How Can You Get Your Veneers to Last for Years?

woman with dental veneersDo you have dental veneers? If so, you probably want them to last for as long as possible before they have to be replaced. There are a few important things to keep in mind when it comes to properly caring for your dental veneers.

When they are properly cared for, they typically last around ten to twenty years. Sometimes they can even last longer than that! Here are some important tips to help your veneers last for as many years as possible.

Always Take Care of Your Mouth with Dental Veneers

When you have dental veneers, you need to make sure you carefully take care of your mouth. You need to follow the normal daily oral hygiene routine we have recommended for decades. Brushing two times daily, plus flossing one time daily, plus rinsing with a really good mouthwash one time daily. This will help keep your teeth healthy, which will help your veneers stay strong.

You also need to come in and see us every six months. We keep track of how your veneers are holding up during your visits, and note any problems we see with them. That way, if anything does happen, we know how to correct it quickly. Plus, we can also see cracks or areas where your veneers may lift up early, so we can cement them back down.

It is really important that you treat your veneers with care. You need to be gentle when you chew and bite. Avoid any type of hit to the mouth whenever you can, and don’t try and use your teeth to open anything. For more tips on helping your veneers last as long as possible, reach out to us. We can help you do everything possible to get the most life out of each set of veneers you get.

Brides Guide to a Great Wedding Day Smile

Bride with a great smile

Congratulations! Your wedding day is coming up. This is a special day sure to be marked by many photos of your smiling face. How do you get that wedding day smile as beautiful as possible? Read on to find out.

Perfection is a Goal Not a Reality

A healthy, great looking smile means that when you smile nothing distracts or detracts from you overall appearance. A great smile enhances your overall appearance. It is possible that you might just have a great smile already, but you don’t smile because you are self-conscious of something. Others do not look at us as we do. Teeth don’t have to be perfect for you to have a great smile. Acceptance of what you have is often the easiest way to improve your smile.

As crazy as it may sound, no matter how your smile looks, you should practice smiling. A natural relaxed smile is not that easy for most of us to produce on demand. That is what you will be doing for the photographer. Begin your practicing by looking into a mirror. Once you start to get good at it you should practice anytime during your day. An added benefit of this is that smiling can reduce stress-induced hormones and can actually make you feel better.

Whiter Teeth

One of the easiest ways to improve both your smile and self-esteem is by whitening your teeth. This can be accomplished in a number of ways. I have found that some patients have effectively used Crest White Strips to whiten their teeth at home. Dentist provided home whitening can be significantly more effective than anything available over the counter. Zoom whitening done in the dental office consistently gets the wow in about an hour. Home whitening trays custom-made by the dentist deliver whitening solution to your teeth at home, for the do-it-yourselfers among us. For most brides and grooms tooth whitening is the easiest way to get a better wedding day smile.

Closing Gaps and Reshaping Smiles

For those brides who have spaces or irregular teeth, dental bonding may be right for you. Dental bonding is the application of tooth colored filling material to repair and reshape teeth. Dental bonding material can be virtually indistinguishable from your existing tooth. Today bonding can quickly and cost effectively close spaces and reshape worn or funky teeth in just one visit. The beauty of the procedure is that is possible to see the final results before you even commit to the work. This can be done through a mockup of the final result by the dentist. Bonding is often combined with an initial whitening to get your teeth their whitest and then match the composite bonding material to the new whiter shade.

If your teeth are truly looking bad then you might be a candidate for porcelain veneers. This is when porcelain is bonded to the front of your teeth to give you a brand new amazing smile. Veneers often require reshaping of the teeth prior to their placement . This makes porcelain veneers a non-reversible procedure. A well done and well maintained set of veneers can last over 20 years!

Crooked teeth-No Problem

Today it has become quite easy to move teeth to their ideal position with clear aligner therapy. The most common brand being Invisalign. The best part of having that new great smile is that your teeth will actually last longer effectively needing less dentistry through the years. Teeth that slide as opposed to collide tend to wear better, gums stay healthier and people age better having a great functional smile.

Using accelerated orthodontics tooth movements that took years now can take as few as a few months. For dental offices that have the iTero digital scanner for impression taking,  you can visualize the anticipated new position of your teeth with the Invisalign outcome simulator. The best part of the iTero is that there is no more goopy impression taking. Dentistry has truly come a long way.

Combining Cosmetic Dental Options

Depending on your individual situation you and your dentist can come up with the ideal plan for you prior to your wedding day. Tooth whitening is usually a no brainer for prospective brides. Combined with bonding  or tooth movement this may be just what you need to put that smile on your face on your special day. My recommendation is that whatever you do just do it several days if not months before the wedding. I’ve seen some over the counter whitening agents cause some injuries  to gums. The last thing you want on your wedding day is a self-inflicted wound.

