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Porcelain Veneers: Do they have to be applied to all teeth?

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

porcelain veneers ChicagoPorcelain veneers are wafer thin shells that can be placed on one or many teeth to enhance your appearance.

One of the advantages of veneers is their ability to correct multiple dental maladies by treating one or more teeth suffering dental issues such as intrinsic dental stain, uneven or misaligned teeth, chipped or broken teeth or unwanted gaps between teeth.

Your cosmetic dentist will respond to your wishes by creating veneers and applying them to correct any or all of your cosmetic dental needs. The procedure takes only a couple of dental visits over a period of weeks, and the result will be a permanent solution that was minimally invasive and actually provides added strength and durability to treated teeth.

The veneer process involves removing a small amount of enamel from the front of the teeth requiring treatment. This allows the veneer to be cemented in place while remaining even with surrounding untreated dentition.

The dental lab will fabricate veneers from the dental impressions provided. Your cosmetic dentist has the capability to color match your veneers to neighboring teeth to provide undetectable treatment.

The veneers will be tried in for fit and so if adjustments are needed, they can be done chairside. When satisfied with the result, the veneers will be permanently cemented to the front of teeth.

Advantages of veneers include added strength to treated teeth; they are durable; they are safe; porcelain has been proven to respond well to oral tissues; and porcelain is naturally stain resistant. It is important to note that porcelain is not affected by teeth whitening, so if you try to whiten after veneers have been applied only untreated biological teeth will lighten.

The final result will be a smile makeover that will boost your self-confidence while adding a layer of strength and protection to treated teeth.

Caring for veneers is the same as all your teeth: brush twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste, floss daily, and see your dentist every six months for cleaning and exam. You will likely be given instructions to avoid biting into hard or sticky foods. If one of your veneers breaks or becomes dislodged, it will usually require replacement. Although veneers are strong, they are not invincible, so protect your investment and you will reap the rewards for many years.

If you are considering veneers, contact our office today to discuss your own options!



Porcelain Veneers as An Alternative for Braces

Monday, September 26th, 2016

porcelain veneers ChicagoMany patients don’t realize that they don’t necessarily need to spend years in braces in order to get a straighter smile. In some cases, porcelain veneers can achieve the same effect in a couple of weeks!

Porcelain veneers are only suitable for mildly misaligned teeth, so you should have a cosmetic dentist evaluate your case to see if this treatment would help you achieve your smile goals or whether you might be better served by conventional orthodontic treatment.

If porcelain veneers can be used to create the illusion of a straighter smile for you, the treatment process begins at the initial consultation. The cosmetic dentist will gather pertinent information that is used to influence the design of your veneers, which are custom-crafted to meet your smile’s unique specifications. This may require dental impressions, photographs or X-rays.

You have a significant amount of input in the design of your porcelain veneers. Be upfront with your dentist regarding the shade and shape of your veneers so that you get want you want.

At this initial consultation, your teeth may also be prepped for veneer placement if a thin layer of enamel needs to be removed to make room for the veneers. While waiting for your permanent veneers, you can wear temporary ones to preserve your smile’s appearance.

When the veneers are ready, you’ll return to the dentist’s office to have them adjusted further if you desire and then bonded to your teeth.

After the veneers are bonded to your teeth, their appearance cannot be altered in any way, so it’s important that you are satisfied with the veneers before they are placed on your teeth. Furthermore, if you want to whiten your smile, you should have that treatment done before the veneers are placed, as veneers do not respond to teeth whitening and you want to be sure that the veneers match your biological teeth!

There may be no need to tolerate orthodontic appliances for 18 months or more in order to get a straighter-looking smile. Call our office, Ora Dental Studio, to schedule an evaluation and see whether porcelain veneers might help you get the smile you want!



Why is Porcelain an Ideal Material to Use for Veneers?

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

porcelain veneers ChicagoWith the ability to correct a range of defects such as stained, broken or slightly misaligned teeth, veneers may be the most versatile treatment used in cosmetic dentistry. These devices are often made of porcelain, and for good reason. A number of characteristics of this material make it ideal for veneers.

Porcelain is semi-translucent and reflects light in the same way that biological tooth material does, so porcelain veneers are aesthetically pleasing and blend in well with the rest of your natural smile. In contrast, composite veneers are not as effective at reflecting light, and they can look somewhat dull in comparison to the natural teeth.

The shade of porcelain veneers can be customized to match your other teeth, making it virtually impossible to pick out the veneers in the smile. In fact, it’s actually easier for your dentist to manipulate the shade of porcelain veneers than it is with some of the other materials that can be used to make veneers.

Porcelain is remarkably stain-resistant—even more so than natural enamel—which also makes this material especially suitable for use in veneers. Patients often get veneers in order to conceal stains, so the last thing they want is a veneer that is vulnerable to staining. They also don’t want a veneer that will be easily discolored by everyday activities like drinking coffee.

