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Orthodontics, veneers and other cosmetic dental techniques can turn a less than perfect smile into a beautiful one—but not always very quickly. For example, porcelain veneers can take weeks from planning to installation, including the meticulous work of an outside dental lab to produce veneers that look natural as well as beautiful.

But you may be able to take advantage of another approach, one that often takes no more than a couple of dental visits. Called direct veneers, it's actually a process of bonding and sculpting life-like composite materials to teeth that are heavily stained, chipped or that contain tiny crevices called “craze lines.”

Unlike the similarly-named traditional method, direct veneers don't involve the creation of layered porcelain veneers fashioned by a dental lab. But this newer process is similar to the older one in that some of the enamel must be removed from the teeth in question to provide a suitable surface for the composite material to adhere. This alteration will be permanent, requiring a restorative covering on the treated teeth from then on.

Right before this preparation, though, a dentist typically makes an impression of the patient's mouth. This will be the basis for creating the procedural plan for the dental work, particularly a “trial smile” from similar composite material that can be applied to the patient's teeth before actual restoration work begins. This temporary application gives both patient and dentist an opportunity to visualize the final look, and make needed adjustments in color and shaping.

Once the work plan is finalized, the patient then returns for the actual restoration procedure. The dentist begins by applying and bonding the composite material to the prepared teeth. Then, using a drill and manual instruments, the dentist shapes and smooths the material into a tooth-like appearance that blends with other teeth. The procedure can take a few hours, but it can usually be completed during a single visit.

Although direct veneers may not last as long as porcelain veneers, the process is less costly and requires less time to complete. Direct veneers could be an economical solution for achieving a more attractive smile.

If you would like more information on direct veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic with a firsthand patient account by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A New Smile With Direct Veneers.”

By Kenneth Krause, DMD
October 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Porcelain VeneersHow Porcelain Veneers from Your Dentists in Westfield, Indiana Can Create Your New Smile

If your smile needs a little help because of chips, cracks, stains, or other issues, don't sulk, be proactive and create a new one! Rejuvenate your smile with one simple, yet versatile, treatment: porcelain veneers! Drs. Kenneth and Katie Krause of Krause Dental in Westfield, Indiana, are experts in the field and are more than happy to renew your smile as soon as possible. Read below to learn how porcelain veneers can benefit you!

Why Veneers?

There are many reasons why teeth become damaged, especially as you get older. Everyday wear and tear, bad habits, smoking, coffee, trauma and other issues can all cause damage to your smile. The good news is your smile can look young and beautiful again by choosing porcelain veneers. You should consider porcelain veneers if your teeth are:

  • Chipped or cracked
  • Fractured or broken
  • Worn down or eroded
  • Stained or yellowed

Veneers can also reduce or eliminate the appearance of some issues which are typically fixed with years of orthodontic treatment. Your dentist will review your alignment issues to determine if they can be cosmetically hidden with veneers, or if you should consider orthodontic treatment. For example, if you have small gaps between your teeth, veneers can hide them, and if you have mild tooth overlap, veneers can mask it.

When you choose porcelain veneers, you can count on:

  • Years of beauty, because porcelain repels stains, so your veneers will stay dazzling
  • A natural look, because porcelain mimics the look of tooth enamel by reflecting light
  • Conservation of tooth structure, because veneers require only minimal tooth preparation

Set Up an Appointment Today!

Porcelain veneers typically require two to three appointments beginning with a consultation visit. Imagine, after only a couple of appointments, you can have a beautiful, new smile! Call Drs. Kenneth and Katie Krause of Krause Dental in Westfield, Indiana, today! Our number is (317) 399-9329

By Kenneth Krause, DMD
November 12, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  

What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.