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By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
March 16, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

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 Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
January 20, 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 Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
June 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Improving your smile with cosmetic dentistry can benefit you both aesthetically and mentally. These powerful upgrades to your teeth help veneersyou look great and increase self-esteem and confidence. Porcelain dental veneers can pack a big punch as part of a smile makeover, subtly tweak an imperfect tooth, and everything in between. What can porcelain veneers do for you? Find out more about this procedure with Dr. Michael Tisdelle in Charlottesville, VA.

What is a porcelain dental veneer?

Dental veneers are a super-thin shell of porcelain created in a dental laboratory. The porcelain shell fits over the surface of a tooth to change its appearance. A veneer can change the shape, length, width, color, and overall appearance of a tooth, correcting issues like misalignments, crowding, gaps, and discolorations. With the proper care, veneers can last for years before requiring replacement.

Can I benefit from porcelain veneers?

If you have slightly misaligned teeth, slightly overcrowded or undercrowded teeth, stained, or discolored teeth, or chipped or cracked teeth, you may benefit from veneers. Veneers require that the teeth they cover are healthy and free from teeth decay and gum disease. Veneers often work well in conjunction with other dental restorations like crowns or bridges to create a full smile makeover.

Porcelain Dental Veneers in Charlottesville, VA

The veneers process usually takes several appointments with your dentist. The first visit will involve discussing your expectations for results and what you would like to see in terms of changes to your smile. Then, your dentist will prepare your teeth to receive the veneers and take an impression of your mouth. A dental laboratory customizes each veneer based on this impression to create the perfect fit and look. Dental laboratories usually require about two weeks to complete your restorations. At a separate, later appointment, your dentist will place the final veneers onto your teeth.

For more information on porcelain dental veneers, please contact Dr. Michael Tisdelle in Charlottesville, VA. Call (434) 977-4101 to schedule your consultation for porcelain veneers with Dr. Tisdelle today!

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
July 05, 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 Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
November 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Thought there was only one type of dental veneer? You were wrong!

When it comes to getting cosmetic dentistry, there are certainly a lot of options out there. If you are looking to hide small chips in your veneersteeth or you want to cover up the gap between your two front teeth, then you may be considering whether dental veneers can help you. Our Charlottesville, VA dentist, Dr. Michael Tisdelle, is here to provide you with more information to help with your decision-making process.

What are dental veneers?

Also called porcelain veneers, these thin tooth-colored shells are custom-designed to bond to the front portion of your natural teeth to cover a host of dental flaws that don’t affect the overall function of your smile but certainly affect its aesthetics.

What kinds of flaws do veneers cover?

While dental veneers aren’t designed to fix major malocclusions (bad bites) they can be used to hide discolorations that don’t respond to whitening, cracks, chips, small gaps between teeth and minor crookedness, misshapen teeth, uneven teeth or teeth that are too small. In essence, getting dental veneers is a great way to alter the color, shape or length of your teeth.

But I thought there was only one kind of dental veneers?

While many people do opt for traditional dental veneers, some people are still a little concerned about the tooth preparation that goes into it. While shaving a very small amount of enamel from teeth can certainly make anyone a little nervous, this step is painless and can usually be performed without even needing anesthesia. Of course, since enamel can’t grow back, traditional veneers are forever. For those with severe dental flaws, the idea of having veneers forever is a great option.

However, for those who aren’t quite sure how they feel about veneers or just like the idea of being able to change their minds, it’s time you talked to your Charlottesville cosmetic dentist about no-prep dental veneers. These veneers are even thinner than traditional veneers so that no tooth enamel has to be removed. If you have your veneers bonded to your teeth but decide you aren’t happy with how your new smile looks, you can have them removed without the procedure ever affecting how your natural teeth.

If you are interested in getting dental veneers in Charlottesville, VA then it’s time you scheduled a visit with Dr. Tisdelle. We can examine your smile and make sure that you are a great candidate for veneers!