Have you ever caught yourself staring at the perfect smiles seen on TV, in the movies, and in magazines . . . the smiles of Hollywood actors and actresses, and models? Have you ever wondered, “How did they get that perfect, white smile? Odds are, those celebrities were not born with pearly white smiles. These smiles were likely designed and created just for them with the help of a cosmetic dentist. The good news? Anyone can enjoy the perfect Hollywood smile, with the assistance of a cosmetic dentist and porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers (also referred to as porcelain laminates) are super thin, custom fabricated shells of tooth colored porcelain designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your smile’s overall aesthetic appearance. These shells are adhesively bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, width, and/or length. Versatile and very strong, porcelain veneers are used in a variety of ways to transform your smile, from complete smile makeovers to repairing a chipped tooth.
Porcelain veneers are custom made from a high quality dental porcelain that has similar light reflecting properties as our natural teeth. Porcelain veneers are excellent at resisting stains and they mimic our natural teeth’s light reflecting properties. They are the cosmetic dentist’s greatest tool for elevating a normal smile to a Hollywood smile.
Porcelain Veneers are regularly used to fix the following issues:
-Teeth that are stained or discolored. Teeth can become stained or discolored from root canal treatment, from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride, or the presence of large resin fillings that have discolored over time.
-Teeth that are worn down from use or grinding of teeth.
-Teeth that are broken or chipped.
-Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped. Porcelain veneers are sometimes referred to as “Instant Orthodontics”.
-Teeth with gaps or spaces between them. Porcelain Veneers are able to cosmetically close those spaces.
Making the decision to have porcelain veneers is the first step. The entire process usually takes 3-4 visits, one for a consultation and two to make and apply the porcelain veneers. There is sometimes an added appointment following the consultation where the dentist will show the patient a mock up model. This model will be of your teeth where the dentist has waxed onto those teeth what the porcelain veneers will look like on your smile. It is a great visual reference for you to decide the course of treatment for you. This can also be done via software on a computer. One tooth or many teeth can simultaneously undergo the treatment described in the following paragraphs.
Consultation/Diagnosis and Treatment Planning. This first step involves your active input. Explain to your dentist what you want in the final result. During this appointment, your cosmetic dentist will examine your teeth to make sure porcelain veneers are appropriate for you and explain to you what the procedure involves and some of its drawbacks. They may take X-rays and possibly make impressions of your teeth as study models. These models will be used by the dentist to do a mock up of the final result. The dentist will prepare the teeth on the model and sculpt wax over them to give you a visual representation of the final product. This is an important step.
Preparing the Teeth for Porcelain Veneers. A dentist must remove about 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface, which is an amount nearly equal to the thickness of the porcelain veneers to be added back to the tooth. Before beginning, you and your dentist will decide the need for a local anesthetic to numb the area. Next, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth. This model is sent out to a dental laboratory, which in turn constructs your custom porcelain veneer. It takes about 1-2 weeks for the laboratory technicians to complete the process. Temporary veneers are placed using a resin material until the final veneers are ready.
Dental Bonding. Before the porcelain veneers are permanently bonded to your tooth, the dentist will check for fit and color by temporarily placing it on the tooth. If they fit properly and the color shade is correct the dentist will go on to prepare your tooth, your tooth will be cleaned, polished, and etched (this is a process whereby your tooth surface is roughened up chemically at the microscopic level). A special adhesive is applied to the porcelain veneers and the veneer or veneers are methodically placed on your tooth. When the they are in the right position, your dentist will apply a special light to the porcelain veneers. This activates chemicals in the adhesive, causing it to cure. The final steps involve removing any excess adhesive, evaluating your bite and making any final adjustments in the porcelain veneers as needed. Your dentist may ask you to return for a follow-up visit in a couple of weeks. This is to ensure you are happy with the final result as well as checking the gum tissue surrounding the new porcelain veneers.
There are some disadvantages to porcelain veneers:
-The procedure is not reversible.
-Porcelain Veneers are not repairable. If they break, a new one will need to be custom fabricated in the laboratory.
-The color cannot be changed once the porcelain veneers are in place. So both dentist and patient must be sure they are happy with color prior to final placement of the porcelain veneers. It does happen on occasion that the color is not what is desired from the laboratory and they are sent back to be remade. It is of the utmost importance for the patient to be ahppy and satisfied with the final result.
-Porcelain veneers can fall off or chip. The material is very strong but patients who grind their teeth, bite their nails or chew on pencils will be more susceptible to this occurring.
-The teeth under the porcelain veneers are still susceptible to tooth decay. Patients need to be made aware of maintaining proper oral hygiene.
