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By Smile By Stone
February 18, 2022
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Are you looking to improve the appearance of your front teeth? Dental veneers are widely used to improve the appearance of front teeth and are a much more conservative option than a full dental crown. Veneers can be used to improve the appearance of staining, large gaps, large fillings, chipped teeth, or overall shape. Veneers are a thin covering over the front and biting end of the tooth used to restore the beauty of a smile. Over the years Smile By Stone in Lansing, MI, has helped many patients who opted for veneers and now have the confidence to smile again. All they had to do was schedule their first appointment with Dr. Scott Stone.

Dental veneers are made in a lab from long-lasting porcelain materials. The shade can be chosen to any desired color to whiten the appearance of your smile. Dental veneers are usually placed on the anterior, or front teeth, where the chewing forces are not as hard as the back teeth. The process of placing veneers is relatively easy, requiring only two dental appointments. In some cases, only one appointment is needed. It depends on the fabrication process.

The first appointment is to “prep” the teeth and takes an impression to be sent to a lab to fabricate the veneers. Veneers are fairly conservative in the preparation as it requires a small amount of space to be created on the face (front), bottom, and sides of each tooth to allow space for the veneer to be placed and look natural. You will leave the office with temporary veneers for the next week or two while the permanent veneers are being made.

The second appointment is to place the veneers and make minor adjustments if needed. What a difference it makes in the appearance of the teeth! If you’re interested in learning more, give Smile By Stone in Lansing, MI, a call today! You can reach Dr. Scott Stone by calling (517) 482-5546.

By Smile By Stone
November 29, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

In Lansing, MI, Dr. Scott Stone offers a variety of options to help patients improve their smiles. When you have questions about veneers and other dental procedures, your first call should be to Smile by Stone. Veneers are popular options for patients who want to correct any abnormalities or simply brighten their smiles. Having a brighter smile restores your confidence and will give you the confidence you need to face the world head-on.

How Can Veneers Be Used?

Veneers can be used to correct many abnormalities and flaws that can take away from your smile and make you feel self-conscious. At his Lansing, MI office, Dr.Stone can use veneers to correct:

  • Teeth that have been damaged in an accident
  • Teeth that have been stained due to the use of tobacco, wine, or coffee
  • Teeth that are misshapen, too small, cracked, or broken
  • Gaps between teeth

Correcting these flaws only takes a short amount of time and will have you smiling within a few hours.

How Do Veneers Work?

Dr. Stone will perform a thorough evaluation and take all of the proper measurements before ordering your veneers. Veneers are small, extremely thin pieces of porcelain that are attached directly to your teeth. Veneers are manufactured so that they are the same color as your surrounding teeth. When your veneers are ready, your teeth will be lightly sanded to ensure that the veneers bond completely to them.

The Benefits of Having Veneers

There are many benefits to having veneers. Not only do they give you back your beautiful smile, but they also make your teeth appear more uniform and natural. Veneers are long-lasting and can remain in place for several years without having to be adjusted in any way or replaced. You are able to clean your veneers simply by brushing, just as you would if you were caring for your teeth in their natural state.

Many patients are curious about veneers. If you live in Lansing, MI, visit Smile by Stone and talk to the staff. Dr. Stone has the answers to all of your questions and is more than happy to sit down with you and discuss all of your options. Call the office today at (517) 482-5546. Don't put off getting a new smile you can be proud of. Your new set of veneers is waiting on you!

AGTsSimonCowellUpdatesHisSmileWithVeneersandSoCanYou

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.”

By Smile By Stone
May 02, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  
YourTeensTeethMayNotBeReadyforVeneers

Teenagers can have the same smile-disrupting tooth flaws as adults. But not all cosmetic treatments available to adults are appropriate for teenagers—at least not until they get a little older. Dental veneers fall into that category.

A veneer is a thin porcelain shell custom-made by a dental lab, and bonded by a dentist to the face of a tooth to mask chips, stains, gaps or other imperfections. Because they're less invasive than other measures, veneers are highly popular as a cosmetic dental solution. They do, however, usually require some enamel removal so that they'll appear more natural.

This enamel removal typically won't impact an adult tooth other than it permanently requires it to have veneers or other restorations after alteration. But there is a risk of damage to a teenager's tooth, which hasn't fully developed.

Adolescent teeth usually have a larger pulp chamber (filled with an intricate network of nerves and blood vessels) than adult teeth. And because the enamel and dentin layers may not yet be fully developed, the pulp is much nearer to the tooth's surface.

We must be very careful then in removing enamel and dentin for veneers or we may penetrate the pulp and risk damaging it. Alternatively, there is the possibility of no-prep veneers which are very conservative but often are unable to be done because of the need to often remove tooth structure to make the veneers look natural.

Another cosmetic problem can occur if we place veneers on a patient's teeth whose jaws and mouth structures are still growing. Eventually, the gums could recede and an unsightly gap form between the veneer and the adjacent natural tooth.

Fortunately, there are other techniques we can use to improve a tooth's appearance. Mild chipping can be repaired by bonding composite resin material to the tooth. Some forms of staining may be overcome with teeth whitening. These and other methods can address a teenager's smile appearance until their teeth are mature enough for veneers.

Whether or not a tooth is ready for veneers will depend on its level of development, something that can often be ascertained with x-rays or other diagnostic methods. And if a tooth has already undergone a root canal treatment, there isn't as much concern. In the meantime, though, it may be better for your teen to wait on veneers and try other techniques to enhance their smile.

If you would like more information on dental restoration for teenagers, 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 “Veneers for Teenagers.”

By Smile By Stone
December 26, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Would your teeth be more attractive without chips, discolorations or other flaws? Adding veneers to problem teeth can make imperfections disappear. The restorations offered by your Lansing, MI, dentist, Dr. Scott Stone, provide a simple way to enhance your smile.

Veneers conceal flaws

Veneers hide imperfections in the fronts of your teeth. The tooth-shaped shells are made from an impression of your mouth and are attached to your teeth with dental cement. Veneers don't require extensive preparation or major changes to your tooth structure. In fact, your Lansing, MI, dentist will only need to remove a tiny amount of tooth enamel to ensure that your veneers fit comfortably.

Veneers offer smile-changing benefits

Uniform teeth are an important component of a perfect smile, yet many of us have a few teeth that look a little out of place. Veneers change the appearance of oddly shaped, crooked, twisted or too short teeth, making the teeth blend in with the rest of your smile.

It's hard to overlook a discolored tooth no matter how hard you try. In fact, the tooth may be the first thing you notice when you look in the mirror. Fortunately, discolorations disappear from view once a veneer is added.

Veneers can be made to match the current shade of your teeth or can be used to whiten your entire smile. If you're looking for a long-lasting whitening option, there's no better choice than veneers. The restorations are stain-resistant and won't become dull or yellow if you consume coffee, tea, wine, cola, berries or other darkly pigmented foods and beverages.

Orthodontic treatment isn't always needed to close the spaces between your teeth. Veneers can hide slight gaps, instantly transforming your smile. Although you may need braces if your gaps are large, many gaps can be successfully concealed with veneers.

Biting on hard objects or years of wear and tear can eventually cause small chips or cracks in your tooth enamel. Veneers conceal the damage and also hide other imperfections that may affect the appearance of your tooth enamel, such as uneven surfaces, pits or bumps.

Are you ready to revitalize your smile with dental veneers? Call your Lansing, MI, dentist, Dr. Scott Stone, at (517) 482-5546 to schedule an appointment.



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