Our smiles are one of the first things that people notice about us, which can cause us to feel confident or self-conscious about how we look. For those who are looking to improve the look of their smiles, dental veneers are a great way to fix gaps between the teeth, remedy cracked teeth and increase the brilliance of your smile. Dental veneers are thin shells made of porcelain which are fit over your teeth to change the length, size, shape and appearance of teeth. The process is a fairly quick and easy one to perform, and thousands of people across the country are enjoying their new smiles because of veneers. Find out what to expect when receiving a dental veneer and how it can improve your smile with this guide!
What Is A Dental Veneer?
Cosmetic dental flaws are some of the most obvious parts of a damaged smiles that many feel self-conscious about their appearance. If you have stained, discolored, broken or chipped teeth, dental veneers are a great option for you to improve the look of your smile and confidence at the same time. A dental veneer is a thin, plastic cap that is fitted over your tooth to change the size, length, shape and appearance of the tooth. They are permanently glued to the tooth to cover defects and can remain intact for years. Veneers also improve imperfections like gaps between the teeth, worn down teeth and misaligned or irregularly shaped teeth. You most often hear about dental veneers among celebrities to create the straight, white smile that stands out when they smile. Veneers are typically made from porcelain or composite resin and are stain resistant and so natural looking that others can’t tell the difference between a normal tooth and a veneer. Porcelain veneers are custom-fit to your teeth and typically take two visits to place while composite resin veneers are thinner and require only one visit to be placed. The veneer that you receive will be chosen based on your dentist’s recommendation and what type of smile you’re looking to achieve.
What To Expect During Placement
Before the veneer is placed, your dentist will help you select the correct shade of veneer that will create a beautiful but natural-looking smile. The dentist will also take X-rays of your oral cavity to see where the teeth are in your mouth and to help place dental veneers in the correct positions. Some of your tooth enamel will be removed during preparation to help the veneer adhere better to your tooth. A mold of your teeth will then be taken to send to the laboratory where your veneers will be created. During placement, your tooth will be cleaned and then roughened to help the veneer stick. Your veneer will then be placed onto your teeth with cement before an ultraviolet light will be used to harden it to your tooth. The dentist may use special tools to alter the veneer afterwards so that it matches your surrounding teeth in size and shape, depending on your needs and wants. Lastly, a few weeks after your dental veneers have been placed, you’ll have a follow-up visit with your dentist so that he/she can make sure that everything fits well.
Protect Your Dental Veneers With Good Oral Hygiene
Dental veneers are effective at whitening smiles, fixing minor cosmetic problems and even replacing damaged enamel from erosion caused by acid reflux disease and acidic foods. While veneers themselves don’t deteriorate from tooth decay, the teeth and gums adjacent to them can. For this reason, it’s important to brush and floss around your veneers to remove decay-causing plaque and tartar. Your veneers can last anywhere between 5 to 7 years for composites and 10 to 15 years for porcelain, but they won’t last that long if you don’t take care of your oral health first. Committing to a regular oral hygiene routine that consists of brushing, flossing and meeting with the dentist will prevent your dental veneers from wearing out and keep decay from forming. Your dentist can give you tips on how best to care for your veneers and remove any buildup that has accumulated. It’s always a good idea to practice good oral hygiene habits before having dental veneers placed as other dental problems, like gum disease or cavities, will need to be treated before cosmetic measures can be undertaken.
Get A Beautiful Smile With Our Help!
At Mountain Aire Dentistry, Dr. Berry and his staff have years of experience placing professional-looking dental veneers for their patients. Whether you’re looking to fix a broken tooth or simply want to create a prettier smile, our office can provide what you need. To schedule a consultation and fitting for veneers, call (303) 731-7755.