Porcelain veneers can be brushed, and flossed just like your own teeth. You should not even know they are in your mouth as they are bonded to your natural tooth sstructure.
Imagine. In just a few short visits, you can have an amazing Hollywood smile . . . a smile that has been custom designed just for you. A smile that is straighter and whiter than you could have imagined. You’ll be looking younger and feeling more confident. And it’s all possible with your cosmetic dentist and porcelain veneers.
porcelain crowns would be as durable over the long term. Well, recent clinical studies have shown that they are just as strong and also have the ability to maintain their beauty over time as well.
The main differences in porcelain crowns are the type of porcelain used, and how they are fabricated in a dental laboratory. Different porcelain types and strengths are used for different reasons. Remember also, that a lab created porcelain crown, is of higher fabrication quality and fit, than an in office computer milled crown.
Long Term Study – Porcelain Crowns
The researchers at the Medical University at Innsbruck studied a little over 1,300 all porcelain crowns placed between 1987 and 2009. They were tested for predictability and strength and found to have a high,(93.5% probability of survival) success over a 10 year period. The study was published in the International Journal of Prosthodontics). The study included those with root canal teeth, and those who grind their teeth.
A total of 302 patients (120 men and 182 women) participated in the study. They were examined at the university during regularly scheduled visits for dental examination. Patient-specific data about sex, age, tooth sensitivity, smoking, and grinding were noted, as well as self-reported data regarding their level of
satisfaction with their restorations: excellent, good, medium, or none. The porcelain crowns were broken down into areas of mouth as well, into front( anterior), and back( premolar, and molar) regions.
All 1,335 porcelain crowns had been placed at the university between November 1987 and December 2009. Of these porcelain crowns, 451 were observed over a 10-year period, 84 for 15 years, and 24 over 20 years.
Dental examinations were completed by two dentists in the spring of 2010. One dentist had placed the majority of porcelain crowns, whereas the other dentist involved in examinations had placed none of them. California Dental Association/Ryge criteria were used to rate each porcelain crowns as a success, relative failure, or absolute failure.
Any porcelain crowns that had severe enough issues to warrant replacement were considered an absolute failure. If a finishing procedure or polishing was able to fix the issue, the porcelain crown was labeled a relative failure.
Of the 1,300+ porcelain crowns in the study, only 95 porcelain crowns were rated as failures, 79% of which were absolute failure. Most failures occurred in the anterior region, with 65, while 19 occurred in premolars and 11 occurred in molars.
Success rates remained strong over time. The estimated survival rate was 97.3% at five years, 96% at eight years, 94% at 10 years, 85.8% at 15 years, and 78.5% after 20
years. Almost half of all porcelain crown failures happened in the first 8 years..
The most frequent reason for failure was fracture,(cracks) of the ceramic, according to the researchers, followed in order by cracks in the ceramic and decay.
Root canal teeth and patients who grind their teeth, had higher failure rates.
Patient responses to questions about satisfaction were very positive. With 96% rating it as excellent and 4% rating it as good. The surprising thing about this study was that even patients with failures thought that porcelain crowns were an ideal dental restoration and would do it all over again.
Porcelain Crowns Conclusion
Porcelain crowns are a proven part of cosmetic dentistry and with continued advances in dental porcelain (like e.max porcelain crowns) these results will be even better into the future. Porcelain crowns are an ideal restoration due to their color, shape, and light reflecting properties. The study just proves that they are a valuable asset to any dental patient’s smile.
Porcelain crowns have long been the cosmetic dentist’s best friend. They provide a long lasting, beautiful restoration that is very esthetic. The cosmetic enhancement uses of porcelain crowns include, changing color of teeth, closing gaps between teeth, fixing teeth that are crooked or crowded, changing shape or size of teeth. Porcelain crowns
Full porcelain crowns, unlike porcelain fused to metal crowns, has translucency. The porcelain’s translucency allows it to reflect light much like natural teeth. There are many different types of porcelain utilized in many different ways, however, the limiting factor has always been strength against fracture. E.max porcelain crowns have combined optimum translucency and strength.
What are E.max Porcelain Crowns?
E.max porcelain crowns are a highly esthetic crown originally developed to be used on implants. Dental implant porcelain crowns require greater strength against fracture than crowns on natural teeth. E.max porcelain crowns (due to superior strength) can also be made thinner than other porcelain crowns, allowing for more natural translucency and beauty. E.max porcelain crowns are made from a single block of lithium disilicate ceramic. This type of porcelain is considered a very high grade material which has been harvested for its toughness, durability and opaque qualities which make for a highly prized crown.
