Porcelain veneers: A staple of cosmetic dentistry in Carlsbad, CA
By Al A. Fallah, DDS, MICCMO, AIAOMT Home of Exceptional Dentistry
D oes your smile lack the brightness and symmetry you see on TV anchors and movie stars? Are you tired of trying to ignore cosmetic imperfections when you look in the mirror? Would you like to feel more confident that your smile is appealing to others and complements your facial features? Cosmetic dentistry offers many solutions, with porcelain veneers being a premier option. Dr. Al A. Fallahin Carlsbad, CA shares this helpful information.
Veneers and crowns
While veneers have been around since the 1930s, dental crowns have a much longer history dating back to an early Italian culture in 800 BC when they were used for both restorative and cosmetic purposes. Since both procedures serve many of the same beautifying purposes, why not stick with crowns? Let’s look at some of the differences.
We can create your dream smile with the help of dental veneers
A veneer is a thin shell of dental ceramic adhered to the front surface of a tooth.
A veneer makes minor alterations to the appearance of shape, size, color, spacing, and alignment.
Only small reduction of natural tooth structure is needed. In some cases, a bit more shaping may be done, but in general, the dentist removes just a thin layer of enamel to provide a solid bond with the veneer and snug fit. Ultra-thin veneers are known as low-or no-prep because reduction is not needed.
A crown caps the tooth, entirely covering the portion above the gum line.
A crown can significantly change the appearance of a tooth.
You must be thoroughly numbed for crown preparation.
Using CEREC technology, Dr. Fallah makes dental crowns in-office, in one visit.
Usually, a crown is used to improve the appearance of a single tooth, or possibly a few at various locations in the mouth, or full ,mouth rehabilitation.
Crowns are used for many restorative purposes, as well. Crowns restore natural appearance while providing strength and protection for teeth that have large cavities or breakage. A crown is the finishing touch on a dental implant, and two crowns hold a dental bridge in place.
A crown is very strong, able to withstand the bite force on back molars and the wear of clenching and grinding.
Cosmetic dentistry transforms smiles in Carlsbad, CA
Now that you understand veneers and crowns a bit better, you see that each plays a key role in a comprehensive smile makeover, along with teeth whitening, dental bonding, and other treatments.
Yet veneers are generally the top choice for transforming a smile efficiently. Veneers are ideal to mask:
Natural pits and bumps in enamel
Small spaces between teeth
Teeth that look too small or short, or have unusual size or shape
Because the focus is on cosmetic enhancement, treatment can often be completed in two to three visits, and about one to four weeks. At the first visit, teeth are prepped, and impressions are taken. Detailed information is sent to the lab, where a 3D wax mock-up is made. Temporary veneers give you an accurate impression of how final veneers will look and feel. Adjustments are made if necessary, before the porcelain veneers are fabricated. You return to have temporaries removed and your beautiful smile finalized.
Dr. Fallah is a holistic dentist. Some patients question how this overarching approach to dental care as a pathway to improved wellness can include cosmetic dentistry. However, they have actually answered their own question. Holistic dentistry cares for the entire patient – mouth, body, mind, and spirit. Your self-esteem is a crucial factor. Plus, in Dr. Fallah’s care, you can count on biocompatible materials and the safest available methods for all treatments. Furthermore, Dr. Fallah has helped many patients with their TMJ and jaw pain by improving their bite and smile simultaneously using a combination of veneers and crowns in lieu of Neuromuscular Orthodontics.
Call (760) 576-2779 to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Fallah at his office in Carlsbad, CA.
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