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Would you like to rejuvenate the appearance of your smile? Here at our Charlottesville office, your dentist, Dr. Michael Tisdelle, is happy to help! One of his most popular ways to achieve this smile makeover is through a cosmetic treatment called porcelain veneers. Natural-looking and durable, these thin laminates cover many small defects and strengthen tooth enamel, too. Read on to learn if they are right for you!
No one is perfect
Few people naturally come by stunning Hollywood smiles. Fortunately, if you have dental defects such as small gaps, irregularly shaped teeth, chips, or deep stains, porcelain veneers from your Charlottesville dentist could be your solution!
Veneers are custom-shaped pieces of high-grade ceramic, custom sculpted one-by-one to cover the front of teeth in the smile zone at the front of the mouth. Most veneer makeovers require minor enamel reduction to allow the laminates to bond, fit, and function properly within the mouth. This gentle procedure removes about one-half millimeter of tooth surface and makes veneers a permanent refurbishment. In other words, once you wear porcelain veneers, you always will.
The veneer treatment
The veneer process starts with a complete dental examination to discuss your desired changes and to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy enough for treatment. With an agreed-upon plan, Dr. Tisdelle can begin your procedure right away. Besides the resurfacing, he will:
- Take oral impressions and photos
- Install temporary laminates
- Send a plan to a trusted dental lab where a technician will sculpt each veneer
When you return to the office in a week or two, the dentist will remove the temporary veneers and use a specially-formulated adhesive to bond the new ones over your teeth. He can then vary the shade of the bonding cement to optimize the natural look and color of veneers so that your smile remains seamlessly beautiful. Finally, a UV light is used to cure the cement, and your smile is complete!
Caring for your new smile
If you routinely floss and brush as Dr. Tisdelle advises and also see him for your six-month cleanings and examinations, your veneers should last ten years or more. However, you should make sure to stay away from super-hard foods and biting on your fingernails.
Find out more
Dr. Michael Tisdelle and his team want their patients to have healthy smiles that they can truly enjoy, and cosmetic treatments, such as porcelain veneers, help them achieve their long-desired aesthetic smile goals. To learn more, contact the office team here in Charlottesville: (434) 977-4101.
Teenagers and adults alike can improve their smile appearance with dental solutions like teeth whitening or orthodontics. But there are a few cosmetic solutions like porcelain veneers that are better suited for more mature teeth.
Veneers are composed of thin layers of dental porcelain that are bonded to the outside of teeth. They're kind of a tooth "mask" that hides blemishes like chips, discoloration or mild bite problems. They're often less involved and expensive than other types of dental restoration.
Even so, we usually need to remove some of the natural tooth's enamel before applying them. Veneers placed directly on unprepared teeth can appear bulky, so we remove some of the enamel to create a more natural look. And although usually only a slight amount, the alteration is permanent and will require the tooth to have some form of restoration from then on.
This usually doesn't pose a major issue for adults, but it could for a teenager's younger teeth. The nerve-filled dentin in a teenager's still developing tooth is thinner and closer to the pulp (nerve tissue) than in more mature teeth.
There's at least one situation, though, where veneers might be applied safely to a teenager's teeth without this concern. If the teen has abnormally small teeth and are receiving veneers to improve their appearance, they might not need alteration. Because the teeth are already thinner than normal, the "no-prep" veneers may not look bulky when directly bonded to them without preparation.
With most cases, though, it might be best to pursue other options that at the very least can make a cosmetic difference until their teeth are mature enough for veneers. For example, we might be able to repair chipped areas with composite resin material that we form and bond to the tooth to achieve a life-like appearance.
We can discuss these and other options for safely improving your teenager's smile. The important thing is to achieve a more confident appearance without endangering their future health.
If you would like more information on cosmetic treatments for teenagers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Veneers for Teenagers.”
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.”