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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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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The purpose of porcelain veneers are to improve the health and appearance of the teeth. Porcelain veneers can look completely natural and whiten dark yellow stained teeth or tetracycline stained teeth. Teeth can be whiter and straighter looking (often referred to as "Instant Braces"). The shape of teeth can be improved, lengthened, shortened, fuller or less full, be more round, more square or bolder looking.
A porcelain veneer is a thin shell of heat-fired porcelain that is custom made to fit your teeth. They are separate veneers of porcelain that are bonded to the teeth. The patient brushes, flosses and eats normally. Whatever the needs or desires of the patient, veneers can be an effective cosmetic solution that will last for many years. The restored teeth will permanently be whiter than the natural teeth. The oldest case by Dr. Sam Muslin was completed in 1984 and the patient's teeth are still better looking than his natural teeth would have been by now. The veneers have been in his mouth for over 23 years and the patient is 85 years old.
Non-Invasive Cosmetic Dentistry
With the development of the thin non-invasive, no tooth grinding type of cosmetic treatment, the patient's natural tooth structure can be saved. No grinding on the patient's teeth is also referred to as Non-Invasive Dentistry or Non-Invasive Porcelain Veneers. Sometimes if a tooth is protruding, some surface grinding is necessary to make the teeth line up evenly. Non-Invasive Porcelain Veneers can create permanently whiter teeth. Patients can have white teeth without the hassle of bleaching or ongoing teeth whitening to maintain a whiter color. Continual use of bleaching agents such as Zoom, or BriteSmile, or Crest Whitening Strips or any other teeth whitening or teeth bleaching agents compromise the tooth structure. Teeth bleaching can make the teeth … Read the rest
Increasing numbers of people are looking to improve their smiles. Years so, braces were as far as cosmetic dentistry went. Then it seemed like everyone was getting his or her teeth whitened. Now, more and more people are opting for more significant work to make their teeth look better. Dentists are specializing in cosmetic dentistry and offering payment plans to make it easier for patients to pay for the work.
Porcelain veneers and lumineers are a way to make your teeth look significantly different. Because either of these options involve major dental work, you should really do a large amount of research before deciding on the procedure. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about porcelain veneers and lumineers.
FAQ # 1 About Veneers and Lumineers: What are the similarities between a veneer and a lumineer? Lumineers and veneers are both made of porcelain. They cover the teeth, and are used to cover a chipped tooth, lengthen a tooth, change the color of teeth, or make a tooth look straighter.
FAQ # 2 About Veneers and Lumineers: What are the differences between a veneer and a lumineer? A veneer is permanently attached to the tooth. They are custom made for each tooth to ensure that the desired tooth shape is achieved. Additionally, a certain thickness of the tooth has to be removed in order to make space for the veneer. Lumineers are a thin covering for the teeth and are usually recommended for minor cosmetic issues. The tooth does not need to be thinned for lumineers to be place on it.
FAQ # 3 About Veneers and Lumineers: Can any dentist perform either of these procedures? No. A cosmetic dentist should be consulted for either of these procedures. Furthermore, a cosmetic dentist will significant levels of experience should … Read the rest
If you have been looking into cosmetic dentistry you may have heard of porcelain veneers. If you are interested in changing the appearance of your teeth you may have two questions: what are porcelain veneers and what do porcelain veneers cost?
Veneers are a thin shell of material (in this case porcelain) which is bonded with the surface of a tooth. This can be done for several different reasons including repairing and protecting a broken tooth or improving its appearance. Veneers can help provide an evenly shaped and spaced appearance to teeth as well as whitening them past the point that at-home kits and preparations can offer.
Porcelain veneers are placed over a tooth that has been prepared by drilling. This is important since the veneer can look artificial if it is too thick, and it can be difficult to work with an extremely thin veneer. They can change the shape and alignment of teeth as well as whitening them past the point that chemical whitening would permit.
However, veneers can be expensive. The price of veneers depends on the material the veneers are made out of and the type of bonding agent that is used. As well, if the shaping and bonding process is very involved, usually because you are trying to reshape teeth or fix the way their alignment looks, veneers can be more expensive.
There are several different types of porcelain that veneers can be made out of. They include empress 3, feldspathic, cerinate, lumineers and procera. If you do opt for veneers, you can expect to pay in the neighborhood of $ 700 to $ 2000 and more per tooth. If you are having multiple veneers done at the same time, it may be less expensive but this gives you a good idea of what the … Read the rest
One question that a lot of people have is, what are porcelain veneers, and how much do they cost? To answer the first question, these are little porcelain slips that go over the front of your teeth. Most of the time, you just buy a few to go over your problem teeth, and let your other teeth show. The porcelain gives the look of your real teeth, so no one can tell the difference. They can help give you a beautiful simple without having to do a lot of work on your teeth. Now, a lot of people think that is great, but the real problem is how much the porcelain veneers cost. These are not the cheapest things to put in your mouth, and the price of them actually varies a lot from place to place. Today we are going to talk about the typical fee that you can expect to have for porcelain veneers.
The one thing that you have to remember is that the porcelain veneers' cost varies a lot from country to country and even state to state. For example, a place like North Caroline may only charge $ 1000 for one porcelain veneer, but a place in Chicago may charge $ 2000 apiece for the veneers. As you can see, it varies a lot from place to place. However, it seems like most places have a typical fee of about $ 1500 for each porcelain veneer, thus, if you were getting 6 porcelain veneers, then your total cost would be around $ 9000 for the whole thing. This may sound like a lot of money, but in a bigger name city, you could end up paying $ 12,000 for the whole thing.
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