Posts for tag: veneers

By Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates
January 02, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Dental VeneersA survey released by the American Association of Orthodontists found that about a third of Americans admit that they wish they had better-looking teeth. The quality of your smile has professional, social, and personal ramifications. Could your teeth benefit from veneers? After one visit to Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates in Kensington and Gaithersburg, MD you’ll know exactly what dental veneers can do for you and your smile.

Dental Veneers Hide Imperfections
Your teeth can be perfectly healthy except for visible imperfections on the outer enamel. Veneers hide these imperfections, no matter how unsightly they may be. Though a veneer is made of ultra-lightweight, translucent porcelain, the dental bonding agent used is colored to perfectly match your other teeth. Even dark, discolored, and chipped teeth can look smooth, white, and brand new with veneers.

Dental Veneers Protect
Porcelain is a high-quality ceramic material that is made through a special heating process. It is very durable and resists cracking or chipping. The toughness of the material gives your front teeth a certain level of protection for as long as the veneers are installed. However, it’s still a good idea to wear a mouthguard created by your Kensington or Gaithersburg, MD dentist whenever possible so that the veneers and your teeth have an additional safeguard. This is especially true if you have a tendency to clench your teeth or you participate in sports.

Dental Veneers Save Time
In order to change the positioning of your teeth for an ideal alignment, you would have to wear braces for at least a year or two and visit the dentist about every month. Veneers only take about a month for installation and you’ll only have to attend about two or three total appointments. Furthermore, each appointment with your dentist will only take about 45 minutes to an hour. You won’t have to wait very long to show off your smile to the world!

Learn More about Veneers
You don’t have to continue to be dissatisfied with your smile when you have a good cosmetic dentist on call. Find out what dental veneers can do for you by dialing (301) 933-1833 or (240) 683-3833 to schedule a visit with Dr. Kenneth Woo, Dr. Edmond Woo, or Dr. Ho Kai Wang at their Kensington or Gaithersburg, MD, offices.

By Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates
October 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Porcelain VeneersMillions of people from around the world are turning to porcelain veneers as a hassle-free way to improve their smile. Dental veneers are thin, ceramic shells that fit over the teeth to make a dazzling smile. Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates, located in both Gaithersburg and Kensington, MD, offer a full range of dental services—the following information will help you determine if you're a good candidate for their veneers.

1. You want to whiten your smile. 

Tooth staining affects many patients. There are several causes of tooth staining including poor dental hygiene, beverages, foods, smoking, and certain medications. Several diseases that affect enamel can also lead to tooth discoloration. Porcelain veneers can give you the bright-white smile you've always wanted, and unlike real teeth, they resist dental stains remarkably well. 

2. You want to close a tooth gap.

Diastemas are gaps between teeth. These spaces can form anywhere in the mouth. This condition affects people of all ages and may be caused by missing teeth, under-sized, teeth, or bad oral habits such as thumb-sucking. Veneers are used to fix these gaps by being placed over your teeth to create an evenly-spaced smile. 

3. You want to restore a broken tooth.

Cracking or chipping a tooth is a common phenomenon, and veneers can restore these damages. If you have a broken tooth, a veneer can revitalize both its appearance and function by covering the tooth's front with a thick section porcelain, replacing the flawed parts. 

4. You want to fix your crooked teeth.

For some people, having a crooked smile can affect their self-esteem and self-confidence. Contrary to what you might think, you may not need orthodontic treatment to fix your crooked smile. Veneers can straighten your teeth without the discomfort and hassle of dental braces! Veneers are effective in covering up dental imperfections and giving patients the appearance of a perfect smile. 

5. You want to look years younger.

Our teeth play an important role in defining how old we look. If you want to look younger, getting veneers is a good place to start. Dental veneers will enhance your smile and instantly make you look younger—that's why it's such a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure among Hollywood stars!

Interested? Call our Kensington or Gaithersburg office today!
The best way to find out if you're a viable candidate for porcelain veneers is to consult with a dentist. Call Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates at (301) 933-1833 right now to schedule a dental consultation in Kensington, MD, or (240) 683-3833 for the Gaithersburg location. Porcelain veneers will do you and your smile a world of good!

By Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates
July 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

How veneers from your dentists in Gaithersburg, Maryland can make your smile beautiful againveneers

Do you want to hide your smile? Are you embarrassed because of chipping, erosion, cracks, or other unsightly problems? If so, it’s time for you to discover the magic of veneers. Your dentists at Kenneth Woo DDS and Associates want to share the benefits of veneers. They have two convenient office locations in Gaithersburg, and Kensington, Maryland to help you and your smile.

Dental veneers are thin sheaths of beautiful, sparkling, high-grade porcelain which are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth. They can make your teeth look new again by hiding problems like these:

  • Every day wear-and-tear from bad habits
  • Chipping and erosion from aging
  • Enamel defects from genetics
  • Breaks or fractures from an injury or accident
  • Heavy stains or discolorations from medications

Thanks to veneer treatment, you can cosmetically change the shape, size, or color of your teeth. You can also hide some tooth alignment problems that are normally corrected with orthodontics. If you have overlapped teeth, the overlap can be disguised so your teeth look perfectly aligned. If you have small gaps between your teeth, the gaps can be minimized with veneers.

Versatility is not the only benefit of veneers. People choose veneers because they provide:

  • Completely natural-looking results, because porcelain is translucent and reflects light, just like natural tooth enamel
  • Quick, amazing results, because you can have a new smile in as little as 2 to 3 appointments, including the consultation appointment
  • Conservative beauty, because your dentist only removes minimal tooth structure, just enough to compensate for the thickness of the veneers
  • Long-lasting sparkle, because porcelain is stain-resistant, so your new smile will stay beautiful even if you smoke or drink coffee

For more detailed information about veneers, please visit the Veneers page on the website at http://www.mybestdentalcare.com/veneers.html

You deserve a smile you can be proud of, and it’s easy to achieve with dental veneers. You owe it to yourself to make the investment in your smile and look your best. To get started, just pick up the phone and call the dentists at Kenneth Woo DDS and Associates, with offices in Gaithersburg, and Kensington, Maryland. Call today!

By Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates
April 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  
VivicasVeneerstheMakingofaHollywoodSmile

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.

By Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates
November 15, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  
TransformYourSmilewithPorcelainVeneers

You have a problem with your teeth. Functionally, there's nothing wrong with them — but it's another story when you look in the mirror: discoloration, wearing or maybe a slight gap between them.

Fortunately, you don't have to settle for a smile you're not happy with. Less costly than crowns or bridgework, porcelain veneers can nonetheless correct many mild to moderate cosmetic problems with teeth and transform them into an attractive smile.

Like the name implies, a veneer is made of thin layers of dental material custom-designed and bonded to the outside of a tooth. Veneers can correct problems with color, tooth shape and size, and mild misalignments or spacing. It's akin to installing new siding on a house.

To begin your journey with veneers, we must first examine your teeth to fully assess your dental needs and ensure you have no issues that could prevent applying them. Then, we prepare your teeth: although not to the extent as for a crown or bridge, we must remove a small amount of tooth material so the veneer will appear natural and not bulky.

We then make an impression mold of your prepared teeth that a dental technician will use to create your veneers. During this process they build up layer after layer of liquid porcelain until they achieve the right thickness, shape and color to match your teeth.

In the meantime, we can fit you with a temporary set of veneers made of acrylic plastic so you can chew, speak and smile normally. These provisional veneers also give you and your friends and family a chance to see what your new smile will look like.

When your veneers are ready, we'll create micro-etches in your teeth that will help keep the veneer secure after we've bonded them. Once bonded, the veneer will feel like an inseparable part of the tooth and look it too. No one except you and us need know you're wearing veneers.

If you take care of them — keeping up daily hygiene habits, not biting into hard surfaces, and visiting us regularly for checkups — your veneers can last for many years. And so will that beautiful, new smile.

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.”