Many patients complain to their dentist that they are dissatisfied with the aesthetics of their smiles. Perhaps they have a small chip or crack in a tooth that is detracting from the smile, or maybe they don’t like the look of a few teeth that are slightly crooked but not to the degree that warrants extensive orthodontic treatment.
Porcelain veneers can be a good solution for patients wishing to address these issues as well as a number of other cosmetic problems that can affect the smile. Not only do these devices offer a lifelike appearance in concealing the smile’s flaws, they also are custom-designed and handcrafted to meet the specifications of your unique smile.
Your dentist will begin the treatment process with an initial evaluation in which information is gathered about your smile. You may have pictures and/or x-rays taken, and dental impressions may be necessary too. If the veneer will be thick enough, you will need to have a thin layer of enamel removed to prep the teeth for veneer placement.
Because the porcelain veneers are designed specifically for each patient, you will have a great amount of input into the design of the devices. You can choose shades that blend in with your natural smile, for example, or decide that you’d like teeth that look whiter and brighter. If you choose the latter option, though, keep in mind that veneers cannot be whitened after they are bonded to the teeth. So, you will want to undergo any teeth whitening you desire for your natural teeth before the veneers are placed.
When the veneers are ready, you return to the office to have them placed. Further adjustments to shade and shape can be made before they are attached to the teeth using dental cement at this appointment, but be sure that you are satisfied with the appearance of the veneers before they are bonded to your teeth.
Do you want to improve your smile’s appearance with minimal time and effort? If so, consider porcelain veneers to upgrade your pearly whites in a matter of weeks. Call our office to speak to a member of our knowledgeable staff about this treatment option and learn whether it might be appropriate in your case.