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May
6

DURAthin Veneers

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DURAthins are a different type of dental veneer that helps patients preserve their natural teeth underneath. Completely reversible, DURAthin veneers provide a non-invasive treatment that does not require drilling or alteration of the healthy teeth that they go on. This also allows the treatment to be completed quicker and more comfortably than traditional porcelain veneers.

Entire smiles can be redesigned thanks to DURAthin veneers, which correct tooth discrepancies such as:

  • Discoloration
  • Misshaped, short, narrow teeth
  • Minor crowding
  • Gaps between the teeth
  • Broken or chipped edges

During the design process, each DURAthin veneer is designed to accommodate the specific requests of the patient, including the size, color, and shape of each tooth. When placed side by side across the front teeth, DURAthin veneers make your smile look completely white, straight, and brand-new. Once they’re applied, they look, feel, and function just like natural teeth! No one will even be able to tell that they are not real tooth enamel.

It’s important for your mouth to be disease free before completing a cosmetic dental procedure like dental veneers. Any existing tooth decay or gum disease should be treated and eradicated first. This helps your DURAthin veneers look and function the way they should. Caring for your teeth is exactly the same: just brush and floss as directed!

If you’ve wanted to change everything about your smile, but don’t want to undergo lengthy or multiple appointments that last for months, then DURAthin veneers may be the best option for you. Most treatments are completed in just 2 appointments, and are very comfortable. To find out more about improving your smile and whether or not this type of cosmetic treatment is right for you, schedule a consultation with your dentist.

Posted on behalf of Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Jan
28

Dental Veneers Not Always a Quick Fix

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You have a wedding coming up and you want to look your best, including having a picture perfect smile. You’ve heard veneers are a quick fix and figure you’ve got plenty of time. You’ll get it done in between dress fittings and ordering your flowers.

But you can stop right there.

When your dentist fits you with veneers, he is not going to wave a magic wand and suddenly give you perfect teeth. It is going to take some time, weeks even, to get it right.

Before any of the work on the veneers, your dentist will first work on any underlying issues with your teeth, such as decay or gum disease. It is essential that the teeth be in healthy condition.

Next, the veneers. You and your dentist will decide which is best, composite or porcelain. Composite is less expensive, takes less time and does not need as much tooth removal to apply. However, it is more of a challenge to match composite color to your natural teeth so it is less cosmetically desirable.

Porcelain veneers will more closely match the color and shape of your natural teeth, but they are more expensive, take more time and require more tooth preparation. This process can take weeks, if not months, to complete, as the dentist cleans and prepares the tooth, shapes the veneer, applies the veneer and schedules yet another appointment to make sure it has the proper fit.

If you’re planning on veneers to make that special occasion even more perfect, it’s a good idea to consult your dentist right away and give yourself plenty of time to ensure the process goes smoothly.

Posted on the behalf of Dr. Sarah Roberts, Crabapple Dental

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Jan
27

How Are Porcelain Dental Veneers Installed?

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Porcelain dental veneers are an excellent solution for patients with stained, discolored or misaligned teeth.  Cost effective and generally a painless procedure, dental veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures done today.

The first step in the process is an initial consultation with a cosmetic dentist, who will first discuss the patient’s concerns about the appearance of the their teeth.  As a part of the initial consultation, the dentist will examine the patient’s teeth and make a determination if the patient is a candidate for porcelain veneers or if another cosmetic procedure would be more appropriate.  The dentist will discuss their recommendations with the patient and schedule a follow up appointment.

At the next appointment the dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from the face of the teeth, which will receive the veneers.  In some cases, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the area.  Once the enamel has been removed, the dentist will make an impression of the teeth, which will receive the veneers, with the impression being sent to a dental lab for fabrication.  In certain cases, the dentist will install temporary veneers, while the permanent veneers are made.  The installation of the permanent veneers usually occurs 2-3 weeks after this appointment.

In most cases, the final appointment is to have the permanent porcelain veneers installed.  The dentist will further prepare the patient’s teeth, by etching the surface of the teeth, to promote the bonding of the veneer to the tooth.  Once satisfied with the fit, the dentist will apply cement to the veneer and cement it into place, using a special light to accelerate the bonding process.

Once installed, dental veneers will immediately approve the appearance of any patient with stained, discolored or misaligned teeth!

Posted on behalf of Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC

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Sep
11

Dental Veneers May Not Be for You

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Dental veneers are usually very thin shells of tooth colored porcelain or resin composite material shaped to cover the front surface of your teeth for improved appearance. Veneers are also used to improve the appearance of teeth that have become chipped, broken, or misaligned. Porcelain veneers, as opposed to resin veneers, appear more like natural teeth since they have some light reflecting properties.

Because veneers are “custom-made” laminates bonded directly to the front of your teeth, they look just like natural teeth. However, veneers are costly, irreversible and irreparable. Also, be aware that the color may not perfectly match the rest of your teeth and cannot be changed once they are in place. Some of the natural tooth enamel must be removed to create room and bonding for the veneer (less for the thinner resin veneers); so, teeth may be sensitive to hot or cold temperatures.

Badly discolored teeth, such as the darker type caused from pulp bruising, may show through a traditional porcelain veneer. Teeth covered with veneers can still experience decay as part of the original tooth remains underneath the veneer. Veneers do not prevent the possibility of further treatment in the future such as a root canal or crown.

Veneers are not a good choice for those who have unhealthy teeth or gums. They are also not a viable option for those who have a tendency to clench or grind their teeth. An alternative to veneers could be composite bondings or crowns. Teeth that are badly broken or excessively filled with benefit more from the damage protection provided by crown. Your local dentist 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 behalf of Dr. Michael Juban, Juban Dental Care

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Jul
11

3 Ways to Fix a Chipped Tooth

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A chipped tooth can be very unsightly and make you self-conscious of the way your smile looks. It can also cause sensitivity, pain, or irritation to your lips, cheeks or tongue. Depending on the location and severity of your chipped tooth, there are typically 3 different treatment methods that can help correct the function and appearance of these teeth.

Bonding

Tooth colored filling material called bonding is very useful for fixing small broken areas on the front teeth. The restoration is carefully matched with the surrounding enamel and shaped across the biting surface of the tooth in order to recreate the appearance of the tooth before trauma occurred.

Crowns

If a fracture is extremely invasive and involves a large portion of the tooth, then a larger restoration will be needed. Dental crowns cover the entire surface of the tooth above the gumlines, correcting the function and stability of the tooth. Crowns are also necessary if fractures are so deep that they come into contact with the nerve chamber of the tooth. In this case, root canal therapy is performed and a crown is placed over the tooth to extend its lifespan and use.

Veneers

When routine dental bonding is not enough, or a crown is more that what is necessary, a dental veneer may be used. Porcelain veneers function as aesthetic treatments that look and feel like normal teeth, but only cover the surface toward the front of the mouth as well as the biting edges. Most of the time veneers are used for overall cosmetic improvement, but they are also a common remedy for large fractures that do not affect the stability of the tooth.

Posted on behalf of Dr. David Kurtzman

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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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