Learn how veneers can make a less than perfect smile beam with perfection giving you a boost of self-confidence.
Veneers, also called porcelain laminates, are thin, custom-made coverings designed to cover the surface of your teeth altering their appearance. They are cemented to the front of your teeth by a process called bonding. Veneers can greatly improve your teeth’s appearance by changing the color, length and size of your teeth. Veneers can be made from porcelain or composite resin. Resin veneers are thinner and typically do not last as long as porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers offer a wide range of improvements including:
- Fixing teeth that are crooked, misshaped, chipped, broken, uneven, or worn down. Porcelain veneers offer a natural tooth appearance and feel.
- Correcting teeth that are stained or discolored. Porcelain is stain resistant and provides a complete covering of discoloration.
- Teeth with gaps between them. Veneers can be custom-fitted, to eliminate gaps between teeth.
The process of getting veneers involves getting x-rays, molds and impressions of your teeth. The dentist will remove 1/2 millimeter of the top layer of the tooth being fitted for the veneer. This process is called etching and it enables the surface of the tooth to form a stronger bond with the veneer. The impressions will be sent to a dental lab who will create the porcelain veneers. This usually takes about a week or two. Once they arrive, you will come in to have your new veneers fitted and cemented to your teeth followed by meticulous fine-tuning by your dentist. This is to make sure the color, fit and texture are perfect. A special light will help to harden the dental cement within a few minutes. Once hardened, your dentist will remove any excess cement, then smooth and polish your teeth.
If you think veneers are right for you, visit your dentist. Let her know what your are wanting to change or improve with your smile. Your dentist will be able to tell you if what you are trying to achieve, can be done using veneers. You will have to decide which type of veneer you want – porcelain or composite resin. Your dentist can give you the pros and cons of both. Getting veneers usually requires three visits to the dentist. One for a consultation, one to get the proper fitting and impressions made, and one to apply the veneers. They typically last 6-12 years and do not require any additional maintenance. Just practice good oral hygiene like you normally would.
If you’re interested in porcelain veneers, please contact Dr. Alicia Abeyta, DDS to find out more information or to schedule a consultation today. Veneers are a very simple way to greatly improve and brighten your smile which is a guaranteed way to boost your self-confidence!