Porcelain Veneers in Salt Lake City
Natural-looking and individualized to you
Today there are many options available to you if you want to improve your smile. Among the most effective and versatile of these methods are porcelain veneers.
Porcelain is very life-like when done correctly by a skilled ceramist. Your smile is custom designed specifically for you. There are even various shapes that can be made; you can choose a smile design that is sporty, natural, or has that “Hollywood look”!
DaVinci Porcelain Veneers
DaVinci Porcelain Laminate Veneers, or simply “veneers”, are custom-made porcelain wafers that the dentist places over the fronts of the teeth to enhance their appearance and also to repair damage. Veneers can dramatically change a person’s smile and help improve their self-confidence. In the 1920’s and 30’s, actors, actresses and other performers would often go to the extreme measure of having their teeth extracted and dentures (false teeth) made to improve their smile. Fortunately, this radical procedure has given way to veneers, a far more conservative approach. Veneers are what give many Hollywood movie stars that dazzling smile we see on the silver screen.
Veneers can be used to improve a wide variety of cosmetic dental problems. They can whiten stained or discolored smiles, close gaps between teeth, “correct” a crooked smile without the need for braces, repair chips and imperfections, and create a more attractive or youthful looking smile. The procedure usually involves removing only a thin amount of the outermost layer of the tooth, called the enamel. The dentist then takes molds (impressions) of the mouth. Temporary veneers are then placed for the patient to wear while the permanent veneers are being made. The procedure usually takes between one and a half and two hours. Next, the laboratory carefully crafts the porcelain into veneers. In about two weeks, the veneers are ready for the dentist to fasten to the fronts of the teeth. This process improves your smiles appearance.
Lumineers Porcelain Veneers
Lumineers (Porcelain) veneers are one of the more popular procedures. Dr. Hamblin has been providing veneers for patients from Salt Lake City, Sandy, and all over Utah for over 6 years. He was the team dentist for the Oakland A’s in the San Francisco Bay Area for 20 years. A thin porcelain shell is bonded to the front of the teeth. Unlike conventional bonding there is very little chance of discoloration. Porcelain veneers are highly resistant to coffee and cigarette stains. The procedure is also quick and painless. Not only do porcelain veneers help in teeth staining, they also can mask chips in the teeth, and can make your smile look straighter! They are also easy to maintain with brushing and flossing everyday. Similarly, porcelain crowns can be used. Unlike veneers, a crown covers the entire tooth. Porcelain or Ceramic crowns are a good alternative if there is more structural damage to your teeth such as cracks and larger chips.
Porcelain Onlays and Inlays are another procedure to consider. Onlays and Inlays are a good option for restoration of teeth. Some dentists use the new CEREC 3. The CEREC 3 is nice for a single tooth, but if you need more than one restoration, conventional impressions are required. Onlays are effective in particular for fixing the back area of your teeth. An Onlay covers all points while an Inlay is similar to a filling. Both the Onlay and Inlay are formed from a composite resin. This resin is tooth colored and painlessly bonded to the tooth. The resin structurally reinforces the tooth ensuring your smile lasts for a long time.
In general, tooth color fillings(safe with no MERCURY) made of resin are a good choice for reinforcing the structure of your teeth. Crowns are also a good idea. The crown, made of porcelain, ceramic or fused metal, acts like a cap that holds the tooth together if it is cracked or decaying.
Cosmetic dental implants can easily solve the problem of missing teeth. The procedure involves directly placing the implant into the jawbone, acting like a natural tooth root. The tooth is usually made of metallic or a bonelike ceramics that easily blends with other surrounding teeth. The implant is extremely permanent and stable. A custom framework then directly fits over the bone ensuring stability. Dental implants have a 95% success rate.
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