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By Brenna Hamrick-Stotts, DDS, Inc.
May 13, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: veneers  

What Dental Veneers Can Do for Your Smile

Dental veneers are a layer of porcelain that is fitted over and around an existing tooth. They can help to straighten teeth, improve your smile, and protect the underlying tooth. Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts is a dentist in Redlands, CA. She can improve the appearance of your smile and your overall health with porcelain veneers.

The Advantages of Veneers

Porcelain veneers offer a way to enhance your smile without the expense involved with more complex restorations. They look natural and are designed to match the shape, contour, and size of your natural teeth. Redlands residents who have chipped or cracked teeth find that porcelain veneers are a good option for transforming their smiles.

How Veneers can Transform Your Smile

  • Brightening color: Porcelain veneers offer instant whiteness to your smile. What’s more, porcelain is stain resistant, so you smile with retain its brightness.
  • Improving spacing: Veneers eliminate gaps and spacing between teeth, leaving you with an even smile.
  • Correcting misalignment: Even misaligned teeth can be corrected by bonding porcelain veneers over your natural teeth.
  • Restoring your natural smile: If you have cracked or damaged teeth, veneers can conceal those imperfections.

Are Veneers Right for Me?

If you are looking to replace stained, damaged, or misaligned teeth, transform your smile and increase your confidence, then porcelain veneers are right for you. They will give you a natural-looking smile that will last a lifetime.

Talk to your dentist about veneers and what the treatment will involve. The procedure takes only two visits after which you will have the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you live in or around Redlands, and you would like to talk to Dr. Hamrick-Stotts about veneers, call (909) 793-9711 to request a consultation.

Unhappy wth the current state of your smile? Veneers conceal a wide range of cosmetic issues and can improve the appearance of teeth that are stained, chipped, or even crooked. Here at our office in Redlands, CA, our experienced dentist, Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts, provides veneers to address your specific smile concerns—read on to learn more!

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are wafer-thin covers for teeth with cosmetic flaws. Veneers are bonded to the front of problem teeth to give them a flawless new look. Each veneer is custom created for a perfect fit over its corresponding tooth. Veneers can hide a wide range of cosmetic concerns, including:

  • Chips or cracks in teeth
  • Stains and discolorations
  • Excess spacing between teeth
  • Rough or uneven tooth surfaces
  • Misshaped teeth
  • Crooked teeth

Porcelain is commonly used to create veneers. Porcelain looks strikingly similar to tooth enamel, which contributes to the natural look of veneers. Additionally, porcelain is a strong and durable material. With proper care, porcelain veneers can last indefinitely. Caring for porcelain veneers is as simple as maintaining an effective oral hygiene routine that includes brushing and flossing daily, as well as periodic dental checkups and cleanings. At our office in Redlands, CA, our dentist can help you decide if veneers are right for you.

Benefits of Veneers

Some of the numerous benefits of porcelain veneers include:

  • They hide a wide range of cosmetic issues
  • They can dramatically transform your smile
  • They are custom made for a perfect fit
  • They look completely natural
  • They can be used to bite and chew food like regular teeth
  • Caring for veneers is as easy as brushing and flossing daily

To learn more about how veneers can improve your smile, schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Hamrick-Stotts, by calling our office in Redlands at (909) 793-9711.

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.