Cosmetic Dentist Blog
Posts for: November, 2015
Crowns are a mainstay of cosmetic dentistry used to improve your smile’s appearance in a variety of situations. Not all crowns are alike, though — and the differences could affect your cost.
Crowns or caps are needed to cover remaining tooth structure which was previously damaged. Tooth decay and trauma are the major reasons for damage or loss of tooth structure that make crowns necessary. After preparing the remaining healthy tooth to fit into the new crown, we then make an impression mold of the tooth for a dental technician to use to create the new crown. It’s at this point where the road to your new smile can take different paths, both in construction and how much artistry goes in to your crown’s formation.
Porcelain crown construction falls into two general categories. The first category involves life-like porcelain fused to an inner core of metal. Because many older types of porcelain tend to be brittle and subject to breaking under pressure, metals are used to strengthen the crown. A fused crown can thus provide both durability and a life-like appearance.
In recent years, though, new dental materials have made the second category — all porcelain crowns — a viable option. Either lithium disilicate or zirconium oxide account for nearly two-thirds of crowns made today. Although research on their durability is relatively new, initial results have been encouraging, showing advanced all-ceramic crowns can tolerate forces comparable to porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crowns used in bridges.
On the downside, these newer materials may be more expensive than PFM crowns. Costs for manufacturing may also increase depending on how life-like the matching of color with other teeth you desire your crown to be. For example, individual teeth aren’t a uniform color — there are gradations of color that can vary from the tip of the tooth to the root. To capture these gradations in an individual crown requires a high level of artistry and time by the dental technician, which increases the final cost.
If you’re in need of a crown, it’s best to first make an appointment for a consultation to review your options, and to consider both your expectations and financial ability. Together we can determine what it will take to create a new look for your teeth that fits your expectations and your budget.
Veneers offer a simple way to improve your smile, although they're not appropriate for every situation. Warren Gase, D.D.S., shares information with Cincinnati residents about the process for obtaining veneers.
What are veneers?
Dental veneers are very thin shells that fit over the front of your teeth. Veneers may be made of porcelain or plastic and are used to change the color or shape of your teeth.
Who can benefit from veneers?
Veneers can hide a variety of problems, including the following:
- Tetracycline stains
- Darker areas in your teeth caused by large fillings or a root canal
- Gaps between teeth
- Crooked or uneven teeth
- Dull or yellow teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Oddly shaped teeth
What's the first step?
Will I experience any pain?
During your second appointment, your dentist will remove a very thin layer of enamel on the front surface of your teeth. Removing this layer is necessary to ensure a good fit for the veneers. Some patients are more comfortable with a little local anesthesia during this step, but others don't find it painful and don't need anesthesia.
When will I get my veneers?
During the second visit, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and send it to a dental laboratory. Lab technicians will use the impression to create custom veneers, which will take a week or two. At your next appointment, your dentist will bond the veneers to your teeth. Before he attaches the veneers to your teeth, he'll make sure that the color and fit is correct. When you are both satisfied with the look of your new veneers, a laser will be used to help harden the dental cement.
Is it difficult to care for veneers?
If you can brush and floss, you can care for veneers. It's best to avoid abrasive toothpaste because it can scratch your veneers, but otherwise, you'll follow your normal oral hygiene routine.
How long will veneers last?
Veneers can last 20 years or more if you follow care instructions.
Veneers offer a permanent way to improve your smile without extensive dental work. If veneers sound like the right option for you, call Cincinnati veneers professional Warren Gase, D.D.S., at (513) 931-3001 today.
When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.
"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."
As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.
For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.
If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.
If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”