Dental veneers are a cosmetic solution that offers patients the opportunity to transform the look of their smile, in just two short visits to the office. At HomeTown Dental at Sherman, we see our patients benefiting from veneers in several ways. This popular cosmetic solution can disguise a small gap between teeth, a chip in a tooth, or a misshapen tooth.
What Are Dental Veneers?
A wafer-thin porcelain or composite resin shell, dental veneers are bonded directly to the surface of the teeth being transformed. The veneers can be used to give just one tooth a refreshed look, or they can be used to transform your whole smile.
Veneers will be formed to seamlessly fit your natural tooth. They can be color-matched or perhaps offered in several shades whiter for an instant pearly white makeover.
What Can Dental Veneers Address?
Dental veneers have been used widely to correct several types of common concerns faced by patients of all ages. One of the most popular uses for veneers is to use them to conceal teeth that are badly stained and cannot be effectively whitened by bleaching options.
Teeth that are naturally crooked or misshapen, along with those that have been worn down with age or chipped, can be restored with a veneer. The veneer will instantly restore aesthetics and your smile. Gaps between front teeth, or uneven spaces, that are not necessarily severe enough for orthodontics, can be remedied with strategically placed veneers.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
The custom-made porcelain veneer is a thin shell that will be permanently bonded to the surface of each tooth getting a veneer. There are several benefits to opting for porcelain veneers. The benefit you will appreciate perhaps best of all is that they offer a natural-looking surface and they are durable.
Veneers will require a small amount of tooth enamel to be removed prior to placement. However, they require much less enamel removal than is needed with a dental crown. Porcelain veneers do not readily stain, which is something that everyone can appreciate.
Porcelain Veneer Steps
Prior to placement, our dentist will need to remove a very small layer of enamel from the front and side of each tooth being prepared. This serves the purpose of giving you the natural fit and look that you want from a cosmetic solution. Once the teeth have been prepared, impressions will be taken. The shade of the veneer will also be selected so that you get just the right look. Patients opting for a whole smile makeover often select veneers several shades whiter than their natural color.
Considering Composite Resin Veneers
Composite resin veneers are made using a tooth-shaded material that is bonded to the tooth getting a makeover. There are some key benefits to this type of veneer, including the fact that typically less tooth enamel needs to be removed than is necessary for porcelain veneers and crowns.
Composite veneers are quite easy to repair if they are damaged. Generally speaking, they are not as strong or as wear resistant as is seen with porcelain veneers.
The process for getting composite veneers begins with the preparation of the teeth. The composite material is then bonded to the teeth and sculpted into the desired shape. The curing light is then used to harden the composite material, to ensure the secure bond. Each of the teeth is then carefully shaped and polished for a natural look.
Are Veneers Right For You?
Dental veneers are not the right cosmetic solution for every patient. It is important to have healthy teeth and gums prior to getting veneers placed. Our dentist can address any decay or signs of gum disease prior to the placement of veneers. Veneers are not the ideal cosmetic solution for those who grind or clench their teeth while they are asleep. This can apply pressure to the veneers and may lead them to break or chip. If you do grind your teeth at night, you may be a candidate for a dental guard to protect your teeth while you sleep.
It is important to note that veneers cannot be undone, due to the removal of the tooth enamel. To offer protection for the tooth going forward, a dental crown may be the better option to consider.
Transform your smile with dental veneers. Call HomeTown Dental at Sherman at (430) 202-5033 to schedule your consultation for this cosmetic solution.