You no longer need to hide your smile because of gaps, chips, stains, or misshapen teeth. With veneers, you can easily correct your teeth’s imperfections to help you have a more confident, beautiful smile. Veneers are natural in appearance, and they are a perfect option for patients wanting to make minor adjustments to the look and feel of their smile.
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells made from tooth-colored materials (such as porcelain), and they are designed to cover the front side of your teeth. To prepare for veneers, your doctor will create a unique model of your teeth. This model is sent to the dental technician to create your veneers. Before placing your new veneer, your doctor may need to conservatively prepare your tooth to achieve the desired aesthetic result.
Similar to dental bonding, veneer are ideal for teeth that have an odd shape, are too small, are crooked, or have other unappealing characteristics. Porcelain veneers are an extremely thin “shell,” that is placed over the existing tooth. They can be an excellent choice to correct irregularities and create a durable and pleasing smile.
When your veneers are placed, you’ll be pleased to see that they look like your natural teeth. While veneers are stain-resistant, your doctor may recommend that you avoid coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco to maintain the beauty of your new smile.
Seablue Dental Office FAQ
Veneers can be an great choice if you are seeking a more dramatic change to your smile. The appearance of discolored, chipped, pitted, misshapen, or even slightly crooked teeth can be significantly improved with veneers.
Although veneers do require that a small portion of the front and sides of tooth structure be removed (about 1 mm of less) to make room for the veneer and prevent the tooth from feeling or looking bulky or unnatural, it is significantly less invasive than some other dental procedures.
It is essential that your teeth are healthy and free of decay or gum disease. Depending on your oral health, it may be necessary to consider gum treatment or restorative care before cosmetic procedures, such as veneers are scheduled.
For those patients who clench or grind their teeth, Dr. Huang may suggest a plastic dental night guard to be worn while sleeping, which can help minimize stress on your teeth. Without a night guard, the thin veneers may chip or break on patients that grind or clench their teeth.
Creating the smile that enables you to light up the room and instantly connect with others begins with a comprehensive smile evaluation.
- Detailed records are taken of the entire structure of your face, not just your teeth, so to ensure that the beautiful smile, your Kent Dentist at Seablue Dental creates is, ultimately, your beautiful smile.
- A computerized smile model and the waxed preview give you, personally, the opportunity to consider and choose the shape, size, and brightness of your new smile.
- With the information, photos, and detailed measurements that we gathers, a model of your new veneers is created.
Upon your next visit, you will “try on” your new smile for one week. This is an excellent opportunity to make any necessary changes to ensure that you will be completely thrilled with the final result.
Once you are completely satisfied with the look and feel of your custom veneers, an appointment will be scheduled to place them.
The application of the completed veneers is a simple and comfortable procedure. Your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned, the area will be lightly numbed, and the veneers will then be attached using dental cement.
All steps of the procedure are done your dentist at Seablue Dental Kent location.
No special maintenance is needed other than good oral hygiene each day. Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth once a day with floss.
Typically, veneers are difficult to stain, which is another reason why they can be an excellent option. However, because veneers are somewhat brittle, they might chip or peel. Avoid biting your fingernails and chewing on hard objects, such as pencils or ice.
Like any dental restorations, it is possible, over time and with wear, for veneers to dislodge. In that case, new ones might be needed.
On average, with proper oral health care, your veneers should last 10-15 years.