Celebrate Father’s Day With Cleveland Teams & Cleveland Smiles!

June 17th, 2016

This Sunday should be a great day to celebrate with our Dads. The Cleveland Indians play in the afternoon and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the evening (as if you needed a reminder!).

Cleveland Smiles Father's Day

If you need something to do in the morning, please join us at 11:30am to watch our “Salute to Dads” (and their teeth) on NBC/channel 3’s “Golden Opportunities.”
Here at Cleveland Smiles, we wish all of our fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers a wonderful day – and an even better night!

Go Cavs! Go Tribe!

Improve Your Smile for the Summer

June 13th, 2016

Summer is nearly upon us here in Cleveland, and what a wonderful time it is to take care of your smile! Both cosmetic bonding and porcelain veneers can enhance your look, whether you’re graduating, going to school in the summer or fall, or even going to a Cleveland high school or Ohio college reunion.

If you want to vastly improve your smile, Porcelain Veneers are an astute investment considering they can last for 12-25 years.

Give Karin or Alysia a call at (440) 461-1003, or fill out our contact form to get appointed!

Watch Dr. Marsh discuss proper tooth care, bridge work and veneers

How Long Do Veneers Last?

June 3rd, 2016

How Long Do Veneers Last When Applied to Teeth?

That’s a very important question and one we are often asked by our Cleveland and northeast Ohio dental patients. After all, if you’re paying for a cosmetic dentistry procedure and your smile is on the line, you want to make sure that you’re getting a good value for your investment, and one that lasts for a good amount of time without complications or hassles. Fortunately, dental veneers are one of the most striking and effective cosmetic dental procedures available to improve your smile, and they truly work.

Many of our readers may be unfamiliar with the exact nature of veneers, however, so let’s address two basic topics before we answer the big question on how long dental veneers last for users.

How Long Do Veneers Last Normally?

Porcelain veneers definitely last longer than composite veneers – up to three times as long according to some sources. Composite veneers also have the potential to chip at times and must then be repaired, while porcelain veneers rarely need maintenance once they have been applied to a patient’s teeth. Normally, composite resin veneers will last four to eight years for most patients.

Porcelain veneers will last 12 to 25 years – quite a difference in terms of longevity, though porcelain veneers are a more prudent investment in a patient’s mouth.

You can gain more understanding about these marvelous cosmetic dentistry innovations by watching our video on porcelain veneers here.

What Exactly Are Dental Veneers Anyway?

Have you ever seen those commercials for kitchen remodeling systems, the technique where old cabinet doors and drawer fronts are replaced with new doors and drawers for a bright, fresh-looking appearance in the kitchen? Dental veneers work in a similar fashion, except that your teeth are not removed when veneers are applied. Instead, our veneers cover the fronts of your teeth to present a pearly white, straight, well-formed set of teeth for a perfect smile and a more healthy appearance. You can see for yourself how effective our dental veneers are by viewing our veneers photo gallery.

A better analogy is probably cosmetic fingernails, which are applied atop your existing fingernails but which are stronger, longer, and can be shaped to enhance the appearance of your fingers.

how long do veneers last

Click to view the before picture!

Our dental veneers are also glued to adhere to the fronts of your teeth, much like artificial fingernails are affixed to your real fingernails, and each veneer is actually shaped to match each specific tooth in your smile for a very personal smile expression.

Cleveland Smiles, as well as other technologically advanced cosmetic dental practices, use digital impression machines to create extremely accurate and pain-free oral impressions for the veneers. Watch the video below for an in-depth explanation by Dr. Marsh DDS.

What Are Dental Veneers Made or Composed of?


Dental veneer longevity

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers for teeth today are made out of porcelain or out of a composite engineered plastic or resin. Porcelain veneers tend to be stronger, look more natural, and also are not porous after they have been glazed, so they will not stain with use. Composite veneers can and will stain with use over the years due to the nature of the resin used in their construction.

They also tend to absorb small amounts of water over time, and need to be polished intensely to have a truly natural appearance. Their “advantage” is that less tooth reduction is necessary in order to place them upon the teeth.

Veneers for teeth can be installed in either a direct or an indirect application. The indirect process requires two visits to the Dr. Marsh’s or your local cosmetic dentist’s office – the first to remove a small layer of enamel from teeth and also to make impressions of all the teeth that will be fitted with the dental veneers. The second visit is when the veneers are applied to the teeth for the new, bright appearance.

Both composite and porcelain veneers can be applied via the indirect process. The direct process works only for composite veneers, as these plastic/enamel veneers are actually sculpted by Dr. Marsh and applied during the sole office visit.

Our office prefers porcelain veneers for our patients, as they are stronger and last longer and also because they are created via digital impressions at our office for greater accuracy and a more natural appearance. Our dental laboratories, including Dental Ceramics in Cleveland and Da Vinci in Los Angeles, use both Feldspathic Porcelain and Empress E-max porcelain for most of our dental veneers; this porcelain material is beautiful to look at and is also three times stronger than other porcelains on the market. Only the best for our patients!

If you are interested in dental veneers, either for yourself or for a loved one, you can schedule an appointment to discuss veneers with Dr. Marsh by contacting us here today.

We’d love to hear from you and we look forward to helping to enhance your Cleveland-area smile.




Protect Your Teeth: Custom-Made & Fitted Mouthguards

May 9th, 2016

If you’d like to have a custom-made and fitting mouthguard for yourself or your kids or grandkids, please call us so that we might help.

They can be fabricated in their school colors and can help protect them in sports  or even for working out, when many people clench their teeth.  Their most valuable when wearing them, rather than chewing on them a la Steph Curry or LeBron James.

(The prominence of the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers has helped put mouthguards in the spotlight!)
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Our Trios Digital Imaging System Provides More Comfort

May 2nd, 2016

We’re now using the Trios digital imaging system to take multiple impressions on our patients.  This is in addition to the Itero system we’ve been using for the past seven years.  It is truly state-of-the-art dentistry and allows us to be more accurate, as well as providing more comfort to our patients.

The response of our patients has been wonderful, as they are truly amazed at the technology. It can be used for veneers, crowns, and even partials.

We’d also be glad to demonstrate it’s use when you come to visit us.

Watch a short demonstration of the Trios digital imaging system.