The decision to enhance your smile with porcelain veneers is a personal one. Even a subtle change in your smile can make an exceptional difference in the way you look and feel, and on your social outlook.
When your smile is disfigured by decay, abrasion, chipping, breakage or imperfect development, our goal is to restore its natural beauty so you can smile with confidence. Porcelain veneers are thin, semi-translucent shells, custom-made to fit precisely over existing teeth, and look very natural. They are permanently bonded, held in place by a special resin that adheres the back of the veneer to the front of the tooth. Only a small amount of natural tooth structure is removed during the procedure. A healthy, natural look is achieved with little or no discomfort.
Are you a candidate for veneers?
Veneers are a cosmetic alternative for a variety of dental conditions including:
- Spaces between the teeth
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Unsightly, stained or washed-out fillings
- Permanently stained or discolored teeth
- Uneven or crooked teeth
At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are very esthetic.
The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are not recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.
What can you expect from your veneers?
Veneers can last for years, depending on how well you take care of them. Because veneers are stronger than simple bonding, they are also more resistant to stains and chipping. However, it is important to maintain regular oral hygiene, to avoid bad habits such as biting nails or chewing ice, wear a Nightguard if recommended, and schedule regular appointments for routine cleaning and exams. These precautions will help ensure that your veneers last a long time and keep looking as good as new.
There’s no question that a beautiful smile goes a long way toward improving your self-confidence in both personal and professional circles. Take a moment to evaluate the appearance of your teeth. If you’re not completely happy with what you see, take some time to visit Dr. Bush so that he can evaluate your teeth to see if veneers are right for you and are if they are the best option to improve your smile.