Posts for tag: veneers

By James P. Watts, DMD
June 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Learn about veneers from your Mystic dentist.veneers

Smile problems? Porcelain veneers can give you that beautiful smile you've always wanted with no shots, no drilling, and no pain. Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made shells that are placed over the front part of the teeth. Dr. James Watts is one of the finest dentists in Mystic, CT. He offers porcelain veneers to his patients. Read on to find out how veneers can renew your smile.

1. Fix Gapped Teeth- A diastema is a space or gap between the teeth. This condition affects both children and adults. It's also to fix gaps between teeth through the use of porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers fit over the surface of your teeth to create an evenly-spaced smile. 

2. Restore Chipped Teeth- For some patients, having chipped teeth can affect their self-confidence. If you have chipped teeth, porcelain veneers can cover and strengthen them, restoring their appearance and function. A veneer covers the front of the tooth with a thicker section to replace the chipped part of the tooth. 

3. Cover Crooked Teeth- You may not need orthodontic treatment to fix your crooked teeth. Porcelain veneers can slide over your crooked teeth and straighten them, without the discomfort or hassle of braces. Veneers can give you a straight smile quicker than any orthodontic option.

4. Strengthen Teeth- Veneers are made of a durable, porcelain material. These shells can strengthen and protect your weakened teeth. Veneers provide strength comparable to tooth enamel. Although veneers are very thin, they become very strong once they are bonded to healthy tooth structure. 

5. Whiten Your Smile- Porcelain veneers can give you a dazzling, white smile instantly. Now that's something to smile about. These shells are bonded to the teeth changing their color. Dark-colored foods and beverages do not stain veneers as they do real teeth because unlike enamel, porcelain isn't porous. 

Porcelain veneers are for anyone who wants a smile they will absolutely love. Don't wait another minute- call 860-536-6446 today to schedule a dental consultation in Mystic, CT. You will enjoy a beautiful smile every day with porcelain veneers.

By James P. Watts, DMD
June 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Dental VeneersLearn about veneers from your Mystic dentist.

Smile problems? Porcelain veneers can give you that beautiful smile you've always wanted with no shots, no drilling, and no pain. Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made shells that are placed over the front part of the teeth. Dr. James Watts is one of the finest dentists in Mystic, CT. He offers porcelain veneers to his patients. Read on to find out how veneers can renew your smile.

1. Fix Gapped Teeth- A diastema is a space or gap between the teeth. This condition affects both children and adults. It's also to fix gaps between teeth through the use of porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers fit over the surface of your teeth to create an evenly-spaced smile. 

2. Restore Chipped Teeth- For some patients, having chipped teeth can affect their self-confidence. If you have chipped teeth, porcelain veneers can cover and strengthen them, restoring their appearance and function. A veneer covers the front of the tooth with a thicker section to replace the chipped part of the tooth. 

3. Cover Crooked Teeth- You may not need orthodontic treatment to fix your crooked teeth. Porcelain veneers can slide over your crooked teeth and straighten them, without the discomfort or hassle of braces. Veneers can give you a straight smile quicker than any orthodontic option.

4. Strengthen Teeth- Veneers are made of a durable, porcelain material. These shells can strengthen and protect your weakened teeth. Veneers provide strength comparable to tooth enamel. Although veneers are very thin, they become very strong once they are bonded to healthy tooth structure. 

5. Whiten Your Smile- Porcelain veneers can give you a dazzling, white smile instantly. Now that's something to smile about. These shells are bonded to the teeth changing their color. Dark-colored foods and beverages do not stain veneers as they do real teeth because unlike enamel, porcelain isn't porous. 

Porcelain veneers are for anyone who wants a smile they will absolutely love. Don't wait another minute- call 860-536-6446 today to schedule a dental consultation in Mystic, CT. You will enjoy a beautiful smile every day with porcelain veneers.

By James P. Watts, DMD
November 15, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  
VivicasVeneerstheMakingofaHollywoodSmile

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 James P. Watts, DMD
October 27, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
HowDoILookAfterMyNewPorcelainVeneers

You've just had porcelain laminate veneers placed on your teeth to improve their appearance, color and shape. Now what? How do you maintain them and keep them looking their best?

A dental porcelain veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that is bonded to a tooth, replacing the enamel (the outermost layer of a tooth). Dental porcelain is a glass-like substance that can be used to mimic natural tooth enamel perfectly because of its bright, reflective and translucent (see-through) qualities.

To look after your veneers, it is important to maintain the health of the teeth on which they were placed, and of the surrounding gums.

  • About a week after your veneers have been placed, return to our office so that we can check them to make sure they are functioning well.
  • Brush and floss regularly using non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste; make sure you remove biofilm, the film of bacteria that collects on the teeth, every day. Flossing or brushing will not harm your veneers.
  • We recommend regular dental checkups to review the state of your veneers and your dental health in general.

Porcelain is a ceramic glass-like material, and like glass it is strong but brittle and can fracture when placed under too much stress.

  • You can eat almost all foods without harming your veneers, but avoid biting into hard things like candy apples.
  • Many people habitually grind or clench their teeth. If you are one of them, let us know. We can make a protective bite guard that you can wear to reduce stress placed on your teeth (and your veneers) while you sleep.

With good dental hygiene, and regular dental check-ups porcelain veneers can last from seven to twenty years or even longer. This makes them a good solution that will improve your smile for years to come.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your questions about porcelain laminate veneers. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Smile Design Enhanced with Porcelain Veneers.”