If you’re looking for a way to address the multitude of aesthetic flaws you have in your teeth, the number of cosmetic dentistry solutions that we offer at Real Dental may seem a bit overwhelming. Thankfully, there is a way that we can give several teeth a makeover at once – porcelain veneers! If you’re ready to take your smile from bland to beautiful, then call us today to schedule a consultation and find out whether veneers are right for you.
A veneer is a thin, tooth-colored shell made of dental ceramic. When placed over the front of a tooth, a veneer can mask virtually any of its cosmetic imperfections, such as:
In terms of transforming multiple aspects of your teeth at once, veneers are the perfect treatment. They’re certainly the most versatile cosmetic service we offer!
Getting veneers starts by scheduling a consultation with one of our dentists. We can examine your smile and discuss what goals you hope to accomplish with veneers. Once we have concluded that veneers are the right way for you to achieve your dream smile, we can go ahead and schedule the first of two appointments.
First, we prepare your teeth to receive the veneers by removing a sliver of enamel. Otherwise, the veneers would look bulky against the rest of your smile. Next, we take impressions of your teeth to create a model that is sent to a trusted dental lab. We might place temporary veneers in the meantime.
You’ll return to our office a few weeks later, when your custom-made veneers arrive at our office. We’ll make sure they meet all of your expectations before permanently cementing them into place.
Here are just a few of the benefits you can look forward to by transforming your smile with veneers:
Are you ready to get started on giving your smile a complete makeover with porcelain veneers? As excited as you might be, it’s important to be well-informed about any dental treatment before beginning. That’s why below, you’ll find the answers to a few veneers-related questions that our team gets asked frequently. Of course, we’ll gladly answer any additional questions that you may have during a consultation!
The primary goal of veneers is for all of your visible teeth to appear uniform. Therefore, most patients receive an even number of veneers to achieve that goal. Many people get six or eight veneers in order to create a symmetrical and attractive smile. However, others might require as many as ten or twelve.
That being said, it’s also possible to get a single veneer if you only have one tooth with cosmetic imperfections. Rest assured that this restoration will blend in perfectly with the rest of your pearly whites.
Veneers are not technically permanent since they will have to be replaced at some point. They are, however, considered an irreversible treatment.
To ensure that your veneers fit correctly on the teeth, a small amount of enamel must be removed. Enamel does not grow back, so the affected teeth will always need some sort of restoration moving forward for protection.
The average lifespan of veneers is about 10 to 15 years, but if you take good care of them, they can last for up to 30 years before they must be replaced. The most common reason why veneers fail sooner than that is due to structural damage (chips, cracks, etc.) that usually occur as a result of not properly protecting the underlying teeth.
To keep your veneers and teeth in good shape, you’ll want to avoid biting down on hard objects, using your teeth as tools, and grinding your teeth. You should also maintain a routine of brushing and flossing every day and visiting Real Dental for checkups and cleanings at least once every six months.
A tooth that has a cavity should not receive a veneer, as the decay could worsen under the veneer and become more difficult to treat later on. Not to mention, the veneer would ultimately fail. Gum disease can also hinder the veneers process because swollen gums can interfere with the impressions, making your final veneers ill-fitting. Bruxism (nighttime teeth grinding) is another issue that should be addressed before veneers are placed. The frequent pressure of grinding and clenching can weaken the bond between your veneer and your tooth, eventually causing the veneer to fall off.