Do you have a smile that perhaps isn’t showing you at your best? If you have gappy, discolored, chipped or cracked teeth, you might be a great candidate for porcelain veneers. Some dentists actually call dental veneers “instant orthodontics” because they can restore even a badly damaged smile quickly and dramatically.
Dental veneers are simply thin shells that are made out of dental ceramic. They’re custom made to suit your particular requirements, and then cemented onto your teeth to mask any number of cosmetic issues. Veneers are considerably less expensive than crowns, but they look every bit as natural, making them one of the most effective cosmetic dental care options available. In fact, in many cases all that’s necessary to give you a movie-star smile is some well-crafted porcelain veneers. One of the best things about veneers is that they blend in completely with the rest of your tooth. That means that even under artificial light, they’ll look totally natural.
The procedure for having porcelain veneers placed isn’t all that complex. It basically involves having your dentist scrape away a bit of your tooth enamel so that the veneers, when installed, won’t feel too thick. With some types of super-thin veneers, this part of the procedure may not even be necessary. Then your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and send it off to the lab where the veneers are made. You’ll be able to make color adjustments so that your veneers will look natural and complement your skin tone. Once the veneers come back from the lab, you and your dentist will do a final quick check to make sure that the color is right, and then they’ll be bonded in place using a special cement.
Your dental veneers will resist staining and discoloration, and of course they won’t decay. Remember, though, that the underlying teeth and your gums are still vulnerable, so you still have to brush and floss every day, and see your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups.
Porcelain veneers can be a great way of correcting dental imperfections and giving you the smile that you want. Sometimes, though, other treatments like crowns or dental implants may be more desirable. Your dentist can tell you about other treatments, and then you can decide whether veneers are right for you.
Find out if porcelain veneers are right for you by contacting our office in Alpharetta at (678) 624-0370. Our dentists will be happy to go over all cosmetic dentistry options with you.