Dr. Andy Chang was nominated as one of Dallas’ most Elite Dentists by Modern Luxury Dallas! Check out some of the interview our Elite Dental Associates prosthodontic dental care provider had with the magazine, and be sure to look out for more parts, coming soon. In part four, Dr. Chang answers the question: Are there Special Considerations for Dental Veneers? See the answer to this question and be on the lookout for more from the Modern Luxury Article here on our blog!
If you are in need of tooth restoration, or if you are unhappy with the way your smile looks, your first inclination may be to head to a cosmetic dentist. While this may be a good idea, it may not be the best idea. There are many types of dentists, but it may be wiser to head to a prosthodontic dentist that has had extra training to deal with cases at a more advanced level.
Many patients have never heard of a prosthodontic dentist. However, prosthodontists (or specialized restorative dentists) are highly regarded by the American Dental Association (ADA). In fact, prosthodontics is one of only nine sub-specialties of dentistry that are recognized by the ADA (cosmetic dentistry is not one of the nine specialties). This means that dental schools instruct dentists in techniques, methods, and specialized training in prosthodontics—dental schools do not instruct dentists in cosmetic dentistry.
Many patients come to [Dr. Chang] with many questions including special considerations for dental veneers. The following are just a list of the most frequently asked questions:
Q. Are there special considerations for dental veneers?
A. The factors to consider when evaluating a veneer procedure from an esthetic point of view include:
The color of your teeth. For example, most veneers are ultra-thin and therefore translucent, so discolored teeth underneath may show through. Your dentist may recommend teeth whitening first to reduce discoloration. Veneers are fabricated to have a natural tooth-like appearance. Veneer color must match that of any remaining teeth, and texturing may be applied to veneer surfaces for a natural look.
The impact of your lifestyle and habits. For example, teeth grinding and clenching may make the veneer more susceptible to chips, cracks, and breaking.
You should also consider the artistry of the dentist who designs the specifications and ultimately places the veneers. Veneer materials are universal, but the artistic skill of the dentist, as well as that of the lab technician who crafts the veneers, plays a major role in the esthetic appeal of the final product.
Make an appointment with Elite Dental Associates’ Dallas dental veneer provider today and ask him yourself: Does teeth whitening work for everyone? Schedule online or call 214-220-2424 and we’ll set up your initial consultation. Check out the December 2014 edition of Modern Luxury.