What are the best porcelain veneers?
The simple answer is that porcelain veneers are at their best when they don't look like veneers,
and the patient loves his/her new smile.
How do we get there?
How do we get there?
There is no simple answer for this question.
It takes a systematic approach to create a smile that is LOVED by the patient.
6. Compare and cross-reference patient's goals with diagnostic findings.
7. Establish a thorough understanding of the treatment options that cosmetic dentistry can provide.
8. Once a goal has been agreed to, outline the route in detail to establish realistic expectations.
9. Execute at the most expert level.
10. Maintain two-way communication at every step to assure that the patient understands each step at an understandable gradient.
11. Deliver with highest scientific understanding and application of all dental materials involved.
12. Ensure that all goals have been attained and patient LOVES his/her new smile.
Glossary of Terms:
Porcelain Veneers are thin wafers of porcelain that are laid on tooth surfaces to improve their shape, color, and texture. Groups of porcelain veneers, when applied by a skilled cosmetic dentist, lead to new smiles that are more youthful, healthy, and attractive.
Masticatory System is a set of body structures that contribute to chewing function, including jaws and jaw muscles, teeth, temporomandibular joints, tongue, lips, cheeks, and mucous membranes.
Buccal Corridor is defined as the space between the outside surfaces of the maxillary first premolars and the inner meeting point of upper and lower lips join at each respective side during a smile. It has been described as a ratio by dividing the distance between the inner lip commissures by the distance between the first maxillary premolars.
Periodontal Health is defined as the absence of any disease or impairment of the periodontal tissues as observed by the cosmetic dentist. As part of the masticatory system, it contributes to adequately meeting all demands of oral function. It implies the absence of disease and impairment. Evidently, this does not just mean that a patient "feels" fine. Many conditions that indicate a deterioration of periodontal health can only be determined by your dentist. Regular visits in six-month intervals are considered a preventive means to discover these conditions early so that advanced periodontal disease can be prevented. (See also The Meanings of Health and its Promotion.)
Diagnostic Findings is a term that applies to medical diagnosis, which consists of a description of signs and symptoms. While te term "signs" indicates changes of biological tissues that are observed by the specialist, such as redness, induration, and clinical measurements, the term "symptoms" contains all the things that are experienced by the patient, such as weakness, pain, discomfort, etc. The word "diagnostic findings" indicates the signs that have been discovered by an examining medical professional, then being required to communicate his/her findings to the patient, so that proper action can be taken to prevent a worsening of the condition or its complete elimination.
Cosmetic Dentistry is the science and practice of dentistry that is aimed at creating a positive change to your teeth and to your smile. (See also AACD.)
Realistic Expectations are established by communication between two parties, often one service provider and one recipient of services. The recipient gets educated to develop a good grip on the reality of his/her situation and understanding what can and cannot be done. This includes practicality and affordability. A patient's expectation becomes realistic when his/her perception of the likelihood or probability of outcomes for each option are well known and when they help the patient to define the probablities of outcomes. Hence, the execution of an "educate choice" becomes possible.
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