Most people are at least somewhat unhappy with the look of their teeth and smile as a whole. However, the average patient has no idea what to do about these imperfections aside from teeth whitening. Dental veneers are one of the best smile beautification solutions available to those plagued by stained, discolored, misshaped or otherwise-flawed teeth. Below, our Fairfield dental team details everything you need to know about veneers.
A Brief Explanation of Dental Veneers
Dental veneers1 are thin shells designed to match the color of natural teeth. Comprised of resin or porcelain, dental veneers are fitted to the teeth in the front of the mouth to conceal imperfections. The overarching aim of dental veneers is to bring out the best in each patient’s smile. This means the dental veneers made for your unique mouth will be different from those provided to other patients. Each Fairfield patient needs and deserves veneers of a specific size, shape, color, and fit.
The Veneer Application Process
The application of veneers is easier than most patients assume. The dentist starts by taking an impression of the natural teeth. Once this impression is set, it is used as a mold to make the veneers. The dentist will add an etching gel to the teeth to ensure the veneers are properly attached. This gel makes it easier for the bonding agent to form a stronger connection between the natural tooth and the veneer. The bonding agent is subsequently applied to the veneers. The veneers are then placed on the teeth. The last step is to discard any leftover bonding agent. The veneers are then polished to aesthetic perfection.
The veneer application process detailed above is pain-free. However, if you are a highly-sensitive person or have had traumatic experiences at the dentist’s office in the past, the dentist can apply an anesthetic injection to ensure the slight removal of tooth enamel does not cause any discomfort. Once your veneers are in place, you can treat them just like regular teeth. Go ahead and floss and brush your veneer-covered teeth two times per day to ensure they look their best and ultimately stand the test of time.
Dental Veneers Beautify Smiles for Decades
Today’s dental veneers are incredibly durable. Take proper care of your veneers and they just might last several decades. Ask anyone who has had dental veneers placed on their teeth about their durability, comfort and feel and you will be inundated with praise. Veneers will look fantastic across posterity as long as you are willing to invest the little bit of effort necessary to clean them just as you would clean your regular teeth.
Veneers are Designed to Resist Stains
The purpose of adding veneers to your front teeth is to hide stains, discoloration, and other imperfections. Veneers are made of materials unlikely to fade or stain as time progresses. This means you can consume all the dark-hued foods and beverages you desire without the worry of compromising veneer aesthetics. This is a stark contrast to dental bonding that is more likely to end up with stains and necessitate additional treatment from your Fairfield dentist.
Do not be Scared Away by the Price Tag
Dental veneers are more costly than some other similar solutions yet their quality and durability is worth the money and then some. Veneers are superior to dental crowns and cosmetic dental bonding as they look more natural and last that much longer. Part of the reason why dental veneers are comparably costly is the fact that artistry is necessary to ensure these shells actually resemble natural teeth.
The Perfect Veneer Shade for Your Unique Skin Complexion and Mouth
Meet with our Fairfield dentist and you will be provided with the ideal veneer shade for your skin tone, smile, and personal aesthetic desires. The bottom line is the veneer shade best for your front teeth will not necessarily be the same as the shade ideal for your neighbor, co-worker, friends or others. In fact, it is even possible to alter the translucency of dental veneers to create as natural of a look as possible. When in doubt, rely on our dentist to help you choose the perfect veneer shade for your unique mouth and skin tone. We will ensure you are provided with the optimal veneer color before adding the veneers to your teeth.
Candidates for Dental Veneers
Nearly every Fairfield resident qualifies as a candidate for dental veneers. If your teeth are stained, discolored in any other way, crooked, narrowed or short, you can benefit from the addition of dental veneers. These porcelain facades are non-invasive so hardly any tooth structure has to be removed for their application. However, those who habitually clench or grind their teeth might not be the ideal candidates for dental veneers. There is the potential for veneers to break as a result of clenching and/or grinding. Furthermore, there has to be ample surface area in order for the veneer to firmly connect to the teeth. Let our Fairfield dentist analyze your unique teeth to determine if the underlying surface has weakened or decayed to the point that another dental restoration solution might be a better option.
Dental Veneer Replacement
Though your veneers are likely to last at least a decade or two, they will not last forever. Veneer lifespan ultimately hinges on your willingness to take care of them in the proper manner. You can dramatically reduce the chances of veneer wear, breaks, chips and discoloration if you floss and brush your teeth at least twice per day, visit the dentist every six months and wear a mouthguard when participating in contact sports.
Schedule Your Appointment at Freedom Dental
Our dental team is here to analyze your oral health, clean your teeth and determine if you can benefit from veneers. Reach out to us today to schedule2 an oral health examination, cleaning and review of your potential candidacy for dental veneers as well as other dental restorations and smile enhancements. You can reach Freedom Dental by dialing (707) 422-2236.