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By Westlake Family Dentistry
August 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Teeth that are badly shaped or stained or even crooked can be improved with the help of veneers from a Brownsville, Texas dentist. After adental veneers thorough examination, Dr. Humberto Nunez and Dr. Crystal Villarreal from Westlake Family Dentistry can determine whether dental veneers are a great option for each patient’s oral health situation.

More About Dental Veneers

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic (always made of a strong material that is durable) that are cemented over the front of teeth in order to change their shape, alignment or color. They are used by your Brownsville, Texas dentist on teeth that are discolored, oddly-shaped, unevenly spaced, chipped or even crooked.

Veneers have a longer life expectancy than bonding. They are especially great at resisting staining from coffee, tea or smoking. These veneers are made in a dental lab working from a model created by your dentist. Veneers are irreversible as it is necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from the teeth to accommodate this covering. Porcelain veneers can help to mask imperfections and have been successful with hiding gaps in the front teeth and helping fix teeth that have had some type of injury.

Dental veneers usually take several appointments with our professional dentist - the first for diagnosing and planning, the second to prepare the teeth and the last to bond the veneers to the surface of the teeth. During the tooth preparation visit, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the thickness of the veneer.

After the veneers are applied, a two-week period of adjustment follows. A follow-up appointment with Dr. Gil is required to ensure the fit and bite are correct. To learn more about veneers from our Brownsville, Texas dentist, call to schedule an informative appointment today at (956) 312-0284.

By Westlake Family Dentistry
April 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
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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.”



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