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Porcelain veneers represent one of the best values in cosmetic dentistry, capable of radically changing a person’s smile with little tooth surface preparation. Still, the small amount of tooth enamel usually removed to accommodate them will permanently alter the affected teeth, to the point they will require a veneer or other restoration from then on.

The traditional veneer has remarkable versatility for solving a number of minor cosmetic problems, correcting mild tooth positioning problems and replacing lost or damaged enamel. But to avoid an unnatural bulky appearance, a portion of the tooth enamel must be permanently removed to accommodate them.

In recent years, though, a new concept known as “prepless veneers” has emerged in the field of cosmetic dentistry. Understandably, this new, “drill-free” veneer application has caused a lot of debate among dentists and patients alike, with concerns of bulky, overly-contoured teeth resulting from the technique. But the concept is growing as many well-regarded dentists have incorporated both minimal prep and prepless veneers into their service offerings.

The prepless veneer offers a cosmetic solution that doesn’t alter the tooth permanently. Using techniques such as feathering, which tapers and blends the veneer seamlessly with the tooth at the gum line, we can avoid an unnatural appearance while offering patients a much less invasive outcome.

The main disadvantage of prepless veneers at this time is that they’re not appropriate in every case. In fact, careful patient selection is a key to a successful outcome. For example, relatively large teeth or teeth positioned too far forward don’t work well with an added layer of thickness.

If, on the other hand, you have small, short or worn teeth, or teeth overshadowed by your lips — just to name a few likely scenarios — then you may benefit immensely from prepless veneers without permanent alteration to your teeth. A detailed examination is your first step to finding out if this new technique could provide you with a less-invasive smile makeover.

If you would like more information on drill-free 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 without the Drill.”

By Drs Lawitts and Yeates
March 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   Dental Procedures  

Learn about veneers from your Syracuse dentists.

Want a better-looking smile? Porcelain veneers from Dr. Karen Lawitts and Dr. Nancy Yeates in Syracuse, NY, can give you the beautiful smile you deserve. Read on to find out why porcelain veneers are effective.

1. Veneers can fix multiple issues.

Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made shells of a composite resin material designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your smile. Veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their shape, color, length or size. Veneers can correct a wide variety of dental problems including discoloration, misshapen teeth, chips and fractures, and more. Dental veneers can correct multiple problems at once.

2. Veneers are natural-looking.

Dental veneers will give you a natural-looking smile. These days, there is a high demand for customized, natural-looking porcelain dental veneers created by dental ceramists, offering a balance of opaque whiteness and lifelike translucency. Dental veneers also provide resilience and strength comparable to natural tooth enamel.

3. Veneers are stain resistant.

Porcelain veneers can give you a whiter smile. Veneers can make even the darkest teeth appear white. Dental veneers are coated with a stain-resistant resin. Foods and beverages do not stain dental veneers as they do real teeth because unlike enamel, porcelain is not porous.

4. Veneers are a long-lasting solution.

Dental veneers are made of strong, durable materials. With proper care, your new dental veneers will last for many years. With proper care and normal use, they can last from seven to twenty years or more. After this amount of time, dental veneers usually require repair or replacement.

So, what are you waiting for? Say goodbye to those less-than-perfect pearly whites. Say yes to dental veneers! Call our dental office at (315) 492-8138 right now to schedule a consultation in Syracuse, NY. Dental veneers won't just improve your smile; they will also change your life for the better!

By Drs Lawitts and Yeates
March 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

For over three decades, veneers have helped mask dental imperfections like chipping, staining or gaps and improve the appearance of millions of teeth. As the name implies, this thin layer of porcelain covers a tooth's visible surface and accurately mimics the texture, color and translucence of natural teeth.

Veneers could be just the solution you need for a more attractive smile. But before you begin treatment, be sure you have these 3 essentials in place to ensure a successful outcome.

True expectations. While the transformation of a tooth's appearance with a veneer can be astounding, veneers in general do have their limitations. You need an adequate amount of the tooth's structure present for a veneer to properly adhere — if not, you may need to consider a porcelain crown instead. Likewise, gaps and other misalignments may be too great for a veneer to cover: in that case, you should consider orthodontics. A thorough examination beforehand will determine if veneers are the best option for you.

An artisan team. Every veneer is custom made to match an individual patient's tooth shape and color, handcrafted by a skilled dental technician. There's also an art to the dentist preparing the tooth beforehand and then properly positioning the veneer for bonding to achieve the most attractive result. Be sure, then, that your veneer "team" comes highly recommended by others.

The best materials. The first porcelains were powdered glass ceramics mixed with water to form a paste. Technicians shaped the paste in successive layers and as it oven-cured it took on the beautiful translucence of natural teeth. Unfortunately, this type of porcelain could be brittle and prone to shattering when subjected to heavy biting forces. In recent years, though, we've begun to use ceramics reinforced with other materials like Leucite for added strength. Today, the materials dentists use have much better durability.

