Article Written by Dr. Sid Solomon
When most people think of the perfect smile, they think of pearly white, straight, and shining teeth. However, sometimes our natural smiles do not live up to the expectations we have, especially here in Hollywood. When teeth are extremely discolored, crooked, and/or otherwise damaged, porcelain veneers can be a great option for completely re-doing a smile.
The daily advances in Cosmetic Dentistry allow dental professionals to provide patients with a wide range of simple and effective solutions to achieve the perfect smile. For example, teeth that are crooked can be straightened with braces or Invisalign® (invisible braces); teeth that are stained due to external causes (such as coffee, red wine, or smoking) can be whitened with bleaching systems; teeth that are chipped can be filled and bonded. However, teeth that have a combination of these problems, or teeth that have been stained due to internal causes (such as issues with your natural enamel or fluoride intake) may need to be redone in order to achieve perfection. For this, I suggest porcelain veneers.
If your dentist determines that porcelain veneers are right for you, the next step is for you and the dentist to determine what size, shape, and style of veneers are right for you. It is important to consider what size and shape will look best in order to complement your facial structure, natural smile, and mouth shape. The art of dentistry plays a vital role in fabricating a natural- looking veneer and it is crucial to trust your smile only to the best. To me, dentistry and artistry are completely intertwined when I do a cosmetic case. The dentist must have the vision, the foresight, and the skill to be able to not only determine the right, natural look for the patient, but to also deliver that vision by creating the perfect veneers.
When you are ready to commence treatment, the teeth must first be prepared for veneers. To accomplish this, the teeth are filed down to remove much of their natural enamel. This is done to make room for the
veneers to fit in place. In order to protect your teeth while your permanent veneers are being crafted, temporary veneers will be put into place. This allows time to perfectly craft your veneers to your specifications. Finally, once the veneers have been prepared, they will be placed for final cementation. Slight adjustments may be needed to finalize this process.
Dr. Sid Solomon DDS is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Society, the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Academy of Aesthetic Professionals, the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and many more highly reputable organizations. His is excellent standing with all of these organizations.