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Porcelain Veneers – Thin or No Prep and Traditional

February 14, 2013 in Cosmetic Dentistry,Porcelain Veneers,Thin Veneers by McCarl Dental Group

Are You Happy With Your Smile?
We all know that a beautiful and healthy smile makes us more attractive.  Did you know that smiling can also help you feel better?  According to Dr. Mark Stibich, smiling helps reduce your stress level, boosts your immune system,  releases endorphins, our body’s natural pain killers and lowers blood pressure. Smiling helps improve our mood and keeps us from looking tired, overwhelmed, and worn down.

A smiling person brings happiness with them and  helps others feel better. Dr. Robin Smith says a smile is so powerful and contagious your life may change for the better once you start smiling.

At McCarl Dental Group, we specialize in healthy beautiful smiles for a lifetime. A beautiful and healthy smile expresses warmth, confidence and success. However, many people feel extremely self-conscious about their smile. If you do not smile because you are embarrassed by your teeth, there are many options available to give you an attractive and confident smile.

Lorie after Porcelain Veneers by McCarl Dental Group

Lorie after Porcelain Veneers by McCarl Dental Group

Lorie did not like to smile for the camera

Lorie did not like to smile for the camera

Our dental patient Lorie chose porcelain veneers to improve her smile. She said, “My teeth were crowded and a little discolored and considered myself unphotogenic. A relaxed confident smile is important as a public speaker and financial consultant.  After reviewing options with Dr. McCarl and serious consideration, I chose porcelain veneers to give me a smile consistent with my professional image. I am very happy with my veneers and my new smile and will never again shy away from a camera!”

Porcelain veneers improve your teeth’s appearance by making them look straighter, and also whiter; creating a natural-looking and beautiful smile in just two visits. Veneers are more than cosmetic, they can improve the health, form and function of the mouth. Crooked teeth can be difficult to clean and are more prone to tooth decay and gum disease.

Porcelain veneers are an excellent solution for a variety of conditions including:
•    crooked teeth
•    spaces
•    gaps
•    worn or chipped teeth
•    stained or discolored teeth
•    teeth that are too small or too large
Veneers are more durable and effective than bonding, and are a more conservative procedure than crowns.

Thin veneers (also called no-preparation veneers), are also a great option for a natural-looking, beautiful smile. Thin, no prep veneers are ideal for teeth that are worn down, small or unevenly shaped and teeth that have spaces between them. These veneers can also be an excellent solution for replacing old cosmetic bonding.

A dentist experienced in placing thin veneers can create a beautiful smile with NO drilling, No needles and No Novacain!

Laszlo after Thin No Preparation Veneers by McCarl Dental Group

Laszlo after Thin No Preparation Veneers by McCarl Dental Group

Laszlo had worn down, chipped teeth that had darkened over the years

Laszlo had worn down, chipped teeth that had darkened over the years

Like most people, Laszlo’s teeth had darkened with age.  His bite was such that normal wear and chipping on his front teeth were accelerated. He was told by several other dentists that that same bite prevented him from restoring his teeth with veneers.  Although it presented a challenge, we were able to lighten and lengthen his teeth with thin, minimal preparation veneers.  We lightly smoothed the surfaces of his teeth and took impressions.  There was no need for Novacain or temporary crowns. A few weeks later his thin veneers were placed. Before, his smile barely showed the tips of dark, chipped and worn front teeth.  Now he beams with a big, bright, youthful smile.

Laszlo said, “I am a recent recipient of a beautiful set of thin veneers done by Dr. McCarl, fulfilling a long dream of mine to have a full smile showing a nice set of teeth. Dr. McCarl’s artistry and vision to know the process to create that look is amazing! Having a difficult under bite I had been told by other doctors that it would be impossible and yet, Dr. McCarl assured me that this WAS possible and with very positive results. His wonderful disposition and total understanding of the process gave me a look and smile that I thought was only a dream. Well, he made this dream come true and I can’t believe after all these years I am comfortable in pictures and feel confident enough to smile. I feel very fortunate to have found this practice and have Dr. McCarl as my dentist. Smiling is now a pleasure!”

Call 410-987-8800 or 301-474-4144 to contact the dentists at the Millersville Maryland and Greenbelt Maryland dental offices of the McCarl Dental Group www.McCarlDental about ways to keep your smile looking and feeling great. Everyone deserves a HEALTHY and BEAUTIFUL SMILE!