Although people tend to think of porcelain as a relatively fragile material, it’s actually quite strong when it is bonded to the teeth, which provide support for it. When you take good care of them as instructed by your dentist, porcelain veneers can last for up to a decade.

The process of getting veneers is relatively convenient and can be completed over the course of two appointments a few weeks apart. Patients appreciate the ability to enhance their smile in such a short timeframe.

If porcelain veneers might benefit you and upgrade your smile, we encourage you to call our office at Ora Dental Studio and schedule a consultation to learn more about the benefits of this treatment.



What is the difference between a dental veneer and a dental crown?

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

porcelain veneers ChicagoPorcelain veneers are very thin shells that are used to cover dental imperfections.

A dental crown is most often used for therapeutic purposes such as:

  1. Repair a broken tooth.
  2. Cover a tooth that has been afflicted with dental decay.
  3. Complete root canal therapy.
  4. Anchor a dental bridge.
  5. Final restoration for dental implant.

Porcelain veneers are a much less invasive cosmetic enhancement that can correct many dental maladies:

  1. Intrinsic stains – Stains resulting from some medications, aging, or excessive discoloration.
  2. Worn or uneven dental enamel – Misshapen teeth from grinding.
  3. Chipped teeth – Teeth appear whole again.
  4. Gaps between teeth – Those spaces disappear.
  5. Gum recession – Brushing improperly or recession due to aging can be repaired not only improving appearance, but relieving occasional zings that might be felt.

Your cosmetic dentist will perform a thorough dental exam to provide the best treatment to meet your needs. Once dental veneers have been determined your best course of action, treatment will be initiated. At your first appointment, impressions will be taken while teeth are prepped to provide the most accurate veneer in size and shape. The shade closest to your neighboring teeth’s natural color will be selected to provide the most indiscernible treatment available.

In most cases, about two weeks later you will be ready to have your dental veneers placed. Veneers will be tried on to make sure they are a comfortable fit and aesthetically perfect. Your cosmetic dentist can make small adjustments at this time, if needed. Teeth to be treated are etched, veneers are cemented into place, and a laser or curing light is applied to speed up completion.

Your smile makeover is complete by covering one or more teeth with veneers. An added benefit is treated teeth are now stronger than before.

Caring for veneers is similar to caring for your biological teeth. Daily flossing and brushing coupled with twice yearly visits to the dentist will keep your teeth looking their best. It is advisable to avoid biting into hard or sticky foods to prevent the unlikely event that you might break or dislodge your veneers. And although porcelain is stain resistant, avoiding those things such as tea, red wine, cola, berries, dark sauces, and beets will help keep your teeth looking beautiful for many years to come.

Contact our cosmetic dentistry team at Ora Dental Studio to learn more about your options today.



I want to change the shape of my teeth: What are my options?

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Physical characteristics like the size or shape of your teeth can greatly influence the overall appearance of your smile. Teeth that are longer or shorter, wider or narrower, rounded or squared can either compliment your face or create a distraction. Did you know that the shape of your teeth can also reflect your gender, your ethnicity, and even your physical stature? 

Porcelain veneers can be a valid solution for virtually all of your concerns regarding the appearance of each of your teeth. 

Your teeth are three-dimensional, and discussions regarding the shape of your teeth might also include the contours of the teeth on the front and the back surfaces. Perhaps your teeth seem to be too flat or too bulbous. These aspects can have a considerable impact on the nature of your smile as well.

Porcelain veneers can be a valid solution for virtually all of your concerns regarding the appearance of each of your teeth.  Each veneer is sculpted and shaped to reflect more ideal contours and more symmetry within your smile.

Veneers can provide you with a wide range of options for changing and enhancing your look, but this solution may not always address the other factors that can impact your smile. For true harmony and balance, your cosmetic dentist may suggest recontouring or altering the shape of the gumline and also the neighboring teeth.

An uneven gumline can give make your teeth to appear as though they are shaped differently. With a gentle dental laser, a slight adjustment in the shape of the gums around each tooth can make a difference that is both dramatic and subtle. This procedure is known as aesthetic gum recontouring, and it can be performed on the teeth that are to receive the veneers as well as the neighboring natural teeth. The enamel of the natural teeth that are adjacent to your porcelain veneers can also be gently reshaped to really bring your smile together.

If you would like to change the shape of your teeth, simply contact your cosmetic dentist at 312-491-9494 today to schedule an informative consultation.



Treatment Options to Close Spaces Between Teeth

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Whether you wish to promote a more professional appearance, or if you would just like your smile to look better in pictures, you may be interested in the advantages of porcelain veneers, especially if you are unhappy with the gaps or spaces between your teeth.