E.max porcelain crowns are considered to be a perfect match against the backdrop of your natural teeth. The transparent color, lifelike shape, along with its light reflection properties create the ideal restoration. There is no metal framework on e.max porcelain crowns which means there is never a chance of a grey line of metal showing through your gums. They are strong, long lasting and unlikely to crack or fracture as compared to many other types of crowns. They are considered to be at less risk of chipping compared to zirconia porcelain crowns.
The beauty of this technology is that e.max is not limited only to porcelain crowns. The same techniques and materials are available for porcelain veneers, porcelain inlays, porcelain onlays, and porcelain crowns over dental implants.
E.max lithium disilicate glass ceramic delivers the fit, form, function, and esthetics demanded by modern cosmetic dentistry but with the enhanced strength and light reflecting properties dentists demand as well. Since the e.max porcelain crown system was introduced almost 40 million restorations have been and they have been proven effective for use.
Any Disadvantages of e.max porcelain crowns?
-The main disadvantage of e.max porcelain crowns is with the cost. The lab equipment and highly specialized lab training to make this crown are the reasons why the quality comes with a higher price tag.
-The second disadvantage with e.max porcelain crowns is that it can not be used to make a porcelain bridge, and fusing of more than 2 teeth is not recommended.
-The third main disadvantage is, as with most porcelain crowns, there tends to be a higher chance of sensitivity after the crown is cemented in place. The sensitivity may last days or weeks.
E.max porcelain crowns have proven to be a very useful cosmetic dentistry tool. Dentists and patients no longer need to compromise when it comes to the esthetic look of the final restorations. You no longer need to worry about crowns looking unnatural. E.max porcelain crowns will give you something to smile about!
Snap on smile is another tool for a cosmetic dentist to change someone’s smile and therefore improve self esteem and confidence. It has long been known that how people feel about ourselves affects our outlook on life. Our smile is an important part of that equation. For many, time or finances may get in the way of doing comprehensive permanent dental work. That is where the snap on smile cosmetic procedure comes in.
What Is Snap On Smile?
Snap On Smile is an affordable and cosmetic removable dental appliance. This dental applaince requires no preparation or altering of exisiting tooth structure along with no injections and no adhesives. It is completely non-invasive, making it completely reversible at any time. The snap on smile can be a full or partial upper or lower arch (or even both). It just snaps in right over the patient’s existing teeth without impinging on the periodontal tissues or covering of the palate on top of the mouth. Patients are free to eat, drink and function normally without any limitations.
Snap-On Smile can also be used as a cosmetic temporary for implant restorations, for cosmetic removable partial dentures, and even for long term enhancement of an individual’s smile. Snap On Smile created from a patented (DenMat), super thin dental resin that will be custom fabricated to create an attractive, esthetic smile. The easy process required for these procedures is quick and painless, and costs less than dental bridges, porcelain veneers or dental implants. The longevity for a snap on smile can be years with proper maintenance and care.
Snap On Smile Dental Visits
The snap on smile procedure is quite simple and quick. Creating a new smile using this cosmetic dentistry system only requires 2 visits.
- First visit would be for dental impressions. This will give the dentist and laboratory a model from which to create your new snap on smile.
- Generally in 2 weeks another dental appointment is scheduled to fit the newly fabricated snap on smile. There are usually little to no adjusting but it is possible to be needed. At this appointment, you will review snap on smile care instructions. Once completed, you are free to enjoy your new smile. It is that simple!
Who Is The Ideal Snap On Smile Patient?
Snap-on Smile is a great choice for patients with:
- Spaces or gaps, crooked, stained or even patients who are missing teeth.
- Patients who are not ideal candidates for dental bridges or dental implants.
- Those interested in a Hollywood smile without the expense and possible discomfort of extensive cosmetic dental procedures.
- Patients who have a traditional removable partial denture and wants a great looking, more comfortable alternative.
It is important to note that Snap On Smile is a cosmetic dental procedure. In general, dental appliances considered cosmetic in nature are not covered by dental insurance. You will want to discuss your individual dental insurance with your dentist. You may also give your dental insurance company a call to see what benefits you might have for this procedure. Another important note, is your new cosmetic appliance comes with a 1 year warranty. This warranty is extendable by the patient.
Snap On Smile Conclusion
A New Smile For You
It is important to remember this cosmetic dentistry procedure may not be the ideal cosmetic treatment for all dental patients. Discuss your needs and wants with your dentist. Together you can devise a treatment plan to achieve those goals for your smile. For many, this cosmetic dentistry procedure is an effective tool to meet those goals. Snap on smile can also be used additionally with Botox or Juvederm. This will allow your dentist to remove fine wrinkles to give you an altogether better enhancement to your overall appearance. It is important with any cosmetic treatment to maintain regular dental examinations and professional cleanings. This will help keep you periodontal disease free and your smile healthy.