Archive: June 2016

Understanding Dental Veneers

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If you want to enhance the color, size, shape, or length of your teeth, dental veneers could be a great way to achieve your perfect smile. The dentists at Dental Design Studio can help outline your treatment plan, explain what veneers are, potential problems they help resolve, the advantages of this type of procedure, and the process for applying them.

What are Dental Veneers?

Veneers are thin, customized shells that cover the front surface of teeth. They are typically made with resin or porcelain, making them a durable and long-lasting solution for several dental and cosmetic issues:

  • Broken, Worn, or Misshapen Teeth: Veneers can cover teeth to hide misshapen teeth to create a new smile.
  • Discolored Teeth – Veneers can help brighten a smile to hide discoloration that often comes from coffee, wine, or certain prescription drugs.
  • Misaligned Teeth – Veneers can help with teeth alignment, and/or to eliminate gaps in between teeth.

What are the Differences in Veneer Materials?

Resin veneers are thinner and can be applied without removing as much enamel, but porcelain veneers are more stain-resistant and can have a more natural appearance to the teeth. The dentists at Dental Design Studio can help you decide the right veneer for you, with either option providing you with a better looking smile.

The Process for Applying Veneers

You will have multiple dental visits when choosing veneers.

First will be a planning session, to conduct an initial exam and to confirm if you are a candidate for veneers. If so, your dentist may take x-rays, photographs and/or impressions of your teeth to determine a treatment plan. You may even get a model of the veneers to see what the teeth will look like in your mouth.

The next visit will be a prep visit to prepare your teeth for veneers. Your dentist will remove approximately ½ millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface and make an impression of each tooth to send to a dental laboratory to make the veneers.

The final visit will be the bonding of the veneers, often one-to-two weeks after your prep visit, once the veneers are made. Your dentist will place and trim the veneers to ensure a perfect fit and apply each veneer with special cement, securing it quickly with a light beam. Once the veneers are all in place, your dentist will make any necessary adjustments to ensure your bite is comfortable and your smile is perfect!

What are the Advantages of Veneers?

Veneers offer several key advantages, including natural looking results that won’t contrast with your natural smile. The results are often quick, with only a few weeks from your consultation to a completed new smile. Veneers are also a natural, comfortable fit and provide long-lasting results.

Are You Ready?

If you would like to improve the shape, color, or alignment of your teeth, veneers could be the right solution. Visit with your dentist to see if veneers could provide the smile you’ve always wanted!

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