Are you considering having a permanent improvement
to the shape, and possibly color, of your teeth?

Over the last thirty-five years, the dental profession has recommended Porcelain Veneers when the desired result is to greatly improve the appearance of a patients’ natural teeth.

Porcelain is a material that most closely imitates tooth enamel. Light is absorbed and reflected similarly between the two. Veneers and crowns (also known as caps) are both made of porcelain. The benefit of veneers over crowns, is that they are more conservative removing less natural tooth structure.
In a trained dentist’s hands, porcelain veneers have a lot of versatility. They can be used to lengthen small teeth, reshape damaged teeth due to wear or fracture, brighten stained teeth, allow crowded teeth to look straight, close spaces between the teeth and last but not least, the patient can choose what the final shade will be for the teeth.

Often times, due to what is called a “contact lens” effect, some of the natural color of the tooth is allowed to influence the final shade of the teeth, enhancing the natural appearance. Because of this effect, the edges of the veneer can be placed over the gum line—blending in very naturally with the teeth thus preserving the surrounding tissues in the best way.

One of the general rules most professionals know is that when dealing with a patients smile, you treat either 2, 4, 8 or 10 teeth—never 6. This is what “the countdown to dental cosmetics” refers to. Most patients have cosmetic myopia when looking at themselves in the mirror. They only see the 6 front teeth. Others rarely view someone’s smile straight on buy rather at many different angles.

When reviewing thousands of photographs on many different patients, it becomes apparent that the smile goes back a lot further back in the mouth than most people think…even if the patients claim they do not “smile very big”. This is especially true when dealing with very darkly stained teeth. Doing less than 8 or 10 teeth would be very apparent in most patients. It is like the smile “stops”. This is not very attractive.

Now that you know the rule you will notice the difference in a truly captivating smile versus a segmented partial smile. If you are observant, you can see this in actors and actresses in movies and television quite often. As you are considering dental esthetics, remember the “countdown to cosmetics” to get the result you are looking for!

Author: Dr. Jenkins, Bluffton Dental Care