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 -- veneers 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.
How Do Veneers Work?
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:
- Hiding stains or discoloration on teeth
- Making front teeth appear uniform/even
- Filling in slight gaps
- Evening out slightly misaligned teeth
- Covering up irregular surfaces
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.
Simple Procedure for Veneers
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 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.
Maintaining Your Veneers
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.
Interested in Transforming Your Smile?
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!