Crown Or Veneer?

cosmetic dentistry La Mesa

I am Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa.  Jeff Gray DDS offers multiple cosmetic dental procedures for creating beautiful smiles. Two of the most popular procedures are dental crowns and porcelain veneers. Many patients don’t understand the difference between the two. Generally, a crown strengthens a compromised tooth while a veneer is used mainly for cosmetic improvements.

A dental crown covers the entire visible part of the tooth. A veneer is an ultra-thin layer for the front of a tooth. Veneers are made with several layers of extremely strong ceramic laminate. Crowns can be made of all porcelain (ceramic), porcelain fused to metal, or gold. Both crowns and veneers are affixed to the tooth with special adhesive. Crowns and veneers are durable and can last many years if properly cared for, though they are not stronger than natural enamel.

Both of these procedures improve the tooth aesthetically, but dental crowns are usually a better solution for a tooth that has been compromised by decay, damage, or a root canal. Veneers can fix the shape of a tooth, correct a minor crack, cover stains, or straighten the appearance of teeth that are slightly misaligned.

The success of a crown or veneer procedure depends on experienced professionals at the lab and in the dentist’s office. Your cosmetic dentist must prep the tooth, create a precision mold, and submit an accurate order to the lab.

The role of the La Mesa dental lab technician is equally important.  Highly skilled lab technicians fabricate custom dental crowns and veneers to the specifications of the cosmetic dentist. They must have the ability to meet the precise standards required for successful restorations.

Consider the myriad characteristics of a restoration: the specific shape, the exact size, the precise color, and the proper placement in the mouth. This is a case of all or nothing – each variable must be right on the mark or it must be redone.

The team at Jeff Gray DDS and the outstanding staff at our dental lab work together to provide the highest quality dental restorations for our valued patients.

If you would like more useful details about crowns, veneers, and other cosmetic dental procedures, I invite you to contact us to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation. I can help you achieve a smile that is both healthy and stunning. Call us today!

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS:

(619) 894-7393

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


Are Dental Veneers Reversible?

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With many La Mesa residents looking to improve their smile, porcelain veneers are a popular option in the California cosmetic dental community. Unlike a crown that completely covers the tooth, a veneer is a super thin layer of a very substantial porcelain, composite bonding, or ceramic. When bonded to a tooth, the veneer creates a natural, translucent, and perfect new surface. It improves the appearance of the visible portion of your tooth instantly.

To begin, you will need a consultation with your dentist, who should have competence in cosmetic procedures. You should think about what you do not like about your smile and identify how you want it improved. Veneers may not be optimal for you. Other cosmetic dental procedures are available that may be a better fit for the characteristics you wish to change.

Porcelain veneers can repair many minor to moderate problems, including the size, shape, and color of your teeth. Gaps between teeth can be filled, as well as the lengthening or shortening of teeth to complete your attractive smile.

Your dentist will also discuss both types of veneers: “traditional” and “prepless.” Before a traditional veneer is put on the tooth, the dentist first removes a very thin layer of enamel. Enamel cannot be replaced, which is one reason this protocol is irreversible.

The second method is called “no-prep” or “prepless.” With this type, enamel removal is often not necessary. When no enamel is removed, the treatment can be reversible. However, this procedure has specific criteria.

Additionally, it is possible to use both types of veneers for multiple teeth, depending on the condition of each tooth.

Your dentist will help you evaluate your unique needs and counsel you on how to reach your goals. Once you and your dentist have created a dental plan, your dentist will work with a laboratory and dental team to assure everything is carried out as discussed.

If you do not have a cosmetic dentist, we invite you to visit our singular practice at 8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102 in La Mesa. Jeff Gray is an accomplished smile makeover artist. Experience is an important consideration. Call 619-717-8560 today to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS:

619-717-8560

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, CA
91942

 


Perfect Teeth With Veneers

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Today’s blog post focuses on an effective and versatile cosmetic dental procedure – porcelain veneers.

Veneers are individual covers for the front part of teeth. They are a terrific way to repair a myriad of tooth imperfections such as chips, stains, yellowing, unattractive shape or minimal misalignment.

Have you ever wanted a minimally-invasive facelift for a tooth without getting an entire crown? Veneers are your answer! Super-strong, tooth-colored porcelain laminate is shaped into thin shells and custom-fitted for each patient’s unique set of teeth.

