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Mar
6

6 Ways Dental Veneers Will Perfect Your Smile

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Celebrities, actors, and many others in the spotlight have gorgeous smiles. It’s not that they were born with teeth any better than ours – they’ve just had a lot of little imperfections covered up.

Often, this is all thanks to dental veneers.

Here’s how porcelain veneers could work wonders for you, as well:

  1. Close Gaps

By making the veneers just a little bigger than the teeth, your dentist can span a considerable gap between teeth.

This function of veneers makes them a potential alternative to braces.

  1. Whiten Teeth Instantly

Stubborn stain that won’t go away with bleaching can be masked over with a porcelain veneer.

  1. Cover Up Chipped Teeth

If you’re tired of a chip in your tooth making you look childish or unprofessional, then get it fixed with a veneer (which is less invasive than a crown.)

  1. Even Out Your Smile

Can’t shake the feeling that one tooth is just a tiny bit longer than the others?

A veneer can erase even the smallest irregularities and create a uniform smile line.

  1. Smooth Enamel

Rough tooth surfaces tend to trap a lot of stain. It goes without saying that your tongue can’t seem to stay away from the odd texture! You’ll feel a lot better about your smile with a smoother surface created by veneers.

  1. Hide Old Fillings

Sick of a patchwork of stained, old, tooth-colored fillings that show on your front teeth? Many times, restoring those teeth with dental crowns is the best option. But you never know; your dentist may find that the fillings are small enough to be covered over by veneers.

Schedule a smile consultation with your local dentist to find out whether veneers are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Bayshore Dental Center
810 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd #2900
Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 330-2006

Jun
20

Considering Porcelain Dental Veneers?

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Thinking of getting a porcelain veneer to hide that stained or chipped irregularly shaped front tooth that just seems to jump out of the mirror at you every morning? More for cosmetic purposes than functional, a thin shell of tooth colored resin composite material may be just what you’re looking for.

Veneers are natural in appearance, and the porcelain material is tolerated very well by the gums. Not only are they stain resistant, but color shades can be selected to make your teeth appear whiter. Typically, porcelain veneers are considered the conservative approach to changing the color or shape of your teeth. Because they don’t require the resculpting of your original teeth that is necessary for crown placement, veneers are cheaper than crowns. On the other hand, they are more costly than composite resin bonding.

Also, veneers are irreversible and irreparable. The color may not accurately match the rest of your teeth and cannot be changed once they are in place. Since some of the natural tooth enamel is removed to create room and bonding for the veneer, teeth may be sensitive to hard or cold temperatures. Teeth covered with veneers can still experience decay and may require further treatment in the future such as a root canal or crown. Therefore, veneers are not a good choice for those who have unhealthy teeth or gums nor are they a viable option for those who have a tendency to clench or grind their teeth.

Veneers do not require any care other than good oral hygiene practices. Composite bondings or crowns can be feasible alternatives to veneers. Your local dental professional will discuss with you the goals you wish to achieve and make sure that dental veneers are the best option for your individual needs.

Posted on the behalf of Sarah Roberts

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Jun
19

The Cosmetic Benefits of Dental Veneers

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Dental veneers have quite possibly the most influential cosmetic benefits of any dental treatment used on a normal basis. Patients that are seeking to instantly change the way their teeth look and feel can have their dental veneers placed during just one treatment visit, enabling them to walk out of the office looking like an entirely new person. Not only do porcelain dental veneers make your teeth look beautiful, they also give you the boost of self-confidence that can help you feel more at ease when you talk or smile around other people.

What do veneers change? Almost everything. Teeth that are crooked, discolored, stained, or have gaps between them appear to be completely made over when porcelain veneers are placed on the front surfaces of your teeth. Each set of veneers is shaped very carefully to create the straight smile that you truly want to have, including making up for discrepancies in the position or shape of your teeth. Each person, along with their dentist, chooses a shade of porcelain that is not only beautiful, but blends naturally with their appearance.

One huge benefit of veneers is that they are minimally invasive or require no tooth preparation at all. No whitening, drilling or shots are needed. All that is necessary is an appointment prior to the fabrication of your veneers, which allows the dentist to create an impression of your mouth that can be sent off to the laboratory. If desired, you can also have a wax-up of the proposed veneers for you to try on in advance. Once the final veneers are ready, they are placed directly over your natural tooth enamel and you have an instant, beautiful smile!

Posted on behalf of Lawrenceville Family Dental Care, P.C.

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Mar
29

What are Porcelain Veneers?

