Porcelain veneers are currently one of the most popular cosmetic treatments, and it’s really no surprise why this treatment has boomed over the past several years. These thin restorations are durable, natural looking, and totally transformative. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile -- or if you just know it could be a lot better -- porcelain veneers from our Las Cruces, NM cosmetic dentist could be the solution you have been hoping for. Keep reading to learn more about how they work from the team at Painted Skies Dental Center.
Dental veneers improve the appearance of your smile by covering up the front side of your teeth, focusing specifically on the six teeth that show -- or the “social six.” Veneers can solve any number of cosmetic imperfections that affect otherwise healthy smiles. Some of the most common uses for dental veneers include:
Veneers are made of porcelain, a sturdy material that looks just like natural teeth. It is highly customizable, allowing your cosmetic dentist to plan for veneers that match your unique coloring and facial structure the best.
If veneers are the best option for your smile, the procedure will be carried out over two visits to Painted Skies Dental Center. Dr. Ray or Dr. Natalie will put together your treatment plan and prepare your teeth to receive the veneers in the first appointment. Veneers are a permanent treatment because we need to remove a small portion of tooth enamel to make room for a new layer on top. Temporary restorations will cover up your teeth in the time between visits.
When it’s time to return to our dental office for your follow-up appointment, your veneers have been created in a separate lab and are ready for placement. Your cosmetic dentist will check to make sure they look, fit, and feel just right before they are bonded securely onto each tooth.
We know you will love the way your smile looks with veneers -- and you will want to keep it that way for as long as possible. Porcelain veneers can last for years with proper care and maintenance. Brush and floss your teeth regularly and protect your smile with a customized mouthguard if you play contact sports or grind your teeth at night. Visit your dentist as recommended for regular checkups and cleanings to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues that detract from your healthy, radiant smile. Notify us immediately if you notice one of your veneers loosening or if a veneer breaks or chips.
If you would like to improve the appearance of the teeth that show when you smile, we can’t wait to evaluate your candidacy for porcelain veneers. Most adults are eligible for the procedure. Please contact your trusted cosmetic dentist to find out if you are, too. Request an appointment at Painted Skies Dental Center today!
You’re definitely interested in a major smile upgrade with veneers in Las Cruces, but you still have some questions about this cosmetic treatment. That makes sense because it’s a significant decision that cannot be made lightly. Fortunately, we’re here to erase any doubts from your mind so you can confidently move forward with the process. We’ve compiled a list of responses to common questions patients ask us about veneers. If you don’t see your question on the list below, we encourage you to contact our team!
Since veneers eventually require replacement, they’re not considered permanent. However, the process of getting them is irreversible. In preparation, our cosmetic dentist in Las Cruces will remove a thin layer of enamel to ensure successful treatment. But unlike hair and nails, removed enamel will never grow back. That’s why when teeth are prepared this way, they will always need to be covered with veneers or crowns.
At the end of your initial visit with Dr. Ortiz, you’ll receive temporary veneers to protect your prepared teeth while you wait for your permanent ones to be made. During this period, you’ll need to avoid hard foods like ice, raw fruits and vegetables, or candy because they can damage your temporary restorations. The good news is once your permanent veneers are in place, you won’t need to be quite as cautious anymore. However, it’s still a good idea to be careful when eating sticky, dark-colored, crunchy, hot, or cold foods and drinks. Plus, you’ll want to drink alcohol sparingly because it can weaken the bonding material holding your restorations in place.
While veneers only attach to the front of teeth, crowns cover an entire tooth. Veneers are primarily used for cosmetic purposes or minor shape corrections when the tooth is mostly intact. In contrast, crowns protect teeth that are worn or cracked, or they restore those that have undergone a root canal. Also, veneers are only about one millimeter in thickness while crowns are usually twice as thick. Finally, veneers typically don’t show a gum margin after several years the way crowns often do.
The “right” number of veneers varies depending on each person’s unique smile requirements. The goal of this treatment is for all your visible teeth to match. Many people get 6-8 veneers to create a beautiful, symmetrical smile. Others might need as many as 10-12. Also, veneers can often benefit people who want to just cover a single cracked or broken tooth.