Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dental treatment that can help correct the appearance of stained, chipped, crooked, or poorly spaced teeth. These strong, thin shells of composite resin or porcelain are bonded to the front of your teeth, creating a beautiful new smile in as little as two visits.
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Why Get Veneers?
Beyond making your teeth look aesthetically appealing, veneers can also provide support for your teeth and protect them from damage if the enamel has been compromised. Veneers can help to transform the look of teeth that are irregularly shaped, have large gaps in between, or have unsightly stains.
The result is that you walk away with a coveted sparkling white smile that you can be proud of!
First Step: Consultation
If you’re considering getting veneers, you’ll need to consult with a dental professional. During the consultation, the dentist will listen to your concerns and examine your teeth to figure out if veneers would be the best way to help you achieve your goals.
In some cases, you may be better off relying on other services like teeth whitening or orthodontics to achieve your desired look. The dentist may use a computer program to show you how veneers would look, so that you can make an informed decision.
Step Two: Getting Them Placed
If you and the dentist agree that veneers are the best option, the dentist will first prepare your teeth by removing some of the natural tooth to make room for the porcelain shell. An impression will then be taken so that your veneers can be crafted in a laboratory. During the second visit, the customized veneers will be checked for fit and look and then placed on the teeth using dental cement.
Step Three: Maintenance
Veneers can last for several years if maintained and cared for properly. In the event that they become stained or chipped, they can typically be replaced or repaired as simply as they were placed the first time.
To help veneers stay in place and prevent damage, follow these tips:
- Avoid biting directly onto foods using the teeth with veneers
- Try not to chew hard foods using the teeth with veneers
- Fizzy drinks like soda may weaken the bond – try to minimize consumption
- Drinks like soda, coffee, and tea can stain them – minimize these as well
If you have questions about improving your smile, speak with Dr. Standish today!
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