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By Michael J Morris, DDS
September 10, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Caring for your teeth continues to be very important. Unfortunately, even those that brush and floss daily and go to a dentist on a regular basis could see staining on their teeth and experience slight chips and cracks. If this is the case for you, coming to see Dr. Michael Morris serving Louetta, TX, and Spring, TX can be a great option. This dentist and the entire team can offer a variety of solutions. One great option to consider is to have veneers placed on your teeth.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain material that is placed on top of your existing tooth. They are typically bonded on and can be a permanent solution to a variety of cosmetic dental challenges. They are a permanent solution and typically will take a few visits to your dentist to complete the process. This will include a session for consultation, tooth preparation, and eventually having them placed. Once they are on, the veneers are easy to maintain and can help with different cosmetic dental challenges.

Veneers for Stained Teeth

One of the benefits of veneers is that they can help with stained teeth. It is increasingly common for someone to have stains on their teeth due to the regular consumption of coffee, tea, and soda. While you can brush regularly, preventing and completely cleaning the stains is hard. With veneers, you can completely cover up the stains and have a natural white set of teeth. Another advantage is that veneers do not stain nearly as easily.

Veneers for Chipped Teeth

When meeting with Dr. Michael Morris serving Louetta, TX and Spring, TX, you will also find that veneers are a good solution for chipped teeth. If you have had some minor level of trauma that has led to a chip in your teeth, you could use veneers to cover it up. The veneers are able to provide a smooth layer on top of your existing teeth. This can help to cover up the chips and help your teeth look great and blend in with the rest of them. The veneers can also be a good solution if you would like to fill in small gaps.

If you are interested in learning more about veneers, you should come to see Dr. Michael Morris who serves Louetta, TX, and Spring, TX. When you come here, you can receive a full consultation to learn more about if veneers are right for you and your situation. You can then have your teeth prepared and have the veneers installed to ensure your teeth look and feel their best.

By Michael J Morris, DDS
July 27, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  
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You could have an unattractive smile because of a chipped tooth or one slightly out of alignment. Or, it could be both of the above, plus some heavy staining to boot. Correcting each flaw individually might require a combination of different methods like orthodontics or porcelain crowns, which can take an extended period of time to complete.

But you may be able to correct numerous smile flaws with just one method—and in no more than a couple of treatment visits. It's called direct veneers.

Unlike regular veneers, direct veneers don't require a dental technician to craft a thin porcelain shell to bond over teeth. Rather, a dentist applies a tooth-colored material called composite resin to the problem teeth and "sculpts" an entirely new look that can correct multiple dental flaws at one time.

The dentist usually begins the process by creating a model ("wax-up") of proposed changes based on physical impressions of the jaw and teeth. Both dentist and patient can study the model and modify it if necessary, when finalizing the treatment plan.

At a subsequent appointment, the dentist prepares the tooth surface for bonding by removing a thin layer of tooth enamel, then shapes the teeth to better accommodate the composite resin. This tooth prep is similar to that done with traditional veneers, so it's permanent—the teeth will require some form of restoration from then on.

After applying an etchant and a bonding agent, the dentist applies the composite resin in small amounts, hardening each layer with a special light before applying the next one. With each subsequent layer, the dentist sculps the composite material to eventually resemble the wax-up model.

After completing the composite application, the dentist then uses hand tools and a dental drill to complete shaping, as well as an abrasive strip between teeth to aid future flossing. After just a few hours, the transformation is complete.

Direct veneers are durable, but not to the same extent as regular veneers or other cosmetic enhancements. They can also pick up stains over time, and may require re-treatment at some point. Still, direct veneers are a cost-effective way to improve the appearance of teeth with multiple flaws that could radically change your smile for the better.

If you would like more information on the direct veneer method, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

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It's been a rough year for all of us, but especially for Simon Cowell. The famous entrepreneur and brutally honest talent judge on American Idol and America's Got Talent underwent emergency back surgery in August after an accident on a new electric bike. But the good news is he's well on his way to recovery—and well enough in October to undergo another, less-stressful, procedure: a smile makeover with dental veneers.

