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YourTeenagersTeethMayNotBeMatureEnoughforVeneers

Teenagers and adults alike can improve their smile appearance with dental solutions like teeth whitening or orthodontics. But there are a few cosmetic solutions like porcelain veneers that are better suited for more mature teeth.

Veneers are composed of thin layers of dental porcelain that are bonded to the outside of teeth. They're kind of a tooth "mask" that hides blemishes like chips, discoloration or mild bite problems. They're often less involved and expensive than other types of dental restoration.

Even so, we usually need to remove some of the natural tooth's enamel before applying them. Veneers placed directly on unprepared teeth can appear bulky, so we remove some of the enamel to create a more natural look. And although usually only a slight amount, the alteration is permanent and will require the tooth to have some form of restoration from then on.

This usually doesn't pose a major issue for adults, but it could for a teenager's younger teeth. The nerve-filled dentin in a teenager's still developing tooth is thinner and closer to the pulp (nerve tissue) than in more mature teeth.

There's at least one situation, though, where veneers might be applied safely to a teenager's teeth without this concern. If the teen has abnormally small teeth and are receiving veneers to improve their appearance, they might not need alteration. Because the teeth are already thinner than normal, the "no-prep" veneers may not look bulky when directly bonded to them without preparation.

With most cases, though, it might be best to pursue other options that at the very least can make a cosmetic difference until their teeth are mature enough for veneers. For example, we might be able to repair chipped areas with composite resin material that we form and bond to the tooth to achieve a life-like appearance.

We can discuss these and other options for safely improving your teenager's smile. The important thing is to achieve a more confident appearance without endangering their future health.

If you would like more information on cosmetic treatments 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 Frank R. Skiba, DDS
March 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: porcelain veneers  

Find out the many benefits that getting veneers in Walnut Creek, CA, can offer your smile.

Do you want to feel more confident in your appearance whenever you smile? Do certain cosmetic dental flaws leave you with a close-dental-veneerslipped smile in pictures? If so, our Walnut Creek, CA, cosmetic dentist Dr. Frank Skiba has a unique cosmetic treatment that could truly transform the shape and overall look of your smile so that you feel more than confident smiling again.

What are dental veneers?

Veneers are very thin layers of tooth-colored material that are bonded to the front of your teeth to reshape and improve the overall appearance of your smile while also hiding a variety of common dental flaws such as discolorations, cracks, gaps between teeth and even misshapen or crooked teeth. Since they are often made from porcelain, their durability is comparable to real tooth enamel and they are stain resistant.

What are the benefits of dental veneers?

Before you decide whether or not to turn to our Walnut Creek, CA, dentist to find out if veneers are right for you it’s important to understand what this cosmetic treatment can offer. Here are some of the benefits that veneer wearers can enjoy:

A new and improved smile

No matter whether you want to hide minor imperfections or more widespread issues, veneers can be placed on a couple or all of your visible teeth to reshape, resize and even improve the alignment of your smile. That’s right; veneers can even make your smile straighter without the need for braces. You’ll also discover how much your confidence improves when you have a smile you love.

Teeth are more durable

While veneers shouldn’t be considered a restorative treatment, these cosmetic shells can make teeth more durable and resilient. After all, porcelain is amazingly strong and can provide your smile with additional protection against regular wear and tear.

Less tooth preparation is required

When it comes to getting other restorations like dental crowns, we will need to reshape and remove a lot of your tooth in order to make room for the crown. Luckily, very little tooth enamel is removed when you get veneers, making tooth preparation minimal and painless. In fact, this can even be performed without local anesthesia. The less natural enamel is removed the stronger the tooth will be in the long run.

Don’t you want to feel proud of your smile? If imperfections are keeping you from feeling good about the way you look then it’s time to schedule a consultation with our Walnut Creek, CA, aesthetic dentist to find out whether veneers are right for you.

By Frank R. Skiba, DDS
February 15, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
JimmyFallonCanrsquotCatchaBreak-ExceptinHisTooth

Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.

What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!

Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.

If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.

For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.

Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.

Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.

So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.

If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”