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By Mark A. Peterson DMD, PA
May 12, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

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 Mark A. Peterson DMD, PA
December 17, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Have you always wanted a beautiful smile, but enamel defects mar how you look and feel about yourself? At Sebastian River Dentistry, Dr. Mark Peterson can give patients in Sebastian, FL, a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments. A popular one is porcelain veneers, laminates of high-grade ceramic that cover troublesome flaws. Get the details here.

How veneers can achieve that smile

At Sebastian River Dentistry in Sebastian, Fl, Dr. Mark Peterson and his team help people reach their aesthetic smile goals. To change those defects which bother your self-image, see him for an informative consultation. He'll examine your teeth and gums, take some X-rays and photos and discuss the changes you envision.

Fortunately, veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic dentistry treatments around. Thin layers of premium quality ceramic, these laminates bond to the front of teeth which are chipped, mildly misaligned, cracked, gapped, or irretrievably stained. However, if they are basically healthy, veneers can give you that Hollywood look and strengthen your tooth structure, too.

How veneers work

In our Sebastian, FL, office, Dr. Peterson takes impressions of your teeth and removes a small amount of tooth enamel--a critical step toward your new smile. Resurfacing also makes your porcelain veneers permanent, and that's OK because you know you'll enjoy their appearance indefinitely.

As part of your treatment plan, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth. Pertinent details go to the lab, and you wear temporary laminates in the meantime.

When you return to Sebastian River Dentistry, Dr. Peterson removes the temporary veneers and applies a layer of light-sensitive bonding adhesive. Once the veneer is placed, he hardens the glue, and you're ready to go.

Advantages of porcelain veneers

1. You can remake the contours and color of healthy teeth.

2. They require simple care--brushing, flossing, and six-month cleanings at Sebastian River Dentistry.

3. Veneers resist discolorations from foods, drinks, and cigarettes, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).

4. They last. Just protect them against teeth clenching and hard food choices, such as caramel apples.

5. Also known as instant orthodontics, veneers cover narrow gaps and smooth out mild crookedness and overlapping teeth. No braces!

Veneers and you

They could be your perfect match. Phone Sebastian River Dentistry in Sebastian, FL, to talk about your options with your oral health care provider, Dr. Mark Peterson. You'll get that beautiful smile after all. Call (772) 388-3119.

By Mark A. Peterson DMD, PA
March 10, 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 Mark A. Peterson DMD, PA
October 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Find out how many different smile issues porcelain veneers can improve.

We all want a perfect smile, but sometimes that isn’t always possible. Sometimes crunching down on hard foods can leave us with small veneerschips or cracks in our teeth. Sometimes taking antibiotics or other medications leave us with discolorations that teeth whitening can’t treat. If you are less-than-satisfied with your smile, it’s time to talk to our Sebastian, FL dentist, Dr. Mark Peterson, about what dental veneers could do for you.

Dental veneers are thin, translucent shells of porcelain that are designed to fit over the front of your tooth to improve the color, shape, length or size of a tooth or teeth. Veneers are only applied to teeth in the aesthetic zone, or teeth that are visible when you smile.

What makes veneers such a great cosmetic option for many people in Sebastian is that they can be used to address many dental defects such as:

  • Chips, cracks or broken teeth
  • Misshapen, malformed, worn or uneven teeth
  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Minor crowding or overlapping

As you can see, veneers can really be versatile when it comes to what issues they can address. Veneers can make your smile look brighter, more uniformed and even straighter. This is a great option for people looking to get a brighter smile but for whom teeth whitening won’t work. Unfortunately, internal stains won’t respond to teeth whitening but they can easily be hidden with dental veneers.

Dental veneers can also cover teeth that are overlapping, teeth that are a touch crooked and spacing issues to achieve a straighter smile. Most of the time people assume that the only way to straighter teeth is through orthodontics. However, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes getting porcelain veneers is all it takes to get the straighter, more even smile you want.

If you are ready to find out whether you are a perfect candidate for dental veneers then it’s time you turned to Sebastian River Dentistry in Sebastian, FL for all of your general and cosmetic needs.