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By Eastern Shore Smile Solutions
February 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental VeneersEnhance your appearance and feel more confident in your smile with veneers.

If you’ve ever envied one of your favorite Hollywood stars because of a perfect smile then chances are good that you’ve actually been envying their cosmetic dentistry. Porcelain veneers are an amazingly versatile cosmetic treatment that can completely transform and makeover your smile. From the Cambridge and Easton offices of our cosmetic dentists, find out more about the benefits of porcelain veneers.

 

What Veneers Can Do For You

Dental veneers are ultra-thin shells that are made to look just like real tooth enamel. They are bonded to the front of your teeth to completely change the overall appearance of your smile in as little as two-to-three trips to our office. By covering teeth with veneers we can hide,

  • Discolorations and severe stains
  • Chips and cracks
  • Small gaps between teeth
  • Minor crookedness or overlapping
  • Malformed or misshapen teeth
  • Uneven or worn down teeth

Any issues that affect the appearance of your teeth can often be improved with the help of dental veneers. Though in order to get them, you will first need to visit our Cambridge, MD, dentist for an evaluation.

We will check to make sure that your teeth are strong enough to support dental veneers and that there aren’t any issues like decay or active gum disease that will need to be treated before you can get cosmetic dentistry. Once we deem you appropriate for veneers here are the simple steps involved,

  1. Tooth preparation: Unlike dental crowns, which require us to shave down a substantial amount of the tooth in order to fit the crown on top, dental veneers require very little enamel removal. In fact, the removal is so minimal that it can often be performed without even needing local anesthesia to numb the area.
  2. Impressions: Once teeth are prepped we will need to take impressions or molds of your mouth. These molds will be sent to a dental lab so that they have the exact measurements of your teeth from which to create your personalized veneers. Each veneer is custom-made based on your measurements.
  3. Temporary veneers: In some cases, we may need to place temporary dental veneers to protect the teeth until your permanent veneers are created.
  4. Fitting your permanent veneers: Once your permanent veneers have been made, you will come back in so that we can check the fit and look before bonding them to the front of your teeth using a special dental resin and a laser to harden the veneers to your teeth.

 

Interested? Give Us a Call!

Eastern Shore Smile Solutions in Cambridge and Easton, MD, is dedicated to giving you the smile you deserve with help from cosmetic dentistry. If you have questions about the different services that we offer or if you want to find out if porcelain veneers are right for you, call our office today at (443) 205-4757 to schedule a consultation.

By Eastern Shore Smile Solutions
December 07, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  
KnowtheKindofSmileYouWantBeforeCosmeticDentalTreatment

Before we discuss cosmetic options for transforming your smile, and before any preparations for treatment, there’s one question that needs to be answered: What do you want to be different about your smile?

There’s a common misconception that cosmetic changes to the teeth and gums — a “smile makeover” — is primarily a technical achievement based on rigid principles of beauty. Patients believe they must defer to their dentists for what will look best. But that’s not the entire picture: what’s often lost in the understanding is that it’s your smile — the smile at the end of the process you must be comfortable showing with confidence.

In this regard, there are two types of patients, with no right or wrong view — simply what a patient perceives as the smile they want. Some want the “perfect” smile — the greatest level of regularity between teeth shape, size and alignment and the maximum level of brightness. Others are more comfortable with a “natural” smile, a more subtle look with just enough change to create something new and different. The latter may even desire a less than perfect look that doesn’t “fix” all their imperfections — the ones they believe give their face “character.”

Knowing to which side you lean is important at the outset. It’s then important for you to communicate those expectations with us. While we’re focused on the technical aspects of treatment — tooth length, the lineup of teeth with other facial features or the gum-to-lip distance — only you can express what’s going to be a beautiful yet comfortable smile for you. By meshing the technical requirements with your personal desires, we’re able to formulate a makeover plan that fits you.

It all begins with a comprehensive examination to determine the exact health state of your mouth, and it may be necessary to first perform dental work to improve it. From there we can discuss what is and isn’t possible to change the appearance of your teeth and gums. In the end, we want the same result as you — a beautiful smile you’re happy and confident to show the world.

