When someone has a healthy smile but feels embarrassed or self-conscious about the way it looks, dental veneers provide an excellent solution. These cosmetic restorations are typically placed in sets of 6-8 at a time, covering the upper front teeth to help them look straighter, whiter, and more symmetrical.
A dental veneer is a thin restoration that is individually shaped and colored to the preference of the patient. It is then bonded over the front of the tooth, covering the healthy enamel behind it. Veneers essentially change the way your smile looks by recreating what people see whenever you talk, smile, or laugh.
In most situations, we recommend enough veneers to cover the upper front teeth that are most visible. Placing several of them at one time allows us to specifically craft your restorations to complement one another for the best overall results.
The most popular and durable veneers that we offer are made from porcelain. Since porcelain is semi-translucent, it offers a lifelike sheen that looks natural and attractive. Each one is made in a lab, similar to a dental crown. The typical process requires 2-3 appointments beginning with the initial smile design and ending with the installation of your permanent restorations.
Chairside veneers are same-day restorations crafted from composite resin. These veneers are ideal for single tooth concerns, as they tend to be a bit less durable and more opaque than porcelain. However, they provide efficient results when a specific aesthetic issue needs to be addressed.
Our family dentist will meet with you to discuss your main concerns and goals, that way we can suggest the most appropriate type of veneer for your situation.
Veneers serve a strictly cosmetic purpose. While they do not treat active cavities, they do mask issues that might cause aesthetic problems. Such as:
Atypical enamel surfaces
Deep stains and discoloration
Small gaps in your smile
Uneven or slightly chipped enamel
Depending on the position and shape of your teeth, veneers may eliminate the need for other treatments such as Invisalign or whitening. Their dramatic and quick results are the epitome of premier smile makeovers.
The ideal situation for dental veneers treatment is if you have healthy teeth and gums, but are concerned about the aesthetic appearance of your smile. For instance, you might have areas where your tooth enamel is stained or misshapen. Or perhaps your teeth are slightly crowded or gapped. Since veneers are bonded over the front of healthy teeth, they play a different role than restorations such as crowns or fillings.
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