Dental Tips Blog

Aug
3

What’s the Difference Between Dental Crowns and Veneers?

Posted in Crowns

Both veneers and crowns replace a portion of your tooth’s outer layer. They can both be placed for cosmetic purposes. They can also both be placed on front teeth…but that’s where the list of similarities ends.

Purpose

The reason you would get a dental veneer may differ from the reason you need a crown. They serve two different purposes.

Crowns are restorative, meaning that they repair and replace lost tooth material. If you have a tooth damaged by decay or a fracture, it will need the help of a crown to stay in one piece.

Veneers are merely cosmetic. You’d put on a veneer or two if you want to enhance the way your smile looks, but they don’t have much value in terms of strengthening a tooth.

Coverage

A veneer is basically a curtain over your tooth. It covers the front of the tooth, but not the entire thing. Crowns, however, replace all of the outer layers enamel and protect whole teeth.

Strength

Crowns are far stronger than dental veneers.

You can crown any tooth in your mouth that needs more support, but veneers only go on front teeth where they won’t experience too much biting pressure. Crowns better suit molars that need the extra reinforcement.

Cost

Because veneers are strictly a cosmetic procedure, it’s very rare for dental insurance plans to cover their cost. You need to be prepared to pay for veneers out of pocket in most cases. Financing options make this fairy easy.

Dental crowns, on the other hand, are often a medically necessary treatment to stop decay and restore tooth structure. This means that they’re usually covered under insurance.

Still not sure whether you need a crown or veneer? Visit your dentist to learn more.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Oct
8

Not Ready to Commit to Veneers? Try Lumineers

Posted in Veneers

Like many other people, you may find yourself hiding your teeth behind your a closed-lipped smile.

Are you ashamed of your teeth? Have you ever wished you could just cover them up?

With the help of dental veneers, you can do just that. Veneers are commonly made of porcelain and they slip right over your front teeth to create a new look.

But, getting veneers is quite the commitment. Your tooth enamel has to be adjusted and prepared so it can fit a new porcelain “glove” without making your teeth feel bulky. If your veneers pop off or get damaged, you’ll have to get them replaced.

Fortunately, Lumineers® is a brand of no-prep veneers that typically eliminates the need for:

  • Numbing shots
  • Enamel prepping and reshaping
  • Temporary veneers

Your Certified Lumineers® Dentist will simply take a mold of your teeth as they are and send it off to a Lumineers® lab. You’ll get back a complete set of all the veneers you need at the same time. After using just a dab of bonding agent on your teeth, your dentist will place your finished restorations. That’s it!

Lumineers® can get away with such little work because they are ultra-thin. They’re so lightweight that you’ll hardly notice them on your teeth. When your dentist places your Lumineers®, they will be carefully adjusted so that they can’t easily chip off.

The best part about Lumineers®? Even though they’ll give you a killer smile in an instant, you can have them removed anytime you wish to go back to your original smile without needing to replace them with something else.

To find out whether Lumineers® are right for you, schedule a smile consultation with your dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Park Slope Dental Arts
506 3rd St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 962-0300

May
29

How Long Do Veneers Last?

Posted in Veneers

If you’re still debating whether or not you want to invest in a smile makeover, one of the things you want to consider is how long dental veneers can last. In the past one of the biggest concerns was the porcelain materials wearing down from use over time. Thankfully, advancements in materials and treatment techniques allow custom dental veneers to last longer than ever before.

The life of your veneers will depend on:

Proper Care

Thoroughly cleaning around the margins of your veneers will prevent bacteria from causing tooth decay or leakage around your restoration. We recommend flossing around each veneer at least once daily and scheduling a preventive cleaning at the dentist every 6 months. 

The Right Bite Analysis

Your dentist will need to assess the way your teeth bite together, before placing veneers on them. The wrong bite could cause your teeth to wear the veneers down quicker than normal, but the right bite relationship will prevent that from happening. 

The Best Materials

Choosing the best veneer materials will keep your cosmetic restorations as secure as possible over years of daily use. The right choice will depend on what your overall results need to be. Porcelain is one of the most common materials used in veneers, as it is used routinely for crowns and offers tremendous aesthetic benefits.

Dental veneers can give you some of the longest lasting results of any cosmetic dental treatment. With great care and oral hygiene, most veneers last about a decade. To learn more about veneers or find out if you are a candidate for the treatment, schedule your exam today.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

Apr
8

Erase Everyday Imperfections with Cosmetic Veneers

Posted in Veneers

Are chipped, stained, or irregular looking teeth preventing you from smiling as much as you wish you could? Have you often wished for one, easy way to transform your smile all at one time so that your teeth looked perfect all day long, every day? If you have – then dental veneers are the perfect option for you!

