Dear Patients:

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. Please be patient with us as we all adapt to this new “normal”. 

For example:

· Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. 

· We ask that you wear a facemask in the office, if possible, but NO GLOVES.

· We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

· You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect. 

· Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

· We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Keep Smiling!

Dr. Dowell and Team 

Straighten Your Teeth: Instant Orthodontics with Porcelain Veneers

By Stephen Dowell, DDS on August 21, 2017

Illustration of porcelain veneers placementFew things compromise the appearance of the smile more than misalignment problems. Crooked teeth, gaps, and overcrowding all leave the smile looking less than perfect. Traditional orthodontics address malocclusion issues to improve a patient’s bite and correct the position of the teeth. Unfortunately, orthodontic treatment is lengthy, inconvenient, and uncomfortable. Many adults don’t wish to take the time that is necessary for braces treatment. This is often especially true when alignment problems aren’t severe enough to interfere with oral health or functions.

At Dowell Dental Group, patients have another option. Porcelain veneers conceal cosmetic flaws to improve the appearance of the smile. This has earned them the nickname “instant orthodontics.” Instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers is a great way for our Minerva, OH patients to enhance the beauty of their smile quickly and effectively.

Porcelain Veneers Treatment

Porcelain veneers are known as instant orthodontics because they makeover the smile in as little as two dental appointments. By concealing a full range of minor to moderate orthodontic issues, they provide patients with straight, even teeth without ever using brackets, wires, or aligner trays to move the teeth. Porcelain veneers treatment is a safe and simple procedure that takes place in two parts.

At the initial appointment for porcelain veneers treatment, our dentists will prepare the teeth for porcelain veneers placement, take impressions of the mouth, and plan out the customized set of veneers. There is minimal preparation required for porcelain veneers placement. We simply remove a very thin layer of tooth enamel to ensure that the veneers will fit flush against the teeth and sit in alignment with any untreated teeth. Once this enamel is removed, we will take molds and impressions, which will be used to fabricate the veneers. Finally, we will design the veneers, taking into account size, shape, and color.

After the initial appointment, all impressions and plans will be sent to our dental laboratory, where the porcelain veneers will be fabricated. Once the veneers are complete, the patient returns for veneers placement. We will test the fit of the veneers before permanently bonding them to the facial surface of the teeth. Patients will leave this appointment with a smile that is straighter and more attractive.

Benefits of Instant Orthodontics

Instant orthodontics offers a number of benefits to patients. Some of the many advantages of porcelain veneers treatment for a crooked smile include the following:

  • With instant orthodontics, there is no need for uncomfortable and noticeable metal brackets and wires
  • Instant orthodontics treatment doesn’t require a long list of food restrictions
  • Patients can complete treatment in just a small fraction of the time of traditional orthodontic treatment
  • Porcelain veneers address additional cosmetic issues, including discoloration, surface stains, chips, cracks, and fractures

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Instant orthodontics is a great alternative for patients who want to improve the appearance of crooked teeth without undergoing traditional orthodontic treatment. If you’d like to learn more about instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers, contact us at your earliest convenience to set up a consultation with one of the experienced dentists at Dowell Dental Group.

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