Consumers Enjoy Perfect Smiles via Thin Veneers
Thanks to new cosmetic dentistry techniques people's smiles are transformed. Porcelain laminates, or veneers, also known as the brand Lumineers, are very thin, in fact, very thin like a contact lens for replacing, repairing or reshaping our teeth, such as oral implants, crowns, Invisalign braces, and bridges.
One hundred years ago, people had few choices if they had bad teeth. They just had to live with it if their teeth were cracked, chipped, missing or even discolored. In fact rumor has it that England's Queen Elizabeth I filled the gaps where she had missing teeth with little rolls of cotton.
Times have changed, and with modern technology and new cosmetic dentistry techniques people's smiles are transformed by today's dentistry. It used to be a concept of "no pain no gain" in dentistry, while today there's a new saying -- "the smile you've always wanted without the pain you've never wanted."
Porcelain laminates, or veneers, were first created by a dentist at the Den-Mat Corporation. Also known as the brand Lumineers, these veneers are very thin, in fact, very thin like a contact lens.
Cosmetic dentistry involves different techniques and procedures for replacing, repairing or reshaping our teeth, inclduing Invisalign braces, bridges, crowns or oral implants. Benefiting from veneers depends on several things including the health of your teeth. Teeth are made from enamel which is the hardest substance in your body. You still need to be careful not to chip the enamel by doing something like cracking a nut or opening a bottle cap with your front teeth, because the enamel cannot repair itself.
Let's say you have fallen down and cracked a tooth during a sports activity. Your dentist might recommend using veneers to repair your teeth. Here's how the procedure works. With an extensive range of shapes and colors available, you and your dentist can select the shape and color to match and enhance your existing teeth for a natural looking smile. The veneers will be permanently bonded to your existing front tooth, in place, so it requires minimal preparation. The veneer will instantly attach to the front of the existing tooth, covering the crack, and can even improve the color and shape.
This dental procedure does not require grinding down the sensitive tooth structure which is common when patients get traditional crowns. Plus it's not necessary to have anesthetic shots because it does not hurt. Clinically proven to last for 20 years or more, Lumineers can close spaces between teeth, fix chipped teeth, provide better color to stained tooth enamel, lengthen shorter teeth, and re-shape crooked or awkward looking teeth. Veneers can also revitalize crowns and bridges.
The results for this procedure are exceptional for makeovers on worn, misshapen teeth, which are transformed so people can smile with confidence. In fact many of our patients thank us for helping to change their lives.
Most Los Angeles dentist clinics charge about $1,000 per veneer, and many dentists provide affordable financing plans for patients who don't have dental insurance.
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Kristin Gabriel is a social media marketing writer and PR professional. Her client, Dr. Bijan Afar, is a Los Angeles dentist and oral surgeon who owns a dental clinic known as the Wilshire Dental Clinic.