Revitalizing Your Smile
Smiles are often compared to sunshine, brightening a room or even someone’s day. Unfortunately, plenty of people are embarrassed by their smiles and unsure how to gain confidence in their grin. Well-known solutions like braces and whitening treatments don’t always fit a patient’s lifestyle and can’t fix every imperfection.
Thankfully, this doesn’t mean that a beautiful, confident smile is out of reach. Veneers are a great treatment option that can provide you with a bright, natural smile in just a few visits. Placing a veneer is simple for the experienced dentist such as Dr. Farless. It involves shaving a very small amount of enamel from your teeth, taking a mold to send to the lab, and securing the veneer onto the desired teeth. If you decide on this treatment option with Dr. Farless, you’ll be able to customize the color, shape, and size of your veneers. The entire process takes just a few visits to the dentist—a pretty small time investment for a revitalized smile! This versatile treatment can solve many dental imperfections. Below are five of the more common issues that veneers are used to treat.
1. Crooked or Crowded Teeth
Veneers are a great alternative to braces for some patients, but they won’t fix the headaches that are sometimes caused by crowded teeth. If this isn’t a problem for you, veneers may be an option to consider seriously. While braces can only even out your existing teeth, veneers allow you to change the color, shape and size of your teeth in addition to making them appear straight and evenly spaced. They transform your smile in just a few visits to the dentist, saving you years of wearing braces and retainers.
2. Widely Spaced or Irregularly Shaped Teeth
If you have a gap-toothed grin or an uneven smile you can’t stand, possible treatments include veneers, crowns, tooth reshaping, and dental contouring. The best treatment for you will depend on the health of your teeth, how many teeth you want to change, and how much of a change you’re looking to see. If your enamel is thin or the pulp of your tooth is close to the surface, you’re likely not a good candidate for tooth reshaping. Crowns require most of the tooth to be removed, but veneers only shave off a thin layer of enamel. They provide a dramatic change and are easy to apply to multiple teeth.
3. Cracked or Chipped Teeth
A severely broken tooth might require a crown and perhaps even a root canal, while very small chips can often be repaired with a filling. Larger chips or cracks that aren’t causing any pain and don’t risk future decay can be remedied with a veneer. Since choosing a veneer is such a custom process, you can ensure that the color, shape, and size match your other teeth well. Once the veneer is in place, it will look completely natural.
4. Stained or Discolored Teeth
Everyone struggles with yellowing teeth due to age or the consumption of certain foods and drinks, though this can be combated with whitening toothpastes or treatments. Some people, however, suffer from stains or discolorations on their teeth that do not respond well to whitening treatments. Medications, high fluoride levels in the water, and trauma during the development of teeth are just a few things that can cause these stains. If you have stains that make you feel self-conscious of your smile, a veneer might be a great solution for you. The material is less susceptible to staining than your natural teeth, so while you still need to brush and maintain your veneers, you don’t have to give up coffee to keep them looking beautiful, either.
5. Worn or Damaged Enamel
Enamel erosion has a number of causes, some of which are out of your control. Genetics can simply make you predisposed to the issue, while medications, acid reflux disease, and other gastrointestinal diseases can all contribute to your enamel being worn down over time. Your lifestyle can also play a huge role, however. Drinking a lot of soda, making a habit of using your teeth to tear open packages, and consuming a lot of sugars and starches will also contribute.
Enamel erosion can cause your teeth to be sensitive to hot or cold temperatures and sugary foods, which can develop into jolts of pain as the erosion worsens. You may also notice yellowing and indentations or chipping in the surface of your teeth. Enamel protects your teeth from cavities, so having a thin or damaged layer means you’re more susceptible to cavities. In this circumstance, a veneer can be used to protect your teeth, cover the yellow color that results from thin enamel, and relieve any pain you might be experiencing. It’s placed on the worn enamel and works as a barrier to protect against cavities and tooth decay.
Overall, veneers are an extremely versatile treatment option that offers patients a huge level of customization. Much like any treatment, however, you should research the available options and discuss your unique situation with Dr. Farless to determine whether or not they are right for you. Schedule your appointment today.
10 Things You Didn’t Know about ClearCorrect
A mouth full of straight, symmetric teeth makes for an attractive smile. Unfortunately, nature rarely grants such a perfect arrangement. Instead, modern orthodontics can provide you with the smile of your dreams without the need for metal braces. In fact, with invisible braces! Enter ClearCorrect.