Spaces between your teeth, whether the spaces are large or small, can have a disastrous effect on your smile. Gaps between the teeth seem to magnetically attract bits of food whenever you have a meal. Lettuce, granola, stringy meat, and even popcorn seem to get wedged in between your teeth, a scenario that can be quite embarrassing when you enjoy meals in public. 

There are several options for closing the spaces and improving your appearance, but mild to moderate cases can often be resolved faster and more conservatively with veneers.

When this problem affects your front teeth, the repercussions are even more frustrating. Even when there’s nothing stuck between your teeth, the visual appearance of the spaces can have an unsatisfying cosmetic impact. In pictures, spaces and gaps can cast dark shadows that keep your smile from looking clean. You may also find that you are reluctant to flash your brightest smile during your social or professional interactions with other people.

There are several options for closing the spaces and improving your appearance, but mild to moderate cases can often be resolved faster and more conservatively with veneers. These custom porcelain restorations involve a preparation technique that is less aggressive than full-coverage crowns, and the procedure can be completed in a treatment time that is considerably faster than braces. Each veneer can be crafted in a size and width that compensates for the empty space between the teeth for an impressively natural-looking result.

Veneers are an attractive and appealing treatment option for closing spaces between the front teeth only. When your spacing concerns are more comprehensive or involve the back teeth as well as the front teeth, your cosmetic dentist may suggest another high-tech solution such as Invisalign removable orthodontic aligners.

To explore your treatment alternatives in greater detail, arrange a consultation with our team of cosmetic dentists at Ora Dental Studio today.



Porcelain Veneers: Handcrafted beauty for stunning smiles

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Who doesn’t want a stunning smile? After all, your smile is the first thing a stranger notices about you, and that initial impression is key, whether the stranger is a potential boss or a potential mate.

Unfortunately, not all of us are blessed with naturally perfect smiles. In fact, most of us have some imperfections in our smiles. Patients who want to improve on the aesthetics of their smiles can turn to porcelain veneers for some help.

Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells that sit atop a patient’s natural teeth. They can restore teeth that have been damaged by chips, cracks or stains. They can also enhance biological teeth that are unusually small or misshapen, allowing those teeth to blend in with the rest of the smile.

If you want veneers, you can work with a cosmetic dentist who can use dental impressions, x-rays and even photographs, to plan for custom-designed appliances that are tailored to your unique case. Your veneers will be carefully crafted to match the shade and shape of your natural teeth. This helps to maintain a lifelike appearance of your smile even after the appliances have been placed.

The labs that are responsible for producing your veneers have vast experience in blending science with art. Working with the guidelines provided by your cosmetic dentist, these expert technicians create individualized veneers that are remarkably natural in their appearance.

Before your veneers are permanently placed, your dentist can make adjustments to the devices as needed. Both the shape and shade can be further refined according to the patient’s wishes.

Keep in mind that the appearance of the veneers cannot be changed after they have been bonded to your tooth. Additionally, any desired whitening treatments for your biological teeth must be completed prior to the veneers being placed.

Contact Ora Dental Studio and consider porcelain veneers if you are displeased with the way your smile looks. They will be designed to your unique specifications, and they can help you achieve your aesthetic goals for your smile.



How Careful Must I Be with My New Veneers

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Porcelain veneers are wafer thin shells that are permanently cemented to your teeth to correct many dental imperfections.

Let’s break that down in order to understand the procedure and how it can change your smile:

Porcelain veneers are wafer thin shells:

  • A very small amount of the tooth’s enamel – about the thickness of the veneer itself – is removed from the tooth or teeth to be treated. This allows for the most natural appearance as the veneers will match surrounding teeth.
  • Porcelain is the optimum material as it resists stains and it does not irritate gum tissue.
  • Porcelain’s translucency allows it to reflect light giving veneers the most natural appearance possible.
  • The shells themselves are shaped to match the surrounding teeth.

that are permanently cemented to your teeth:

  • Once the natural tooth’s enamel has been thinned out, the cement used to permanently hold the veneer in place can be color matched to ensure the shade of the veneer matches surrounding teeth.
  • The veneer is temporarily placed to make sure it is perfect before permanently cemented. Adjustments can be made by your cosmetic dentist at chairside, as needed.
  • Before the cement is applied, the tooth is painted with a substance which will aid in allowing the veneer to adhere to the tooth.
  • Once cemented into place, a laser or curing light will be used to hasten setting of the veneer.

to correct many dental imperfections:

  • Porcelain veneers are the perfect solution for chipped, broken or misshapen teeth; stained or discolored teeth; gaps between teeth; worn or uneven teeth.
  • Porcelain is not affected by whitening agents so any plans to whiten teeth should be completed before getting veneers.

