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By Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
July 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
PorcelainVeneersALessInvasiveWaytoTransformYourSmile

There are a number of ways to improve unsightly teeth. You can, of course, replace them with dental implants — but not if they're still viable. You can crown them: however, you'll have to significantly reduce their structure for the crowns to fit over them.

There is another less invasive option for teeth with mild to moderate imperfections — you can cover them with porcelain veneers. As the name implies, a veneer is a thin covering of dental porcelain bonded to the outside surface of a tooth. They literally put a “new face” on chipped, stained or slightly gapped teeth.

You'll first need a dental examination to ensure your teeth are reasonably healthy and that you don't have any significant dental problems that could interfere with the veneers. We can then design your veneers' shape and color to achieve the look you desire. We can also create a temporary “trial smile” with acrylic replicas of your proposed veneers to give you a realistic impression of your future smile.

The next step is the possibility the teeth need to be prepared for the veneers. Although quite thin, veneers can still make the teeth look larger or bulky. To compensate, we remove some of the tooth enamel. Although much less than for a crown, this alteration is still permanent: your teeth will need some form of restoration from now on. There are also “no-prep” veneers, which require no tooth surface reduction.  Ask us if this is an option.

We then make an impression of the teeth, which with other information will guide a technician at a dental laboratory to manually create your new veneers. This can take several weeks and requires a high degree of artistry to produce a custom product that will match your teeth.

Once they've arrived, we'll use a permanent bonding process to precisely attach them to your teeth.  It will then be up to you to care for your veneers, especially not biting down on anything hard that could chip or crack them. You should also maintain regular dental visits and proper oral hygiene to keep your smile as bright and attractive as possible.

Although small in size, veneers can make a big impression. They can restore the smile you once had — or give you the look you've always wanted.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty as Never Before.”

By Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
June 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
No-orMinimal-PrepVeneersReducePermanentAlterationstoYourTeeth

Porcelain veneers are positive proof that unattractive teeth don't always require an intensive restoration to regain their beauty. These thin layers of translucent porcelain — custom-designed and color-matched to blend with your other teeth — are permanently bonded to the visible side of your front teeth.

Although they can't remedy every tooth defect, they're well suited for mild to moderate disfigurements like chipping, staining or gaps. There are now two types of porcelain veneers: the traditional veneer and the “no-prep” veneer.

The standard veneers require some tooth structure removal, referred to as “tooth preparation.” This is because although they're a millimeter or less in thickness, they can still appear bulky if bonded to an unprepared tooth. To accommodate their width, it's necessary to remove some of the tooth enamel. This permanently alters the tooth so that it will need some form of restoration from that time on.

In recent years, however, other veneer options have emerged that reduces — or even eliminates — this tooth alteration. No-prep veneers are so thin they can be applied to a tooth with virtually no preparation. A more common option, minimal-prep, requires only a minor reshaping with an abrasive tool to ensure the fitted veneer looks as natural as possible. Because of their thinness, these veneers also don't have to fit under the gum line like standard veneers.

To obtain no- or minimal-prep veneers, your tooth enamel needs to be in good, healthy shape. They're also best suited for people with small or worn teeth, narrow smiles (the side teeth can't be seen from the front), or slightly stained or misshapen teeth.

Because there's little invasiveness, these low preparation veneers won't typically create tooth sensitivity and they can often be applied without any form of anesthesia. And because tooth structure isn't removed, they can be “uninstalled” to return to your natural look. Of course, that's not always an easy process since the bonding between veneer and the enamel is quite strong, although today's lasers can be used to detach the veneer quite easily.

If you'd like to consider these minimally invasive veneers, talk with your dentist. If you're a good candidate, you may be able to gain a new smile without much change to your natural teeth.

If you would like more information on how veneers can change your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”

By Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
March 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Improving your smile may be easier than you think, thanks to veneers, dental implants and Invisalign. Dr. Adel Mansour in Hunters cosmetic dentistryCreek, FL, explains how these services can help you achieve the smile of your dreams.

Veneers

Veneers, thin, porcelains shells that cover the fronts of teeth, are ideal for hiding small flaws that mar your smile. The shells are available in a variety of shades, making it easy to match your tooth color or even whiten your teeth. Veneers are an excellent choice if you have a small chip, crack or other imperfection on the front of a tooth or want to hide a tooth that has become discolored for some reason. Veneers can lengthen short teeth and close the gaps between teeth.

Dental implants

Like it or not, people make judgments based on the condition of your teeth. When you have missing teeth, you may find yourself reluctant to attend the social and business events you used to enjoy. Missing teeth also make biting into foods and chewing them thoroughly difficult. If you've lost several teeth or all of your teeth, it might even be harder to speak clearly.

