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By Frederick Dental Group
October 14, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

You might expect improving your smile to be a lengthy, painful process of procedures, implements, and treatments. But there is a way to perfect chipped, crooked, yellowed, or jagged teeth: dental veneers.

Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma of Frederick Dental Group in Frederick, MD, can fit you with veneers that offer a much-improved smile in just hours. Best of all, veneers can last for years, making them hassle-free and convenient. Make an appointment with us to see if you are a candidate for veneers.

What are veneers?

Veneers are essentially teeth-shaped coverings that affix to the front of your natural teeth. The slim ceramic facings are cemented to the surface for a permanent bond. Veneers from our Frederick, MD, office are durable, natural-looking, and functional.

What are the benefits of veneers?

  • Efficiency: Veneers are the fastest way to correct a multitude of dental imperfections. Veneers cover up stains, cracks, gaps, rough surfaces, misalignment, and otherwise damaged teeth. Rather than needing many treatments, such as braces, whitening, retainers, crowns, or fillings, veneers are a more convenient fix. After your veneers are custom-crafted and affixed, you will see a much-improved smile.
  • Appearance: Veneers are natural-looking yet attractive, made to fit the shape, size, and tint of real teeth so they are inconspicuous while giving you a glamorous grin. Veneers have the added bonus of repelling stains from beverages like coffee or wine for longer-lasting whiteness.
  • Durability: Veneers are strong and built to withstand normal chewing, biting, and brushing. You can eat and practice dental hygiene like you would with your regular teeth. Veneers can last a long time when cared for well, making them a great investment for your smile. (Follow proper care instructions provided by our office)
  • Comfort: They are affixed precisely so you have no irritation to your gums or mouth.

Am I a candidate for veneers?

It's important that you schedule a consultation with us before you make any decisions. Not everyone is suitable for veneers. Patients with unhealthy teeth and gums are not eligible candidates for veneers. Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, also disqualifies you. Your dentist will also determine if you have enough tooth enamel for the procedure. There are situations when other procedures are much better suited to your needs, like dental crowns. 

You also need to consider the risks that come with veneers. If veneers debond from your teeth, they can cause chipping or other issues that will need correction.

Create your best smile with veneers from the Frederick, MD, office of Drs. Verma. Call Frederick Dental Group today at 301-624-1001.

By Frederick Dental Group
May 11, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   Veneers  
HowMLBStarAaronJudgeChangedHisSmileandHowYouCanToo

Between the final game of the World Series in late October and spring training in February, major league baseball players work on their skills preparing for the new season. Reporters on a Zoom call to the New York Yankees' training camp wanted to know what star outfielder Aaron Judge had been doing along those lines. But when he smiled, their interest turned elsewhere: What had Aaron Judge done to his teeth?

Already with 120 homers after only five seasons, Judge is a top player with the Yankees. His smile, however, has been less than spectacular. Besides a noticeable gap between his top front teeth (which were also more prominent than the rest of his teeth), Judge also had a chipped tooth injury on a batting helmet in 2017 during a home plate celebration for a fellow player's walk-off home run.

But now Judge's teeth look even, with no chip and no gap. So, what did the Yankee slugger have done?

He hasn't quite said, but it looks as though he received a “smile makeover” with porcelain veneers, one of the best ways to turn dental “ugly ducklings” into “beautiful swans.” And what's even better is that veneers aren't limited to superstar athletes or performers—if you have teeth with a few moderate dental flaws, veneers could also change your smile.

As the name implies, veneers are thin shells of porcelain bonded to the front of teeth to mask chips, cracks, discolorations or slight gaps between teeth. They may even help even out disproportionately sized teeth. Veneers are custom-made by dental technicians based on a patient's particular tooth dimensions and color.

Like other cosmetic techniques, veneers are a blend of technology and artistry. They're made of a durable form of dental porcelain that can withstand biting forces (within reason, though—you'd want to avoid biting down on ice or a hard piece of food with veneered teeth). They're also carefully colored so that they blend seamlessly with your other teeth. With the right artistic touch, we can make them look as natural as possible.

Although porcelain veneers can accommodate a wide range of dental defects, they may not be suitable for more severe flaws. After examining your teeth, we'll let you know if you're a good candidate for veneers or if you should consider another restoration. Chances are, though, veneers could be your way to achieve what Aaron Judge did—a home run smile.

