Posts for tag: Porcelain Veneers

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
January 08, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Porcelain Veneers  

Those unattractive teeth you see in the mirror are what are standing between you and a truly beautiful smile. If only you could make them go away.

In a way, you can do just that—with dental veneers. For the past three decades dentists have been covering the imperfections of problem teeth with these thin layers of porcelain. What's more, they're usually less involved and expensive than other restorations.

Veneers work best on teeth with moderate flaws like chipping, heavy staining or wearing, or slight misalignments like crookedness or gaps. The dental porcelain used is a ceramic material that so closely mimics the color and translucence of natural teeth it often takes a trained eye to notice any difference.

The first step to getting veneers is to plan your new look with a full examination and a diagnostic mock-up, a temporary application of tooth-colored filling materials applied directly to the teeth. This gives you and your dentist a better visual idea of how veneers will look on your teeth, and to make any adjustments ahead of time. A dental lab will use these findings to create your custom veneers.

In the meantime we'll prepare your teeth to accommodate your veneers. Although they're usually only 0.3 to 0.7 millimeters thick, veneers can still appear bulky when placed straight on the teeth. To adjust for their width we usually must remove some of the teeth's surface enamel so the veneers look more natural. Because enamel can't be replaced, the removal permanently alters the teeth and will require some form of restoration from then on.

When the veneers are ready we'll attach them with special cement so they'll form an almost seamless bond with the teeth. You'll then be able to use them just as before—but with a little caution. Although quite durable, veneers can break under too much force, so avoid biting on hard objects like ice, hard candy or nuts. And be sure you practice good dental care on your veneered teeth with daily brushing and regular dental cleanings and checkups.

The end result, though, is well worth the upkeep. Porcelain veneers can rejuvenate your smile and provide you a new level of confidence for years to come.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers: Your Smile—Better than Ever.”

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
October 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

VeneersIf you feel as though your teeth are lacking in terms of aesthetics, you are not alone. According to a study by the American Association of Orthodontists, about one-third of American adults are dissatisfied with the appearance of their teeth. Luckily, dental veneers can totally overhaul your smile, improve the aesthetics of your smile, and even help boost your confidence and self-esteem to higher levels. Find out more about veneers with Dr. Joel Johnson in Columbia, SC.

What is a dental veneer? 
A dental veneer affixes to the surface of a tooth to restore or change its appearance. Veneers are a super-thin shell of porcelain which a dental laboratory creates especially for your mouth and color-matches to your existing natural teeth. This process creates a seamless appearance between the natural teeth and veneers.

Can dental veneers help my smile? 
Dental veneers can help dental patients in a variety of situations. Some of the most common reasons people consider dental veneers include:

  • uneven teeth
  • discolored teeth
  • slightly misaligned teeth
  • slightly gapped teeth
  • chipped teeth
  • fractured teeth

What can I expect from the veneer process? 
Veneers require several appointments with your dentist to complete the full veneer process. First, you will consult with your dentist to go over your expectations and what you would like to accomplish with your treatment. Your dentist will prepare your teeth, a procedure involving removing a thin portion of the tooth’s enamel to make room for your new veneer. At this point, your dentist will take a clay impression of your mouth for the dental laboratory to use in the design and creation of your veneers. At a later appointment, usually about two weeks later, your dentist will remove any temporary restorations on your teeth to replace them with their final counterparts.

Dental Veneers in Columbia, SC
If you think dental veneers could benefit your smile, a consultation with your dentist will ensure that this is the best cosmetic dentistry procedure for you. For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Joel Johnson in Columbia, SC. Call (803) 788-2555 to schedule your consultation for dental veneers with Dr. Johnson today!

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
August 31, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.

What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!

Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.

If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.

For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.

Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.

Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.

So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.

If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
January 04, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

For many of us, getting to the dentist for necessary treatments like a cleaning, or even a filling can be difficult. Whether due to fear, busy schedules, or concerns over costs, millions of Americans forgo general and cosmetic dentistry treatments each year. According to Reuters, studies have found that less than half of American adults over the age of 65 regularly go to the dentist (at least once a year).

In addition to the elevated risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems, skipping the dentist also means needlessly living with cosmetic issues that tarnish the smile - and quality of life - over time. Dr. Joel Johnson, your dentist in Columbia, SC, advises patients to think of regular dental care as an extension of a general healthcare and wellness plan. In many cases, a single visit for a non-invasive professional teeth whitening or cosmetic bonding procedure is enough to give new life to a damaged smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Columbia, SC

Dr. Johnson offers treatment options for every situation and budget. Cosmetic dentistry procedures improve the appearance of the teeth (such as whitening), and they can also be restorative, improving function, such as with broken, fractured or missing teeth. Some of the most common cosmetic and restorative dental procedures include:

  • Teeth whitening - (take-home or in-office options available)
  • Bonding - cosmetic bonding is one of the most affordable and efficient methods for fixing minor chips, cracks, sizing and spacing issues. It is also commonly used to seal a tooth after a root canal
  • Porcelain veneers - similar to bonding, veneers can fix the size, shape, spacing and overall general appearance of the teeth, using natural looking composite resin
  • Implants - the cosmetic dental crowns are attached to an implant that replaces the root of the missing tooth

Contact Your Cosmetic Dentist in Columbia, SC

Even small cosmetic improvements can have a big impact on the overall appearance of your smile. For more information, and to find the procedure that is right for you, contact the office of Dr. Johnson by calling (803) 788-2555 to schedule an appointment today.

Columbia, SC Dentist
Joel E Johnson, DMD, PA
9 Office Park Ct.
Columbia, SC 29223
(803) 788-2555
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