Chips, cracks, stains, and gaps can make you hesitate to smile. Fortunately, these flaws can be concealed by porcelain veneers.
Service: Veneers. Porcelain veneers are applied to your teeth to permanently whiten your smile (veneers never stain).
Benefits: With veneers you won't need to bleach your teeth ever again. Incredible Smiles veneers deliver dramatic results and a youthful-looking smile that can last a lifetime. Tooth length and shape can be enhanced as well.
Time Frame: Two visits over three-to-four weeks
The dentists at Artistic and Family Dental can give you a powerful smile upgrade with custom veneers.
In just two or three dental visits, a veneer can reverse years of stains caused by foods, caffeine and tobacco use. Special thin laminates, called veneers, can also be used to correct discolored, worn down, cracked and chipped teeth. Veneers can also be used to close unsightly gaps between teeth. Stronger types of veneers made of porcelain, also called composite veneers, typically last longer because they are bonded to the tooth.
An impression of the tooth must be made and a veneer molded by a lab technician. Because veneers require a small amount of enamel to be removed, they are permanent and non-reversible.
The process involves buffing the tooth, removing an extremely thin layer of the tooth to allow for the thickness of the veneer, an impression of the tooth, and final bonding of the veneer to the tooth with special cement. A special light is used to complete the process.
TRADITIONAL PORCELAIN VENEERS AND LUMINEERS®
Two of the most popular options in restorative cosmetic dentistry today are Veneers and Lumineers. Both veneers and Lumineers are made of thin, durable porcelain material and both can provide natural looking, long lasting results when prepared by an experienced, competent dentist. In order to determine which option is best for you, Dr. Wilk and Dr. Revoir will consider a variety of circumstances, which include your unique dental history, your overall health, your personal desires and expectations, and her professional understanding of how your final results will meet your needs.
Traditional porcelain veneers, alternatively termed "dental veneers" or "dental porcelain laminates," are wafer-thin shells of porcelain permanently bonded to teeth that are discolored, worn, chipped, or misaligned. Porcelain veneers are non-porous (they will not stain), incredibly resilient, and "kind" (non-abrasive) to opposing teeth. When a veneer is firmly bonded to a sturdy substructure (like a tooth) it becomes very strong and durable.
A traditional veneer is essentially a conservative crown. Rather than encompassing the entire tooth, a cosmetic veneer covers the visible part of a tooth preserving a large amount of the natural tooth structure. Veneers can straighten, lengthen and whiten teeth to provide a beautiful smile and even create a more comfortable bite position.
For optimal results, each veneered tooth must be shaped. This means that a thin layer (approximately .5 mm) of the natural tooth structure is removed to allow space for veneer placement.
Lumineers are different than a traditional veneer in the way they are manufactured and placed. A Lumineers restoration is as thin as a contact lens and placed over existing teeth without having to remove tooth structure. Like traditional porcelain veneers, Lumineers restorations are an excellent cosmetic solution for stained, chipped, discolored or misaligned teeth.
An ideal candidate for Lumineers must have enough remaining tooth surface on which to bond the Lumineers to ensure long-term results. Since Lumineers do not require the removal of tooth structure, they can be removed if circumstances require it.
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