Thin Veneers – A Great Option for a Beautiful Smile

February 8, 2011 in Dentistry,Porcelain Veneers,Thin Veneers by McCarl Dental Group

McCarl dental patient with thin dental veneers

McCarl dental patient before minimal prep veneers

A very popular procedure in today’s world of cosmetic dentistry is the no-prep veneer. With improved dental technology, dentists can create porcelain veneers that are less than half a millimeter thick. These “thin veneers” can allow smile makeovers with little or no drilling. No-prep veneers are ideal for permanent whitening, minor orthodontic issues and transforming small teeth or teeth with spaces into beautiful and dazzling smiles. The McCarl dental patient in the pictures above transformed his smile in just two visits to our dental office with no preparation thin dental veneers. The thin veneers covered chipped teeth, gave crooked teeth a straight appearance and permanently whitened his smile.

Many people want the cosmetic improvements porcelain veneers provide for a smile but are hesitant about the preparation of the face of the tooth that is required for traditional dental veneers. With the new minimal and no preparation veneers, cosmetic dentistry has become more comfortable, affordable and convenient. Dental veneers can transform a smile in just two visits to the dentist. Thin veneers are often an ideal solution.

Click this link to watch a video testimonial by a McCarl dental patient who improved his smile with minimal preparation thin veneers. He was concerned about yellowed, chipped teeth with spaces and was thrilled to have a beautiful white smile in just two visits.

Millersville dental veneers by McCarl Dentist

Traditional veneers are thicker porcelain and require some reduction on the face of your teeth. These veneers are still the treatment of choice when teeth are too crowded or when protruding teeth need to be brought back into the smile line. Many times a patient’s unique situation is best served by a combination of thin and traditional veneers. Tooth structure may need to be modified only on selected teeth in your smile to get optimal results.

A smile makeover consultation with a dentist who is experienced in cosmetic dental treatment is the first step for improving your smile. The dentists at McCarl Dental Group combine experience in cosmetic dentistry, advances in dental technology and genuine care for our dental patients. We listen carefully to your concerns and goals. There is usually more than one solution to dental problems. McCarl dentists offer a variety of dental procedures and explain how they can improve your smile. A smile makeover can include teeth whitening, dental implants, porcelain traditional veneers, thin veneers or porcelain crowns. The combination of treatments gives a great outcome and lowers the total price.

It is important for dentists to use a top quality dental lab for fabrication of porcelain veneers. The highest quality traditional and thin porcelain veneers have the shading and characteristics of natural teeth. With the recent improvements in dental technology, more people are choosing to enhance their smiles with restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Ask a dentist experienced with all types of cosmetic dentistry what would be best for you.

Annapolis Cosmetic Dentistry and Smile Makeovers Featured in Taste of the Bay Magazine

September 14, 2010 in Cosmetic Dentistry,Porcelain Veneers by McCarl Dental Group

Boost Your Success with a Smile Page 1

Boost Your Success with a Smile Page 2

According to a survey completed by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 90% of people believe that an attractive smile is an important social asset. 70% believe that an unattractive smile hurts career success and only 50% of people are satisfied with their smile.

Successful cosmetic dental cases, ranging from matching a single porcelain crown or veneer to a complete smile makeover, require extensive knowledge and planning in addition to a high level of technical skill. The dentists at McCarl Dental Group combine the science and art of dentistry with patient centered dental treatment.

A smile makeover improves the appearance of your smile, and even more important, can restore the health and function of your mouth and teeth. Are you self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth? There may be a quick and convenient solution to restore your comfort and confidence when you smile and laugh.

A comprehensive dental check-up and consultation is the first step when you are considering how you would like to improve your smile. During this initial consultation, your dentist will identify and discuss with you various issues that may be affecting your dental health and the appearance of your teeth. These problems may include cavities, periodontal disease, chips, cracks, gaps, crooked teeth, and staining or yellowing of your teeth. With your goals for your smile in mind; your dentist will develop a treatment plan specific for your unique dental health and dental care needs.

A smile makeover can incorporate teeth whitening, dental crowns, porcelain veneers and dental implants. The procedures used to repair your teeth will depend on the types of dental problems that you have.

Your smile is unique and personal to you, so tell us what you want, and together we create your custom “designer smile” to bring out the very best in you.

