Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.
If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, you may be a candidate for dental veneers:
- You are ashamed of your smile.
- Your teeth are cracked, chipped or broken.
- Your teeth are stained and discolored even though you have tried whitening products.
- You have gaps between teeth.
- Your teeth are worn down.
- Your teeth are misaligned, uneven or irregularly shaped.
If you would like to be proud of your smile, veneers may be the answer for you. At Implant a Smile, Dr. Sayegh and his staff offer two types of veneers, both of which will enhance your smile and boost your confidence. To decide which type of veneer is right for you, read the following, which details the two types of veneers we offer:
The ceramic veneer process:
- Prepare the tooth by minimally grinding the outside surface of the tooth.
- Take an impression, which we send it to the lab.
- Place a temporary veneer on the tooth to prevent sensitivity while the lab fabricates the veneer. (This process takes one to two weeks.)
- The lab pours the impression into special stone, then lays down layers of ceramic in the requested color.
- The lab processes the veneer in an oven which uses high temperature to set the veneer.
- Finally, technicians polish and glaze the veneer and send it back to Dr. Sayegh’s office.
- We cement the veneer to the tooth using dental cement.
- The veneer is made chair-side, where Dr. Sayegh will minimally prepare the tooth. For composites, less grinding is required than for the ceramic preparation.
- The patient and the ImplantASmile.com staff selects the desired color for the veneer.
- Sayegh applies layers of composite material directly to the tooth.
- We cure the veneer to the surface of the tooth, using a special light.
- Then, we polish and shine the surface to make sure the veneers look smooth and pretty.
- The composite bond is almost the same as a composite veneer, but it does not cover the entire facial surface of the tooth.
- This is intended to close gaps between teeth and add to certain surfaces to make teeth appear even. This is also done “chair side.”
- Time – the process takes approximately two weeks
- Expense – More expensive than composite
- Usually involves a little more grinding than composite types
- Shinier and better color stability
- Lasts an average 10 to 15 years, although timeframe varies between patients
- Time – Composites are quicker than ceramic
- Expense – A lot less expensive
- Durability (last an average 4- 8 years) depending on the patient
- Slightly less glare or flash, which is more natural than the flashy, shiny “Hollywood” smile.
- No temporary involved, so the process involves less trips to the dentist.
A third option is a composite bond. This process requires the least preparation, is less expensive than either of the other options, and involves fewer surface layers and lasts 4-8 years (depending on the patient).
The success of each of these veneer processes rely on excellent hygiene and consistent maintenance on the part of the patient. In many cases, undetermined patients may begin with composites and then eventually have ceramic veneers, once they are ready to pay for the more expensive process. Or, your options may be limited by available facial surfaces. Dr. Sayegh and his staff can advise you about your best option.
After using the veneers for years, they may wear down or turn dark in color. At that point, you and Dr. Sayegh and his staff will decide whether to replace them or change to a different type of veneer.
About Dr. Sayegh & ImplantaSmile.com
Dr. Antoine Sayegh & the ImplantaSmile Team use the latest available dental treatments, equipment, and materials – all of which make a marked difference in our patients’ experiences. We are committed to helping our patients achieve optimal dental health. We creatively combine dental science and artistry — which can literally redesign your smile. Since even a subtle change in your smile will help you to project self-confidence and high self-esteem, we love helping you feel good about yourself. We deliver the finest dental care at the most reasonable cost and accept most dental insurance plans as well as CareCredit. For more about the dental treatment plans we offer or to schedule an appointment, call today (626) 963-7581.