A Single Solution for Most Cosmetic Dentistry Needs
Cosmetic dentistry provides patients with numerous restorative solutions to improve the look of the teeth. There has long been a demand for aesthetic specialization in the field because people are generally concerned with the look of this feature. Though many individual options exist, dental medicine has only recently advanced to provide patients with a comprehensive solution. Now, dental veneers serve as a singular technique that addresses a multitude of issues like creating straighter, whiter teeth, closing existing gaps between the teeth, repairing chips, and changing the shape and length of the teeth. Dr. Gaertner of Bliss Dental in Kendall, FL enhances patients’ natural teeth through this simple, yet effective, procedure by placing permanent veneers on the teeth.
If you want to learn more about dental veneers, we recommend that you call (305) 274-6500 to schedule an appointment. We are a provider of veneers and can let you know if they will help you to achieve the goals that you have for your smile.
What are Veneers?
Composed of high-quality, durable porcelain, dental veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells or laminates that are bonded to the front of existing teeth to enhance a patient’s smile and offer long-lasting correction. The veneers are thin, with the approximate thickness of a contact lens, and are not an obvious addition because the natural teeth are buffed to remove a small portion of the enamel.
Dr. Gaertner will help patients with the numerous choices they have with the dental prostheses, down the color of the new teeth. Veneers can be performed as partial or full additions, and patients can choose to alter a single tooth or all of their visible teeth surfaces. Generally, patients are charged per tooth.
Preparing for Veneers
Prior to undergoing dental laminates, patients must have healthy teeth and gums. Dr. Gaertner may request that the patient undergoes a dental exam if they are due for a checkup. He will ensure there are no cavities or other oral health issues including gum disease before he begins cosmetic work. If the patient requires treatments, he will complete any work as soon as possible so as not to delay the patient’s smile makeover.
The Porcelain Veneer Process
In order to have their veneers created, Bliss Dental patients must visit the office to provide an impression of their teeth. The teeth may be cleaned or polished beforehand to ensure that the surfaces of the teeth are properly casted, without any debris like food affecting the casting. The patient’s impressions are submitted to a dental laboratory where a team will work to create the porcelain shells, which can take week or longer. The veneers will be created to fit over the chosen teeth with some extra material for shaping.
The next step is for the patient to undergo the tooth preparation process to remove some of the enamel, or outer covering of the tooth. Some patients may require local anesthesia for this step. This ensures a more natural appearance of the tooth, where the veneer is situated flat on the structure and aligns properly with gum tissue. The material removed is typically equivalent to the thickness of the veneer, so there is no significant difference in the thickness of the tooth in newer laminates. Once Dr. Gaertner completes this process, he can apply temporary veneers to the teeth with removable glue. The bond is significantly less strong than with the glue used during permanent bonding, and patients must take care when brushing their teeth. It will be recommended that they avoid certain foods. By sporting these temporary enhancements, patients can determine what their aesthetic preferences are, while still enjoying an improvement to their smile.
When the permanent veneers are ready for placement, the patients will schedule a second appointment to undergo the procedure. The temporary veneers are removed and the new veneers are fitted over each tooth to ensure an ideal fit. Dr. Gaertner can begin the process by using water-based glue so patients can test out the newly created porcelain shells. He will make adjustments guided by patient preferences and his own experience as a cosmetic dentist. The teeth are cleaned and each dental veneer will be fixed into place atop the corresponding tooth. The results are instant, and patients will leave the Bliss Dental office with a renewed, beautiful smile.
When your permanent veneers are ready, you will come back into our Bliss Dental offices so that Dr. Gaertner can remove the temporary and ensure that the new veneer is a perfect fit. It is typically attached using a water based solution to see how it looks. If any adjustments need to be made, it will be done at this time. Otherwise, the tooth will be cleaned, and the dental veneer will be bonded to the tooth. Dr. Gaertner will ensure the patient can properly floss, and that all glue and dental debris are cleared from the teeth. Patients will enjoy the look of the instant results.
The Advantages to Dental Veneers
Dr. Gaertner can provide patients with a smile transformation by restoring the damaged or less uniform parts of the teeth. Veneers can address most imperfections of the teeth by providing a minimally invasive treatment on an outpatient basis. Veneers can offer a single solution to a variety of cosmetic issues.
While natural teeth stain over time due to certain foods and beverages, as well as lifestyle choices like smoking, porcelain veneers maintain their color indefinitely. Patients can enjoy a brighter smile for the duration of the life of the laminates. This saves patients from costly bleaching treatments, special whitening toothpastes, and the sensitivity that occurs from either.
Porcelain veneers are expected to last on the teeth for 15 years or longer and often surpass the life of necessary dental work like crowns and fillings. While other people’s teeth will face wear and tear over time, porcelain veneers maintain an optimal look of the dentition. Unlike natural teeth, porcelain veneers will not age with time.
