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Saving Money and Time with Porcelain Veneers | Lexington Cosmetic Dentist

When you decide to go the route of cosmetic dentistry, there are many different options for perfecting your smile.  Some methods are cheaper than others, but you have consider the longevity of the veneers you will get for your smile make over.  Also, will the new veneers need repairs and replacements in the future?  Can I change the color once they are on?

You must consider these questions before getting work done.  Usually, you will realize it’s best to do it right the first time.  This is where Porcelain Veneers come in.  Cost of the veneers will depend on the total number of teeth.  They usually range from $700 to $2,000 per tooth.  When considering the cost of porcelain veneers how long they will last, and their overall attractiveness.

Porcelain veneers tend to be a long lasting alternative to other treatments that cost less but must be repaired more often and lose their cosmetic appeal more quickly.

Would you rather pay once and get it done right, or constantly repair them?

Do it right the first time, and get porcelain veneers.

Why Metal Free Dentistry? | Tooth Colored Fillings | Dr. Jenny Miller DMD | Lexington KY

“Why metal free you might wonder?  Another very important part and reason not to use metal in cosmetic dentistry is the cosmetic or aesthetic effect.  If a natural tooth has a silver color and metal filling, when the light hits that tooth the light hits the tooth, hits the metal and bounces back out, turning the tooth grey.  So you can see images of a tooth that has a metal filling in it and the grey appearance the tooth has and when the metal filling is removed and replace with a tooth colored filling, how the tooth completely revitalizes becomes much brighter and you can just sense it is much healthier as a result.  So with any fillings, veneers, crowns and bridges, we are always going to search for the metal free option.”

At Hamburg Expressions you can experience metal free dentistry by Dr. Jenny Miller and Neil Miller.

Tooth Design in Cosmetic Dentistry | Hamburg Expressions | Dr. Jenny Miller DMD | Lexington KY

“I think having an eye for design is very important in cosmetic dentistry in Lexington, KY.  I think some people are artistic and others just don’t have that interest.  I’ve always been interested in art and I feel like I do have an eye for detail.  It’s very important when you are looking at the nuances of tooth form, and color.  Color is a big issue.  Some people don’t see the difference of why color doesn’t match.  Sometimes color doesn’t match because the value is off.  It’s not really the actual color is off, but one tooth may be brighter but the color is the same.  But to be able to distinguish and find out details as to why something as small as a tooth doesn’t match.. is very important.”

Get proper teeth whitening in Lexington Kentucky done by an expert.  Make sure that the tooth color matches.  We offer ZOOM! Teeth Whitening as well as other solutions.

Implant Crowns That Look Natural at Hamburg Expressions | Dr. Jenny Miller DMD

Imagine the devastation one must feel when they lose a front tooth. Modern dentistry has eased that blow with the advent of tooth implants but still the challenge remains of matching the new implant crown to the natural surrounding teeth perfectly. Compromises in the esthetics or the appearance of the implant crown cannot be afforded when dealing with an upper front tooth. Many times what will happen when front teeth are not restored to match natural teeth is an avoidance to smile and ultimately a negative change in personality. Our smile is the first thing most people notice and when we smile we leave the impression that we are a happy person.
This is a case where an implant crown was made on the upper left central incisor and composite bonding was placed on the upper right central incisor in order to better match the crown. The poor, unnatural esthetics took their toll on the confidence of this patient so she sought out our services to get her natural smile back. After tooth whitening we replaced the implant crown and restored the adjacent central with the same material, porcelain. We customized these restorations in her mouth in order to achieve her natural look. Our unique advantage, at Hamburg Expressions, is our in-office lab. This allows us to perfect restorations in the mouth and process them in our lab while the patient is in the chair. The outcome was fabulous! We have naturally appearing front teeth and most importantly a happy patient who loves to smile!

Meet Francie at Hamburg Expressions!

A Friendly Face to Greet You at Hamburg Expressions

We are happy to introduce our new office manager, Francie!  We all look forward to seeing Francie every day because she is always smiling. As soon as you walk in our doors, at Hamburg Expressions, Francie is there to welcome you with that beautiful smile.  She is such a benefit to our practice and our patients because she has several years of experience as a dental office manager.  She is able to efficiently assist our patients with their dental insurance, maximizing their insurance benefits and sequencing dental treatment appointments in a manner that is convenient to the patient.  She has already revolutionized our practice by implementing a state of the art practice management software allowing us to be paperless!  Francie will make your dental appointment experience easy instead of a chore!

“My name is Francie, I have worked in the dental field for around 14 years now.   I am excited to be joining the Hamburg Expressions team.  I have found cosmetic dentistry to be my favorite aspect of dentistry.  I love seeing the change we can bring to a patient with a new smile.  I have recently moved to the Lexington area about 4 years ago with my family.  I have 5 children that keep me very busy.  Our oldest has made me a grandmother this past December in which I am really enjoying.  Two of my children are in college this fall, one in high school and one little one at home. ”

Know More About Dental Crowns | Lexington KY | Dr. Jenny Miller DMD | Hamburg Expressions

For badly damaged teeth, dental crowns are an effective option for treatment.  Dental crowns are metal, ceramic, or porcelain coverings shaped like teeth.  They are used to restore strength and virtually eliminate discomfort.  Dental crowns can also be used as an anchor for dental bridges or used to cap a dental implant post.

3 TYPES OF DENTAL CROWNS

As stated above, Dental Crowns can be made of either ceramic, porcelain fused to metal, or metal.   The type of crown you use will depend on your unique case and what your goals are, and the recommendation of your dentist.

METAL TYPES

Metal crowns have a metallic color and makes them a poor choice for extremely visible teeth, but they are ideal options for back teeth that are damaged or repairing decayed teeth.  Since they are metal, they are very durable and can be placed with less removal of the underlying tooth then the porcelain or ceramic crown option.   Metal crowns can consist of several materials, which include gold alloy, palladium, nickel alloy, or chromium alloy.

CERAMIC CROWN TYPES

Porcelain, resins, or dental ceramic materials are some options ceramic crowns can be made of.   Due to the material, they re-create a natural-looking image and are use mostly on front teeth.  The ceramic material is translucent, like the enamel on your teeth, and it can be detailed so it fits well to the rest of your smile.   They are not as durable as metal crowns and don’t work well on your back teeth because they won’t be able to sustain a lot of pressure from biting and chewing.

PORCELAIN TYPE

This is the balance between both crown worlds.  The porcelain crowns are fused to metal and make them stronger than all ceramic versions and more aesthetically pleasing than crowns made of metal. The porcelain option on metal gives the crown an opaque appearance which gives the tooth a less natural appearance than the ceramic option.  Also, as time progresses, a thin metal band may appear below the gum line.

Customized Porcelain & Porcelain Veneers | Lexington KY | Dr. Jenny Miller DMD

“I couldn’t believe that they matched my veneer so perfectly to the rest of my teeth. I couldn’t stop smiling!” – Mary

“Stop putting it off and give Dr. Miller a call. You won’t regret it and will wish you did it sooner!” – Brenda

UNHAPPY WITH YOUR SMILE?

Customized Porcelain and Porcelain veneers

In-Office Dental Lab

  • Our In-Office dental lab gives HAMBURG EXPRESSIONS a unique advantage by allowing us to customize porcelain to match the surrounding teeth to perfection therefore preventing return visits. It’s ideal when only one or two restorations need to be done.

Visit www.HamburgExpressions.com for more Before & After Photos of Smile Transformations