Posts for tag: porcelain veneers
You deserve a great smile, and now you can have it with porcelain veneers. They are a state-of-the-art way to enhance your smile. If you are dealing with damaged, stained, or unsightly teeth, porcelain veneers can make your smile beautiful again. The dentists at Gibberman Dental in Alexandria Virginia Dr. Paul Gibberman, Dr. Lauren Gibberman, and Dr. Maria Hodas offer a wide range of cosmetic, restorative, and preventive dental services to enhance your smile.
One of the most important benefits of porcelain veneers is their versatility. Porcelain veneers are the perfect choice to hide problems like these:
- Cracks or chips due to aging
- Tooth wear, abrasion, or erosion due to bad habits
- Discolorations or stains due to medications or genetics
- Gaps or spaces between teeth due to genetics
- Tooth overlap or rotation due to genetics
Porcelain veneers offer other benefits too, including:
- Natural good looks, because porcelain is light-reflective and looks just like tooth enamel
- Long-lasting beauty, because porcelain resists stains so your veneers will stay beautiful
- Quick treatment, because you can have a new, perfect smile in as little as 2 to 3 appointments
- Conservative results, because little to no tooth structure is removed
Porcelain veneers are thin laminates of sparkling, dental ceramic. The laminates are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth. They require between 2 and 3 appointments, starting with a consultation appointment. The consultation appointment is an excellent time to discuss any concerns or ask any questions you may have about veneers. You may also get an idea of what your new veneers will look like, and how to care for your new veneers.
The next step is tooth preparation, during which your dentist will prepare your teeth to receive the veneers. A small amount of tooth surface is removed, just enough to compensate for the thickness of the veneers. Models are taken of your teeth, and the models are sent off to a dental laboratory, where your new veneers are made.
The veneers are sent back to your dentist at Gibberman Dental, and the final cementation appointment will be scheduled. Your new porcelain veneers will be cemented, and you can enjoy your new smile! To find out more about the benefits of porcelain veneers, call the dentists at Gibberman Dental in Alexandria Virginia today at 703-823-6616.
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.”