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Would you like to hide an imperfection in a tooth or improve its shade without extensive dental work? If so, dental veneers offer an excellent option! Your Newtown, CT, dentist, Dr. Ratna Vedullapalli, helps her patients improve their appearances with this versatile restoration.
Veneers conceal flaws
Veneers are designed to hide common issues visible on your tooth enamel. Because the restorations only cover the fronts of your teeth, they don't require extensive changes to your teeth. In fact, your Newtown dentist only needs to remove a tiny amount of enamel to ensure a proper fit.
Made of a thin layer of porcelain, veneers offer effective coverage for many dental flaws. They're available in many shades of white, making it easy to match the color of surrounding teeth or whiten all of your teeth.
Veneers may be a good choice for you if:
- You have spaces between your teeth: Orthodontic treatment may be needed for large spaces, but small gaps can be easily concealed simply by adding veneers to your teeth.
- You have a flaw in your enamel: Bumpy surfaces, chips, cracks and other imperfections may be small, but they can detract from your appearance. Adding veneers makes minor flaws disappear.
- You have a discolored tooth: Teeth can become discolored due to injuries, dental treatments, and the use of certain antibiotics. Luckily, veneers keep discolorations concealed from view.
- Your tooth looks a little funny: All of your teeth should look the same, but that isn't always the case. Sometimes, one or more teeth are a little crooked, twisted, pointed, or just oddly shaped. Veneers improve the shape of your teeth and improve the uniformity of your smile.
- Your tooth is too short: Even a slight decrease in the length of a tooth can affect your appearance. If your teeth have gotten shorter due to grinding or clenching, a veneer can restore their normal length. After you receive your veneers, you may wish to begin wearing a nightguard to prevent damage to your new veneers or your teeth.
Improve your smile with dental veneers! Call your Newtown, CT, dentist Dr. Ratna Vedullapalli at (203) 403-2428 to schedule your appointment.
At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!
Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”
We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:
Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!
If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
Bad teeth? Dental veneers can give you the dream smile you've always wanted. Veneers are thin shells made of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front of the teeth. Diamond Dental offers porcelain veneers to their patients. Dr. Ratna Vedullapalli is one of the finest dentists in Newtown, CT.
1. Fix Dental Issues
Veneers can restore your smile and make you look more attractive instantly. One of the benefits of veneers is the fact that they can fix many cosmetic dental problems at the same time. These porcelain shells fit over the teeth changing their size, shape, and length. Veneers are routinely used to fix misaligned teeth, gapped teeth, cracked teeth, crooked teeth, and worn-down teeth.
2. Hide Imperfections
Dental veneers can make an imperfect smile look amazing. Veneers can hide dental imperfections that can be difficult to correct. Veneers have helped millions of people enhance their smiles. These shells have become very popular due to their simplicity and versatility.
3. Strengthen Teeth
Dental veneers can strengthen and protect teeth chipped or cracked teeth. This is possible due to the durable ceramic material that composes veneers as they cover your teeth. Veneers provide strength comparable to enamel. These shells have proven time and time again to be resistant to wear and fractures.
4. Whiten Your Smile
Smile! Teeth whitening has never been easier. Dental veneers can give you a bright, white smile instantly. Dental veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color. Nothing is more rejuvenating than a dazzling white smile. Now that's something to smile about.
5. Boost Your Self-Esteem
Low self-esteem results from a poor self-image, which can lead to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. How you feel about yourself also affects your confidence, work, relationships, and well-being. Veneers will improve your look and help you feel good about yourself. Consult with a dentist in Newtown, CT, to find out if veneers are right for you.
Don't let a bad smile hold you back in life. Say yes to porcelain veneers! Call Diamond Dental at (203) 403-2428 now to schedule a dental consultation in Newtown, CT. Porcelain veneers will do you and your smile a world of good.
Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”
Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.
A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:
- Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
- Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
- Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
- Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.
If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”
Porcelain veneers are positive proof that unattractive teeth don't always require an intensive restoration to regain their beauty. These thin layers of translucent porcelain — custom-designed and color-matched to blend with your other teeth — are permanently bonded to the visible side of your front teeth.
Although they can't remedy every tooth defect, they're well suited for mild to moderate disfigurements like chipping, staining or gaps. There are now two types of porcelain veneers: the traditional veneer and the “no-prep” veneer.
The standard veneers require some tooth structure removal, referred to as “tooth preparation.” This is because although they're a millimeter or less in thickness, they can still appear bulky if bonded to an unprepared tooth. To accommodate their width, it's necessary to remove some of the tooth enamel. This permanently alters the tooth so that it will need some form of restoration from that time on.
In recent years, however, other veneer options have emerged that reduces — or even eliminates — this tooth alteration. No-prep veneers are so thin they can be applied to a tooth with virtually no preparation. A more common option, minimal-prep, requires only a minor reshaping with an abrasive tool to ensure the fitted veneer looks as natural as possible. Because of their thinness, these veneers also don't have to fit under the gum line like standard veneers.
To obtain no- or minimal-prep veneers, your tooth enamel needs to be in good, healthy shape. They're also best suited for people with small or worn teeth, narrow smiles (the side teeth can't be seen from the front), or slightly stained or misshapen teeth.
Because there's little invasiveness, these low preparation veneers won't typically create tooth sensitivity and they can often be applied without any form of anesthesia. And because tooth structure isn't removed, they can be “uninstalled” to return to your natural look. Of course, that's not always an easy process since the bonding between veneer and the enamel is quite strong, although today's lasers can be used to detach the veneer quite easily.
If you'd like to consider these minimally invasive veneers, talk with your dentist. If you're a good candidate, you may be able to gain a new smile without much change to your natural teeth.
If you would like more information on how veneers can change your smile, 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.”