What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are ceramic porcelain tooth coverings that, until recently, have only been created by a lab technician or a ceramist to make small teeth larger, make dark teeth lighter and also fill in gaps to give a healthy, beautiful new smile to people. Now porcelain veneers can even be made right here in his Jefferson NC dental office with no change to quality or beauty of the veneers. Placing porcelain veneers can be done in a very conservative manner, in most cases, and can completely reshape and reform the appearance of a patient’s smile. The key to the best porcelain veneers is to make them look as natural as possible.
Dental veneers don’t require special care or maintenance, and you can still eat all of your favorite foods, but dentists always ask their patients to take the same care with dental veneers as they would with their natural teeth. Do not bite into anything extremely hard and do not use your teeth as tools (for example, as a bottle opener). Since porcelain veneers are not quite as strong as your natural teeth, you might fracture them if you used extremely high bite force to bite into something. However, the success rate with porcelain veneers is extremely high and most patients do not experience any issues. You have to choose your cosmetic dentist carefully because a big problem with some porcelain veneers is that some dentists either don’t take care to make them look natural and real or just don’t have the aesthetic ability to do so. They key to avoiding this is to carefully study the patient and how the teeth affect the patient’s smile and face shape. Additionally, poor technique by lab technicians and untalented ceramists can also cause the porcelain veneers to not look natural as possible.
Dr. Amato can create porcelain veneers right here in his dental office located in Jefferson NC and he and his assistants are highly trained in the process of creating natural-looking porcelain veneers. Together, Dr. Amato and his dental technicians have studied the art and science of creating natural looking porcelain veneers for many years. Dr. Amato and his dental technicians create naturally beautiful porcelain veneers by creating the proper shape, translucency, chroma, hue and value of a natural tooth with the porcelain veneer. Dr. Amato creates only the most natural-looking and beautiful veneers, whether he does them right here in his office or uses a dental lab. He has gotten the same high quality results in the office as with the dental labs. The main thing is the dentist’s ability to envision and create the most natural and beautiful smile for the patient based upon their individual and unique dentition, as well as their needs and desires.
What are Cosmetic Dentistry and Restorative Dentistry?
Although there is no ADA-recognized dental specialty called “cosmetic dentist”, there are several ways to determine whether a dentist is dedicated to creating natural beauty in every smile makeover. The first question that every patient should ask is have you ever done this before and ask to see before and after pictures of the dentist’s actual work. It is the dentist’s job to recontour teeth by placing them in the proper position, attain the most accurate impressions, and communicate the desired result with the ceramic artist or dental technician. A great benefit to making the veneers in the office is that if the patient desires a change to particular tooth, as sometimes happens, it can be done right in the office, with not waiting time a large and busy lab, which can add weeks to the timeframe.
All of these things must be done properly so the dentist can recreate nature and make the smile look as great as possible—improving on nature in many cases. It is up to the dentist to provide the desired shape, translucency, value, chroma and hue to the porcelain veneers. Rest assured that Dr. Amato has the expertise and experience to achieve the desired result.
The second question you must ask yourself is do I feel truly comfortable with my dentist? The last thing you want to be is a number. Do your research, and make sure that you feel that your dentist cares about you and has pride in his work. And, most of all, do not let any dentist rush you into making a decision or getting started before you are ready. Beware of a dentist that wants to prepare your teeth for veneers right away or wants to rush you into getting started. Once the process is started, you will need to be able to complete it soon, so be sure you are ready.
The proper steps need to be taken to get the desired outcome. These steps include taking photographs, making diagnostic study models, taking diagnostic impressions if required (so the end result can be seen before the start), and in some cases, the appropriate consultation with an orthodontist or periodontist. You are going to see that smile every single day for the rest of your life, so it is well worth the time to seek out the best dentist, one who truly cares, and has the ability and desire to make you truly happy with your smile again.
Let Dr. Amato Enhance & Restore Your Smile
Dr. Francis X. Amato III, DMD, MICOI has extensive experience in all aspects of cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry, including in the placement of porcelain veneers, Lumineers and bonding, having won an award in cosmetic dentistry from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, of which he is a member dentist. Dr. Amato recommends veneers to patients when appropriate. If veneers, Lumineers or bonding interest you, please do not hesitate to schedule a consultation with Dr. Amato in Jefferson NC today!