Traditional metal braces are often great for guiding teeth into the correct position, but they come with many inconveniences and drawbacks. You can avoid these hassles with ClearCorrect transparent aligners from Dr. Graham Farless. They allow us to fix most any alignment problem with your smile discreetly and without the frustrations of traditional braces. But let’s answer a few questions about these invisible aligners. Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about this amazing orthodontic system.
1. ClearCorrect Is Removable.
That’s right, you can remove your ClearCorrect aligner whenever you like. Of course, the more you leave your aligner in place, the faster your treatment is concluded. But you should remove your aligner to eat and when you brush and floss.
Since you can take it out at will, you will not have to worry about pieces of food stuck on your hardware—a common problem for those with braces. Also, removability makes oral care much easier as you do not need to navigate your toothbrush or dental floss around wires and brackets.
2. You Should Wear Them While You Sleep.
When you have finished brushing and flossing in the evening, simply pop your aligner back in before you head to bed. You spend up to a third of your life asleep, so you definitely need to wear ClearCorrect during the night. Diligent wearing of your aligner will speed up your treatment and help you to obtain your desired smile sooner.
3. ClearCorrect Is Completely Clear—Really!
Some orthodontic devices advertise discreet treatment, but they merely blend in with your teeth. But this is different. The aligners are totally clear, so no one needs to know you’re even wearing an aligner. Casual observation will not reveal your secret, since everyone will see only your teeth through the aligners.
4. They’re Comfortable.
One of the major problems with metal braces is discomfort. The wires and brackets can scrape your lips and gums. In fact, many braces-wearers routinely use wax to avoid painful poking and abrasions.
ClearCorrect is completely metal-free. There are no wires or brackets to cause discomfort. In the unlikely event that you do break an aligner, you can simply remove it until you’re able to see Dr. Farless. You will not be forced to endure damaged hardware as you would with traditional braces.
5. Your Aligners are Custom-Made Just for You.
Your aligners are not one-size-fits-all. Instead, they are fabricated from measurements, photographs, x-ray images, and impressions taken by Dr. Farless and his team. This means that your aligners are designed to perfectly fit your unique mouth and address your individual problems.
6. Dr. Farless Has Options for You.
Dr. Farless realizes that everyone has different needs and patients need financial options. So, he offers three different choices in ClearCorrect treatment: a course limited to six aligners, a course limited to 12 aligners, and a course of unlimited aligners. Set up a consultation to find out which option is right for you.
7. Patients of Most Ages Can Use ClearCorrect.
These aligners are perfect for most adults and adolescents, but even some younger patients can use them. If your child has not yet had their back molars or wisdom teeth come in, they may be a candidate for ClearCorrect. Dr. Farless will be glad to let you know if it’s the right option for your child.
8. Treatment Time Varies Among Patients.
Just like with metal braces, the length of your treatment time will depend on your individual situation. In general, ClearCorrect treatment lasts for one to two years, but this can be shorter or longer according to the nature and severity of your orthodontic issues.
9. Most Adults are Appropriate Candidates.
This system can help with a variety of needs including overbites, underbites, crowding, gaps, and crooked teeth. Although you will definitely appreciate the aesthetic results of your ClearCorrect treatment, the system is not intended to be solely cosmetic. It can address functional problems as well. However, especially complex or severe orthodontic issues may require correction with traditional metal braces instead.
10. Dr. Farless has Undergone ClearCorrect Training.
ClearCorrect requires special training in order to offer these aligners to patients. Dr. Farless has completed this training and has extensive experience with administering treatment. Unlike do-it-yourself mail-order aligners, these require the expertise and guidance of a licensed dentist. Of course, this means that if you have any questions or run into problems, Dr. Farless and his team will be with you every step of the way.
Is ClearCorrect your answer for a straighter, healthy smile? You can find out from a consultation with Dr. Farless. Simply contact our office, and we’ll be happy to help in any way possible.
Is a new smile possible in six months?
Disbelief is a healthy instinct when something sounds too good to be true. However, thanks to advances in orthodontics and dentistry, it really is possible for many patients to have a new smile in as little as six months. The Six Month Smiles® system utilizes clear braces to correct cosmetic problems such as crooked teeth, unsightly gaps between teeth, and bite issues.
Our Six Month Smiles® program is superior to traditional metal braces in many ways, but you likely have questions about the specifics of this innovative orthodontic correction system. That’s why Dr. Graham Farless has assembled this guide to address the top nine questions about Six Month Smiles®, including which patients are potential candidates, how the process works, and why it is often a better choice than other forms of orthodontic therapy.
