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By Susan Pearson, D.D.S
March 09, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

You can get a new and improved smile in just a few weeks with veneers.

If you are dealing with discolored, misshapen or awkward aligned teeth then you may find yourself hiding your smile from those around you. Our Silver Spring, MD, dentist Dr. Susan Pearson wants to see patients happy and confident in their smiles…and this is where dental veneers come in.

What is a dental veneer?

Veneers are bonded to the front of teeth to hide the aesthetic flaws in your smile. A veneer is a thin, porcelain shell that is adhered to the front surface of a tooth, providing a new, improved outer layer. Veneers are typically made from porcelain because this material is incredibly durable and also mimics the look of real tooth enamel.

What can dental veneers fix?

Wondering if you could be a great candidate for dental veneers? Our Silver Spring, MD, family dentist places veneers over teeth that are discolored, chipped, slightly misaligned, and malformed or misshapen in some way. Any problem that affects the appearance of the tooth could be hidden from plain sight with the help of veneers. Veneers could even help you get a slightly straighter smile.

Should I consider dental veneers?

If you are looking for a simple, straightforward cosmetic treatment that isn’t invasive then dental veneers can give you a taste of what our dental team can do for your smile. Veneers require very little tooth preparation and can handle a wide range of aesthetic problems.

Veneers can also be used alongside other treatment options such as teeth whitening and dental bonding, to give you a complete makeover. Of course, the first step is to find out if your teeth are healthy enough for veneers, which involves coming in for a consultation.

Our Silver Spring, MD, cosmetic dentist and her team are here to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Whether you want to sit down and discuss dental veneers, dental bonding or dental implants, call (301) 649-2203 to schedule a consultation with us.

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
September 21, 2018
Tags: Veneers   Porcelain Veneers  

You want to improve the appearance of your smile. Small gaps and a prominent chip mar the teeth in the front of your mouth--what dentists call "the smile zone." Bonding won't work as the needed repairs are too extensive. Could porcelain veneers work? Ask your dentist inVeneers Silver Spring, Dr. Susan Pearson. She understands how her patients wish to look their best. She can tell you if veneers are your right option.

What are porcelain veneers?

Thin, translucent shells of premium dental porcelain, veneers (also called laminates) cover a wide variety of enamel defects such as:

  • Deep stains from pharmaceuticals (tetracycline, for instance) or years of smoking
  • Cracks and chips
  • Surface pits and fissures
  • Congenital malformations such as peg-shaped lateral incisors or teeth which are too long or too short
  • Small gaps and mild crowding

Your Silver Spring dentist resurfaces the front side of the teeth and then bonds the customized veneers in place.

Is the procedure difficult?

Receiving porcelain veneers does take two to three appointments with Dr. Pearson and her team. However, the treatment itself is comfortable and uncomplicated. An initial examination and digital X-rays tell the dentist if your teeth are healthy enough to receive dental laminates. Then, she discusses your ideas of how you want your smile to improve.

While versatile, veneers cannot change every possible defect, but you'll be amazed at how Dr. Pearson can meet your needs and incorporate your ideas into her treatment plan. Oral impressions, photos and detailed instructions tell the dental lab how to make the veneers just the right size, shape and color to suit your smile and facial features.

An important part of the veneer procedure is enamel resurfacing. Dr. Pearson removes a portion of tooth enamel from each tooth. This one-half millimeter slice helps the veneers fit and bite correctly.

However, there is one caution. Because of this resurfacing, you must always wear veneers. But, don't worry. When you diligently care for your veneers, they can last for years.

When your veneers come in from the dental lab, Dr. Pearson will cement them in place. She takes great care to properly seat the veneers on the teeth to avoid gum irritation, chipping or other surface problems. A special dental light activates the cement and hardens it.

It takes a week or so to adjust to how your veneers feel inside your mouth, but you'll love how they look right away. You'll enjoy a great smile that looks like you only better!! Plus, veneers strengthen tooth enamel.


Dr. Pearson will help you decide if versatile porcelain veneers could change your smile and your self-confidence. Ask about the other cosmetic treatments she offers, too. Call the office today for your consultation appointment: (301) 649-2203.

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
May 30, 2017
Category: Dental Treatments
Tags: Veneers  

Could dental veneers be exactly what you’ve been looking for to cosmetically enhance your smile?Veneers

When you smile, what do you see? If you are more likely to pick apart certain flaws and defects rather than be proud of the smile you have, then it might be time you talked to our Silver Spring, MD, dentist Dr. Susan Pearson about whether or not dental veneers are right for you.

What are dental veneers and what do they do?

