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August 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

It’s time to do more than just dream of having the perfect smile.

You can have a straighter and all-around more radiant set of pearly whites thanks to our Chandler, AZ, cosmetic dentist Dr. Grant veneersJohansen. We offer a full range of cosmetic services to meet your treatment goals, and one way to get that perfect smile is through a simple restoration known as a dental veneer.

What is a dental veneer?

A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that is bonded to the front surface of a tooth to improve the tooth’s shape, size, color and texture. Veneers can be made from different tooth-colored materials but porcelain tends to be the most commonly used material because it looks just like real tooth enamel. It even reflects light in much the same way as natural teeth, so no one will be able to tell which tooth has a veneer and which ones don’t.

When are veneers used?

Veneers are a cosmetic treatment so they aren’t used to fix a damaged or weak tooth (in the case of a damaged tooth, a dental crown would be a better option); however, veneers can drastically improve the overall look of your smile. These porcelain restorations are great at hiding a variety of cosmetic flaws such as:

  • Discolorations and stains
  • Chips and cracks
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Minor crowding or crookedness
  • Worn teeth (often from teeth grinding)
  • Misshapen teeth

If you are dealing with some cosmetic problem that is causing your smile to be less than perfect then veneers might just be a simple yet effective solution to get back the smile you want. From covering flaws and defects to actually improving the alignment of your smile, veneers can do quite a bit to alter and enhance your appearance (not to mention, your self-esteem).

How are veneers placed?

In order to get veneers, we will first need to prepare your teeth for veneers. Tooth preparation is very minimal but it does need to be done to make room for your new restorations. Veneers are extremely thin, so your Chandler, AZ, dentist will only need to shave about 0.5mm of enamel off the front of your tooth so veneers can be applied. While this is completely painless it is important to note that this is not a reversible treatment.

Since veneers are custom-made to cover your teeth and every tooth is different, we will also need to take impressions of your smile. These impressions are then sent to a dental lab so they can start crafting your custom-made veneers. While your veneers are being made we may place temporary veneers over your teeth to protect them.

The last trip to our dental office will involve checking the look and fit of your veneers before permanently bonding them to the front of your teeth using a special resin and a dental light to harden the resin in place.

Dental veneers have helped countless patients experience a cosmetic transformation and you could be next. To find out if you are a perfect candidate for veneers call Johansen Dental in Chandler, AZ, today.

March 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Discover the many cosmetic issues that dental veneers can greatly improve.veneers

There is a reason so many people are turning to our Chandler, AZ, dentist Dr. Grant Johansen for porcelain veneers. These cosmetic restorations are an easy and minimally invasive way to improve the appearance of your smile. If you are looking to get a smile that’s perfect, then it might be time to talk to your dentist about veneers.

What are dental veneers?

These thin tooth-colored shells are designed to cover the entire front surface of your teeth to alter the shape, size, color or alignment of your smile. Imagine being able to finally have your ideal smile. Porcelain veneers can mask a variety of dental issues including:

  • Severe stains and discolorations
  • Cracks, chips or fractures
  • Misshapen or malformed teeth
  • Small gaps between teeth
  • Minor overlapping or crowding

Just by getting dental veneers you can easily enhance your appearance and give you the self-esteem boost you deserve. Why are so many people turning to porcelain veneers?

  • They are designed to look just like natural tooth enamel. The porcelain even mimics the way enamel reflects light so the only person who will know that you have veneers is you.
  • While these veneers look ultra-thin, they are still very strong and can last several years before needing to be replaced.
  • Porcelain veneers are also stain resistant, which means that they will remain brilliant and white. 
  • This is a more conservative way to improve and enhance your smile because we only have to remove trace amounts of enamel from the front of your teeth to make room for your veneers.

Once we deem you the ideal candidate for veneers it will only take two visits to the office to get your brand new smile. So, don’t you owe it to yourself to finally have the smile you’ve always wanted? We think so. If you are ready to learn more about dental veneers then it’s a good time to schedule an appointment with your dentist Dr. Grant Johansen at Johansen Dental in Chandler, AZ.

By Johansen Dental
August 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   Veneers  

What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Johansen Dental
December 01, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

You have a problem with your teeth. Functionally, there's nothing wrong with them — but it's another story when you look in the mirror: discoloration, wearing or maybe a slight gap between them.

Fortunately, you don't have to settle for a smile you're not happy with. Less costly than crowns or bridgework, porcelain veneers can nonetheless correct many mild to moderate cosmetic problems with teeth and transform them into an attractive smile.

Like the name implies, a veneer is made of thin layers of dental material custom-designed and bonded to the outside of a tooth. Veneers can correct problems with color, tooth shape and size, and mild misalignments or spacing. It's akin to installing new siding on a house.

To begin your journey with veneers, we must first examine your teeth to fully assess your dental needs and ensure you have no issues that could prevent applying them. Then, we prepare your teeth: although not to the extent as for a crown or bridge, we must remove a small amount of tooth material so the veneer will appear natural and not bulky.

We then make an impression mold of your prepared teeth that a dental technician will use to create your veneers. During this process they build up layer after layer of liquid porcelain until they achieve the right thickness, shape and color to match your teeth.

In the meantime, we can fit you with a temporary set of veneers made of acrylic plastic so you can chew, speak and smile normally. These provisional veneers also give you and your friends and family a chance to see what your new smile will look like.

When your veneers are ready, we'll create micro-etches in your teeth that will help keep the veneer secure after we've bonded them. Once bonded, the veneer will feel like an inseparable part of the tooth and look it too. No one except you and us need know you're wearing veneers.

If you take care of them — keeping up daily hygiene habits, not biting into hard surfaces, and visiting us regularly for checkups — your veneers can last for many years. And so will that beautiful, new smile.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers.”

By Johansen Dental
June 02, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Are there a few things you wish you could change about your smile? If you don't like the color of your teeth or you feel self-conscious about a chipped or crooked tooth, dental veneers offer a simple way to make over your smile. Dr. Kent Johansen and Dr. Justin Grant Johansen of Johansen Dental, your Chandler, AZ dentists, explain how veneers can transform your smile.Veneers

What are veneers?

A veneer is a thin piece of porcelain that is attached to the front of a tooth. Although veneers are no thicker than a fingernail, they're very strong and durable. Veneers can be used to change the look of one tooth or all of them.

How can veneers improve my smile?

Veneers cover the little flaws that make you feel self-conscious about your smile. They're a good choice if you have:

  • Slight gaps between your teeth
  • Chips or cracks on teeth
  • Discolorations due to tetracycline use, large fillings or root canal treatment
  • A crooked, short or oddly shaped tooth

They're also a good choice if you want to whiten your smile. Although whitening treatment can be very effective in brightening your smile, results only last a few years. Veneers offer long-lasting results and don't absorb stains from coffee, tea, wine and colas.

What happens when I receive veneers?

The actual veneer process takes two visits. During the first visit, your Chandler dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from the front surfaces of the teeth that will receive the veneers. Filing the teeth ensures that your veneers will fit perfectly and won't feel bulky. After your teeth are filed, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and send it to the dental laboratory that will create your custom veneers.

You'll return to your dentist's office in a week or two when the veneers are ready. He'll check the fit of the veneers and make any adjustments before applying them to your teeth with dental cement. When you leave the office, you'll have a brand new smile.

Do veneers sound like a good option for you? Call your Chandler, AZ, dentists, Dr. Kent Johansen and Dr. Justin Grant Johansen of Johansen Dental, at (480) 345-0530 and schedule an appointment today. Improve your smile with veneers!