Cosmetic dentistry offers lots of options — and lots of benefits — for people who want to enjoy more attractive, healthier-looking smiles. But although the field of cosmetic dentistry has evolved a lot during the past decades, most procedures still are only designed to treat one or two issues. For instance, teeth whitening can work wonders on a smile that’s dingy, yellowed or stained, but it won’t do anything for crooked teeth. (And there are some types of stains that even a professional whitening treatment can’t erase.) Dental crowns can restore a tooth that’s chipped or broken, but again, it can’t make your crooked teeth look straighter, and it can’t improve the appearance of large gaps or other spacing problems.
It’s true that whitening, crowns and other procedures used for cosmetic purposes can be really effective at treating specific issues. But if you have multiple problems you’d like to address — and you don’t want to wait months or even years to get the results you’re looking for — dental veneers could be a great solution. Veneers can improve the appearance of lots of cosmetic problems, and the best part: In most cases, you can have veneers applied at Couture Smiles Dental Group in just two office visits.
Porcelain veneers 101
So first, what are veneers, anyway? Veneers are very thin covers that are applied to the front surfaces of your teeth. Made of porcelain, veneers are very durable, and they can also be tinted and shaped so they blend in beautifully with your smile. Depending on the issue you want to have corrected, you can have a veneer placed on one or two teeth, or you might decide to have them placed on all of the teeth that are visible when you smile, completely transforming the way your teeth and your smile look.
Veneers can be used to correct the appearance of:
- Crooked or misaligned teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Teeth that are deeply stained or discolored
- Teeth that have worn or chipped edges
- Teeth that look “too small” (gummy smiles) or out of proportion with the rest of your smile
- Misshapen teeth
One of the best features of veneers is that they can be cared for just like your other teeth. There’s no special care routine required. Just brush and floss regularly and visit the dentist on a routine basis for cleanings. With proper care, your veneers can last a decade or more.
One thing to remember: Porcelain is pretty much non-porous, which means it’s great at resisting stains. But it also means it won’t absorb teeth-whitening solutions. To make sure your entire smile looks its best, many patients have their teeth professionally whitened before getting a veneer. That way, their veneer matches their teeth when they look their best, and if you decide to have a whitening treatment in the future, your veneers will still match.
How veneers are applied
Veneers can almost always be applied in two visits. The exception might be if the tooth you’re covering with the veneer needs other work first (for instance, if it has a cavity that needs to be filled).
During your first appointment, we will carefully clean the tooth before removing a small amount of the tooth’s surface material. This step is important because it “makes room” for your veneer, ensuring the surface of the veneer will be level with the surfaces of the neighboring teeth. Then, he’ll make an impression or mold of the tooth, sending the impression to the special lab where your veneer will be made. He’ll also select the proper shade for the new veneer. Before you leave, we will place a temporary veneer on your tooth to protect it.
At your second appointment, we will remove the temporary veneer and clean the tooth surface, then apply a special etching solution to help the adhesive attach to the veneer more securely. Next, he’ll carefully place the veneer on your tooth, adjusting its position and gently buffing it so it blends perfectly with the rest of your smile.
Veneers can make a big difference in how your smile looks, and just as importantly, they can help you feel a lot more confident about your smile — and your entire appearance. To learn more about veneers at Couture Smiles Dental Group, book an appointment online today.