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By Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
February 21, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: veneers  

Dental veneers are restorations that can be fitted to your teeth’s front surface for correcting cracks, chips, minor misalignment, and discoloration. They’re likewise utilized for reducing gaps in between teeth and building up worn teeth to give you a natural-looking and beautiful smile. Want to see if you’re eligible for veneers? Consult one of our dentists, either Dr. Ronald Schoepflin or Dr. Scott Smith here at our practice, Schoepflin Dental Excellence in Port Orchard, WA, to determine your eligibility for veneers.

What are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers come in two main types, composite resin and porcelain. Porcelain dental veneers look similar to faux nails and are developed to fit over and bonded to the teeth’s front surface. They can be customized to a specific tooth or teeth and they really do feel and look like real teeth. Composite resin dental veneers, on the other hand, are applied to your teeth’s front surface layer by layer to gradually conceal the existing teeth. Your dentist will shape and cure each layer until you’ve achieved the final result.

With both types of veneers, your dentist will need to prep the front surface of the teeth, which will involve buffing away the topmost portion to enable a more comfortable fit and grip for the veneers.

Am I an Ideal Candidate for Dental Veneers?

Most individuals are great candidates for veneers. However, keep in mind that it’s a cosmetic solution and not an orthodontic treatment. This means that it can only hide or mask flaws such as stains, crooked bites, and gapped teeth, instead of actually correcting. Your teeth must be healthy before applying veneers, so if you have gum disease or decay, it should be treated before applying the veneers.

Likewise, if you have bruxism or grind your teeth frequently, you need to get it under control first. Otherwise, the veneers could break, chip, or completely detach from your teeth. A consultation with your dentist in Port Orchard, WA, is required to determine your candidacy and learn more about your treatment options.

Generally speaking, however, veneers could be a practical solution to hide the following cosmetic dental flaws:

  • Discolored or badly stained teeth that can’t be resolved with teeth whitening
  • Gaps in between teeth
  • Irregularly shaped or crooked teeth
  • Cracked, chipped, or broken teeth
  • Unpleasant looking and visible fillings

Interested in dental veneers to reshape your smile?

Contact Schoepflin Dental Excellence in Port Orchard, WA. Arrange your consultation with either one of our dentists, Dr. Ronald Schoepflin or Dr. Scott Smith by calling (360) 871-2959.

By Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
January 13, 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 Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
April 01, 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.