The following questions are important in selecting a cosmetic dentist:
1. How long they have been doing cosmetic dentistry and how frequently they attend continuing education conferences?
The Drs. McCarl began their advanced post-doctorate training in cosmetic dentistry as aesthetic techniques were being invented in the 1980s and regularly attend continuing education. All of the dentists at McCarl Dental Group are trained in all of the latest restorative and cosmetic dental procedures and dental products. The McCarl Dental Practice has over 10,000 satisfied patients! Over 75% of our new patients are referred to us by our existing dental patients.

2. Do your dentists learn directly from the top authorities in dentistry?
McCarl dentists have studied from all of the “best” dentists in the industry and have received advanced cosmetic dentistry training from Dr. Gordon J. Christensen, Dr. David Hornbrook, Dr. Peter Dawson, Dr. Frank Spears Dr. Ed Miller, Dr. Gary Radz, and other dentists affiliated with the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry. Drs. McCarl also have ongoing advanced training in dental implants and are certified to both restore and surgically place minimally invasive or mini dental implants and traditional dental implants. The dentists at McCarl Dental Group also regularly attend ongoing advanced orthodontic training and are certified preferred providers of Invisalign orthodontics. Drs. Jay and Clayton McCarl were named Fellows in the Academy of General Dentistry — an award granted to dentists with more than 500 practice hours who have passed a comprehensive 400-question examination. Dr. Clayton McCarl, Jr. DDS is a member of the Dean’s Faculty at The University of Maryland Dental School and lectures on Health Promotion and Policy.

3. Can they show you quality photography of their work?
All of the photographs featured on the McCarl Dental Group website are actual McCarl Dental Patients most of whom are from Anne Arundel and Prince Georges County and specifically from Severna Park, Annapolis, Crofton, Crownsville, Millersville, College Park, Bowie, New Carrollton, Laurel and Greenbelt Maryland. Many of the McCarl dentistry patients have written testimonials and volunteer to share their success stories on videos that are posted on the McCarl Dental YouTube Channel.

If you would like to learn about options available to improve your smile, please call the McCarl Dental office near you. Annapolis, Severna Park, Millersville, Maryland 410-987-8800 or Greenbelt, College Park, New Carrollton, Maryland 301-474-4144.

Smile Makeover with Invisalign and Dental Veneers

August 28, 2010 in Cosmetic Dentistry,Invisalign Orthodontics,Porcelain Veneers by McCarl Dental Group

McCarl Dental patient before smile makeoverAnnapolis dental patient after Invisalign Orthodontics, dental veneers and porcelain crowns

Your smile is one of the first things others see about you. First impressions are made at a glance and nothing makes a better impression than a beautiful smile. A smile makeover improves the appearance of your smile, and even more important, can restore the health and function of your mouth and teeth. If you are self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth, there may be a quick and convenient solution to restore your confidence when you smile and laugh. The dentists at McCarl Dental Group have comprehensive dental and cosmetic dentistry training and offer a wide range of solutions for complex dental problems.

Anne was uncomfortable with the changes in her smile over the years. Everyone’s teeth darken, wear down and shift with time. Anne also experienced crowding of her lower teeth. Crowded teeth are more difficult to clean and can lead to gum disease. Dental restorations also age with time and sometimes older dental work needs to be replaced. To restore the health and improve the appearance of Anne’s smile, Dr. McCarl straightened her lower teeth with Invisalign orthodontics and replaced aging dental work with porcelain crowns and veneers.

There are advantages to selecting an Invisalign Preferred Provider who is also experienced in other forms of cosmetic dentistry. When dentists have comprehensive dental training, they are better able to address multiple dental concerns with a wide range of dental solutions that are specific to each dental patient’s unique needs and objectives.

Cosmetic dental procedures have improved dramatically during the last 10 to 15 years. Dentists who have kept up-to-date with the newest procedures and technologies are able to achieve better results for their patients, in shorter periods of time, with greater comfort. The latest techniques in cosmetic dentistry give you an array of affordable and convenient options for improving your smile.

Successful cosmetic dental cases, ranging from matching a single porcelain crown or veneer with your front teeth, to designing a completely new smile, require extensive knowledge and planning as well as a high level of technical skill. Not all dentists performing smile makeovers use the latest techniques or have access to the same technology. It’s extremely important for both the appearance of your dental restoration and also the health, function and longevity of your smile that your dentist is highly skilled and up-to-date.

