If your smile isn’t as bright and white as it used to be, and you’re tired of spending money on over-the-counter or professional whitening treatments, dental veneers may be the answer you’ve been searching for. Dental veneers can be bonded to your teeth in order to help give you a brighter and healthier looking smile. This type of dental restoration can also be used to correct a number of other dental issues that affect the look of your smile as well.
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are special shells that cover the visible surfaces of your front teeth in order to enhance their appearance. These shells care bonded to the teeth itself, providing a long-lasting alternative to teeth whitening procedures or other more costly dental restorations such as bridges or crowns. Dental veneers allow you to see an immediate difference in the appearance of your smile, and are an ideal choice if you’re preparing for a special occasion such as a wedding.
What dental issues can veneers fix?
Dental veneers can be used to fix a variety of dental issues, in addition to improving the cosmetic brightness and color of your teeth. Dental veneers are a cost-effective solution to a number of dental health issues, including:
- Teeth that are worn, chipped, or broken
- Teeth that are uneven, misaligned, or irregularly shaped
- Gaps between teeth
- Teeth that have become discolored due to prescription medications such as tetracycline or excessive fluoride use
First, your dentist will perform a thorough examination to ensure that you will be a good candidate for dental veneers. This may include asking you questions about your diet and oral hygiene habits. They may also need to take x-rays or make impressions of your teeth. Once they have decided that you will be a good candidate for dental veneers, you dentist will prepare the visible surfaces of your teeth by removing approximately half a millimeter of your tooth enamel to ensure the veneers can properly bond. Once this is done, they will create a model of your teeth that will be sent to a laboratory where your veneers will be made. The process of constructing your veneers will take between one to two weeks.
During your second appointment, you dentist will check your veneers for proper fit. They will be shaped and trimmed to fit your teeth snugly and comfortably. Your teeth will also be cleaned and etched. Your dentist will apply special dental cement to your front teeth, and the dental veneers will be adhered. A special light will be to harden the cement quickly. Once the cement has hardened, your dentist will check to ensure your bite is correct and trim away any excess dental cement.
How long does a dental veneer last?
When cared for properly, your veneers can last between five and 10 years before needing to be replaced. While veneers are stain resistant, you will need to continue following good oral hygiene practices, and avoid any foods that are known to stain teeth. You will also need to adhere to a regular schedule of visits to your dentist for checkups and cleaning.
If you would like to find out if you’re a good candidate for dental veneers, email or call the professionals at Kenneth Hill DDS today. Our staff can help restore your smile to a stunning white appearance.