Dental veneers provide an excellent option for individuals who have several aesthetic concerns about their teeth. They can cover teeth to improve misshapen or discolored teeth. They also help improve the look of chipped and mildly crooked teeth. Also termed porcelain veneers, dental veneers can dramatically improve the look of your smile. While traditional veneers require filing down or removal of some bit of the enamel and are considered irreversible, you may opt for lumineers, which are pretty thin and can be reversed if you ever want to get another cosmetic dentistry option. If you feel that veneers are an option for you, our team at Michelle Hedgecock, DDS can help determine whether they work for your specific case.
Benefits of Veneers
Often bonded onto your tooth to help enhance the appearance, length, and shape of the teeth and resolve other tooth appearance problems, veneers come with many benefits. They look and feel very realistic. Wearing veneers does not deter you from performing your oral hygiene properly. Also, nothing changes much when it comes to speaking and eating. You may choose from composite veneers and porcelain dental veneers. Porcelain veneers are designed to mimic or look like your natural teeth. Therefore it is not easy to spot them at a glance.
Fitting veneers requires a few visits to our office. The reason is that these restorations have to be custom-made for you. During the first visit, our dentist will get a 3D print of the teeth in addition to their color. The image is used to plan the installation. Picking the color of the tooth is crucial in order to ensure the final outcomes match your natural teeth.
The dentist prepares the teeth for veneers. The preparation part involves filing down the tooth to create room for the veneers. After this, the dentist takes an impression of the teeth. We may offer you temporary veneers that you wear while we work on your permanent set of veneers. The temporary veneers help with assimilation later on. They also protect your teeth before you get the permanent veneers.
Your next visit involves the installation of the permanent veneers. Our dentist will remove the temporary and then fit the new long-lasting veneers. After placing the veneers, the dentist uses a special light that helps hasten the bonding process. Our dentist will then clean and polish off the tooth in order to remove any excess cement or adhesive. Besides, polishing veneers helps give a natural shine as well as the appearance of natural teeth.
No specific special care is needed for veneers. You will need to follow your oral hygiene routine such as brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash. If you grind your teeth, tell our dentist because this habit tends to crack veneers. We will construct a mouthguard for you. Because veneers can stain, you need to minimize food and drinks such as coffee, red wine, and tea. Veneers can last up to 15 years with proper care.
To find out more about veneers, visit us at Michelle Hedgecock, DDS. Call us at (512) 617-3361 book your appointment today. We will evaluate you for veneers.