A young woman came to my practice enquiring about using a whitening system to remove the tetracycline stains across the tops of her front teeth. Even though some people can experience a slight improvement through a whitening approach, a better option to treating tetracycline stains is to use Porcelain Veneers. By the use of porcelain veneers, we were able to restore her very beautiful smile.
In this article I will share my experience with several of my patients in using Porcelain Veneers to remove stains as well as correct various other defects, to get the perfect smile everyone deserves.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are fine shells of ceramic material that are bonded on to the front of a tooth. They are used to mask discolorations, brighten teeth, and to improve the smile. They are a great restorative choice for improving the appearance of your teeth.
When is a porcelain veneer restoration recommended?
- As an alternative to crowns, to change tooth color, size, or shape.
- For treating severe teeth discolorations. For example, teeth stained by tetracycline, by injury, and for masking discolored fillings in front teeth.
- Alternative for certain Orthodontics. For example, when the front teeth are slightly misaligned, crooked, or rotated.
- For the repair of old crowns and bridgework under certain specific situations.
- For the elimination of gaps between teeth.
Can porcelain veneers get stained due to extended use – especially with the use of tea, coffee, red wine, or tobacco products?
A major advantage of using porcelain veneers as opposed to cosmetic dental bonding materials is that the porcelain veneer's surface is made of porcelain. Since porcelain is a type of ceramic, it is nonporous with non-fading permanent color. Hence, a porcelain veneer's surface is extremely stain resistant.
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You may have always been dissatisfied with your smile, but did not know what to do. Maybe you feel that your smile is hurting the rest of your appearance. You might have even considered veneers, but were hesitant due to the high porcelain veneers cost. Many people feel the same as you do, but veneers are well worth the cost when you consider all that is involved in the whole veneer process.
Everyone will have a different excuse for getting dental veneers, but every reasons boil down to a change in appearance. Whether it is trying to change the color or just the shape, dental veneers will give you the results you are after. They can give yellowed or stained teeth a dramatic white appearance in just a few procedures.
The reasons for high porcelain veneers cost can be easily explained, allowing those who are interested a better understanding of why the price is so expensive. Porcelain is one of the most expensive types of veneers, but they offer the best quality and the longest life. Resin a type of veneer that can be purchased for a cheaper price. The resin veneers offer good quality and last several years. The type you choose will be up to you and should be discussed with your dentist.
Pricing of veneers is of great variability. You can usually purchase a nice set of resin veneers for about 300+ dollars. These veneers are a reliable means of changing your smile, and will last an average of 6 years. The porcelain veneers will cost you around 1, 000+ dollars a tooth, and will give you a radiant smile for 12 years or more.
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Looking for a perfect smile? With today's modern technology, flawless-looking teeth have become a reality for more people than ever. Whether you've always hated your teeth or are looking to reverse damage caused throughout your life, innovative dental procedures are making it easier to correct dental problems and get the pearly whites you've always dreamed of.
With so many corrective dental options on the market, how do you decide the best one for you? After all, each has its benefits and disadvantages. And some are targeted at certain problems. For example, if you're looking to straighten your crooked teeth, a whitening procedure is certainly not what you're looking for.
One innovative dental procedure that you may have heard of is the application of Lumineers. More and more dentists are offering Lumineers, and they are becoming a popular choice with those who don't want the wait or pain associated with veneers. Unlike traditional veneers, Lumineers are applied painlessly to correct a number of tooth imperfections, and may even be less expensive.
Could it be true- no pain and lots to gain? Here's the scoop.
What are Lumineers?
Lumineers is a super-thin (approximately 0.2 mm) porcelain veneer that is placed over your existing tooth by a dentist. Lumineers is made from patented Cerinate porcelain and can only be applied by a Lumineers-certified dentist. The veneer is fitted to your tooth structure and may be as thin as a contact lens. Lumineers fits to mold to your tooth or teeth to correct the appearance of dental imperfections.
The Lumineers procedure is usually complete with two visits. During the first visit, a precision mold is taken of the tooth or teeth that will be covered with Lumineers. The desired shade of veneer will also be chosen for a bright but natural look. During the … Read the rest
Dental veneers are very useful tools that are used in order to restore the smile of a person who has chipped teeth or gaps between the teeth. Not only do they provide a quick solution to orthodontic methods but there are also able to dramatically improve their aesthetic condition of a person's oral structure.
Dental veneers are made of two types of material, some are manufactured by using materials such as porcelain that are very durable and others are made with composite materials that may be easier to work with. The difference between the two is that those made with porcelain tend to last longer (an average of 10 to 15 years) while those made with composite materials are cheaper and can be fabricated inside a person's mouth, so composite material veneers do not require a complex manufacturing process.
