Century City Smiles & Orthodontics
Dentists & Orthodontics located in Westwood / Century City, Los Angeles, CA
Using metal for dental restorations isn’t environmentally friendly and it can pose health risks, such as mercury scares. That’s why Shawn Saidian, DDS, only uses metal-free restorations, including porcelain veneers and ceramic crowns. When you come into the office in Westwood, California, Dr. Saidian can answer more questions about why he avoids metal restorations, but the short answer is simple: it’s better for you and your smile. To find out more, call the office today or set up a consultation online.
Metal-Free Restoration Q & A
What are metal-free restorations?
Metal-free restorations refer to the tooth-colored dental crowns and veneers Dr. Saidian offers his patients. Instead of metal products, he uses porcelain, ceramic, and composite resin for his restorations that deliver excellent cosmetic results without sacrificing any durability.
All of the metal-free restorations that Dr. Saidian provides blend in seamlessly with the rest of your natural teeth and never detract from your appearance. On the contrary, they enhance your smile dramatically.
Why do you use metal-free restorations?
By avoiding metal products, you avoid certain health risks, such as mercury scares and hypoallergenic responses to your restoration. Metal-free restorations are also virtually stain-resistant. That means you don’t have to worry about any discoloration on your restoration.
However, the most important benefit to remember is that metal-free restorations can overhaul your smile and vastly improve your appearance. Their natural look, feel, and function is guaranteed to boost your self-confidence and give you a reason to smile.
Do metal-free restorations last long?
The lifespan of your metal-free restoration depends largely on you and how well you care for it. The best way to make sure your crown or veneer lasts you many years is to treat it like you would your natural teeth. Continue brushing and flossing regularly and maintain your regular dental exams and professional cleanings with Dr. Saidian.
Generally, they can last anywhere from 5-15 years, if not more. They last just as long and are just as durable as their metal-infused counterparts.
Am I an ideal candidate for a metal-free restoration?
You may be an ideal candidate for a metal-free restoration if your smile is impacted by cosmetic flaws, such as:
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Missing teeth
The process of getting a metal-free restoration generally involves at least two in-office visits. First, you need to have impressions of your teeth taken at the office. These impressions are used to produce your restoration at an outside dental lab. Then, you’ll come back in for a follow-up visit to have your restoration placed.
If you think a metal-free restoration is the only thing keeping you from having your ideal smile, then call the office or schedule a consultation online today to learn more.