Veneers and Laminates
Veneers and laminates are another conservative approach to enhancing the look of your teeth. They are a thin shell made of porcelain or composite resin that is cemented to the front surface of the tooth. Like bonding, veneers are used to cover up discoloration, cracks and chipping, and to change the shape or size of your teeth. However, porcelain veneers outperform bonding with greater resilience and a greater resistance to stains and dulling. Also, they tend to look more natural than a bonded tooth.
- Indications treatable by veneers include
- stained/ defective restorations
- gap between front teeth
- fracture line
- wearing of teeth
- discolored teeth
- malformed teeth
- slight malposition
- gum recession exposing the roots
- Erosion/ abrasion of teethComposite resins (same as used for tooth -colored fillings) can be used in a direct chair side technique to form a veneer. Advantages of these direct composite veneers are:
• Only one appointment is required
• cost to the patient is less
• composite resin veneers are reparable
• color and form can be controlled by the dentist
These veneers promise” the highest esthetic potential to date for restoration of anterior tooth defects.” Porcelain is the optimum material for its color stability, esthetics, wear resistance and tissue compatibility. But unlike composite resin veneers these are constructed in labs from dies made from patient’s impression. Porcelain veneers
• Frequently do not require anesthetic and are less stressful to the patient.
• does not usually cause sensitivity
• maintains natural contacts between teeth
• eliminates display of metal at the gum margin
Excessive Gingival Display: This can be a significant esthetic dilemma for many patients. The condition usually presents as incomplete exposure of crown portion of the tooth and a high lip line, which causes a “gummy smile”. The cause is delayed migration of the gum margin apically during eruption. When full exposure of the crown portion of the tooth is achieved surgically, there is dramatic improvement in esthetics by the concomitant lengthening of the teeth and reduction of the gingival exposure.
Gingival depigmentation: If you are conscious of your smile due to the blackish appearance of the gums instead of the normal coral pink color, consider yourself to be a candidate for this cosmetic procedure. The condition is caused by excessive presence of certain pigment producing cells called melanocytes in the gum tissue. The treatment simply involves scraping of the superficial layer of the gum to remove the pigmentation. The results are evident within 7 days of healing.
They represent one of the greatest advances in cosmetic dentistry. They are ultra thin veneers (as thin as contact lenses). They utilize ultra-modern state-of –the-art technology to create extremely strong, durable, thin veneer from porcelain. They are placed on the existing tooth structure so that means in most cases there is no drilling of extremely sensitive tooth enamel is required unlike traditional veneers.No injections! No pain! No Drilling! No temporaries!
With THINEERS you can:
• Whiten teeth Permanently
• Re-shape Teeth
• Straighten Teeth
• Repair Chipped and Stained Teeth
• Place over existing Crown or Bridge work without having to replace them.
• Close gaps and spaces in between teeth
In cases where orthodontic problems are not very severe, THINEERS ULTRA THIN VENEERS™ will change the alignment and shape of your teeth, making them look whiter, straighter and more uniform.Moreover, this type of restoration has been proven to last for up to 20 years with proper maintenance and care. This would include your regular Dental Check-up and Cleaning.
Dental inlays /onlays
Porcelain inlays and onlays are state-of-the-art, conservative dental restorations. Traditional fillings can reduce the strength of a natural tooth by up to 50%. As an alternative, inlays and onlays, being bonded directly onto the tooth using special high-strength resins, can actually increase the strength of a tooth by up to 75%.
Dental Inlays and Onlays can be thought of as dental procedures that are midway between a dental filling and a dental crown. They are normally used when there is not enough tooth structure to support a filling, yet there is also not enough damage to support a dental crown.
Dental inlays lie within the cusps on the chewing surface of teeth. A dental onlay, on the other hand, is more extensive than an dental inlay, and tends to cover multiple cusp areas. Both can be composed of gold, resin or ceramics. These pieces are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. Traditionally, gold has been the material of choice for inlays and onlays. In recent years, however, porcelain has become increasingly popular due to its strength and color, which can potentially match the natural color of your teeth. Inlays and onlays are applied in two dental visits. At the first visit, the old filling, or decay, is removed, and the tooth is prepared for the inlay / onlay. The dentist will then make an impression of the tooth, and send this impression to a dental laboratory. This impression will be used by the laboratory to construct a custom-made porcelain, or gold inlay / onlay. At this time the dentist will place a temporary sealant on your tooth and schedule a second appointment.