• Why veneers fail

    An important consideration prior to having any dental cosmetic work is to understand both the pros and the cons of each particular dental procedure. And while porcelain laminate veneers are among the most aesthetic means of creating a beautiful, more pleasing smile, they are permanent and non-reversible and should be maintained properly.

    On average, you can expect porcelain veneers to last anywhere between 7 and 20+ years. However, much of that depends on whether or not you care for them properly in addition to the quality of the dental porcelain, the craftsmanship, and placement of them. Not everyone is a candidate for veneers. People who have a closed bite or are heavy grinders or clenchers are usually poor candidate for dental veneers. The jaw movement during clenching can cause the veneers to loosen and fall. Also a strong bond to your teeth depends on how much enamel you leave behind after initial preparation. If you have severe crowding and need major change, the dentist need to remove more tooth structure in order to get to a desirable result. Veneers don’t bond well to dentin, the second layer of your tooth structure. For those patients with the above issues we recommend to have all porcelain crowns for better stability and retention. Porcelain crowns are made of the same material as veneers. The only difference is the preparation of your tooth. For porcelain crowns, the back part of your tooth is prepared as well.
    How long your veneers last can also depend to some extent upon how you age. This is because the gum tissues attached to the living tooth that your veneers are cemented to may shrink or pull away from the tooth exposing its root surface. If this occurs, you should see your dentist for an evaluation, as it may require veneer replacement. Or, the issue might be resolved through some minor periodontal (gum) plastic surgery.

    Porcelain veneers are a low maintenance solution for solving a multitude of cosmetic dental challenges, but they do require that you protect them during sports or vigorous activity. You should also wear an oral appliance or mouthguard (nightguard) to protect them from grinding or any other involuntary damage during sleep.

    To learn more about porcelain veneers, continue reading our blogs at www.doverdental.com.

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  • An affordable way to fix your smile

    Snap-On Smile is a patented, easy and painless way to obtain a beautiful smile. It was invented by a dentist who realized that not everyone can afford thousands of dollars to get a Hollywood smile make-over. After years of extensive research and development, your dentist can now provide you with a Snap-On Smile that is thin and strong with the look of natural teeth. You can eat and drink with your Snap-On Smile. It’s easy to care for and can be a temporary or long-term provisional cosmetic solution. It’s available for upper and lower teeth.

    Snap-On Smile’s unique, proprietary formula of hi-tech dental resin make it very thin yet extremely strong. It fits right over your own teeth to give you a beautiful, natural looking smile—even if you have stains, chips, gaps or missing teeth.

    And for many people, Snap-On Smile can be life changing. It gives back the confidence to smile. Thousands of people worldwide have already experienced the unique benefits of Snap-On Smile.

    Snap-On Smile is for just about everyone!
    Snap-On Smile is an affordable and life-changing solution for people of all ages. Getting a Snap-On Smile simply requires two, short, painless visits with no drilling, no shots and no change in tooth structure.

    It is an excellent choice for:
    • Gaps, crooked, stained or missing teeth
    • Those who are not candidates for bridges or implants
    • Anyone who would like a Hollywood smile without the expense and discomfort of complex and invasive dental procedures
    • Anyone who has an old-fashioned removable partial denture and wants a beautiful, more comfortable alternative

    It’s easy, it’s painless and you can start today
    1. You pick the style and shade of your new smile
    2. Your dentist takes an impression of your teeth
    3. You come back in about three weeks for a final fitting and you wear your Snap-On Smile home