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Have you ever wished you had better looking teeth without all the hassle of braces (orthodontics) or crowns (caps)? NOW YOU CAN! Porcelain veneers are the answer for an instant smile makeover to straighten teeth, close spaces, reshape, and permanently change the color of your teeth. You can even have that "Hollywood" sm ile you've always wanted. Veneers are a fantastic way to fix front teeth that are crooked, small, or uneven. You can whiten your teeth, close spaces, and create a great smile.
Veneers can fix any of the following:
- Spaces between the teeth
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Permanently stained or discolored teeth
- Unnaturally small or crooked teeth
What are Veneers?
Veneers are made of very thin layers of porcelain and are bonded on the front of your front teeth. These veneers are about 0.3mm to 0.5mm in thickness but are very strong once bonded to your teeth. They have a "life like" appearance with the strength, beauty, and durability only porcelain restorations can give you. Veneers have several advantages over crowns (caps). They transmit light better and, therefore, have a more translucent appearance giving a natural, esthetic look. Veneers do not require the massive grinding of tooth structure that caps do, yet, they accomplish a very natural esthetic result.
How do I choose the right dentist to place my veneers?
First, you should question the training of the dentist. Have they had any hands-on training since graduating from dental school? Have they had extensive experience in placing veneers? There are a few continuing education facilities in the United States which provide comprehensive training in cosmetics and Drs. Levy, Conkey and Moberger are all graduates of the esteemed Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI). At LVI, dentists are trained in the most modern and up to date materials and methods to place beautiful, natural looking veneers. It is important to choose a dentist who has had extensive training and experience in the placement of veneers. Sometimes we see the "chicklet" effect when patients have had veneers placed by dentists without comprehensive esthetic training. Large, bulky veneers, or too few veneers so that the front four or six teeth literally "pop" out at you is the result of a lack of esthetic training.
What can I expect?
A consult with any of the doctors at SDC is the first order of business to determine if you are a candidate for veneers and to convey exactly what you wish to accomplish. Your smile is important-it is the first thing people notice about you and it is essential that you are able to get exactly what you want from a smile makeover. Usually, impressions are taken and wax-up of what your smile will look like is completed. After you approve the wax-up and your questions are answered, you can proceed.
The first appointment will involve contouring of the involved teeth and fabrication of a set of temporaries which you will wear for approximately three weeks. At your second appointment, the actual porcelain veneers will be bonded into place and your new smile will be revealed. The results are instant and spectacular!