Porcelain and Ceramic Dental Veneers

Whatever the reason for having cosmetic dental issues, teeth that are too short or long, stained, chipped, misaligned or overcrowded, you may want to find ways to make your smile much more than it currently is!

 

Dr. Glueckert can recommend and implement cosmetic dental treatments, including dental veneers, that will give you a brighter, whiter, more beautiful smile! Call for a consultation today!

 

 

Dental veneers are a skilled cosmetic dentist’s proven way to create a bright, white smile from otherwise stained, chipped or crooked teeth. By placing custom-designed shells of tooth-like ceramic materials over the surface of your tooth or teeth, cosmetic imperfections such as worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment, spacing and chips or cracks can be permanently corrected, resulting in a bright, straight, and natural-looking smile.

Why Do We Have Cosmetic Dental Issues?  A number issues can arise from a variety of reasons:

Worn Enamel: The thin, hard, white substance covering your teeth, often referred to as enamel, may become worn, dulled and discolored over a period of time. This could be the result of deficiencies in how you have maintained your oral health, or simply as a result of your habits in what you eat and drink – coffee, tea, or soft drinks, etc., from the medication you may be getting, and worse from smoking. Discoloration or simply dull teeth could also be attributed to a genetic predisposition.
Wear and Tear: As we grow older, teeth naturally wear down. For much older people, their teeth are more likely to have chips, cracks or a generally uneven appearance.
Hereditary Factors: Because of genetic or hereditary factors, a number of people are born with crooked and abnormal spacing between their teeth, a condition which becomes worse with age.
Uneven teeth: These could be the result of general wear and tear, or from grinding your teeth (bruxism).

What Issues Can Dental Veneers Correct?
Dental veneers are used to change the size and shape of a tooth by completely covering the front of your teeth to give them a brand new, healthy appearance. Your dentist can use dental veneers to fix most cosmetic problems, totally transforming your smile in just two or three appointments. Dental veneers are used to:

  • Close spaces between teeth
  • Change the shape of teeth
  • Whiten stained teeth that resist conventional whitening
  • Improve the appearance of chipped, cracked or worn teeth
  • Protect teeth from further damage

Types of dental veneers – Porcelain veneers and Composite resin veneers
Dental veneers are made of either composite resin or porcelain. Both porcelain veneers and composite veneers can be fabricated by a dental technician in a dental laboratory. However, your dentist can create composite veneers right on your tooth during the course of one appointment, using the same material and process as the ones used in a dental bonding procedure.

Composite Resin Veneers are strong and durable, but not as durable as porcelain veneers. Composite veneers do not resist staining as effectively, and may darken over time. However, should they fracture or lose their natural color, they are easily replaced or fixed by a composite veneer patched in the same way they were created.

Porcelain Veneers can be made to duplicate the translucent appearance of natural teeth, and are typically used in “smile makeovers”, where an entire smile is to be transformed. The porcelain is extremely hard and durable as well as very resistant to staining. It will show little signs of the darkening with age that is more common with composite veneers. The potential disadvantages to porcelain veneers include needing two appointments (or more, in some cases) to put in place. And, while the finished veneers form a tight, strong and durable bond with your tooth, the porcelain can fracture under extreme stress. If fractured, by teeth grinding or improper use, a porcelain veneer will probably need to be replaced. Porcelain veneers also are also more expensive than composite veneers.

What Type of Veneers Are Right For Me?
For lower cost and fewer appointments without much alteration to your natural tooth structure, composite veneers make a good choice. The strength, durability and natural appearance of the porcelain veneers make them very popular and a great choice for a full smile transformation.

Who's A Good Candidate For Dental Veneers?
The best candidates for all veneers are people with generally healthy teeth, free of decay. However, cavities or tooth decay can often be repaired at the time of veneer preparation.

What Should I expect from the dental veneer procedure?
The placement of veneers require skill, precision, and a degree of artistry from your cosmetic dentist, and the procedure involves three primary stages:

Consultation, Examination and Planning Your Smile
The first appointment is usually a consultation to determine any oral health concerns that must first be addressed before treatment progresses. You and your dentist plan your new smile by determining what size, shape, and type of veneers will best complement your smile, face shape, and aesthetic desires. Imaging technologies can provide you with a preview of your expected results, and “before and after” images can allow you to view other successful cases. Your dentist will work with you to select the best tooth color for you from a special shade chart.

Preparing Your Teeth for Veneers
Preparing your teeth takes several steps. Firstly, to insure your comfort during tooth preparation, a local anesthetic will be administered. The teeth will be carefully prepared by removing a small amount of enamel to accommodate the veneer. Each tooth is prepared by precisely and minimally reshaping it to provide the best fit with the dental veneers, using a small handheld cutting device called a bur. An impression of your teeth from which a mold of your mouth will be made. This impression may be sent to an outside dental lab so the veneers can be professionally fabricated. In the meantime, temporary veneers are used to protect the teeth while the permanent version is crafted in a dental laboratory.These are made of a resin material. 

Placing the Permanent Veneers
On your third visit, the permanent veneers are put in place. When the mouth is completely numb following the administration of a local anesthetic, the temporary veneers are removed. Dr. Glueckert will then carefully place the permanent veneers and bond them to the teeth with dental cement. She will also proceed to match the veneers’ color to achieve a beautiful luster and natural-looking appearance. After the fit and color of your dental veneers are adjusted to your liking, the adhesive is finally hardened using a special light.

What Can I Expect?
Once veneers are in place, they will function like regular teeth. While a dental veneer is considered a permanent tooth restoration, it doesn’t mean that it is expected to last forever. Before leaving our office, be sure to talk to us about how to protect your new smile. Both composite and porcelain veneers can last for many years with proper oral hygiene, regular dental examinations and cleanings.

To learn more about dental veneers and our cosmetic dentistry services, please call us at (719) 597-6300 for a consultation and possible smile makeover!