Treat Numerous Cosmetic Issues
Once dental veneers were developed, cosmetic dentists had a solution for many of the issues their patients wished to correct. Below are some of some of the ways veneers can improve the look of the teeth:
- Misaligned or crooked teeth
- Chips, fractures as well as overall shape and size
- Brighten and whiten tooth color
Some tooth restorations, like dental implants, require a dental surgery, unlike porcelain veneers which offer surface corrections. There is no extensive downtime or recovery, and patients will notice immediate improvement after their placement appointment. Porcelain veneers are also free of some of the major risks that surgeries carry.
No Maintenance Required
One of the greatest advantages to having veneers fixed to the teeth is that patients do not need to perform any specific functions to keep their teeth looking great. Those who have undergone the treatment should maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing twice daily, and continue to schedule semi-annual check-ups with Dr. Gaertner.
Candidates for Porcelain Veneers
Prospective patients of veneer application with the Miami dentist must have their unique case evaluated though n dental exam, X-rays, photographs, and any other requires steps. Generally, the dentist will collect an impression of the teeth to submit to the veneer laboratory as well as a bite registration to ensure the corrections maintain or improve the bite. Dr. Geartner will determine if the teeth are structurally sound and healthy enough to undergo the process. Most people are candidates for the procedure.
Dental Veneers Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs
Is it painful to undergo the procedure?
Elective procedures are designed with comfort in mind because they are not generally performed out of necessity, but rather to reach a patient’s aesthetic goals. During the preparation process when enamel is removed from the teeth, patients may opt to receive local anesthesia to control any pain, or they can elect sedation dentistry techniques.
Can the dentist recreate a celebrity’s smile?
Dr. Gaertner can use various photographs for inspiration, but an individual’s anatomy will guide the placement of the porcelain dental laminates. By reviewing the patient’s existing teeth, examining his or her facial features, and learning about what look of the teeth they find attractive, Dr. Gaertner can shape the teeth to the desired size and shape.
Can older, bulkier models of veneers be replaced by today’s sleeker designs?
Yes. Dr. Gaertner will remove the original set of veneers to create an updated smile for the patient. One the patient’s natural teeth are visible once again, the doctor will take an impression to send to the laboratory. Temporary veneers can be placed until the permanent veneers arrive at Bliss Dental. In some cases, the dentist may ask if patients have pictures of the way their teeth looked prior to the first procedure, in the event that dental records are not available.
Will my teeth look fake after I have veneers placed?
Many people who undergo cosmetic dental procedures want to improve the look of their teeth, but wish to avoid artificial-looking changes. Dr. Gaertner will ensure the veneers maintain some of the characteristics of natural teeth, which are not perfectly shaped. There are some details in the teeth which can be created in the veneers. This includes slight color variation, minor differences of the biting surfaces ends of the teeth, and the way they fit into the gum line. Additionally, because some enamel is removed from the natural teeth to prevent a bulky look, and because veneers are shaped from impressions of the patient’s own teeth, laminates tend to look very realistic.
Do I need to have all of my teeth treated with dental laminates?
Patients may opt to have part of the tooth fixed with a partial laminate, or the entire tooth can be altered through a full veneer placement. Additionally, patients may choose to have some of the visible teeth repaired through this treatment option. Because it can be difficult to color-match natural teeth and veneers, and because natural teeth will change color over time whereas laminates will not, this option should be carefully considered.
Can cavities form on veneered teeth?
While the porcelain itself is resistant to bacterial formation, the remainder of the tooth remains susceptible to damage and decay. Patients should continue to practice good oral hygiene to avoid dental issues.
Will insurance cover the cost of porcelain veneers?
While individual policies and companies vary, most see veneers as cosmetic enhancement and not a necessary procedure and will not cover the cost of their placement.
Which is the better option: composite bonding or porcelain veneers?
Composite bonding is the tooth-colored material used to fill cavities or correct small imperfections in the teeth. For small chips or minor wear of the teeth, composite bonding may be an ideal solution. It can be performed in the office without much preparation, and the material is readily available.
Porcelain is a much stronger material and is often reserved for more extensive corrections. A patient may dislike the overall look of the teeth, or is seeking to improve large parts of the tooth or teeth.
Dr. Gaertner of Miami’s Bliss Dental
Bliss Dental’s resident dentist, Dr. Gaertner was born into a dental family. Following in his father’s footsteps as a respected dentist in Belgium, the Gaertner’s home country, he developed a passion for dental medicine and practiced internationally. After returning to Florida, Dr. Gaertner developed a comprehensive practice in Kendall to treat a multitude of patients’ needs. The dentist practices a variety of dentistry, including cosmetic and sedation dentistry in a single location. Dr. Gaertner has also integrated the use of dental lasers and Botox injections into his practice.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Terms. 2015
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2015
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2015
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