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By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
October 16, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

You may have multiple options for making your smile look more aesthetically pleasing when you visit cosmetic dentist Dr. Gary Machiko. Treatments include dental bonding, teeth whitening, porcelain crowns, and metal or invisible braces. But when you want a complete smile makeover, ask your Pittsburgh, PA, dentist about veneers. The main benefit of getting veneers is that this cosmetic treatment allows your dentist to reshape your smile so that it looks both natural and beautiful.

Why Veneers?
The decision on which cosmetic treatment will be best for you depends on the current condition of your natural teeth. If your teeth are severely damaged, worn out, and stained at the inner layers, concealing them with veneers may be the right choice for a number of reasons. It's a fast, effective cosmetic solution. Also, if you want a nicer smile that will last for many years, veneers can last up to 20 years or longer.

Reshaping Your Smile
An important part of the veneer treatment is shaping and contouring each individual device so that the whole smile looks as natural as possible. Your teeth aren't square or pointy around the edges—they have smooth, rounded corners. Your Pittsburgh, PA, dentist's goal is to rebuild and mimic the natural look of your smile. Your dentist can create a “wax veneer” model or use composite resin material to give you an idea of what complete porcelain veneers will look like on your teeth.

Other Benefits of Veneers
Veneers offer additional benefits besides just a better looking smile that lasts for decades. They also provide some protection for your teeth. Because the devices are covering the outer surface, there is a reduced chance of dental decay and enamel erosion. Veneers also encourage you to commit to better dental care and may inspire you to visit your dentist more often for cleanings and necessary treatments.

A New Smile for You
You can get a whole new smile in a relatively short period of time with veneers. Call (412) 367-1319 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gary Machiko at his cosmetic dentistry practice in Pittsburgh, PA.

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
July 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Even minor cosmetic imperfections can take a toll on your smile. From stains and discolorations to gaps between teeth and chips or veneerscracks, your smile may not look the way you want it to, but you are not alone. A smile makeover is at the top of many people's wish list for cosmetic improvements. The good news is that depending on your situation, you don't necessarily have to invest in major dental work to fix and dramatically improve your smile. Dr. Gary Machiko, a dentist in Pittsburgh, PA, recommends dental veneers for a number of common cosmetic dental problems.

Get A Brand New Smile with Dental Veneers in Pittsburgh, PA

Chances are that someone you know has improved their smile with dental veneers. They have become a staple of cosmetic dentistry due to their affordability and effectiveness in correcting a number of cosmetic issues like:

  • Chips and cracks
  • Mild to moderate gaps and spaces not related to bite or alignment problems
  • Change tooth size and shape
  • Cover stains and discolorations
  • Seal a tooth after root canal therapy or treatment for tooth decay

Despite the fact that veneers deliver major results that can quite literally makeover your smile overnight, it is a relatively minimally invasive procedure. Veneers are typically made of razor-thin porcelain or composite material that is bonded directly onto the teeth. Each veneer is custom designed to change the size, shape, or color of a damaged tooth. In some cases, a small layer of enamel may have to be shaved down to ensure that the veneer fits properly and evenly over the tooth and a natural-looking finish. In most cases, a good veneer can last anywhere from five to ten years and beyond, provided you maintain a good oral hygiene routine and make regular visits to the dentist for check-ups and professional cleanings. Whether you need to repair some cosmetic damage or just want to make cosmetic improvements, veneers may be a good option for you.

Find a Dentist in Pittsburgh, PA

To learn more about the benefits of dental veneers and other cosmetic dentistry procedures, contact our office by calling 412-367-1319 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Machiko today.

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
May 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Beautiful teeth, in most cases, don't come naturally. Genetics or human error can result in stains, breakage or misalignment. However, veneersporcelain tooth veneers from Dr. Gary Machiko, your cosmetic dentist in McCandless, PA, can reverse all of these problems and more. Here, Dr. Machiko explains why tooth veneers are the premiere cosmetic dental restoration offered at his cosmetic dentistry practice.

How do veneers work?

