7 Ways Porcelain Veneers Can Transform a Smile

  • By Dr. Skeels
  • 29 Jul, 2016

Bright, even smiles have become more and more attainable as dental technologies have advanced. One of the most versatile practical and cosmetic procedures available for smile transformation is porcelain veneers .

If you've ever thought about changing your smile, whether you want to lighten the enamel color or straighten a single twisted tooth, you probably have a specific procedure in mind. But did you know that porcelain veneers can replace many other cosmetic procedures?

In this blog, we explain the veneer placement process and list seven of the ways a dentist can use veneers to revitalize a smile.

How Do Porcelain Veneers Work?

Porcelain veneers consist of a thin porcelain shell that is custom manufactured for a patient's mouth. Before placing the shell, the dentist removes a small amount of tooth enamel, usually approximately 0.5 millimeters. This removal makes the tooth more receptive to dental adhesives and minimizes the change in tooth thickness after the procedure.

The dentist then puts the veneers in place and cements them to your teeth.

What Can Porcelain Veneers Do?

Due to their strength and versatility, porcelain veneers work for many patients. When you want to alter your smile, your dentist may recommend veneers to address any of the following qualities.

1. Chips

If a portion of a tooth breaks off, a porcelain veneer can restore the appearance and strength of the tooth. Veneers can work for chips of most sizes as well as some forms of cracking and breakage.

2. Discoloration

Discolored teeth can occur for a number of reasons, including excessive fluoride, tetracycline stains, oversized resin fillings, and impact injuries. These forms of discoloration do not generally change during whitening treatments , either because they affect the inside of the tooth or because the chemicals cannot lift the stain. If you have discolored teeth from any of these sources, your dentist may simply cover the affected tooth with a veneer for a whiter, brighter smile.

3. Gaps

Veneers can change the shape and size of individual teeth. For this reason, your dentist may apply veneers to the teeth on either side of a gap to close it. Generally, this treatment is used for patients who have no other need for orthodontics or who need results quickly.

4. Misalignment

While braces and clear alignment trays can correct extensive misalignment, some patients do not require such drastic measures. If you have minor alignment issues, such as a single turned or crooked tooth, veneers may represent a more effective option.

5. Size Concerns

Most beautiful smiles consist of teeth which appear to be the right relative size compared to the other teeth. If you have too-small teeth, it may make your smile appear uneven. One of the most common size concerns is small teeth on either side of the front top teeth, which can create a "buck-toothed" appearance. Veneers can correct these types of size issues on their own or in conjunction with orthodontia.

6. Surface Wear

Over time, teeth can begin to wear away. If you have visible wear to your teeth, it likely results from tooth grinding or weak enamel. For some patients, porcelain veneers can cover unsightly signs of wear and diminish the threat of future wear.

7. Yellowing

In addition to the types of discoloration discussed in section one, porcelain veneers can correct yellowing that doesn't respond to whitening treatments .


If you think porcelain veneers could help you smile brighter, talk to our expert team at the Dr. David K. Skeels practice. We can look at your dental history and concerns to determine if you are a good candidate for veneers on one or more teeth.

By Dr. Skeels 29 Sep, 2016

When thinking about oral health conditions, you may not even consider dry mouth. After all, temporary dry mouth can happen because of fear or specific foods, and while dryness is inconvenient, it doesn't seem dangerous.

Unfortunately, this perception of dry mouth prevents many patients from seeking dental care for this condition.

While dry mouth should not threaten your overall health directly, it can have serious side effects and lead to prolonged discomfort. In this blog, we list 10 common issues related to dry mouth.

1. Advanced Gum Disease

Saliva works as a cleaning and neutralizing agent in your mouth. When your body produces less saliva, harmful bacteria don't get washed away as easily. Instead, the bacteria cling to your gums, causing inflammation. Even with regular oral hygiene, this inflammation can rapidly develop into gingivitis or other forms of periodontal disease.

2. Bad Breath

The same bacteria that cause gum disease also encourage tooth decay (which we'll discuss in section 10) and bad breath. As oral bacteria decay, they release an unpleasant odor, which in turn makes your breath smell bad.

3. Changes in Speech

When you have a dry mouth, you may sound hoarse when you speak due to the lack of moisture in your throat. Dryness can also prompt frequent swallowing, which may cause clicking sounds and other changes to your speech pattern.

4. Digestive Issues

Saliva helps you prepare food for digestion. When your mouth dries out, you may have difficulty swallowing, feel pain when you swallow, or experience delayed food breakdown. In prolonged cases of dry mouth, you may have difficulty chewing certain foods. These digestive issues may manifest as acid reflux, stomachache, or other minor digestive discomforts.

