Dental bonding and veneer dentistry have practically become America’s standard for achieving near instantaneous cosmetic outcomes that can defy the imagination of anyone.
Although the popular ABC Television program Extreme Makeovers have made porcelain veneers nearly a household word… it is the creative use of this popular technology by individual dentists that determines how effective the procedure is for different types of dental conditions.
Different Brands – Different Cosmetic Characteristics
As with Dental Implants, patients need to be aware that there are numerous veneering technologies and laminate materials that skilled dentists can use to create attractive outcomes for their patients. Unfortunately… many dental practices only offer a single type of product.
It is important to know that while different types and brands of these ceramic products can achieve a variety of cosmetic goals for patients…. there is no single veneer product that provides the best of everything.
Extreme Makeover Types
The popular veneer products, including DaVinci and Empress, are outstanding products that can mimic natural tooth colors, shading and opalescence to an astounding degree.
As these adjacent before and after pictures from our Photo Gallery indicate… quality porcelain veneers that successfully block unwanted translucency and add opalescence qualities are the procedure of choice for severe tetracycline stain damage.
Premium products also provide a truly skilled dentist to influence certain bite and occlusion issues.
Low Prep Products
Other brands of veneers, provide the makeover experience that requires little or no tooth preparation. The material is ultra-thin and very functional. An ideal treatment choice for patients who may have either compromised tooth enamel or sensitive teeth.
There are still other brands and types of porcelain bonding laminates that are more easily affordable than other more nationally known brands.
Depending on what a patient’s particular goal is… the selection of which veneer product to use can be a critical element in achieving long term satisfaction with the cosmetic result… and of course, endurance.
Veneers that mimic natural tooth appearance and shading understandably require a thicker veneer structure… thereby requiring more invasive treatment of the tooth to accommodate the veneer. Veneers that are micro-thin are ideal for preserving tooth structure… but don’t offer the shading qualities of thicker veneers, appearing somewhat opaque.
Other properties sought by makeover patients is the ability to fill in gaps between teeth, alter the size and shape of anterior teeth and in some cases… help rotated teeth or unusual biting surfaces appear more normal.
Although the skillful application of premium porcelain bondings can endure for up to 10 or more years… reports of veneers failing, cracking, popping off and turning gray within a few short weeks are not uncommon.
In most cases… failures are due to the skill of the dentist and the quality of the tooth preparation.
Best Veneer Benefits
How well a patient benefits from the use of veneers is determined by the existing tooth structure and oral health habits of each person. Dr. Winter offers a range of veneer treatments and products that can achieve practically any hollywood style effect desired…. or produce a change in orthodontic function and appearance to that can straighten almost any smile (instant orthodontics).
Repairing Bad Veneers
Read a case history example of a patient who had Veneer Failure (on our state-wide website) and what procedures were used by Dr. Winter to recreate the veneer treatment and cosmetic result originally desired by the patient.
As with any investment in maintaining optimal dental health…. get the objective information you need for making an informed decision.
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