material provides a tough, lifelike restoration that's hard to tell apart from your natural teeth. While bonding can be performed in just one office visit, the material can stain over time and may eventually need to be replaced.

Porcelain veneers are a more long-lasting solution. These wafer-thin coverings go over the entire front surface of the tooth, and can resolve a number of defects — including chips, discoloration, and even minor size or spacing irregularities. You can get a single veneer or have your whole smile redone, in shades ranging from a pearly luster to an ultra-bright white; that's why veneers are a favorite of Hollywood stars. Getting veneers is a procedure that takes several office visits, but the beautiful results can last for many years.

If a chip or crack extends into the inner part of a tooth, you'll probably need a crown (or cap) to restore the tooth's function and appearance. As long as the roots are healthy, the entire part of the tooth above the gum line can be replaced with a natural-looking restoration. You may also need a root canal to remove the damaged pulp material and prevent infection if the fracture went too far. While small chips or cracks aren't usually an emergency (unless accompanied by pain), damage to the tooth's pulp requires prompt attention.

If you have questions about smile restoration, please contact us and schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty As Never Before” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”