If your smile isn’t as becoming as you’d like it to be, your dentist may recommend dental veneers to give your discolored or damaged teeth a whole new look. Veneers are natural-looking, thin coverings, usually made of porcelain that are attached to the front of your teeth. Unlike other types of restorative or cosmetic devices, dental veneers are minimally-invasive and take a relatively short amount of time to place. Before you choose veneers, here are some things you need to know:
The Types Of Problems Veneers Can Be Used To Correct
Veneers can be used to hide a number of tooth imperfections, whether they’re caused by nature, wear or injury. These include:
- Mild to moderate tooth discoloration
- Minor misalignments and rotation of front teeth
- Reshaping of peg-shaped or undersized teeth
- Chipped or worn teeth
- Uneven spaces or gaps between front teeth
The Advantages Of Porcelain Veneers
If your dentist offers porcelain dental veneers, you should know that they offer a significant number of advantages over other veneer materials like composite resins. These include:
- Durability – Though porcelain veneers are extremely thin, between 0.5mm and 0.7mm, once they are bonded to the teeth, they are quite strong and long-lasting. With good oral hygiene and care that involves avoiding hard, crunchy foods, porcelain veneers can last 10 to 15 years.
- Natural Appearance – Porcelain veneers create a very life-like, natural tooth appearance with translucent properties that mimic the light-handling characteristics of real tooth enamel.
- Stain-Resistance – Unlike some other cosmetic dental bonding materials, porcelain is smooth and impervious to staining by nicotine, dark-colored liquids or spices.
- Ease Of Application – Because porcelain veneers are thin, very little of the tooth’s surface, if any, has to be removed before placement, which makes veneers an easier, more conservative way to achieve a beautiful smile.
If Veneers Are Right For You
Your dentist can help you to decide if porcelain veneers are the right treatment for your cosmetic dental problem. Before you choose dental veneers, you should know that:
- Veneers can only be applied to teeth (and gums) that are healthy.
- Veneers are not a good choice for people who grind their teeth.
- Veneers can come loose over time and need replacing.
- Veneer placement isn’t reversible if tooth enamel is removed.
What Happens After Veneers Are In Place
Once your veneers are in place, you must continue to brush and floss your teeth to ensure that your gums and the surfaces of your teeth that don’t have veneers on them remain healthy. Because veneers can chip, you must avoid chewing your fingernails, chewing pencils and chewing on ice or other hard foods. It may also take you a while to get used to the feeling of having veneers on your teeth. Your dentist can modify the veneers before you leave the office if they are too uncomfortable.
To make an appointment for a consultation, call Accent Dental in Frisco, TX at (972) 335-7666. You can also learn more about dental veneers and our other dental services by visiting us online at www.dentistfrisco-tx.com.
Dental Veneers Frisco TX
8300 Gaylord Pkwy Ste. 15
Frisco, Texas 75034