Everyone wants a clean attractive smile, however for some whose teeth have experienced severe discoloration or fail to respond well to teeth whitening, dental veneers are a good option. Recognized for their ability to quickly provide a near instantaneous cosmetic outcome, dental veneers are a restoration procedure that have become increasingly popular. Zonies-Holgado Dental Associates has helped our Cherry Hill, New Jersey patients receive a smile makeover and we have the experience as well as expertise to help you too.
When trying to renovate your smile, dental veneers are very useful in a wide range of situations. First and foremost, veneers are frequently used to overcome the discoloration of teeth that cannot be resolved by teeth whitening. Situations like tetracycline staining or deep discoloration due to injury are among the most frequent reasons for the use of veneers. In addition, they can be used to resolve a number of cosmetic issues, such as:
Consequently, dental veneers can be used in a variety of ways to overcome a number of cosmetic challenges. Regardless, the results consistently provide patients with a straighter, whiter and more even smile that everyone will find more attractive.
Dental veneers are thin shells or coverings that are laid on top of your existing teeth and bonded to the surface. Frequently used as an alternative to dental crowns, veneers not only improve the aesthetics of the teeth, but can also act to protect the surface of a damaged tooth. A good option to treat a number of different conditions, dental veneers are manufactured using two types of materials: composite and dental porcelain.
There are many different types and brands of dental veneers, each of which act to provide the best result for each patient. Generally, we will work closely with you to identify which types of veneers may work best for your condition, some of which may include:
Composite veneers are an excellent choice for those that prefer a reduced treatment time. Achievable in a single visit, the process involves the application of a material to the teeth which is then sculpted and bonded using a bright light or laser. Although composite veneers benefit from a reduced treatment time, some disadvantages include that they are slightly less strong than some other options and may discolor like natural teeth.
For superior strength and cosmetic result, porcelain veneers are often the favored choice. Specifically matched to your teeth using a mold, porcelain veneers must be manufactured and therefore require a longer treatment time. In general, they can be used in a greater variety of situations with a higher level of predictability. Since they are manufactured outside the mouth, the shape and color of porcelain veneers are easier to control, thus improving the final result.
Today there are many different brands of porcelain veneers available including Lumineers, Da Vinci, Dura Thin, eMax, Empress and others. While each brand may market themselves as a superior product, prospective patients should understand that each brand has different characteristics that may not be appropriate to your application. Therefore don’t get hung up on a particular brand of product. We’ll work closely with you to explain the benefits and drawbacks of each product to ensure the best results possible.
With the different types and brands of dental veneers, the treatment process can vary for each individual. However, by segregating the types of veneers you can get a general understanding of the procedures.
Composite veneers can be applied in one visit. After the initial examination, the doctor will work with you to identify a color that will offer the best aesthetic result. Once the surface of the teeth is prepared to accept the composite material, the veneers are applied to the teeth and then cured using bright laser light.
After an initial appointment that covers an examination and a discussion about your goals in pursuing veneers, the treatment generally takes two visits to our office. During the first visit, the teeth are prepared to receive the veneers. This will include taking a mold of the teeth after the surface has been prepared. Preparation may include the removal of a small amount of surface enamel to ensure a good fit and patients are matched with temporary veneers while the porcelain veneers are manufactured. During the final visit, the porcelain veneers are assessed for proper fit and appearance before bonding them to the teeth with a laser light source.
Porcelain veneers can be used in a variety of situations. Particularly well suited to those that want to brighten their smile, dental veneers are often a good option for those whose teeth don’t respond well to other treatments, or that may require sculpting or contouring. However if you have specific questions about porcelain veneers, differences with composite veneers or just questions about which type may be best for you, Contact Us.