Veneers are a fantastic way to fix front teeth. You can whiten your teeth, close
spaces, and create a great smile. We can even do virtually instant orthodontics
to straighten crooked teeth.
- Spaces between the teeth (diastemas)
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Unsightly, stained or washed out fillings
- Permanently stained or discolored teeth
- Mis-shapen or crooked teeth
- Whiten dark yellow or stained teeth
Have you ever wished you had better looking teeth without all the hassle of braces
(orthodontics) or crowns (caps)? NOW YOU CAN! Porcelain veneers are the answer for
instant orthodontics to straighten smiles, close spaces, reshape, and accomplish
minor realignment of your teeth.You can even have that " Hollywood" smile you've
Veneers are very thin and are bonded on the front of your anterior teeth. Dentists
use some of the same techniques to bond plastic resins for minor smile corrections.
These veneers are about 0.3mm to 0.5mm in thickness but are very strong once bonded
to your teeth. They have a "life like" appearance with the strength, beauty, and
durability only porcelain restorations can afford. Veneers have several advantages
over crowns (caps). There is no "dark line" that is sometimes seen with older front
caps. They transmit light better and, therefore, have a more translucent appearance
giving a natural, esthetic look. Veneers do not require the massive grinding of
tooth structure that caps do, yet, they accomplish a lifelike esthetic result.
How's it done?
After a thorough discussion with your dentist to establish just what you wish to
accomplish AND establish what can or can not be done, your first appointment usually
involves some minor contouring of the front teeth and taking an impression of the
teeth. The veneers are tried in, and, if satisfactory, they are bonded in place.
A follow up visit is made in a week. The results are instant and spectacular! Many
times, we combine bleaching with porcelain veneers to make that perfect smile. If
some front teeth are already badly broken down, we can place new all porcelain crowns
combined with veneering and other cosmetic techniques. As always, talk to your dentist
or one specializing in cosmetic dentistry and discuss your specific desires. Usually,
we can give you that smile you have always wanted.
Veneering a tooth means to cover its facial, or front, surface. It is actually very
similar to placing acrylic fingernails on top of natural nails. Veneers are used
to enhance the shape and color of teeth, as well as to close spaces between teeth.
Veneers can also cover up significant stains such as those caused by tetracycline.
As we age, wear of the front teeth may affect the aesthetics of our smile. Porcelain
veneers may be used to lengthen worn or short teeth and restore the smile of older
Types of Veneers
There are two types of veneers: direct and indirect. Direct veneers are completed
in a single visit using composite or plastic material. Since indirect veneers require
a dental laboratory to fabricate the final restoration, these type of veneers are
placed in two separate visits. The indirect veneer can be made of either a composite
material or, more commonly, a porcelain material. Veneers are often used in place
of crowns and are more conservative and look more natural. Setting Dr. Silverman
apart and making his veneers so special is his relationship with his ceramist. The
ceramist is the technician that will actually fabricate your porcelain veneers.
There are many different types of porcelain veneers, however, the most aesthetic
veneer is still the opacious porcelain veneer. This veneer is hand-painted and glazed
by the ceramist which makes Dr. Silverman's veneers the most beautiful anywhere.
Dr. Silverman's ceramist invented this technique and holds the patent on this process.
During the first visit, a local anesthetic is used and the tooth (teeth) are reduced
by approximately 0.5 mm - 2.0 mm. An impression of the teeth in this state is taken
and sent to a dental laboratory for fabrication of the veneers. Depending on the
amount of reduction necessary, a temporary veneer may be placed. Between the time
of the impression and the placement of the final restoration, a patient may experience
slight sensitivity to hot and cold.
At the second visit, a local anesthetic can be used for the patient's comfort. After
thoroughly cleaned and preparing the teeth, the veneers are placed with a resin
material and cured, or hardened, with a special curing light.
Typically, the porcelain veneers should last about 15 years. However, with proper
care and maintenance they can last longer. Porcelain veneers resist staining, reflect
light and are among the strongest and most natural looking restoration available.