When people often think about covering up a tooth to improve its appearance many times they think they need a dental crown in order to do it. Of course, getting a dental crown requires significant tooth preparation and the shaving down of enamel; fortunately, there is an easier alternative: dental veneers.

These thin translucent shells are each custom-designed to fit over a specific tooth to hide everything from a gap between your front teeth to discolorations and misshapen teeth. If you have dental flaws, then chances are good that veneers could help make the changes you want to see.

How do I get dental veneers?

Before we place your veneers, anyone who is interested in getting dental veneers in Silver Spring, MD, will have to undergo a consultation. During the consultation, we will need to perform an oral exam to ensure that your teeth are healthy enough for treatment. If decay or gum disease is present, these are issues that will need to be treated before you can get dental veneers.

If your smile is healthy, then it’s time to get you those dental veneers. We will help you determine the right shade for your veneers and then take impressions of your smile. The molds we take of your teeth will be used to create your veneers. All veneers are custom-made, so no two will ever look the same. By using these impressions, you know you’ll get veneers with a superior fit.

Next, the teeth will need to be prepared, but don’t worry; it isn’t nearly as intensive as getting dental crowns. While enamel will be filed down from the front portion of the tooth, it’s a very minimal amount and can often be done without the need for a local anesthesia to numb the area beforehand.

Once your veneers have been made, we are ready to place them over the front of your teeth. We will sandwich a tooth-colored bonding resin between the tooth and the veneer and then direct a dental light beam over the tooth to harden the resin into place.

If you aren’t happy with your smile then isn’t it time you changed it? Our Silver Spring, MD, dental office can make your dream smile a reality. Call us today to schedule your cosmetic consultation.

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
March 16, 2016
Tags: Veneers  

Love them or hate them, our teeth make up an important part of our identity. The appearance of our smile can affect the way that people view us when they first meet us, and how confident and self-assured we feel in our social and professional interactions. On a practical health and wellness level, the state of our teeth and gums can also affect our general as well as our oral health.Veneers

Improving Your Smile with Dental Veneers in Silver Spring

Cosmetic dental problems like chipped, stained, discolored, or unevenly spaced teeth may not constitute a life and death emergency, but they can have a profound impact on overall quality of life. Silver Spring, MD based dentist Dr. Susan Pearson offers dental veneers for patients looking for subtle and realistic looking improvements to their smile imperfections. Studies have shown that dissatisfaction with their teeth is one of the main reasons people state for holding back from participating in social and professional activities.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are a good dental restoration option for the most common forms of tooth damage including:

  • Discolored and severely stained teeth
  • Chipped, cracked, broken teeth
  • Gap between teeth
  • Unevenly spaced and misaligned teeth

In addition to improving the cosmetic appearance of one or several teeth, veneers can also improve minor bite and alignment problems. For some people, multiple problems with the shape and look of the teeth can make the prospect of dental restorations seem too costly and time-consuming. Veneers are something of a "jack of all trades" for dental repairs in that they can help to correct multiple problems with one treatment. A regular smoker for example, may suffer from both staining and a chipped tooth. Rather than undergoing separate bonding and professional teeth whitening procedures, a dental veneer can fix both issues with one treatment from the dentist.

Dental Veneers in Silver Spring

For more information on how dental veneers can help you love your smile again, contact Dr. Susan Pearson DDS at 301-649-2203 to schedule an appointment in Silver Springs, M.D. today.

By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
November 18, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Veneers  
veneersWe can’t stress enough how healthy eating does wonders for condition of the teeth and gum tissue. There are a number of delicious and nutritious food groups health care professionals will recommend patients try to consume on a regular basis. However, if you have veneers, sensitive or weak teeth, we suggest you be careful with what you bite into.
While modern technology provides us with durable veneer placements at our Silver Spring dental office, we still want patients to understand the teeth, especially the front teeth are taken extra care of because a chipped tooth or worse can happen.
For example, here is a list of food items that can damage a tooth or veneer if eaten improperly:
  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Peanuts
  • Almonds
  • Raw broccoli
  • Granola
Note: When eating hard and raw food, try using the back teeth for the initial bite and chewing. The back molars are more adept to extra biting pressure.
How to Avoid a Dental Mishap
We are not advising that you miss out on certain types of food, but we do have some tips you can follow to avoid a dental mishap:
  • Cut up hard foods into smaller pieces
  • Chew food thoroughly
  • Don’t use teeth as a tool for anything besides chewing food, smiling and talking
  • Floss after eating
Contact our Silver Spring dental office if you are concerned about your teeth or veneers. Call (301) 649-2203 for more information.  












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