What are the Differences between Veneer and Lumineer?

There is a lot more to your teeth than just helping you dive into your favorite pizza or bowl of ice cream. Your teeth are possibly the biggest part of your smile. These pearly whites are front and center in many family photos, vacation shots, and even your drivers’ license. Yet, after years of hard work, teeth can become discolored, chipped, and less than photogenic. Don’t worry though; there are two solutions to bringing back that pristine smile of yore.

Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the surfaces of your teeth. This process usually occurs over a few visits to the dentist, so if you have a fear of the dentist, you will overcome this fear quickly. The first visit consists of a consultation and analysis. The second visit will prep your teeth and take a mold of your mouth. The last visit is the big day, as this is the visit your new smile is cemented to your teeth.[..Read More]

Cosmetic Dentistry and Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Technically, cosmetic dentistry refers to the procedures patients elect to undergo to improve their smile and overall appearance. For some patients, it’s strictly about beauty, and for others, they look to cosmetic procedures to repair their teeth and gums that may have been damaged from accidents or other problems. No matter what the reason is, though, those who have undergone cosmetic dentistry procedures end up with a better looking smile.

Who are candidates for cosmetic dentistry?

Basically, anyone who wants to improve the appearance of their smile is a candidate for cosmetic dentistry, but the most common patients are those who want to repair damaged teeth. However, people with overcrowded teeth, damage from cavities, or discolored teeth can also benefit from these procedures.

How much do cosmetic dentistry procedures cost?

Like anything to enhance appearance, it costs money. Some procedures are expensive, but depending on the extent of the procedure (individual tooth vs. entire smile) the costs can be relatively inexpensive. However, the results are often so rewarding that they make the price worth it.

What kinds of cosmetic dentistry procedures are available?

There are several different cosmetic dental procedures. You can find a list of almost everything we offer on our Services page, but the most popular procedures are:

  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Dental Crowns
  • Teeth Reconstruction and
  • Gum Alterations

If you would like to improve your teeth, do not hesitate to contact our office and find out how we can give you the best possible smile.

Why Porcelain Veneers?

If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your smile, then porcelain veneers may be the cosmetic dentistry answer for you. The procedure is fairly simple and common. Dentists can implement them on teeth that are chipped or broken, contain some discoloration, have wide gaps between them, are deformed or have something inherently wrong with their structure and/or appearance.

Porcelain dental veneers are thin strips of porcelain that are bonded over the front surfaces of your teeth to improve either their shape or color or protect any damaged surfaces. Whereas crowns cover your entire tooth, porcelain veneers only fit on the front of your teeth. Veneers can also be used to straighten teeth and better align them, further enhancing your smile’s cosmetic appearance. Porcelain veneers can either be permanent or non-permanent, depending on what you need them for.

Veneers are made individually for each patient and customized to ensure a natural and attractive appearance. A dentist will take a few custom impressions of your teeth to not only construct the dental veneers to fit the individual tooth but also to take the surrounding teeth into consideration for proper proportions and bonding. This way, the veneers will fit your smile perfectly.

For those who already have dental crowns, dental veneers could provide a more natural and nicer appearance. Since the veneers are thin ceramic shells, light passes through them and then is reflected by the teeth. The effect appears natural and often adds a brightness to the teeth.

Not only is the process simple, but it is safe and rather inexpensive. If you think porcelain veneers are right for you, please contact our office today so we can discuss improving your smile with dental veneers. If you are indeed a candidate, we know you will be pleased with the result.

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