If you would like more information about porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty As Never Before.”

AGTsSimonCowellUpdatesHisSmileWithVeneersandSoCanYou

It's been a rough year for all of us, but especially for Simon Cowell. The famous entrepreneur and brutally honest talent judge on American Idol and America's Got Talent underwent emergency back surgery in August after an accident on a new electric bike. But the good news is he's well on his way to recovery—and well enough in October to undergo another, less-stressful, procedure: a smile makeover with dental veneers.

This latest trip to the dentist wasn't Cowell's first experience with the popular restoration, wanting this time to update his smile to more closely resemble what he had when he was younger. He even brought along some older photos for reference.

Veneers aren't exclusive to celebrities like Simon Cowell, as thousands of people who get them every year can attest. These thin wafers of porcelain bonded to teeth can mask a wide range of defects, from chips, wear or discoloration to slight tooth gaps or misalignments. And every veneer is custom-made to match an individual patient's dental dimensions and coloring.

If you're thinking about a smile upgrade, here are a few reasons to consider dental veneers.

More bang for your buck. Compared to other transformative cosmetic options, veneers are relatively affordable, with the cost dependent largely on the extent of your dental needs. Still, dental veneers are an investment that can give long-lasting yields of a more attractive smile and even a completely new look.

Little to no tooth alteration. In most veneer cases, we need only remove a small amount of enamel so the veneers don't appear bulky (the alteration is permanent, though, so you'll need a veneer on the tooth from then on). It's also possible to get “no-prep” veneers requiring little to no alteration.

Durable and long-lasting. Continuing improvements in porcelain and other dental ceramics have led to stronger forms that can better withstand the biting forces your teeth encounter every day. Although you'll still need to be careful biting into hard items, your veneers can last for several years.

Easy to maintain. Veneer cleaning and maintenance is much the same as with natural teeth—daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental cleanings and checkups. Outside of that, you'll need to watch what you chomp down on: Veneers are strong, but not indestructible, and they can break.

As Simon Cowell knows, getting veneers isn't difficult. It starts with an initial visit so we can evaluate your dental health and needs. From there, we can present options on how to update your smile.

If you would like more information about dental veneers, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”

By Frederick Dental Group
December 11, 2018
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.

By Frederick Dental Group
August 14, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

These simple porcelain restorations could transform your appearance.

Are you unsatisfied with the look of your smile? Do you find yourself hiding your smile from those around you because you don’t want veneerspeople to see chips, cracks, gaps or other imperfections? If you said yes, our Frederick, MD, cosmetic dentists Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma have a simple cosmetic treatment that could hide your flaws and give you the smile you know you deserve.

What are dental veneers?

Veneers are thin porcelain shells that look just like teeth and are applied to the front surface of a tooth to improve its appearance and to hide common dental flaws. Whether you have one tooth that is cosmetically defective or your whole smile needs a makeover, dental veneers could provide you with the results you want.

What are the benefits of dental veneers?

There are many advantages to getting dental veneers from our Frederick, MD, dentists such as:

Fixing a Variety of Dental Problems

Veneers are able to cover a wide variety of cosmetic imperfections such as:

  • Stains and discolorations
  • Chips and cracks
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Uneven or worn teeth

Even if you are dealing with several of these issues, getting dental veneers can cover all of these problems and even leave you with a straighter smile.

Realistic Restoration

Another great thing about getting veneers is that no one will even know that you have veneers but you. Veneers are made from porcelain, which is designed to reflect light in the same way as tooth enamel so these thin shells will look just like real teeth.

Stain-Resistant

After spending time and money to get the perfect smile you want to make sure it stays that way. Another advantage of veneers is that the porcelain is stain-resistant, meaning that you can enjoy drinking that morning cup of coffee or unwinding with a glass of red wine after a long day and you won’t have to worry that your smile will fade or become discolored.

Durability

With the proper care, these restorations could last up to a decade or more before needing to be replaced. This means that you can feel confident when you get these restorations that you’ll have a beautiful new smile that will last. Of course, it’s important that you continue to see our Frederick, MD, family dentist every six months to ensure that your veneers are doing well.

Frederick Dental Group wants you to have a smile you’re proud of. Even if you weren’t born with it, cosmetic dentistry can still help you achieve it. If you want to find out if you are the perfect candidate for dental veneers, give our Frederick, MD, dental office a call today at (301) 624-1001.