what is Porcelain Dental Veneers?
Porcelain Dental Veneers or Veneers are an ideal cosmetic solution for everyone who desires a beautiful smile with minimal invasions into their teeth.
We can improve your facial appearance and boost your confidence with dental veneers by hiding your natural teeth behind a very thin layer of porcelain. Veneers can be used to change the shape, size, color and symmetry of the teeth and smile.
If you want to improve your smile, dental veneers are a simple option. Veneers are thin coverings that are placed over the front (visible) part of the tooth. They look like natural teeth. Veneers can be used to correct a wide range of dental issues, such as:
- teeth that are stained and can’t be whitened by bleaching
- chipped or worn teeth
- crooked or misshapen teeth
- uneven spaces or a large gap between the upper front teeth
Veneers are made of either porcelain or composite resin material. Your dentist will help you choose the material that is best for you. Each type of veneer has its own benefits.
A porcelain veneer is a thin shell that is custom-made to fit on the tooth.
Benefits of porcelain veneers:
- they are strong and long-lasting
- they have a natural-looking surface
- less tooth enamel needs to be removed than with a crown or cap
- they don’t stain easily
A ceramic veneer is placed
Steps to place porcelain veneers:
- To prepare the teeth, the dentist usually removes a small amount of enamel from the front and sides of the teeth. This makes room for the veneers so that your teeth look natural.
- The dentist makes an impression, or mold, of the prepared teeth. The dentist also decides on the veneer shade that will be best for your smile.
- The impression is sent to a dental lab that custom-makes the porcelain veneers to fit your teeth. This may take several days. The dentist may give you temporary veneers to wear in the meantime.
- At the next visit, the dentist places the veneers on the teeth to check the fit and shape. After any adjustments, the teeth are cleaned and the veneers are bonded to the tooth.
- Further changes may be made at a later appointment.
Composite resin veneers
A composite resin veneer is made from a tooth-colored filling material bonded to the tooth.
Benefits of composite resin veneers:
- usually less tooth enamel needs to be removed than for crowns or porcelain veneers
- may mean fewer visits to the dentist—sometimes these veneers take just one visit
- cost less than porcelain veneers
- are easy to fix if they get damaged; although composite veneers are generally not as strong or wear-resistant as porcelain veneers, composite veneers can be repaired easily and quickly
Steps to place composite resin veneers:
- After the teeth are prepared or reshaped, the dentist carefully bonds and sculpts the composite material using a color that is best for you.
- A special light is used to harden the composite and bond it to your teeth.
- The veneers are smoothed and polished to look like natural teeth.
Before you get veneers
- Your teeth and gums must be healthy before you get veneers. Your dentist can treat any disease or decay before your veneers are placed.
- Veneers are not always a good choice for patients who clench or grind their teeth, because the thin veneers may chip or break. If you clench or grind your teeth, your dentist may suggest you wear a plastic dental night guard while sleeping.
- Although your dentist removes as little tooth enamel as possible for veneers, the process cannot be undone once the enamel is removed.
- It is possible for veneers to come loose over time. In that case, new ones might be needed.
- As with all your dental care, discuss all your expectations and treatment options with your dentist. Regular dental visits are a must for keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
After you get veneers
- Veneers can chip or break under pressure. Avoid biting your fingernails and chewing on hard objects, such as pencils or ice.
- It may take you a few days to get used to the feel of your veneers. But do let your dentist know if your bite does not feel right after the veneer has been placed. He or she will correct it before you leave the office.
- Keep your teeth and gums clean by brushing and flossing each day. You can still get cavities under or around veneers. Look for dental care products that show the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This says that a product has met ADA standards for safety and effectiveness.
WHAT IS DENTAL VENEERS?
A veneer improves the appearance of the visible front surface of a tooth by covering it with a wafer-thin, custom-made shell of tooth-colored porcelain.
Most celebrities and Top Models achieve their bright and perfect smiles with porcelain veneers. Veneers are beautiful, ultra-thin custom made porcelain laminates that are permanently bonded to teeth. They can flawlessly cover broken, chipped, discolored, crooked or, gapped teeth.
When it comes to porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns, Dr. Ostovar and Dr. Dhadli is a first choice in the greater Hillsboro area.
As an active member of several cosmetic dental societies, many dentists choose Dr. Ostovar and Dr. Dhadli to do their very own veneers!
What is a porcelain veneer?
Veneers are very thin porcelain laminates (as thin as 0.3 mm), which are securely attached via special dental adhesives to the front part of your teeth only. This eliminates any heavy cutting of front teeth, which is more desirable. Veneers can change an entire smile.
Porcelain laminate veneers are highly aesthetic and can mask any imperfections of your natural teeth such as gaps, staining, chips, and even slanted or rotated teeth. They require a minimal amount of tooth reduction (approximately 0.3 to 0.8 mm) and are therefore a more conservative restoration than crowns (caps). Porcelain veneers allow us to alter tooth position, shape, size, and color of your teeth. They are truly a remarkable tool to restore your smile.
