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Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers

A Beautiful New Smile in just Two visits!
Natural, strong and long lasting, porcelain veneers are a popular choice for people who want to improve the look and function of teeth. If you have healthy teeth and gums, but are unhappy with the way your smile looks, porcelain veneers may be a quick and easy solution.
Veneers can help brighten front teeth that have permanent stains or discoloration and can’t be whitened. They may be used to correct small gaps between the front teeth, teeth that are poorly shaped or slightly crooked, or teeth that are chipped, worn or eroded. If you have healthy teeth and gums, but are unhappy with the way your smile looks, porcelain veneers might be right for you.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made porcelain facings that the doctor affixes to your teeth in a simple, comfortable procedure that requires just a few appointments? You can whiten your teeth, close spaces, and create a great smile easily and affordably. Veneers, which normally require a slight reduction of enamel, are bonded to the tooth to assure a permanent fix. For decades dentists have been using materials which can create a durable bond to tooth enamel. The porcelain veneer technique utilizes these bonding materials to securely attach a thin sheet of porcelain to a damaged tooth. Although porcelain is inherently brittle, when it is firmly bonded to a tooth, it becomes very strong and durable. Porcelain replaces the worn or damaged tooth enamel, and the veneer is chemically bonded for strength and durability. Porcelain veneers are aesthetically pleasing, natural looking and durable.

Why Choose Veneers?

You can enjoy a perfect smile in as few as two visits! If you already have relatively good dental health and simply want to improve your appearance, veneers may be the best solution. Typically made of porcelain, veneers are bonded to your teeth using a safe, high technology polymer resin. The results are nothing short of amazing. Since each veneer is individually sculpted to match each tooth, even an experienced dentist will have to get very close to tell your perfect smile isn’t inherited. You can expect your veneers to stay bright and strong for many years simply by following standard good oral hygiene practices.

The benefits of veneers over other cosmetic dentistry options:

• They won’t discolor with age, as normal teeth do
• They require minimal modification to existing teeth
• Many teeth can be corrected at one time
• Veneers are handcrafted to fit your unique smile
• Veneers can make dark or stained teeth brighter
• Minor overlaps and small gaps disappear
• Porcelain veneers are highly resistant to chipping and fracture
• They look and feel just like normal teeth – you can’t tell the difference!
• Veneers are super high quality porcelain, and are very stain resistant
• Also known as “instant orthodontics,” veneers can actually help strengthen existing teeth
• Porcelain veneers, because they are glass-like, are translucent. When they are bonded onto a tooth’s surface they mimic the light handling characteristics of enamel. This translucency effect provides a sense of depth, and thus a very life-like appearance.

Not Satisfied With Your Smile? 7 Reasons Why It’s Worth It to Invest in a Pair of Veneers


• Your smile is one of the most important aspects of your appearance. It’s one of the first things people see when they meet you, and you’re constantly showing your teeth throughout the day as you talk, laugh and eat. That’s why people who are dissatisfied with their smiles should consider investing in a pair of veneers. Veneers, which are custom crafted from ultra-thin porcelain, are bonded to teeth over the existing natural tooth enamel, and can be tailored specifically to each patient’s specifications in terms of size, color, shape and more. This gives them an extremely natural look, while at the same time repairing a wide variety of dental imperfections, including chips, stains, discoloration, gaps, crooked teeth, and more. If you’re not satisfied with your smile, here are seven reasons why you should consider asking your dentist whether veneers could be the right choice for you:

1. A brand new smile will improve your confidence – and could give you a whole new lease on life! This is the number one reason to consider investing in veneers; the pride and happiness you’ll feel when you look in the mirror and see the smile you’ve always dreamed of will carry over into all aspects of your life, from personal relationships to work and beyond. Don’t you owe it to yourself to stop feeling ashamed of your smile?
2. Veneers provide a long-lasting solution to a number of dental problems. Whether you’re suffering from discolored, stained, chipped, gapped or crooked teeth, veneers can help – and, when properly cared for, you can expect them to last for several decades.
3. In addition to providing long-term dental perfection, veneers can also be installed much faster than other types of dental appliances. In fact, you could have a whole new smile in as little as two visits to your dentist! Furthermore, veneers give you the ability to correct many teeth at once, as opposed to going into the office again and again for several different procedures.
4. Maintenance is surprisingly easy. Since veneers bond to your natural teeth, all you have to do to care for them is continue your daily brushing and flossing routine, as well as regular trips to your dentist for cleanings and checkups. That’s it! No special equipment or procedures are necessary.
5. Unlike natural teeth, your new veneers will be stain-resistant and won’t discolor with age, so your smile will stay perfect for years to come.
6. Repairing teeth with veneers could actually help strengthen your natural teeth.
7. Finally, veneers are more affordable than you may expect. They range in price from several hundred to several thousand dollars, but they will last for decades – and many dentists are willing to offer patients special payment plans in order to help them finance their new smiles.