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If you desire whiter teeth and a better smile, a porcelain veneer may be for you.  Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic pieces that are placed on the front and top surfaces of your teeth.

Porcelain veneers are a great way to improve your smile!  They are simple and easy to install, easy to take care of, and they can be used to not only whiten your teeth and make your smile brighter but they can also fill in tiny gaps and spaces in your teeth you may have now!  Stained teeth are a thing of the past when you have veneers placed!

More importantly, veneers look just like your natural teeth!  They wear well, and you do not need to worry about drinking that cup of coffee each morning.  Porcelain veneers are very resistant to staining, and will stay bright and white for a long period of time.  Most dentists will tell you that a porcelain veneer can last for over a decade.

Porcelain veneers are easy to place and put on your teeth.  Your dentist will take some measurements, and perhaps an x-ray or imaging study of the teeth you would like to place a veneer on.  The imaging and x-rays are done to help ensure that you have no underlying decay that should be treated prior to putting the veneer on.  Then, your dentist may take a small impression of your tooth, to help create the veneer.  The final step involves placing the veneer.  Veneers are placed with durable bonding materials that will ensure that it will stay in place for long periods of time.

If you are interested in a whiter, brighter, straighter smile, contact your dentist today to ask about porcelain veneers!

Posted on behalf of Greencastle Dental

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Jan
28

Porcelain Veneers vs. Lumineers

If you are looking to restore your smile to what it once was, or create a whole new look, veneers might be a good option. Basically, dental porcelain veneers are a thin coverings that are placed over the existing tooth to hide cracks, chips or discoloration. Veneers are custom made to match the color of the teeth around them so they look as natural as possible. 

There are two types of veneers: 

Porcelain Veneers –  Traditional porcelain veneers have been around since the 1930s, when they were created as a way to hide imperfections in the smiles of movie actors. They were a temporary and often unreliable solution back then, but methods and materials have greatly improved since. 

Modern porcelain veneers are ideal for patients with severely cracked teeth, overcrowded teeth or teeth with big gaps between them. With this type of covering, some of the tooth enamel is removed so that the veneer can be applied seamlessly overtop. 

Cons – Porcelain veneers are irreversible, meaning that once the tooth enamel is removed, it cannot be replaced. Also, removing enamel can cause pain and increase the risk of nerve exposure. 

Lumineers – Lumineers is a trademark name for an alternate type of porcelain veneer that is thinner and requires less preparation than traditional porcelain veneers. Lumineers are ideal for less prominent cracking and discoloration problems. The biggest difference between Lumineers and porcelain veneers is that Lumineers require no grinding down of the enamel and a lot less preparation.

Cons – Since Lumineers are very thin, discoloration of the original tooth may show through. In this case, some sort of block may be needed to prevent the darker color from showing through. 

If you’re considering veneers to improve your smile, ask a cosmetic dentist or trusted dentist for a consultation. Veneers are long lasting and fairly costly – between $600 and $2,200 per procedure – so it’s always best to have the best possible information before moving forward.

May
3

Two Routes To a Brighter Smile

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Now more than ever before, patients seeking a brighter, whiter smile have many options to choose from.  Two of the most popular alternatives are teeth whitening (also called teeth bleaching) and porcelain veneers.  Both can the job done and each has advantages and disadvantages.  Your dentist can help you decide which one is the best option for you.

Teeth whitening has become very popular.  Whitening products are available over the counter and at a dentist’s office.  Over the counter products such as whitening strips, whitening gels, and whitening trays work to a degree, but the results can be disappointing.  They use a peroxide based whitening agent similar to the whitening agents found in professional strength whitening system, but at a much lower concentration.  They are not as effective as products applied or dispensed by a dentist.

Whitening agents are applied to the patient’s teeth either in the dentist’s office or at home and left on the teeth for a period of time to give the bleaching agent time to work.  Products applied in the dentist’s office produce noticeable results in as little as a single treatment while home use products take several applications.

Porcelain veneers use a very different method to achieve a whiter smile.  Veneers are thin porcelain wafers that are bonded to the front surface of the patient’s teeth.  The procedure is much more invasive and more expensive that teeth bleaching, but the results are excellent especially for patients with other issues such as dark staining or chipped, uneven, and mildly crooked teeth.

The better option depends on the needs of the patient.  A patient with healthy straight teeth can achieve excellent results at a much lower cost with teeth bleaching, especially if the patient follows good oral hygiene habits.  On the other hand, a patient with other issues to be addressed would probably be better off with veneers.  There is a significantly higher initial cost to the veneers, but they will retain their bright white color for 15 years or more with very little maintenance.

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