How many veneers should you get? This depends on how many teeth you want to improve and the overall condition of your teeth. Dr. Gray will counsel you on the best strategy.

The thickness, color, alignment, and shape of your teeth impact the outcome as well as whether you have any gum recession. Veneers are matched to your existing teeth so they will blend seamlessly, but if you are planning to treat several teeth, you definitely want to have them created in the same “batch” at the lab.

The first step in the veneer process is to make a model of your teeth to work from. After that, a dental technician will use the model to create the veneers to the specific size, shape, color, and level of translucency. Experienced cosmetic dentists and dental technicians elevate the level of artistry in this painstaking process.

Many patients wonder if veneers are as heavy-duty as their natural teeth. Though the veneer tooth-prep process weakens the tooth slightly, with proper care, veneers can last up to 15 years. Porcelain veneers are more durable than dental bonding, which is sometimes used to repair the same types of imperfections. Dental bonding generally has a shorter life span than veneers, so keep this in mind when comparing the costs of the two procedures.

If you are looking for a dentist with an artistic eye for stunning porcelain veneers, give Jeff Gray DDS a call. My name is Dr. Jeff Gray and I have been serving La Mesa, California since 1986.

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/v/veneers.aspx, accessed on March 5, 2014


Dental Veneers: 7 Fast-Fixes For La Mesa Smiles

Dental Veneers: 7 Fast-Fixes For La Mesa Smiles

Hi! Welcome to the Jeff Gray DDS dental blog where we take the time to answer some of the questions dental patients in the San Diego area are curious about. Today we are focusing on fabulous veneers, which are used extensively in cosmetic dentistry.

Dental veneers (also called laminates) are custom made to permanently cover the front part of one or more teeth. Wafer-thin, super-strong veneers can correct a variety of problems including:

1. Chips
2. Cracks
3. Stains
4. Teeth that are misshapen
5. Teeth that are too short
6. Teeth that are misaligned
7. Gaps between teeth

When you get veneers, your La Mesa, and San Diego dentist will first make a model of your teeth. Then, a dental technician uses the model to create the veneers. In some veneer procedures, a small amount of the enamel from the face of the tooth has to be removed so the veneers can be placed. In such cases, the procedure is irreversible.

If you are in the San Diego area and are looking for a family, general or cosmetic dentist, give Jeff Gray DDS a call. My name is Dr. Jeff Gray and I have been practicing advanced dentistry in La Mesa, California since 1986. The art and science of cosmetic dentistry is my passion.

Please call (619) 337-7700 and a member of our friendly and professional staff can answer any questions you have about veneers, teeth whitening, invisible braces, sedation dentistry, pediatric dentistry, general dental care, or smile makeovers.

Dr. Jeff Gray
Jeff Gray DDS
8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
(619) 337-7700
http://www.SmileSanDiego.com/meet-dr-jeff-gray/

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/v/veneers.aspx, accessed on Feb. 12, 2013


Re-Contour Your Teeth At Jeff Gray DDS

Re-Contour Your Teeth At Jeff Gray DDS

If your crooked, discolored teeth keep you from smiling and you feel like there is nothing you can do about it please give me a call! My name is Dr. Jeff Gray and my staff and I at Jeff Gray DDS have been giving the people of La Mesa something to smile about since 1986.

If you are disappointed with the smile mother nature gave you let me help you create the smile of your dreams. New procedures and materials now make it possible to completely revamp and restyle your mouth in La Mesa.

If your teeth are uneven, Jeff Gray DDS has several options to correct that. We can re-contour your teeth by removing a small portion of your enamel to change the length or shape of your tooth. If more is required to improve your smile we can offer you porcelain veneers or bonding.

Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are permanently attached to the fronts of your teeth, correcting any imperfections. They last much longer than dental bonding and preserve more natural tooth structure than dental crowns.

Many La Mesa resident’s teeth have become discolored by drinking colas, tea, or coffee. If you have stained or discolored teeth and dream of having pearly white teeth then check out the many teeth whitening options at Jeff Gray DDS.

Stop hiding behind a timid smile. Take charge and let Jeff Gray DDS create a confident, beautiful smile.

Ask us about cosmetic and sedation dentistry, laser dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry.