Anne’s porcelain veneers and crowns were made by the experts at BECDEN Dental Laboratory. Not only is it important for your dentist to combine knowledge, experience, and artistry; but dental lab technicians working behind the scenes must also share this talent. When McCarl dentists submit a dental case to BECDEN, we send digital impressions and sometimes study models.  We also include photographs of our patients with specific instructions to help the lab create the most natural looking and longest lasting restorations available. BECDEN treats every dental restoration with the utmost care and communicates frequently with McCarl Dentists to discuss individual dental cases.

At McCarl Dental Group, a smile makeover always begins with a comprehensive dental check-up and consultation. During the initial consultation, your dentist will identify and discuss with you various issues that may be affecting your dental health. These may include tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, chips, cracks, gaps, misalignment, and staining or yellowing of your teeth.

Your dentist will then develop a treatment plan specific for your unique dental health and dental care needs. This plan may involve the use of multiple general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and restorative dentistry options. If, for example, your teeth are badly chipped or stained, teeth whitening and porcelain veneers can improve the quality of your smile. If you have broken teeth or are missing teeth, a combination of dental implants and dental crowns may be the best option for you. Orthodontic treatment may also be considered.

A smile makeover can include the use of Invisalign orthodontics, teeth whitening, dental crowns, porcelain veneers and dental implants. The procedures used to treat your mouth will depend on the types of dental problems that you have.

  1. Crooked teeth are harder to clean and can lead to gum disease. Crooked or crowded teeth can often be straightened with nearly-invisible Invisalign orthodontics, which are more discreet, less expensive, and often work faster than traditional braces. Invisalign is a great option for adults who have always wanted straight teeth, or have had relapse from braces as a teenager.
  2. Chipped and broken teeth can be repaired with combinations of cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns. Porcelain veneers are custom-made wafer-thin shells which, when bonded to the front of teeth can dramatically improve a smile. Porcelain crowns encase the entire tooth in a protective covering at the gum line. In the past, porcelain crowns were fused to metal and were less natural looking. Today, all-porcelain crowns and veneers are more durable and much more natural looking. The quality of the porcelain also significantly affects the appearance of dental crowns. There are numerous porcelains on the market with a vast price range. The highest quality porcelains have the finest grain size, which creates a more aesthetic and natural appearance.
  3. Missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants and crowns, permanent bridges or dentures. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that anchors a replacement tooth, bridge or denture. With the recent advances in dental implants, more patients are candidates for permanent tooth replacement. A dental implant restored with a crown looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth.
  4. Stained and discolored teeth that cannot be brightened with professional teeth whitening can sparkle again with traditional porcelain veneers or the newest no-preparation veneers. “No-prep” veneers can be a perfect solution to repair stained, discolored or chipped teeth and can also fill in spaces between teeth. With little or no drilling and no needles or Novacaine, these custom made thin veneers create an affordable, beautiful and natural smile.
  5. Gaps between teeth can be closed instantly with porcelain veneers or more gradually with Invisalign or traditional orthodontics.

Ask your dentist about ways to keep your smile looking and feeling great. Everyone deserves a HEALTHY and BEAUTIFUL SMILE!

What are Dental Veneers? Can Veneers Help Improve my Smile?

August 8, 2010 in Cosmetic Dentistry,Porcelain Veneers by McCarl Dental Group

Dental veneers are a great solution for improving damaged, discolored or unattractive teeth. Porcelain veneers are custom-made wafer-thin shells which, when bonded to the front of teeth can dramatically improve a smile. Veneers are more conservative than porcelain crowns, which encase the entire tooth in a protective covering at the gum line.


Veneers are used for the following reasons:

  • Improve the appearance of your teeth. If your teeth are stained, discolored or are different shades, veneers can be a great option to quickly improve your smile.
  • Protect damaged teeth from further harm. A veneer can also be used to restore minor tooth decay  and to cover up a damaged tooth keeping it safe from further injury. This application of veneers is similar to the use of dental crowns – but for much less severe damage and decay. As mentioned above, crowns are used to cover an entire tooth, while veneers only cover a tooth’s surface.
  • Create a straighter smile. Dental veneers may be an option to make your teeth appear straighter if your teeth are not properly aligned. Depending on the degree of re-alignment that is needed to straighten your smile, porcelain veneers can create a beautiful straight smile without orthodontics. It is important to note that dental veneers are not ideal for all situations where the goal is to straighten teeth. The highly skilled dentists at McCarl Dental Group are Invisalign Preferred Providers and are experienced in the latest techniques for placing porcelain veneers and crowns.
  • Provide uniform size, shape and symmetry. Porcelain veneers can create a beautiful smile with consistent shape and size teeth. Are your teeth different sizes and shapes?  Do you have small teeth with spaces or gaps that cannot be easily closed with orthodontic work?  Dental veneers may be a great solution!

