Veneers

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 always wanted.

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.

Porcelain Veneers

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 patients.

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.

First Step

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.

Second Step

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.

Long-Lasting Results

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.

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