Veneers offer a versatility unlike any other cosmetic dentistry procedure available. They correct discolorations, fill in chips or cracks, correct misshapen teeth and straighten out overlaps, all in one tiny, wafer-thin porcelain overlay. Your teeth become the epitome of bright, straight and even once your veneers are in place! After careful measurements are taken, each veneer is custom-designed in a dental laboratory to be cemented over the corresponding tooth by your McCandless cosmetic dentist. The natural teeth underneath the veneers must be buffed to ensure a strong bond, a process that takes place prior to your veneer fitting. In some cases, you may have temporary veneers to wear in the interim.

How long do veneers last?

Your McCandless dentist, Dr. Machiko, sees patients who can wear their tooth veneers as long as twenty years. However, the longevity of your veneers will depend quite a bit on the care and attention you give them. While veneers cannot develop decay, the natural teeth underneath them are still vulnerable to problems if regular brushing and flossing isn't part of the patients' daily oral care routine. It's also imperative that you visit Dr. Machiko at least once a year so he can check your veneers and treat any potential problems.

Are you interested in learning more about how tooth veneers can make over your smile? Contact the dental office of Dr. Gary Machiko in McCandless, PA. We'd be glad to give you more information that can make a huge difference in your smile and self-confidence!

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
September 03, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

While porcelain veneers from Gary W. Machiko, DMD, LLC in Pittsburgh are designed to be durable enough to withstand normal wear and tear, it is still wise to follow a few precautions to keep them looking, feeling and functioning well for years to come. Depending onVeneers your eating habits before you got your veneers, this may mean you will need to make a few slight changes.

Avoiding Staining

Are you planning to visit Dr. Machiko in Pittsburgh for veneers in order to cover up your badly stained teeth? If so, you likely want to change your eating and drinking habits in the future to prevent additional staining from occurring. While your porcelain veneers themselves should not stain, the rest of your teeth can. This can lead to a mouthful of teeth that aren't all the same color.

Prevent staining by avoiding soda, coffee, red wine, tobacco, tomato products and berries, especially while you still have your temporary veneers. If you can't go without these various products, at least enjoy them in moderation, brush or rinse immediately afterward, and visit Dr. Machiko for regular cleanings.

Avoid Chewing Hard Foods and Other Objects

While your veneers should be attached securely, they can pop off if you chew hard food or objects at just the wrong angle. Prevent this by avoiding chewing bone, ice or your fingernails. Don't use your teeth to open packages, and avoid drinking too much alcohol, as this can weaken the bonding material. If you grind your teeth at night, be sure to wear a night guard for protection.

For most people, visiting their Pittsburgh dentist for veneers should not require a significant change in their eating habits. If you have had poor eating habits in the past, however, or if you are guilty of other bad habits that affect your teeth, you may need to make a few small changes. Talk to Dr. Machiko when you head in for your next appointment to find out more about how getting veneers will affect you.

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
January 05, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

If you're looking forward to visiting Gary W. Machiko, DMD for quality veneers in Pittsburgh, you probably already know that veneers are an excellent way to improve your appearance and to gain the beautiful smile you have always dreamed of. What you may not realize, however, is that veneers offer a number of additional and unexpected benefits as well. Here are four of them.Veneers

1. Fuller Lips

Your teeth aren't the only part of your body veneers can help improve. Even though veneers are quite thin, because they are applied to the front of your teeth, they do take up a little extra room. The extra thickness pushes out on the lips, which make them look fuller and sexier.

2. Reduced Sensitivity

If you've been dealing with tooth sensitivity, Pittsburgh veneers can help! Veneers cover part of the teeth, and they can act as a barrier that keeps cold and hot foods off of your teeth and their roots, relieving your painful sensitivity.

3. Improved Quality of Life

No one wants to go through life feeling self-conscious and uncomfortable with their appearance. New veneers from Pittsburgh's own Dr. Machiko are a great way to improve your looks, increase your self-confidence and finally live the life your poor self-esteem was holding you back from.

4. Better Relationships

New veneers won't just help you like yourself more; they can help others like you more as well. It's true! When you are ashamed or embarrassed of your teeth, you are more likely to avoid smiling, to talk less and even to miss out on social occasions. With new Pittsburgh veneers, however, you'll smile more, laugh more and have a great time forming great relationships with friends both old and new!

Don't miss out on all the great benefits Pittsburgh veneers have to offer. Call Dr. Machiko to set up an appointment today!