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    When researching solutions in cosmetic dentistry it’s obviously important to choose a material that is not only functional for daily use and maintenance, but it must also be natural looking. Porcelain is one such material as it mimics the appearance and strength of dental enamel and has become the choice today for many patients when choosing veneers at Spokane, Cheney Cosmetic Dentist. Porcelain veneers offer a solution for a variety of cosmetic problems, and they can virtually transform a smile in only a few appointments.

    If you are affected by any of these issues -
    • Cracked/chipped dental enamel
    • Misaligned teeth
    • Gaps between teeth
    • Dark or stained enamel
    • Pitted/grooved teeth

    - Porcelain veneers can be successfully used to correct the problem and many others, and may be the solution for you.

    Why Choose Veneers?

    There are so many cosmetic options available today and many patients want more information and may wonder why choosing veneers rather than another procedure makes sense. The truth is that you should weigh all of your potential options to make the right decision for your specific situation. The primary benefit of porcelain veneers, however, is that they’ll blend with your natural teeth since they closely replicate natural dental enamel so.

    Porcelain reflects and absorbs light similarly to natural enamel and is used for a number of cosmetic solutions. It can be shaped and shaded to fit your natural tooth coloring and is resistant to staining because of its smooth glasslike finish. That same quality keeps them from looking dull or flat and retains its white, bright appearance for years.

    Porcelain is often thought to be a fragile material but Spokane, Cheney Cosmetic Dentistry, knows that it is actually quite strong when used in dental applications. Porcelain veneers don’t put unnecessary strain on neighboring teeth and patients can chew normally and follow their normal routine of oral hygiene. Porcelain is an ideal material for dental restorations and so is popular with dentists and patients alike and will keep you smiling for many years to come.
    Our bodies and our health change with age, a fact that of which we all become aware. You may not realize, however, that your teeth are also affected by the passing of years. Maybe you’ve found that you have a harder time keeping your teeth shiny and white as you get older. Even though you’re following the same brushing and flossing routine, it may no longer have the desired effect of maintaining your youthful smile. Perhaps over-the-counter whitening treatments are not removing stains as they once did.

    At Cheney Cosmetic Dentist Office we find many patients don’t understand why their teeth are becoming duller and harder to whiten. There are actually a number of reasons dental enamel can change in appearance over the years. Environmental factors contribute to some extent but more often this dulling is part of the natural aging process.

    You can remove some stains on the surface of dental enamel through regular flossing and brushing. These stains are often caused by discoloring foods and drinks such as soda, coffee, tea, and red wine which can all leave stains on teeth. Use of tobacco products especially can also make enamel appear dark, dull, and discolored. When they are relatively new, these stains can often be removed or effectively bleached away, but will eventually seep into porous enamel, making them difficult to remove.

    The teeth of a young person are covered with a thick layer of white enamel, concealing the inner core of the tooth. As you age, this enamel begins to erode, exposing more of the dentin beneath the surface. Dentin is naturally a darker, yellow color so older teeth often appear dull and yellow in comparison to healthy new teeth.

    Different teeth whitening options are available depending on your cosmetic goals, the extent of discoloration, and urgency with which you need to see results. There are patients who respond well to professional teeth bleaching treatments developed to lighten discoloration using hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. Dental veneers, which completely resurface enamel using thin layers of porcelain, may be a better option for patients with extensive or resistant staining.

    It’s impossible to eliminate all dental staining. Your teeth will naturally change appearance and lose some of their luster over time in addition to accumulating environmental stains. But today’s modern cosmetic dentistry can restore the bright and luminous nature of your teeth, resulting in a more youthful looking smile. Call the Spokane Cosmetic Dentist Office today to learn more about teeth whitening options or to discuss your situation in greater detail.
    Both veneers and Lumineers are fairly recent developments in Cosmetic Dentistry, and many patients come to me looking for information about both applications. Either application provides an attractive and durable alternative to chipped or discolored teeth, but each has their own distinct properties. Today I'd like to explain the benefits of using porcelain veneers.

    Porcelain veneers look like your own teeth:
    One of the great advantages of porcelain veneers is that they are very natural looking. Also called dental veneers or dental porcelain laminates, porcelain veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that are bonded onto the front side of teeth to create a cosmetic improvement.

    Since porcelain veneers have a glass-like quality they have a unique advantage over other cosmetic bonding techniques because of their translucent nature. When a porcelain veneer is bonded onto a tooth's surface by your Spokane Cosmetic Dentist, it closely mimics the light-handling characteristics of dental enamel, creating a natural-looking, bright smile. In fact, porcelain veneers are so natural-looking that they are virtually undetectable; most people won’t realize that you’ve had any type of cosmetic procedure at all.

    Veneers made of porcelain are stain resistant:
    As an inevitable part of the aging process everyone’s teeth will become worn and pitted to some extent, creating microscopic spaces for stain-producing foods like red wine and caffeine to cling to. This staining builds up over time and can create a dull-looking smile. Because of their smooth, glass-like finish, porcelain veneers have the benefit of being highly stain-resistant. This means you can continue to enjoy all your favorite foods without the worry of staining.

    It requires only a few visits to our Spokane or Cheney Dental Office to complete the application of porcelain veneers and transform your smile, but your dentist is the best person to determine if this application is right for your particular situation.