Dental implants offer an innovative way to build a new tooth from the root up. Implants consist of small titanium posts, that replace your roots. The posts gradually fuse to your jawbone and are used to support crowns. Once your new crown is in place, no one will ever be able to tell that you lost a tooth.

Implants can replace any number of missing teeth. If you've lost all of your teeth, you can still benefit from this innovative tooth restoration option. Both fixed and removable implant-supported dentures can improve your smile and your ability to chew.

Invisalign

Straighter teeth used to require a significant sacrifice on your part. Until recently, there was no way to improve your smile without wearing metal braces for up to two years or more. Invisalign doesn't rely on wires or brackets but straightens your teeth with a series of clear aligner trays. You'll remove the trays to eat, brush your teeth and play sports. In order to ensure that you're making adequate progress, you'll visit Dr. Mansour in Hunters Creek every six to eight weeks during your treatment.

Could you benefit from any these dental services? Call Hunters Creek, FL, dentist, Dr. Mansour, at (407) 483-9990 to schedule your appointment.

By Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
November 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
TransformYourSmileandDentalHealthbyCorrectingYourBadBite

When planning for your new smile, we look at more than the condition of individual teeth. We also step back for the bigger “bite” picture: how do the teeth look and interact with each other?

If we have a normal bite, our teeth are aligned symmetrically with each other. This not only looks aesthetically pleasing with the rest of the face, it also contributes to good function when we chew food. A bad bite (malocclusion) disrupts this mouth-to-face symmetry, impairs chewing and makes hygiene and disease prevention much more difficult.

That's where orthodontics, the dental specialty for moving teeth, can work wonders. With today's advanced techniques, we can correct even the most complex malocclusions — and at any age. Even if your teen years are well behind you, repairing a bad bite can improve both your smile and your dental health.

The most common approach, of course, is braces. They consist of metal or plastic brackets bonded to the outside face of the teeth with a thin metal wire laced through them. The wire attaches to an anchorage point, the back teeth or one created with other appliances, and placed under tension or pressure. The gradual increasing of tension or pressure on the teeth will move them over time.

 Braces are versatile and quite effective, but they can be restrictive and highly noticeable. Many people, especially older adults, feel embarrassed to wear them. There is an alternative: clear aligners. These are a series of clear, plastic trays that you wear in sequence, a couple of weeks for each tray. When you change to the next tray in the series, it will be slightly different than its predecessor. As the trays change shape guided by computer-enhanced modeling, the teeth gradually move.

If you're interested in having a poor bite corrected, the first step is a comprehensive orthodontic examination. This looks closely at not only teeth position, but also jaw function and overall oral and general health.

With that we can help you decide if orthodontics is right for you. If so, we'll formulate a treatment plan that can transform your smile and boost your dental health.

If you would like more information on the cosmetic and health benefits of orthodontics, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”

By Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
February 10, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Caring for your dental veneers.

You have your new porcelain veneers and you love how they look! Now, when you smile at people, they smile back. You look younger veneersand feel great about yourself. It’s time to learn how to take care of your new dental veneers to make sure they will always look beautiful. Dr. Adel Mansour at Central Florida Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Kissimmee, Florida wants to make sure you know everything about caring for your new smile!

You should be gentle on your veneers, but make sure you keep them clean by practicing the same good habits you do with your other teeth:

  • Floss daily to protect the health of your gums and prevent decay.
  • Brush with a soft toothbrush 2 to 3 times per day, especially after eating and before you go to sleep.
  • Buying a sonic toothbrush is helpful because vibrating toothbrushes are excellent for tiny, hard-to-clean areas of your mouth.

Visit Dr. Mansour in Kissimmee regularly so he can make sure your veneers have no problems and are still just as perfect as when you received them. His hygienist can also check your gums and polish your veneers with a mild paste to make them sparkle.

Porcelain veneers will last for years, but remember NOT to use them as tools, opening up bags and tearing things apart. Try not to bite into hard food, chew ice or bite your fingernails.

If you play contact sports, it’s important to always wear a sports guard to protect your teeth and of course, your beautiful veneers. If you grind or clench your teeth, contact Dr. Mansour and you may be fitted with a nightguard, because grinding is very hard on porcelain veneers.

You have made an excellent investment in your dental veneers. They will give you many years of beautiful service, but you need to treat them well. To find out more about caring for your dental veneers, call Dr. Adel Mansour at Central Florida Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Kissimmee, Florida. He can tell you all there is to know about your dental veneers and help you explore the world of cosmetic dentistry. Find out more about your smile and call today!