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By Prestige Dental Network
March 01, 2019
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.”

By Prestige Dental Network
February 19, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Porcelain Veneers  

Dental veneers, thin layers of porcelain bonded to chipped, stained or slightly crooked teeth, are an effective and affordable way to transform your smile. Their color, translucence and shape blend so well with the rest of your teeth that it's often difficult to tell them apart.

But traditional veneers have one drawback: although they're less than a millimeter in width, they can still appear bulky on unprepared teeth. To help them look more natural, we often have to remove some of the enamel layer from the tooth surface. Enamel doesn't grow back, so this alteration is permanent and the prepared teeth will require a restoration from then on.

But you may be able to avoid this—or at least keep the alteration to a minimum—with no-prep or minimal-prep veneers, two new exciting choices in cosmetic dentistry. About the width of a contact lens, we can bond these much thinner veneers to teeth with virtually no preparation at all or, in the case of a minimal-prep veneer, needing only an abrasive tool to reshape and remove only a tiny bit of the enamel.

These ultra thin veneers are best for teeth with healthy enamel, and can be placed in as few as two appointments. And besides being less invasive, the procedure is reversible—we can remove them and you can return to your original look without any follow-up restoration. One caveat, though: because of the strong bonding process used, it's not always easy to remove them.

Although their thinness makes it possible to avoid or minimize alterations, there are some dental situations like oversized teeth that may still require extensive tooth preparation. With some poor bites (malocclusions) orthodontic treatment to straighten the teeth may also be needed first.

All in all, though, no-prep or minimal-prep veneers could help you avoid the permanent tooth alteration that usually accompanies their thicker cousins. What's more, you'll have the beautiful, transformed smile that veneers can achieve.

If you would like more information on minimal or no-prep 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 “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”

By Prestige Dental Network
October 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Porcelain Veneers  

How porcelain veneers from your dentists in East Hartford, Connecticut can renew your smile

If you have damaged, cracked teeth, you can restore them. If you have teeth worn down from aging, you can make them look new again. If you have badly discolored teeth from taking medication when you were young, you can make them sparkle. Once choice can do it all! The answer to renewing your smile is porcelain veneers!

Drs. Allan and Jenny Kwon at Prestige Dental Network want to introduce you to the versatility of porcelain veneers. They have several convenient office locations in East Hartford, Hartford, and Meridien, Connecticut to help your smile look great!

The Benefits of Veneers

Porcelain veneers are versatile enough to change the color, shape, and even in some cases, the alignment of your teeth. You can have a uniformly beautiful smile again because veneers can fix teeth that are:

  • Worn-down and eroded from aging
  • Damaged or broken from trauma
  • Cracked or fractured from bad habits
  • Blotchy or discolored from medications

Veneers can also change minor alignment problems without orthodontic work. On a case-by-case basis, your dentist will evaluate whether veneers can fix:

  • Minor gaps between your teeth, if the gaps aren’t too wide
  • Tooth overlap, if the overlap isn’t too severe

The Veneer Procedure

Your porcelain veneer treatment begins with a consultation, during which your dentist can answer any questions you may have and give a preview of how your veneers will look and what you can expect from treatment. 

After this preliminary meeting, your teeth are prepared for the procedure. Veneer treatment is conservative, so only a small amount of tooth surface is removed—just enough to accommodate the thickness of the veneers. Molds will also be taken of your prepared teeth at this meeting.

Based on these forms, your veneers will then be created according to the specifications from your dentist as to color and shape. Finally, the new veneers are cemented on to the front surfaces of your prepared teeth, giving you a new smile!

Call us Today!

Thanks to the versatility of porcelain veneers, renewing your smile is easy! To get started on this process, just call Drs. Allan and Jenny Kwon at Prestige Dental Network, with offices in East Hartford, Hartford, and Meridien, Connecticut. Call (855) 697–7378 today and renew your smile!