Looking for Porcelain Veneers near Dallas?
Have you always wondered what porcelain dental veneers are? We at D. Dental will now guide you regarding this quick procedure and how you can put an end to a number of dental issues with it. Below, we have provided answers to some of the most common questions that are asked about porcelain veneers. The basic thing that you need to know is that porcelain veneers can help you brighten up your smile in an instant.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are very thin ceramic shells that can easily fix onto one’s teeth to close gaps, restore the symmetry of the smile, or lengthen the worn out teeth. They are not like dental crowns since they only cover the part of the affected tooth that is most visible. They are also designed in a manner that they blend in naturally with the teeth.
How Many Appointments & How Does It Work?
During your first visit, we take all the necessary xrays, intraoral pictures, measurements, and study models needed to determine if veneers are the right solution for your needs. Next we discuss treatment options, how many veneers are needed to give you the smile you have always wanted, and review our cosmetic smile guide solutions below. We then help you find a smile that will fit the shape of your face, the curvature of your lips, and go over shades/color options for your new teeth that will give you a natural, yet near perfect smile. During the second appointment, we receive your study models back from our lab, and show you the new smile you chose and how it will look in your mouth. If you love the shapes, length, width, and color, we then proceed with the cosmetic smile makeover that same day along with tooth preparation. When we finish the tooth preparation process, we will place you in the new set of temporary veneers you have chosen from the smile guide, until our professional dental lab artist in Dallas, hand crafts your new set of porcelain veneers. The lab final turn around time is usually 5-7 business days, which means you will wear your new temporary veneers for a short time, which will also give you time to determine if you like the shapes of your new smile before final placement, allowing us to make any custom changes as necessary. The 3rd and final appointment is your veneer seat appointment. We take off your temporary veneers, and place your final veneers in for your new smile cosmetic makeover. Once the final veneers are seated and cemented on, they are permanently in place, but can be removed by your dentist on a case by case basis if medically necessary.
Do Porcelain Veneers Look Like Natural Teeth?
Porcelain dental veneers are designed in such a manner that they look exactly like your tooth and fit in comfortably to give you natural looking and best results. This happens because the veneers are color tinted to match the teeth, and are then cemented in place to provide aesthetic and functional benefits.
How Are Porcelain Veneers Maintained?
Maintenance of porcelain veneers is as simple as the maintenance of your natural teeth. All you have to do is ensure good oral hygiene by regular flossing and brushing.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Porcelain veneers can last a long time, even for a lifetime in some of the cases. This is because they are made from a durable material. The best part is that their color remains the same.
What Qualities Should I Look For In A Dentist When Going For Porcelain Veneers?
You should only go for a dentist who has established credentials and a history of great results. We at D. Dental operate under the supervision of the highly experienced Dr. Daniel, and ensure that all our patients receive the best treatment possible. In case you have any questions, we will be more than happy to answer them for you.
Is It Painful?
The procedure is not painful. However, some sensitivity might be experienced during tooth preparation. The application of porcelain dental veneers can be done with sedation dentistry techniques or a local anesthetic to ensure that the experience is completely painless.
If you want more information, then you may simply call us in and set up an appointment. We will be more than happy to discuss the procedure with you and answer any questions that you may have.
Why choose Dr. Daniel?
It might not be obvious to you, but the length of your teeth can greatly affect the look and feel of your smile. Teeth that are too short can make you look older, while those that are too long can be very unappealing; it has to hit that in-between length to get that attractive smile. Thanks to crowns and veneers, anyone who wants to get that “perfect smile” can now do so with cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Daniel can determine how to fix your smile with the following criteria.
Test # 1: Relax Your Mouth Muscles
Dr. Daniel will ask you to relax your mouth and facial muscles. Slightly open your mouth so that your back teeth are not touching. The upper teeth should be completely relaxed. From this position, your dentist will want to see about 1 or 2 millimeter of your front teeth showing or about 1/8th. If none are showing, your front teeth might be too short. If more than 2 millimeters show, you might have a teeth that are too long, a large overbite or a short upper lip. The length of the front teeth needs to be in the Goldilocks Zone or “just right” for a great smile.
The top photo shows teeth that are probably too short and the photo on the bottom is of unworn teeth, which is more youthful and attractive.
Test #2: Give a Full Smile
In the next step, Dr. Daniel will ask you to smile to determine just how much of the front teeth show. If all of them are showing, the next thing to see is the tooth’s length versus its width ratio. I want to see that the tooth is longer than it is wide (rectangular). If the length and width are the same (square), it might be too short or aged. Most of the time, this is a result of teeth worn away from grinding, something that is common among older individuals.
A study was done where the public was shown different smiles, and were made to observe the length of their front teeth. From the data gathered, they were able to determine that the most beautiful smile had front teeth that are 1.29 times longer than they are wide. In dentistry, this is called a 78 percent width-length ratio. This is a formula for Dr. Daniel to establish the ideal visual length for your two front teeth.
You might also use this length-width ratio to test just how well-trained a particular cosmetic dentist who has studied the finer points of cosmetic dentistry. This can come very handy when you are looking for a well-trained dentist to fix your smile. Ask your prospective dentists what is the ideal length of the two upper front teeth. A competent cosmetic dentist should give you an answer similar to the ones explained above.
Using this ideal length, you can test and see if you like the size before any kind of cosmetic dentistry treatment is done. Filling material is temporarily added to your short two front teeth, which can then be evaluated by your dentist by making your mouth and face relax or by instructing you to make a big smile. This simple test for optimum esthetics can be performed without the need for numbing medicine or any drilling.
The first photo below shows teeth that are too long for the smile. The next photo shows worn teeth that are now square. The third photo shows severely shortened and worn teeth. The last photo shows teeth that are normal in shape and length for this patient’s smile.
#3: Follow the “Smile Line”
Another criteria that cosmetic dentists usually use is the “smile line.” In this test, you will be asked to smile and Dr. Daniel will see if the edges of your eight upper front teeth follow the contour of your lower lip. For cosmetic dentists, this is called “following the smile line.” The photo below is a clear example of a smile that follows the “smile line.” Obviously, this is a post-treatment picture of a lady who has had porcelain veneers.
Test #4: Check Speech Function
The last test to verify the right teeth length is with speech function of phonetics. Teeth that are too long will hit the upper lip all the time, greatly affecting the pronunciation of “v” and “f” words. To test this, your dentist will let you say words like “victory” or “fifty-five” to see if your upper teeth touch your lower lip. If your teeth are too long and your front teeth hits your lower lip too hard, it will be hard to pronounce “v” and “f” sounds.
Yes, the above four criteria are very essential in creating your perfect smile. But none of them is more important than you loving your new smile with your veneers or crowns. The ultimate criteria is that you have to be completely comfortable with the veneers in place, and be able to properly speak, eat or drink. In the end, determining the right length for your veneers or crowns should be a decision made between you and Dr. Daniel.