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Teenagers can have the same smile-disrupting tooth flaws as adults. But not all cosmetic treatments available to adults are appropriate for teenagers—at least not until they get a little older. Dental veneers fall into that category.
A veneer is a thin porcelain shell custom-made by a dental lab, and bonded by a dentist to the face of a tooth to mask chips, stains, gaps or other imperfections. Because they're less invasive than other measures, veneers are highly popular as a cosmetic dental solution. They do, however, usually require some enamel removal so that they'll appear more natural.
This enamel removal typically won't impact an adult tooth other than it permanently requires it to have veneers or other restorations after alteration. But there is a risk of damage to a teenager's tooth, which hasn't fully developed.
Adolescent teeth usually have a larger pulp chamber (filled with an intricate network of nerves and blood vessels) than adult teeth. And because the enamel and dentin layers may not yet be fully developed, the pulp is much nearer to the tooth's surface.
We must be very careful then in removing enamel and dentin for veneers or we may penetrate the pulp and risk damaging it. Alternatively, there is the possibility of no-prep veneers which are very conservative but often are unable to be done because of the need to often remove tooth structure to make the veneers look natural.
Another cosmetic problem can occur if we place veneers on a patient's teeth whose jaws and mouth structures are still growing. Eventually, the gums could recede and an unsightly gap form between the veneer and the adjacent natural tooth.
Fortunately, there are other techniques we can use to improve a tooth's appearance. Mild chipping can be repaired by bonding composite resin material to the tooth. Some forms of staining may be overcome with teeth whitening. These and other methods can address a teenager's smile appearance until their teeth are mature enough for veneers.
Whether or not a tooth is ready for veneers will depend on its level of development, something that can often be ascertained with x-rays or other diagnostic methods. And if a tooth has already undergone a root canal treatment, there isn't as much concern. In the meantime, though, it may be better for your teen to wait on veneers and try other techniques to enhance their smile.
If you would like more information on dental restoration 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.”
Orthodontics, veneers and other cosmetic dental techniques can turn a less than perfect smile into a beautiful one—but not always very quickly. For example, porcelain veneers can take weeks from planning to installation, including the meticulous work of an outside dental lab to produce veneers that look natural as well as beautiful.
But you may be able to take advantage of another approach, one that often takes no more than a couple of dental visits. Called direct veneers, it's actually a process of bonding and sculpting life-like composite materials to teeth that are heavily stained, chipped or that contain tiny crevices called “craze lines.”
Unlike the similarly-named traditional method, direct veneers don't involve the creation of layered porcelain veneers fashioned by a dental lab. But this newer process is similar to the older one in that some of the enamel must be removed from the teeth in question to provide a suitable surface for the composite material to adhere. This alteration will be permanent, requiring a restorative covering on the treated teeth from then on.
Right before this preparation, though, a dentist typically makes an impression of the patient's mouth. This will be the basis for creating the procedural plan for the dental work, particularly a “trial smile” from similar composite material that can be applied to the patient's teeth before actual restoration work begins. This temporary application gives both patient and dentist an opportunity to visualize the final look, and make needed adjustments in color and shaping.
Once the work plan is finalized, the patient then returns for the actual restoration procedure. The dentist begins by applying and bonding the composite material to the prepared teeth. Then, using a drill and manual instruments, the dentist shapes and smooths the material into a tooth-like appearance that blends with other teeth. The procedure can take a few hours, but it can usually be completed during a single visit.
Although direct veneers may not last as long as porcelain veneers, the process is less costly and requires less time to complete. Direct veneers could be an economical solution for achieving a more attractive smile.
If you would like more information on direct veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic with a firsthand patient account by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A New Smile With Direct Veneers.”
Want to feel confident showing off your smile whenever you want?
It probably isn’t too surprising to hear that people who have beautiful smiles are viewed as more successful, friendly and confident. If you’d like to be seen this way by your peers, but you have a smile that makes you feel anything but confident, then our McDonough, GA, cosmetic dentists Dr. Robert Brooks and Dr. Brent Johnson can help. We offer a full range of cosmetic services including dental veneers.
About Dental Veneers
These beautiful, porcelain layers are adhered directly to the front of a tooth in order to reshape, resize and improve the color of your smile. Whether you are looking to improve just a single tooth, a couple of teeth or your whole smile here in McDonough, GA, dental veneers can help.
