Ultra-Thin Veneers: have the dream smile you always wanted in about a week
Let's face it, we all know veneers are expensive. Plus when you spend that much, what if they don't look that great? They can wind up looking like Chiclets!
Cheap veneers are simple: you just grind down a large portion of the tooth then do what is called an impression and then get them made by a lab. That requires no skill.
The problem is this: veneers don't last forever. In 10 years or so when one or two of those veneers start to break off, what are you going to do if there is no tooth structure left to place a new one? It's a tough spot to be in.
But if you do minimal-prep (which means minimal grinding), then you don't need to worry about that. There will be plenty of tooth structure left to last you the rest of your life. The solution is Ultra-Thin Veneers.
You might think that means they are weaker, but, because very little of the tooth is messed with, they are actually much stronger because they are bonded to a big and sturdy tooth.
A large veneer means that there is less tooth. That’s not good and actually less strong. Not to mention they look obviously more on the fake side because they can be too white or too perfect. Sometimes a beautiful, but natural, looking smile is actually more ATTRACTIVE.
You don’t want to look like you’re trying too hard to be beautiful; TRULY attractive people are generally fairly subtle about it. The masters of dentistry create beauty by adding character in areas that need it and giving a masculine or feminine touch that is entirely artistic.
Grinding down a ton of your tooth and slapping on a Chiclet is not the way to do it. There is such a thing as “no-prep” veneer, but you wind up with a big, bulky veneer because the veneer is always bigger than your natural teeth. “Minimal-prep” is the smartest way to maximize your veneer bond and also save teeth. It gives you the best of both worlds.
It allows the lab to make the perfect shape and size for your veneers that are not too big and bulky. One thing that is great about Ultra-Thin Veneers as well is that, with them, you can retain the natural translucence of the tooth. Making sure the gum line travels around the tooth in a natural way is also really critical.
Our type of veneers fit perfectly under the gum line and won’t cause inflammation or discomfort. Often times, people will think you take really good care of your teeth, had braces in the past and really care about your appearance, which can give you an advantage in business dealings, dating, relationships, etc.
Why Building-Up the Veneer is Important:
Most dentists have a hard time bonding the veneers to the deeper part of the teeth, called dentin.
By using a special technology called biomimetic dentistry, we are able to build up the tooth in a special way that protects the nerves of the teeth while also increasing the strength of the veneer bond up to 400%.
We make sure if there is any dentin that could later be exposed to bacteria, we seal it up first before placing the veneer. That way, if later the veneer was to crack or leak for any reason, the bacteria could never get down in the root and cause an infection.
We also make sure to build up the veneer in a way that allows the mouth to keep the same structure that Mother Nature intended.
One good example of this is the backside of the tooth. There is a crevice built behind the tooth (that you can see in the picture on the side of this text) that also needs to be re-created if decay ruined it. This small crevice is an important aspect of the anatomy of a tooth and prevents the lower teeth from pushing against and over-flexing the upper teeth.
Here I have taken a picture of a dental model and drawn on a couple of the teeth to show you what I’m talking about:
Doing these seemingly small extra actions can improve the life of your veneers and also your teeth because they won’t need to be prepped again for, hopefully, a VERY long time.
Our Veneer Process:
First and foremost, this is RED CARPET TREATMENT.
You come in and work with the doctor one-on-one to make sure you have the absolute perfect smile you have always wanted. We are going to showboat you down to our lab in Beverly Hills and take photos. Unless, of course, you want to be shy about it.
But before we do all that, we do the most important step: pre-planning. We do this by putting your entire mouth into wax.
There’s two reasons why we do this:
- So that you can see exactly what your teeth will look like with your new veneers.
- So that we can determine the exact best way to prepare your teeth so that we only have to remove the BARE MINIMUM of tooth structure to get the smile you have always dreamed of.
This phase is often not done when people are getting veneers done elsewhere. This is not ideal because you want to have a complete picture of where the gum line will be, how the length and shape of the teeth will be and also the way the bite will be.
You are not included in the decision because the “doctor knows best.” With restorative dental work that may be true, but with cosmetics only the patient knows best!
There is no room for error or imperfections once you place the final veneer; so every single precaution should be taken to make sure that they are absolutely PERFECT once they are placed.
The pre-planning stage is the MOST important part of getting veneers and a majority of dentists don’t even do this step at all!
Natasha describes seeing her brand new smile in the mirror for the very first time.
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After you get Excited About your New Look:
Now that you have seen your future mouth, and are happy with it, we get you scheduled to come in and have your teeth prepared and have the temporaries put on. In our office, we do everything one-on-one. You will be working with the doctor and we only deal with one patient at a time.
This means every step is controlled and handled by you and the doctor and there is very little outside interference or reliance from support staff. Often, if you have a lot of veneers to be done, we can schedule you for a 4 or 5 hour appointment in an afternoon and do all of your temporaries in one day. This allows you to literally walk out of your first visit with a brand new smile.
Then, over the course of a few weeks, we make adjustments based on how you’re feeling and how you like your new teeth. The process can go much faster if you want, but we recommend giving it some time so that you are 100% sure that you know exactly what you want before we finalize the tiny sculptures that will forever change your life.
Then, when both the doctor and you are happy with the final result, we get the final veneers made in our lab and sent over to our office to be seated. Then you come in for another 4 or 5 hour appointment with the doctor to have everything placed and perfected.
Usually, after this point, all you have to do is flash those pearly whites and brighten up the lives of the people around you with your mind-blowing new smile.
Caring for your Veneers:
If you’re like many Americans, you have way too much stress on a daily basis. It could be causing you to grind at night and might be destroying your teeth.
If that’s the case, we’ll make you a night guard to protect your new investment and you will sleep with it in order to prevent all grinding some damaging and chipping away at your new veneers. Besides that, you can treat your new veneers just like normal teeth: brushing, flossing, oral probiotics, etc.
We have veneers that our patients did 20 years ago that are still going strong. People value things that are expensive: your veneers will get better treatment, naturally, than your original teeth ever did. You will WANT to take care of them.
Dr. O’Malley has done over 11,000 veneers, so you’re in good hands. So call us now! If you only need veneers and don’t need any restorative work then your first exam is free. There’s no reason to wait.
A beautiful smile will pay off professionally if you are an entrepreneur or sales-type position. Let’s get you scheduled to see Dr. O’Malley.
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