Crowns (also called caps) restore damaged, cracked or broken teeth. They are placed over damaged teeth, covering the entire outer surface to provide support and improve function. Crowns are the treatment of choice when most of the tooth structure is gone and there is insufficient functional support for a filling or inlay.
- TRADITIONAL PORCELAIN VENEERS
Porcelain veneers are used to rapidly transform crooked, stained or badly worn teeth into beautiful smiles.
Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth. First, the surfaces of your teeth are reshaped by removing a small portion. Precise models are made, and your customized veneers are hand fabricated by a dental laboratory which specializes in veneers. (You will have temporary veneers to wear during the fabrication period.) When your permanent veneers are placed, a special curing light is used to bond them in place. The result is a beautiful, natural-looking smile. And as an added bonus, porcelain veneers are more resistant than your natural teeth to stains from coffee, tea, red wine and cigarettes.
- MINIMAL-PREP/NO-PREP VENEERS
Because one type of veneer will not necessarily fit the needs of every patient, Dr. VanWechel has researched and become proficient in the application of several different types of veneers. In addition to the traditional veneers described above, he offers his patients the convenience of Minimal-Prep or No-Prep Veneers.
Made from a strong porcelain that is much thinner (comparable to a contac lens) than typical veneers, Lumineers or Razor-thin Veneers require minimal preparation of your existing teeth prior to placement. With this type of veneer, the natural tooth structure is left virtually intact.