1. What exactly are Six Month Smiles® braces?
These braces use transparent brackets in combination with white wires to adjust your teeth into proper position. The coloration means that the wires blend in nicely with your teeth, and the brackets are completely clear. Your braces will barely be noticeable and will stand out much less than a mouth full of metal as with traditional braces.
2. How does the treatment time compare to conventional braces?
Just like the name says, most patients only need to wear these braces for less than six months. But depending on the specifics of your case, your time can vary between five to 12 months. For traditional metal braces, the average treatment time is about one to two years. Overall, patients with using our program enjoy a reduction in treatment time of about 75 percent compared to conventional metal braces.
3. Do these braces work faster because they are tighter?
No, Six Month Smiles® are not tighter than traditional braces. In fact, they use less force than metal braces to guide your teeth into the proper position. This approach results in less discomfort for patients. In fact, most patients report only mild soreness the day after their braces are placed. With metal braces, the initial pain can be so bad that patients are limited to a liquid diet for a day or so.
4. Are Six Month Smiles® removable?
Your clear braces are only removable by Dr. Farless. Unlike with some transparent aligner systems, you will not be able to remove your Six Month Smiles® yourself because they are affixed to your teeth. Many patients relate that they prefer this configuration since the possibilities of losing their hardware or inadvertently throwing it in the trash are eliminated.
5. Is a retainer necessary after Six Month SmilesⓇ?
Yes, you will need to wear a retainer for a while after your treatment concludes. This is to ensure that your teeth do not revert to an improper position. It is important that you wear your retainer as instructed so that you get the most out of your orthodontic correction.
6. How old does a patient need to be to have this option?
Fifteen is the minimum age to begin treatment with Six Month Smiles®. A patient needs to be an adolescent or adult before treatment can commence. There is no maximum age though, and Dr. Farless is happy to let adults know if this type of braces is right for their case.
7. How many dental visits are necessary with Six Month Smiles®?
First, you will need to have your initial consultation with Dr. Farless to determine if you are a good candidate for these braces. This visit will consist of an in-depth examination, x-ray imaging, and a conversation about your cosmetic goals and desires. If everything looks good, you will return to be fitted with the Six Month Smiles® clear braces.
After receiving your new braces, you will need to return every few weeks for a gentle adjustment of your braces. Patients typically receive seven to ten adjustments over the course of their treatment.
8. Which problems can be addressed?
Our clear braces are not only aesthetic in and of themselves; they can help you overcome a number of aesthetic issues, including:
- Problems with spacing or large gaps between teeth
- Crowding—when your teeth are too close together
- Underbites or your bottom teeth sticking out further than your top teeth
- Overbites—your top teeth overlap your bottom teeth
- Crossbites—when your bite is crooked and your teeth meet on opposite sides
- Open bites—your teeth do not fully come together when you bite
9. Are these braces as safe as traditional braces?
They are actually safer than traditional metal braces because less tension is used to adjust your teeth. Less tension means fewer chances for teeth to break or crack. While no form of orthodontic correction is completely guaranteed not to damage teeth inadvertently, Six Month SmilesⓇ is a gentle method for getting the straight and symmetrical smile you want.
If you are less than completely satisfied with the appearance of your smile, consider discussing Six Month SmilesⓇ with Dr. Farless. This discreet method of orthodontic adjustment may be your path to your ideal grin. Click here to set up an appointment with Dr. Farless now.
Veneers and Smiles
One of the things you fall in love with about a person is their smile. But you don’t have to have perfect teeth to have a smile that others can appreciate. In fact, if you study the smiles of people you love and like, you will likely find many imperfections. But what if teeth are too yellow, too chipped, or too worn down to be viewed as loveably imperfect? What if those factors keep people from seeing the real you?
Veneers can fix a variety of imperfections at once. In fact, if you want to dramatically transform your smile in a short amount of time, porcelain veneers are your answer. Porcelain veneers look natural and are indistinguishable from your natural teeth, which is why it’s such a popular cosmetic dental procedure.
But a lot of people have questions before they jump into the idea of veneers. Here’s the 10 most common veneers’ questions we’ve heard.
1. What are porcelain veneers?
You’re likely aware of porcelain veneers and that many people have them and they look great. But what exactly is a porcelain veneer? A veneer is a very thin piece of porcelain that is crafted by a cosmetic dentist into the shape of a tooth. Each veneer is different because each is customized for the individual and their smile goals. The thin piece of porcelain is applied over the natural tooth or teeth to cover any cosmetic imperfections like stained, chipped, crooked, or decayed teeth.
