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How porcelain veneers from your dentists in Macon, GA, can improve your smile
Chances are that you don’t quite have a perfect smile yet—after all, most people have at least one issue they would like to change about their teeth. Fortunately, if you have a smile that is less than it could be, you can upgrade it with the help of porcelain veneers! Here at Northside Family Dentistry in Macon, GA, your dentists, Drs. Clinton M. Watson and Nicole L. Jackson, offer porcelain veneers, along with a wide variety of other dental services, to improve your smile. Read on to learn more!
What veneers can do for you
Veneers are thin porcelain laminates that are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth to hide any possible flaws or discolorations and leave you with a spectacular smile. Being a light-reflective material that looks virtually identical to tooth enamel, porcelain makes an excellent choice for this treatment.
Porcelain veneers are a popular, versatile cosmetic choice for they can hide:
- Broken or damaged tooth structure from an accident or injury
- Cracks or fracture lines from trauma or bad habits
- Excessive wear or erosion from aging or other causes
- Blotches or discolorations from genetics or medications
You can also make the small gaps between teeth disappear by allowing the veneers to fill in the spaces. Porcelain veneers can also minimize the look of tooth overlap by making teeth appear straighter.
Porcelain veneer treatment offers many benefits including:
- Quick results, because you can have a new smile in as little as 2 to 3 appointments here at our Macon office
- Natural beauty, because porcelain veneers look just like natural teeth, without the damage
- Conservative treatment, because minimal tooth structure is removed, just enough to compensate for the thickness of the veneers
- Long-lasting beauty, because porcelain resists stains, so your new veneers will stay beautiful for years
Interested? Give our dentists a call
If you want to change your smile, renew it with porcelain veneers. For more information about how porcelain veneers can improve your smile, schedule an appointment with the dentists here at Northside Family Dentistry in Macon, GA, today by dialing (478) 475-1976.
Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.
What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!
Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.
If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.
For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.
Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.
Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.
So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.
If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”