Dr. Jeff Gray
Jeff Gray DDS
8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
619-717-8560
http://www.SmileSanDiego.com/meet-dr-jeff-gray/


Jeff Gray DDS For A Smile Impossible To Ignore

Cosmetic Dentistry La Mesa

Many La Mesa folks consider the myriad options available to stop the aging clock. Whether it is a surgical procedure, botox, hair implants, or a chemical peel, La Mesa area residents have countless choices to help them look more youthful. I am Dr. Jeff Gray and I am exited to tell you about a simple and affordable procedure we offer at Jeff Gray DDS that can create a younger looking you.

Porcelain veneers will produce a smile that will have people asking you if you have lost weight or started going to the gym because the effect porcelain veneers have is stunning.

Haven’t you noticed that when you talk with someone who has sparkling, straight white teeth, their smile catches your eye? An engaging smile draws attention away from wrinkles or a flabby belly because a dazzling smile is the first impression others have of you – and it is impossible to ignore!

At Jeff Gray DDS, our porcelain veneers will improve the color of your teeth, cover chips, cracks, or misshapen teeth. Veneers can lengthen teeth that look too short, fill in gaps between teeth and cover any irregularity your teeth may have. Porcelain veneers reflect light the same way natural teeth do making them a great choice for a smile makeover.

If you are a middle-aged (or older) La Mesa area resident pondering ways to improve your appearance, Jeff Gray DDS can help you turn back the clock by creating a youthful smile with cosmetic dentistry. Jeff Gray DDS has been serving the folks of La Mesa since 1986. We offer affordable, professional services including cosmetic and sedation dentistry, laser dentistry, and dental implants.

The smiles in the 91942 zip code area can rival those of Beverly Hills 90210 thanks to porcelain veneers. Contact Jeff Gray DDS today for a younger you!


Celebrity Smiles In San Diego Without The Annoying Paparazzi

Cosmetic Dentistry: Celebrity Smiles In San Diego Without The Annoying Paparazzi

Hello friends of Jeff Gray DDS!

Close your eyes. Picture the most beautiful smile you have ever seen. Perhaps it is the smile of your significant other. Perhaps it is your favorite actor, actress, or singer. What makes this smile memorable? The brilliant color? The beautiful translucency? The pleasing shape? The alignment of the teeth? All of the above?

Would you like a smile as memorable as the image in your mind? It’s possible with cosmetic dentistry at Jeff Gray DDS.

Dr. Gray skillfully redesigns smiles to correct alignment, dull color, damage, and stains.

Cosmetic dental procedures include the ever-popular porcelain veneers (gives teeth a brand new face), crown restorations, teeth whitening, clear braces (quicker and easier than ever!), and dental bonding (affordable and effective).

You can have a billboard-perfect smile right here in the San Diego area.

The very same cosmetic dental procedures used on famous smiles is available at Jeff Gray DDS. A celebrity salary and jet-setting lifestyle may be out of reach, but not a red carpet-worthy smile.

Come in for a smile design consultation to learn what cosmetic dentistry can do for your world class smile! Call 619-717-8560 to book your appointment today.

Dr. Jeff Gray
Jeff Gray DDS
619-717-8560
http://www.SmileSanDiego.com/meet-dr-jeff-gray/


Same Day Smile Makeovers At Jeff Gray DDS In La Mesa

Same Day Smile Makeovers At Jeff Gray DDS In La Mesa Have you ever wished your La Mesa cosmetic dentist could glue new pearly white covers on your existing teeth as easy as you paint a wall in your house? Guess what? With porcelain veneers, it’s possible. Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin tooth-shaped fronts that are permanently bonded to your natural teeth.

Unlike a dental crown procedure, your La Mesa dentist does not need to remove tooth structure to place the restoration. If the teeth in question have decay, come see us immediately.

Call 619-717-8560 to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

At Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, veneers are used alone and in combination with other cosmetic dental procedures to create complete smile makeovers. Because they can correct cosmetic tooth misalignment in one visit, veneers are sometimes referred to as ‘instant orthodontics’.

Do dental veneers look like natural teeth?
Skilled La Mesa cosmetic dental lab artists create porcelain veneers with the color, reflective properties, and translucency of natural teeth: perfect natural teeth, that is. In addition, porcelain veneers can be made in any size or shape.

