While some individuals may consider spaces between front teeth endearing, many wish they weren’t there. Cosmetic dentistry has opened the door to an option that can be completed in a matter of weeks with dental veneers.
Veneers are very thin tooth colored shells that are fabricated with precision so they will fit and function looking great for many years. Your dentist will consult with you to discuss exactly how many teeth should be treated to provide the most natural and aesthetically pleasing look possible.
Some things to consider:
Teeth whitening – if you’re considering teeth whitening, this should be completed first. Veneers will not be affected by any kind of teeth whitening treatment so whiten first … your dentist will be able to match your veneers to your newly lightened shade.
Veneers are permanent – they will be there for life so be sure you discuss your treatment plan thoroughly. Your dentist will answer any questions you may have.
Teeth grinding – If you are known to grind your teeth, a nightguard may be recommended. Veneers are strong, but you do not want to risk breaking or dislodging veneers as they require replacement if the unthinkable should occur due to grinding.
Oral health – Your dentist will conduct a thorough dental examination; if you suffer from gum disease or any other dental problems, your dentist may recommend treating them first before pursuing any cosmetic dentistry.
Once you understand all the facts, treatment can begin. Your dentist will numb the areas where teeth will be treated; a thin amount of enamel is removed from those teeth. This is done so that when veneers are cemented in place, they will be in alignment with untreated teeth presenting a symmetrical appearance. Dental impressions and photographs are taken for the dental lab to fabricate veneers. Temporaries will protect teeth until veneers are ready.
On your big day, temporaries are removed and veneers are tried in for the correct fit and desired appearance. Adjustments can be made at this time, if needed. When ready, your dentist will apply an acid etch to roughen up the surface of teeth to allow veneers to adhere. A bonding material will be applied and veneers will be placed.
Daily brushing and flossing coupled with dental visits every six months will help you maintain the great smile you achieved using dental veneers. To schedule a cleaning or to discuss your veneer options, contact our office today!