Cosmetic dental veneers are thin restorations that are bonded right over the front of your teeth, giving them an entirely new appearance. Everything from the shape, size and color of the tooth can be changed. It doesn’t matter what the healthy tooth looks like underneath; as long as it is free of disease, the veneer can safely be permanently set right over the enamel.

Your dentist will work with you to design the ideal smile that you’ve always wanted. Choose from several shapes and colors of teeth to create a one-of-a-kind movie star smile that really turns heads. Without extensive treatments or months of appointments, you can enjoy a straightforward approach to an entirely new smile.

Most veneer treatments require 2 or 3 appointments. The number and length of appointments will depend on the type of veneer that you select. There are a variety of materials and styles to choose from; your dentist can discuss the ins and outs of each one with you during your consultation.

There’s something for everyone! Some types of veneers are more modestly priced than others, making them easier on your budget. Your dentist will be happy to discuss financing options with you if you wish. Find out more about which options are right for your new smile by booking a no-pressure consultation today.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

Feb
5

How Many Veneers Should I Get?

Posted in Veneers

Dental veneers are an excellent choice when you want to change your entire smile for the better. They help your teeth look whiter, straighter, fuller, and everything you want them to. But there’s still one important question – how many veneers should you actually get?

Veneers are typically completed in pairs. That is, you typically would not have one veneer placed over one problematic tooth. Instead, you would have a veneer mirror that tooth on the tooth adjacent to it. Why? Because otherwise a single veneer would stand out from the rest of the teeth and might not give you the natural aesthetics that you’re hoping for.

In most cases, veneers are done in sets of 6 or 8 at a time. This will depend on how wide your smile is and how many teeth you desire to change. They may or may not also be recommended on the lower front teeth as well. During a smile consultation, your cosmetic dentist can talk to you about which teeth would require veneers and how fewer or more would change those results. Some people do perfectly well with 6 dental veneers, while others have as many as 12 or more.

The number of veneers that you and your dentist decide on will be based on your personal goals and needs. With cosmetic dentistry, veneers can be used on their own or in combination with other types of treatment at the same time. There’s literally something for everyone! If you’ve put off talking to your dentist about veneers because you think they aren’t an option for you – it’s time to think again.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

Feb
2

What can Dental Veneers Do?

Posted in Veneers

Veneers are one of the most straightforward ways to enhance your smile in a short period of time. Unlike going through lengthier, more time-involved treatments, dental veneers typically take only two visits to complete and can change everything from:

  • The color of your teeth
  • How straight your teeth look
  • Size and shape of the teeth
  • Discolorations and stains
  • Chips, gaps, and worn edges

How are dental veneers able to do so many things with just one treatment? Because they simply cover the front of your tooth, not the entire tooth. Each thin porcelain shell is carefully crafted by hand to fit side-by-side with other veneers so that you’re left with an absolutely perfect smile. They’re like having crowns, but only one side of the tooth is covered instead of the tooth as a whole.

Each veneer is strong enough to withstand normal use, so you can rest assured knowing that it will last for several years. Most people prefer to have veneers completed in pairs, focusing on 4, 6, or even 8 teeth across the front of the mouth (depending on the level of aesthetic services needed.) They can also be used in combination with other types of cosmetic treatments like whitening, bonding, or gum recontouring. It’s all up to what you want to achieve!

If you’re not sure whether or not veneers can help you have the smile that you really want, you’re only a consult away from finding out. Your dentist can help you decide which options are best for you and even give you a proposed model of what your completed treatment will actually look like. Book your consult today!

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

 

Dec
28

Choosing the Perfect Color for Your Veneers

Deciding to get dental veneers is an exciting step in transforming your smile. Your smile will be straighter, fuller, and shaped just how you want it. Not only that, but you’ll have permanently bright pearly-whites that are just the color that you’ve always wanted, giving you a Hollywood smile in just minutes.

Part of your dental veneer treatment process is choosing the size and shape of your veneers, as well as the color of the material. How white do you want to go? Do you want a smile that is as bright as you can get, or one that blends in with your surrounding natural teeth? Depending on how many veneers you are having completed, this may be an easy choice. If you’re making over your entire smile though, you’ll have a lot of options.

Your dentist has a color guide with several tooth colors and hues. Natural teeth have various undertones even if the enamel is very white. You will want to select a tone that compliments your facial features but also helps your smile stand out. Your dentist can help you do this and in most cases the color guide will have acrylic teeth that can be placed next to your smile and lips for you to get a better idea of the impact.

