What are Veneers?
We offer dental veneers as a quick way to improve your smile. Veneers are less intrusive than crowns or braces but opting for them is a big decision because treatment is irreversible. The best way to decide whether the procedure is right for you is to make an appointment to discuss your dental flaws with us.
We use veneers to:
- Strengthen and fix chipped teeth.
- Close gaps between teeth.
- Fix small misalignments.
- Cover stained or discolored teeth.
- Cover irregularly shaped or worn down teeth.
If you are concerned about flaws like these and your gums and teeth are healthy, you are likely to be a good candidate for dental implants.
If you have any gum disease or a cavity, this has to be treated first before fitting veneers. Dental veneers can’t be used to correct severe dental problems such as decayed teeth, teeth with large cracks or broken teeth. In some cases, we use dental veneers in combination with other procedures for a complete smile makeover.
What are Dental Veneers?
Veneers are wafer-thin layers, usually made of porcelain, that cover the front of a tooth. Veneers are custom-made for you so that they match the color, size and shape of your teeth.
They give resilience and strength comparable to natural enamel and are mostly translucent so they reflect light in a natural way. As they look so much like teeth enamel, they are hardly noticeable and they provide a long-lasting, effective way to deal with minor dental flaws.
How Does the Process Work?
Placing veneers typically requires two or more visits to the dentist. At your first visit, we remove a very thin layer of enamel from the front of the teeth so the veneers fit properly and lie in line with your gum tissue. Depending on your sensitivity, we use local anesthetic if needed to prevent discomfort.
Your teeth will feel slightly rough but otherwise, you will hardly notice the difference. We will take impressions of your teeth which are sent to the dental laboratory for manufacturing of the veneers, which usually takes about two weeks.
We will often fit you with temporary veneers while you wait for your permanent ones. Using a shade guide helps us to make sure that your veneers will match the color of your surrounding teeth.
Before bonding the new porcelain veneers to your teeth, we temporarily place them on your teeth to check if the trim, color and fit are correct. If they are, we clean, polish and then etch the teeth to give them a rough surface.
We then bond the permanent veneers to the enamel using special dental cement that matches the color of your teeth and the veneers. After properly fitting the veneers, we use a light laser to harden the bond, examine your bite and clean up any extra cement.
Placing veneers requires technical skill and attention to cosmetic detail. We place dental veneers on a routine basis, and our veneers are custom-made to match the characteristics of your smile. The whole procedure is low risk and the only side effect you may experience is that your teeth feel more sensitive for a while.
Care and Benefits of Veneers
Dental veneers can last for many years if you practice proper oral hygiene. Daily brushing and flossing is very important, as well as regular dental hygiene appointments. If you don’t practice regular daily care, food and plaque can build up around the top edge of your veneers and on the gum line.
It’s possible to get a cavity where the porcelain meets the enamel. Of course, if you use your veneers to cut and open things, you can shorten their lifespan. No matter how well you take care of your veneers, they will need to be placed at some point but good oral hygiene will help them to last as long as possible.
Veneers are stable in color and stain-resistant due to the smooth, impervious surface. It’s still best to consider limiting foods and beverages that stain the teeth.
Quicker results are obtained with fewer appointments and so veneers can provide a great alternative to invasive, full coverage restorations.
Call Us to Begin Your Dental Treatment Today
If you have any questions about veneers or if you’d like to schedule an appointment for a consultation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you!