Are Veneers a Good Option for Me?

What is veneer placement?

Does your smile need a makeover? Veneer placement is used by dentists for a wide array of cosmetic enhancements such as teeth whitening and a number of orthodontic adjustments. Developed over 100 years ago, veneers have gained popularity in cosmetic dentistry. Recently, technological advancements have made veneers more natural and convenient. Modern types of veneers are similar to natural dental enamel. Moreover, new digital imaging systems allow dentists to develop near-perfect dental restorations that resemble the natural shape and color of the patient’s teeth. Veneers produce excellent results when combined with advanced dental treatment options such as dental crowns and teeth whitening.

Who should use veneers?

Patients who are considering veneer placement typically want to address a number of cosmetic and structural issues concerning their teeth, including:

  • Cracks
  • Chips
  • Minor misalignment
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Discoloration

Moreover, patients who want to have veneers should meet the following criteria:

  • Be committed to good oral care and hygiene
  • Have good oral health
  • Have specific cosmetic procedural goals
  • Have enough healthy enamel

Who would not be considered a good candidate for veneers?

Patients with dental conditions such as gum disease, tooth decay, and canal infection are not eligible for veneer placement procedures. Since the process involves removal of a layer of enamel, it is not advisable for these individuals to have this particular procedure done. People who have bruxism, a condition where patient excessively grind their teeth and clench their jaws, may not qualify for veneers. The strong force of bruxism puts excess strain on the veneers, which can potentially cause them break off.

Are veneers a good option for you?

This treatment offers a number of benefits to patients. Why are veneers a more popular choice than other alternatives?

Increased confidence: Having a veneer placement procedure done by your dentist can boost your self-confidence as well as emotional well-being. Patients who feel proud about their teeth are more likely to smile. Studies show that smiling has a direct positive impact on emotions.

Oral health benefits: Veneers can boost the overall health of your teeth. They provide strength to damaged teeth. In this case, the veneer will provide better oral health to the patients. However, it should be noted that veneers do not restore weakened or severely damaged teeth.

Encourage oral hygiene: Veneer placement promotes good dental hygiene. Patients with enhanced teeth have a greater tendency to practice good oral care and maintenance. During the consultation and veneer placement process, the dentist will provide you with the best advice on how to protect your teeth.

Are there risks associated with veneers?

Just like any other medical procedure, veneer placement has some risks associated with it. Generally speaking, the risks are rare in most cases and aren’t considered to be worrisome

Tooth sensitivity: the procedure involves removal of enamel that can lead to permanent sensitivity of the tooth when it comes in contact with cold or hot temperatures.

Dental damage: the enamel removal process may damage the underlying dentin. Moreover, poor fitting of veneers can lead to dental misalignment which results in discomfort while eating.

Veneer placement is a perfect way to improve your dental appearance.You should always consider consulting a reputable dentist, like Dr. Mott,  who will provide you with expert advice about the procedure. Veneer placement is a good option that will not only give you a stunning smile but can also boost the health of your teeth.

If you have any questions or concerns about your family’s dental care, give Dr. Mott a call. We can schedule a cleaning or checkup for you and answer any questions you may have.


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Tax Season Special Post: 5 Steps to Prepare for Tax Season Early

We realize this post isn’t about dental hygiene, flossing, or wisdom teeth. We also realize that the dreaded income tax day has come and gone. However, in the spirit of tax season we decided to shake things up and feature an article that will help you get a leg up on next year’s taxes. After all, reducing stress will also decrease teeth grinding, so we see this article as a win-win! Feel free to  let us know what you think.


5 Steps to Prepare for Tax Season Early

After tax season, most people heave a sigh of relief, but the pressure you usually experience during this season can be avoided if you know to how to prepare early. Follow the tips in this article and by the time the little reminders about filing your taxes arrive next spring, you will have very little to worry about.

No matter how many alpha-numericly  labeled forms you have to fill out like the 1099s from the bank or the W-2s sent by your employer, you will be fully prepared for the task. Whether you decide to make use of tax software online or one of the popular mobile apps designed to make things simpler, you will have all the documentation and data required to speed up the process.

Early preparation will help you to avoid costly mistakes that can cause you to lose money or receive unpleasant letters from the IRS. It will also help you to double check all your tax documents so you can enjoy the benefits of additional savings and peace of mind. In addition to the help you can receive from tax accountants and software, here are five effective ways to prepare early for tax season.

Develop a Better System For Each Tax Season

Learn from any challenges you faced or mistakes you made during this last tax season. For instance, you may have had some trouble summing up your gains or losses, or providing receipts for tax deductions. Instead of waiting until you receive fresh reminders from IRS, you should improve on your record keeping and accounting. Create a special place where you will file all tax related documents that come in during the year so you can easily find them.

Put Your Receipts Together

To receive maximum tax returns, you should itemize all possible tax deductions you can benefit from and start putting all your receipts together in one place. Whether they are just a few dollars or more, deductions like out-of-pocket charitable contributions, students loan interest and moving expenses to a new job are some of the commonly overlooked tax deductions. Keeping all of these receipts in order throughout the year as you receive them will save you a boat-load of time come next April. 

List Out Your Income Sources

Before the tax season comes, create a personal list of all your taxable income sources. Don’t depend on the random arrival of various tax forms from others. Your income sources could include: your employer, interest on savings, shares, and mutual funds. Using your personal income list will help you to prevent the late arrival of forms when you felt you had completed all your income tax forms. This will also give you an idea of who you may need to contact in order to obtain these forms in a timely manner if you have not received them by the time you are ready to file. 

Make IRA Contributions

Don’t allow the nature of IRA contributions to encourage you to procrastinate. Even though you can delay this contribution until the deadline for filing taxes, and it will still be accepted, we do not suggest you do so. You can reduce your stress level by removing this additional task from the list of things to do during the tax season. Get it done early; there’s no reason to wait.

Reconsider Withholding Instructions

Traditionally, it makes sense to minimize withholding and pay it during the tax season, so you can keep the money with you for the whole year. However, with the extremely low interest on money kept in a savings account, you should adopt a different approach. Change your withholding levels so that you can receive a tax refund that you can deposit as a lump sum, which will earn a much larger sum of interest.

In short, the information provided here will help you to develop a system that will speed up the tax documentation process even before the tax season arrives. These tips will also help you to keep all your tax-related records properly throughout the year. Why not prepare now and decrease your stress later? Who knows, you just may be able to file early next year.