Porcelain veneers are a very popular cosmetic dentistry treatment as they are minimally invasive but can create huge differences to a smile. They can be used for a variety of different situations that include the following:
- Hiding teeth that are badly discolored or internally stained, and which will not benefit from teeth bleaching
- Mending small chips in teeth, or replacing areas that have become worn away
- Re-shaping teeth that are too small, or which are not a regular shape
- Closing up gaps in between teeth, or at least helping to minimize them
- Bringing slightly crooked teeth back into the correct alignment
One of the advantages of this type of treatment is that it’s minimally invasive and teeth require little preparation prior to being veneered. Veneers are often an integral part of a smile makeover as they can be used in combination with other treatments such as teeth whitening or even teeth straightening to produce a more perfect smile in the most conservative manner possible.
Some people will choose to have most of their front teeth veneered as part of a more comprehensive smile makeover, and both the upper and lower teeth can have this treatment. However it’s up to you as to how many veneers you choose to have, as it might not be necessary to veneer all the teeth visible when smiling. These are all things you need to discuss with your dentist or during your consultation.
The actual treatment is very straightforward and can be completed in two or three visits. It’s carried out under local anesthetic to ensure you’re kept completely comfortable as it will almost certainly be necessary for your dentist to remove a very small amount of tooth structure from the front of your teeth and from the biting edge of the teeth to be veneered. Reshaping the teeth in this way helps to ensure the best possible results and that the permanent veneers will look and feel as natural as possible. Once your dentist is happy with the preparation they’ll take impressions of your teeth to send to the dental laboratory. It’s likely to take a week or two to make your veneers, after which they can be tried in to make sure the fit and finish is absolutely perfect. Once your dentist is completely happy with the way they look then they’ll permanently bond them into position and you’ll be able to leave the dental office with your new smile firmly in place.
Dental veneers can be treated in exactly the same way as natural teeth and they do need to be brush twice a day and flossed once a day. Regular checkups with the Cosmetic Dentistry Center will help ensure their longevity. With proper dental care your veneers should last at least 10 years or possibly even longer.
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If you’re interested in finding out more about veneers then it’s best to book an appointment with one of the dentists at the Cosmetic Dentistry Center to find out if this treatment is suitable for you. Your dentist will be able to assess your smile and will need to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy prior to treatment. Any existing problems such as tooth decay or gum disease will need to be treated first before your teeth can be veneered as this will help ensure the treatment is as long-lasting and as successful as possible.