• If you’re ready to discover the power of veneers, contact a dental health care professional today.

Fix Your Smile Imperfections with Bonding

Your teeth are one of your most noticeable features on your face and when they have imperfections, it is reasonable to have insecurities because of them. Cracks, chips, gaps and stains are just a few ways that your teeth can look less than ideal. When these imperfections are present, the simple fact is that you smile less. You hide who you are because you feel uncomfortable with how you look. The good news is that you don’t have to continue hiding. There are many options available in cosmetic dentistry that can help you to look your best. One of the most affordable and fast ways to fix your teeth is with bonding.

What is bonding?

Bonding is a process where a tooth-colored resin is applied to the teeth. The resin is then hardened with a special light that bonds the material to the teeth, creating a natural and cohesive look to the tooth. The process takes about an hour to complete, per tooth. Unless bonding is being used to fill a cavity, the procedure typically does not require anesthesia.

When is bonding the right choice for you?

Bonding is an option that can help with a variety of cosmetic imperfections in the teeth. These include cracked teeth, chipped teeth, spaces between teeth, to change the shape of teeth, improve discolorations, repair decayed teeth and to protect the tooth’s root if it has been exposed due to gum recession.

Bonding can be a good alternative to veneers and crowns when you are dealing with imperfections that are relatively small and/or relegated to a minimal number of teeth. Instead of having tooth enamel removed, as with these other two options, bonding creates a new look by bonding to your original teeth. The resin is shaped and smoothed to the desired tooth shape, making a natural transition to a more appealing smile. The process can usually be completed within one office visit as well, since molds of your teeth do not need to be taken to create your new smile.
Composite bonding for cavities
If you have cavities that need to be repaired, composite bonding is an ideal way to fix the problem in a way that is still aesthetically pleasing. Dark fillings can just be, for lack of a better word, ugly. You can have old fillings replaced with composite bonding for a more natural look for your teeth.
Individualized Treatment
No matter what your need is for bonding – whether you have staining that cannot be removed or spaces between your teeth or cavities you need repaired – Dr. Amruta takes your individual needs into account and will be able to recommend the best course of action for your smile. If bonding is the right choice for fixing your specific smile issues, you can expect that the process will be tailored to create your most attractive smile. From the color to the shape to the texture, your bonding will be a natural looking fix so that you can start smiling freely again.

What Treatments or problems are veneers used for?

There are a wide variety of reasons why patients opt for treatment with dental veneers:
• Stained Teeth – badly stained teeth that cannot be improved by teeth whitening or prophyflex treatments can greatly be improved by dental veneers, which function to cover and “hide” any existing stains on your natural teeth.
• Damaged Teeth – teeth that have either become badly worn with excessive grinding, by carbonated drinks, or have been chipped or broken in an accident can benefit from veneers. A small chip on a tooth can quickly be repaired with composite bonding or “composite veneers” which are one and the same thing. A single damaged tooth can easily be repaired with a single porcelain veneer that has the same characteristics and colour to match your surrounding teeth so that it looks natural.
• Gaps – spaces or gaps (diastimas) between your teeth can be easily closed using dental veneers giving you a more uniform looking smile.
• Crooked teeth – although veneers are not the ideal treatment choice for crooked teeth and from a point of view of preserving your natural teeth structure orthodontics or invisalign braces would probably a better solution. However, treatments can take up to a year or longer with braces. For teeth that are not severely crooked veneers placed over their front surface will give a straight and perfectly aligned looking smile. For this type of treatment many people refer to veneers as “instant orthodontics” since you get a end result in a fraction of the time.
So which are better composite veneers or porcelain veneers?
The most popular type of veneers are porcelain, which offer a stronger and more durable alternative to its composite counterpart. Composite veneers are also more prone to staining and do not last as long as porcelain veneers which also offer more a natural looking, translucent tooth-like appearance. Composite veneers are much cheaper than porcelain veneers in general, but considering that they do not last as long and need replacing more often they could end up costing more in the long run. Composite work is ideal for small chips as this treatment preserves more of your natural tooth structure.

What is the procedure of having dental veneers fitted?

