Did you know the words “smile” and “miracle” are related? That’s right! Both of these words come from the Latin word mirari, which means “to wonder at” or “marvel.” Your smile is miraculous for a reason. A smile is often the first step in making a meaningful connection, and it’s the first thing many people will notice about you. That’s why finding the right dental solution for your smile is so important. The right procedure can brighten your smile so you feel more confident.
Have you been considering veneers to freshen up your pearly whites? Then look no further!
This post will take you through the ins and outs of dental veneers. You’ll learn more about how they work and how to tell if they’re right for you. Are you ready to embrace your best smile? Then keep reading to find out more about your dental restoration options and whether veneers are the solution for you.
Crowns cover your entire tooth and tend to be approximately two mm thick. They are made of porcelain, metal, or other materials. If you have a tooth that needs a restoration, a crown can cover the tooth to give your smile a uniform look.
However, crowns are fairly invasive. Before applying crowns, your dentist will grind or file the tooth in question. They may also need to build the tooth up in certain cases.
Inlays and onlays are less intrusive than crowns. They are often used in cases where tooth damage is not as severe. An inlay can fill in hollows on the chewing surface of your teeth, andan onlay is used to fill in larger areas that include tooth cusps.
Both inlays and onlays come in porcelain or composite materials. These solutions are great if the damage to your teeth isn’t serious enough for a crown.
Dental bonding can repair teeth that are cracked or chipped. During dental bonding, your dentist will apply a composite resin to the damaged teeth. This resin will match your natural tooth color. Many people choose tooth bonding because it is a simple procedure that normally doesn’t require anesthesia. But the resin used in this process is not as strong as your real teeth. It can be damaged if you chew on hard or sticky foods.
Veneers offer an excellent solution for permanent tooth repair. A veneer is a thin covering that your dentist will bond to the front of your teeth. Most of them are made of porcelain, but they can also come in other materials, like composite resin.
Because veneers only cover the front surface of your teeth, they are less invasive than crowns. The process of getting them is generally quick and painless. Let’s look at veneers in more depth.
If you think veneers might be the right solution for you, the first step is to have a consultation with your dentist. Your dentist will check your teeth and go over the veneer installation process with you. Once you’ve decided to proceed, your dentist will prepare your teeth for veneers. They will reshape the surface of your teeth and take an impression of your mouth for the most accurate fit.
This impression will be sent to a lab, where your veneers will be custom-made for you. When they are ready, your dentist will clean and polish the surface of your teeth at your next appointment. They will then bond the veneer to your teeth with special cement to ensure they last as long as possible.
Your dentist will finish this process by hardening the cement with a light beam. Finally, they will remove leftover cement and double-check the positioning. They will likely ask to see you again for a follow-up appointment. It’s important to follow up with your dentist so they can make any necessary adjustments to your new veneers.
As you probably know, this dental solution can help cover any damage to your teeth and give you a more uniform smile. But there are many other advantages of dental veneers. Let’s take a look at some of these!
For teeth that are very crooked, braces are probably the way to go. But if your teeth are only slightly misaligned, veneers can help give your teeth a straight appearance.
Over the years, your teeth experience natural discoloration. Consuming a lot of coffee or acidic foods can make your teeth lose their white shine. Dental veneers can immediately give your smile a whitening. And porcelain veneers naturally resist stains, so you won’t have to worry about whitening treatments in the future.
Do you feel like your teeth look a bit short? If so, you’re not alone! Some people inherit shorter teeth from their parents. In other cases, years of teeth grinding can shorten your natural tooth length. Veneers can add extra length to your teeth.
Enamel is a strong substance that protects our teeth from damage. Over time, acidic foods or harsh brushing can degrade your natural enamel. Veneers can protect teeth that are missing enamel. If your tooth enamel has worn down, dental veneers might just be the solution you need!
Dental veneers are customizable, which means you can choose their shade. Your dentist will select ones that mimic your smile’s natural look. Your dentist will also make sure the veneer shape matches the look of your other teeth. This will help you achieve a consistent, natural look.
Most of us will experience cosmetic damage to our teeth. Veneers are a quick and easy way to fix minor damage like:
Do veneers sound like the right dental solution for you? If so, First Dental Associates is ready to support you through the veneer process. Our highly trained team is committed to providing every patient with optimal care.
If you’d like to learn more about what First Dental Associates can do for you, get in touch with us! We look forward to welcoming you into our community.