Smile Design at Prisma Dental in Costa Rica

Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dentistry procedure that have become more and more popular during the last few years. They are an aesthetic and healthy option to common crowning, which requires a drilling of all the areas of tooth to prepare the area for the crown. Veneers are similar to false fingernails. Veneers are thin and cover the front part of the tooth. They look much better and last longer than their predecessors plastic veneers or direct-bonded composite restorations.

Porcelain veneers also look like regular teeth; they are extremely durable, and their natural looking color is long-lasting. They work particularly well for discolored, spaced or misaligned teeth, even in cases that don’t seem to have any possibility of restoration. Also, the treatment is easier on patients. Since there is little need to shape the teeth, normally the procedure can be accomplished in two or three visits. The dentist first prepares the tooth to take a mold, which is then sent to a dental laboratory.

The lab technicians create a custom-fit veneer and return it to the dentist. In the second appointment, the veneer is put in place and if it is a perfect fit, it is immediately bonded to the tooth. After this procedure, the dentist polishes the edges and the job is done. You only need to take care of it as you would a normal tooth. And that’s is how this procedure of cosmetic dentistry is made.

Misaligned, spaced, discolored teeth or those with large restorations (fillings) or decayed areas require crowns, also known as caps. Dentists have used porcelain crowns for many years, but without reinforcement, they easily break. This led to the creation of porcelain crowns with metal frameworks to support the porcelain. A problem with the metal framework is that more of the tooth has to be taken off to make room for the frames, and its color has to be blocked out, and the light that passes through the tooth is blocked by the metal. As a result this type of restoration is very difficult or practically impossible to look completely life-like. Research has solved these and other problems.

A solution has been implemented

Since the veneers were bonded to the front of the tooth or teeth, they could also be extended around the whole tooth and held together like a crown, and bonded like a veneer. This procedure had not been tried before because traditional dental cements have no chemical bond to either the tooth or the restoration. They act as fillers to help hold the restoration in place, the same way a water seal works on cooking-ware.

  • Therefore, the bonds used on veneers also work on pure porcelain crowns, and the technique helps reinforce the porcelain and the tooth itself. This allows light to pass through the tooth/teeth without problems or blocks.

  • New developments in porcelain bonding and porcelain restoration have become very aesthetic and strong, plus they give the added benefit of creating a healthy looking smile.

Inlays – Onlays

This cosmetic dentistry procedure is performed instead of a resin filling to fill a cavity in a molar. The custom made inlays and onlays are made from 100% pure porcelain and they require additional time complete rather than the immediate resin fillings.

Porcelain Crowns

Another cosmetic dentistry are Pure Porcelain Crowns, which cover the front and the back part of the tooth.
They are very strong and their color never changes, even with smoking or drinking red wine or coffee. This crown cannot be used for bridgework

Cosmetic Fillings

Bonding is the application of a tooth-colored composite resin to repair a decayed, chipped, fractured or discolored tooth, we can perform a composite venner to change the color, shape or misalign. Bonding is different than porcelain veneers, which are manufactured in our laboratory and require a customized mold to achieve a proper fit, bonding can be done in a single visit. This cosmetic dentistry procedure is called bonding because the material bonds to the tooth.

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