When teeth are not “picture perfect,” patients may be self-conscious or simply dissatisfied with their smile. There are a variety of ways to improve the appearance of teeth, one of which is by getting veneers (also known as laminates) placed. They can change one’s look dramatically or just a bit depending on the patient’s goals and severity of his or her situation. But no matter the situation, when Dr. Lockhart works his veneer magic, the results are always astounding. Natural looking and far nicer than before, this type of cosmetic dentistry results in a dazzling smile you will be proud to show off. Professional work leads to a positive outcome every time.
The veneers we use at our practice are created with porcelain crafted into super thin layered sheaths.
No worries about a mismatch. Each patient is unique and so are their veneers. We aim for a match that is as close as it can get, but if you are seeking a whiter, brighter smile, yours will be designed in a shade that is lighter than your natural teeth, provided that we cover enough of the front teeth so that you cannot see any that are not this new color when you talk or smile. Veneers are never a “one size fits all” solution.
During your consultation, you will discuss your goals and the look you are going for. That said, Dr. Lockhart will recommend a suitable shape and style that best compliments the shape of your mouth and alignment of your teeth. Achieving a natural look is the goal, so you don’t want it to be obvious that your teeth are cosmetically enhanced. You also want to be able to speak and chew normally, so too big or too small a size may affect this if not properly planned out.
Veneers are an excellent option for those with stained or otherwise discolored teeth. They also cover up chips, cracks, misalignments, and metal fillings, as well as worn down teeth or large spaces between teeth. They are meant for placement over the front teeth (not molars and pre-molars), so since these are the teeth people see when you smile, creating a more aesthetically pleasing look is what most patients are after. You may not be a good candidate if your teeth are severely crooked, if you are missing teeth, or if you have decay. You cannot get them if you wear braces. Talk to Dr. Lockhart and he will let you know what would be best for you after a thorough dental examination.
The process will involve two trips to the office. During the first visit, we will assess your teeth, perform a comprehensive exam, and remove some of the enamel from the tooth’s front surface so the veneer doesn’t protrude once placed over the existing tooth. An impression will be made of the tooth which will be sent to the laboratory where the veneers will be crafted with care. While the veneers are being made you will wear a temporary set of veneers. In a few weeks’ time, the veneers will be sent to the office and you are ready for bonding. The teeth will be cleaned and slightly etched so the bonding agent holds best. A light beam will cure the bonding element and veneer to the tooth. Once everything is in place, any excess bonding agent will be removed and you’ll be good to go.
Consider them the same as your natural teeth. Brush and floss as usual, and don’t ever use your teeth as a “tool” to open containers and such. If you tend to clench or grind your teeth while you sleep, we will recommend you wear a night guard to prevent wear and tear. Otherwise, there is no special care required for veneers. And they’ll last for many years if you maintain good oral hygiene and care for your teeth.
Good news. Veneers are virtually stain-resistant. Drink whatever you want without worry. Just maintain your oral hygiene routine to keep your teeth clean as you would without veneers over your teeth.
Veneers are an excellent appearance enhancer. Smiling with confidence will be your new standard. Schedule an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Lockhart and you will soon be on your way to a set of teeth that are nothing short of terrific. Give us a call at your convenience at (317) 849-9715 or discuss the option of veneers the next time you’re in for a cleaning.
“Approximately 4:45 p.m., a crown came completely out. I immediately called Dr. Lockhart’s office to see if he was available. He was so 15 minutes later; I walked into his office. I was seen immediately; the tooth was prepped and recemented. Less than a half-hour after the tooth came out, it was back in, and I was on my way to the Pacer game. Great job!”
“I’ve had several teeth extracted, and can say unequivocally this was the easiest one to date. The tooth was out before I knew it, no muss, no fuss.”
“I am never disappointed with Dr. Lockhart’s service. I have been seeing him for my dental care for a few years now and it seems that my dental health has only improved since I began seeing him. I value how straight forward and honest he is with his patients. I would recommend him to everyone!”
“Everyone is professional and so friendly. They take the time to explain the procedures, and make you feel very comfortable in a very relaxed atmosphere. If you don’t like going to a dentist for whatever reason, I suggest you try Dr. Lockhart!”
“At the doctor’s recommendation, an old silver filling was replaced with enamel. This accomplished two things. It provided an opportunity to assess the health of the tooth-as it is a deep and old filling. And secondly it improved the visual of the mouth by having a filling material which blends with the tooth color. Though no further care is needed at this time, it is valuable to know what may be necessary going forward which eliminates the dreaded element of surprise in dental care. Dr. Lockhart and his staff create a comfortable, caring environment which puts the patient at ease while undergoing what might otherwise be an anxiety filled procedure. All aspects of the office visit were professional, efficient and most important of all – painless.”
“Great environment, courteous friendly and professional staff. I look forward to my dental visits because Danelle is welcoming and focused on my dental health and Dr Lockhart is always attentive and clear in his care and explanations.”
“Above and beyond! Our son broke off a tooth on A Tuesday evening. Dr. Lockhart and his staff are not scheduled to be in the office on Wednesdays. We nevertheless called the emergency number he provided first thing Wednesday morning. Dr. Lockhart promptly returned our call and we made arrangements to meet at the office. Dr. Lockhart was very thorough with his examination. He and McKenzie took great care of our son and got him fixed up. Always the highest level of care and customer service. THANK YOU!”
“I highly recommend Lockhart Dentistry to all my friends. After 30 years I finally made the decision to get crowns and braces. In less then 6 months, my treatment is over and I can smile with confidence. Thank you Dr. Lockhart, and your wonderful staff. I truly wonder why I waited so long!”
“Always a great and efficient visit. Extremely caring and have seen amazing progress for not being in a long time!”
“Great dentistry ! Top notch all around.“
“Experience and Tech Savvy. Dr Lockhart has more experience and is more technologically savvy than any dentist I’ve been to in my 54 years.”
“Happy to have found a dentist in my neighborhood for my entire family!”
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“When I think of Lockhart Dentistry, the terms “kindness, promptness, professionalism, and effectiveness” come to mind.”
“Lockhart Dentistry is a step above all others. Great enthusiastic staff that genuinely enjoy their jobs. Ingrid goes out of her way to make sure each visit is enjoyable and she is very thorough in explaining what she is doing throughout my examination. Every appointment I have had has been on schedule, very little time spent waiting in lobby, which is very important to me from a work and family perspective. I like the fact that they have email and text reminders too!!!”
“Best Long Term Dental Care. My wife and I have been patients of Dr. Lockhart for over 20 years. From routine bi-annual cleanings and checkups to implants, crowns and partial bridges that I’ve had through the years; Dr. Lockhart and his team have always provided the very best of care.”
"Highly recommend! I’ve been. With Dr Lockhart 25+ years….since he was at 71st and Shadeland. I had some serious issues that Dr Lockhart and his staff have helped me overcome. I can’t say enough great things about them (I even got my husband to join me there). Thank you so much to Lockhart Dentistry."
Routine 6 month cleaning and check. Have been a patient of Lockhart Dentistry since Doc came to Indianapolis. The entire staff is friendly and caring and works hard to make sure you are comfortable no matter what service is being provided.
"Great place, people are friendly and very nice. Dr. Lockhart always has an alternative or solution to my issues. I love Danielle! I always ask for her to do my cleaning. My teeth always feel extra clean."
Wonderful experience! Very thorough and friendly!
"Dr. Bruce and his staff are amazing, kind, very caring. They take care of you like one of their own!"