Use natural lighting if at all possible, sitting near a large window or stepping outside to look in the mirror. The way your teeth look in artificial lighting is not always the way they will look in natural light! Take this into consideration when you’re deciding between 2 or 3 different shades. Remember, your dentist has helped color-match thousands of teeth – he or she will help you make the right choice!

Posted on behalf of:
Envy Smile Dental Spa
1738 East 13th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11229
(718) 891-0606

Oct
12

What Do Porcelain Veneers Look Like?

Posted in Veneers

A lot of patients come into the dental office wanting to find out how to enhance the appearance of their smile. Porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry treatment, because they are so effective when it comes to improving how a person’s smile looks. 

Each porcelain veneer is a thin shell of material that is designed to hug against the natural tooth surface. A close bond with conditioned enamel allows the veneer to stay in place for several years, making it as if it were part of the real tooth. 

From the front perspective, a veneer looks just like a normal tooth. It is shaped and shaded so that it creates the appearance of a whole tooth that has taken the place of the natural tooth behind it. Even though it is only a thin amount of porcelain that is actually seen, it appears as if it is a full-sized tooth. Each custom designed veneer will be adjusted to: 

  • Custom size and shape
  • Color that matches other veneers or teeth
  • Correct the appearance of crowding, broken, or crooked teeth 

Veneers were designed with the thought in mind to correct the way natural teeth look without having to complete invasive or lengthy procedures throughout the entire mouth. Instead, they are usually placed in sets of 4 or 6 across the front teeth in the mouth, instantly changing the way the overall smile looks. The simple process makes it easy for your dentist to change anything from the color and size of the teeth, to making your smile look straighter than it really is. Most veneer treatment is completed in just two visits!

Posted on behalf of Find Local Dentists 

Oct
12

Three Ways to Correct Worn Down Tooth Enamel

Posted in Bonding

Do you have flat, sharp tooth edges in the front of your mouth? What about back teeth that are worn down more than they should be? Prematurely worn teeth can cause several problems like broken restorations, advanced wear of the dentition, aesthetic concerns, and TMJ complications.

Depending on the type of tooth wear you are experiencing, there can be a few different ways to correct or improve how your teeth look:

Composite Bonding
Bonding is made of tooth colored material just like a composite filling. It can be color-matched so that it blends in with the surrounding enamel. This makes it perfect for rebuilding areas across the mouth. Typically bonding is placed along the margins of the gumlines when enamel is worn away, or on small chipped areas of the front teeth.

Dental Veneers
If your tooth is generally healthy, but you’re not happy with a chipped or worn down area, dental veneers can be placed over them. Veneers create a new appearance to the tooth by bonding a thin porcelain shell directly onto your healthy tooth. Veneers are a quick way to dramatically change the entire smile, not just the one tooth that’s affected.

Porcelain Crowns
Crowns cover the entire tooth. They’re useful not only for returning aesthetics to the smile, but also repairing broken or damaged enamel. If teeth have had severe decay or even need to be treated with a root canal, porcelain crowns preserve function and look great at the same time.

It’s important to ask your dentist to check for cavities and severity of wear before deciding which treatment is best for you!

Posted on behalf of Find Local Dentists

Sep
28

The Simplest Way to Transform Your Teeth

Posted in Veneers

Most of us wish there was something we could do to change the way one, two, or all of our teeth look. Even if we were blessed with naturally flawless teeth, time can begin to take its effect on our smile. Teeth that become worn, shift out of place, or may have never been straight to begin with can affect our confidence level as well as how we interact in social settings. 

Thankfully, there’s a simple way to completely change absolutely everything about your smile. No matter if it’s discolored teeth, gaps between the teeth, chipped enamel, or crowded teeth, it can fix it all! We’re talking about dental veneers. Veneers are full-size tooth restorations that are placed directly onto the front of your natural teeth, making it appear as if it were an entirely new tooth. 

Veneers can be customized to whatever size, shape, and color the patient prefers. Most of the time, several veneers will be used side-by-side so that all of the front teeth look perfect from one side of the smile to the other. 

There are different types of crowns available, but all of them give patients a functional, beautiful smile in just a couple of visits. After the initial consultation, impression, and any tooth preparation, the permanent veneers are ready within about 2 weeks. This final appointment involves permanently bonding each veneer onto the appropriate tooth. You can’t even tell that it’s not the real tooth! It looks, feels, and functions just as if it were your natural tooth. 

Dental veneers can be used instead of other types of cosmetic treatment, or as part of a cosmetic care plan that assesses several needs at once. Call your dentist to find out which type of dental veneer is right for you.

Posted on behalf of Find Local Dentists

 

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