Cosmetic dental procedures have improved dramatically during the last 10 to 15 years. As a result, there is an array of affordable options – no longer a luxury reserved just for the Hollywood glitterati. Many times there is an easy, affordable solution to the dental problems that keep you from smiling. Call McCarl Dental Group today for a free consultation to learn ways we can enhance your smile.

Pictures of McCarl Dental Patients with Porcelain Veneers

Dental Veneers by McCarl Family and Cosmetic Dentists

“I always hated to see my teeth when I smiled for pictures because they were so yellow. I could not get my teeth whiter with professional whiteners. Dr. McCarl recommended a veneer to repair a front tooth that was dark and said that mysmile could be further enhanced by placing veneers on the other front teeth that showed when I smiled. I had porcelain veneers placed on six teeth and couldn’t be happier with my white smile now!”—Cecily

"I went to Dr. Clayton McCarl because he has a lot of experience doing veneers. I was so pleased with the results. I am not sure who was more excited, Clayton or me. I am not self-conscious about my teeth any more."

“I went to Dr. Clayton McCarl because he has a lot of experience doing veneers. I was so pleased with the results. I am not sure who was more excited, Clayton or me. I am not self-conscious about my teeth any more.”

“It makes me tear up when I say this but I value everything about my smile! I’ve have had MAJOR dental work done over the years and while some things Dr. Jay didn’t do, he has had to fix numerous issues from my past dentists. We discussed my options and we came to the conclusion that I needed this done, not just for me but also for the health of my teeth!"

“It makes me tear up when I say this but I value everything about my smile! I’ve have had MAJOR dental work done over the years and while some things Dr. Jay didn’t do, he has had to fix numerous issues from my past dentists. We discussed my options and we came to the conclusion that I needed this done, not just for me but also for the health of my teeth!”

“Before I got my porcelain veneers I was embarrassed to smile and now I smile with my teeth showing all the time. I want to thank Dr. David McCarl for making this possible. Your staff is very personable and made the procedure comfortable and pain free. I have and will always recommend McCarl Dental Group to my family and friends.”

“Before I got my porcelain veneers I was embarrassed to smile and now I smile with my teeth showing all the time. I want to thank Dr. David McCarl for making this possible. Your staff is very personable and made the procedure comfortable and pain free. I have and will always recommend McCarl Dental Group to my family and friends.

PORCELAIN VENEERS AND THIN VENEERS

February 24, 2010 in Cosmetic Dentistry,Porcelain Veneers,Thin Veneers by McCarl Dental Group

Porcelain veneers are often an excellent alternative to porcelain crowns. Long lasting and conservative, porcelain veneers have gained immense popularity because of their realistic appearance and their resistance to stains. Veneers are dental porcelain laminates that bond to teeth. They can change the color, shape and size of teeth and are ideal for covering stains, correcting misalignment, closing gaps and restoring worn teeth. Dental veneers are considered a cosmetic procedure but can also improve the health, form and function of the mouth.  Crooked teeth can be difficult to clean and are more prone to tooth decay and gum disease.

Planning and design for all cosmetic dentistry cases requires experience as well as technical and artistic talent to properly design the veneer for the shape and structure of the patient’s face. The type of veneer we recommend depends on each patient’s teeth and goals for their smile. Regardless of the type of dental procedure, patients can expect their smile to look very natural and radiant. Porcelain veneers can create a beautiful, confident smile that looks real and natural, “turning back the clock” for people with small or worn teeth and giving them a more youthful smile.

The dentists at McCarl Dental Group have been enhancing patients’ smiles with veneers for more than 20 years. We “begin” every dental procedure with the “end” in mind. What is the best possible dental procedure to meet each individual patient’s goals and expectations?  How many financial options are available and which best match our patients’ needs and desired outcome? Porcelain veneers are custom and are designed specifically for each patient with that patient’s input regarding their preferences for shape, color and translucency.

