Veneers are thin coverings that are placed over the front (visible) part of the tooth. They look like natural teeth. Veneers are used to correct a wide range of dental issues, such as:
• Teeth that are badly stained and cannot be whitened by bleaching
• Chipped or worn teeth
• Crowded or misshapen teeth
• Uneven spaces or large gaps between the upper front teeth
The amount of tooth preparation required varies with the condition of the teeth. An impression is usually made, and a highly skilled laboratory technician makes the veneers which are permanently cemented onto the teeth on the following appointment.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Improvements in dental materials now allow the dentist to place tooth colored filings in back teeth which last as long as those in front teeth.
These materials are strong, the colors can be matched to existing tooth structure, and they can be polished to a high luster.
They have the added advantage of helping to strengthen the tooth structure, which silver amalgam fillings cannot do. However, if the filling will be too large, the tooth would be better restored with a crown.
All Porcelain Crowns
Modern ceramic materials (lithium disilicate, Zirconium) give the dentist the option of making full crowns containing no metal, which are strong and life-like.
E-max porcelain crowns give the best combination of strength and beauty for front teeth.
Zirconium porcelain crowns are stronger and better for molars.
These all ceramic crowns will not show a dark line by the gum, and look very natural. However, for people with very hard, steep overbites, sometimes porcelain fused to metal crowns can still be a better choice.
By applying special gels, stained and darkened teeth can usually be lightened several shades. This can be done either in the dental office or with take home trays.
In office treatment is more expensive and can make the teeth sensitive for some patients, so Dr. Sams usually recommends the at home whitening.
These techniques work best when the teeth are of a uniform color and have no fillings in them. We will be able to tell you if you are a good candidate for whitening. This is a cost effective and non-invasive way to improve your smile.