Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility. As a cosmetic dental procedure, dental veneers create a brighter, whiter smile composed of more perfectly aligned and shapely teeth. Veneers are sometimes placed for cosmetic reasons alone, rather than for necessary health purposes. The translucent quality of today's porcelain veneers provides a more natural look than what has been available to past generations. This allows a beautiful and natural looking smile. Porcelain material is a perfect solution for the demands of your teeth.
The Lumineers procedure is usually complete with two visits. During the first visit, a precision mold is taken of the tooth or teeth that will be covered with Lumineers. The desired shade of veneer will also be chosen for a bright but natural look. During the second visit, the customized Lumineers will be checked for fit and shade before being applied to the teeth.
Placing custom porcelain veneers and Lumineers in Fairhope, AL requires a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to cosmetic detail. Dr. Phillip Greer places veneers routinely and designs each case individually to match and enhance the characteristics of each patient's smile.
Different whitening methods include in-office bleaching, which is applied by a professional dentist; at-home bleaching, which is used at home by the patient; over the counter, which do patients apply. The ADA recommends having one's teeth checked by a dentist before undergoing any whitening method. The dentist should examine the patient thoroughly: take a health and dental history including allergies and sensitivities. The whitening shade guides are used to measure tooth color. These shades determine the effectiveness of the whitening procedure, which may vary from two to seven shades. The effects of bleaching can last for several months, but may vary depending on the lifestyle of the patient dentures. Internal staining of dentin can discolor the teeth from inside out. Internal bleaching can remedy this on root canal treated teeth. If heavy staining damage is present on a patient's teeth, and whitening is ineffective there are other methods of masking the stain.