You have a lot of choices when it comes to cosmetic dentistry – perhaps too many! If you’re not sure where to begin, you may consider just covering all of your dental flaws at once with lifelike porcelain veneers! At Carlson Dental Group, our team can use veneers to improve virtually every aspect of your smile. If you’ve been dreaming of a more dazzling grin, you can get started today by calling our office and setting up a consultation.
A veneer is a thin shell meant to hide a wide variety of dental imperfections simultaneously. It’s made out of material that closely resembles your natural enamel. This used to mean composite resin, but today porcelain is preferred because it’s a long-lasting material that doesn’t stain very easily. You can get veneers to hide minor chips and cracks, irregularly shaped teeth, irremovable stains or discoloration, certain smaller gaps, and crooked teeth. And since the restorations cover up the entire front visible surface of the enamel, all of these changes are made simultaneously.
We can talk to you about your goals for your smile during a consultation. After we’ve explored various cosmetic options and have settled on placing veneers, we can prepare your smile by removing small amounts of enamel from the teeth in question. (This is important for making sure that the tooth doesn’t look overly bulky after the treatment.) A model will be made based on the current state of your mouth. You’ll receive temporary veneers to protect your teeth while a dental lab makes the permanent versions. After a couple of weeks, we’ll call you back to our office for the final placement.
Each veneer will be carefully color-matched to the rest of your smile. That way the restorations will be virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth, letting you smile with confidence. Also, your veneers won’t become discolored as easily as natural teeth because porcelain isn’t a porous material. Compared to dental crowns, veneers are less invasive since enamel only has to be removed from the front of the tooth instead of all around it.
Taking care of veneers is not unlike taking care of your real teeth. Continue brushing and flossing as you did before; veneers aren’t susceptible for tooth decay, but they’re still a target for plaque and tartar that can lead to gum disease and other oral health issues. To avoid cracking or chipping your veneers, do not chew on hard items or open packages with your teeth. For those who play sports of any kind, it’s important to wear a mouthguard whenever you’re on the field, even if you’re not explicitly required to have one. Finally, be sure to visit our practice every six months so that we can check on your veneers while we’re examining the rest of your smile.