A great smile is a feature that can fill us with confidence and enable us to make a great first impression on those around us. However, if we dislike the appearance of our teeth, it can have the opposite effect and we may do everything that we can to avoid drawing attention to our mouth. Fortunately, if you only have some minor cosmetic defects affecting your teeth, they can be fairly easily addressed using cosmetic dentistry solutions, with veneers being one of the most popular treatments for simple smile transformations.
Here is what you need to know about transforming your smile with veneers.
Veneers are shell-like covers that are custom designed specifically for the tooth that they are to cover. They are extremely thin and can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain tends to be the preferred option since the material resists stains more effectively than resin composite, and is also more closely resembles the translucency of natural teeth. Once created, each veneer is applied individually to each tooth, changing their shape, size, thickness or color in order to improve your smile.
Veneers are a very successful and effective solution for addressing a range of mild to moderate smile imperfections. This includes:
- Teeth that are stained or discolored. This can happen for a variety of reasons such as damage or trauma to the tooth, or the effects of smoking or consuming foods and drinks that stain the teeth.
- Teeth that are eroded and appear shorter than the others
- Teeth that are set back from the rest
- Teeth that are chipped or broken
- Teeth that are misaligned or uneven
- Teeth that have small gaps between them
When veneers are applied, they can cover all of these cosmetic issues and enable patients to enjoy teeth that are in better alignment and appear to be a healthier and more attractive color.
The process to receive veneers usually takes place over several appointments, in addition to your consultation. Your consultation will be used to assess the current condition of your teeth to make sure that veneers are the most appropriate treatment to address your concerns. If they are, you will have images and impressions taken of your teeth and these will be used to create your veneers.
At the next appointment, you will have your teeth prepared for the veneers. This is done using local anesthetic as it involves removing a little of the surface of the teeth that are to receive the veneers. The amount removed is usually equal to the thickness of the veneer to help keep your smile looking uniform. At this point, you may have a temporary veneer fitted, or if they are ready, your final permanent restorations, which will be checked before cementing them in place.
The application of the veneers is simple. After cleaning your teeth thoroughly, the surface will be roughened up a little using a special gel. This gives the adhesive cement that will be used more surface to grip to. This adhesive is applied to the veneer and the veneer is then placed onto your tooth. A special light is applied onto the tooth to harden the cement very quickly, securing your veneer in place. The veneer can then be polished, and your treatment is complete.
Veneers are a fantastic option for patients who hope to improve the appearance of their smiles through minimally-invasive methods. Call Holcroft Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Palm Beach Gardens today at 561-693-0580.