Dental Veneers and Crowns

Dental veneers are strong, thin shells that cover the front of your teeth to improve their appearance. They are typically made of porcelain or resin-based composite.

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To apply a veneer, your dentist will clean and reshape the tooth or teeth. They will then bond and sculpt the composite material, matching it to your natural tooth color.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are made from a material that mimics the appearance of tooth enamel. They can be used to fix a number of aesthetic issues in a person’s smile, including covering tarnishing or stains and creating a more symmetrical set of teeth. A person can also get veneers to repair chipped teeth or to cover gaps between their teeth.

The process of getting porcelain veneers typically takes two visits. First, your Chandler cosmetic dentist will evaluate your mouth and determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. If you aren’t, your dentist will suggest alternative treatments that will achieve the same results but with minimal to no removal of tooth structure.

Next, the dentist will prepare your teeth for the veneers by removing a very thin layer of enamel (about the thickness of a fingernail). During the second visit, the dentist will place temporary restorations on your teeth and apply a bonding glue to your teeth. The dentist will then remove the temporaries and put on your permanent veneers.

After the veneers are in place, you should practice proper oral hygiene to prevent damage. This includes regular brushing and flossing. You should also avoid biting down on hard objects and avoiding acidic foods that can wear away tooth enamel. In addition, a person should make sure to see their dentist for routine cleanings and dental exams.

Composite Veneers

Composite veneers are a more cost-effective version of their porcelain counterparts. They can hide many of the same flaws, like crooked teeth, chipped or misshapen teeth, and minor discoloration issues. They can be applied in a single visit and are sculpted directly onto the surface of the tooth to elicit a natural-looking smile.

To apply composite veneers, your dentist will clean and prepare the tooth before applying a bonding agent. Then they will use a light to harden the resin. After that, they will trim and polish the composite to remove any rough or uneven areas. Most people do not require anesthesia for this process.

A benefit of composite veneers is their reversibility. Because minimal prep work is done to your natural tooth, it is possible to remove the composite material and replace it at a later date if you are not happy with your results.

Composite veneers are not as durable as porcelain, but they can last up to ten years with proper care. To help extend their lifespan, you should commit to a regimen of routine brushing with a nonabrasive toothpaste and flossing twice per day. You should also avoid chewing on ice and using your teeth as tools. Resin can also stain, so you should try to avoid foods and drinks that are known to cause staining.

Teeth Whitening

Veneers are wafer-thin shells made of tooth colored materials that cover the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. They can be used to change a tooth’s color, shape, size or length. They can be made from either porcelain or resin composite material. Resin veneers are usually bonded to the teeth on the spot, while porcelain is custom-made in a lab. Porcelain is more stain resistant and also better mimics the light-reflecting properties of natural teeth.

The dentist starts the veneer process by cleaning and reshaping the teeth. They may take X-rays to evaluate the condition of the teeth and mouth. If a person has crooked teeth they can sometimes use dental braces before getting veneers to straighten the teeth.

Once the teeth are ready, a bonding glue is placed on the front of the teeth. The dentist then places the veneers and trims them to fit perfectly on the teeth. A person should take special care to avoid biting down on hard objects and to brush their teeth two times a day for two minutes each time. They should also floss and wear a bite guard at night to protect the teeth and veneers.

People should make sure they find a cosmetic dentist who is experienced with veneers. They will look at the patient’s other teeth and skin color to help them select a shade that looks natural for the patient.

Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain crowns are similar to veneers but they cover the entire tooth instead of just the front. Crowns are a great option for teeth that have been chipped, broken or worn down from grinding and chewing. They are also a great solution for patients who have TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) because they help treat the malocclusion that can cause the symptoms of TMD. Dental crowns can last anywhere from 5 to 20 years. Like veneers, they require regular dental hygiene visits and brushing and flossing. Dental insurance will rarely cover the cost of crowns but our office can provide a financing plan that makes them easier to afford.

There are many different types of porcelain crowns, ranging from feldspathic to zirconia. These crowns are fabricated in a laboratory with a metal base and then overlaid with porcelain that is color-matched to the natural teeth. These are very durable and can withstand all types of chewing, biting and grinding. Porcelain fused to metal crowns are a good choice for those who grind and clench their teeth because the porcelain masks the dark metal.

Ceramic or all-porcelain crowns are carved from a monolithic block of ceramic using a CEREC same day milling machine. These are the newest type of crown and are bio-compatible which means they are safe for those with any metal allergies. The E Max one layer system is very strong and can be fabricated to be suitable for night time bruxers or tooth grinders.