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By Kathleen M. Geipe, DDS, PA
September 29, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

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 Kathleen M. Geipe, DDS, PA
January 28, 2019
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.

May 31, 2016
Category: Oral Health

What you need to know about smoking and your smile

Does your smile look years older because of smoking? Do you have heavy yellow or brown stains on your teeth because of heavy smokingtobacco use? If so, you can reverse the effects smoking has on your smile, thanks to state-of-the-art dental procedures like teeth whitening treatments and porcelain veneers. Dr. Kathleen Geipe, your Salisbury, Maryland dentist, wants you to know all about smoking and your smile.

You can try over-the-counter whitening treatments, but many of these products only remove surface stains, providing minimal benefit. If you do notice results, chances are the difference won’t be dramatic enough, and the results might only last a few months.

Dr. Geipe offers professional teeth whitening for a more permanent solution. She can whiten your teeth up to eight shades whiter, and the results can last up to five years!

You can choose from two different methods, each with great results. Consider:

  • An in-office whitening treatment, if you want dramatically whiter teeth in a minimal amount of time; the treatment takes about an hour, and is the perfect solution for busy people.
  • A take-home whitening kit, if you want to whiten your teeth privately in the comfort of your home; take-home kits allow you to whiten whenever you want and are the perfect solution for people who want convenience.

If your teeth are badly stained and you want a permanent solution, you should consider porcelain veneers. They can last for many years if properly cared for. They look totally natural because they are made of beautiful, translucent porcelain. They are also stain resistant, thanks to the high-tech materials used.

Call your Salisbury dentist today

Whether you want quick results with a teeth whitening treatment or you want permanent results with porcelain veneers, you deserve the best. Call Dr. Kathleen Geipe in Salisbury, Maryland. She is a member of the prestigious Pierre Fauchard Academy, an international dental honor society, and she is also a member of the International College of Dentists. Call today and reverse the effects smoking has on your smile!