If you feel uncomfortable about showing your smile in public, or if you have tooth discoloration that regular whitening treatments have not been able to correct, dental veneers may be the answer. Dental veneers are naturally tooth-colored permanent material shells that are placed over the visible surfaces of your existing teeth with permanent adhesive. They are thin and mimic the way light reflects off natural teeth.
What issues can dental veneers fix?
- Cracked, chipped or broken teeth
- Minor gaps between teeth
- Misaligned, irregularly shaped, or worn down teeth
- Tooth discoloration due to overuse of antibiotics such as tetracycline or too much fluoride.
- Tooth discoloration due to root canal treatment
Dental veneers provide better results than simple teeth whitening, and are a great way to get the bright, white, and confident smile that you’ve always wanted. Unlike regular teeth whitening procedures, dental veneers are stain-resistant. This means that you can continue eating and drinking without avoiding things like red wine, juice, soda or coffee. It also reduces the need for whitening treatments. In fact, many people choose to get dental veneers to improve the look of their smile before an important event such as a wedding or a reunion.
How do I get dental veneers?
Before having dental veneers applied to your teeth, any existing dental health issues that the veneers cannot repair will need to be taken care of. Once this is done, Dr. Gillespie will then examine your teeth and decide whether you are a good candidate for dental veneers. If you are, he will make a mold of your teeth so that the dental laboratory can custom-make your veneers. You will be given the choice of having your dental veneers made from porcelain, dental resin, or composite materials. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages, which your dentist will discuss with you before your veneers are made. Generally this process takes between three and four weeks. Once your veneers are completed, you will have a follow-up visit where your veneers will first be shaped and trimmed to ensure proper bite. Your mouth will be numbed with a local anesthetic, and a very small portion of your tooth enamel will be removed in order to create a good bonding surface. The veneers will then be applied with dental cement and a special light will be used to harden the dental bonding cement. Any excess cement will then be removed, and your dentist will check to ensure your bite is correct.
Caring for your dental veneers
Caring for your dental veneers is easy, requiring little effort beyond what you would normally use to care for your teeth. You will need to ensure that you maintain your regular schedule of bi-annual checkups with your dentist so that he can ensure that your veneers remain free from damage and last as long as possible.
If you fell you would be a good candidate for dental veneers, or if you would like more information on Roger L. Gillespie, DDS today at 310-325-4155 to schedule your consultation appointment.