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By Brenna Hamrick-Stotts, DDS, Inc.
September 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   Damaged Teeth  

Dental VeneersThere's really nothing wrong with your smile--health-wise, that is. However, its appearance is another matter. Tobacco stains and a badly chipped tooth mar your smile aesthetics and your self-image, too. What can you do? Ask Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts, your dentist in Redlands, CA if porcelain veneers could restore your smile. An expert in cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Hamrick-Stotts places beautiful veneers to help her patients project confidence through a dazzling smile.

What porcelain veneers do

These thin, translucent shells of realistic dental ceramic disguise the front of teeth flawed by:

  • Stains which do not respond to professional whitening services
  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Uneven tooth length
  • Undersized or odd shape
  • Gaps
  • Crowding
  • Surface defects such as pits and grooves
  • Mild tooth rotation or tipping

Dr. Hamrick-Stotts examines teeth carefully and confers with her patients about their smile goals before she recommends covering selected teeth with veneers. She ensures patients understand that veneers change tooth surfaces permanently. In other words, once someone wears porcelain veneers, they always will because the dentist removes a thin slice of enamel from each tooth. Also, as you wait for your veneers to be made, you'll wear temporary ones so you can eat and smile normally.
The process
Your Redlands dentist's instructions, photos, oral impressions and X-ray imaging tell the dental lab exactly how to shape and color your veneers. The lab technician works off a specially constructed three-dimensional model of your mouth, ensuring accuracy in fit and bite.
When you return to Dr. Hamrick-Stotts for veneer placement, she'll remove the temporary ones and bond the new ones on your teeth. The special adhesive actually is tooth colored, and because veneers are translucent, the dentist can alter the shade as needed to blend in with surrounding teeth.
Caring for your new smile
If you brush twice a day, floss daily and see Dr. Hanrick-Stotts for semi-annual examinations and cleanings, you'll do well with your porcelain veneers. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry states that veneers do not stain as natural enamel can. However, they can chip and crack; so don't chew ice cubes or peanut brittle, and never use your teeth to open packaging or soda bottles. Overall, veneers can beautify your smile for ten years or even longer.
Look good and feel great
You can when your smile is enhanced by porcelain veneers from Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts. For more information and to arrange a one-on-one consultation with your dentist, call the office today at (909) 793-9711.

By Brenna Hamrick-Stotts, DDS, Inc.
September 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Whether you wish to replace a missing tooth or conceal cosmetic imperfections, various options are available for improving your smile. restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistryDental implants and veneers are both options for improving the appearance of your smile. Dental implants serve as replacements for missing teeth, while veneers conceal and correct a variety of imperfections. Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts is your Redlands, CA dentist for installation of dental implants and veneers.

Dental Implants

Dental implants permanently replace missing teeth. Installation involves anchoring a portion of the implant to the jaw bone, which prevents the implant from ever coming loose or falling out. Dental implants are comprised of a metal implant, an abutment and a porcelain crown. The metal implant is the portion anchored to the jaw bone and serves as the tooth root. The crown sits above the gum line and functions as the replacement tooth, while the abutment connects the crown to the implant.

In addition to replacing missing teeth, dental implants offer several other benefits. Since installation is permanent, messy dental adhesives are not needed to hold the implants in place. They also look and function like natural teeth and can perform normal functions, such as biting and chewing. Additionally, dental implants can improve speech. When the gaps from missing teeth are eliminated upon installation of dental implants, tongue placement when speaking can return to normal. Your Redlands dentist can help you decide if dental implants are right for you.


Veneers are extremely thin covers for less than perfect teeth. They can conceal various cosmetic imperfections, such as stains, discolorations, cracks or chips on teeth. Veneers are often made from porcelain, which is similar in appearance to natural tooth enamel. Veneers can also be color matched to the surrounding teeth so they blend right in. To install veneers, a small bit of enamel is first shaved off the front of the tooth. Then a dental cement is used to permanently adhere the veneer to the front of the problem tooth. Benefits of veneers include:

  • Concealing cracks and chips.
  • Covering discolorations and stains.
  • Correcting the shape of teeth that are oddly shaped.
  • Smoothing out uneven surfaces on tooth.
  • Closing extra space between teeth.
  • Having the appearance of natural teeth.

Dental implants and veneers are excellent options for replacing missing teeth and improving the appearance of teeth with cosmetic imperfections. To find out if dental implants or veneers can benefit your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hamrick-Stotts, your Redlands, CA dentist, by calling (909) 793-9711.

By Brenna Hamrick-Stotts, DDS, Inc.
January 18, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  

What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Brenna Hamrick-Stotts, DDS, Inc.
September 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Discover more about what makes someone a perfect candidate for porcelain veneers.

Are you ready to cover over small imperfections like cracks, discolorations or gaps between teeth, but not really sure how to do it? This is veneerswhere our Redlands, CA dentist Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts comes in. Through cosmetic dentistry, like dental veneers, we can easily transform smiles in just a couple visits. Learn more about this cosmetic procedure and whether it matches with your smile goals.

The good news is that porcelain veneers are actually a great option for the majority of patients we see. Here are some factors that will determine whether getting porcelain veneers in Redlands is right for you:

Severe discolorations: Tooth whitening is a great way to remove surface stains and brighten smiles, but if you have internal stains, then they won’t respond to whitening quite as well. In order to really whiten your smile and cover these stains, you’ll want to consider dental veneers.

Minor dental flaws: Chips, cracks and other flaws like this can affect the aesthetics of your smile and leave anyone feeling a bit self-conscious, but dental veneers can hide all these structural issues.

You have enough tooth enamel: Our Redlands, CA general dentist will adhere the veneers to the front of the tooth so there will need to be enough healthy enamel to which the veneers can bond.

You are in good health: Before you can get any cosmetic dentistry, it’s important that we examine your smile to make sure that teeth and gums are healthy enough for treatment. A good candidate for cosmetic dentistry will be someone whose smile is free of decay or gum disease.

You aren’t a teeth grinder: Tooth grinding or jaw clenching puts serious pressure on certain teeth, and if your teeth have veneers they are more likely to chip or break if you have one of these habits. Other bad habits include crunching on ice or using your teeth like they were tools (e.g. to open bottle caps or plastic packaging).

Your smile is important to us. While a healthy smile is the most important, we also know the importance of having a smile that looks as great as it feels. If you are interested in getting cosmetic dentistry in Redlands, call Dr. Hamrick-Stotts today!