Your smile is often the first thing that somebody notices about you. A great smile can give you the confidence to enter a meeting with a new client or express your joy when you sink a great putt on the golf course. However, if you have issues with how your smile looks, it can change your entire demeanor, and your excitement to enter into those situations. If your smile is not what you want it to be, you should consider dental veneers from the professional staff at Smile by Choice. We can help to hide chipped, cracked, discolored, or gapped teeth and let you reveal the smile that you know you deserve.
There are a few different types of veneer, but the most commonly used veneer is a porcelain veneer. These are thin strips of porcelain that are attached to the front of the teeth and are specially colored to match your neighboring teeth. When veneers are attached, they help to hide any issues on the underlying natural tooth but still allow you to keep your natural teeth in place. In the case of cracked or chipped teeth, veneers can also offer additional protection against the possibility of bacteria or infection, further damaging the tooth.
While porcelain veneers are very thin strips of porcelain, simply placing them on top of the tooth usually leaves patients feeling like their teeth are bulky and oversized. These teeth can even protrude slightly more than they should because of the veneers. In order to avoid this issue, a small amount of enamel is carefully removed from the front of the teeth to prepare them for the veneer.
Once the teeth have been prepared, an impression is made of your teeth and then sent to a special lab. The lab will use this impression to create your own personalized veneers. In the meantime, you will be fitted with a temporary veneer. While this veneer is not perfect, it will give you an idea of what your new permanent veneers will look like.
Your new veneers should arrive at our office within about two weeks. At that time, we can schedule you in for your final appointment. During this appointment, we will dry fit the veneers to your teeth and make some final adjustments to ensure they fit your teeth perfectly. Once we are happy with the fit, we specially select the adhesive. Veneer adhesives actually give the veneer the final color, so we make sure to match this to your neighboring teeth. Finally, the veneer is put in place.
Once the veneer is in place, the underlying natural tooth has an additional layer of protection, and you get the smile that you have always wanted. The veneers are specially fit to properly cover gaps in your teeth, discolored teeth, or chips and cracks.
Care for Your Veneers
Veneers are made of materials that are slightly less durable than your natural teeth, so you will want to ensure that you are not placing them under undue stresses. This means that you will want to avoid chewing on ice or using your teeth to pry off lids or anything else that may damage them.
Additionally, if you notice that there are any issues with your veneers, contact our office right away, and we can ensure that we get your smile back to perfect as soon as possible.
Veneers are not designed to last forever, but with proper care, they can last for several years, even a decade for some patients.