If you’re not happy with the way your teeth look, you might be a great candidate for veneers. A veneer is affixed to the front surface of the tooth, and can cover a variety of problems that affect the look of your smile.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are very thin porcelain shells that are custom-made and custom-colored to match your natural teeth. They’re affixed to the tooth surfaces to cover various cosmetic issues, including:
- Severe discoloration
- Surface cracks and pitting
- Small gaps
- Minor misalignment
Veneers are an extremely versatile tool in cosmetic dentistry because they can address such a wide range of issues. They are also less expensive than many other cosmetic options and are relatively non-invasive. Veneers can change a damaged, deeply stained, or slightly crooked smile without expensive, difficult treatments. Once veneers are affixed, they are strong and durable and will last many years with proper care.
Veneers are only appropriate for cosmetic issues. They are not used for restorations. Also, in the case of minor gaps or slight misalignment, they only disguise the issues rather than correcting them. You should talk to your dentist about these types of problems to be sure you aren’t in need of orthodontic treatment.
If veneers are appropriate for you, you’ll consult with your dentist about what your teeth will look like after treatment. Once you and your dentist are satisfied with the approach, you can move forward. Although some veneers are so thin they can be applied directly to the tooth surfaces. In most cases, though, a thin layer of enamel must be removed to make room for the veneers. You might have to wear a temporary veneer for a day or two while your permanent veneers are being manufactured. When the permanent veneers are complete, your dentist will attach them to your teeth with a powerful, permanent adhesive. To be sure they remain attractive and last as long as possible, you should avoid highly abrasive toothbrushes or toothpastes, avoid biting hard objects, and see your dentist regularly in case decay develops around the edges or under the veneer.
Contact us today at the office of John Dovgan to consult with our team about your veneer options.