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What are Veneers?

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is dental work that is designed to enhance the appearance of teeth, gums and/or bite. This does not necessarily improve functionality of the teeth.

While cosmetic dentistry is not an area of specialty that is recognized by the American Dental Association, there are many dentists out there who do nothing but cosmetic dentistry, making them experts in the field of veneers, crowns and dental implants.

Veneers are very thin, porcelain laminates that are custom made and bonded to a particular tooth. Veneers help to close gaps between teeth, change color of teeth, and resurface teeth that have been damaged. Veneers can help if a tooth is cracked or broken and needs strengthening. Veneers can also be used if a tooth is worn down.

The benefits of dental implants are that they feel and look like natural teeth, integrate into the jaw structure so they fit your mouth appropriately and they help to prevent gum and bone loss from a missing tooth. Since bridges attach to the surrounding teeth, dental implants provide a great alternative because they do not rely for support on the surrounding teeth. While some implants may be done for cosmetic reasons only, often times they are helpful at preventing gum or bone loss when a tooth is missing.

A crown is needed when a tooth is weak, often from earlier cavities and resulting big fillings. Crowns are a great solution for a cracked or broken tooth. They also help reduce sensitivity if a large filling has been placed in a tooth. Crowns are also used to support a dental bridge if needed or cover misshapen teeth or teeth with discoloration that are not esthetically pleasing. Crowns now come in a variety of materials from metal to ceramic porcelain. Each has its use and function as is needed by the patient.

There are many reasons why a  person would need cosmetic dentistry. Some are purely cosmetic while others are for comfort or functionality.

To improve a smile’s appearance, veneers are a wonderful option, as they can conceal teeth that are stained, broken, misshapen or poorly aligned. Veneers can also be used to cover dark spaces between teeth.

Veneers are thin custom made coverings that cover the front and side surfaces of your teeth, much like an artificial fingernail. They are often made of porcelain which is held in place by a resin which adheres the back of the veneer to the prepared tooth. Although veneers are thin, they are extremely strong and durable. With veneers, major aesthetic changes can be achieved without the need to reduce the size of the tooth significantly, and the procedure can be completed with little or no discomfort.


Please contact us at 239-262-4595 to schedule your cosmetic dentistry/porcelain veneers  consultation!



Email: 730 Goodlette Road North Suite 206 Naples Florida 34102


What is the difference between a bridge and an implant?

A bridge replaces a missing tooth or teeth and it uses the adjacent teeth for support and retention. A bridge is permanently cemented in place. An implant, is also a permanent solution to tooth replacement, but it does not rely on the adjacent teeth. It is like an individual natural tooth. Implant treatment is more conservative in nature and more lengthy but the final result is more natural. Bridge treatment is a lot faster, as there is no healing period involved, but it is more aggressive in nature. Both treatments depending on the individual indications can be very good, long-term treatment options.

How long does implant treatment take?

After implants are placed in the mouth they must be allowed to heal for a period between 10-20 weeks. Once the healing is completed then crowns, bridges or dentures can be placed onto the implants. In more complex cases treatment can take longer depending on the individual circumstances.

How can a dental implant help if I am missing all of my teeth and wear complete dentures?

Help is here! A large number of people have lost all of their teeth at a young age and have put up with a loose lower denture that just won’t stay in place even with the help of messy denture adhesives. A certain number of implants can be placed during a simple and short surgical procedure done under local anesthetic. The denture is then relined so that it can snap onto the implants. This will help you to regain the comfort and satisfaction of normal chewing.

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants can be thought of as artificial tooth roots. Implants are small titanium posts that are inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. While they come in a large variety of designs all implants follow the same general principles. During a healing period, the bone attaches to the implants making new, permanent “roots”, and giving us sites to which crowns or dentures can be anchored.

How long does implant treatment take?

Learn more about how can a dental implant help if you are missing all of your teeth and wear complete dentures?

What is the difference between a bridge and an implant?


How is a dental crown placed?

On the first visit, we will prepare a tooth for a dental crown by reducing its size so to make room for the crown to fit over it. An impression of the teeth and gums is taken and then sent to a lab so that the crown can be designed. We will make a temporary crown for the patient to wear, until the permanent crown is ready. On the second visit we will remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent one. The permanent crown will look very natural with the color and shape customized for the patient. It will be made of either metal covered by porcelain, or entirely porcelain.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown (also referred to as a cap) is a restoration that covers a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size. This helps to strengthen a tooth and improve its appearance. A crown is recommended for:


a) Teeth that have cracks and are broken down…this way all of the cracks are sealed so that the damage does not get worse


b) Teeth that have large fillings…the crown supports large fillings when there is not enough natural tooth remaining


c) Root canal treated teeth which are often weak and brittle


d) Badly shaped and discolored teeth

What is a fixed dental bridge?

A fixed dental bridge is a permanent way to replace one or more missing teeth. The design of a fixed bridge involves one or more replacement teeth attached to the natural teeth on either side of the space. A bridge is often made of metal covered by porcelain. This results in a very esthetic, yet strong structure to replace missing teeth.

What is full mouth dental treatment?

In situations where ones dental condition is in a state of a serious disrepair, ie multiple missing and/or broken and/or worn teeth possibly combined with other problems- a full mouth dental treatment or as we call it “reconstruction” is indicated. This combines a variety of treatments together. See the before and after photos under full mouth treatment.

Why is it important to replace a missing tooth?

Spaces left by a missing tooth will affect the rest of your teeth. Adjacent teeth will shift out of place with will then change your bite. It will be harder to clean the teeth, increasing the potential for tooth decay and gum disease. The smile will also be less attractive. By replacing a tooth, your appearance, teeth, gums and jaws will be much healthier.