Posts for tag: porcelain veneers
Porcelain veneers provide a simple way to freshen up your smile. They are attached to the front surface of teeth to conceal various cosmetic flaws, such as discolorations, chips, or cracks. In addition to giving you a flawless new smile, porcelain veneers look and function just like natural teeth. Dr. Kevin Thomas and Dr. Aaron Chenette, the experienced dentists at Cohasset Dental in Cohasset, MA, offer porcelain veneers to transform your smile.
The Veneers Process
Porcelain veneers are thin laminates placed over the front surface of flawed teeth to give them a new look. Each veneer is custom made so it fits in place perfectly. Veneers can be made from various materials, but porcelain is a popular choice because it looks so much like natural tooth enamel. Custom porcelain veneers readily blend in with the rest of your smile and look completely natural.
The process of getting porcelain veneers involves an initial consultation, followed by two dental appointments. The first appointment involves having the front of your teeth filed down slightly to make space for the veneers. Doing this ensures the veneers will sit flush with the surrounding teeth and not stick out or feel bulky. After the teeth are filed down a bit, an impression or mold will be made of your teeth. The impression is then sent to a dental lab where veneers will be custom made for you.
Once they’re ready, you’ll return to our dental office in Cohasset, MA, to have your porcelain veneers permanently cemented to the teeth. Imperfections, such as chipped or crooked teeth, will be completely concealed. All anyone will notice is your new, flawless smile.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
There are numerous benefits to freshening up your smile with porcelain veneers. They are versatile and can improve the appearance of teeth with a wide range of issues, such as:
- Stains or discolorations
- Chipped areas or cracks
- Slight gaps between teeth
- Oddly-shaped teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Short teeth
Another benefit of porcelain veneers is that they look completely natural. They function like regular teeth, as well. Since the veneers are cemented in place, you can enjoy a variety of foods without any worry that the veneers will come loose.
We can help you transform your smile with porcelain veneers. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Thomas or Dr. Chenette to learn more about improving the appearance of your teeth with porcelain veneers by calling Cohasset Dental in Cohasset, MA, at (781) 383-9393.
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.”
Is there anything that radio and TV personality (and self-proclaimed “King of All Media”) Howard Stern doesn’t want to talk about in public? Maybe not — but it took a caller’s on-air question to get the infamous shock jock to open up about his own dental work.
When he was directly asked if his teeth were capped, Stern said no. “I redid ‘em [some time] ago… I had bonding and um… veneers… over my real teeth. But I don’t get that ‘Hollywood white’ though,” he said, before adding his uncensored opinion on the subject of proper tooth shades.
As we’re sure Stern would be the first to point out, everyone has a right to their own opinion. But we’re pleased that Howard brought up an important point about veneers: They are custom-made in a whole range of different shades, from a more ‘natural’ tooth color to a brilliant white shine. Which one you select depends on what look is right for you — and that’s your choice.
In case you aren’t familiar with veneers, they are fingernail-thin coverings made of porcelain, which are bonded onto the surfaces of the teeth. This enables them to hide a number of defects — like chips, discoloration, and even small irregularities in spacing. They can also be used to lengthen teeth that seem out of proportion to the gums, lips or other facial features.
Veneers are among the cosmetic dental treatments most favored by Hollywood stars… as well as regular folks who want a dramatic improvement in their smile. Unlike crowns (caps), which generally require extensive reshaping of the tooth, standard veneers require the removal of just fractions of a millimeter of tooth surface. That makes them a minimally invasive method of smile enhancement that can make a big difference in your appearance. In fact, veneers are often a major part of a complete “smile makeover.”
Dental veneers are custom made in a laboratory from a mold of your teeth. They are designed to fit your teeth perfectly — and to be just the shade you want. When you come in for a consultation, we will discuss what you like and don’t like about your smile, and how we might improve it. Will you opt to get the brilliant “red-carpet” smile you always wished for… or go for a subtle, more natural tooth color? Only you can decide.
Howard Stern’s veneers may be the most restrained thing about him… but we’re just glad that veneers helped him get the kind of smile he wanted. You can, too. If you would like more information on dental veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”