A healthy, bright smile can be a huge boost to your self-confidence. Unfortunately, many people have difficulty achieving that picture-perfect smile due to tooth damage or stains that do not respond to other dental treatments. Dental veneers have helped many people, including Hollywood celebrities, correct dental imperfections for a dazzling new smile.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are made from several thin layers of porcelain that resemble the look and strength of natural teeth. The veneer is adhered to the existing tooth with a thin layer of light-sensitive adhesive.
Who is a Candidate for Dental Veneers?
Veneers can be used in a number of situations to correct imperfections in tooth shape, color, or position. The most frequent uses for veneers include:
• Chipped or fractured teeth
• Gaps between teeth
• Teeth that are slightly out of position
• Discolored teeth that do not respond to other whitening treatments
What Are the Benefits of Veneers?
Veneers are fitted and sculpted to fit the individual patient, making it impossible to distinguish them from natural teeth. Veneers do not require significant alterations to your natural teeth and are stain-resistant.
Are There Any Drawbacks of Veneers?
Veneers can give you a beautiful smile that can last a lifetime; however, there are few things you should keep in mind:
• Veneers are permanent.
• Your cosmetic dentist will have to remove a small amount of tooth enamel to apply the veneer. This can cause some minor sensitivity to hot and cold foods that should resolve in a few days.
How Do I Care for My Veneers?
Veneers are similar in strength to natural teeth. You should avoid activities that could put stress on the veneer causing it to chip or crack. Just like with natural teeth, you shouldn’t chew ice or open cans or bottles with your teeth.
You should brush and floss regularly. It is best to use a non-abrasive toothpaste to keep from damaging the surface of the veneer. You should also see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.
What Is My First Step?
A qualified cosmetic dentist can help you determine if dental veneers are right for you. During the initial appointment, the dentist will examine your teeth and discuss the cosmetic improvements that you want to achieve. For more information, call our office to schedule your consultation.