1. The first part of any dental procedure is the initial consultation and examination so that we can get a feel for what you want and understand your needs and concerns.
2. Before your veneers are designed we need to reshape and prepare the front surfaces of your teeth so that they can accommodate the veneers. The first stage is to numb the teeth and gums with a local anaesthic so that you do not feel anything during the procedure.
3. Using a special tool called a burr (a dental drill or file) a tiny amount of the front surface of your teeth will be shaved off. The amount removed should be equivalent to the thickness of the veneer that will sit over the top of the tooth.
4. Next an impression or mould (copy) of your teeth is taken. A special dental “putty” is placed into your mouth on a tray and pushed into your teeth so that it takes an imprint of your teeth, similar to how you would leave a footprint in sand.
5. This “impression” or mould of your teeth is then sent to a dental laboratory. The laboratory use the impression to cast an accurate model of your teeth which is used as a guide to fabricate your new veneers
6. while you are waiting for your veneers to be fabricated you may be fitted with some temporary veneers to protect your prepared teeth.
7. On your second appointment, we will fit your new veneers to your teeth. First we just sit the teeth over your teeth to see how they look with your smile and, may need to trim or adjust the veneer.
8. The veneers are then cemented into place and a special curing light is used to activate the dental cement so that it permanently bonds the veneer to the front surface of your prepared tooth. If there is any excess cement it is usually trimmed away and polished to leave a beautiful and natural looking restoration.

How long do dental veneers last?

Porcelain veneers will typically last between 5-10 years and composite veneers maybe a year or two at the most. The bottom line is that eventually your veneers will need to be replaced. Although veneers are strongly cemented into place they have been cases where they come loose and fall off, in such situations it is important that you keep hold of your veneer and contact your dentist immediately. To make your veneers last longer it is important to follow a good oral hygiene program and also visit your dentist for check-ups on a regular basis.
Is it possible to have veneers fitted on the same day?
Usually porcelain veneers are placed over a minimum of two visits as described above.

What about Lumineers what are they?

Lumineers, are similar to standard porcelain veneers but are fabricated made from a patented cerinate porcelain that is extremely thin (thickness of a contact lens) and very strong. With Lumineers the tooth surface does not need to be trimmed, so the procedure is quicker and totally painless.

Lumineers minimal preparation Veneers

LUMINEERS are a special type of ultra-thin (comparable to a contact lens) veneers by CERINATE. Just like traditional veneers, Lumineers can reshape your smile or that perfect smile makeover. They can cover gaps between teeth and enhance the appearance of worn down and discoloured teeth.


What is the difference between Lumineers and standard porcelain veneers?

The main difference is that Lumineers are made from a special patented cerinate porcleian that is very strong but much thinner than traditional laboratory fabricated veneers. Their thicknesses is comparable to contact lenses, and so are often called contact lenses for your teeth. The main advantage of these ultra-thin veneers is that minimal tooth preparation is required i.e. very little, if any of your natural tooth structure needs to be removed (shaved or grinded) prior to bonding the Lumineers over your natural teeth. As a result the procedure is often reversible since your natural tooth structure is left intact unlike traditional veneers where a significant amount of your teeth structure may need to be removed.
Lumineers are so versatile that they can be placed over existing crown and bridge work, without the need to replace them. They are the perfect solution for stained, chipped, discoloured or slightly misaligned teeth.

10 Reasons to Choose Veneers

When it comes to improving your smile, you have a variety of options, from over-the-counter whitening kits to special toothpastes to pens designed to touch up your teeth on the go. But if you’re looking for a more permanent solution in your quest for prettier pearly whites, you should consider choosing porcelain veneers. Veneers offer a long-lasting smile solution that can completely revamp your teeth, removing stains and discolorations, straightening and filling in gaps, and more. Here are 10 reasons why you should choose veneers:

1. They stay brighter longer! Unlike natural teeth, which inevitably become discolored over time from coffee, tea, red wine, cigarettes or the aging process itself, veneers will remain clean and bright so you can feel confident about your smile.
2. You don’t have to sacrifice your natural tooth structure. One reason why some patients shy away from veneers is because they fear having their teeth filed down during application of the veneers. Fortunately, modern-day veneers are much thinner and more pliable, and thus require only minimal tooth modification. Some types of veneers, like Lumineers, are as thin as a contact lens, and are simply affixed to the tooth with a durable bonding agent – no filing or permanent alteration required.
3. Veneers can actually strengthen your existing teeth. Because they straighten, align and fill in gaps with ease, veneers are sometimes referred to as “instant orthodontics,” and they are an excellent choice if your natural teeth are weak, brittle or cracked.
4. They are easy to care for and low maintenance. All you have to do is brush and floss them as you would your natural teeth.
5. You can count on a natural feeling and appearance from your porcelain veneers. Forget about “false teeth” – veneers are your teeth, only better!
6. In addition to making your teeth whiter and strengthening existing tooth structure, veneers also correct minor gaps and overlapping teeth instantly.
7. Forget about chips and cracks! Veneers are designed to be resistant to fracture, so you can kiss the pain and shame of broken teeth goodbye.
8. They are built especially for you. Your cosmetic dentist will craft your veneers by hand to fit the size and shape of your natural smile, for that custom look.
9. Veneers offer fast results. In as little as two visits, you could have the smile of your dreams!
10. They may be less expensive than you think. Talk with your dental healthcare professional to discuss payment options.
For all of these reasons and more, porcelain veneers are a fantastic choice for revamping your smile.