2. Why do people get porcelain veneers?
Many people decide to get porcelain veneers because they are a durable cosmetic treatment that can provide the smile they want in a short amount of time. If you’ve tried cosmetic treatments like tooth whitening but are still unhappy with your smile, veneers are a good option for you. Many people who whiten their teeth but have gaps, chips or misaligned teeth can correct these minor cosmetic problems with porcelain veneers. Or, if you’re unhappy with the size and shape of your teeth, veneers can give you the fuller smile you want.
3. Do I have to shave down my teeth?
No. Your dentist will only need to prepare your tooth by trimming half a millimeter or less of tooth enamel. This is done so the special bonding agent has a better surface to adhere to and your porcelain veneer is more stable. With the bonding agent applied to your tooth, Dr. Farless will place the veneer then use a special light to quickly cement the veneer to your tooth.
4. Can I pick the color?
Yes. During your initial dental consult for your veneers treatment, Dr. Farless will discuss tooth shade options and recommend a shade that best fits your smile. He will match the shade of your veneer or veneers to your natural teeth. Or there’s another option: many people decide to have a whitening treatment and whiter veneers to brighten the appearance of their entire smile.
5. How many veneers do I need?
This varies from person to person depending on the condition of your teeth and smile goals. You may only need a couple to fix minor cosmetic issues or you may decide to get them on most of your teeth. The most common choice is what’s called the social six, the teeth you see when you smile. For some people who have broad smiles, it’s actually eight top teeth, rather than six. Dr. Farless will talk to you about options and recommendations during your treatment consultation.
6. Does it hurt?
Dr. Farless will use a local anesthetic during the tooth preparation and veneer placement process so you will have a comfortable procedure. If you’re only having a few veneers placed there should be little discomfort post-treatment. However, if you’re getting more extensive cosmetic work done, you may have some mild soreness for a few days. If you have questions about sedation options during your porcelain veneers treatment, discuss this with Dr. Farless during your consultation.
7. How long does it take?
You can completely transform your smile in just a few weeks. After your initial consultation when impressions of your teeth are taken, Dr. Farless sends the materials to a lab to make your customized porcelain veneers. This process will take between two and four weeks. Once the veneers arrive at our office, your next appointment will be scheduled. During this appointment, Dr. Farless will apply your veneers and within a couple of hours, and you will be able to show off your new, brilliant smile!
8. Do they stain?
No, porcelain veneers do not stain because the material isn’t porous like tooth enamel which absorbs stains. If you feel like your natural teeth no longer match the shade of your veneers, then there are a couple of possible reasons for this. If your veneers are darker than your natural teeth, then it’s likely your veneers were created for you many years ago when veneers were made with a more porous material than modern veneers, in which case you should consider replacing them. Or perhaps your natural teeth are darker or more yellow than your veneers. This certainly happens with natural teeth. In order to keep your teeth bright, avoid teeth staining drinks like coffee, tea, and red wine. You should care for your veneers just as you would your natural teeth, by brushing twice daily with an electric toothbrush, flossing once daily and visiting us twice yearly for professional cleanings.
If you need your natural teeth whitened to more closely match your veneers, we would be happy to assist you with that as well.
9. Are they permanent?
Yes and no. Once you have porcelain veneers, you will need to maintain them because your enamel has been removed in order for the veneer to be replaced. Most veneers last between 10 and 15 years before needing replaced. You can maximize the life of your veneers by practicing good oral health habits, just like you would for your natural teeth. Have a good hygiene routine, address any tooth grinding issues, use mouthguards when playing sports, and don’t use your teeth as a tool (please, no opening things with your teeth!).
10. How much do they cost?
Each veneer can vary in price from $925 to $2,500. Most insurance providers don’t cover elective cosmetic procedures like porcelain veneers, however, some may cover up to 50 percent. Our business team will file insurance claims as a courtesy to you. We also offer to finance through CareCredit. If porcelain veneers will give you the smile transformation you want, consider the improvements to your confidence and life that can come from an investment in yourself. Our team will work with you to make your smile dreams a reality.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a versatile solution to many cosmetic dental concerns, such as chips, discoloration, stains, weakness, gaps, “gummy smiles,” and misalignments. Though porcelain veneers correct issues that appear on the surface of your teeth, the effects of this non-invasive cosmetic dental treatment are much more than skin-deep.