The only downside with any dental veneer, whether it is made with porcelain or composite materials is that they require for the tooth to be reshaped so that they will not appear to be bulky shells which are placed on top of that natural tooth. Since they require such measure the original tooth looses its shape and will never look the same if the dental veneer is removed.
For most patients who are considering using veneers this is obviously a huge advantage. However, there is a better alternative to traditional Veneers, such alternative is referred to as Lumineers. This new type of veneer is an improved version of the original that is much thinner and stronger than its predecessors. Lumineers are able to provide the same benefits that veneers do but, one of the key differences between them is that this new and improved version does not require for the tooth to be reshaped so if a person opts to have … Read the rest
Porcelain veneers also referred to as dental veneers are porcelain laminates designed to be as thin as contact lenses. They are chemically bonded to the teeth to help improve their shape by aligning and straightening them. They also enhance the color of teeth. Veneers are usually designed to cover the front surface of the teeth thus improving on their appearance in general. The shells change the shape, color, length and size of the teeth. They are made from porcelain because it is resistant to stains as compared to resin. The material also mimics light reflection properties just like natural teeth. Hence, it makes a better choice.
Dental Problems That Porcelain Veneers Can Fix
There are different circumstances under which your doctor might recommend fitting porcelain veneers. They can help fix discolored teeth resulting from tetracycline stains and other drugs, root canal treatment and excessive exposure to fluoride and other causes. The veneers also fix worn out teeth, broken and chipped teeth, misaligned, uneven and irregularly shaped teeth. Gaps between teeth can also be fixed using the veneers.
If you are suffering from one of the situations mentioned above and you are feeling unhappy or frustrated, then it may be the right time to consider going for porcelain veneers to get your sexy smile instantly.
The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
They easily and quickly straighten teeth.
· They offer you an instant white smile considering that they reflect light just like natural teeth. You will enjoy permanent white teeth with the veneers.
· They create a sex appeal that is also youthful with the sexy smile that they offer. You will be surprised at just how confident you feel with the veneers fixing the problem for you.
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There are plenty of options for finding ways to brighten the look of your teeth that start with simple bleaching techniques. However, there may be instances where bleaching is not enough, especially for those who might have damaged or teeth too discolored to make bleaching effective. For those who are facing this situation, having veneers placed on your teeth may be the answer.
Porcelain veneers are more economical than tooth replacement and can be performed in a dental procedure that will cover the surface of your teeth that show when you smile. A porcelain veneer is essentially a cover made from strong materials that bond to your teeth. What is necessary for veneers to be effective is that there can be no large spaces between your teeth. In cases where you may be missing a tooth, then an implant might be necessary first before attaching veneers.
Veneer teeth prices do vary depending on the amount of work that needs to be done beforehand, but they are fairly cost efficient and provide a natural, healthy look to your teeth at prices that are fairly affordable. Another advantage is that the condition of your teeth needs to be healthy, but the presence of a crown or filling makes no difference. Also, the veneers can cover smaller spaces between your teeth which can create an entirely new impression of your smile to others.
The procedure for grafting porcelain veneers is basically a multi-step process, the first is the cleaning of your teeth, followed by making precise measurements to correctly get the right length and shape of the veneers. Next is the shaving down of the front of the teeth that will be covered by the veneers, this generally means that 1 / 8th of an inch of enamel is removed, then the veneers … Read the rest
One of the most dramatic teeth treatments is porcelain veneers-an intricate (and expensive!) Procedure in which natural tooth material is removed from the tooth's surface and then replaced with a thin porcelain sheath that is strongly and permanently bonded to the front of the tooth .
Other than the high cost, this sounds wonderful, right? Consider the advantages:
Veneers can correct many of the natural imperfections in teeth that could take months to change through other methods like braces. Short and stubby teeth – wavy surfaces – gaps between teeth – uneven lengths – can all become non issues with a skillfully applied set of veneers. Veneers are manmade material that will never discolor. So veneers can not only instantly create teeth in any desired shade of whiteness, unlike your natural teeth, the veneer material will never stain or darken or be affected by dental decay.
Many television personalities, performers and actors have obtained their perfect smiles through the help of porcelain veneers applied by the hands of the industry's most skilled cosmetic dentists, enforcing the popular stereotype of the "Hollywood smile."
However, before you jump to invest your life's savings in a set of bright new veneers, here are a few things to consider:
Are veneers permanent?
