Have you ever cracked or broke a tooth, or needed a root canal because of a tooth ache? In most cases like these a crown is needed in order to protect the remaining tooth from breaking or cracking even more. During this procedure the outer enamel layer is removed from the tooth in order to create space for the porcelain material. A porcelain crown is, in essence, a porcelain cap that is permanently bonded or cemented over your natural tooth. With today’s state-of-the-art porcelain materials you can have metal-free crowns that truly look like natural teeth.
Do you have spaces in between your front teeth? Are your front teeth misaligned or misshapen, or have undesirable permanent staining? Oftentimes these conditions can be eliminated with porcelain veneers. A veneer is a thin shell of natural-looking porcelain that is bonded and laid over a tooth to mask these problems and create beauty. They can literally transform and perfect your smile immediately. Dr. Rath works very closely with Rego labs in California, one of the most respected labs in the western United States, and one of few that is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Dental Veneers for Teeth in Billings Montana
Dental veneers are contact-lens thin layers of porcelain that are custom-made to bond to the front of natural teeth. A beautifully designed dental veneer can greatly improve the appearance of the smile by correcting misalignments, spaces, dark colors, and chipped teeth. This improvement in appearance can be achieved without compromising the health of the teeth. We are able to very conservatively prepare the teeth, which means better bonds to the natural tooth and lower risk for other procedures like root canals.
We customize your dental veneers with a Custom Smile Design
Your dental veneers need to be designed based on what we call facially generated esthetics. This means you don’t get a veneer that has been just generically made. We take photos of the patient which are used in software at our lab that enables the ceramist to make veneers that compliment your unique appearance. The whole process can be completed in a few short weeks. We start by identifying your goals and reviewing your smile at Taylor General & Cosmetic Dentistry in Billings, Montana, then we begin the preparation of the teeth and design your prototypes. You will actually leave our office that day with your new smile made of temporary material.
Wearing the temporary dental veneers for a few weeks will give you a chance to wear a prototype and make changes to them if needed or desired. It will also give our ceramist a chance to make the final dental veneers based on that prototype- this takes all the guesswork out of making a custom and unique dental veneer for you. The final phase is the bonding procedure, during which we fuse the porcelain veneers to your natural teeth. Time to celebrate! You now have the smile you’ve always wanted or the smile you once had.
To learn about dental veneers, or to make an appointment, call our office at 406-652-9204. We are more than happy to schedule a free smile design consultation, during which you can sit down with Dr. Rath and have her answer any questions you might have. Below are some patients of ours who have changed their smiles with custom dental veneers. You can also check out our smile gallery to see more before and after photos.