Chipped or misshapen teeth; stained dentition; or unwanted gaps … one or a combination of these maladies can be discouraging. But there is a way to correct these problems … from your first consultation with your cosmetic dentist until your smile makeover is complete, porcelain veneers can change your life in a few short weeks.
Porcelain veneers are minimally invasive, permanent enhancements that are fabricated specifically for you. Your cosmetic dentist will prepare your teeth by removing a thin amount of dental enamel (about the thickness of the veneer itself). This step allows veneers to fit perfectly with surrounding untreated teeth providing a seamless, symmetrical smile makeover.
Dental impressions will be taken that will allow the dental lab to fabricate the veneers; you will work with your dentist to determine shading. It is important to note that if you are considering teeth whitening, this procedure should be completed before entering into the veneer process. Porcelain is stain resistant, but this also means your veneers will not respond to whitening products. Whitening first allows your dentist to match your veneers to your newly lightened teeth.
Temporaries will be applied to prepared teeth to protect them … your veneers will take about two weeks to make, but the wait is certainly worth it!
On the big day, temporaries will be removed and veneers will be “tried on”. This step will guarantee a perfect fit … small adjustments can be made, if needed. When ready, veneers will be permanently cemented into place.
Now that you have received your stunning new smile, there are a few considerations going forward. Porcelain veneers are strong, but they are not invincible. If you should break one or if one should become dislodged, a replacement is usually needed. With that in mind, bad habits like biting/chewing fingernails, using your teeth to open packages, or chomping on ice or rock candy should be discontinued.
Caring for your new smile is otherwise no different than what you did before … brush twice daily; floss daily; and see your dentist every six months for cleaning, polishing, and a dental exam. Taking care of your veneers as well as your biological teeth will be rewarded with a stunning smile that is sure to garner you many compliments.
To learn more about porcelain veneers or other cosmetic dental options, contact Howl Dental at 918-749-1626 and schedule your informative consultation today.