In a word, no. Long lasting, certainly-but even with the most modern materials and applications, the typical life of a veneer is approximately 10 years. Even more concerning-depending on lifestyle and habits, veneers can chip, break or fall completely away from the tooth at various (and at the most inconvenient) of times, requiring costly follow up treatments at various intervals for the rest of your life.
Since their inception as a means of cosmetic restoration in the 1980's, methods and materials for applying porcelain veneers have substantially improved. Many factors can influence … Read the rest
Before we can get to a point of understanding porcelain dental-veneers, it would be a good idea to first have a basic understanding of what dental veneers are, and what their roles in dentistry are.
Dental-veneers, as name suggests, are veneers that are worn over teeth. In simpler terms, they are specially-made tooth coverings. Like all other types of veneers, dental veneers are meant to 'cover-up' for something on the teeth. One thing that dental veneers can cover is teeth-coloring, giving the wearer what are effectively excellent white teeth! There are two categories of people who use this approach – of wearing veneers – to the teeth whitening problem. The first category is that of those whose teeth are so badly stained that they won't respond to bleaching, which is for many people the 'first line of treatment' for teeth whitening. The second category is that of those whose teeth may not be so badly stained, but who nonetheless find the idea of teeth bleaching somewhat off-putting. Both groups find in dental veneers a teeth whitening aid that produces perfect results (the veneers worn are ultra-thin), and one whose effect holds for long.
Other things that dental veneers can cover include imperfect teeth alignment, missing teeth, or teeth spacing 'defects.'
Of course, the use of veneers is not limited to cosmetic dentistry only. Outside cosmetic dentistry, the veneers might also be used in the treatment of cracks and chips in the teeth – especially cracks and chips which are so big that bonding wouldn't work in repairing them.
Now the veneers that are worn for these various functions are usually bought from dental suppliers, and then customized by dental technicians in dental clinics.
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In our continuous attempt to be more physically attractive, we have conquered every possible aspect of the human body and face. Various technological advancements have been taken to provide the answers to this social need. Our smiles, to be particular, are one of the lighting features in our faces. This is the reason why we are striving to attain that perfect set of teeth. The field of dental cosmetology has been in a boom. The veneers dental option is one of the most popular options in the said field.
Basically, veneers are dental jackets that are designed to cover worn tooth enamel or to deal with dental spaced, chips or cracks. They are made of a ceramic material that is similar to the teeth.
Here are some basic facts about veneers.
1. They are made of either composite or porcelain. Composite veneers can be directly built on the mouth or made at the dental laboratory before it is bonded to the teeth. Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, are fabricated indirectly. One important thing to take note about porcelain veneers is that it does not simply work for everybody. Certain dental examinations have to be taken before a porcelain veneer can be used to assess the compatibility for this procedure.
2. Porcelain veneers are preferred by most because of the natural effect it gives off once incorporated in the teeth since it is translucent. More so, they are highly resistant to stains, which is an uncommon characteristic for most, if not all, dental bonding materials. This capacity of porcelain veneers to deal with stains makes it possible for tobacco, tea or coffee addicts to get a porcelain veneer and have that gorgeous smile.
3. Composite veneers have lesser tendency of being chipped and, consequently, broken in comparison to their porcelain … Read the rest
A Dental veneer may also be known as a porcelain veneer or a porcelain laminate is a custom-made shell that is usually bonded to the front of the tooth surface to improve the appearance. It is usually made of thin porcelain or polymers and covers the tooth in order to change the color, size or shape of the tooth. In addition to changing the appearance, it can also be used to protect the surface of the tooth that has been damaged.
A porcelain dental veneer is more stain-resistant, and is also much closer in appearance to natural teeth than those made from resins, which are normally thinner and require less work before placement. Your dentist will help you to determine the best type of veneer for your situation.
You can a dental veneer for a solution in a number of different cases that include:
• Where the tooth surface has become worn or discoloured
• Teeth with a large amount of filling may become unsightly and can be covered with a porcelain veneer.
• Teeth that are worn down, broken or chipped can be resurfaced with porcelain dental laminates.
• Gaps in between teeth or teeth that are misaligned can be filled with veneers.
It usually takes at least 3 trips to the dentist to obtain a dental veneer. The first trip will be for a consultation, and subsequent trips will involve custom making and bonding of the veneer. During the initial consultation, your dentist may recommend or ask about your need for wanting a veneer. She will explain the procedure, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages.
The procedure may also involve taking X-rays of the teeth, along with dental impressions of both your lower and upper jaw. In order to prepare for the veneer, a small amount of enamel … Read the rest