Dr. Alrez can alter an otherwise imperfect smile when it’s the best option with veneers. Veneers are made of ceramic and porcelain materials and are placed on your natural teeth to create a perfect looking, white smile. In our Glen Mills office, she will likely recommend veneers along the front teeth that show when you smile. That way she can ensure an even, flawless smile. Dental veneers are a perfect option for patients with chipped or fractured teeth, poorly shaped or crooked teeth, gaps between your teeth and permanently stained teeth. They are sometimes called “instant orthodontics” because they can dramatically improve your smile and appearance in a matter of two visits over approximately two weeks!
The Old Way
When installing traditional veneers the teeth are ground down so that a metal cap can be placed over the tooth and the porcelain is fused to the metal. The issue with this method is that it takes quite a bit of time to do it and because there needs to be space for both metal and porcelain the dentist is often forced to grind a perfectly good part of the tooth in order to fit the crown and the porcelain on top. Porcelain veneers using the old method also tend to chip and crack from time to time and need to be repaired or replaced.
New Zirconia based Porcelain Veneers
Alrez Family Dentistry is now offering a new type of veneer that uses Zirconia. Zirconia is less prone to chipping and cracking than the old method of making veneers. Zirconia also can be made much thinner than the metal implants so there is usually less grinding that needs to be done.