The appearance of your teeth says a lot about you. Dental stain, uneven or chipped dentition, gaps between teeth … all of these conditions can be remedied with the same dental procedure. Porcelain veneers can resolve problems involving one or numerous teeth. Ask your dentist how cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve a great smile in just a few office visits.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are thin, tooth colored enhancements that are fabricated to fit the front of teeth requiring repair. This is considered a permanent correction as a small amount of enamel is removed from the front surface of teeth to be treated. This is done so when veneers are cemented in place, they will fit in naturally providing an even, symmetrical appearance.
The veneer process requires some preparation; your dentist will send your dental impressions to the lab. Temporaries will be provided for you while your veneers are being made.
Veneers will be tried on for fit and aesthetics before bonding. Any small adjustments needed can be performed chairside. When ready, the veneers will be cemented into place and your cosmetic enhancement will be completed.
Things to Keep in Mind When Considering Veneers
Porcelain veneers are stain resistant. But that also means they won’t be affected by teeth whitening products. If you are considering any teeth whitening, do so before you begin the veneer process so your dentist can match your veneers to your newly lightened shade.
Veneers can strengthen treated teeth, but there are certain things you shouldn’t do. Avoid biting into hard, sticky, or crunchy foods with veneer treated teeth. If a veneer becomes dislodged or broken, it will need to be replaced.
Do not chew ice or hard substances; this is important for the good health of all your teeth.
If you grind your teeth, you may not be the ideal candidate for porcelain veneers; but if you do pursue this treatment option, ask your dentist about a good mouthguard to protect your veneer treated teeth.
Caring for veneer treated teeth is simple. Brush and floss daily; visit the dentist as often as recommended by your dental provider.
Cosmetic dentistry is an investment so protect your teeth by following the instructions provided. You will be delighted with the finished product and will be able to enjoy your confident new smile for many years to come.