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By One Dental Care - Kunio Chan, DMD, MAGD
August 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

If your smile is worn or dull, you may wonder if you can renew its appearance and restore it to what it once was. Luckily, you can do justVeneers that with porcelain dental veneers. But what can veneers do for your smile? Find out the answer to this question and more with Dr. Kunio Chan at One Dental Care in Billerica, MA.

Can veneers help my smile? 
If you have chips, cracks, uneven teeth, yellowed teeth, discolorations, slight overcrowding or slight under crowding, veneers can improve your smile. A good candidate for veneers should be in good dental health and teeth free from tooth decay and gum disease. Additionally, candidates for veneers should have realistic expectations for their results.

Are veneers permanent? 
Veneers are a permanent and irreversible procedure. Veneers require preparation of the tooth before placing the final restoration. The preparation includes removing a thin layer of enamel from the surface of the tooth. This aids in the bonding process between the tooth and the veneer.

How should I care for my veneers? 
Caring for your veneers is as simple as caring for your own natural teeth. Brush twice daily with a soft toothbrush for at least two minutes. Floss at least once a day between each tooth and behind the back side of your last molar. A strong, committed at-home oral routine will help keep your teeth healthy and clean between dental examinations and cleanings every six months.

Dental Veneers in Billerica, MA 
Veneers require a two-phase process to complete. The first phase will include a consultation to ensure that veneers are right for you, preparation of the teeth to receive the veneers, and taking an impression of your mouth to help the dental laboratory design your final restorations. The second phase of the process takes place about two weeks later, once the dental laboratory has customized each of your veneers and returned them to your dentist’s office. Your dentist then fits the final veneers and bonds them permanently to your teeth.

For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Chan at One Dental Care in Billerica, MA. Call (978) 667-0691 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Chan today!

By One Dental Care - Kunio Chan, DMD, MAGD
November 30, 2016
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 One Dental Care - Kunio Chan, DMD, MAGD
October 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Veneers  

Improving your smile has never been easier, thanks to dental veneers. Dr. Kunio Chan, your Billerica, MA dentist at One Dental Care, veneersdiscusses how veneers can change the things you don't like about your smile.

Change starts with a thin layer of porcelain

Veneers were invented in 1928 for a film shoot, but it wasn't until years later that dentists found a long-lasting way to attach them to the teeth. The thin porcelain shells look just tooth enamel and are ideal for making minor alterations to your small. Although veneers are about as thick as a fingernail, they're very strong and stain resistant. Dental veneers are attached to the front surfaces of teeth only and offer a quick way to make over your smile.

Veneers are an ideal solution for a variety of cosmetic issues

Dental veneers may be thin, but they're very effective at covering small defects that detract from your smile. Don't like the shape of your teeth? That tooth won't stand out any longer after you receive your custom-made veneer. A porcelain veneer can also be used to conceal a slightly crooked tooth, although orthodontic treatment may be needed if you have significant alignment problems.

Veneers also cover small chips and other flaws, including teeth shortened by grinding. In some cases, your Billerica dentist may recommend a crown instead of a veneer, particularly if your tooth has become very short. Dental veneers offer a simple way to hide discolorations and can be used to improve the look of a tooth discolored by a dental procedure or tetracycline use. If you're embarrassed by your dull, yellow teeth, veneers can be used on all of your teeth to brighten your smile. Unlike tooth whitening, which only offers an average improvement of three to eight shade, there's virtually no limit to the level of whiteness you can attain with veneers.

Are you interested in learning how you can benefit from veneers. Call Dr. Chan, your Billerica, MA, dentist at One Dental Care, at (978) 894-1166 to schedule an appointment to begin the veneer process.

By One Dental Care
January 04, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Dental veneers are an extremely versatile cosmetic dentistry option that are used to hide a variety of imperfections. Kunio Chan, DMD, offers veneers in Billerica at One Dental Care and explains how veneers can help you redesign your smile.Veneers

Veneer basics

Veneers offer a simple way to transform your teeth. The thin porcelain shells are permanently attached to your teeth and are used to address the following issues:

  • Gaps: Veneers hide small gaps that can make you self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth.
  • Yellow teeth: Tooth whitening treatments lighten teeth several shades, but sometimes these treatments can't produce the results you want. When you choose veneers, your teeth will be noticeably whiter and resistant to staining.
  • Imperfections: Veneers conceal teeth that are too short, too small or oddly shaped.
  • Discolorations: Root canal treatment, large fillings and tetracycline side effects can permanently discolor teeth. Veneers conceal the discoloration and help your teeth look more uniform.

Starting the process

Before you can be fitted with veneers, your dentist must file a small amount of enamel from the front of your teeth. This step helps ensure that your veneers will fit well and feel perfectly natural. After your teeth are filed, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth. The impression will be used to create custom-made veneers at a dental laboratory.

The final step

You'll return to your dentist's office when your new veneers are ready. He will verify that the color and fit are perfect before he permanently attaches the veneers to the fronts of your teeth. He'll use a special light that will help bond the cement to the veneers.

Caring for your veneers

You'll continue to floss and brush as usual after you receive your veneers. Abrasive toothpastes should be avoided because they can scratch the surface of the veneers. If you grind your teeth, your dentist may recommend that you wear night guards to avoid damaging your veneers.

Interested in learning more about veneers? Call Billerica dentist Dr. Chan of One Dental Care at (978) 667-0691 and schedule an appointment. Enjoy a dazzling smile with veneers!