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By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
March 27, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: porcelain veneers  

Are your teeth damaged, dull, or oddly shaped? If so, veneers, a cosmetic dentistry treatment offered by your dentist, Dr. R. Brad Beasley of Beasley Family & Implant Dentistry in Athens, AL (serving the residents of Huntsville) can revitalize your smile—read on to learn how.

Veneers hide minor imperfections

Veneers keep tooth flaws out of sight. The tooth-shaped shells are no thicker than a contact lens yet hide imperfections very effectively. Veneers are often made of porcelain, a durable material that looks like tooth enamel and reflects light in the same way that enamel does.

The restorations are created from an impression of your mouth and attached with dental cement. Unlike some other types of cosmetic dentistry treatments, veneers don't require significant changes to your tooth structure. In fact, your dentist may only need to remove a tiny amount of tooth enamel to ensure that the restorations fit perfectly.

Veneers are the perfect solution to many smile problems

Veneers make it possible to completely change the shape of a tooth. They're frequently used to make crooked or twisted teeth look perfectly straight or improve the appearance of an oddly shaped tooth.

The restorations also conceal minor damage, such as shallow cracks or chips, and make uneven surfaces look perfectly smooth. Adding veneers can keep discolorations out of sight, whether they're due to trauma, tetracycline use, or other causes.

Would you like to close the gap between your front teeth but don't want to wear braces? Veneers offer an alternate option if you have slight spaces between your teeth (large spaces do still require braces, however).

If you want a movie-star bright smile, then there's no better option than veneers. Available in many shades of white, veneers provide a long-lasting way to keep your smile bright and white.

When general wear-and-tear or grinding shortens your teeth, veneers restore their normal length. If your teeth have worn down due to grinding while you sleep, your visit to the Huntsville dental office may include an impression for a nightguard. The guard protects your veneers and your teeth from damage.

Interested? Give us a call

Enhance your smile with veneers and other cosmetic dentistry treatments. Your dentist in Huntsville, AL, Dr. Beasley, will help you create the smile of your dreams with versatile veneers. Call his Athens office at (877) 999-6524 to schedule an appointment.

By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
May 04, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: porcelain veneers  

With exciting innovations in cosmetic dentistry over the last few decades, we can now transform nearly any unattractive smile. One of the best and most cost-effective of these is the porcelain veneer. These thin layers of dental porcelain are bonded over the front of chipped, slightly misaligned or stained teeth to create an entirely new look.

Veneers have evolved over time, especially with the materials they contain that give them their beauty and life-likeness. The first veneers were made mainly of feldspathic porcelain, a mineral composition known for its similarity in color and translucence to natural teeth.

But because this early porcelain had a high amount of silica (in essence, glass), and because they were created through overlaying several thin layers that weren’t as strong as a single piece, they were prone to shattering. This made them problematic for teeth subject to heavy biting forces or patients with clenching or grinding habits.

The situation changed dramatically in the 1990s, when dental labs began adding Leucite, a sturdier glass-like mineral that didn’t diminish the porcelain’s translucence. Not only did Leucite make veneers more shatter-resistant, it also enabled dental technicians to fashion most of the veneer in one piece to further strengthen it.

More recent veneers may now incorporate an even stronger material called lithium disilicate. Because lithium disilicate has twice the strength of Leucite, veneers made with it can be as thin as 0.3 millimeters. Not only does this blend together the most desirable qualities expected of a veneer—strength, aesthetic appeal and easy fabrication—it allows for a broader range of situations and uses.

Both of these materials can be pressed or milled to assume the exact shape necessary to fit a particular tooth. The manufacturing process also allows for creating smaller veneers that can then be overlaid with porcelain for the most life-like appearance possible.

Thanks to these stronger materials enhancing the natural beauty of porcelain, we now have a wider creative palate for transforming your smile.  

If you would like more information on porcelain 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 “Porcelain Veneers: Your Smile—Better Than Ever.”

By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
March 29, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.

What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!

Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.

If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.

For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.

Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.

Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.

So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.

If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”