Most people who want pristine, clean teeth try to accomplish this by upping their oral hygiene routine, but, as our Mint Dental cosmetic dentists know too well, brushing and flossing alone might not be enough to restore your teeth to their former shine. You could, of course, try professional teeth whitening, but we have a better idea for especially bad scenarios: porcelain veneers.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers offer a chance for a patient to “reset” their teeth by essentially getting rid of old canvas. In other words, porcelain veneers are a way by which you could completely replace and cover up the surface of your teeth.
Materially speaking, veneers are incredibly thin, custom-made “shells” that can be bonded to the surface of a tooth, completely covering the original tooth with a realistic-looking replacement. The power of porcelain veneers is incredible. They change change the color, shape, size, and even length of a tooth by simply altering the outside layer of it.
Why might I need a veneer?
Because they can have such a profound effect on a tooth, veneers can be used to fix a variety of cosmetic-related dental issues. The most common ones include:
- Discoloration that can be the result of food stains or just aging and that teeth whitening might not be able to adjust.
- Worn down teeth, perhaps because of teeth grinding.
- Chipped or broken teeth, though severely damaged teeth may require more intense forms of restorative dentistry.
- Slight misalignments, anything more than a slight misalignment needs orthodontist.
- Uneven or asymmetrical teeth that can be evened out.
- Irregularly shaped teeth like remaining health baby teeth.
- Slight gaps between the teeth, which can be closed by porcelain veneers.
- Tooth strengthening, because veneers can protect a tooth from decay.
What is the dental veneer procedure?
When you decide to get a veneer, your dentist starts by conducting an in-depth evaluation of the state of your teeth. Because each porcelain veneer has to be specially designed for your teeth to get the best results, your dentist has to make sure he or she has all the information needed to create the ideal veneer. The examination might involve X-rays.
After making sure of the state of your teeth, your dentist next prepares the teeth in question for the actual treatment. As thin as veneers are, they do take up space, and to avoid adding bulk to your teeth, your dentist will remove a tiny layer of enamel from your teeth after applying a local anesthetic. Impressions will be taken at this stage which will be used to create the veneers. In the meantime, you might be given temporary veneers to cover up the prepared tooth.
Once you finish healing and after the veneers are set, the dentist begins to bond the veneers to your teeth. This is done via the application of a special type of cement that permanently attaches the veneers. Once the cement dries, you will have permanently changed the surface of your teeth and fixed the cosmetic problem.
If you’re curious about the process or if you want to see if you could get a dental veneer, make sure to visit a Mint Dental Alaska dentist to get a diagnosis and treatment plan. We can help you explore your options and select the best possible route to take. Just call us at (907) 646-8672 or visit our website at mintdentalak.com today to set up an appointment.