Porcelain Veneers Dentist in Beverly Hills
People have always envied celebrities for their infamous Hollywood smiles, because after all, nothing gives you more confidence than having a perfect set of straight, white teeth. The truth and secret behind these obtaining these perfect smiles are often a result of having the famous Hollywood Makeover. If you have looked into cosmetic or restorative treatments yourself, you were probably faced with countless options to fix your teeth, which included everything from braces to surgery. We all know braces can take years to fix your smile, and they don’t address other issues, such as small or damaged teeth, or unsightly dental problems that are holding you back from reaching your goals. If enhancing your smile is your main dental goal, surgery, or implants are usually unnecessary especially if you have healthy gums and teeth to begin with.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
In simple terms, we are the home of the “Beverly Hills Porcelain Veneers” made of thin, durable porcelain material used to improve the exterior look of your smile, or to protect damaged, broken, chipped, or jagged teeth. Much like traditional false fronts, they are made so they resemble usual dental enamel, thus allowing a natural looking smile. They are then applied over the surface of existing teeth to provide natural looking and long lasting results, and when performed by an experienced Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist such as Arthur Glosman DDS, you can expect perfect results every time no matter how much they cost per tooth. This solution, often used by Hollywood stars, can correct the all kinds of dental imperfections in just a few hours in the dental chair.
What are Lumineers?
Officially called Lumineers, dental laminates are designed for individuals who are concerned about the teeth reduction process associated with traditional dental fronts. Lumineers may be an excellent choice for those that don’t wish to have their teeth resurfaced, however it’s important to choose the best cosmetic dentist available because if not, patients might find themselves having to fix a botched laminate application. Think of Lumineers as a brand of “prep-less” porcelain veneers. They are considered prep-less because the dentist simply has to submit accurate measurements to a ceramist, and the thin coatings can be fitted onto the surface of the teeth with little to no preparation.
Because Lumineers are very thin, there is a tendency that severely discolored teeth can still show underneath. This is because the Lumineers cannot provide the same opacity as a traditional veneer. Additionally, the cosmetic dentist must be duly certified and truly experienced in this application because the material can easily break as well as it can injure or irritate the gums because of improper emergence profile. This specialized skill makes this process a bit more expensive than getting fitted for standard coverings.
Porcelain Veneers vs. Composite Veneers
There are many kinds of dental veneers that can be applied depending on the material: porcelain veneers, zirconium veneers, metallic-ceramic veneers, metallic-resin veneers, or metallic veneers. However, they are usually classified between two major groups that cover most of the cases: porcelain and composite.
The main advantage of porcelain veneers vs. composite are that Dental porcelain is one of the most used materials for dental reconstruction, and for good reason. By using porcelain teeth veneers, patients can achieve reconstructions that are so similar to natural teeth in terms of shape, texture, and color that it seems almost impossible to tell the difference between them and real teeth.
Another important advantage of porcelain veneers is that they are more durable; although they are extremely thin (about 0.6 millimeters), they become really strong once they are bonded to the dental structure. They are also stain resistant, because porcelain is an impervious and smooth ceramic and won’t pick up stains from smoking cigarettes or drinking coffee like a composite.
However, porcelain veneers also have some disadvantages when comparing them to the usage of composite veneers. The most significant disadvantage is that they are more expensive compared to the composite veneers, plus the fact that they can’t be repaired–if they break, they need to be fully replaced. The placement of porcelain veneers also requires more resources, expertise and time when compared to the placement of composite veneers.
Composite veneers have the advantage of being much less expensive than porcelain veneers, and can be placed after only one visit to the dentist, because its placement requires less time and resources. The main disadvantage of composite veneers when comparing them to the porcelain veneers is that they look nowhere as real and natural as porcelain veneers do.
Applications include minor cosmetic adjustments, and major smile makeovers or to replace minor orthodontic work. Many actors use these dental fronts to get that instant camera-ready smile and to fix small imperfections such as gaps in front teeth or “gummy” smiles. However, most dentists recommend against installing these on imperfect but otherwise healthy teeth and on younger people such as children or young adults where other forms of dentistry are better suited. Many patients choose porcelain over ceramic because it doesn’t require extensive treatment. In addition, compared to other options, this treatment is the most resilient and durable options available.
Choosing Shapes and Styles
According to the Las Vegas Institute Smile Catalog, this form of cosmetic dentistry can often be classified into 12 different styles describing the smile characteristic they wish to portray. Here is an overview to help you choose the best shape and style for your personality.
- Aggressive–square, round central and lateral incisors with gently curved or semi-straight canines.
- Dominant–square, round central incisors, rounded far corner of lateral incisors, and sharp pointed canines; lateral incisors are chipped a little bit higher than the central incisors.
- Enhanced–slightly rounded edges of both central and lateral incisors with the lateral incisors slightly higher or shorter than the central incisors to give it a gull-wing appearance; canines are bluntly pointed.
- Focused –similar to an Enhanced style unless the central incisors are square without rounded edges.
- Functional –similar to an Enhanced style except the canines are more pointed.
- Hollywood Style –similar to an Aggressive style but with the lateral incisors slightly offset or shorter from the central incisors.
- Mature –similar to an Aggressive style but with the canines slightly more pointed.
- Natural –similar to an Enhanced style but with the canines more aggressively pointed
- Oval –similar to an Aggressive style unless all the incisors and canines take on a more rounded or oval shape.
- Softened –similar to an Oval style but with a less pronounced curvature of the edges of the teeth.
- Vigorous –similar to an Aggressive style unless the canines are more pronounced, is protruding well into the oral cavity like a fang.
- Youthful –similar to an Oval Style but with more pronounced and protruding canines like in a Vigorous style