You no longer need to hide your smile because of gaps, chips, stains, or misshapen teeth. With veneers, you can easily correct your teeth’s imperfections to help you have a more confident, beautiful smile. Veneers are natural in appearance, and are a perfect alternative for patients wanting to make minor adjustments to the look and feel of their smile.
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells made from tooth-colored materials (such as porcelain) designed to cover the front side of your teeth. To prepare for veneers, your doctor will create a unique model of your teeth. This model is sent to the dental technician to create your veneers. Before placing your new veneer, your doctor may need to conservatively prepare your tooth to achieve the desired esthetic result.
When placed, you’ll be pleased to see that veneers look like your natural teeth. While veneers are stain resistant, your doctor may recommend that you avoid coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco to maintain the beauty of your new smile.
What to Expect
To begin the process of crafting the custom veneers, our dentists must create room for the veneer by taking off a wafer-thin layer of dental enamel from each tooth that will be covered to the veneer. After the teeth have been prepped, our dentists can make a digital impression of the teeth that will be used to make the personalized veneers in a dental laboratory. A transitional veneer may be used to conceal the teeth until the custom veneers are returned to Fern Creek Dentistry. The personalized veneers will be secured to the front surface of the teeth with a professional bonding agent. Our dentists can fine-tune the veneers as needed to provide the patient a comfortable fit.
Another appointment is usually booked for around seven days after the veneers are bonded to make sure the glue is strong and the feel is still comfortable. Porcelain veneers are more resilient against staining than the natural enamel, but to maintain the veneers in their ideal condition, our dentists recommend giving up staining drinks and foods, including coffee, soda, tea, and red wine. Patients are encouraged to start or continue to stick with a good home oral care routine, including daily tooth brushing with a non-abrasive toothpaste, frequent flossing, and scheduling appointments with our dentists for cleanings and exams. With proper care, veneers can be kept on for up to 20 years.