Your teeth serve both functional and aesthetic purposes, which is why keeping them clean and healthy is so important. One common method that is used to maintain the integrity of your teeth is having porcelain dental veneers installed. This versatile procedure starts providing benefits immediately and can be used to correct a host of issues you may be experiencing. The team at Red Bank Smiles is equipped with the most advanced techniques and materials to make your veneer installment an easy and comfortable process.
What is a Veneer?
Dental veneers are hard casings that are bonded to the front of your teeth in order to disguise any problem with your smile. They are made from porcelain because of its long-lasting use and resistance to staining. With proper care, a veneer can last up to 15 years before having to be replaced. This care includes not using your teeth to open packaging, not chewing on anything except food, and wearing a mouthguard while playing sports. Chewing with only your back teeth whenever possible is also encouraged, as veneers are usually installed in the front to correct cosmetic issues.
When Veneers Are Commonly Used
If you have an imperfection in your smile that you want fixed, there’s a good chance that a porcelain dental veneer can be used as the solution. You also don’t have to limit yourself to just one. As many veneers as needed can be used to restore damaged teeth. Some of the issues that veneers are used for include:
- Chips or cracks: A veneer provides a cover over the broken tooth to hide the crack and protect it from further damage.
- Discoloration: If you have a stained tooth that doesn’t match the color of the rest, a veneer can help create a uniform smile.
- Irregular tooth size: A few veneers may be used to even out the level of your teeth if some are smaller than others.
- Irregular tooth shape: If a tooth is too pointed or has another anomaly, a veneer can help round it off to make it more functional.
- Gaps between teeth: Placing a wide veneer on a tooth can help close the gap between two of your teeth.
Having Veneers Installed
The process of having a porcelain dental veneer put in will take a couple of visits to your dentist in order to ensure they look and work exactly as you desire. During your first visit, the dentist will complete an examination of your teeth, including taking photographs and impressions, and will speak to you in depth about the changes you want to make with your smile. That information will be provided to a certified laboratory technician to make a wax model, which you can approve before any work is done in your mouth. Once approved, we can use that model to try the new smile before we make any permanent changes to your teeth. We often advise to take the temporaries out for a “test drive” for a period of time, to make sure you are totally happy. Often, doing this allows us to be as conservative as possible and remove a little natural tooth as needed. You will personally visit the lab to pick the color and characteristics of your new teeth. After the veneers have been created, you’ll return to have them installed. Your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned in order to prevent any bacteria from growing underneath the cover, and the front surface will be etched to create a rough texture that allows for secure bonding. After the veneer has been attached, you will be able to use it normally almost immediately after the anesthesia wears off.
Improve Your Smile
Don’t let a small issue with your smile affect your confidence and well-being. Porcelain dental veneers are a simple solution, and our qualified dental team at Red Bank Smiles is prepared to treat you with our expert knowledge and state-of-the-art techniques. If you are located near Red Bank, New Jersey, and have a dental concern, contact us to schedule an appointment.