Choosing the Best Veneers for Your Smile
One of the most frequently used procedures in LuxDen Dentistry Center is veneers which can correct many dental problems.
Veneers are used to hide teeth that are substantially stained perhaps from discolored resin fillings, exposure to excessive fluoride (fluorosis), antibiotics and especially tetracycline, or older root canal treatments. They can be helpful in hiding teeth that are small or oddly shaped, or which have become worn down.
Veneers are a popular way to rejuvenate a smile, but there are several different types to choose from and it is important to know a little bit about each option.
Top rated, best in class veneers dentist in Brooklyn Dr. Umanoff can explain which choice will be the best for you and why.
Why Get Veneers?
Veneers are great for covering up teeth and can be used in quite a few different situations.
You may think about getting veneers if you have teeth that are:
- Worn down
- Too short
- Gaps or space between teeth
Veneers are also very good for covering up teeth that are too small or which don’t have the ideal shape.
While teeth whitening can bleach away some stains, it cannot lift more deeply seated or internal stains. You can use veneers to hide teeth that are badly stained or discolored and this can happen if a tooth has an old root canal treatment, if you used tetracycline or because of dental fluorosis.
Dental fluorosis can lead to white lacey flecks developing on teeth or in more severe cases can cause unsightly brown spots. It is harmless but is caused by exposure to excess fluoride during childhood.
Do you have unsightly gaps in between one or more of your teeth? Sometimes veneers can be used to reduce or completely close up these gaps, depending on the size of the space.
Who Can Have Porcelain Veneers?
If your teeth are generally in good condition and you don’t have any signs of tooth decay or other dental problems like gum disease, you will most likely be a good candidate for porcelain veneers. The treatment to have porcelain veneers is minimally invasive, but your teeth need to be strong and healthy, and they shouldn’t have very large fillings, and their overall structure should be largely intact.
Teeth that are more badly damaged by trauma or which perhaps have large fillings or significant tooth decay might benefit from different dental restorations, for example, porcelain crowns that cover the entire tooth. Porcelain crowns provide far more protection for a severely damaged tooth, restoring its strength, structure, size, and appearance.
To discover if porcelain veneers are one possible solution, it’s best to visit your cosmetic dentist Dr. Umanoff and find out for sure. They can assess the overall condition of your teeth and will discuss your aims and desires for treatment before recommending the most suitable options to provide you with the smile of your dreams. If your treatment plan does include veneers, the process is very straightforward.
What is the Difference Between Veneers and Lumineers?
Lumineers are also veneers, but the way they are made and fitted is quite different, and they are made from a different material too. Although they are still made from porcelain, Lumineer porcelain is stronger and more translucent.
Because the porcelain is more translucent, it can create extremely natural-looking effects, mimicking the appearance of real teeth very accurately.
One of the most important things about Lumineers is their thickness as they are ultra-thin. Whereas ordinary porcelain veneers are approximately 0.5 – 0.7 mm in thickness, Lumineers are approximately 0.1 – 0.2 mm in thickness. Those few millimeters can make all the difference to the way these veneers are fitted. Unlike ordinary veneers where a minimal amount of tooth structure must be removed, Lumineers can often be fitted straight over your natural teeth.
They can even be fitted over aging crowns and bridges, rejuvenating their appearance. Just like ordinary veneers, Lumineers cannot become stained or discolored.
If you do decide to opt for Lumineers, the process is relatively quick, and you will only need a couple of appointments of approximately an hour each.
During your first visit, you get to discuss your aims for treatment, and the dentist Dr. Umanoff will examine your teeth to make sure Lumineers are appropriate for you.
The next stages to take a detailed impression of your teeth, alongside photos and sometimes x-rays. All this information is sent to the dental laboratory who will make your Lumineers. That is it! There is no need for local anesthesia, and no need for the dentist to reshape your teeth or to place temporary veneers.
During your next visit, your Lumineers will be ready to try in and can be permanently bonded onto your teeth. The bonding process requires Dr. Umanoff or your local dentist to lightly etch your teeth, slightly roughening the tooth surface, which creates a better bond with the Lumineer. Now all you need do is to enjoy your new smile.
It’s also worth talking about the potential longevity of Lumineers, as some people who have received this treatment have been enjoying their Lumineers for twenty years. Although they are slightly more expensive compared with conventional dental veneers, they can be more cost-effective in the longer term.
Not everybody is suitable for porcelain veneers, and Lumineers work best in specific situations, but now you know a bit more about both these options, you can discuss them more fully with Dr. Umanoff or your nearby dentist.
Porcelain veneers and Lumineers are both excellent treatments that have helped many people achieve their dream smile. The best way to discover if they could help you and which type will most suit your needs is to talk to your local cosmetic dentist or the best rated veneer dentist Dr. Umanoff.
What are the Different Types of Veneers?
Your veneers can be made from porcelain or composite.
- Composite resin veneers are the easiest and cheapest solution for improving the appearance of your teeth because the composite resin veneers material is applied directly to your teeth.
Sometimes it is possible to complete treatment in just a single visit and it might not even be necessary to have any injections.
Composite resin veneers are a good choice if you want a cost-effective way to get a smile makeover, but they won’t last as long as porcelain veneers.
Over time, composite veneers can become stained and will need replacing more frequently. Although modern composite resins can look wonderful, they are not quite as life-like as the latest porcelains. If you want the best aesthetics, you might need to consider porcelain veneers.
- Porcelain veneers will generally need at least two visits to your dentist or Luxden Dental Center in Brooklyn as they are indirect restorations meaning they are made outside your mouth. There are also different ways of making porcelain veneers. Sometimes they can be made in office by Dr. Umanoff or your local dentist while you wait.