Therefore veneers are often referred to as “instant orthodontics.” This enables the cosmetic dentist to straighten and even out your teeth within two weeks instead of waiting two years with conventional braces! Porcelain veneers are a revolution is modern dentistry!
These veneers are made from a special porcelain material, which allows the cosmetic dentist to place these veneers with little or no preparation. The tooth is virtually untouched in some cases.
It does not necessitate the use of a local anesthetic either. The laboratory time required for the fabrication of a porcelain laminate veneer is approximately two weeks or less.
It is typically not necessary to fabricate any type of temporary restoration because the teeth are left untouched or in some cases only minimally prepared.
No preparation veneers are very popular but can only be done in certain cases, where existing conditions allow for such treatment.
A plethora of knowledge, art, craftsmanship, and creativity are involved in creating such beautiful smiles.
What kinds of porcelain veneers are available?
- Full preparation veneers
- No-preparation type veneers, also known as Lumineers™
- Minimal preparation veneers
1) The traditional preparation veneers usually require 0.5 -1 mm of reduction of the front tooth surface.
2) The no preparation (no cutting) veneers are Lumineers™.
3) Minimal preparation veneers were perfected by Dr. Ostovar and Dr. Dhadli.
Dr. Ostovar and Dr. Dhadli is experienced in all three categories: the no preparation, conventional preparation, and the very minimal preparation veneer technique.
He is able to give you the best options available when you make your decision as to which technique you want to use.
Please come and visit us so we can show you many more before and after pictures in our office.
Dr. Ostovar and Dr. Dhadli always tells his patients that if a person comments that your teeth have beautiful crowns or veneers, then the veneers are a failure.
Nobody should be able to distinguish veneers from natural teeth.
The difference is in the detail:
1) The traditional preparation veneers usually require 0.5 -1 mm of reduction of the front tooth surface. Full preparation veneers are the most aesthetically pleasing type of all veneers available. Due to the thickness of the veneer, the lab technician can “build in” details such as translucency, depth, masking of severely stained brown or grey teeth (tetracycline stains), texture and more.
2) The no preparation (no cutting) veneers are Lumineers™. They are not suitable for everyone. Only an expert in dental veneers knows the limitations and indications to guarantee the most beautiful and aesthetic outcome. Generally speaking, teeth that are already too large and protruded to begin with are not a good candidate for no prep veneers due to the fact that teeth will appear as “too much” (i.e., toothy smile). Smaller teeth, and in particular inclined teeth are a much better indication. Please contact us to discuss your case.
3) Minimal preparation veneers were perfected by Dr. Ostovar and Dr. Dhadli.
Dr. Ostovar and Dr. Dhadli is experienced in all three categories: the no preparation, conventional preparation, and the very minimal preparation veneer technique. These veneers are also refereed to as “contact lens veneers”, because of their extremely thin nature. A perfect harmony between the dentist and his master laboratory technician is mandatory.
Why Choose A Dental Veneer?
Dr. Ostovar and Dr. Dhadli treats people from all walks of life. Both dentists know how to create award winning smiles with state of the art cosmetic dentistry. The doctors are one of the top accredited Portland, Oregon based Fellows in the prestigious American Academy of cosmetic dentistry and one of the only cosmetic dentists in the world with his own personal chair-side lab technician to custom shade porcelain crowns and veneers for the most natural perfect results.
Dr. Ostovar and Dr. Dhadli and their staff provide evaluations to discuss wishes, concerns and the treatment expectations that patients have. They will also address anxiety in relation to the dental treatment with proven, safe solutions. This ensures that each patient has a plan for treatment that is right for their specific needs.
We have the knowledge, experience and skill to give you the most amazing smile ever! Call today!
Benefits of Veneers For Teeth
Patients love enhancing their smiles with veneers for teeth. Here are some of the reasons why:
- The process only requires two visits to the office
- Porcelain veneers are composed of a biocompatible material
- Most of the natural tooth is conserved during the placement of a dental veneer
- Veneers for teeth are incredibly natural-looking
- Often little or NO tooth reduction or preparation is required for perfect results.
How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?
Porcelain veneers have the potential to last a lifetime! Veneers for teeth are durable. They are highly resistant to staining and chipping.
The patient’s job is to carefully maintain their veneers. Keep up with your daily flossing and brushing, and see our hygienist at least twice each year.
Now is the time to break bad habits like nail biting or pencil biting. Chewing on hard objects could damage your veneers just like they damage your teeth. In fact we generally say it takes as much force to break a porcelain veneer as it does a natural tooth.
We only use the highest quality porcelain made by our local Hillsboro Dental labs and to further enhance our results we have our own in-house dental lab technician to customize each and every porcelain veneer to perfection. A brand new smile is waiting for you at your Hillsboro dental care!