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How porcelain veneers from your cosmetic dentist in Roseville, CA, can enhance your smile
Do you ever wish that you had a new smile? If so, you need to learn about porcelain veneers. One of the most versatile cosmetic dental procedures available today, veneers can change the size, shape, color, and other issues that you have with your teeth. Here at Roseville Family Dental Care in Roseville, CA, Dr. Rupi Kaur offers porcelain veneers that can enhance your smile.
What veneers can do for you
Veneers are thin laminates of exquisite porcelain that are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth. Veneer treatment is conservative, for your cosmetic dentist removes little-to-no tooth structure, just enough to accommodate the thickness of the veneers.
Conservation of tooth structure is only one reason why you should choose veneers to improve your smile. Consider that porcelain veneers offer:
- Natural beauty, because porcelain is light-reflective just like natural tooth enamel, and closely resembles natural tooth enamel; this means your porcelain veneers will look beautiful, without being obvious.
- Quick results, because you can have a completely new, improved smile in as little as two to three appointments; this means you can have an outstanding smile just in time for a special event coming up where you want to look your best.
- Long-lasting beauty, because porcelain resists staining; this means your new veneers will stay looking spectacular for years to come.
Porcelain veneers are the perfect choice to change aspects you don’t like about your smile. They can hide both minor and major damage like this:
- Broken tooth structure due to trauma
- Cracks or fracture lines due to wear-and-tear
- Chips and tooth wear from aging
- Discolorations or blotchy enamel from genetics
- Stains, yellowing, or dullness from lifestyle habits
You can even cosmetically hide some tooth alignment problems like tooth overlap or tooth rotation. You may also be able to close up small gaps between your teeth with veneers. Your cosmetic dentist will discuss whether veneers are the right option for you or whether orthodontic treatment would be a better choice.
Interested? Give us a call
To learn more about porcelain veneer treatment and what it can do for you, call Dr. Rupi Kaur of Roseville Family Dental Care in Roseville, CA, today at (916) 773-4343.
There are a number of ways to improve unsightly teeth. You can, of course, replace them with dental implants — but not if they're still viable. You can crown them: however, you'll have to significantly reduce their structure for the crowns to fit over them.
There is another less invasive option for teeth with mild to moderate imperfections — you can cover them with porcelain veneers. As the name implies, a veneer is a thin covering of dental porcelain bonded to the outside surface of a tooth. They literally put a “new face” on chipped, stained or slightly gapped teeth.
You'll first need a dental examination to ensure your teeth are reasonably healthy and that you don't have any significant dental problems that could interfere with the veneers. We can then design your veneers' shape and color to achieve the look you desire. We can also create a temporary “trial smile” with acrylic replicas of your proposed veneers to give you a realistic impression of your future smile.
The next step is the possibility the teeth need to be prepared for the veneers. Although quite thin, veneers can still make the teeth look larger or bulky. To compensate, we remove some of the tooth enamel. Although much less than for a crown, this alteration is still permanent: your teeth will need some form of restoration from now on. There are also “no-prep” veneers, which require no tooth surface reduction.Â Ask us if this is an option.
We then make an impression of the teeth, which with other information will guide a technician at a dental laboratory to manually create your new veneers. This can take several weeks and requires a high degree of artistry to produce a custom product that will match your teeth.
Once they've arrived, we'll use a permanent bonding process to precisely attach them to your teeth.Â It will then be up to you to care for your veneers, especially not biting down on anything hard that could chip or crack them. You should also maintain regular dental visits and proper oral hygiene to keep your smile as bright and attractive as possible.
Although small in size, veneers can make a big impression. They can restore the smile you once had — or give you the look you've always wanted.
If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty as Never Before.”
Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.
What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!
Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.
If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.
For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.
Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.
Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.
So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.
If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”