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Posts for: February, 2019

Dental VeneersIt’s time you felt more confident in your smile. Veneers can make that possible.

If you’ve ever wondered how one of your favorite celebrities has such a beautiful smile chances are pretty good that they may have turned to dental veneers to achieve their smile. The good news is that you too can have that same gorgeous smile with help from this simple porcelain restoration. From the office of our Sugar Land, TX, cosmetic dentists Drs. Stephen and Mark Lukin and Dr. Leila Asnaashari, find out more about dental veneers and how they can improve your appearance.

What are dental veneers?

These mega-thin porcelain shells are affixed to the front of each tooth to change the shape, size or color of your smile. While some patients may choose to get veneers to cover only a few teeth, most patients opt to get a full set of veneers for a perfectly even smile.

What issues can dental veneers address?

Most cosmetic flaws can be hidden from plain sight with the help of dental veneers. Veneers become the new outer surface of your teeth, providing a pristine and ideal appearance that hides common imperfections such as,

  • Discolorations
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Gaps between teeth and minor crookedness
  • Cracks and chips
  • Uneven or worn teeth

While veneers are most known for being able to reshape and even brighten a smile, these restorations can also give you a straighter smile by hiding small gaps between teeth and minor misalignments such as crowding or overlapping. That’s right; our Sugar Land, TX, dentist could give you a straighter smile without ever needing to wear braces. You might be surprised to discover the many ways in which veneers can truly revamp your appearance and transform your smile.

Do you have questions about getting dental veneers? Are you ready to find out if you are a good candidate for this cosmetic dentistry? If so, then it’s the perfect time to call Lukin Family Dentistry in Sugar Land, TX, to schedule a consultation.


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Those unattractive teeth you see in the mirror are what are standing between you and a truly beautiful smile. If only you could make them go away.

In a way, you can do just that—with dental veneers. For the past three decades dentists have been covering the imperfections of problem teeth with these thin layers of porcelain. What's more, they're usually less involved and expensive than other restorations.

Veneers work best on teeth with moderate flaws like chipping, heavy staining or wearing, or slight misalignments like crookedness or gaps. The dental porcelain used is a ceramic material that so closely mimics the color and translucence of natural teeth it often takes a trained eye to notice any difference.

The first step to getting veneers is to plan your new look with a full examination and a diagnostic mock-up, a temporary application of tooth-colored filling materials applied directly to the teeth. This gives you and your dentist a better visual idea of how veneers will look on your teeth, and to make any adjustments ahead of time. A dental lab will use these findings to create your custom veneers.

In the meantime we'll prepare your teeth to accommodate your veneers. Although they're usually only 0.3 to 0.7 millimeters thick, veneers can still appear bulky when placed straight on the teeth. To adjust for their width we usually must remove some of the teeth's surface enamel so the veneers look more natural. Because enamel can't be replaced, the removal permanently alters the teeth and will require some form of restoration from then on.

When the veneers are ready we'll attach them with special cement so they'll form an almost seamless bond with the teeth. You'll then be able to use them just as before—but with a little caution. Although quite durable, veneers can break under too much force, so avoid biting on hard objects like ice, hard candy or nuts. And be sure you practice good dental care on your veneered teeth with daily brushing and regular dental cleanings and checkups.

The end result, though, is well worth the upkeep. Porcelain veneers can rejuvenate your smile and provide you a new level of confidence for years to come.

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: Your Smile—Better than Ever.”


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Brushing and flossing your teeth provides a lot of benefits, including a brighter smile and fresher breath. But the primary benefit—and ultimate goal—is removing dental plaque. This biofilm of bacteria and food remnants on tooth and gum surfaces is the number one cause for dental disease.

Brushing and flossing can effectively keep plaque under control. Unfortunately, plaque can be a stubborn foe, hiding in areas easily missed if you're not thorough enough.

So how do you know you're doing a good job brushing and flossing? One quick way is to use your tongue or dental floss to feel for any grittiness, a possible sign of remaining plaque. Ultimately, your dentist or hygienist can give you the best evaluation of your hygiene efforts during your three or six-month checkup.

But there's another way to find out more definitively how well you're removing plaque in between dental visits: a plaque disclosing agent. These over-the-counter products contain a dye solution that stains plaque so it stands out from clean tooth surfaces.

A disclosing agent, which can come in the form of tablets, swabs or a liquid, is easy to use. After brushing and flossing, you apply the agent according to the product's directions. The dye reacts with plaque to stain it a distinct color. You may also find products with two-tone dyes that stain older and newer plaque different colors to better gauge your overall effectiveness.

You then examine your teeth in the bathroom mirror, looking especially for patterns of missed plaque. For example, if you see dyed plaque running along the gum line, you'll know you need to concentrate your hygiene there.

After observing what you can do to improve your future efforts, you can then brush and floss your teeth to remove as much of the dyed plaque as you can. The staining from the dye is temporary and any remaining will fade over a few hours.

Using a disclosing agent regularly could help you improve your overall hygiene technique and reduce your risk of disease. Ask your dentist for recommendations on products.

If you would like more information on improving your oral hygiene, 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 “Plaque Disclosing Agents.”