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For over three decades, veneers have helped mask dental imperfections like chipping, staining or gaps and improve the appearance of millions of teeth. As the name implies, this thin layer of porcelain covers a tooth's visible surface and accurately mimics the texture, color and translucence of natural teeth.

Veneers could be just the solution you need for a more attractive smile. But before you begin treatment, be sure you have these 3 essentials in place to ensure a successful outcome.

True expectations. While the transformation of a tooth's appearance with a veneer can be astounding, veneers in general do have their limitations. You need an adequate amount of the tooth's structure present for a veneer to properly adhere — if not, you may need to consider a porcelain crown instead. Likewise, gaps and other misalignments may be too great for a veneer to cover: in that case, you should consider orthodontics. A thorough examination beforehand will determine if veneers are the best option for you.

An artisan team. Every veneer is custom made to match an individual patient's tooth shape and color, handcrafted by a skilled dental technician. There's also an art to the dentist preparing the tooth beforehand and then properly positioning the veneer for bonding to achieve the most attractive result. Be sure, then, that your veneer "team" comes highly recommended by others.

The best materials. The first porcelains were powdered glass ceramics mixed with water to form a paste. Technicians shaped the paste in successive layers and as it oven-cured it took on the beautiful translucence of natural teeth. Unfortunately, this type of porcelain could be brittle and prone to shattering when subjected to heavy biting forces. In recent years, though, we've begun to use ceramics reinforced with other materials like Leucite for added strength. Today, the materials dentists use have much better durability.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, 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 Veneers.”

By Phil Hart, DDS
January 25, 2017
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 Phillip W. Hart D.D.S.
April 20, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Dental VeneersWhat does your dream smile look like? Is it brightly white and even? Even if you don't have that perfect set of teeth, advances in cosmetic dentistry have outstanding ways to turn your smile around in no time at all, giving you the attractive smile you have always wanted.

One popular and successful cosmetic dental service at the office of Phillip W. Hart D.D.S. is porcelain veneers. These amazingly thin shells of strong and beautiful porcelain cover the front side of teeth that are healthy but have cosmetic issues such as:

  • small chips or cracks
  • minor gaps between teeth
  • stains from food, beverages and cigarette smoking
  • minor bite or misalignment issues
  • discoloration from age or injury
  • odd size or shape
  • an uneven wear pattern related to tooth grinding

The procedure is painless, not invasive and relatively inexpensive when compared to other ways to correct dental imperfections. Veneers are an outstanding way to make over a smile.

Are you a candidate for the porcelain veneer procedure?

See your Bartlett, Tennessee family dentist for a smile check-up. He will perform an oral exam to evaluate the health and position of your teeth. People with a lot of decay, gum disease or complicated orthodontic issues are not well- suited for veneers.

Also, you will discuss your aesthetic goals. In other words, what do you want veneers to do for you?

When dentist and patient agree that veneers are the right way to go, Dr. Hart takes impressions of the teeth and sends them to a dental lab for custom fabrication of the veneers. Also, he carefully removes a thin layer of enamel from the front side of each tooth to be treated. The amount is approximately 1/2 millimeter. The tooth is also roughened so that the veneer will bond well to the surface.

The dentist cements the veneers to the teeth and cures the special bonding adhesive with a hardening light. He may make minor adjustments for fit and alignment. While the patient experiences little or no discomfort, there may be some minor tooth sensitivity for the first few days with the new veneers in place.

Are veneers hard to care for?

When an individual already practices diligent dental hygiene, caring for veneers is no big deal. Just floss daily and brush twice a day as usual, and keep routine appointments for exams and cleanings. Of course, treat all your teeth, veneers or not, gently. Don't bite your fingernails, chew ice cubes or hard candy, or open plastic packaging with your teeth. With good care, your dazzling new smile will last indefinitely.

Phillip W. Hart DDS Family Dentistry

In the Bartlett, Tennessee area, Dr. Phil Hart and his staff strive for comfortable, informed dental care for patients of all ages. Dr. Hart offers porcelain veneers as a wonderful way to improve the look and function of a smile. Call (901) 386-9299 for a smile evaluation today.