Traditional porcelain veneers, alternatively termed "dental veneers" or "dental porcelain laminates" are wafer-thin shells of porcelain permanently bonded to teeth that are discolored, worn, chipped, or misaligned. Porcelain veneers are non-porous (they will not stain), incredibly resilient, and "kind" (non-abrasive) to opposing teeth. When a veneer is firmly bonded to a sturdy substructure (like a tooth), it becomes very strong and durable. A traditional veneer is essentially a conservative crown. Rather than encompassing the entire tooth, a cosmetic veneer covers the visible part of a tooth preserving a large amount of the natural tooth structure. Veneers can straighten, lengthen, and whiten teeth to provide a beautiful smile and even create a more comfortable bite position. For optimal results, each veneered tooth must be shaped. This means a thin layer (approximately .5 mm) of the natural tooth structure is removed to allow space for veneer placement.
Custom bleach trays are a great way for you to maintain white teeth, with results in the comfort of your own home. The process is simple! We take impressions of your teeth to make custom-fitting bleach trays. We will show you how to place the whitening solution into the trays for optimal bleaching results.
Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth. Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth. Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.
While dental implants may not be thought of as a cosmetic procedure, they help us get to a final cosmetic result. Many people we see for cosmetic enhancement have a compromised or weak tooth or teeth. We like to give people the option to restore the compromised tooth, but always give the option to remove it and place an implant. We would love to talk to you about your options for replacing compromised teeth.
An alternative to veneers is a process called bonding, in which a tooth-colored material that looks like the enamel of your teeth is molded and shaped, and then hardened and polished. Bonding can be used to improve the color of a tooth, or close unsightly gaps; However, bonding can be more prone to chips and cracks than veneers. Caps are generally preferred to bonding when such a procedure is not deemed to be effective in the long term.
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