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Cosmetic dentistry includes a number of dental procedures aimed at improving the appearance of the teeth and smile.  A very common cosmetic procedure is the dental veneer.

Dental veneers are wafer thin, custom fabricated shells of tooth colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your overall smile and appearance. These custom fabricated shells are adhesively bonded to the front of the teeth. This allows the cosmetic dentist the ability to change your teeth’s color, shape, size, or length.

Dental veneers can be fabricated from dental porcelain or from composite (resin) materials. Dental veneers can be used to create bright, white smiles with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth. Dental veneers also protect the surface of broken or damaged teeth, and may eliminate the need for more extensive treatments. Other advantages of dental veneers include durability, an improved smile, and the need for much less tooth structure removal compared to traditional or porcelain crowns.

Why are Dental Veneers Needed?

Dental Veneers are utilized for a variety of reasons in cosmetic dentistry. These reasons can include:

-Crooked Teeth. Some minor modifications can be done, which may eliminate the need for orthodontic movement.

-Genetics. Certain people are born with abnormal sized/shaped teeth, or gaps between their teeth that widen with age.

-Wear and Tear.  Teeth wearing down is a natural part of aging. Aged teeth are more likely to be small,  have chips, fractures, cracks or a generally uneven appearance.

-Worn Enamel. Over time, the thin, hard translucent substance covering your teeth (enamel) may become worn, see through,  dull, or discolored. Such wear and discoloration may be natural or result from a genetic predisposition. However, it often results from consuming soft drinks, tea or coffee, smoking, using certain medications, etc.

Material Used for Dental Veneers

The most commonly utilized materials for dental veneers are composite resins and dental porcelain. Porcelain veneers are the more appropriate answer for severe cases involving dullness, wear, tooth discoloration, extensive chipping, cracking, gaps in teeth or uneven teeth. Composite bonding or just dental bonding is an inexpensive, effective and minimally invasive way to restore and correct small chips, cracks and discoloration in the teeth. Porcelain veneers generally require some reduction of the enamel tooth surface, while bonded dental veneers can oftentimes be done without tooth modification. Porcelain veneers are very strong, and do not change color. Bonded veneers tend to chip and pick up stain over time.

Techniques Used in Dental Veneers

Indirect Technique – This technique means that the composite or porcelain veneers are fabricated outside the mouth by a dental technician in a laboratory.

Direct Technique – This technique means that the composite veneers are created directly on your teeth by your dentist during your appointment.

When are Veneers Good Treatment?

The removal by a dentist of any natural tooth structure is permanent, so modern cosmetic dentistry has moved to offer patients the most minimally invasive options first. If your natural teeth are functionally and cosmetically adequate, dental veneers may not be the right treatment for you.

On the other hand, if you have any of the aforementioned cosmetic issues, your treatment options may  include veneers. Dental Veneers do have the advantage of a proven ability to enhance the appearance of the mouth, smile and other facial features that are better supported by properly shaped teeth.

If modification of the tooth surface is necessary to achieve optimum results, some cosmetic dentists will recommend less invasive alternatives to dental veneers. One such alternative would be, teeth whitening for people with mildly discolored teeth who only want a whiter and brighter smile. If crooked teeth or alignment issues are involved, the teeth whitening alternative may also be combined with orthodontic treatments. Invisalign, full braces, or use of an orthodontic appliance for minor tooth movement may be all that you need to acquire the smile you desire.

Care of Dental Veneers

Care must be taken not to abuse dental veneers because the wafer thin porcelain shells or composite layers can be damaged or break. Your dentist may advise you against grinding, fingernail chewing, and biting directly into things such as carrots or pizza crusts. If you grind at night your dentist  may recommend you wear a night guard while sleeping. It is even more important to have excellent dental hygiene, so that you do not get tooth decay forming under your dental veneer. You should also see your dentist for regular cleanings.

Dental Veneers Conclusion

Dental veneers, whether porcelain veneers or composite veneers, are a great option for those who wish to change their smile. Dental veneers give the cosmetic dentist and patient the ability to change color, shape, and size in an easy manner. As always, before pursuing dental veneers of any kind, please have a thorough dental examination and professional cleaning performed to ensure your mouth is healthy and able to withstand the new treatment.

 

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 arecosmetic dentist 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 aCosmetic Dentistctive 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 onporcelain veneers 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.