Some people don’t have the patience for braces to help straighten their teeth. Some people don’t have the money to spend on 2+ years of orthodontic treatment. However, almost everyone desires to have a beautiful smile that they can show off to the world. So what’s an option for those who don’t have the time, money, or both to invest in braces? Dental Veneers.
Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to cover imperfections of the natural teeth while also providing strength and resilience to the teeth. Veneers require that a small amount (usually less than one millimeter) of the original tooth enamel be removed. This removal allows for the veneer to fit in the mouth and accurately recreate normal tooth function while creating a beautiful appearance. Veneers are held into place by a bonding agent that is hardened by a special curing light. The bond between the original tooth and the veneer is essential as it is what holds the veneer in place, and allows for proper function and look of the teeth.
Veneers are individually sculpted for each patient. This means that even a critical eye would have a very difficult time telling the difference between a veneer and the natural teeth. Dental veneers also resist staining, unlike natural teeth, so they keep their beautiful appearance for a longer length of time as long as they are cared for properly.
Dental veneers are not the answer for everyone, but if you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, ask for a consultation with your dentist. Your dentist will be able to help determine if dental veneers are an appropriate method to improve your smile. Many people are great candidates for dental veneers, and they walk away with a beautifully confident smile.
Posted on the behalf of Dr. Sarah Roberts, Crabapple Dental
Are you considering dental veneers? Perhaps you’re just wondering if you’re a candidate for them or they can address your concerns. Dental veneers usually take the spotlight on extreme makeover television programs, but they also make up a key ingredient to everyday smile makeovers at your typical dental office.
What you may see as a smile that needs whitening, braces or fillings, may actually be dramatically improved by simply placing porcelain veneers over the front side of the teeth in the front of the mouth. Veneers are a minimally, or even completely non-invasive procedure that uses thin resin or porcelain to recreate the size, shape and color of the tooth which they are applied to. In many cases having veneers performed can change the appearance of slightly misaligned, yellow, stained, or misshapen teeth.
Veneers can be used to change the appearance of a single tooth, but they are typically performed in sets of several teeth for the most uniform and aesthetically pleasing appearance. The number of veneers needed depends on how wide your smile is, as well as which teeth you want to change. Sometimes veneers are placed on just the upper teeth, while other times they include the lower teeth as well.
If you’re still not certain, your dentist can make a “wax up” model of your smile to show you what it would look like after veneers are applied. This allows you to have input on the shape and size of the teeth so that they appear natural and meet your expectations. You and your dentist will work together to select a shade that is flattering and blends well with the rest of your mouth.
Posted on the behalf of Sarah Roberts
Dental veneers are a very popular cosmetic dentistry procedure for improving the appearance of a patient’s smile. Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front surface of the tooth to improve the tooth’s color, shape, size, or alignment. Porcelain veneers are often preferable to crowns or caps because placement of veneers is much less invasive than a crown or cap. Extensive tooth shaping is necessary for placement of a crown, but only a thin layer of enamel must be removed where the veneer is to be bonded to the tooth.
The procedure for placing porcelain veneers can be completed quickly compared to orthodontic treatments. Depending on the type of treatment, orthodontic treatments can take six months to three years to complete and the patient usually has to wear a retainer indefinitely to maintain tooth alignment. Only two or three dental appointments are necessary for getting dental veneers and the process can be completed in four to six weeks.
During the first two appointments, your cosmetic dentist will evaluate your teeth to ensure that you are a good candidate for dental veneers. Your dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel from the surface of your teeth to allow placement of the veneer without it feeling or looking too bulky. Impressions of the teeth will be taken and sent to the lab for use in creating custom made veneers.
When the veneers are ready, the surface of the tooth is cleaned, polished and etched to help the cement adhere to the tooth. After making a few adjustments to perfect the fit, the veneer will be cemented into place. The cement dries quickly so when you leave the office, you will have a new set of beautiful veneers ready to go.
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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