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Dorit Kemsley isn't shy. Best known to fans as an outspoken and sometimes outrageous cast member of the reality show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Kemsley is never reticent about “mixing it up” with fellow castmates or their significant others. Recently, though, she confessed to something that left her less than confident: her smile.

Kemsley has been self-conscious about her smile because her teeth looked noticeably short, worn down from an unconscious habit of grinding her teeth. Although teeth grinding is more common among children (who normally grow out of it by adolescence), it can persist into adulthood, usually from difficulties managing high stress (a likely component in the fashion designer/reality show star's busy life).

Stress-induced teeth grinding can occur during waking hours or, more likely, during deep sleep. The accumulating, long-term effects from the habit can lead not only to worn teeth but to weakened gum support, a high risk of tooth fracture or jaw pain and dysfunction.

So, how do you know if you grind your teeth, especially if it's only happening at night? Typical signs include sore jaws after awaking from sleep, increased tooth pain or sensitivity or, like Kemsley, a noticeable difference in your tooth length. Your family or sleeping partner may also complain about the “skin-crawling” noise you make during the night.

There are ways to lessen the effects of teeth grinding. The first step is to have us verify the underlying cause for the habit. If it's tension from stress, then you might reduce the habit's occurrences by learning better stress management or relaxation techniques through individual counseling, group support or biofeedback therapy. We can also fit you with a mouth guard to wear at night or through the day that reduces the force generated during teeth grinding.

And if you've already experienced accelerated tooth wear like Kemsley with a resultant “small teeth” smile, you might pursue the same solution as the RHOBH star: dental veneers. These thin, life-like wafers of porcelain are custom-made to mask imperfections like chips, staining, slight tooth gaps and, yes, worn teeth.

Veneers are often less expensive and invasive than other cosmetic techniques, yet they can have a transformative effect, as Kemsley's Instagram followers have seen. In conjunction with other dental treatments needed to repair any underlying damage caused by a grinding habit, veneers are an effective fix for the smile you present to the world.

If you suspect you may have a grinding habit, see us for a complete examination. From there, we'll help you protect your teeth and your smile.

If you would like more information on teeth grinding habits and their effects, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Grinding.”

By Mehr Tucker, DDS, LLC
July 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  
TipstoBrightenYourSummerSmile

In summer, there is no shortage of occasions to show off your smile. Whether attending a wedding, graduation celebration, family reunion or neighborhood barbecue, you’ll want to look your best. But if your smile doesn’t shine as brightly as you’d like, a trip to the dental office may just be the confidence-booster you’re looking for. Here are some popular techniques to enhance your smile:

Teeth cleaning. A professional cleaning can make your mouth feel fresh and add sparkle to your smile. The dental hygienist uses special tools to get rid of plaque and tartar that you cannot remove during your oral hygiene routine at home. In addition, hygienists use a tooth-polishing tool that removes surface stains.

Professional whitening. Professional teeth whitening can achieve excellent results in one short office visit. But if you have several weeks before the big event on your calendar, you can also get winning results at home using custom-made whitening trays from the dental office. Either way, your smile can sparkle at summer celebrations.

Cosmetic bonding. If your teeth have small chips or cracks, cosmetic bonding may be a good option for you. In bonding, tooth-colored material is shaped to the tooth and hardened with a curing light. The procedure—generally done in one office visit without anesthesia—is relatively inexpensive, and the result is very natural-looking.

Porcelain veneers. If you are unhappy with the color, shape, size or spacing of your teeth, long-lasting dental veneers can give your smile a whole new look. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the tooth’s surface. Because they may be crafted in a dental lab, they may require two to three visits to the dental office over a few-week period.

With so many options, it’s easy to put your best smile forward at all your summer gatherings. We can help. If you have any questions about brightening your smile, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Porcelain Veneers.”

By MEHR TUCKER, DDS, LLC
March 21, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

This simple cosmetic restoration could finally give you the smile you’ve always hoped for.veneers

A smile is powerful. Not only does it have the power to make friends and influence people, this small gesture can also boost endorphins to make you feel happier. According to scientific research, smiling stimulates our brain’s reward center in a way that even chocolate can’t. Of course, if you find yourself smiling less than the average person because you hate how your smile looks then our Rockville, MD, cosmetic dentists Dr. Mehr Tucker and are here to help.

What are dental veneers?

Veneers are made of porcelain or ceramic, and each of these thin tooth-colored shells is fabricated to look just like natural tooth enamel. They are durable and stain-resistant and they offer a simple solution for hiding a variety of imperfections such as poorly shaped teeth, gaps between teeth, minor misalignments, chips and cracks, worn teeth and discolorations.

There are so many people that can benefit from what veneers have to offer. This one simple treatment could give you a straighter, whiter and more even smile.

Am I a good candidate for this cosmetic treatment?

A lot of people turning to our Rockville, MD, dentists for smile makeovers can get the results they want with this simple restoration. Porcelain veneers might be right for you if:

You are dealing with cosmetic flaws and imperfections: While dental veneers can also improve strength they are primarily used to improve and enhance the shape and overall appearance of your smile.

You maintain good oral health and hygiene: It’s important that you have a healthy smile prior to getting any cosmetic dentistry. If we discover cavities or gum disease, these issues will need to be treated before you can get dental veneers.

You have enough tooth enamel: When you come in for a consultation we will also need to take x-rays to make sure that there is enough healthy enamel to support your veneers.

Are you interested in getting dental veneers in Rockville, MD? If so, then it’s time you called our office to schedule your free consultation. Call our office today at (301) 963-8900 or email at [email protected] to get on the books and let’s get you closer to that beautiful smile you want.

By MEHR TUCKER, DDS, LLC
February 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Dental veneers are a common cosmetic dentistry procedure which, thanks to their versatility, can subtly change your smileveneers or completely change your entire look. However, understanding how veneers work is crucial in determining if this is the right procedure for you. Learn more about dental veneers with Dr. Mehr Tucker in Rockville, MD.

What can veneers do for my smile? 
Dental veneers can fix many aesthetic issues with your teeth. In some cases, veneers can even treat several issues at one time. From chips and cracks to discolorations or misalignments, veneers cover the tooth to improve its appearance and makeover its look. Your dentist may suggest just one veneer for a single tooth or several veneers to cover all of the visible teeth on the arch. Your dentist can help you determine the best treatment plan for your smile.

What can I expect from the veneer process?
Veneers normally require two dental appointments to complete. The first visit will include a consultation where you should ask any questions or talk with your dentist about any concerns or expectations you have for the procedure. Your dentist will need to prepare your teeth to receive the veneers, a process which includes removing small amounts of enamel from the front of the teeth. Your dentist takes an impression of the prepared teeth to use in designing the veneers themselves. A dental laboratory creates the veneers over the next few weeks. The completed veneers then return to your dentist’s office and, at your second visit, your dentist affixes them permanently to the teeth.

Dental Veneers in Rockville, MD
Dental veneers are an effective procedure which can totally makeover your smile. With the proper care, veneers can last for many years, with many patients reporting that their veneers staying healthy up to 20 years before requiring replacement. If you think you could benefit from dental veneers, consult with your cosmetic dentist to plan your new look. For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Mehr Tucker in Rockville, MD. Call (301) 963-8900 to schedule your appointment for a dental veneer consultation today or email at [email protected]!

By Mehr Tucker, DDS, LLC
November 01, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
DentalMagicTransformsSmiles

Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”