5. Dry and Cracked Lips

While saliva isn't the moisture that keeps your lips soft and supple, dry mouth often accompanies dehydration. Lack of moisture can cause dry and irritated lips. Left unaddressed, dry mouth can contribute to cracks and bleeding, especially at the corners of the mouth.

6. Fungal Infections of the Mouth

A dry mouth provides the ideal environment for many oral infections. The most common infection associated with dry mouth is thrush, but dryness can contribute to other diseases as well.

7. Pain During Dental Hygiene Procedures

When the gums don't receive enough moisture, they become more sensitive. This sensitivity can make brushing and flossing, dental cleanings, and wearing dental appliances like dentures uncomfortable or even painful.

8. Soft Tissue Issues

Your cheeks and tongue rely on the moisture provided by saliva. Many patients with dry mouth experience discomfort focused on these areas. Over time, some patients may even develop fissures in soft oral tissues.

9. Taste Changes and Disorders

Saliva plays a large role in how you taste your food. If you have a dry mouth, you may notice that your favorite foods don't taste the same. You may even experience a change in how your mouth seems to taste when you aren't eating.

10. Widespread Tooth Decay

Like your gums, your teeth depend on saliva to wash away harmful bacteria. Dry mouth allows bacteria to build up on the enamel, corroding it. Patients with dry mouth usually also have cavities or advanced tooth decay.

 

If you experience dry mouth, consult with your dentist. Dry mouth can occur due to certain medical conditions, medications, or diets. However, dry mouth is not a normal symptom of getting older. Your dentist can help you identify the cause of your dry mouth and give recommendations for combating discomfort and the risks listed above.

Don't ignore the symptoms of dry mouth. Seek expert advice when you notice excessive dryness to reduce your chance of experiencing these issues.

By Dr. Skeels 29 Jul, 2016

Bright, even smiles have become more and more attainable as dental technologies have advanced. One of the most versatile practical and cosmetic procedures available for smile transformation is porcelain veneers .

If you've ever thought about changing your smile, whether you want to lighten the enamel color or straighten a single twisted tooth, you probably have a specific procedure in mind. But did you know that porcelain veneers can replace many other cosmetic procedures?

In this blog, we explain the veneer placement process and list seven of the ways a dentist can use veneers to revitalize a smile.

How Do Porcelain Veneers Work?

Porcelain veneers consist of a thin porcelain shell that is custom manufactured for a patient's mouth. Before placing the shell, the dentist removes a small amount of tooth enamel, usually approximately 0.5 millimeters. This removal makes the tooth more receptive to dental adhesives and minimizes the change in tooth thickness after the procedure.

The dentist then puts the veneers in place and cements them to your teeth.

What Can Porcelain Veneers Do?

Due to their strength and versatility, porcelain veneers work for many patients. When you want to alter your smile, your dentist may recommend veneers to address any of the following qualities.

1. Chips

If a portion of a tooth breaks off, a porcelain veneer can restore the appearance and strength of the tooth. Veneers can work for chips of most sizes as well as some forms of cracking and breakage.

2. Discoloration

Discolored teeth can occur for a number of reasons, including excessive fluoride, tetracycline stains, oversized resin fillings, and impact injuries. These forms of discoloration do not generally change during whitening treatments , either because they affect the inside of the tooth or because the chemicals cannot lift the stain. If you have discolored teeth from any of these sources, your dentist may simply cover the affected tooth with a veneer for a whiter, brighter smile.

3. Gaps

Veneers can change the shape and size of individual teeth. For this reason, your dentist may apply veneers to the teeth on either side of a gap to close it. Generally, this treatment is used for patients who have no other need for orthodontics or who need results quickly.

4. Misalignment

While braces and clear alignment trays can correct extensive misalignment, some patients do not require such drastic measures. If you have minor alignment issues, such as a single turned or crooked tooth, veneers may represent a more effective option.

5. Size Concerns

Most beautiful smiles consist of teeth which appear to be the right relative size compared to the other teeth. If you have too-small teeth, it may make your smile appear uneven. One of the most common size concerns is small teeth on either side of the front top teeth, which can create a "buck-toothed" appearance. Veneers can correct these types of size issues on their own or in conjunction with orthodontia.

6. Surface Wear

Over time, teeth can begin to wear away. If you have visible wear to your teeth, it likely results from tooth grinding or weak enamel. For some patients, porcelain veneers can cover unsightly signs of wear and diminish the threat of future wear.

7. Yellowing

In addition to the types of discoloration discussed in section one, porcelain veneers can correct yellowing that doesn't respond to whitening treatments .


If you think porcelain veneers could help you smile brighter, talk to our expert team at the Dr. David K. Skeels practice. We can look at your dental history and concerns to determine if you are a good candidate for veneers on one or more teeth.

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