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By Mountain Brook Smiles
October 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Porcelain VeneersDo you have stained or damaged teeth? Do you want to rejuvenate your smile back to its glamour days?

Your dentist in Mountain Brook, AL, Dr. Wes Samford, knows patients want to have better-looking smiles, so he recommends a solution: Veneers.

More Information About Veneers

Veneers are an anesthetic fix for unsightly teeth. They are made of thin porcelain and used to resurface an individual's teeth, especially if they're damaged. They treat a variety of issues, such as:

  • Stained or discolored teeth, usually a result of drinking coffee or tea, poor oral hygiene, smoking, chewing tobacco, or taking tetracycline-containing medicine
  • Teeth that are crooked, overcrowded, and irregularly shaped

Veneer Procedure

When you come into the Mountain Brook office, Dr. Samford will:

  • Examine your teeth and assess whether veneers are right for you. Before he decides that you are a good candidate, he'll first have to deal with any underlying issues, like cavities.
  • He'll remove some enamel from the surface of your teeth so that you won't feel like your teeth are protruding once the veneers are placed.
  • Your dentist will then take an impression of your teeth and send it to a lab where a custom set of veneers matching the color of your teeth will be made and then applied.

Caring for Veneers

In order to take proper care of your veneers, you need to:

  • Brush twice a day while holding your brush at a 40-degree angle
  • Use fluoride-containing toothpaste, mouthwash, and water
  • Eat healthy food like carrots that scrape teeth clean
  • Floss at least once before bed
  • Change your toothbrush when it's frayed

Consultation

Veneers are a good choice for concealing superficial dental issues. For more information on veneers, contact your dentist in Mountain Brook, AL, by calling (205) 423-9140. Dr. Wes Samford will be more than happy to help you with your dental needs!

By Mountain Brook Smiles
April 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Veneers can do so much for your smile. They can completely transform it by concealing a variety of cosmetic imperfections, such as veneerscracks, chips, stains, discolorations, or gaps between teeth. Veneers can give you the smile you have always wanted. At Mountain Brook Smiles, Dr. Wes Samford is your cosmetic dentist for veneers and other types of cosmetic dentistry procedures in Mountain Brook, AL.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are thin covers applied to teeth to conceal a variety of flaws. Veneers can improve the appearance of teeth with stains, discolorations, cracks, chips, or uneven surfaces, as well as teeth that are oddly shaped. Veneers can also be used to close gaps between teeth. Veneers are made of porcelain, which looks like natural tooth enamel and can be color matched to your existing teeth so the veneers readily blend in after installation.

Veneers are custom made from a mold of your teeth for a perfect fit. The size, shape, and color of the veneers are all customized to you for the most natural look possible. Once your custom veneers are ready, placement is as simple as removing a bit of enamel from the front of each tooth to be covered, then cementing the veneers in place. Once placed, veneers will remain securely in place even when eating or speaking.

Benefits of Veneers

The benefits of veneers are numerous. The can hide a variety of problems. Teeth that are cracked, chipped, stained, discolored, gapped, or misshaped can all be corrected with veneers. In addition to the benefit of concealing cosmetic flaws, veneers also have the benefit of looking and functioning like natural teeth. Further, they are custom made to perfectly fit in place and placement is permanent so they will not fall off. Veneers can be placed by a dentist who practices cosmetic dentistry in Mountain Brook.

Veneers can completely transform your smile by dramatically improving the appearance of teeth with cosmetic imperfections. Veneers are a simple way to achieve the smile you desire. To learn more about what veneers can do for your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Samford by calling Mountain Brook Smiles, your cosmetic dentistry office, at (205) 423-9140.

By Mountain Brook Smiles
May 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

There's no reason to live with a smile you don't love. Veneers offer a simple way to change the appearance of your teeth and boost your veneersself-esteem. Dr. Wes Samford of Mountain Brook Smiles in Mountain Brook, AL, explains how you can the smile of your dreams with veneers.

Can veneers really change my smile?

When you look at a veneer, it may seem hard to believe that this thin piece of porcelain can really make a difference in your smile. Veneers are designed to hide small imperfections in the front surfaces of teeth, rather than permanently change them. For example, you could hide a discolored tooth with a crown, but that would mean reducing the size of your tooth to on all four sides to make it small enough to accommodate the crown. Since veneers are only attached to the fronts of teeth, your tooth enamel will only need to be removed very slightly.

Veneers are created in a dental laboratory by technicians who work with a mold of your mouth. Using a mold ensures that your veneers will look completely natural after they're applied to your teeth with dental cement.

You'll only need to visit our Mountain Brook office twice if you choose veneers. During the first visit, your teeth will be filed and an impression of your teeth will be made. The next time you visit the office, you'll receive your new veneers.

What types of problems do veneers address?

Versatile veneers offer a good solution to many cosmetic issues, including:

  • Spaces: If you don't like the gap between your front teeth, it can be easily closed with a veneer.
  • Shape and Length: Adding a veneer to your tooth instantly changes the shape or length, or both. Veneers are a great choice if you don't like a crooked or twisted tooth, think those pointed teeth make you look a little like a vampire, or are concerned that one or two teeth aren't quite as long as they should be.
  • Minor Imperfections: Do you have small chips or cracks in your teeth? Cover them with veneers.
  • Color Issues: Whether one tooth is discolored, or you want to whiten all of your teeth, you'll want to consider veneers. Depending on your preferences, veneers can match the color of the rest of your smile or can be used to lighten and brighten dull teeth.

Don't let a few little imperfections ruin your smile. Call Mountain Brook, AL, dentist Dr. Samford of Mountain Brook Smiles at (205) 423-9140 to set up an appointment to discuss veneers.

By Mountain Brook Smiles
December 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  
VivicasVeneerstheMakingofaHollywoodSmile

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.