Dental veneers are an option for you if you have broken, chipped, worn down, irregularly shaped, uneven, discolored, or significantly gapped teeth to improve your smile’s aesthetic appearance. Veneers are fragile shells of materials that are tooth-colored that are custom made to cover the front tooth surface. The bonded shells can effectively change the size, length, color, or shape of the front teeth. There are two types of veneers we have available, porcelain veneers and resin composite veneers.
Benefits Of Veneers
Veneers have numerous benefits that other cosmetic dental methods do not. Veneers effectively provide a natural appearance of the tooth, and usually cannot be differentiated from real teeth. Porcelain veneers are easily tolerated by tissues of the gums and are ideal if you have a sensitivity of your gums. Unlike the dental procedure of crowns, veneers are relatively conservative and do not mandate considerable shaping of the teeth before application. Veneers are also able to be color customized so that darker shaded teeth can look whiter if you so choose, and veneers are incredibly resistant to staining. Depending on which types of veneers are applied, they can last anywhere between 7 and 15 years before replacement necessary.
Usually, the process of getting dental veneers will take three appointments. The first is a consultation with us, and the following two are to produce and apply the dental veneers. Dental veneers can be done on several teeth simultaneously in these three visits. The consultation is so that you can explain to us the results you would like to achieve, and so the dentist can examine and determine if your teeth are a good fit for dental veneers. The procedure will be thoroughly explained to you, and pricing can be discussed. When the decision to proceed with veneers is made, we will most likely make impressions of your teeth and take some x-rays.
When it is time to prepare the teeth or tooth for the veneer, we will remove from the tooth surface approximately 1/2 a millimeter of enamel. This allows for the veneer to be placed without making your tooth thicker then it was before the veneer. We may need to use a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort during this process. Once that is finished, we will take an impression of the shaped tooth and send it to our laboratory so they can produce the customized veneer to fit your tooth.
Before permanently adhering the veneer to the tooth surface, the dentist will trim and shape the veneer to your liking. Then your tooth or teeth are cleaned and roughed up to ensure the bond is strong. The veneer is placed on the tooth with cement, and a specialized light is used to harden it. Excess adhesive is then removed, and any other necessary adjustments are made to ensure that you are happy with the way the veneers fit and look. Usually, you will need to come back for a follow up to make sure that your gums and veneers look healthy.
Caring For Veneers
Once veneers are placed permanently, they require no more special care then your regular teeth do. Regularly brush the teeth and floss between them, and always finish with a swish of antiseptic mouthwash. While the dislodging of veneers is quite rare, it does happen as a result of injury to the tooth or biting down on hard objects with excessive pressure. While staining is not a concern for porcelain veneers, composite veneers may be susceptible to stains from particular food or beverages that would stain your natural teeth as well.
Satisfaction With Results
Individuals who have dental veneers done by us are pleased with the way their smile has turned out after the process. If you are someone who has always been insecure about your teeth and smile with them, getting veneers can change your life in numerous ways. You only have one smile, and those who have gotten veneers testify that it is well worth it to be able to light up a room with their smile. Call us for a consultation about getting your veneers and transforming your smile.