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Has Mother Nature given you a smile that you can't quite love? Have you chipped a tooth or accumulated stubborn stains from your morning coffee? Don't worry. You can rejuvenate your smile with the help of porcelain veneers from Dr. Daniel Morrison, your cosmetic dentist here at Gillette Dental. Dr. Morrison excels at smile makeovers of all kinds, and beautiful veneers are one of his favorite treatments—read on to learn why!
What's a flaw or two?
The answer is nothing—unless that defect is right in the front of your mouth. Stains, chips, cracks, gaps, crowding, and more may not be unhealthy, but they sure can impact your self-esteem.
This is why your Gillette cosmetic dentist offers a wide array of treatments to restore beauty and vitality to damaged smiles. Porcelain veneers, thin tooth-shaped laminates made from high-grade ceramic, both strengthen and beautify. Once installed over the front side of your teeth, you'll know your smile will sparkle and last indefinitely!
The veneer treatment
It begins with a complete oral evaluation, including X-rays, oral impressions, and photos. When arriving to our Gillette office, come prepared to tell Dr. Morrison the changes you wish to see—if porcelain veneers can accomplish your goals, expect two to three appointments to complete the process.
Most veneer treatments involve the removal of a thin portion of enamel from the front of each tooth. This resurfacing allows the veneers to fit properly and look natural. After the reduction procedure, you'll wear temporary veneers while the dental lab creates their permanent counterparts.
When you return to the office for veneer placement, your dentist will remove your temporaries and bond the new veneers in place. Amazingly, he can adjust the shade and thickness of the cement to achieve a strong bond and a highly realistic appearance.
Caring for veneers
Twice daily brushing and once a day flossing are must-haves. Also, avoid dark foods and beverages. While these won't stain your veneers, according to Dear Doctor, they will continue to darken your natural teeth, creating a noticeable difference in color. Finally, if you grind or clench your teeth, ask about a bite guard to cushion your new veneers.
With proper care, your veneers could last for up to ten years!
For more information
Contact Gillette Dental for your cosmetic dentistry consultation. Dr. Morrison will be happy to explain the veneer process and show you how to improve the appearance of your smile. Call today for an appointment: (307) 682-3353.
For chipped, stained, or slightly crooked teeth, dental veneers might be the ideal solution. These thin layers of porcelain bonded directly over the teeth with the perfect blend of color, sizes and shapes, can transform a person’s smile for a relatively modest cost.
But if the teeth belong to a teenager, veneers might not be appropriate. This is because in most cases, we’ll need to remove some of the tooth enamel so that the applied veneers won’t look unnaturally bulky. This alteration is permanent, so the teeth will require some form of restoration from then on.
While not usually a major issue with fully matured adult teeth, it could be with the developing teeth of pre-teens and teens. During childhood and adolescence the tooth’s inner pulp plays an important role in dentin production, and so the pulp chamber is relatively large compared to an adult tooth. This larger size places the pulp closer to the enamel surface than with an adult tooth.
Because of its proximity to the enamel, there’s a greater chance veneer alterations could damage a teenager’s tooth pulp and its nerve bundles. If that happens, we may need to perform a root canal treatment to save the tooth—also not an optimal situation for a developing tooth.
That’s why we need to take into consideration a patient’s age and stage of dental development first, including x-raying the affected teeth to measure the depth of the tooth pulp. If we deem it too risky at the moment, there are other ways to improve dental appearance at least temporarily. This includes whitening externally stained teeth with a bleaching agent, or applying tooth-colored composite resin material to chipped areas. We can also apply a composite material veneer that, although not as durable as traditional porcelain, doesn’t require much if any tooth alteration.
To know your options, have your teenager undergo a thorough dental examination. Your dentist will then be able to discuss with you whether veneers can be safely attempted. And be sure the dentist who may perform the work has experience performing cosmetic procedures on teenagers.
If you would like more information on restoration choices 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.”