Posts for tag: Veneers
Orthodontics, veneers and other cosmetic dental techniques can turn a less than perfect smile into a beautiful one—but not always very quickly. For example, porcelain veneers can take weeks from planning to installation, including the meticulous work of an outside dental lab to produce veneers that look natural as well as beautiful.
But you may be able to take advantage of another approach, one that often takes no more than a couple of dental visits. Called direct veneers, it's actually a process of bonding and sculpting life-like composite materials to teeth that are heavily stained, chipped or that contain tiny crevices called “craze lines.”
Unlike the similarly-named traditional method, direct veneers don't involve the creation of layered porcelain veneers fashioned by a dental lab. But this newer process is similar to the older one in that some of the enamel must be removed from the teeth in question to provide a suitable surface for the composite material to adhere. This alteration will be permanent, requiring a restorative covering on the treated teeth from then on.
Right before this preparation, though, a dentist typically makes an impression of the patient's mouth. This will be the basis for creating the procedural plan for the dental work, particularly a “trial smile” from similar composite material that can be applied to the patient's teeth before actual restoration work begins. This temporary application gives both patient and dentist an opportunity to visualize the final look, and make needed adjustments in color and shaping.
Once the work plan is finalized, the patient then returns for the actual restoration procedure. The dentist begins by applying and bonding the composite material to the prepared teeth. Then, using a drill and manual instruments, the dentist shapes and smooths the material into a tooth-like appearance that blends with other teeth. The procedure can take a few hours, but it can usually be completed during a single visit.
Although direct veneers may not last as long as porcelain veneers, the process is less costly and requires less time to complete. Direct veneers could be an economical solution for achieving a more attractive smile.
If you would like more information on direct veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic with a firsthand patient account by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A New Smile With Direct Veneers.”
What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.
"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."
But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.
"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."
What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.
Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.
To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.
Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?
"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.
Veneers, A Brand New Smile!
Are crooked, stained teeth making you frown rather than flashing a wide smile? Do you have teeth with chips, cracks and gaps, or do your teeth just look worn down? Yes, having healthy teeth is important, but you want to look your best as well, having the self-confidence that a great looking smile can bring. This is when veneers in Toronto, ON can help!
Veneers As A Dental Improvement
One of the most popular cosmetic dental improvements for millions of people across North America is the porcelain veneer. While these super-thin, tooth-shaped shells of porcelain cannot correct major bite problems, serious fractures, seriously compromised teeth or gums or complex orthodontic issues, they can address a whole host of small but noticeable defects in tooth enamel and alignment. In fact, porcelain veneers can transform the look of your teeth.
Are porcelain veneers right for your mouth?
Your Downtown Toronto Dentist can perform a complete smile analysis, with photos and other imaging of your teeth and gums. She can present you options to fix:
- staining from foods, cigarettes and beverages such as wine, coffee and colas
- fractures and chips from mouth injuries
- discoloration from aging
- size and shape issues
- uneven wearing of teeth
- teeth that bite together improperly
How are porcelain veneers placed?
If you and your Toronto dentist decide that dental veneers are a good choice, she will gently remove a thin amount (about 1/2 millimeter) of tooth enamel from the front surface of each tooth to receive a porcelain veneer. She will take impressions and send them to a dental lab where a technician will artfully craft custom veneers perfect in fit, form and color for your mouth. Additionally, the dentist may show you what your updated smile will look like with a photo produced through cosmetic imaging.
Veneer Tooth Bonding
At the next dental visit, the doctor will securely bond the veneers to your teeth, adjusting the shape and size as needed. Adjusting the color of the cement used can help the veneers to blend in naturally with neighboring teeth.
With regular dental check-ups and cleanings, together with diligent daily flossing and brushing, your bright and attractive smile can last for years. Your veneers are almost as durable as natural enamel, but take care not to abuse them (or natural tooth surfaces) with chewing tough foods such as ice cubes or peanut brittle or with opening bottles or packaging with your teeth.
Dentistry on University
Is a straight, beautiful set of teeth possible for you? With porcelain veneers from your Downtown Toronto Dentist, Dr. Gina Lee, it can be! Dr. Lee is well known for her technically precise and aesthetically beautiful dentistry. She can help you decide if veneers are the right cosmetic dental option for you. Call Dr. Lee and her friendly staff in the Toronto area today for an appointment: 647-348-4004.