Sometimes, when trying to get the best looking smile, it’s hard to find the right option for some situations. Your teeth are almost perfectly aligned, but not enough to need orthodontics. They are healthy, but just don’t have that sheen or luster you’d like. But you’re just not satisfied. What’s left? Maybe you should consider veneers to help provide the perfect pearly white look.
Veneers, often made of composites or porcelain, are thin layers of material that are bonded to your teeth. Since the material they are made of is extremely durable, they complement the hardness of your own tooth enamel, which is the hardest material in your body. They also resist staining and discoloration, so they maintain that look for a long time.
Veneers are routinely used to fix*:
• Teeth that are discolored — either because of root canal treatment; stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride or other causes; or the presence of large resin fillings that have discolored the tooth
• Teeth that are worn down
• Teeth that are chipped or broken
• Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped (for example, have craters or bulges in them)
• Teeth with gaps between them (to close the space between these teeth)
The process for getting veneers usually requires three trips, the first being consultation to help you decide if veneers are the right choice for your situation, the second is when we prepare your teeth and create the molds to make the veneers, and finally you come back in 1-2 weeks when they are ready so we can apply and bond them to your teeth. Depending on the situation, we may ask you to come back for a follow-up visit to make sure your gums are responding properly to the new veneers.
Veneers offer several benefits, the most important being that your original tooth remains intact. The tooth may be modestly reshaped to accommodate the veneer and eliminate any distracting distortion or discoloration that served as cause for the correction. If your teeth resist whitening, and some do, veneers can help provide that beautiful white smile that lasts a very long time.
The best thing about veneers is that you treat them just like any other tooth in your mouth. Brushing and flossing are the same, usually with a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste. Your dental visits are the same since we still need to check on your oral health. But you have a better looking smile that resists a lot more.
If you’d like to talk to us about veneers, schedule an appointment today and we can talk about your options. We’ll go over the treatment in more detail and provide you with additional information on the treatment.
* Source: According to WebMD