You’ve made your mind up that now is the time to do something about the flaws in your smile, but you’re not sure what’s the best route to take. However, there’s one cosmetic procedure that you’ve a lot of buzz about – porcelain veneers. You’d like to know more about it so that you can determine whether it’s the right treatment to deliver the perfect smile that you so desire to have. Your local dentist is weighing in to explain exactly what veneers are and how they can benefit you. Read on to learn more!
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic material that are custom-designed to mask slightly gapped, crowded, misaligned, crooked or stained teeth. Before any work is done, you will sit down with your dentist to talk about the best options for improving your smile, which will include the color of the veneers and a consideration of the shape of your face and lips, so that your final look will be one that looks natural and aesthetically pleasing.
How are Veneers Applied?
Here are the steps that your dentist will normally take to apply your new veneers:
- First, he will apply local anesthesia to the area where the work will be done so that the process can be comfortable for you.
- He will then remove a thin layer of your teeth’s enamel so that your new veneers will seat properly.
- Next, bite impressions will be taken that will be sent to a trusted lab so that your veneers can be fabricated.
- In the interim, your dentist will fit you with a temporary set of veneers. Once the permanent set is ready, you’ll head back in to be fitted with them.
Once you receive your veneers, you’ll leave your dentist’s office feeling like a brand-new person and smiling with confidence!
How to Care for Your Veneers
When you’re able to smile with pride, the last thing you want to do is compromise your new look. To ensure that your veneers last, keep these tips in mind:
- Avoid Using Your Teeth as Tools – Your teeth are only designed to bite into and chew food. Using them for anything else – like as a tool to open bottles or packages – could cause your veneers to chip or fall out.
- Practice Excellent Oral Hygiene – Another way to ensure the longevity of your porcelain veneers is to be sure to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. Although your veneers aren’t subject to decay, your natural teeth still are. Thus, poor oral care could compromise your health and your smile.
- Maintain Dental Visits – By maintaining regular visits to your dentist, if there are any issues with your veneers, you’ll have a better chance of getting them corrected. Along with monitoring your oral health, these visits also provide you with a thorough cleaning. All of these activities factor into the increased longevity of your veneers.
The time has come for you to finally experience the joy and fulfillment of having the smile of your dreams. The process starts with you simply reaching out to your cosmetic dentist!
About the Author
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Gary Sherman has over three decades of experience as a dentist. Much of his success hinges on his commitment to understanding each patient’s needs and delivering the right care in a precise manner. Dr. Sherman practices at Franklin Avenue Dental Care and can be reached for more information through his website.