Discover a wide range of dental care at Thomas Family Dentistry from every-day, general dentistry through to cosmetic dental treatments, such as veneers. We are the best place to turn to if you want to improve a smile with a long-lasting cosmetic solution.
Few of us are born with a perfect smile, but there is a range of cosmetic dentistry procedures that will help you make the most of yours. Dental veneers are one of the most effective treatments for correcting teeth imperfections, and they are an easy, straightforward procedure to carry out.
What Is a Veneer?
A dental veneer is a wafer-thin sliver of porcelain formed to make a custom-made molding and affixed to the front surface of a tooth. Purely a cosmetic treatment and of no benefit to your dental health, veneers are an effective and speedy solution to a variety of dental problems, including discolored, misshapen, crooked, stained, chipped, or cracked teeth.
Veneers are used to mimic orthodontic treatment - at least in terms of the cosmetic appearance of the teeth. They can be placed successfully over the teeth to cover gaps, and if affixed over crooked teeth in a row of 4, 6, 8, or more, give the appearance of a straight, even smile.
What Are the Benefits of Veneers?
Providing a natural-looking finish, dental veneers are a quick-fix to cosmetic problems with your teeth. You can get the appearance of a straight smile in just a couple of appointments, rather than a couple of years if you are having orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth.
They can be color-matched to existing teeth or to make them look whiter. With the light-reflecting qualities in porcelain veneers, you can create a bright, natural-looking smile that will make you proud.
Covering only the front surface of the tooth veneers does not affect the structure of the tooth in the same way that crowns do. The veneers procedure only removes a small amount of enamel from the front of each tooth - just enough so that the veneers sit flush with other teeth on either side of it.
What Should I Consider Before I Have Veneers?
The veneers procedure is irreversible once you have had the veneers fitted. We advise you to talk to one of our specialists to ensure that dental veneers are the right treatment for what you want to achieve. Other treatments, including composite bonding, crowns, orthodontics, or teeth whitening may be more suitable.
It may take several weeks to get used to the feeling of new veneers, and sometimes there is also increased tooth sensitivity after the veneers have been placed. This should settle down in time.
How Long Will the Veneers Procedure Take?
Firstly, you will have a consultation with the dentist. If you agree that veneers are a good option for you, the dentist prepares the tooth (or teeth) by removing a thin layer of enamel from the front of the tooth. Impressions of your mouth are taken and sent to an off-site laboratory where your veneers are custom-made to fit. The dentist may place a temporary veneer, but this isn’t always necessary.
You will return to the dentist to have the veneer fitted once the lab delivers the veneer, which could be a matter of days or weeks. The veneer is affixed using a light-activated adhesive, forming a strong bond with the tooth. With good care, they should last a long time.
If you want to know more about dental veneers at Thomas Family Dentistry, give us a call at 971-348-4244 to book an appointment.