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The mark of a great dental restoration is that you can’t see it. It’s there in plain sight, but others observing your new and improved smile can’t tell the difference between the restoration and your natural teeth. Everything looks, well, natural.
That’s the great advantage of dental porcelain. A dental technician with technical skill and artistic flair can form this inorganic, ceramic material into a life-like replica of your tooth, with a shape and color that blends in with the rest of your teeth. And because of its strength properties, porcelain restorations can hold up to the normal chewing and biting forces in your mouth, as long as you use prudence when biting down on hard substances.
Porcelain is also highly adaptable to different kinds of restorations. For natural teeth still viable but no longer attractive, porcelain can be the main ingredient in two very popular and effective restorations, the veneer and the crown. Although the porcelain material is the same for both, their construction and application are quite different.
Veneers are very thin laminated layers of dental porcelain custom-colored and shaped for bonding to the outer visible portion of a tooth. They’re a great solution for relatively decay-free teeth that have minor to moderate defects like chipping, slight misalignment or heavy staining. They often require some permanent removal of tooth enamel to ensure their appearance isn’t too bulky, but causes minimal impact to the tooth.
Crowns, on the other hand, are complete tooth replicas that are bonded in place over an existing tooth like a cap. They’re a good choice for teeth in which the root and inner layers are still viable, but the tooth has been significantly damaged by decay or trauma. They’re also useful as a protective cover for teeth that have undergone root canal treatment. But unlike the minimal impact of veneers, crowns require significant tooth alterations to accommodate them.
In either case, though, the end result is much the same: both crowns and veneers can be fashioned to precisely mimic the shape, color and texture of natural teeth. In skillful hands, these porcelain restorations can transform your smile for the better and no one but you and your dentist will ever need to know.
If you would like more information on porcelain restorations, 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 Crowns & Veneers.”
Get your smile several shades whiter in no time thanks to our North Attleboro, MA, dentists.
You are about to walk down the aisle but you don’t want your dress to be the only thing that is truly white. You know that your teeth could use a sprucing but you aren’t sure what to do with time flying by. If you are down to the wire and want to get your smile significantly whiter then our team of cosmetic dentists in North Attleboro, MA, are here to the rescue.
Sure, there are a variety of ways to whiten teeth but whether you are on a time crunch or you have severe stains, the best approach to getting the results you want is through professional teeth whitening. Our professional in-office system is able to remove surface stains and actually brighten the color of your teeth. In just one session, we could even get your smile up to seven shades whiter.
What makes in-office teeth whitening more effective is the strength of the bleaching gel that we use. In order for bleaching gels to work, they must contain an active ingredient such as carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. The higher the concentration of active ingredient the more potent it will be and the better the results.
At-home systems can’t contain as high a concentration of the active ingredient as in-office systems because such an effective system requires special training that our dentists receive before they can successfully whiten smiles.
When you come into the office for our chairside whitening here are the steps you can expect:
Step 1: We will first need to make sure that your teeth are free of decay prior to getting any cosmetic treatment. A thorough physical exam will determine whether you are a good candidate for whitening.
Step 2: Before we start the whitening process we will need to thoroughly clean your teeth to make sure that the whitening gel is able to cover all surfaces of your teeth and won’t be blocked by plaque or tartar buildup.
Step 3: Once teeth are cleaned we will place an applicator in your mouth to keep your mouth open and to protect soft tissue from coming in contact with the whitening gel.
Step 4: Next, the gel is painted over the teeth and left on for approximately 15 minutes. Sometimes a dental light is directed over the teeth to stimulate the active ingredients and speed up the whitening process.
Step 5: After about 15 minutes, we will remove the gel and then apply a fresh coat of the gel over the teeth once more. One session usually involves multiple applications. Once the process is complete you will walk out of the office with a visibly whiter smile.
Unique Dental Care in North Attleboro, MA, is ready to give you the vibrant smile you want thanks to professional teeth whitening. Call us today to schedule a consultation. Showing off your beautiful smile has never felt better!
Even people with relatively healthy and attractive teeth have something they'd like to change or improve about their smile if possible. Maybe a red wine or coffee habit have left your teeth looking a little duller than you'd like, or a small crack or space are standing in the way of your perfect smile. Porcelain veneers are the perfect solution to many of the most cosmetic dental issues. The dentists at Unique Dental Care in North Attleboro, MA, recommend porcelain veneers for anyone looking for an affordable, effective and lasting way to drastically improve their smile.
A New Smile with Dental Veneers in North Attleboro, MA
Porcelain veneers can change the size, shape and color of damaged or stained teeth. Porcelain is the ideal material because it is strong enough to function like and matches the color and texture of tooth enamel. The most common use for veneers are to fix chips and cracks, spacing problems that do not require orthodontic treatment, and stains and discolorations that can't be removed with professional teeth whitening treatments. Veneers are also used to seal and reinforce a tooth after treatment with root canal therapy.
Porcelain veneers can essentially turn the teeth you have into the teeth you want, even if you are not experiencing dental problems like tooth decay or gum disease. Many people express dissatisfaction with how their teeth look, which studies have shown can have an impact on self esteem and overall quality of life. People who are unhappy with how their teeth look often hold back from participating in social events, or expressing the confidence necessary to go after professional advancement and opportunities. Sometimes a few dental improvements are all it takes to freshen and revamp your appearance and self esteem.
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Don't wait to upgrade to your perfect smile. For more information about porcelain veneers and how they can help improve your smile and quality of life, contact Unique Dental Care by calling (508) 399-8800 to schedule an appointment today.
One of the best restorative options for slightly deformed, misaligned or stained teeth is a porcelain veneer. Composed of thin, laminated layers of dental material, the veneer is bonded to the outside of the tooth to transform both its shape and color to blend with other natural teeth.
Veneers are more than a technical process — they’re works of art produced by skilled artisans known as dental lab technicians. They use their skills to shape veneers into forms so life-like they can’t be distinguished from other teeth.
How technicians produce veneers depends on the material used. The mainstay for many years was feldspathic porcelain, a powdered material mixed with water to form a paste, which technicians use to build up layers on top of each other. After curing or “firing” in an oven, the finished veneer can mimic both the color variations and translucency of natural teeth.
Although still in use today, feldspathic porcelain does have limitations. It has a tendency to shrink during firing, and because it’s built up in layers it’s not as strong and shatter-resistant as a single composed piece. To address these weaknesses, a different type of veneer material reinforced with leucite came into use in the 1990s. Adding this mineral to the ceramic base, the core of the veneer could be formed into one piece by pressing the heated material into a mold. But while increasing its strength, early leucite veneers were thicker than traditional porcelain and only worked where extra space allowed for them.
This has led to the newest and most advanced form that uses a stronger type of glass ceramic called lithium disilicate. These easily fabricated veneers can be pressed down to a thickness of three tenths of a millimeter, much thinner than leucite veneers with twice the strength.Â And like leucite, lithium disilicate can be milled to increase the accuracy of the fit. It’s also possible to add a layer of feldspathic porcelain to enhance their appearance.
The science — and artistry — of porcelain veneers has come a long way over the last three decades. With more durable, pliable materials, you can have veneers that with proper care could continue to provide you an attractive smile for decades to come.
If you would like more information on dental veneers, please contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers.”
Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”
Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.
A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:
- Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
- Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
- Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
- Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.
If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”