One Last Thought

The most important thing to remember, whatever you decide, is that on your special day smile like no one is watching. Let your smile out no matter how your teeth look, as a smile is really more than teeth. Change the things you can, but accept what is, for at the end of the day your smile is all yours. Enjoy your special day!

Dr. Shapiro offers free consultations to brides, grooms and family members to see how he can help them get the wedding day smile that they always dreamed of. . Call Us Today so you can get that smile in time for that special day

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The Dental Bonding Experience

Before dental bonding

Bonding Front Teeth

I consider myself very fortunate as I have a profession that comes easily to me. I often ask my new patients why they trust me to take care of their dental issues and find that often their response is the same. They go back to a statement that I made either during the exam or consultation appointment where I stated “I can fix that.”. They often talk of the confidence they felt that goes along with the statement. I take that trust they place in me seriously. The following patient is one of those new patients who came to me with doubts about how his front teeth could be fixed.

Before dental bondingTim is a new patient of mine who had an accident and broke his front teeth seven years ago. At that time, he went to several dentists to repair the damage and was told he needed crowns to restore his broken teeth . He wasn’t happy about the solution they presented as he would have to sacrifice good tooth structure for the crowns and the repair would be costly. He was told that bonding his teeth was not an option since the dental bonding wouldn’t be strong enough or esthetic enough.

One look told me that Tim was actually a great candidate for bonding front teeth. In a worst case scenario, if we did the bonding and it did not hold up, all of the other options were still available since bonding is an additive process. None of his good tooth structure had to be removed for the bonding process. I never tell my patients that they need to be careful with anything they eat because bonding is durable. Corn on the cob, crispy Italian bread are all still on the table as I believe that my patients should not have to baby their teeth. If what I do for them can’t hold up to their lifestyle then it is the wrong restoration. There are too many other things in our lives to worry about.  My patients should not have to worry about their teeth.

The Dental Bonding Process

I transformed Tim’s smile in one visit. First, he spent a few days at home with tooth whitening trays to whiten his smile before we began the restorations.

Here is a picture of the process halfway through:

During dental bonding

I just bonded the two front teeth on the left side of the photo. Dental bonding is the process where a tooth colored filling material, called composite, is fused to the existing tooth structure. The correct color is achieved by layering different colors and translucency of composite material. Sizing is critical when creating new front teeth. The position of the unrestored teeth, as well as the width of the teeth, help me to establish how long I want his two front teeth. Longer is better as it is easier to shorten teeth then have to make them longer.

The Final Result

The whole process took me about 90 minutes to complete. Here are the after photos:

Smile after dental bondingTeeth after dental bondingTim was thrilled with his new smile. The best part about it was he felt like he had back the old smile he remembered. I was happy for him. It is truly a privilege for me to be able to help make my patients feel the way they do. I changed this man’s life. The reality is that putting that smile on his face changes my life too.

Is bonding something that can help you? Contact us for a free consult. You will be glad you did!

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Are Porcelain Dental Veneers Permanent?

Before porcelain dental veneers

My patient’s smile before treatment

In nearly all cases, once well fabricated porcelain dental veneers are put on teeth they will not come off. Veneers are typically adhered to teeth that have been trimmed down, allowing for the veneer to fit tightly against the natural tooth.

This gives the veneer a more natural and seamless appearance. There are a select few who are able to get veneers put on without any type of preparation ahead of time. Attempting veneers without reshaping can often result in bulky opaque looking teeth which are not esthetically desirable.

You Should Expect to Maintain Your Porcelain Dental Veneers After You Get Them Placed

Ten porcelain dental veneers

Ten porcelain dental veneers done by Dr. Shapiro

Porcelain dental veneers are put on typically as a cosmetic cover, but they are a very strong cover when well bonded.  They can be a great answer for a wide variety of issues, including stained teeth, teeth that have cracks or chips, or even teeth with unsightly gaps between them. However, they are also adhered to a tooth that has been trimmed, or shaved, down slightly. That minor trimming allows the veneer to fit up against the tooth more securely, giving you the most natural outcome.

They typically last anywhere from 15-25  years, when cared for properly. Well maintained veneers can potentially last a lifetime. Only a very small percentage of people who opt for veneers are able to get the kind that require no tooth preparation. If you are one of this tiny percentage, then you may have veneers that can be removed without any problems with your teeth. However, only your dentist can tell you if this is the case.

