Veneers are extremely thin custom designed porcelain or composite pieces, designed to be fitted permanently to the front of your existing/natural teeth. They are used to improve the shape, color and/or cosmetic appearance of your teeth.
Once applied, they won’t stain like your natural teeth. The application is fairly straight forward and can sometimes actually be done with no anesthesia.
If you’ve started to notice that your teeth are looking less than ideal but are still working properly with no decay or other issues that may require more extensive work, porcelain veneers may be the perfect solution for you.
Unlike crowns that require the removal of some of your original teeth, veneers require minimal (fractions of a millimeter) to no tooth removal.
Like many cosmetic dental treatments, veneers are customized for each patient through the use of a custom mold taken at our office.
The most popular option for veneers is porcelain. They provide a very natural look and are extremely durable, usually lasting up to 25 years if well maintained. Composed of a ceramic shell they usually require your dentist to reduce the tooth slightly in order to create the best fit possible.
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No-prep veneer options allow application without any drilling on the tooth they are bonded to. This option can provide the patient with a conservative but aesthetically pleasing result. However, not everyone is a candidate for these types of veneers. No-Prep veneers are also extremely thin shells made out of porcelain.
They can also cover some of the same types of imperfections as normal veneers do, but may not be an option if you desires to change only the color of your teeth. Our team of professionals at Baer Dental Designs can help you decide if no-prep veneers are right for your needs.
Minimal Prep Veneers are the “hybrid” veneer. These can be placed with less prep than the standard porcelain veneer. For this treatment, minimal amounts of the enamel is removed from the tooth to be fitted and often no temporaries are made.
Although more affordable up front, composite veneers only last for about 5 years and sometimes even less. While they correct the same issues that porcelain veneers do, they may end up costing you more money in the long run because of their shorter lifespan. Let Baer Dental help you make the best decision for you!
The term Dental Bonding is used when there is an application to the mouth like veneers, crowns, etc. When bonding is used this way, it’s referred to as Adhesive Bonding.
Direct Composite Bonding applications are a way to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing smile without the more extensive procedures used by Porcelain Veneers and/or Dental Crowns.
It is named after its technique of bonding a natural looking mix of resin and adhesive to the existing tooth and curing it with a high-intensity light. It can be used to improve the color of teeth as well as close up gaps between teeth or sometimes even make them appear longer. It can even be used to protect the tooth’s root when it becomes exposed from gum lines receding.
Direct composite bonding has your dentist use natural looking materials to repair the tooth and reshaping as needed by applying and them sculpting the medium to blend into the area. It takes little if no preparation or anesthetic unless it’s being used to hide a larger decayed area that’s been cleaned out. Your dentist will match the color of the bonding material to the shade of your existing teeth and then proceed.
When you come in for a consultation, your dentist will discuss with you what cosmetic
procedures will best address both your dental health and cosmetic concerns. Whether you end up with a simple bonding procedure or a full set of beautiful porcelain veneers, you can be assured that your questions and concerns will be addressed every step of the way.
So, whether you just want a brighter smile or have a more severe issue you need handled, our staff can provide you with a proper exam and consultation to help determine what options are right for your issues.
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