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YouMayNotNeedPermanentToothAlterationWithTheseUltra-ThinVeneers

If you're looking for a cosmetic enhancement with a “light” touch, you can't beat dental veneers. These custom-made wafers of dental porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to mask chips, heavy staining or gaps, revitalizing your smile.

But with traditional veneers, a minimal impact doesn't mean no impact at all. Although they're quite thin—often a millimeter or less—they can still look bulky when bonded to unprepared teeth. Dentists usually remove a small amount of surface enamel to help them appear more natural.

The alteration itself is painless, and only the bare minimum of enamel is removed. Even so, the alteration is permanent—the tooth will require a veneer or other form of restoration from then on. But a new kind of veneer may make it possible to avoid any enamel removal, or much less. These no-prep or minimal-prep veneers are even thinner, between 0.3 and 0.5 millimeters.

With these ultra-thin veneers, your dentist may only perform a little minor enamel re-shaping, particularly the sides of the teeth, to ensure a good fit. As thin as they are—akin to that of a contact lens—no-prep veneers can be bonded to the teeth surface without the need for fitting them under the gum line.

No-prep veneers are ideal for people with smaller than normal teeth, or that appear smaller due to other facial features. This also includes teeth that have worn down from age or teeth grinding, or those that are misshapen in some way. They also work well with people who have a narrow smile where less teeth than normal are visible in the “smile zone.”

They can also be used with patients who have oversized or prominent teeth, but it may still require some enamel removal. The only qualification for anyone receiving ultrathin veneers is that their enamel is in reasonably good health.

Because there's little to no alteration of the teeth, no-prep veneers can be reversed. Removing them, though, is no easy task, so you'll still need to think long-term before obtaining one. All in all, though, no-prep veneers in the right setting can still transform your smile without much permanent change to your teeth.

If you would like more information on no-prep 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 “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”

By Garner Family Dentistry
May 07, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  
YourTeensTeethMayNotBeReadyforVeneers

Teenagers can have the same smile-disrupting tooth flaws as adults. But not all cosmetic treatments available to adults are appropriate for teenagers—at least not until they get a little older. Dental veneers fall into that category.

A veneer is a thin porcelain shell custom-made by a dental lab, and bonded by a dentist to the face of a tooth to mask chips, stains, gaps or other imperfections. Because they're less invasive than other measures, veneers are highly popular as a cosmetic dental solution. They do, however, usually require some enamel removal so that they'll appear more natural.

This enamel removal typically won't impact an adult tooth other than it permanently requires it to have veneers or other restorations after alteration. But there is a risk of damage to a teenager's tooth, which hasn't fully developed.

Adolescent teeth usually have a larger pulp chamber (filled with an intricate network of nerves and blood vessels) than adult teeth. And because the enamel and dentin layers may not yet be fully developed, the pulp is much nearer to the tooth's surface.

We must be very careful then in removing enamel and dentin for veneers or we may penetrate the pulp and risk damaging it. Alternatively, there is the possibility of no-prep veneers which are very conservative but often are unable to be done because of the need to often remove tooth structure to make the veneers look natural.

Another cosmetic problem can occur if we place veneers on a patient's teeth whose jaws and mouth structures are still growing. Eventually, the gums could recede and an unsightly gap form between the veneer and the adjacent natural tooth.

Fortunately, there are other techniques we can use to improve a tooth's appearance. Mild chipping can be repaired by bonding composite resin material to the tooth. Some forms of staining may be overcome with teeth whitening. These and other methods can address a teenager's smile appearance until their teeth are mature enough for veneers.

Whether or not a tooth is ready for veneers will depend on its level of development, something that can often be ascertained with x-rays or other diagnostic methods. And if a tooth has already undergone a root canal treatment, there isn't as much concern. In the meantime, though, it may be better for your teen to wait on veneers and try other techniques to enhance their smile.

If you would like more information on dental restoration 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 Garner Family Dentistry
October 20, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Veneers can change your smile by improving the appearance of flawed teeth. Veneers are thin laminates that cover the front surface of teeth with cosmetic imperfections, such as discolorations or chipped edges. By concealing problem areas, veneers can transform your smile into the one you have always wanted. We offer custom veneers at Garner Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant, SC, where Dr. Cynthia Garner can help you achieve the smile you desire.

How Veneers Help

Veneers can change your smile by addressing a broad range of cosmetic concerns. Once your custom veneers are placed on the teeth, imperfections disappear and your smile appears flawless. Veneers can dramatically improve the appearance of teeth with the following issues:

  • Chipped
  • Cracked
  • Crooked
  • Oddly shaped
  • Stained or discolored
  • Surfaces that are rough or uneven
  • Excess spacing between teeth

One of the reasons veneers are such an effective option for enhancing your smile is that they look completely natural. Veneers are commonly made from porcelain, a material that looks just like tooth enamel. Another reason veneers look so much like natural teeth are that they are custom made for each patient for the best possible fit. The experienced dentist at our office in Mount Pleasant can help you decide if veneers are the right option for renewing your smile.

Additional Benefits of Veneers

There are several other benefits of veneers beyond looking totally natural and the ability to completely transform your smile. One additional benefit of veneers is that, in addition to looking like natural teeth, they function like them as well. Veneers are strong enough to withstand biting and chewing so you can still enjoy your favorite foods. Another benefit of veneers is that they are easy to care for and can be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth.

Veneers can change your smile to one you absolutely love. Whether you wish to improve the appearance of a chipped tooth or one that is discolored, veneers can help. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Cynthia Garner to learn more about improving your smile with veneers by calling Garner Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant, SC, at (843) 884-6002.

By Garner Family Dentistry
May 28, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Find out how these porcelain restorations can improve the appearance of your smile.

Do you feel self-conscious about your smile because of discolorations, gaps between your teeth, or other common imperfections? If you said “yes,” then our Mount Pleasant, SC, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Cynthia Garner, has a simple solution that could give you a whole new smile veneersin just two visits.

What are dental veneers?

A veneer is a very thin shell often made from porcelain that is bonded to the front surface of a tooth to alter and enhance its shape, size, or color. Veneers are often placed when someone is dealing with widespread cosmetic flaws that affect multiple teeth. In this case, veneers can even be placed on all teeth that are visible when you smile.

You may want to consider getting dental veneers if you are dealing with,

  • Discolorations and stains
  • Chips and cracks
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Misshapen or malformed teeth
  • Slightly crooked or misaligned smiles

Pretty much any flaw that solely impacts the appearance of your teeth (as opposed to the integrity) can be hidden with the help of dental veneers. Want to get a straighter smile but your minor alignment issues don’t seem significant enough to warrant wearing braces for months? Getting veneers can easily provide you with a straighter smile without ever needing braces.

What should I know about getting dental veneers?

In order to get dental veneers, our Mount Pleasant, SC, dentist will need to first examine your smile and make sure that your teeth are healthy and strong enough to support veneers. After you have been approved for treatment, our dentist will remove a very small amount of enamel from the front of each tooth to make room for the veneers.

Once the teeth have been prepped, we will also need to take impressions of your teeth. These impressions will then be given a dental lab so that they can create veneers that are perfectly fitted to your smile. In the meantime, temporary veneers will be applied to the front of your teeth to protect them until your permanent veneers are ready to be bonded to your smile.

After your veneers have been sent back to our Mount Pleasant office, we can install bond them to your smile in a single procedure, giving you a completely rejuvenated look!

Give us a call!

If you are interested in learning more about dental veneers and how they can improve your smile, then call our office today at (843) 884-6002!

By Garner Family Dentistry
August 31, 2017
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.