For more information on the options you have to improve your smile please contact our office. We can take a look at your teeth, and give you a really good idea on what options would work best for your mouth. Then, you can make the choice as to what procedures you want done to beautify your smile.

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What cosmetic dental procedure is best for you?

Putting Your Best Smile Forward

What cosmetic dentalYour smile is the first thing people notice about you, but what does your smile have to say about you? Visiting Dr. Mitchell Shapiro at The Center for Cosmetic Dentistry is an excellent first step to having the confident, engaging great smile that makes the impression you’ve wanted to leave.

Your Becoming Smile

Depending on the cosmetic treatments you choose, you could experience a dramatic makeover within one or two visits to our practice. When it comes to customizing your cosmetic restoration, keep in mind that investing in the beauty of your smile directly affects the good health of your mouth.

Often times, bothersome dental problems are fixed and future ones are greatly prevented when you correct the alignment of your teeth, the health of your gums and the appearance of your teeth.
If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry, we offer many options to choose from:

Dental Bonding

– Are your teeth worn or chipped? Do you have unsightly gaps between your teeth? Are your teeth misshaped, misaligned or too short? In just a single visit, Dr. Shapiro can correct any of those smile defects with simple, cost effective, cosmetic bonding.

Using custom-matched composite material, and an artistic touch, your unsightly smile will be a thing of the past. Just imagine walking out the door with a completely different, more attractive smile than the one you came in with.

Dental Veneers

– Even when your teeth are gapped, crooked, crowded, discolored, chipped or worn, you can still have a drastically improved smile makeover in just two visits, with porcelain veneers. This restoration is a thin porcelain shell that fits over your natural tooth, hiding any imperfections – creating a straighter, whiter, more aesthetically pleasing appearance.


– This clear orthodontic treatment gradually moves your teeth into a straighter, more attractive position by utilizing customized, removable trays. By straightening your teeth, you’re also decreasing your chances of periodontal disease, excessive wear and damage of your teeth.

Teeth Whitening

– We will turn back time on your smile by removing years of discoloration and staining from your teeth with professional whitening treatments. Your brighter smile can be completed in our office using the Zoom whitening system or with specialized take-home kits that far surpass anything you can purchase at the store.

Dental Implants

– With this restoration, you can permanently replace a single missing tooth, several teeth or support full dentures.
An implant is an artificial tooth root, made of a biocompatible metal, that we place securely into your jawbone. On  this post we then place a prosthetic natural-appearing tooth. With two implants you can support a bridge or secure a denture, and with as few as 4  you can place full arch fixed bridgework.
Not only will we restore your smile with dental implants, but also the function of your mouth. You can confidently eat, speak and laugh as you once did before.

Gum Therapies

– Periodontal disease can be unsightly, causing bleeding, receding gums. Untreated, your gums can detach from your teeth leading to bone deterioration, tooth mobility and eventually loss. Addressing periodontal concerns is not only an important step in creating a more attractive smile, but necessary for keeping your smile looking its best.

We Want To See Your Smile!

At Center For Cosmetic Dentistry, we want to help your smile be all that it can be! With over 30 years of dental expertise, Dr. Shapiro’s artistic, experienced touch can create the smile of your dreams. We’ll help you design a new customized smile to suit you and we can show you a mockup of your new look, too! Check out our amazing photo gallery and then give our office a call today to set up your cosmetic consultation.

Closing Gaps With Dental Bonding

Mary is a new patient who was self-conscious about the gaps between her front teeth. She is missing her lateral incisors which creates an excess of space between all of her front teeth. When she first walked through the door she was under the impression that veneers or crowns were the only way to fix her problem. Of course she was incorrect as I routinely use composite dental bonding to correct this. Closing gaps between teeth is done quite easily and painlessly.

The key to a great final result is space management and getting the proportions of the teeth within an esthetically acceptable range. In this case wear on the edges of her front teeth provided us additional pathway to getting an esthetic result. Another challenge was visually turning her eye teeth (canines) into lateral incisors. A quick mock-up showed us that dental bonding was possible and we were well on our way.

The first step was a Zoom in office whitening treatment followed up with the cosmetic bonding two days later. Closing gaps is a procedure easily done. Mary’s front teeth were lengthened and the spaces were closed in a single visit. Six teeth were bonded in the process. This was all accomplished at a significantly lower cost than Mary ever thought possible. That was another reason why she had such a big smile at the end of treatment.

Pre Bonding

Mary’s smile prior to treatment

Post bond

Smile after bonding done by Dr. Shapiro






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