Here are five unexpected ways that porcelain veneers can change your life and improve your daily experiences.
1. Better dental hygiene.
In addition to routine trips to the dentist, the health of your mouth depends on good dental hygiene habits such as daily brushing and flossing. Though tooth decay and periodontitis (gum disease) are largely preventable through a lifestyle of dental hygiene, the majority of Americans experience these common dental diseases. Half of American adults 30 and over suffer from gum disease and 92 percent of adults between 20 and 64 have had cavities. And, most alarmingly, a recent study revealed that almost one-third of Millennials only brush their teeth once daily, with the average Millennial reporting at least one instance of not brushing at all for more than two days in a row.
While many factors may contribute to insufficient dental hygiene habits, one powerful emotional factor can influence how you care for your teeth: pride. A sense of pride can increase self-control and perseverance and motivate you to make choices that elevate your health and life. As they completely transform the appearance of your teeth, porcelain veneers can empower you to feel proud of your smile and more likely to share it with the people in your life. A sense of pride in your smile can motivate you to dedicate time every single day to care for the health and appearance of your teeth and to appreciate the value oral health brings to your overall sense of self-confidence and well-being.
2. Improved oral health and function.
Oral health is a combination of clean teeth, healthy tissues, and optimum function. While some dental issues—such as chips, weakness, or crookedness—can seem purely cosmetic, they can actually impact your long-term oral health and lead to greater consequences, such as cavities, uneven wear on tooth surfaces, and jaw pain.
Porcelain veneers can whiten and beautify your smile while elevating your smile’s overall health and function. By correcting minor malocclusion (misalignment of your teeth or bite), porcelain veneers can help to properly distribute the force of chewing, prevent jaw discomfort, make it easier to keep your teeth clean, and help your teeth wear more evenly. To prepare for your veneer treatment, Dr. Farless will advise and help you in achieving your best oral health. Once your optimum oral health is achieved, your porcelain veneers will be applied to a smile that’s been strategically prepared for long-term health and longevity.
3. Memorable first impressions.
Do you know how long it takes to make a first impression? While the research varies from one-tenth of a second to two minutes, the truth is it doesn’t take long for us to size each other up. Personality, intelligence, attractiveness, and trustworthiness are judged in a matter of seconds! And whether it’s favorable or not, that first impression can stick and influence social interactions even after people have gotten to know you better.
From placing your coffee order with a barista to interviewing for a new job, your smile is one of your facial features that powerfully influences how people will perceive and respond to you. While you may not be able to control all the factors that make a first impression go sideways, veneers allow you to create a smile that you feel reflects your inner sense of poise, confidence, kindness, attractiveness, and intelligence.
4. Higher self-confidence.
From career to relationships to lifestyle choices, confidence can positively influence multiple areas of your life. In addition to fostering a higher sense of self-worth and self-esteem, confidence can give you the tenacity to stay committed to your goals, tackle challenges, and overcome difficulties.
Confidence comes from the inside-out and outside-in. It’s a product of our personal beliefs, values, lived experiences, and how we feel about our appearance. For most Americans, good oral health and having an attractive smile top the list of physical attributes that bolster their self-confidence every day. A porcelain veneer treatment is a safe and simple way to dramatically change the appearance of your smile, boost your self-esteem, and experience the far-reaching benefits of self-confidence.
5. Mood boost.
Your smile does more than make you seem attractive, trustworthy, and intelligent (though it does those things too). Though a smile can reflect many emotions (from nervousness to mischief), smiling is often a natural response to feeling happy and relaxed. And fortunately for us, our smile and our brains are a two-way street. Even if you’re not feeling happy or relaxed, smiling as if you were convinces your brain to feel the same. The act of smiling activates the release of serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins—your body’s built-in, feel-good messengers. While serotonin is associated with reduced feelings of stress and elevated levels of happiness, dopamine contributes to feelings of pleasure and satisfaction, and endorphins reduce feelings of pain.
If you hide your smile because you’re dissatisfied with its appearance, you may be missing out on your body’s built-in ability to bust stress, relax, and experience greater ease. In addition to correcting your smile’s cosmetic concerns, porcelain veneers can make you feel more confident about sharing your smile—even if it’s just for you as you look in the mirror.
We love to see you smiling and feeling your best. To learn more about how you can experience the far-reaching benefits of porcelain veneers, schedule an appointment today!