Posts for tag: veneers

By James P. Watts, DMD
March 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Healthy SmileWhat's one of the most popular aesthetic dental treatments? It's porcelain veneers, shells of tooth-shaped ceramic bonded to the front of teeth which have defects in color, shape, size, and texture. Dr. James Watts, your Mystic cosmetic dentistry expert, places veneers singly or as a component of a comprehensive smile makeover. Either way, patients love the results.

What is a dental veneer?

Also termed a dental laminate, a porcelain veneer disguises the front side of a tooth which is healthy but cosmetically marred. Veneers strengthen teeth which have weakened structure or have cracks, fissures, or large chips. Also, when teeth are so deeply stained they cannot respond to professional teeth whitening, veneers are wonderful options.

Veneers and you

You should know that porcelain veneers are permanent refurbishments. The treatment involves removal of a thin portion of enamel which changes dental contours and appearance.

After a complete examination, X-rays, oral impressions, and formulation of a treatment plan, Dr. Watts will gently resurface the enamel. This typically needs nothing more than local anesthetic. Also, he'll place temporary laminates on your teeth so your smile looks normal as you wait for the final veneers.

In a week or so, you'll come back to the office for placement of the permanent veneers. A special tooth-colored cement and curing light ensure the bond is strong. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that fitting, adjusting and bonding the veneers are very important to appearance, oral function, patient comfort, and overall longevity of this smile enhancement. So you and your Mystic cosmetic dentist will work together for best result.

Most patients find they adjust to their porcelain veneers in a week or so. Care is the same as for any other tooth: brush twice daily, and floss once a day. See Dr. Watts every six months for a cleaning and examination and for any concerns or problems you may have after veneer placement. Expect your quality veneers to last for many years--a decade or more with good care and gentle use (avoid peanut brittle, biting your fingernails, and the like).

Find out more

Custom-made porcelain veneers are just one of the many cosmetic dental treatments Dr. James Watts offers in his Mystic, CT, office. To learn more about how to reach your smile goals or to ask any questions about cosmetic dentistry, call his office at (860) 536-6446.

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With its life-like color and texture, dental porcelain can restore a smile marred by decayed or damaged teeth. This durable ceramic material not only matches the varieties of individual tooth colors and hues, its translucence mimics the appearance of natural teeth. But perhaps its greatest benefit is its adaptability for use in a number of different applications, particularly veneers and crowns.

Veneers are thin layers of dental porcelain laminated together and permanently bonded to cover the visible outer side of a tooth to improve its appearance. Crowns, on the other hand, are “caps” of dental porcelain designed to completely cover a defective tooth.

Veneers and crowns share a number of similarities. Both can alter the color and shape of teeth, although crowns are used when more extensive tooth structure has been damaged. They’re also “irreversible,” meaning the tooth must be altered in such a way that it will always require a veneer or crown, though on some occasions a veneer can require no removal of tooth structure and can be reversible.

They do, however, have some differences as to the type of situation they address. Veneers are generally used where the affected teeth have a poor appearance (chipped, malformed or stained, for example) but are still structurally healthy. And although they do generally require some removal of tooth enamel to accommodate them (to minimize a “bulky” appearance), the reduction is much less than for a crown.

Crowns, on the other hand, restore teeth that have lost significant structure from disease, injury, stress-related grinding habits or the wearing effects of aging. Since they must contain enough mass to stand up to the normal biting forces a tooth must endure, a significant amount of the original tooth structure must be removed to accommodate them.

Which application we use will depend upon a thorough examination of your teeth. Once we’ve determined their condition and what you need, we can then recommend the best application for your situation. But regardless of whether we install a veneer or crown, using dental porcelain can help achieve an end result that’s truly life-changing — a new, younger-looking smile.

If you would like more information on dental porcelain restorations, 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 “Porcelain Crowns & 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  
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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.