Veneers are thin shells that are custom-made and attached to the front of your teeth. They cover the front of your tooth, hiding imperfections like stains or gaps between teeth while allowing you to keep your natural tooth structure intact underneath.
Research has shown that your smile is the first thing people notice about you. This makes it incredibly important to maintain good oral health and hygiene. However, despite consistent care, most people have minor flaws in their smiles. These flaws may not impact your overall dental health, but they can make you want to hide your smile from those around you. Luckily, there are various treatment options for covering these flaws so that you can feel confident about your appearance again.
While cosmetic dentistry procedures have improved by leaps and bounds over the past few years, options like teeth whitening only cover surface-level issues like stains and discolorations. If you want to improve the appearance of your smile without altering your natural teeth, veneers are a great option. Visit Torrey Hills Family Dentistry to learn more about dental veneers.
The Advantages of Veneers
With good oral hygiene, veneers may last for several decades before needing to be replaced. They are stain-resistant and non-abrasive, so they won’t harm your natural teeth. Veneers are more potent than composite resin fillings, so they are a good choice for teeth that have sustained damage from decay or trauma. When teeth are chipped or broken, veneers can restore the appearance and function of those teeth.
Since they don’t require the removal of any tooth structure, veneers are a less invasive procedure than dental crowns or braces. Patients can expect to experience less discomfort after the procedure. In addition, since veneers can treat a wide variety of cosmetic issues, patients usually do not need to schedule multiple appointments to address their smile makeover needs.
The Procedure for Veneers
Getting veneers requires two visits to the dentist’s office. At the first appointment, our dentist will prepare your tooth or teeth by removing a small amount of enamel from the front surface of each tooth being treated. This will allow the veneer to sit flush with the rest of your teeth without sticking out too far forward.
After the tooth has been prepared, our dentist will make an impression of it and send it to the lab so that a custom-fabricated veneer can be fabricated for you. Temporary veneers will be placed over the prepared teeth to protect them from damage while the permanent ones are being made at the lab.
When the permanent veneers are completed, you’ll return to our office to have them permanently bonded to your teeth. Once in place, your porcelain veneers will look natural and last many years with proper dental care.
Visit Torrey Hills Family Dentistry at 4765 Carmel Mountain Rd Suite 209, San Diego, CA 92130, or call (858) 481-0080 to begin the transformation of your smile with high-quality porcelain veneers!