Are you worried about the first impression that your smile is making? Do you avoid showing your teeth when taking photos, or hate having your photo taken because of how your teeth look? If you’ve tried other dental treatments and still haven’t achieved the bright, white smile that you’re looking for, dental veneers may be the answer. Dental veneers are material shells that are colored to match a natural tooth’s white shade. These shells are placed over your existing teeth with permanent adhesive, and look and feel like real teeth. No one will know you’ve had anything done; they’ll only see your brighter, more confident smile.
Dental veneers can fix a variety of cosmetic dentistry problems that ordinary teeth whitening can’t, such as:
Dental veneers are a great way to get the bright, white, and confident smile that you’ve been waiting for quickly, and often provides better results than whitening alone.
In addition to being able to fix many issued that a simple whitening procedure can’t, veneers have other benefits. Dental veneers can help to strengthen your teeth, and are stain resistant. This means that you don’t have to worry as much about avoiding certain foods and beverages, or return for frequent whitening treatments to keep your smile looking it’s best and brightest.
If you feel like you might be a good candidate for dental veneers, the first step is a visit to your dentist. Before dental veneers are applied, your overall oral health will need to be assessed, and any issues that the dental veneers can’t fix can be remedied. You dentist will then take a look at your teeth and decide whether dental veneers are right for you. If they are, your dentist will make a mold of your teeth that is then sent off to a lab where your veneers will be made. After a week or two you will have a follow-up visit to your dentist, where your veneers will be trimmed and shaped to ensure proper bite. Your dentist will numb your mouth with a local anesthetic and remove a portion of your tooth enamel, and then bond the veneers to your teeth using a special tooth-colored cement and a special light.
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that are made to fit over and cover the front surface of your teeth. The shells are bonded to the tooth itself and have a natural appearance without extensive shaping. This makes them a good alternative to cosmetic dental crowns. Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant and can last anywhere between 5 and 10 years before they need to be replaced. This makes them a fast and cost-effective way to improve the look and shape of your teeth.
Porcelain veneers are used for a variety of dental issues, including:
• Misaligned teeth
• Irregularly shaped teeth
• Uneven teeth
• Teeth that are worn or chipped
• Broken teeth
• Gaps between teeth
• Stained teeth
• Age-related tooth discoloration
• Discoloration due to overuse of antibiotics such as tetracycline
• Discoloration due to overuse of fluoride
First our Dallas dentist Jaime Osorio at Buckner Family Dental will examine your teeth to ensure you are a good candidate for a porcelain veneer. X-rays or impressions of your teeth may need to be taken at this time. Once you are approved for a veneer, your dentist will prepare the teeth by removing a small amount (approximately half a millimeter) of tooth enamel. A model of the tooth will then be made and sent to a dental laboratory, where your porcelain veneer will be made. One to two weeks later you will have a second visit during which the veneer will be trimmed and shaped to ensure proper fit over your teeth. Your teeth will be cleaned and etched, and then your dentist will apply a special dental cement to adhere the veneer to your teeth. A special light is used to harden the cement quickly, and any excess cement will be removed.
If you would like more information on dental veneers, or feel like you may be a good candidate for the procedure, call Buckner Family Dental today at 214-328-3595 to schedule your consultation appointment. Our caring and experienced staff will help you achieve the confident smile you’ve always wanted.