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When working on cosmetic dental services, such as veneers, dental crowns, dental bridges and, dental implants, Dr. Santilli utilizes diagnostic photos and models to help obtain the most precise results possible. Diagnostic wax ups enable him to communicate to the patient exactly what he can accomplish before any procedures are started. Diagnostic wax ups utilize diagnostic models to give a custom blueprint of the results that can be obtained.

The photos also allow Dr. Santilli to convey correct shades of existing dentition to the laboratory for replication. He also considers size and shape of teeth and position in the face with respect to the lips. Lip mobility can also play a role in aesthetics. All of these factors along with the bite (occlusion) can affect the outcome of the case. Only the best dental laboratories are used to assure the highest quality restorations.

What are veneers?

A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that is bonded to a tooth to improve its color or shape. Veneers cover only the front and top of a tooth. They are specially crafted in a dental lab to fit over your existing teeth. Usually it takes two office visits; on the first visit, the surface of the tooth is prepared by lightly buffing it or shaving it down. A mold of your teeth is taken so that the veneer fits properly and lastly a shade of porcelain that most closely matches the color of your teeth will be selected. On the second visit, Dr. Santilli will ensure that you are satisfied with the color, shape, and size. This would also be a good time to consider our teeth whitening services if you would like to brighten your new smile.

Veneers for teeth can be used to help correct the following problems:

  • Stained or darkened teeth

  • Chipped or broken teeth

  • Short or misshapen teeth

  • Gapped teeth

  • Worn teeth

Properly caring for your porcelain veneers as you would your regular teeth will help ensure that they last as long as possible. If you would love to have that perfect movie-star smile, realize it’s attainable with porcelain veneers.

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