Cosmetic dentistry is probably the fun part of dentistry. That's what I've got going right now. If you can see my smile, my upper teeth are veneers, my lower teeth are their natural color. I drink a lot of coffee so they tend to be a little bit brown. A lot of people want really white teeth. You may say, 'Boy, those teeth look really white!'
I've done this on purpose so that I can show patients, okay, this is really white. We can go a couple of shades lighter than this, but I found about half of my patients say, 'You know, I want my teeth as white as yours,' and we'll do that. They are completely color stable. These don't change color. They stay on all the time, but it will change your face and your smile if you have good teeth that are straight, that are the right color for you. I've had some patients that have changed their confidence, their outlook on life, especially going out and getting a new job, you want to be able to smile and that's one of the first things you notice about people; is between the eyes, the next thing is the teeth.
What Are Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin coverings that are bonded to the front of your teeth. You can have a veneer on a single tooth or multiple veneers on many teeth, whatever is needed to correct your problem. Think of the veneer like you would a false fingernail. It protects the tooth from further outside damage while also providing a cosmetic fix for whatever your problem was. A dental veneer is normally made out of a composite resin or of porcelain. These materials are moldable and shaped to match your teeth. Dr. Boyle will go over your situation and develop a plan to meet your dental needs and get you back to smiling in no time.
What Do Veneers Fix?
An extremely versatile cosmetic tool, dental veneers have the ability to fix a number of different issues. These include:
Chips – A chip in your tooth can cause it to look odd, which is the last thing you want someone to think when they see you smile. Correcting that chip with a dental veneer will give you a tooth that looks just as it should.
Cracks – The size of the crack has a lot to do with whether a dental veneer will be an effective solution. Small cracks are easily covered with a veneer. The veneer then provides structural support to prevent further cracking and protection from outside forces that might do more damage.
Stains – Some stains are not effectively treated with a teeth whitening system. These stains are caused by certain health conditions or the medications required to treat them. Dental veneers will cover the stained teeth and give you back your white smile. Talk to Dr. Boyle today about how dental veneers can help you.
Misshapen Teeth – Not all teeth are created equal, and that includes size. You may have a perfectly healthy tooth that is not the shape it should be. A dental veneer can hide the odd shape from outside eyes and give you a great smile.
Gaps – No need to pay thousands of dollars for a straightening solution when all you need is to close a small gap in your teeth. Dental veneers placed on either side of the gap can correct the issue, and your smile will never look better.
What Types Of Veneers Are Available?
Tab A. Boyle, DDS offers two types of veneers.
We do several types of things for front teeth. A lot of people need crowns. If you have a lot of fillings in your teeth, a lot of times the best thing is a crown that goes all the way around the tooth. That takes care of everything, seals everything up. If your teeth are in pretty good shape, then we have the question of, do we just need them straightened and whitened? Or now that they've been straightened and whitened, do you want some more enhancements, such as what I have on my teeth right now? That's the 'no-prep veneers.' They're very thin bits of porcelain that are shaped exactly for your teeth that we bond onto your tooth, so it's a permanent restoration that's on your tooth. We don't have to irreversibly reshape your teeth. If you don't like them, we can take them off, and then you have your teeth back again.
The advantage is that you're not giving up any of your natural tooth structure to get this. It's great to see some of my older patients that now suddenly have a great smile and are out there meeting new people and have gotten a job. Next thing I know, they're coming in with their new spouse.
- e.max Porcelain – This is a porcelain veneer that is thinner than traditional porcelain veneers. Even so, e.max material is able to retain its strength and durability while looking incredibly natural in your smile.
- Lumineers – A special kind of ceramic, is used to create these veneers. Like e.max, they are also extraordinarily thin when compared to traditional veneers. In fact, they are so thin that they may not require preparation of your tooth prior to placement. Dr. Boyle will be able to walk you through the pros and cons of each of these veneers and help you choose the one that is right for you.