Posts for: February, 2015
Are you looking for a long-lasting and reliable way to give your smile the bright, healthy look you have always wanted? Then, dental veneers may be right for you. In a pain-free and simple process, your highly trained cosmetic dentist can transform stained, crooked, poorly shaped or chipped teeth into a look you can be proud of.
What Are Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are small, tooth-shaped laminates which cover the front surface of existing teeth. Strong and natural-looking, veneers are custom-fabricated to correct minor misalignments, teeth that are uneven in length or are discolored due to age, smoking or strongly colored foods or beverages such as coffee. While not appropriate for serious orthodontic issues or for unhealthy teeth, veneers can make a remarkable change in a smile that just needs a little help.
What Is the Veneer Process Like?
As with any dental procedure, you and your dentist will decide if veneers are the right option. It is important to realize that the veneer procedure is permanent and cannot be reversed.
The dentist will examine your teeth, ask what you wish to achieve and if appropriate, begin the veneer procedure. While some kinds of veneers need little or no preparation of the teeth, most porcelain laminates require the doctor to remove 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the front surface of the teeth. He then takes impressions of the teeth and sends them to a dental lab. At the lab, a highly skilled technician creates the porcelain veneers. This process may take a week or more.
At the next dental visit, the dentist securely glues the veneers to the patient's teeth. The adhesive is treated with a special light which speeds up the hardening process. The doctor checks the veneers for fit and color. The entire procedure is straightforward and usually requires no anesthesia.
How Should You Care For Your Veneers?
The simple answer is: care for your veneers in the same way that you care for your natural teeth. Brush your teeth 2 times per day, and floss them at least once daily. Report any gum irritation to your dentist, and be sure to continue with routine examinations and cleanings with your hygienist.
In a week or two after your veneers have been placed, follow-up with your dentist so he can check the placement of the laminates, your bite and the condition of your gums. Some people experience minor tooth sensitivity with their new veneers, but this subsides relatively quickly.
Esthetic Enhancement Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
Anthony Marengo Jr. DDS PA is experienced in the art and science of dentistry. At Esthetic Enhancement Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Marengo and his associates, Dr. Jacob Sylvester and Dr. Debby Patel, use their technical skill and expertise to help patients of all ages have optimal dental health. They also desire to give you an outstanding new smile.
Call their Olathe, Kansas office today to schedule an appointment: 913-829-9222. Find out if porcelain veneers can change your smile for the better.