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No-orMinimal-PrepVeneersReducePermanentAlterationstoYourTeeth

Porcelain veneers are positive proof that unattractive teeth don't always require an intensive restoration to regain their beauty. These thin layers of translucent porcelain — custom-designed and color-matched to blend with your other teeth — are permanently bonded to the visible side of your front teeth.

Although they can't remedy every tooth defect, they're well suited for mild to moderate disfigurements like chipping, staining or gaps. There are now two types of porcelain veneers: the traditional veneer and the “no-prep” veneer.

The standard veneers require some tooth structure removal, referred to as “tooth preparation.” This is because although they're a millimeter or less in thickness, they can still appear bulky if bonded to an unprepared tooth. To accommodate their width, it's necessary to remove some of the tooth enamel. This permanently alters the tooth so that it will need some form of restoration from that time on.

In recent years, however, other veneer options have emerged that reduces — or even eliminates — this tooth alteration. No-prep veneers are so thin they can be applied to a tooth with virtually no preparation. A more common option, minimal-prep, requires only a minor reshaping with an abrasive tool to ensure the fitted veneer looks as natural as possible. Because of their thinness, these veneers also don't have to fit under the gum line like standard veneers.

To obtain no- or minimal-prep veneers, your tooth enamel needs to be in good, healthy shape. They're also best suited for people with small or worn teeth, narrow smiles (the side teeth can't be seen from the front), or slightly stained or misshapen teeth.

Because there's little invasiveness, these low preparation veneers won't typically create tooth sensitivity and they can often be applied without any form of anesthesia. And because tooth structure isn't removed, they can be “uninstalled” to return to your natural look. Of course, that's not always an easy process since the bonding between veneer and the enamel is quite strong, although today's lasers can be used to detach the veneer quite easily.

If you'd like to consider these minimally invasive veneers, talk with your dentist. If you're a good candidate, you may be able to gain a new smile without much change to your natural teeth.

If you would like more information on how veneers can change your smile, 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 “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”

By Hoffmaster Dental
June 27, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
5WaystoaBeautifulWeddingDaySmile

Since the early Roman times, couples have prized the month of June as the most favorable time to exchange their marriage vows. If you and your betrothed are planning a June wedding this season, you no doubt want everything to be beautiful. That would include your smile—and with the appropriate techniques we can help you make it as bright and attractive as possible.

Here are 5 ways to a more attractive wedding day smile.

Dental Cleaning and Teeth Whitening. A routine dental cleaning right before the ceremony can remove stains and dental plaque that dull your teeth's appearance. For an added level of brightness, we can also whiten your teeth in time for your big day.

Repairing defects with bonding. Do you have a chipped tooth, or a broken or discolored filling? We may be able to repair minor defects like these in a single visit by bonding lifelike dental materials directly to the tooth. We color-match and sculpt these materials so that they blend seamlessly with your natural teeth.

Advanced enhancements. In whatever ways your teeth may be flawed, there are dental solutions to transform your smile. We can correct minor to moderate chips, stains or slight gaps with porcelain veneers that cover the teeth's visible surface. We can cap a viable but unsightly tooth with a life-like crown. Missing teeth? A fixed bridge or dental implants could restore them like new.

Plastic gum surgery. Teeth may be the stars of your smile, but your gums are the supporting cast. Smiles with too much of the gums showing can be corrected through various techniques, including periodontal plastic surgery that reshapes the gums and can help the teeth appear more prominent.

Orthodontics. The original "smile transformer," braces and other orthodontic methods move misaligned teeth to better positions. Not only can orthodontic treatment result in a more attractive appearance, it can improve overall dental health.

You have an array of options for enhancing your wedding day smile, and we're more than happy to help you develop an individualized treatment plan. One caveat, though: some of these techniques could take weeks or months to complete, so don't delay!

If you would like more information about what you can do to have the most attractive smile for your wedding day, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”

By Hoffmaster Dental
November 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantFind out what makes someone ideal for this lifelong tooth replacement.

While many healthy adults who are looking to replace one or more missing teeth can be great candidates for dental implants, this treatment isn’t right for everyone. Our York, PA, restorative dentist Dr. Robert Hoffmaster wants you to be informed about the dental procedures you are interested in getting so that you can determine whether it’s truly the best solution for you. Here’s what goes into getting dental implants and what makes someone a great candidate.

You’ll be happy to hear that most adults who are looking to replace one, several or all of their teeth could be good candidates for dental implants. A good candidate will maintain good oral hygiene. This means that when our York, PA, general dentist examines your mouth we will see healthy pink gums that don’t have active gum disease and healthy, cavity-free teeth. If we find any issues these problems will need to be treated before we can begin the implant process.

