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All About Porcelain Veneers

Do you have relatively healthy teeth, but they are chipped or broken, have shifted or moved and made a space in your smile, or look dirty and yellowed? You may be a perfect candidate for porcelain veneers, which are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth. These veneers provide strength and resiliency just like natural tooth enamel, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) [http://www.aacd.com/index.php?module=cms&page=574]. At West Meade Dental, we can make your smile look better than it has ever looked with porcelain veneers. We would like to share with you more information from the AACD about this option.


What happens during a veneers consultation at West Meade Dental?

When you come in for your visit, Dr. Shelley A. Sigur will start with an analysis of your smile to see exactly what she will need to do to get the smile you want. She will also explain to you what the entire porcelain veneers process will be like for you. She can even show you a picture of what your new smile will look like with cosmetic imaging.

What is the typical porcelain veneers procedure like?

Before Dr. Sigur can apply the adhesive layer and the thin strips of porcelain to your tooth, a very small amount of your original tooth enamel has to be removed so your veneers will fit properly within your mouth. We also have to do this step to best restore natural tooth function while creating an even better appearance than the original tooth. The bond between the original tooth and porcelain veneer is crucial because this bond must be strong for correct veneer function. Dr. Sigur will then place light-sensitive resin between the original tooth and the layer of porcelain and then harden it with a special curing light.

What are the benefits of porcelain veneers?

This cosmetic dental treatment has several strong points, including the following:

— realistic appearance, feel, and function
Porcelain veneers are individually sculpted and custom-made to each individual tooth, and it is close to impossible to tell the difference between a veneer and a natural tooth. Even better, veneers are made of high-tech materials that resist coffee, tea, and cigarette smoke stains.

— minimal alteration to your natural teeth
In order for your veneers to properly fit, not much is needed to do to your original teeth besides the removal of a tiny bit of original teeth enamel. Your original teeth stay mostly intact in the veneers process as compared to a crown procedure.

— long-term white teeth
As previously mentioned, porcelain veneers are stain-resistant. Veneers can also whiten even the darkest stained teeth.

How do I maintain my porcelain veneers?

Very simply as you just treat them like your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing twice a day is essential in keeping your veneers looking their best.

Interested in fixing your smile with porcelain veneers? Contact West Meade Dental to schedule a veneers consultation with us.

All About Veneers

William Hazlitt once wrote “A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.” We rely on our mouths to communicate even when we aren’t speaking. A smile can mean many things and can accomplish quite a bit but what if you are one of the many people who weren’t born with perfect, straight, white teeth? Unfortunately too many beautiful smiles are hidden by people who find themselves self-conscious about the state of their teeth. Whether it is a discolored tooth, gaps or spacing, or you simply want a whiter smile there are many ways to improve the appearance of your smile. One of the most common ways to make your smile brighter is to have your dentist apply veneers to your teeth.

Feeling confident about yourself is so important and feeling good about your smile makes it possible.

Feeling confident about yourself is so important and feeling good about your smile makes it possible.

Veneers are very thin layers of ceramic or porcelain bonded with your real teeth to give them a cleaner more vibrant outward appearance. The process is virtually pain-free and usually requires no anesthesia. Usually this can be done in three appointments: diagnosis, preparation, and the actual application. The first step in the process is to buff the existing teeth slightly to allow for the additional layer. Once this is done a mold will be taken of the teeth and sent off for the veneers to be made.

Once the process of crafting the veneers is complete the dentist begins aligning them on your teeth to make sure that they fit and are the appropriate color and size. Once this is verified the dentist will begin painting the cement onto the first tooth and applying the veneers. A special beam of light is used to harden the cement to complete the bond.

It may take some time to adjust to the new size and shape of your teeth. It is important to take extra care of your new teeth to make sure they stay the nice pearly white that they have become. Brush twice a day and floss (which should be standard practice anyways). You will have a follow-up appointment to check the bonding of the veneers.

While veneers are not perfect replicas of your real teeth they do go a long way in making your smile look brighter and neater. It is important to maintain them just as you would your normal teeth. While veneers may not be the answer for everyone’s dental difficulties for some they make all the difference. Before you know it you will be smiling with a new confidence.

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