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By Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
January 23, 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 Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
May 02, 2018
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.

By Office of Dr. Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr.
August 31, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

VeneersYou can enjoy a million-dollar smile too, without paying a million dollars!

Stop being envious of those beautiful, straight, brilliant smiles of the rich and famous, and get a smile that could rival your favorite actor's. While you may be concerned that you need the budget of a Hollywood star to get the smile you want, think again! Your Shelby, NC dentist Dr. Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr. can give you veneers that will razzle and dazzle!

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers, often referred to as dental veneers, are thin porcelain shells that are placed over the front of your teeth to improve the overall look of your smile. Veneers are placed on teeth that are deemed part of the “aesthetic zone”, or teeth that are visible when you smile. Veneers are also translucent, so they mimic the look of natural teeth.

Who should consider getting veneers?

Veneers are a great option for someone looking to cover up any of these dental imperfections:

  • Stains
  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Gaps between teeth

Porcelain veneers can also be used to change the shape or color of your teeth, as well as straighten a crooked smile. Veneers can sometimes be an alternative to wearing braces, as you can also get a straighter smile with this cosmetic treatment. Just know that veneers won’t be able to cover all problems like more severe overcrowding or crookedness. Your Shelby, NC dentist will examine your smile and be able to determine whether veneers are right for you.

Porcelain veneers could give you something to smile about. Call your Shelby, NC dentist to learn more. Find out if veneers are right for you and your smile needs, and be ready to boast that Hollywood smile without the budget.

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