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Cosmetic Dentistry 101: Veneers, Implants, Crowns, etc.

April 17, 2014

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In the last 15 years there have been many advances in cosmetic dentistry. Now dentists have a number of good techniques and procedures that can improve the look of your smile.  Just about anyone can have a beautiful and natural looking smile utilizing materials that are longer lasting and stronger than ever.


One of the most interesting has been the advent of veneers. Veneers are very thin shells of porcelain or other composite material that are bonded to the front of the teeth. They are less expensive than crowns and are one of the more conservative approaches in that they offer the opportunity to change the shape and color of teeth with minimal removal of tooth structure. Patients who have gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are worn from grinding or chipped may consider veneers. Click here to learn more about veneers.


However, there are many instances in which they are not appropriate. When a tooth needs to be changed significantly in shape and form, usually a crown is required. The crown is a porcelain jacket that covers the entire tooth and requires a moderate amount of tooth structure removal. If a tooth is cracked, it is a serious condition and does usually require a crown. You can read this Dr. Holecek‘s blog called “Do I Really Need a Crown? Five Things You Should Ask”  to learn more about crowns. Given proper care, your crowns can last a lifetime.

Crowns and veneers are a common aesthetic solution to greatly improve your smile that may help you avoid braces or other orthodontics.  Although we can use orthodontic treatment to move permanent teeth to improve aesthetics. By using veneers and crowns, we can often avoid fitting you with braces or other appliances, and provide you a new smile in one tenth of the time.


Missing teeth are a problem that many of us live with every day. However, with the recent very significant advances in dental implant technology, we can make amazing changes in the appearance of your smile. Dental implants allow us to replace the teeth in a natural looking and long-lasting way. Implants are designed to give you teeth that function, look and feel like natural teeth. Click here to learn more about implants.


Bridges which replace teeth by attaching prosthetic teeth to crowns on normal teeth have been around for a long time. Bridges still work well in many situations. It is permanently cemented in place and is not removable. Removable partial dentures are an approach that we rarely use. Click here to learn more about bridges.

Snap-On Smile®

A new approach called the Snap-On Smile® is providing excellent aesthetics and function with a great deal of comfort. removable arch that literally snaps over your own teeth . Those who have an old-fashioned removable partial denture and want a beautiful, more comfortable alternative, and the cost is very reasonable. It’ it a good solution for anyone who is frightened of drilling or  can’t commit to the time and expense of veneers. It is a great way to get a very photogenic smile for a special event like a wedding.

At Sage Dental Care we want to make sure you know the benefits and risks and what you can expect before, during and after the procedure. We are committed to helping you select the appropriate treatment by taking into consideration the unique characteristics of your mouth and what your short and long- term goals are. Contact us for a free consultation on how to improve your smile.

Call us today to schedule your free consultation for dental crowns, Lafayette, Co.

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Serving the Lafayette Colorado community, including the surrounding areas of Longmont and Louisville.

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