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By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
June 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

A great smile has many factors including the size, color, shape and alignment of the teeth. If you feel your teeth could use some improvementsVeneers then veneers from our professional dentist, Dr. Bruce Schechter in Milford, CT may be the answer for you. He can examine each patient to decide whether or not they are a good candidate for porcelain veneers.

About Veneers

Veneers are thin coverings that are applied over the surface of the teeth. Veneers are super thin and made of a strong porcelain material that serves as a natural tooth enamel substitute. When they are bonded to the teeth by your Milford dentist, they create a natural-looking smile. Porcelain is a great material for this procedure as it doesn’t stain.

Because of advancements in dental technology, these veneers can be made so thin they can’t be detected in the mouth. A small amount of enamel is removed before the new veneers are placed over the surface of the teeth. These veneers can improve the color by restoring the natural white color. They also can improve both shape or size of the teeth that have been worn down from grinding. Spacing and alignment are also corrected with these veneers as they can close small gaps in the teeth.

A model of the teeth is created, and wax veneers are made first to make sure the patients like both the look and the fit. After they agree, the actual veneers are designed and constructed. Temporary veneers are worn during the time they are made. After they are received, the patient returns to the office and they are cemented to the teeth after the initial enamel removal.

To learn more about veneers from Dr. Schechter, your Milford, CT dentist and to schedule a dental examination and consultation, call our office today at 203-878-1787.

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
August 12, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   Bonding   Crowns  

Chipped teeth are common after a fall, but luckily, you don't have to live with your altered smile. Dr. Bruce R. Schecter, who practices family dentistry in Milford, CT, explains what you can do to restore your smile.

Restoration optionsChipped Teeth

Chipped teeth can be restored using one of these cosmetic dental treatments:

Dental bonding

Bonding is an inexpensive way to treat small chips in your teeth. Your dentist uses a flexible, plastic-based material called composite resin to repair the chip. Composite resin looks like putty and can be manipulated into any shape. After applying the bonding material to your teeth, your dentist uses a special curing light to harden it.

Dental veneers

Veneers are thin porcelain shells that cover the front surfaces of your teeth to conceal a variety of imperfections and flaws, including chips, cracks, short teeth, oddly shaped teeth and discolorations. Although veneers are no thicker than a fingernail, they hide cosmetic issues very effectively.Before you receive your veneer, your dentist will file the front of your tooth slightly to ensure that your new veneer won't be too bulky when it's applied. He'll also make an impression of your mouth which will be sent to a dental laboratory. The laboratory will use the impression to create a veneer that fits your tooth perfectly. Once your new veneer is ready, your dentist will check the fit, make any needed adjustments and permanently attach it to your tooth with dental cement.

Crowns

Crowns slip over your teeth and completely encase them. They not only cover cosmetic issues but also strengthen teeth. They're a good choice if your crack is large. Before you receive your crown, your dentist will reduce the size of your tooth to accommodate your new crown. He'll make an impression of your mouth that the dental laboratory will use to create your new restoration. In just about two or three weeks, your new crown will be ready and will be permanently attached to your tooth.

Would you like conceal a chip? Dr. Bruce R. Schecter offers family dentistry services in Milford, CT, and can help you restore your smile. Call him at (203) 878-1787 to make an appointment.

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
February 24, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Discover whether this cosmetic procedure is a great option for your smile needs.

Are you looking for a simple and easy way to restore your smile? Are you embarrassed by how your smile looks? Do you find yourself Veneers smiling less and less? This doesn’t need to happen to you any longer. Turn to your Milford, CT family dentist, Dr. Bruce Schechter, to find out if veneers are the best option for your smile.

You are Prepared to Have Veneers for Life

Veneers make it easy for so many of our patients to get the smiles they want. It’s minimally invasive and doesn’t require as much tooth preparation as getting dental crowns. Plus, most patients can get their new smile in just three visits. Of course, some tooth preparation is often necessary before you get veneers.

Tooth preparation involves shaving down about 0.5 millimeter of tooth enamel to make room for the added bulk of the veneers. While this can usually be performed painlessly without even needing anesthesia, it’s important to note that this is not reversible. So once your teeth have been prepared you will wear your veneers for the rest of your life.

You Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

As with any cosmetic dental procedure you will need to have impeccable oral hygiene. This means that your smile is free of cavities and gum disease. If we detect any of these issues during you consultation they will need to be treated before you get veneers. Even once you get your veneers you will need to floss daily and brush at least twice a day to make sure that decay and other issues do not ruin your new smile.

You See Your Milford, CT Dentist Routinely

Just as at-home oral care is important for maintaining a healthy smile for life, so too is seeing your general dentist in Milford every six months for cleanings. While dental veneers are made from durable, stain-resistant porcelain, they aren’t designed to last forever. Even though you can get a decade or more of life out of your veneers, it’s important to come into our office for routine care to make sure that your veneers are still strong and intact. We can also tell when they will need to be replaced.

Do you think you could be the perfect candidate for veneers? Then let’s find out! Call our Milford, CT dental office today to schedule an initial consultation. Our goal is to get you the smile you’ve always wanted.