Get A Straight Smile Without Braces
Veneers are thin tooth-colored shells that are bonded to the front of aesthetically displeasing teeth. Made of porcelain, these shells are designed to look like natural teeth and are used to mask cosmetic disturbances in the smile, including discoloration, enamel erosion, chips, minor orthodontic problems, and awkwardly shaped or sized teeth.
The veneer process always begins with a consultation with the dentist. Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Effinger will call you into the office to assess your teeth. An oral exam will be performed so he can assess the severity of discoloration or other cosmetic problems that you want to fix.
After it’s been determined how many veneers you are going to receive, we will begin the preparation work on your teeth. After administering a local anesthetic and any desired sedation, we will file down the teeth that are receiving veneers.
Impressions are then taken of your filed teeth and sent to a dental lab that will fabricate your custom veneers. Because fabrication can take a few weeks, temporary immediate veneers will be placed over your teeth while you wait for protection.
X-rays will be taken to rule out oral health problems. After having an open and honest conversation about your aesthetic goals and budget, he will determine if you’re a good candidate for veneers and will help you formulate the perfect treatment plan.
.5 mm of enamel will need to be removed per tooth. This is done because this is the proportional thickness of the veneer that is going to be bonded to your tooth. Without performing enameloplasty (shaving of the enamel), the veneers would jut out and disrupt your smile.
Once your official veneers have arrived at our office, you will return to check that you are happy with their shape, size, and shade. If everything checks out and they fit properly, they will be bonded to your teeth.
Many people wish to cover up gaps or crooked teeth without undergoing expensive and time-consuming orthodontic treatment. Veneers can close gaps and cover misaligned teeth instantly.
If you have severely stained teeth, teeth whitening likely won’t be enough. You can select the exact shade of porcelain that you want to cover your discolored teeth with to create the pearly whites you’ve always dreamed of. Instead of filling cracked teeth or covering them with dental crowns, you can cover them with thin veneers.
Not only will this cover up the aesthetic issues, but it will also strengthen your teeth by replacing the portion of shaved enamel from your tooth. Veneers are durable, stain-resistant, minimally invasive, and painless.
They produce longer-lasting results than other cosmetic treatments that treat the same issues. For example, teeth whitening only lasts for 6 months to 3 years and dental bonding only lasts for 5 to 7 years. Veneers, on the other hand, last for up to 15 years before needing to be replaced.
A good candidate for veneers is anyone who is displeased with the cosmetic appearance of their teeth. Issues like discoloration, chips, gaps, misalignment, small teeth, and weirdly shaped teeth can all be effectively treated with veneers.
However, you must be in good oral health and not grind your teeth. If you are a smoker, you are not an ideal candidate unless you can quit because this can discolor your veneers. Contact us at Alliance Family Dentistry to schedule a consultation.