Of course, the strength and health of your jawbone also matters greatly. We will run x-rays to check the extent of your bone loss. If the jawbone isn’t dense enough to support a dental implant this doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t get dental implants. What your doctor can do is perform a simple bone graft to rebuild and strengthen the jawbone. After bone grafting, the jawbone should be strong enough to support a dental implant.

There are other factors to consider as well. If you have any uncontrolled or untreated health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease these are issues you will also need to properly address with a doctor before getting dental implants. After all, the implant process requires surgery and extensive recovery time. If you aren’t completely healthy this can impede the healing process.

Furthermore, smokers are not ideal candidates for implants. It’s highly advised that you quit smoking before getting implants. This is because smokers are significantly more likely to deal with implant failure than someone who doesn’t smoke. Also, smoking slows down your body’s natural healing response, which means that recovering from implant surgery may take far longer than someone who isn’t a smoker.

Here at Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA, we are dedicated to helping you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile. No matter whether you need to schedule a routine cleaning or you are interested in getting dental implants, call our office today to schedule an appointment with us.

Cosmetic and Contouring SmileSay goodbye to little chips, cracks and discolorations in your smile.

When people think about cosmetic dentistry they often think about dental veneers, implants, and even crowns, but did you know that there are fast, easy, and inexpensive options that can help fix more minor dental flaws in just a single dental visit? If you didn’t know about this, it’s time you did. Our York, PA, dentist Dr. Robert Hoffmaster is here to tell you how dental bonding and cosmetic contouring could enhance your smile.

While dental bonding and cosmetic contouring may not be a cosmetic dental treatment with which you are familiar, it could just end up being the fast, easy and inexpensive option you’ve been looking for. Cosmetic contouring is where our York, PA, general dentist shaves off small amounts of enamel to help reshape and alter the size or appearance of a tooth. Since very little enamel is removed it is completely painless and non-invasive and can be great for buffing away pits, chips, worn edges, and other minor issues.

Dental bonding is another non-invasive cosmetic technique that is often combined with cosmetic contouring to improve the look of a tooth. Bonding uses a tooth-colored resin that is applied and shaped over small imperfections in a tooth to hide them and to enhance the size, shape, or color of a tooth. Bonding is a great way to hide small chips and cracks, discolorations, pits and grooves, and even small gaps between teeth. Teeth that might look smaller than the rest may also be able to be shaped by bonding so your smile looks more symmetrical.

People love cosmetic contouring and bonding because it’s fast and painless, plus it can usually be performed in just one visit.

Do you want to know more about these simple cosmetic treatments? Ready to find out how we can improve your smile? If so, then it’s time to schedule a consultation with the experts at Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA.

By Hoffmaster Dental
February 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Why does your smile look darker now than it did ten years ago? Your enamel actually absorbs organic matter, changing your tooth color teeth whiteningand how you feel about your smile. Would you like to brighten it safely, quickly and dramatically? Then, come to Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA, for a professional teeth whitening consultation with Dr. Robert Hoffmaster. As his name implies, he's a master at enhancing smile appearance and can help you achieve a great look.

No two smiles are alike

Nor should they be. We are, after all, individuals with smiles that express our unique personalities. In fact, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that people notice your smile before they see your hair color, height, or other physical attributes. That's how important your teeth are to your self-image and confidence.

Unfortunately, your teeth actually trap staining material from:

  • Cigarette smoke and chewing tobacco
  • Dark beverages such as sports drinks, coffee, tea, and colas
  • Dark foods such as soy sauce and curry
  • Accumulated plaque and tartar from neglected oral hygiene
  • Some prescription medications such as antihistamines and antihypertensives

Additionally, your teeth naturally yellow and become dull with age. However, with professional teeth whitening in York you may lift that dark look right out of your smile.

Who can get their teeth whitened?

Teens and adults who have healthy gums, no decay and limited restorations likely are candidates. When you visit Hoffmaster Dental, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums and take some X-rays to be sure all is well. Then, you can choose either in-office or at-home whitening.

How it works

Both methods use concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel. In the office, your dentist protects your gums and lips with a rubber dam and then swabs on the gel. It penetrates your tooth enamel as you relax in the dental chair. When it's rinsed off, teeth are brighter by eight shades of color in just about an hour.

With at-home whitening, you elect to wear custom-made acrylic trays which fit snugly over your teeth. You fill them with the peroxide gel and wear them daily as Dr. Hoffmaster directs. The results are the same as in-office whitening: you're able to say goodbye to those stubborn dental stains.

To keep a whitened smile bright, stop tobacco in all forms, limit dark foods and drinks and brush and floss thoroughly every day. Also, visit Hoffmaster Dental semi-annually for check-ups, cleanings and occasional whitening touch-ups as needed.

Why wait?

You can have a great, bright smile soon! Call Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA, for your whitening consultation: (717) 846-9428.