This latest trip to the dentist wasn't Cowell's first experience with the popular restoration, wanting this time to update his smile to more closely resemble what he had when he was younger. He even brought along some older photos for reference.

Veneers aren't exclusive to celebrities like Simon Cowell, as thousands of people who get them every year can attest. These thin wafers of porcelain bonded to teeth can mask a wide range of defects, from chips, wear or discoloration to slight tooth gaps or misalignments. And every veneer is custom-made to match an individual patient's dental dimensions and coloring.

If you're thinking about a smile upgrade, here are a few reasons to consider dental veneers.

More bang for your buck. Compared to other transformative cosmetic options, veneers are relatively affordable, with the cost dependent largely on the extent of your dental needs. Still, dental veneers are an investment that can give long-lasting yields of a more attractive smile and even a completely new look.

Little to no tooth alteration. In most veneer cases, we need only remove a small amount of enamel so the veneers don't appear bulky (the alteration is permanent, though, so you'll need a veneer on the tooth from then on). It's also possible to get “no-prep” veneers requiring little to no alteration.

Durable and long-lasting. Continuing improvements in porcelain and other dental ceramics have led to stronger forms that can better withstand the biting forces your teeth encounter every day. Although you'll still need to be careful biting into hard items, your veneers can last for several years.

Easy to maintain. Veneer cleaning and maintenance is much the same as with natural teeth—daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental cleanings and checkups. Outside of that, you'll need to watch what you chomp down on: Veneers are strong, but not indestructible, and they can break.

As Simon Cowell knows, getting veneers isn't difficult. It starts with an initial visit so we can evaluate your dental health and needs. From there, we can present options on how to update your smile.

If you would like more information about dental veneers, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”

DirectVeneersOfferaQuickandAffordableAlternativetoTraditionalVeneers

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 Michael J Morris, DDS
February 18, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Get the smile you want and know you deserve with cosmetic dentistry

You have decided it’s time to improve and enhance your smile and you are ready to turn to our Spring and Louetta, cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Morris to get beautiful results. If you are looking for a dental treatment that can give you a straighter, whiter and more even smile then you may want to consider getting dental veneers.

Here are just some of the ways veneers can improve your smile,

Cover Stains and Discolorations

While external stains (which are usually yellow in appearance) can often be treated with teeth whitening, internal stains are usually not as responsive to whitening treatment. Of course, you still want to be able to get a whiter smile. Even though your smile may not be an ideal candidate for teeth whitening you can still get a brighter smile with the help of dental veneers.

Close Gaps and Get a Straighter Smile

If you have teeth that are slightly crooked, or if you are dealing with minor crowding or gaps between teeth you may be able to turn to dental veneers to achieve a straighter smile. By bonding veneers to the front of your teeth, veneers can easily fill gaps and make teeth appear better aligned. While veneers won’t be able to fix more serious misalignment issues, our Louetta, TX area dentist will be able to examine your smile and tell you whether veneers can give you straighter teeth.

Hide Chips and Cracks

Teeth are incredibly durable and yet they aren’t fully resistant to damage. Everything from direct impact to crunching down on hard foods can break or chip a tooth. If this happens to you it’s important that you see your dentist right away for care. Depending on the extent of the damage, veneers may be able to cover chips and cracks within multiple teeth.

Improve the Length of Your Teeth

If you have what is known as a “gummy smile” (where your gums are more prominent than your teeth) then dental veneers could help you. Since veneers are specially crafted to give you the results you want, these simple porcelain shells may be able to help you get a more even, balanced smile.

If you are looking for a dentist in Louetta and Spring, TX, who can give you a beautiful smile with the help of veneers then call Dr. Michael Morris today at (281) 379-6939 to schedule a consultation.



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Spring, TX 77379
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