With these types of veneers, your dentist will prepare and scan your tooth before using the information to mill your veneers on-site. These are then hand-finished and glazed and can be fitted before you leave the dental office. Alternatively they will be fabricated in a dental laboratory, a process that will take a couple of days or more. The types of porcelains used to make the veneers can vary tremendously and the choice can be influenced by whether your teeth are stained, or if tooth preparation is needed, which is yet another thing to decide.
Some types of veneers require dentist to shape the tooth, removing some healthy tooth structure so there is sufficient room for the veneer to be made without it looking and feeling too bulky. Others including dentist in Brooklyn Dr. Umanoff require little or no preparation which is preferable because it will preserve your tooth, but unless used in the right circumstances could leave you with bulky, false and uncomfortable veneers.
The Process for Having Dental Veneers
Once Dr. Umanoff has confirmed you are suitable for porcelain veneers, he can begin to plan your treatment.
Initial planning for veneers include:
- Diagnostic x-rays
- Dental impressions
- Possibly photos
Quite often, dentists at Luxden use smile design technology to digitally manipulate images of your teeth to achieve perfect proportions (virtual width of the teeth, taking the golden proportion as parameter), showing how they will look once treatment is completed.
It’s a great idea because you can become involved with designing your new smile and the design can be altered until you are entirely happy with the result.
The next stage is for your teeth to be prepared for the veneers.
Usually, Dr. Umanoff must reshape your teeth, removing approximately 0.5 mm of material from the front surfaces, which will be veneered. This is about the same approximate thickness of a porcelain veneer and ensures your new restorations look natural and don’t feel too bulky once they are fitted in the mouth.
Once your teeth are prepared, Dr. Umanoff will take a dental impression which is used to custom make your veneers. If your veneers are to be made in a dental laboratory, you will almost certainly need temporary veneers.
Sometimes temporary veneers are made using the digital images created during the smile design process, so you effectively get to trial your new smile. This can be incredibly useful because if there’s something you don’t like about your new teeth, then your dentist can alter the design.
Prepless or Prep-Free Veneers
Sometimes, Dr. Umanoff doesn’t need to remove any tooth structure. There are certain types of veneers called prepless or prep-free veneers and which are incredibly thin yet strong. However, these types of veneers are only suitable in specific situations, so it’s best to be guided by Dr. Umanoff or your dentist’s advice.
With prepless veneers, you won’t need to wear any temporary veneers as they are fitted directly over your natural teeth. If you wish, you can always reverse treatment later if for some reason you decide you no longer want to have dental veneers. This isn’t possible with conventional veneers where some tooth structure is removed.
Once your new veneers are ready, they are bonded onto your teeth, and you can show off your new smile to everyone. Porcelain veneers are pretty hard-wearing, but it’s important to treat them nicely, and this will help to prolong their life. Make sure you brush your teeth and your veneers at least twice a day and floss around your new all your teeth, including your veneers.
Visit Dr. Umanoff or your local dentistry center regularly for checkups and cleanings and avoid using your teeth as tools. If you bite into packets, you risk chipping or fracturing your veneers, so it’s far cheaper to use the proper implements! With the proper care, your porcelain veneers could last you for ten years or more. Often prep less or prep free veneers will last even longer although they tend to cost a little more.
Taking the First Step Towards Finding Out More
If you are interested in veneers, your first step is to visit a good cosmetic dentist such as Dr. Umanoff in Brooklyn NY. This may or may not be your general dentist because there is a lot of technical skill and artistry required in making and placing good dental veneers.
Your family dentist might be great for preventative and general dental care, but they may not be the optimal choice for smile makeovers. It is worth talking to friends and family who have had cosmetic dental treatment to find out if they were happy with the work or if there were things they would prefer to have changed.
When it comes to choosing a dentist, don’t be afraid to ask to see testimonials and before and after photographs from patients. Take a good look at the work they produce to decide for yourself if it looks natural and if you would be happy with the results.
Getting a Treatment Plan
Dr. Umanoff or your chosen dentist will need to examine your teeth because veneers are only suitable for teeth that are reasonably healthy and strong. They will talk to you about your aims and desires for treatment to discover the kinds of changes you would like to achieve. They might take x-rays, dental impressions and photos of your teeth to help plan your treatment. Using this information, your cosmetic dentist Dr. Umanoff will provide you with a written treatment plan showing which options they recommend and the costs. They will explain each choice to you so you can make up your mind about which veneers to choose.
Some dentists including Dr. Umanoff will use computer programs to provide virtual images of your new veneers while another technique to use a diagnostic wax-up. This is where a plaster model of your teeth is adapted with tooth colored wax so you can see how your veneers will look and you can work with Dr. Umanoff, your dentist to adjust the shape and size of the veneers until you are happy with the results.
Making and Fitting Your Veneers
If you decide to go ahead with veneers, you will need an appointment so Dr. Umanoff, a leading dentist can prepare your teeth, if required.
Tooth preparation is carried out using local anesthetic to ensure you don’t feel any sensitivity. If you are having prepless veneers then you won’t need any anesthetic. The next step is for Dr. Umanoff to take an impression. This might be taken conventionally using mouth trays or your mouth might be scanned, creating a digital impression.
The impression is used to accurately create your veneers so they will fit exactly over your teeth while looking and feeling very natural. The final stage is for your veneers to be bonded in place, leaving you free to enjoy your new smile.
As with any kind of dental treatment, regular dental care and checkups and hygiene appointments will all prolong the life of your veneers.
Do you have any questions about veneers, prepless veneers or lumineers we offer in Brooklyn? Would you like to schedule an appointment with the best rated veneers dentist of Luxden Dental Center? Please contact our cosmetic dentistry center for consultation with the leading Brooklyn dentist.