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How porcelain veneers from your dentist in Longwood, FL, can enhance your smile
If you want to revamp a dull, aging, or damaged smile, there is no better choice than porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers offer many benefits and can give you a truly dazzling, memorable smile. Dr. Ilya V. Freyman in Longwood, FL, offers a wide range of restorative and cosmetic dental services, including porcelain veneers to enhance your smile.
Veneers are thin laminates of beautiful porcelain which are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth. They require between two and three appointments, including a consultation appointment. Porcelain veneer treatment is quick, which means you can have a completely new, flawless smile just in time for a special event like a reunion or a wedding, where you want to look your best.
In addition to rapid results, there are other benefits to porcelain veneers. Consider that porcelain veneers are:
- Naturally beautiful, because porcelain is light-reflective, and looks just like natural tooth enamel; that means your new porcelain veneers will look completely natural, and your smile will reflect who you are.
- Long-lasting, because porcelain is also stain-resistant; that means your porcelain veneers will stay beautiful and white for years to come.
- Conservative, because your dentist removes little to no tooth structure, just enough to accommodate the thickness of the veneers; that means your vital tooth structure is preserved, with minimal to no damage to your teeth.
You are a perfect candidate for porcelain veneers if you want to repair, restore, and enhance teeth that are:
- Worn down or eroded from aging
- Chipped or cracked from bad habits
- Stained or discolored from tobacco or coffee
- Damaged or broken from an injury or trauma
You may also be able to minimize the look of crowding, tooth rotation, gaps between your teeth, and other alignment issues with porcelain veneers. Your dentist can discuss this option with you to see if veneers are the best choice for these issues.
You and your smile deserve to enjoy the beauty of porcelain veneers. To find out more about what porcelain veneers can do for your smile, call Dr. Ilya V. Freyman in Longwood, FL, today!
Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.
What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!
Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.
If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.
For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.
Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.
Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.
So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.
If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”