If you would like more information on smile makeovers, 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 “Great Expectations: Is what you get what you want?

By Eastern Shore Smile Solutions
September 18, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  
TakeYearsoffYourSmilebyTreatingAge-RelatedDentalProblems

You may be able to slow the aging process with healthy habits but you can’t stop it. Every part of your body will change, including your teeth and gums. And even with great dental hygiene and care, there are at least two aging outcomes you may not be able to avoid: discoloration and tooth wear.

Fortunately though, we have ways to counteract these effects and help you enjoy a much younger-looking smile. These techniques range in complexity and cost, but when tailored to your individual situation they can make a world of difference and restore your confidence in your smile.

Brightening teeth that have yellowed with age can be as simple as undergoing teeth whitening.┬áThe bleaching solution in this procedure (performed in the office or at home with a prescribed kit) can minimize enamel staining built up over the years. It can even be performed with some control over the level of desired brightness. Although whitening isn’t permanent, with proper care and regular touch-ups you can keep your youthful, dazzling smile for some time.

Tooth whitening, however, may not be enough in some cases of discoloration. If so, you can gain a bright new smile with porcelain veneers or crowns. A veneer is a thin layer of tooth-colored material bonded to the front of a tooth; a porcelain crown completely covers a tooth and is usually cemented onto it.

Normal tooth wearing can also affect the appearance of older teeth, making them look shorter and with less rounded edges than younger teeth. Veneers and crowns can be utilized for this problem too, as well as enamel shaping with a dental drill to minimize those sharp edges and project a softer, younger appearance. In extreme cases, surgically reshaping the gums can give teeth a longer and a more natural look.

These are just a few of the ways we can address these two aging problems, as well as others like receding gums. Depending on your situation, it’s quite possible we can help you take years off your smile.

If you would like more information on cosmetic answers to aging teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Eastern Shore Smile Solutions
May 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Discover what dental veneers could do to fully transform your smile.veneers

Have you always wished that you had a smile that was as beautiful as some of your favorite celebrities? Well, now the dream can become a reality with dental veneers. Dental veneers have become such a popular way to revamp and makeover a smile to improve the overall color, shape and length of one or more teeth. Our Cambridge, MD, cosmetic dentists Dr. Hiers and Dr. Morrow offer up the information you want about getting dental veneers.

Dental veneers are very thin yet durable shells, often made from porcelain, that are bonded to the front of your teeth to make changes to the overall shape and color of your smile. You may choose to cover a misshapen, discolored or chipped tooth with a dental veneer or you may choose to get a full set of veneers for a completely transformed smile. The choice is up to you!

Once one of our Cambridge, MD, dentists have determined that dental veneers are the best option for meeting your smile goals, then getting your new smile can finally begin. Here are some of the steps involved in getting dental veneers:

Tooth Preparation

In order for veneers to not look bulky when bonded to the front of your teeth, some enamel will need to be removed from the front surface. Enamel removal is minimal (usually no more than 0.5mm).

Taking Impressions

Since each dental veneer is specially made to fit a specific tooth, we want to make sure that we have the exact measurements so a dental lab will create restorations that offer the proper fit. In order to do this, we will need to take impressions of your teeth. A dental lab will use this model of your smile to make your very own set of veneers.

Attaching the Veneers

This is the moment you’ve been waiting for. Now that your veneers have been designed, they are ready to be placed over the front of your teeth to revamp your smile. Often times, teeth are cleaned and then etched with a special liquid to ensure that the bonding resin sticks to the tooth properly. Then the veneer is placed over the front of the tooth and a specialized laser hardens the bonding resin in place. Now you have your brand new smile.

Eastern Shore Smile Solutions in Cambridge, MD, is ready to help you get a smile you just can’t wait to show off. You don’t have to have the money of a celebrity to have a smile like one. Call us today to schedule your cosmetic consultation.

By Eastern Shore Smile Solutions
December 22, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
SpiceUpYourTeeth

As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.

What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.

For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.

Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.

Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.

So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”