Porcelain veneers are dental restorations that are secured to the surfaces of the front teeth to mask chips, cracks, stains, discoloration, minor misalignment, and gaps between teeth. These wafer-thin shells are made from porcelain, which like tooth enamel is slightly translucent, meaning that it allows some light to pass through its surface rather that simply reflecting it. As a result, porcelain veneers are completely natural looking; they blend in seamlessly with surrounding teeth, and provide an ideal alternative to traditional metal restorations. If you are seeking an attractive dental solution to cosmetic flaws, porcelain veneers provide beautiful results that can have a trans-formative impact on your life.
The Placement Process
The process for placing porcelain veneers is minimally invasive and though the use of the latest in dental technology at I love mydentist®, typically requires just one or two appointments at our office. To provide space for the veneers and ensure that the surface is properly prepared for the bonding element, a small amount of tooth enamel is removed from the teeth being treated. For the comfort of the patient a local anesthetic can be used to minimize or eliminate any discomfort that may result from this step in the treatment process. Once the outer layer of enamel has been removed, an impression will be made of the teeth, this provides us with exact specifications of the teeth, allowing us to customize the veneers to meet the patient’s needs. Once the impression has been taken, it is fabricated at our dental laboratory so we can help ensure that the restoration meets our patient specific needs and expedite the treatment process by eliminating superfluous dental appointments.
Once the permanent porcelain veneers have been fabricated, they will be placed on the teeth. The surface of the tooth will be roughened slightly so that the dental cement can bond more securely to the tooth. Once is place, your cosmetic dentist at I love mydentist® will adjust the porcelain veneers as necessary so that they sit flush with surrounding teeth and are aligned properly.
Once the ideal position has been secured, excess bonding cement is removed from the edges of the veneers, and the restorations are polished. The process is then complete, and the smile is restored. With proper care, porcelain veneers can last many years.
Risks and Benefits
The benefits of porcelain veneers are many: they mask cosmetic flaws, are durable, allow for full functionality, provide long-term results, and can transform a person’s self-confidence and personal life. We happily offer porcelain veneers at I love mydentist® practice because we have had the pleasure of witnessing first-hand the impact they can have on a person’s disposition. If you want to improve your smile, porcelain veneers are a tremendous option.
Porcelain Veneers are not from everyone, however. More severe dental complications cannot be corrected with porcelain veneers, and the placement process is irreversible. Because a small amount of tooth enamel needs to be removed before the veneers can be placed, they cannot be removed without risking the health and structural integrity of the teeth that have been treated. This is something to consider, and to discuss with your dentist at I love mydentist®, if you are weighing the risks and benefits of porcelain veneers.
You will receive care instructions for veneers. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.
Are veneers right for you? Contact I love mydentist® today.
We offer a wide array of cosmetic dentistry treatments at our dental practice to meet our patient’s needs. Please don’t hesitate to contact I love mydentist® if you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers. We would be happy to arrange a consultation.
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Composites (Cosmetic Bonding)
With composites or cosmetic bondings at I love mydentist®, we can help conceal stains, chips, overlapping and uneven teeth by creating custom-made, hand-crafted, tooth-colored composite that contour seamlessly to the front surfaces of your teeth. Unlike veneers, the composite is applied directly to the tooth and cured to its final hardness using a laser. In order to help the composite bond to the tooth, the tooth is prepared by lightly buffing the area to be repaired.
Advantages of Cosmetic Bondings or composites:
- Permits your dentist at I love mydentist® to remove only the decayed area of your tooth.
- Composite bonding expand just like your teeth and are much less likely to cause cracks in your tooth.
- Composite bond directly to the tooth providing support.
- Can be used to fill in cracks, chips and gaps — and will match the color of your teeth.
Zoom!® Teeth Whitening
What Philips Zoom!® Teeth Whitening can do for your smile at I love mydentist®
Zoom!® Teeth Whitening is the latest, most effective in-office tooth whitening procedure available for patients. Many of our dentist at I love mydentist® specialize in teeth whitening with the Zoom!® Teeth Whitening procedure and patients see results almost immediately.
To achieve the teeth you want, Zoom!® Teeth Whitening offers you a full range of options based on your needs and your lifestyle. Professional teeth whitening with Zoom!® is safe, pain-free, sustainable and used by over 10 million people.
The difference between professional and over-the-counter whitening treatments.
Non-professional whitening treatments are over the counter products such as strips and toothpaste. These products vary in their price, difficulty of use and effectiveness.
Phillips Zoom!® Professional whitening is a fast, effective and safe way to whiten your teeth. Your dental professional at I love mydentist® will either apply the treatment for you, or fit you with a customized tray so you can do the treatment at home.
Results from professional treatments can be immediate (up to 8 shades whiter in 45 minutes), and because a dental professional is involved, the process is safe, reliable and hassle free.
Inlays and Onlays
When more than half of the tooth’s biting surface is damaged your dentist at I love mydentist® will often use an inlay or onlay.
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin. These pieces are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay, which is similar to a filling, is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. An onlay is more substantial reconstruction, similar to the inlay but extending our over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.
Traditionally, gold has been the material of choice for inlays and onlays. In recent years, however, porcelain has become increasingly popular due to its strength and color, which can potentially match the natural color of your teeth.
How are Inlays and Onlays applied at I love mydentist®?
Inlays and onlays require two appointments to complete the procedure.
During the first visit, the filling being replaced or the damaged or decaying area of the tooth is removed, and the tooth is prepared for the inlay or onlay. To ensure proper fit and bite, an impression of the tooth is made by your dentist, and sent to our dental lab for fabrication. Our dentist at I love mydentist® will then apply a temporary sealant on the tooth and schedule the next appointment.
At the second appointment, the temporary sealant is removed. Your dentist at I love mydentist® will then make sure that the inlay or onlay fits correctly. If the fit is satisfactory, the inlay or onlay will be bonded to the tooth with a strong resin and polished to a smooth finish.
Considerations for Inlays and Onlays
Traditional filling can reduce the strength of a natural tooth by up to 50 percent. As an alternative, inlays and onlays, which are bonded directly onto the tooth using special high-strength resins, can actually increase the strength of a tooth by up to 75 percent. As a result, they can last from 10 to 30 years. In some cases, where the damage to the tooth is not extensive enough to merit an entire crown, onlays can provide a very good alternative.