Dental veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments we offer here at Avery’s Creek Family Dentistry. They are frequently used as a standalone treatment or as part of a smile makeover.
What Are Veneers?
Dental veneers cover up the front surface of a tooth, hiding it completely from view. Most veneers are made from incredibly thin pieces of porcelain. Alternatively they can be made from tooth colored composite resin that is applied directly to the tooth surface. The veneer is bonded onto the tooth, creating a strong restoration that should last several years before it needs replacing.
Great video explaining how Dental Veneers work.
Why Should I Consider Dental Veneers?
Veneers can be used in a wide variety of different circumstances. For example, you may wish to think about veneers if your teeth have any of the following problems.
• Discolored teeth, perhaps from root canal treatment or discoloration can occur due to tetracycline usage or to excessive fluoride exposure
• Teeth that are worn down
• You have a broken tooth
• If you have a chipped tooth or a cracked tooth
• One or more teeth that have unsightly gaps in between them
• Teeth that are irregularly shaped or are perhaps too small
• Just one or two teeth that are only slightly out of alignment and where orthodontics isn’t really necessary
Dental veneers are an amazingly versatile treatment that can transform the appearance of a tooth. One of the things that make this procedure so popular is because it’s quick and non-invasive.
What Is the Procedure for Having a Porcelain Veneer?
If you are interested in dental veneers, you will need to come and see us here at Avery’s Creek Family Dentistry for an initial consultation. It generally takes three trips to complete this treatment. Before you come in to see us, think about the kind of results you’d like to achieve and any aspect of your smile you particularly like to change. Perhaps you’d like to close up that gap in between your teeth or maybe you have a chip in a tooth that is affecting your smile? With this type of cosmetic dentistry treatment, we custom design every single restoration to meet or hopefully exceed your aims and desires. Our dental laboratory only uses the highest quality porcelain to ensure your new smile should look amazing.
What to Expect during Your Initial Consultation for Porcelain Veneers
During this appointment, your local dentist will chat to you to find out the kind of look you’d like to achieve. Your teeth will need to be examined to make sure dental veneers are the most appropriate treatment. Although treatment is suitable for most people, your teeth do need to be strong and healthy and they mustn’t have any excessively large fillings. If you do have a tooth with a large filling then a dental crown might be a better choice. Don’t worry if you intend to have multiple dental veneers, your crown will blend in easily with them. Your consultation is your chance to learn more about this procedure so please ask us all your questions.
Preparing Your Teeth for Porcelain Veneers
Our dentist will need to carefully remove a small amount of tooth enamel in preparation for your veneers. This is necessary to make sure the veneers do not look or feel too bulky. The amount removed from your tooth surface is minimal at approximately 0.5 mm which is the average thickness of a veneer. Preparation will almost certainly be done under local anesthetic so there is no need to worry as you won’t feel a thing. After preparing your teeth, our dentist will take an impression that will be used to fabricate your veneers. This process normally takes a couple of weeks during which time we can protect your teeth with temporary veneers.
Fitting Your New Porcelain Veneers
Your new dental veneers can be tried in and fitted at your next dentist appointment. The fit can be adjusted as necessary to make sure it is absolutely perfect. We can also use special colored cements to adjust the shade if necessary so it blends in seamlessly with your natural teeth. You will get the chance to see them before they are permanently bonded onto your teeth.
The Procedure for Composite Veneers
As we mentioned earlier, veneers can also be made from composite resin which is similar to the material used to fill cavities in teeth. The advantage of this treatment is that it can often be completed in just one visit. There is no need to extensively prepare your teeth for treatment. Instead, the composite resin is applied directly to the front surfaces of your teeth and is hardened, shaped and polished. We only use the most modern composite resins that come in a huge range of different shades. This allows our dentist to closely match the shade to your natural teeth.
What are the Advantages of Dental Veneers?
Advantages of dental veneers include:
• Veneers can look very natural and treatment is relatively conservative
• This procedure maintains most of your natural tooth structure
• Veneers can be a conservative way of changing the color and shape of a tooth
• Porcelain veneers will last 10 years or more and are stain resistant
If you opt for composite resin veneers then these can become stained after a few years of use, depending on lifestyle factors. For example, if you like to drink tea or coffee or red wine or if you smoke they will stain more quickly. However, composite resin veneers are a more cost-effective choice than porcelain.
What Are the Disadvantages of Veneers?
• The process for porcelain veneers is generally not reversible
• Veneers cannot be repaired if they chip or crack
• You may notice some increase in tooth sensitivity after porcelain veneers and where some tooth enamel has been removed
• Veneers are not suitable for people who clench and grind their teeth as this will crack them
• We cannot place veneers on unhealthy teeth and we do not recommend them for people who have weaker teeth
Is It Difficult to Look after Veneers?
Dental veneers are really very easy to look after. You will need to make sure you brush and floss them thoroughly. Please don’t forget to keep up with your regular dental checkups and hygiene appointments here at Avery’s Creek Family Dentistry. Regular dental care will help your veneers to last longer.
Can Veneers Be Combined with Other Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments?
Yes, as we often use veneers as part of a smile makeover. For example, veneers work very well in combination with numerous other treatments including dental crowns and bridges, as well as tooth whitening treatments. Using a combination of treatments can sometimes be a more conservative choice. This may well be the case if you have some teeth that could do with dental crowns, but where some only need veneers where far less tooth structure will be removed. If you wish to whiten your smile, this can be done prior to having your new veneers as we can get an exact match with your new tooth color when creating your beautiful new smile.
Is There Any Way of Previewing My Veneers before Treatment?
If you are considering multiple veneers then you’ll want to make sure they will look exactly as you imagine. There are a couple of ways you can preview your smile before treatment begins.
Cosmetic Dentistry Software
One option is to use cosmetic dentistry software that will produce virtual images of your new veneers. These images can then be altered until you are satisfied with the outcome.
Another possibility is for us to use what’s called a diagnostic wax-up. To make a diagnostic wax-up, our local dentist will take an impression of your teeth which is sent to our dental laboratory. Following our instructions, they will use the impression to make a model of your teeth that is then altered with tooth-colored wax. This will enable you to see your new veneers and we can make any alterations required in the wax until you are completely happy with your new look. Your diagnostic wax-up can also be used to fabricate any temporary veneers to be used while your permanent restoration is being handcrafted.
If you are looking for a conservative yet effective way to improve your smile, then we can help you! Whether you just want to refresh your smile, or are looking to make some dramatic changes, we will help your dreams come true.
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