Crowns, Veneers & Build-Ups
In the past, dental crowns required a metal framework in order to be secure. This metal base showed a dark line at the gumline and caused the teeth to look opaque, making it obvious that a patient had a dental crown in place. Today's technology enables us to place dental crowns made entirely of porcelain, and you won't be able to distinguish a dental crown from your other natural teeth. In Dr. Baraff's office, this is the treatment of choice when dental crowns are required, and our patients have been thrilled with the completely natural-looking results. Dr. Baraff is able to bond porcelain dental crowns directly to your existing tooth structure, strengthening the restored tooth and making it less susceptible to cracking or breaking. Dental crowns can dramatically change the appearance of your teeth. Tooth color can be lightened to give you a more natural and beautiful smile. Your teeth can be straightened and even completely reshaped. The procedure for placing dental crowns can be accomplished in as few as two appointments.
Porcelain veneers can dramatically change the appearance of your front teeth, creating a complete smile makeover in a few visits. Porcelain veneers look more like your natural teeth than any other cosmetic dentistry procedure. They can mask dark stains, change the color, size, and texture of teeth. Porcelain veneers can close gaps, strengthen teeth, and straighten them, creating instant orthodontics. A porcelain veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that fits over the front of the tooth and is bonded in place. A very thin layer of enamel is removed to prepare the tooth and make room for the porcelain veneer, so that the teeth don't appear bulky. The curing light is utilized to bond the veneer to the tooth, creating a stronger, lasting bond. Porcelain veneers are actually a more conservative treatment than porcelain crowns, because more of the natural tooth structure is preserved.