Porcelain veneers can resolve many dental issues, but how difficult are they to maintain? Daily maintenance such as brushing and flossing will keep veneers clean and help prevent plaque build-up.

Avoid biting on hard objects like ice or hard candy; do not bite fingernails; do not use teeth to open packages. Rules like these are to be observed for the health of teeth and veneers alike. Porcelain is stain resistant, but care should be taken when consuming food and beverages known to stain like coffee, tea, soft drinks, etc. Twice yearly visits to the dentist for cleaning and an exam will maximize the life of your porcelain veneers, and keep them looking their best.

For more information on how porcelain veneers can improve your smile, contact Ora Dental Studio to schedule a consultation today.



Treatment Options to Strengthen Weak Enamel

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Many patients suffer from ailments due to weakened enamel. Chipped teeth, excessive wear and tear and discolored teeth can occur for many reasons, one of which is weakened enamel. One treatment that will resolve all of these problems is porcelain veneers.

A patient with weakened enamel will benefit from dental veneers since the outer protective covering on the front of the tooth is now made from porcelain.

A veneer is a tooth colored, wafer thin covering that is made to attach to the front of one or several teeth that require repair. Your cosmetic dentist will match the shape and shade of the surrounding teeth making your dental veneers virtually undetectable.

Enamel is the hard protective outer cover of the tooth. The enamel can be damaged for many reasons. Genetics can play a role, but typically an acidic diet; excessive consumption of soda; some medications; tobacco or drug abuse; grinding/clenching teeth; or the manner in which you brush and the products used to brush – all these factors can impact the tooth’s enamel. Unfortunately, once the enamel is damaged there is nothing one can do to get enamel back.

A dental veneer is a thin shell like cover that is permanently cemented to the front of the tooth adding the strength of porcelain to each treated tooth. In addition porcelain veneers are stain resistant and can be customized to alter the size and shape of each tooth as desired.

A very small amount of the tooth’s enamel must be removed to attach a dental veneer. This makes dental veneers one of the least invasive cosmetic dental procedures available today. A patient with weakened enamel will benefit from dental veneers since the outer protective covering on the front of the tooth is now made from porcelain.

Are all patients with weakened enamel good candidates for dental veneers? An exam with your dental provider will offer a specific answer based on your circumstances. Patients with dental decay or suffering from periodontal disease will usually require additional treatment before moving forward with veneers. In addition, patients that grind their teeth might be advised to wear a mouth guard to help prevent damage to their dental veneers.

Once veneers have been placed, a professional cleaning and exam twice per year will help ensure they stay bright. Excellent oral hygiene habits of daily flossing and brushing will help to maintain your new smile and maximize the life of your porcelain veneers.

For more information on the treatment options available for weak enamel, contact ORA Dental Studio in Chicago at 312-328-9007 today to schedule an appointment.



Porcelain Veneers: Affordable Luxury?

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Porcelain Veneers ChicagoFor discolored, stained or misaligned teeth, porcelain veneers can offer an effective solution without the need to undergo oral surgery.

Indeed, a cosmetic dentist may recommend porcelain veneers as a solution to several oral deficiencies in order to improve a patient’s smile. Porcelain veneers are thin ‘jackets’ which are customized to fit a patient’s individual teeth and designed to cover the front of the tooth.

Veneers can be used to correct flaws in a tooth’s shape, size or color and are created following dental impressions taken by a cosmetic dentist. The impressions are used to create the veneers using ultra-thin layers of dental porcelain, which are then bonded onto the patient’s teeth to provide a perfect looking smile. Veneers can also be used to conceal chipped or damaged teeth and to close gaps and straighten teeth.

Once fitted, veneers look and feel perfectly natural, so others will be unawares that the patient is even wearing them; and, as the porcelain is highly resistant to staining, they will help to maintain the brightness of the smile throughout the veneers’ lifespan.

Porcelain veneers treatment is typically quick, with the full treatment taking only a couple of visits to complete. The first visit will involve preparation of the teeth to be treated and the taking of impressions in order to properly craft the veneers. The second visit involves the placement and bonding of the veneers to the patient’s teeth, and so restoring the smiles natural appearance and brightness.

And, such is the versatility of porcelain veneers, patients can build the perfect smile by using veneers to conceal any imperfections that may exist in their teeth, or address areas in which the patient is not happy with and would like altered – all the while retaining the tooth and avoiding cosmetic surgery.

Problems such as chipped teeth, tooth discoloration and misaligned teeth are all candidates for treatment via porcelain veneers, and the results of the treatment are both immediate and dramatic. Porcelain veneers are a perfect solution to giving you the smile you deserve.

Contact our experienced team at Ora Dental Studio, serving Chicago IL, to learn more about how you can benefit from porcelain veneers.