Treating Your Imperfections
Most cosmetic dental issues can be hidden just by placing dental veneers over the front surface of your teeth, and veneers are usually placed on just the teeth that are visible when you smile. They can be used to hide discolorations and stains that are too severe for teeth whitening, and can even reshape teeth that are worn out, too short, misshapen or chipped.
Have a slightly off-kilter smile? Have a large gap between your front teeth that has you hiding your smile for the camera? Do you have slightly crooked teeth that make you self-conscious? If so, you may have considered braces but decided against it because you just didn’t want to fool with it as an adult. If so, know that veneers may be able to reshape your smile so that your teeth look more even and aligned. Veneers can even cover those unsightly gaps.
Remember, veneers are custom-made to fit your teeth, so any goals you have for treatment should be shared with your cosmetic dentist ahead of time during your consultation, so they can create veneers that address the issues you are looking to fix.
If you want to feel confident again in your smile and you think dental veneers could help you then call Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in McDonough, GA, today at (678) 583-0330 to schedule a consultation with our dental team.
How veneers from your McDonough, Georgia, dentist can help your smile
You may know someone with a great looking smile who has had dental veneer treatment, and now you may have some questions. You deserve to know the facts. Dr. Robert Brooks at Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in McDonough, GA, offers veneers and other dental services to help your smile.
These are just a few of the commonly asked questions and answers about veneers:
What are veneers?
Veneers are thin laminates typically made of porcelain. These laminates are permanently cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth to hide minor and major cosmetic problems.
What cosmetic problems can porcelain veneers hide?
Veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic dental treatments available. Porcelain veneers can hide:
- Small or large chips, cracks, fracture lines, loss of tooth structure, and other structural problems
- Early signs of aging like tooth wear, yellowing, erosion, and abrasion
- Defects like tooth discolorations, blotches, and stains from medications or lifestyle factors
- Gaps between your teeth, tooth rotation, and crowding
What are the advantages of veneers?
When you choose veneers, you will enjoy conservative treatment because your dentist removes little to no tooth structure, just enough to accommodate the thickness of the veneers. Your veneers will look just like natural tooth structure because porcelain is light-reflective, just like tooth enamel. Porcelain veneers stay beautiful too, because porcelain resists stains, even if you smoke or drink coffee.
Find out more
For more detailed information about dental veneers, please visit the Veneers section on the Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry website at https://www.brooks-dentistry.com/veneers.html
You and your smile can benefit from the magic of dental veneers. You can replace a boring, dull, damaged smile with a smile that makes a statement and reflects who you are. To find out more about what dental veneers can do for you, or to get started, call Dr. Brooks at Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in McDonough, GA, at (678) 583-0330 today!
The dentists in McDonough, GA, know their patients want to have better-looking smiles, but sometimes the cost can be too high. For that reason, Dr. Robert Brooks offers dental veneers.
What are veneers used for?
Veneers are used to resurface an individual's teeth if they're stained, mishappened, crooked, chipped, irregularly shaped, or overcrowded.
When you come into your dentist's McDonough, GA, office, your doctor will examine your teeth and assess whether veneers are right for you. If Dr. Robert Brooks decides that veneers can work for you, then any underlying issues, like cavities, will need to be resolved first. Afterwards, your doctor will take impressions of your teeth then send them to a lab where a custom set of veneers matching the color of your teeth will be made for you.
When your veneers finally arrive, your dentist will remove enamel from the surface of your teeth and then cement veneers to replace the enamel that has been removed. Removing enamel is an irreversible process and, because veneers are made out of thin porcelain or plastic, you won't feel like your teeth are protruding. On the contrary, they will feel smooth, even and properly aligned with the rest of your teeth.
Other advantages, besides concealing the faults mentioned above, is that the procedure doesn't need very much anesthesia. Also, veneers have an impressive color stability which makes them highly resistant to staining. So you'll be able to sip your tea or coffee without any worries.
How to care for veneers?
Porcelain veneers are strong, but it's important to take proper care of them. Brushing and flossing are essential. Brush twice a day and floss at least once before bed. In addition to your daily dental regimen, don't skip your bi-yearly exam with your doctor.
For more information on veneers, contact your dentists in McDonough, GA, by calling (678) 583-0330. Dr. Robert Brooks will be more than happy to help you with your dental needs!