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By Healthwest Dental Associates
January 10, 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 Healthwest Dental Associates
December 16, 2018
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 Healthwest Dental Associates
April 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

What your dentists in Dothan want you to know about dental veneersveneers

Do you have smile envy? Do you notice other people with gorgeous smiles and want to be like them? If you are embarrassed by your smile, you may have thought about dental veneers. You may be wondering if dental veneers could work for you. The truth is dental veneers are a great choice for just about everyone. Dr. Bayne Heersink and Dr. H. Paul Hufham III, at Healthwest Dental Associates in Dothan, AL want to share what dental veneers can do for your smile.

Dental veneers are thin coverings of dazzling porcelain that are cemented over the front surfaces of your teeth. Porcelain looks just like your natural tooth surface because porcelain reflects light just like tooth enamel does. Your new veneers will also stay beautiful because porcelain is stain resistant. That means you can still enjoy a dazzling smile even if you smoke or drink coffee!

Dental veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic dental treatments because they can mask most minor and major aesthetic issues including:

  • Chipped tooth edges due to aging or bad habits
  • Cracks and fracture lines due to injury or trauma
  • Staining or yellowing due to lifestyle habits or aging
  • Discolored, blotchy teeth due to medications or genetics

If you are bothered by the small gaps between your teeth or teeth that overlap each other, you may be thinking the only answer is orthodontics. Actually, veneers can cosmetically alter the appearance of your smile by cosmetically closing the gaps and hiding tooth overlap so your teeth appear straight!

Veneer treatment begins with a consultation appointment which is your chance to ask questions and discuss how you want your new smile to look. Then your teeth are prepared and models of your teeth are made. The dental technician uses the models to create your new veneers, and then your veneers are permanently cemented. You have a new smile!

Typically dental veneer treatment takes between 2 and 3 appointments. To find out more about dental veneers call Dr. Heersink and Dr. Hufham at Healthwest Dental Associates in Dothan, AL. Call today and get started on your new smile!

By Healthwest Dental Associates
July 18, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Do your smile’s imperfections take a toll on your self-esteem? Do you wish you could simply snap your fingers and overhaul your veneerssmile? With dental veneers, you can get the smile you want in only a few dental appointments. But how do these effective and permanent dental restorations work? Find out with your dentist at Healthwest Dental Associates in Dothan, AL.

What are veneers? 
Veneers are a cosmetic dentistry procedure which repairs imperfections in the teeth. Made by carving thin shells from a ceramic block, a dental laboratory technician carefully customizes each porcelain veneer for your teeth. This includes color-matching the veneer to the surrounding natural teeth to ensure it blends in seamlessly with your existing smile. Before placing veneers, your dentist prepares the tooth by removing a small amount of enamel from its surface. This makes the procedure permanent and irreversible.

The Science Behind Veneers
The materials which make up dental veneers have been carefully selected to emulate a natural tooth. Porcelain’s translucency and light-reflecting qualities allow the veneers to blend in with your existing teeth, ensuring an even appearance. The methods with which dentists place veneers produce a solid bond with the natural tooth to make sure the veneer stays in place and holds up to daily use for many years to come. Additionally, color-matching techniques match the color of the veneer to the natural teeth, subtly repairing the imperfections in your smile.

Dental Veneers in Dothan
Veneers repair many imperfections with your teeth, including:

  • chips
  • cracks
  • discolorations
  • stains
  • slightly misaligned teeth
  • slightly gapped teeth
  • slightly crowded teeth

Veneers last many years with the proper care. Brush twice daily for at least two minutes and floss at least once a day. See your dentist for regular dental examinations and cleanings at least twice a year.

For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Paul Hufham and Dr. Bayne Heersink at Healthwest Dental Associates in Dothan, AL. Call (334) 702-1101 to schedule your appointment for a consultation for veneers today!

By Healthwest Dental Associates
March 15, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Make your smile more attractive with dental veneers.

Cosmetic dentistry is a wonderful option for many people looking to revamp their smile. With spring on its way, now is the perfect time to veneersimprove the look and feel of your smile. And if you are interested in what dental veneers can offer you, it’s time you talked to your Dothan, AL dentists, Dr. H. Paul Hufham and Dr. Bayne Heersink.

These wafer-thin shells are custom-made from porcelain to mimic the surface of a real tooth. Each veneer is adhered to the front of the tooth to change the color, shape or size. While dental veneers won’t be able to fix teeth that have more functional issues like fractures, they can cover aesthetic flaws like discolorations, chips and cracks, and oddly shaped teeth. They are even great for covering misaligned teeth or gaps between teeth so that a patient can also get a straighter, more even smile.

Getting dental veneers in Dothan is easy and anyone interested in this procedure can expect to go through this process:

Consultation: Everyone interested in dental veneers has to see their Dothan dentist to make sure that veneers are ideal for their smile and their goals. After we check the health of your teeth and gums we will determine if your smile is healthy enough for veneers.  If they are, we do a wax mock-up of the final veneers so you can see what your smile will look like before we start!

Preparation: The next step is to prepare your teeth for your veneers. This usually means that we will need to remove a small amount of enamel from the surface of your teeth in order to make room for your veneers. This process can sometimes be performed without needing anesthesia. Then, we will take impressions of your teeth, which will be used to custom design your very own veneers.  Finally, we make you a set of trial veneers in the office for you to wear home and have a preview of the permanent veneers.

Application: Once your permanent veneers are ready, we will have you come back in and temporarily place them over your teeth to check how they look and fit. We may need to trim the veneers in order to achieve the perfect fit. Once you are happy with your new smile, we will permanently apply each veneer to your teeth using a special dental resin, which will be bonded to the teeth.

Healthwest Dental Associates in Dothan, AL is here for all of your cosmetic, general and restorative needs. Call us today!