If you have struggled with the appearance of chipped, cracked, misaligned, or discoloration of your teeth, veneers are an option you may want to explore further with your dentist. Porcelain veneers have the ability to completely change the look of your smile, revealing a brighter and healthier smile that you feel confident to show off to the world. If you find yourself hiding behind your smile or covering your mouth to hide your teeth, it’s time to consider giving your smile a makeover so you no longer have to hide your true emotions to the world.
Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin and much like a shell that covers each tooth. Made by a lab technician who specializes in making dental restorations, each veneer is custom-made to fit each individual tooth with careful attention to the desired color of enamel, shape, and balance for your smile. Your dentist will consult with you regarding what you dislike about your smile and what you would like to change. Porcelain veneers allow you to close unwanted gaps in the teeth, misaligned and crooked teeth, and will replace chipped or cracked teeth.
Generally, the process of getting veneers requires three visits in total. The first appointment will consist of a consultation to discuss what you would like to change about your smile. The next two visits will consist of taking molds to make the veneers and the third visit will consist of prepping your teeth and placing the actual veneers. During the process of prepping your tooth, your dentist will remove around 1/2 millimeter of tooth. This is necessary in order to help the veneer to stay adhered to the tooth and to allow the veneer to have a natural appearance once placed on the tooth. The bonding process will take place after the tooth is prepped. Before bonding takes place, your dentist will allow the veneer to sit on your temporarily to ensure that the desired results are achieved from the veneer. It may be necessary for your dentist to repeatedly trim the veneer in order to ensure perfect fit. Once this is achieved, a special dental cement will be applied to the veneer. Next, the veneer will be treated with a special light beam to help the veneer adhere sturdily to your tooth.
Your dentist will take several molds of your mouth in order to help the lab technician create your veneers. Your dentist will prep your teeth, which is necessary before bonding the veneers to the teeth being treated with veneers. It’s necessary to prep each tooth so that the veneers are able to stick to the teeth and so the veneers don’t take on a bulky looking appearance. Once placed on each tooth, veneers will not feel bulky or look “thick” because of their wafer-thin consistency. However, they will look and feel like real teeth because of their porcelain consistency and precise detail.
Porcelain veneers have the added benefit of being highly resistant to staining from coffee, tea, and other food and drink that may cause discoloration. Veneers are strong and with proper care, they can last for decades. It’s important to maintain daily hygiene habits along with flossing in order to maintain their beauty. Regular dental hygiene visits are also a must in order to keep your entire mouth in its best condition.
Veneers can correct an array of cosmetic dental concerns including:
- Discolored teeth, whether the discoloration is from root canal treatment or discoloration due to wear and staining from foods
- Worn down teeth
- Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
- Irregular shaped teeth
- Misaligned, crooked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
Our team of dental professionals looks forward to helping our patients achieve the smile they dream of. We look forward to meeting you to discuss your new smile. Give our office a call today!