Are veneers at Jeff Gray DDS
strong?
Porcelain veneers are fabricated out of extremely durable material. If you have questions about whether a veneer or dental crown is the best choice for you, talk to Dr. Jeff Gray. Dr. Gray will consider the size and condition of the tooth and its position in the mouth.

How long do veneers last?
Some Jeff Gray DDS smile makeover clients have veneers they received over 15 years ago. (And they still look terrific!) If properly cared for, veneers can last as long as dental crowns.

Are porcelain veneers affordable in La Mesa
?
The cost of cosmetic dental veneers at Jeff Gray DDS is competitive with other premium cosmetic dental practices in the La Mesa area. We use what we believe is the top dental lab to create our client’s veneers and a significant portion of the cost of veneers goes to the lab. Porcelain veneers are often less expensive in La Mesa than crowns and clear braces. For questions about the cost of porcelain veneers, call our office at 619-717-8560.

Jeff Gray DDS
8555 Fletcher Pkwy,

Ste 102 La Mesa, CA 91942
619-717-8560
http://www.SmileSanDiego.com


Is a Perfect Smile Possible In San Diego?

Alpine Cosmetic Dentistry Are you considering a smile makeover in the San Diego area? Are you skeptical of promises of a ‘perfect smile’ a ‘celebrity smile’ or ‘a dazzling, youthful smile’? Let’s talk about the most popular La Mesa cosmetic dental procedures and the results that can be expected.

Composite Veneers
The application of porcelain veneers at Jeff Gray DDS can remedy a multitude of aesthetic dental problems and is often a better cosmetic dental solution for candidates in the San Diego area than dental bonding. Porcelain veneers can correct tooth chips, tooth cracks, minor tooth misalignment, tooth discoloration, unattractive tooth shape, and disproportionate tooth size. Can porcelain veneers create perfect teeth? While a veneer cannot fix a decayed tooth, it can turn an unsightly tooth into an aesthetically perfect tooth.

Tooth Bleaching
San Diego tooth whitening is a non-invasive cosmetic dental treatment that dramatically improves a smile. However, some tooth whitening dentists will guarantee fantastic results for any patient that desires a whiter smile. At Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa we only recommend tooth whitening for clients that are good candidates for the process. If you have all-natural teeth that are dull or stained, tooth whitening will brighten your smile. If you have several crowns in the front of your mouth, or gums that have receded, conventional tooth-whitening may not improve your smile.

Call 619-717-8560 to schedule a tooth whitening consultation.

Tooth-Colored Fillings
If you have a mouth full of metal fillings, you may be interested in tooth-colored fillings. To get an idea of how the inside of your mouth would look without metal, have someone without any fillings open their mouth. Do you remember when your mouth looked like that? Would you like to bring your smile back to its pre-filling appearance? It is possible with tooth-colored fillings at Jeff Gray DDS.

These are just a few of the cosmetic dental solutions that create perfect smiles for our San Diego clients. You can see a complete list of our services at http://www.SmileSanDiego.com

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Porcelain Veneers and Instant Orthodontics For San Diego

La Mesa Porcelain Veneers and Instant Orthodontics If you have been paying attention to the San Diego orthodontics scene in recent years, you probably know about invisible braces and speed braces. These new teeth straightening procedures have been welcomed by many people, especially San Diego adults who want an alternative to traditional metal braces.

There’s more good news for San Diego dentistry clients who want to straighten their teeth. How about ‘instant orthodontics‘?

If you want immediate teeth straightening, you can smile sooner with porcelain veneers from Jeff Gray DDS!

The key to achieving a celebrity smile may be porcelain veneers for your teeth from a San Diego cosmetic dentist. Dr. Jeff Gray at Jeff Gray DDS can help you determine if porcelain veneer dentistry is for you. Ongoing education is essential for elite cosmetic dentists who work to continually provide the latest procedures and materials for their cosmetic and orthodontic clients. We can help.

In addition to correcting tooth alignment, porcelain veneers are used to whiten teeth and restore chipped teeth in Alpine and Santee. Porcelain veneers are attached to the front of teeth and often require no removal of healthy tooth structure. Another advantage? They are less expensive than complete crown restorations but look just as natural. -Actually, they look far better than most natural teeth!

For an instant orthodontic consultation, call Jeff Gray DDS at 619-717-8560. Porcelain veneers may be the best way for you to receive a smile makeover at a fraction of the cost.