If you have gaps in your teeth, misshapen teeth, or are generally unhappy with your smiles, veneers may be the answer to your dental woes. Veneers are a permanent solution and can last a lifetime for those seeking long-term change.
What is a veneer?
Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain or composite resin that are placed directly over your existing teeth. They help create a more attractive, uniform smile, without compromising on comfort or strength.
How can dental veneers help?
Veneers can help solve a variety of dental problems. This includes discolored teeth, worn and chipped teeth, poorly shaped teeth, and gaps. Veneers can not only improve your smile’s appearance, but also your bite and alignment.
What are veneers made of?
Veneers can be made of either porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain veneers are the most common types applied by dentists. They most easily resemble your natural teeth and blend in best.
What’s the process of placing veneers?
Porcelain veneers usually require a couple of visits to be placed. After your consultation and a treatment plan is created, the doctor will schedule another appointment for you to come in and have your teeth prepped. After your teeth are prepared the dentist will take impressions to send to the lab where your permanent veneers will be placed. A temporary covering will be applied.
The preparation process often requires your teeth to be reshaped and ground down to accommodate the veneers.The benefit, however, is that very little of your tooth has to be ground down compared to when you have a dental crown placed.
A second appointment will be scheduled to place the permanent veneers. During this appointment, the temporary veneers will be removed and the permanent veneers placed.
Pros and Cons of Veneers
Like any dental procedure, veneers come with their own pros and cons. They provide an attractive smile, are stain resistant, and blend in well with your gums. However, the process of dental veneers is not reversible. This means that you need to be totally committed to the procedure before getting it done. Veneers are also quite costly, although their low maintenance means that the investment could be worth the cost.
Dr. Planes brings extensive experience in dental veneers and would love to consult with you about how veneers might be a solution to your needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a brighter smile tomorrow.