Don’t Like Your Smile? Veneers in Spring Texas can Help.
If your teeth are not perfect, you might find smiling a not so pleasant experience. If you have plans to improve the appearance of your smile porcelain veneers may be the best cosmetic dentistry solution for your teeth.
What are dental veneers?
These are thin shells made of porcelain. They are custom made to fit over your teeth. They are a perfect remedy to hide common dental flaws such as misalignments, discoloration, cracks, chips or worn out and uneven teeth. Veneers will give you a natural attractive look.
Veneers are often made up of porcelain as this reflects light in the same way that your tooth enamel does. Additionally, dentists prefer porcelain because it is stain resistant. However, there are some dental veneers that are made up of composite veneers which is the same material used for a cavity filling.
How your dental veneers will be fitted
Once you visit your dentist, you will receive advice on the best way to improve your smile. Once a decision is reached that you will be fitted with dental veneers you dentist will prepare your teeth to receive the veneers.
During the first appointment, a small enamel will be removed to give room for the veneer. This prevents the veneer from protruding outward and out of line with the adjacent teeth. The model of the tooth will be sent to the dental lab to wait for the customization of the veneers. This can take one week or two as you wait; your dentist will fit you with temporary veneers.
Once the veneers are ready, they will be fitted carefully and if there are any adjustments to be made, your dentist will make them. The dentist will clean and etch the recipient teeth to prepare the teeth surface for bonding.
To ensure a strong bond between the teeth and the veneer, a high-quality bonding cement is used on the tooth. The veneer is then firmly put on top of the cement material. The dentist will then use a special light focusing on the veneer. This activates the chemicals in the cement and also hardens it to seal the bond. Once the veneer is well fitted the dentist will check your bite to ensure that the teeth join evenly when you smile or bite.
You will be given a two weeks appointment so that the dentist will make sure the veneer is fitted properly and is adding the perfect smile to your face.
Why dental veneers
The greatest advantage is that dental veneers replace decayed, discolored, chipped, and poorly shaped teeth, which will restore your natural smile. Other advantages include:
- Very little tooth structure is lost during the procedure and you might not need any anesthesia
- The materials used also prevents stains from tea, coffee, and other foods a thing that the enamel on your natural tooth might not do perfectly.
- Dental veneers are long lasting and are the perfect solution of problematic smiles. If well taken care of they can last for up to 20 years
- Porcelain veneers are also customized to your teeth, which means they can be changed to fit the size, shape, and even the colour of your natural teeth.
Just like any good thing, dental veneers do have some drawbacks. If you choose to have dental veneers you will need some tooth enamel to be removed to make room for the veneer. Once the enamel is removed and the veneer is put in place, it cannot be reversed. However, the process is not reversible. Other disadvantages include that the colour of the veneer cannot be corrected once it is decided on. Additionally, if the veneers are not well taken care of they can be damaged especially if you chew on hard substances or bite your fingernails.
It is obvious that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages and getting dental veneers might not be such a bad thing.
How do I take care of my veneers?
- Like your teeth, dental veneers need proper oral hygiene. Keep the recommended oral hygiene but ensure you use nonabrasive fluoride toothpaste
- If you suffer from bruxism, that is the clenching or grinding of teeth tell your dentist before the procedure. The dentist will recommend remedies such as a night guard to ensure the protection of your venerates
- Additionally, avoid habits that can damage your veneers such as biting your fingernails, toothpicks, biting on the ice, and hard food items that can damage them
- Avoid using your teeth to open items such as bottle tops
- Drink alcohol in moderation. Alcohol, if used excessively, will break down the cement that fits the veneer to the tooth
- Limit the intake of colored beverages and surgery foods and if you have to consume them ensure you brush your teeth or floss afterward
- Keep the 6 months dental checkups with your dentist
If you are not sure whether your smile is right for a dental veneer, visit us at Vita Dental. We will happily look at your smile and give you the right advice and treatment. If you are the right candidate for dental veneers, our experienced and qualified dentists will perform the procedure and give you the confidence you need for a perfect natural smile.