Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells attached to the front surface of your teeth to improve their appearance. These shells help change the color, shape, size, or length of the teeth, are often made from porcelain or resin composite materials, and are permanently bonded to your teeth. Dental veneers are a simple option to fix one’s smile and look like natural teeth. By helping to improve the appearance of teeth, it also helps to boost the self-esteem of individuals.
We at HomeTown Dental at Alliance can provide you with the excellent restorations and a long-lasting way of a total smile makeover.
Importance of Dental Veneers
Dental veneers are important for people looking for a long-term solution to persistent cosmetic concerns. They help in hiding or correcting dental damage. They are often used to treat broken or chipped teeth, gaps in the teeth, smaller than average teeth, pointed or unusually shaped teeth, and discoloration or staining that cannot be fixed with whitening. It is particularly used for those who do not respond well to other dental treatments like whitening, braces, or retainers.
Types of Dental Veneers
There are two types of veneers based on the type of material used to make them. Porcelain veneers are a strong, thin cap that our dentist places on the tops and sides of the teeth. To attach them, some enamel is removed from the tooth before placing them on. Porcelain veneers have the same color as natural teeth, but it is possible to make them whiter to brighten the smile. Another kind of veneers, called resin-based composite veneers, are similar to porcelain veneers, but they are less expensive and require less enamel removal. Composite veneers are usually easier to replace if broken or damaged than porcelain veneers.
Getting a dental veneer requires more than one trip to our dental office. In the first appointment, our team will examine your teeth to make sure if you are a good candidate for dental veneers. You will be informed of the procedure and its limitations during this first visit. To prepare your teeth for a veneer procedure, our team will reshape the tooth surface to an amount nearly equal to the thickness of the veneer to be added to the tooth surface. Then after a model or impression of your tooth is made we send it out to our dental laboratory that makes veneers. Until the veneers come back from the laboratory, you can choose to wear temporary dental veneers.
After the veneers have been placed, a follow-up appointment is required. Our team will make sure that the veneers have stayed in place and are comfortable for you. We caution our patients to remember that veneers can chip or break under pressure and that it might take a couple of days to get used to the feel of them. If you notice no improvement in the rough patches of your veneers, inform our team to get them smoothened out. Practicing good oral hygiene is a requirement, and with proper care, veneers can last up to 10 years.
For more information on dental veneers, and to find out if you can benefit from them, call HomeTown Dental at Alliance at 682-204-5777 today.