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 Drs Lawitts
May 02, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

How Dental Veneers can give you a new smile

Do you lack self-confidence because you’re afraid people are staring at your less-than-perfect smile? You might not be smiling at all, veneersfearful that people are judging your damaged or broken front teeth. It’s time to change all that with dental veneers! Dr. Karen Lawitts in Syracuse, New York want to help you discover how dental veneers can give you a confident smile.

Dental veneers are thin laminates made of beautiful, sparkling porcelain. Porcelain has a unique translucent quality that looks totally natural. Drs. Lawitts and Yeates will color-match the porcelain to blend perfectly with your smile. Your new smile will be perfectly beautiful.

There are many advantages of porcelain veneers, and with proper care, they can last for many years. They are also a conservative dental treatment because Drs. Lawitts and Yeates only remove minimal tooth structure, just enough to accommodate the thickness of the veneers. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, porcelain also repels stains; making porcelain veneers the perfect choice for coffee drinkers and smokers who still want a bright white smile.

Drs. Lawitts and Yeates want you to know porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile dental treatments available. They can correct many major cosmetic issues with your front teeth. Consider porcelain veneers to correct teeth that are:

  • Heavily stained or yellowed from smoking or drinking coffee
  • Damaged or broken from traumatic injury
  • Badly worn, cracked or chipped from aging and overuse
  • Unevenly spaced or gapped from genetics
  • Darkly discolored from medications like tetracycline

You might need a more confident smile for a special event coming up. Consider porcelain veneers for a wedding, school or family reunion, or even an important job interview. You deserve to show off a great smile with porcelain veneers.

You deserve a smile you’re confident in. Porcelain veneers are the quick, easy way to gain the self-confidence that comes with a great smile. If you want to enhance your smile, don’t delay! Call Dr. Karen Lawitts in Syracuse, New York to find out how porcelain veneers can give you a confident smile. Call today and get started on a new you!

By Dr. Karen Lawitts
June 05, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

You are approaching a special occasion such as a big birthday, high school reunion or wedding. You feel embarrassed about how discolored your teeth are, but even professional whitening has not significantly improved your smile. You suspect your dental stains go deeper than just Dental Veneers Syracusethe surfaces of your teeth. What treatment option would work best to get your smile ready for that big day? It might just be dental veneers. For more information on veneers in Syracuse, please contact Dr. Karen Lawitts!

Veneers & Extrinsic Versus Intrinsic Staining

Smiles can change color for many reasons. The American Dental Association says that discoloration falls into two categories:

  • extrinsic discoloration at the very surface of tooth enamel. This external staining may come from cigarettes and highly colored beverages such as coffee, red wine, black tea, and colas. Some acidic foods also set the stage for extrinsic stains.
  • intrinsic discoloration extending beyond enamel to the inner dentin of teeth. This kind of discoloration results from root canal therapy, some medications such as the antibiotic tetracycline and from root canal therapy. Aging can yellow teeth because with time tooth enamel wears thin, and yellowish dentin shows through.

Teeth Whitening Versus Veneers

Teeth whitening done at the dentist's office works exceptionally well for extrinsic stains. Dentists apply very concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel to tooth surfaces, safely achieving several shades of color improvement in about an hour. Professional whitening can last for one to two years.

However, more stubborn or deeper intrinsic stains may require dental restorations called porcelain veneers. More economical and enamel-sparing than dental crowns, porcelain veneers are thin, shell-like covers that fit the front surfaces of healthy teeth. Customized for shape, color and size, veneers are bonded to one or more teeth to beautifully cover:

  • minor fractures or chips
  • small gaps
  • minor crowding and overlapping
  • imperfections in form and size
  • discolorations and staining

The Veneer Procedure

Your Syracuse veneers dentist removes a very thin layer (approximately 1/2 millimeter) of enamel from each tooth to be treated with veneers. She also sends some imaging and dental impressions to a professional lab for custom fabrication of your porcelain veneers.

In a subsequent visit. the dentist bonds the veneers to the teeth and adjusts them for bite and shape. While there may be some residual gum sensitivity, this procedure is comfortable and leaves the patient with a durable, beautiful smile with bright, natural color. With proper hygiene and gentle eating habits ( no chewing ice cubes or hard candy), veneers beautify for years.

Syracuse Dentists: Karen Lawitts DDS

Doctors Lawitts and Yeates having been providing for the preventive, restorative and cosmetic needs of Syracuse area dental patients for many years. They would be happy to answer your questions about attaining a great looking and healthy smile. Are veneers right for you? Call (315) 492-8138 for a consultation.

Dr. Karen Lawitts

Dr. Karen Lawitts



Dr. Lawitts was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. She received her Bachelor of Science and D.D.S degree from Northwestern University in Chicago.  
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