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Porcelain veneers change smiles in many effective ways--color, shape, and size to name a few. Available through Dr. Wynn Okuda in Honolulu, HI, these lifelike laminates offer our healthy patients new smiles that brighten their self-confidence, and veneers last for years. Here are the details.
Just what are porcelain veneers?
They are thin, translucent shells shaped like healthy, attractive teeth. Realistically colored and featuring a brilliant sheen, veneers are custom-crafted from high-grade ceramic or even durable cosmetic resin. After a careful review of your smile needs and preferences, Dr. Okuda will help you choose the material and design perfect for your teeth, gums, and overall facial appearance.
To place porcelain veneers, Dr. Okuda prepares the teeth that will receive veneers. He takes oral impressions to send to the dental lab where a trained ceramist creates each veneer.
When you return to the office in Honolulu, HI, your dentist uses a tooth-colored cement to bond your porcelain veneers in place. Because of precise imaging, impression, and fabrication techniques, your laminates will fit perfectly, look natural, and feel comfortable.
More features and benefits
1. Veneers are natural-looking. No one will be able to tell you to have laminates.
2. Veneers are strong and stain-resistant.
3. Veneers require far less enamel reduction than porcelain crowns.
4. Care is easy. Just brush and floss as you usually do, and see Dr. Okuda twice a year for a check-up and cleaning.
5. Because they are custom-fitted, veneers do not irritate your gums.
6. Veneers cover stains and are in themselves, stain-resistant.
7. Veneers increase your self-confidence because they virtually erase embarrassing flaws.
Get the expert help you deserve
At our Honolulu, HI, office, Dr. Wynn Okuda offers state of the art preventive, restorative, and aesthetic treatments. He is an Accredited Fellow in the AACD and has helped people just like you achieve optimal oral health and smile appearance. Are you ready to find out more about porcelain veneers and our other services? Then, call for a personal consultation at (808) 734-1099.
What are Veneers?
- Veneers offer a more natural appearance.
- Veneers can be customized to match the color of existing teeth.
- Veneers resist stains more effectively than other materials or even natural teeth.
With Veneers, You Too Can Have the Smile of Your Dreams
One question I have heard a lot lately from my new patients…. “Is a veneer as strong as a crown?” It reminded me why porcelain veneers were created. Porcelain veneers were created to provide patients with a conservative alternative to fully crowning teeth. However, the public started hearing about the esthetic benefits of porcelain veneers with a well publicized television program called “Extreme Makeover”. I utilize porcelain veneers in my practice to provide my patients with a conservative option of using a porcelain veneer versus a porcelain crown. When preparing a tooth for a veneer, we prepare the front and sides of the tooth and the back remains your own natural tooth. For patients that have old fillings, or grind their teeth, this is a very conservative solution to reinforce the cracks that occur in teeth overtime, and give you back the length you have lost.
As a bonus, with the latest and greatest porcelain veneers we can change the shape, size, position, and color to compliment your natural skin tones.Patients also ask if veneers are stronger than crowns. Based on my experience I have found porcelain veneers to be stronger for many reasons. Bonding porcelain to natural tooth enamel is the strongest bond we have currently in dentistry, and with these amazing bonding agents, it allows us to wind the clock back years without having to remove excessive amounts of tooth structure. Maintaining porcelain veneers is simple. Treat them the exact same way you would treat a natural tooth. Brush and floss daily as you would your natural teeth, see your dental hygienist at least twice annually for professional teeth cleaning, and if you are a heavy tooth grinder, wear a preventative night guard to protect your teeth while you are sleeping.Cosmetic dentistry is not only a pretty smile, but a strong conservative alternative to porcelain crowns.