Posts for tag: veneers

By Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center
October 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

For over three decades, veneers have helped mask dental imperfections like chipping, staining or gaps and improve the appearance of millions of teeth. As the name implies, this thin layer of porcelain covers a tooth's visible surface and accurately mimics the texture, color and translucence of natural teeth.

Veneers could be just the solution you need for a more attractive smile. But before you begin treatment, be sure you have these 3 essentials in place to ensure a successful outcome.

True expectations. While the transformation of a tooth's appearance with a veneer can be astounding, veneers in general do have their limitations. You need an adequate amount of the tooth's structure present for a veneer to properly adhere — if not, you may need to consider a porcelain crown instead. Likewise, gaps and other misalignments may be too great for a veneer to cover: in that case, you should consider orthodontics. A thorough examination beforehand will determine if veneers are the best option for you.

An artisan team. Every veneer is custom made to match an individual patient's tooth shape and color, handcrafted by a skilled dental technician. There's also an art to the dentist preparing the tooth beforehand and then properly positioning the veneer for bonding to achieve the most attractive result. Be sure, then, that your veneer "team" comes highly recommended by others.

The best materials. The first porcelains were powdered glass ceramics mixed with water to form a paste. Technicians shaped the paste in successive layers and as it oven-cured it took on the beautiful translucence of natural teeth. Unfortunately, this type of porcelain could be brittle and prone to shattering when subjected to heavy biting forces. In recent years, though, we've begun to use ceramics reinforced with other materials like Leucite for added strength. Today, the materials dentists use have much better durability.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers.”

By Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center
September 21, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Porcelain Veneers

It is possible to completely transform your smile by concealing cosmetic imperfections on teeth with dental veneers. Veneers can be used to mask a variety of cosmetic concerns, such as stains and discolorations or gaps between teeth. The color, size, and shape of veneers can all be customized for the most natural look possible. Once they are placed on the teeth, veneers look and function just like regular teeth. At Lakeshore Dentistry and Implant Center, Dr. Ryan Lebster and Dr. Jose Vivas are your Holland, MI dentists for veneers.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are thin covers affixed to the front of teeth with cosmetic flaws to give the teeth a flawless appearance. Veneers can be used to cover up small gaps between teeth, stains or discolorations, and cracks or chips. Veneers can also improve the appearance of teeth that are shaped oddly. To apply veneers, a small amount of enamel is removed from the front surface of problem teeth. This allows the veneers to sit flush with the surrounding teeth rather than stick out slightly. The veneers are then cemented in place so it will not come loose or fall off.

Veneers can be made from a few different materials, but porcelain is a popular choice as it closely resembles tooth enamel for a completely natural look. Additionally, the color, size, and shape of veneers are customized for the most natural look possible. Once in place, veneers look just like natural teeth. They can be used to close small gaps between teeth, as well as cover stains, discolorations, chips, or cracks. They can also improve the shape of teeth that are misshaped.

Advantages and Benefits

There are several advantages to choosing dental veneers to achieve the smile you desire. Based on your concerns and the cosmetic imperfections you wish to correct or conceal, your Holland dentist can help you decide if veneers are the best option for you. Some of the benefits or advantages associated with veneers include:

  • Concealing discolorations and stains
  • Covering cracks or chips in teeth
  • Closing small gaps between teeth
  • Correcting misshaped teeth
  • Smoothing out uneven or rough surfaces
  • Functioning like regular teeth
  • Customized for the perfect look and fit
  • Will not come loose or fall off

There are many benefits to selecting veneers for improving the appearance of your smile. For veneers, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lebster or Dr. Vivas, your Holland, MI dentists, by calling Lakeshore Dentistry and Implant Center at (616) 399-3946.

By Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center
May 11, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

For years, you have wanted a straighter looking smile but are reluctant to pursue cosmetic treatment. Now, an accident on the softball field has chipped two teeth right in the front of your mouth. Do you have to resort to elaborate dental restorations?Veneers

Porcelain veneers cover and shore up damaged teeth.

Your Holland, Michigan dentist has a budget-friendly and beautiful way to restore your smile. Dental veneers are small, tooth-shaped and tooth-colored shells of very thin porcelain. Also called laminates, veneers are strong, last for years and are perfect for covering teeth that are:

  • stained from foods, drinks or cigarette smoking
  • poorly spaced and have gaps
  • overlapping
  • yellowed from aging
  • chipped or have hairline cracks
  • are uneven in length or crooked
  • have noticeable wear from tooth grinding

The veneer procedure is minimally invasive and painless.

Your Holland, Michigan dentist is the best person to consult about whether porcelain veneers are right for you. The dentist will examine your teeth and discuss what you want to see change. While many individuals do well with veneers, some dental problems, such as complex orthodontic issues or extensive decay or gum disease, eliminate veneers as a cosmetic treatment.

If veneers are appropriate, the doctor will take a 1/2 mm thickness of enamel off the front side of the teeth to be covered. He or she will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab. There, a skilled technician will make a model and custom-fabricate veneers that are a natural-looking and attractive size, shape and color.

During the next appointment, the dentist will bond the veneers to your teeth, adjusting the shape and bite if necessary. The dentist may also adjust the color by varying the adhesive used. In this way, the most comfortable and lifelike fit, look and feel are achieved.

Aftercare for dental veneers

You should adjust to your new laminates relatively quickly. Some people do experience minor gum and/or tooth sensitivity after their procedures, but this soon resolves. Your Holland, Michigan dentist will want to recheck your veneers a week or so after placement to ensure gums and bite are fine.

As with natural teeth, your updated pearly whites will require brushing two times a day with a fluoride toothpaste and also daily flossing. Check-ups and cleanings should continue on your usual schedule or whatever your dentist advises. In addition, be gentle with your laminates. Don't chew ice or hard candies or open bottles or packaging with any of your teeth.

Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center

If you wonder who to consult about veneers in the Holland, Michigan area, look no further than Dr. Arnold Baker and Dr. Ryan Lebster at Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center. Doctors Baker and Lebster can examine your teeth and help you decide what restorative/cosmetic option is best for your smile. They want their patient's mouths to feel great and look good, too. Call for an appointment: 616-399-3946.

By Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center
March 10, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

When speaking about veneers in dentistry, many people wonder what they are really made from and how they produce such natural results. The answer is dental porcelain...and yes, it really is a type of porcelain or glass. Even though they are made of porcelain, not all porcelains are the same. This is one reason there can be such a wide price range when comparing porcelain veneer pricing from one dentist to another. For example, the quality of the dental porcelain used and the expertise of the dental lab artisans greatly impact the price of a veneer — just like other pieces of fine art, pricing depends upon the materials used and the artistry of the person creating them.

Dental porcelains are used to create veneers because of their near ideal optical properties in mimicking natural teeth in shine, opacity, and translucence. And when you combine these facts with the artistry of the lab technician and your dentist skill's in placing the veneers, you begin to understand how veneers are virtually undetectable in cosmetically-enhanced teeth. Another reason for using dental porcelain is that they can be made in many colors, shades and translucencies to enhance the optical properties and natural beauty of whiter, brighter, and visually appealing teeth. However, do not let the word porcelain, fool you when it comes to durability. While veneers are not as strong as natural teeth they are not so fragile that you should worry about breaking or damaging them with normal wear and tear. However, you should avoid biting into extremely hard substances; using your veneers as a tool in lieu of scissors, tweezers, or pliers (you should not use your natural teeth as a tool either!); and twisting your veneers when biting into harder substances.

To learn more about veneers, continue reading, “Smile Design Enhanced With Porcelain Veneers.” Or, contact us today to discuss your questions or to schedule a consultation.