We all want to look and feel our best. When it comes to your teeth, having a healthy, clean, white smile can make you feel like a million bucks. But if you’re struggling with permanent stains, chipped, gapped, or crooked teeth, you may be ready to try cosmetic dentistry in the New Year.
One of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures we provide is porcelain veneers. Dental veneers are custom-made porcelain or composite shells that fit over the teeth to improve your smile. They can give almost any crooked or worn out teeth a bright natural appearance that is cosmetically attractive.
This article looks at this common dental procedure and how it can benefit you.
Dental Veneers – Process
There are typically three primary steps in the dental veneers process:
- The first step toward determining if you are a good candidate for dental veneers is to visit us for a consultation. To straighten and beautify your teeth, there may be several veneers that we want to add in order to remake your smile. During our consultation, we will talk about your goals and budget and the process for making this change to your appearance. We will do an exam, take x-rays, and likely make an impression of your teeth and mouth. Together, we will start to envision the dramatic makeover that is about to change your life for the better.
- Next, the dentist will prepare the tooth or teeth for the veneer by removing a tiny portion of enamel from the tooth’s surface. We’ll make a model of each tooth that will need the veneer, and that will be sent to a dental laboratory where each veneer will be handcrafted. This process usually takes a couple of weeks.
- When the veneers are complete, your dentist will check them thoroughly and then prepares the teeth by cleaning and roughening their surface in order to make the cement adhere the veneer to the underlying tooth. Ultraviolet light hardens the cement quickly.
We may even schedule one last visit to check the look and feel of your new teeth. It’s a pain-free procedure with minimal discomfort but the rewards are very, very high.
Are Dental Veneers Right for You?
Dental veneers can fix a host of problems that can cause a person to smile less than they should. They can help your self-confidence and make you feel a lot better about yourself. Veneers can help fix:
- Teeth that are worn down, chipped or broken.
- Uneven, misaligned teeth.
- Gaps between the teeth.
- Discolored teeth, from resin fillings or the use of tetracycline or other medications.
Veneers can last between seven to 15 years. They may not work for every person; if the underlying structure is weakened by decay or fracture, we will need to explore other options. For people that excessively grind their teeth, the veneers will be at risk of chipping, so they may not work.
But for the majority of our patients that wants to create a long-lasting solution for their crooked, worn out, or broken smile, consider dental veneers as a great cosmetic option to change your life. Contact us to find out more.