Many types of veneers are similar to porcelain crowns in that the tooth surface has to be prepared. Unlike crowns, which cover the entire tooth, veneers cover only the visible portion of the tooth. Although, much of the natural tooth remains in place, a small amount of the enamel covering the tooth must be removed to allow space for the veneer.

Utlra-thin veneers are comparable to a contact lens in thickness and in many cases do not require preparation of the teeth. They are custom-made to adhere directly to the front of teeth making them an option to consider for minor cosmetic adjustments including extending small teeth, fixing a minor chip, or changing color. These brands of veneers require little or no tooth preparation to apply and give you the option to return to your original smile in the future. However, because there is little or no tooth preparation, Lumineers may look and feel bulkier than traditional veneers. A dentist with technical and artistic talent who has experience in selecting the appropriate type of veneer for each patient can design the shapes of the veneers, layering the porcelain, so that all types of veneers look natural.

If you would like learn more about porcelain veneers, please contact McCarl Dental Group. We offer a wide range of brands and types of porcelain veneers to our patients from College Park, Lanham, Seabrook, Bowie, New Carrollton, Laurel, Greenbelt, Severna Park, Annapolis, Crofton, Crownsville and Millersville.  Please visit our smile gallery at www.mccarldental.com to see smile makeovers that feature porcelain dental veneers.

HOW WE COMBINE TECHNIQUE, TECHNOLOGY AND ARTISTRY TO MAKE BEAUTIFUL PORCELAIN CROWNS AND VENEERS AT MCCARL DENTAL GROUP

January 14, 2010 in Cosmetic Dentistry,Dental Crowns and Bridges,Dentistry,Porcelain Veneers by McCarl Dental Group

Most people realize that is important for a dentist to combine technique, technology and artistry, but dental lab technicians working behind the scenes must also share this talent.  At McCarl Dental Group, virtually all of our patient’s crowns are fabricated at BECDEN Dental Laboratory.  We researched dental labs across the country and found that BECDEN delivers consistent excellence. When we submit a case to BECDEN, we send digital impressions and sometimes study models.  We also include digital photographs of our patients with specific instructions to help the lab create the longest lasting and most life-like restoration possible. BECDEN treats every case with the utmost care and frequently calls to consult with McCarl Dentists to discuss techniques that will provide the most natural appearance of the restoration for our patients.  Please visit our website at www.McCarlDental.com to see our Smile Gallery featuring beautiful smiles by McCarl Dental Group with porcelain crowns and veneers fabricated by BECDEN Laboratory.

Advancements in technology have never come at a more rapid pace in dentistry than they are now and dental laboratories must invest in research and development to provide the highest quality.  All-porcelain restorations (those without metal in them) used for cosmetic dentistry require very sophisticated design software and pressing ovens, which are not affordable to all dental laboratories.  CAD/CAM — computerized milling of crowns is the direction technology is following, yet this technology still requires highly skilled technicians to create the computer design and finesse the milled restoration.

There are many ways to make a crown. Porcelain can be added as one color only, all at once, and fired in the furnace, or can be added in layers with a variety of colors to more closely mimic natural teeth. The labor time and skill level are considerably higher in the latter case. Like excellent dentists, high quality dental technicians are artists, using their color palette of wet porcelains to copy the shade and shape chosen by the dentist. They use a technique called “layering” in which they bake the porcelain in the shape of the tooth and then “cut it back” and layer in different shades of porcelain which adds vitality to the crown.

“Crowns in an hour” that are processed in a dental office are time savers, but are monochromatic which means one solid color throughout the crown. This can be fine for posterior teeth that are not visible when a patient smiles, but would never be appropriate for a front tooth.

The quality of the porcelain also significantly affects the appearance of dental crowns. There are numerous porcelains on the market with a vast price range. The highest quality porcelains have the finest grain size, which creates a more aesthetic and natural appearance. The high end, fine grain porcelains also prevent wearing away of the enamel of the opposing teeth, which is frequently a problem with lower cost porcelain.

Dental laboratories can choose from a variety of metals, from those with no gold at all to percentages of gold up to 88%. The lower quality and cost metals often have high percentages of silver.  This is problematic because up to 80% of females have allergic reactions to silver. High quality dentists and laboratories use metals with 50% or more gold for aesthetic and biocompatibility reasons.

Choosing an excellent dental laboratory is one of the many steps we take at McCarl Dental Group to assure that our patients receive the very highest quality dental work.  We always want to keep our patients smiling!