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Orthodontics, veneers and other cosmetic dental techniques can turn a less than perfect smile into a beautiful one—but not always very quickly. For example, porcelain veneers can take weeks from planning to installation, including the meticulous work of an outside dental lab to produce veneers that look natural as well as beautiful.

But you may be able to take advantage of another approach, one that often takes no more than a couple of dental visits. Called direct veneers, it's actually a process of bonding and sculpting life-like composite materials to teeth that are heavily stained, chipped or that contain tiny crevices called “craze lines.”

Unlike the similarly-named traditional method, direct veneers don't involve the creation of layered porcelain veneers fashioned by a dental lab. But this newer process is similar to the older one in that some of the enamel must be removed from the teeth in question to provide a suitable surface for the composite material to adhere. This alteration will be permanent, requiring a restorative covering on the treated teeth from then on.

Right before this preparation, though, a dentist typically makes an impression of the patient's mouth. This will be the basis for creating the procedural plan for the dental work, particularly a “trial smile” from similar composite material that can be applied to the patient's teeth before actual restoration work begins. This temporary application gives both patient and dentist an opportunity to visualize the final look, and make needed adjustments in color and shaping.

Once the work plan is finalized, the patient then returns for the actual restoration procedure. The dentist begins by applying and bonding the composite material to the prepared teeth. Then, using a drill and manual instruments, the dentist shapes and smooths the material into a tooth-like appearance that blends with other teeth. The procedure can take a few hours, but it can usually be completed during a single visit.

Although direct veneers may not last as long as porcelain veneers, the process is less costly and requires less time to complete. Direct veneers could be an economical solution for achieving a more attractive smile.

If you would like more information on direct veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic with a firsthand patient account by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A New Smile With Direct Veneers.”

By James C. Lewis, DMD
October 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   Damaged Teeth  

VeneersWould your smile be more attractive if you didn't have a discolored tooth or a tiny, but very noticeable, chip? Veneers, offered by your New Port Richey, FL, dentist, Dr. James Lewis, provide an excellent way to hide minor flaws that can affect your smile.

Keep Imperfections out of Sight

If "keep it simple" is your motto, you'll appreciate the simplicity of the veneer process. The fingernail-thin porcelain shells only cover the fronts of your teeth, which means there's no extensive preparation or long, complicated procedures. In fact, your New Port Richey dentist will only need to remove a very tiny amount of tooth enamel to ensure a perfect fit.

Flaws Disappear

Small flaws may not affect the function of your teeth but they can make you feel a little less confident. Thanks to veneers, boosting your self-esteem is easy. Chips, cracks, pits, bumps, or other unattractive flaws disappear from view the instant you receive your restorations.

Hate Your Gaps? Veneers Can Help

Gaps between teeth may be cute when you're younger, but you may find them less attractive when you're an adult. Veneers conceal slight gaps, completely transforming your smile. (For larger gaps, braces are the best option.)

Fix Oddly Shaped Teeth

You would think that every one of your teeth would look pretty much the same, but that's not always the case. Sometimes, one or two teeth are crooked, misshapen, twisted or pointed. Fortunately, it's easy to make problem teeth look more uniform simply by applying a veneer or two.

Extend Short Teeth

Has your nighttime grinding session shortened a few of your teeth? Whether a tooth is naturally short or the problem occurred due to grinding, short teeth can be easily lengthened with veneers.

A Whiter Smile Can Be Yours with Veneers

Would you like a smile as white as your favorite TV star's? Actors and actresses prefer veneers because they offer a stain-resistant, long-term whitening option. Whether you want to white your entire smile or conceal a single discolored tooth, you'll want to consider veneers.

Upgrade your smile today by calling New Port Richey dentist Dr. James Lewis at (727) 372-7887 to schedule an appointment.

By James C. Lewis, DMD
February 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Your smile is one of your most important features. Unfortunately, if your teeth are damaged, discolored or unattractive, you may not want toveneers share your smile with the world. Our Trinity and New Port Richey, FL, dentist, Dr. James Lewis, explains how veneers can change the appearance of your teeth.

Veneers offer smile-changing possibilities

Small flaws in your smile can be easily concealed with the addition of porcelain veneers. The thin, tooth-shaped shells are cemented on to the fronts of your teeth, providing excellent coverage for minor damage and imperfections. Veneers are an excellent cosmetic option if your teeth are healthy and in good condition.

How veneers can transform your smile

Veneers cover up the things you don't like about your smile. They make minor imperfections that are extremely noticeable disappear, such as cracks, chips, and uneven surfaces. Even gaps between teeth can be treated with veneers. Adding a few veneers to your teeth closes up slight spaces between teeth, improving your smile.

Veneers are very popular with people who have discolored teeth. Teeth tend to change color if you've experienced some sort of trauma, such as a blow to your mouth, or if you took the antibiotic tetracycline as a child. Some dental treatments, including root canals and large fillings, can also cause teeth to darken. Adding a veneer to a discolored tooth instantly lightens and brightens it.

When your teeth vary widely in shape or size, veneers can be a good solution. They increase uniformity and are an excellent solution if a few teeth have become shorter due to grinding. If you're a grinder, you'll want to start wearing a nightguard when you receive your veneers. The nightguard, which is constructed from an impression taken in our Trinity and New Port Richey area office, prevents damage to your veneers and teeth due to grinding or clenching.

If you're unhappy with the results of teeth whitening or don't want to whiten your teeth every few years, veneers may be a better option. Veneers are available in a vast array of shades of white, making it possible to choose the ideal shade for your smile. Using lighter or darker dental cement will also help you achieve the level of whiteness you prefer.

Revamp your smile with veneers! Call our Trinity and New Port Richey, FL, dentist, Dr. Lewis, at (727) 372-7887 to schedule your appointment.

By James C. Lewis, DMD
February 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   Veneers  
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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 James C. Lewis, DMD
February 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Veneers are a key part of a complete smile makeover -- especially when other treatments like braces or tooth whitening won't help your veneerscase. No matter your cosmetic problem, there’s a good chance that veneers can fix it. Here are a few of the most attractive advantages of getting veneers at the office of Dr. James Lewis in New Port Richey, FL.

Covers Up Even the Worst Imperfections
The great thing about veneers is that they can cover up a wide array of dental problems. When you smile, only the front side of your front teeth are visible and that is where the veneers are bonded. Here are a few common issues that may call for veneers:

- Broken or chipped teeth.
- Teeth that are too small, causing gaps.
- Intrinsic staining (at the inner layers of the tooth) that can’t be bleached.
- Protruding or crowded teeth.

A Relatively Fast Procedure
After just two appointments at Dr. Lewis' New Port Richey office, you can go home with a new smile thanks to veneers. At the first appointment, the dentist will remove a small amount of tooth enamel, then take a mold of your teeth. That mold will allow a technician to create custom veneers. At the next appointment, the dentist will use a strong bonding agent to attach the veneers to your teeth, then contour and polish them to perfection. You’ll be amazed by how dramatically your smile has changed when you look in the mirror at the end of your appointment.

A Beautiful Smile for 20 Plus Years
After the veneers have been installed you'll have a beautiful smile for up to 20 years. The length of time they will last depends on your commitment to dental and oral health. Keep your veneers clean and free from debris. Also, floss thoroughly every day to reduce the chance of gingivitis or periodontitis—gum disease puts the tooth and the bonded veneer at risk.

Take the First Step
It's time to take the first step toward having a smile that you can feel good about. Call New Port Richey, FL, dentist, Dr. Lewis, at (727) 372-7887 today to talk about dental veneers.



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