Tooth Veneers, 21st century smile enhancement.
Tooth veneers are porcelain facings that cement on the front surfaces of teeth. Most often they are applied to the front top and bottom teeth.
The following series of pictures show what a set of veneers ready for cementation looks like. Please note that size, shape and color varies with each patient.
Note the small thin size of the tooth veneers. Although the dimensions are small, these porcelain veneers have incredible strength when cemented.
Veneers can dramatically alter a person's smile if so desired by:
Changing the shape and/or size of the teeth Changing the color of the teeth(movie star white) Straighten the appearance of the teeth if tooth malposition is not severe
These changes can drastically alter a person's self image in a positive way.
These dramatic changes are desireable because:
Cost is Reasonable Veneer preparation is minimally invasive(Generally, only local novacaine is necessary Turn around time is quick(From 1st visit preparation to second visit insertion is usually 2-3 weeks)Smile enhancements are one of the most gratifying changes a person can make to enhance their appearance.
Who should not investigate Tooth Veneers?
Individuals who do not maintain regular hygiene visits with their dentist Patients with "Poor" oral hygiene Patients with "Soft" teeth. These individuals are prone to cavities.Patients with existing cavities. They should be fixed first. People with severe biting,grinding or clenching problems. These can be indicators of extreme
and can result in damage to dental veneers. Individuals who have lost their back teeth and have not had them replaced. The back teeth provide the bite which is responsible for protecting the front teeth.
Dental veneers are permanently cemented on the front surfaces of the teeth. They can brighten your smile for many years with proper care. Daily flossing along with brushing(soft bristled toothbrush) is a must.
Porcelain dental veneers do not stain and will not darken over time.
Consideration should be given to the foods eaten if you have tooth veneers Biting into hard foods should be avoided so that the porcelain facings are not damaged. Ice crunching and popcorn chewing are particularly damaging and should be avoided.
Individuals that grind, clench or brux their teeth at night are at risk to damage their veneers and should be fitted with a bite guard to protect the teeth.
Which smile looks nicer?
Tooth veneers, 21st century smile enhancement.
-Dr. Todd S. Resek
is a general dentist with a focus on cosmetic dentistry. He has maintained a private practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania since 1994.