Veneers

Transform Your Smile

Veneers are a common form of cosmetic dentistry that is similar to crowns and bonding and can help to correct any imperfections in your smile. Veneers can drastically improve your overall appearance and can be a simple and easy alternative to similar dental options. A dental veneer is made up of a very thin layer of a porcelain or composite material that is permanently applied to the tooth’s surface. Veneers are a highly coveted procedure thanks to their natural looking appearance and permanence.

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Who Can Benefit From Dental Veneers?

When you elect to have veneers placed on your teeth, you are rewarding yourself with an improved smile and boost self-confidence and self-esteem. Plus, you can avoid any possibly painful procedures to correct a number of cosmetic ailments. Dental veneers are recommended to patients who are suffering from any of these common issues:

  • Broken, chipped, or cracked teeth
  • Extremely discolored teeth
  • Crooked, uneven, or misshapen teeth
  • Small gaps between teeth
  • Teeth that are worn down

Veneers are made of tooth colored materials so they blend in beautifully with your natural teeth. In many cases, the veneers can make your smile look 10 times more radiant than before the damage occurred!

What Can Be Expected From Veneers

Veneers are intended to look and feel just like regular teeth. They are bonded to your pre-existing tooth, and it will not affect your ability to chew or talk comfortably. When made of porcelain, veneers can be stain-resistant, although it is recommended you avoid excessive exposure to things that can discolor your teeth, such as red wine, coffee, and cigarette smoke. Aside from this, the process of maintaining veneers is no different than your regular teeth cleaning process. Treat them as you would your regular teeth and make sure you brush, floss, and rinse your mouth at least twice a day or after meals.

The process of being fitted for veneers typically requires two dental visits. During your initial consultation with Dr. Susana Kulangara, you can discuss your options and chose whether porcelain or resin is a better choice for you. Once the material and the overall process have been discussed, an appointment will be made to prepare the tooth for the veneer. Less than a millimeter of enamel will need to be removed from the surface of the tooth in order to allow the veneer to fit comfortably. One of the benefits of composite veneers is that they require less enamel to be removed than porcelain. An impression is also made and sent to a lab where the veneers will be made. A follow up visit is required to bond the veneers to the tooth. A cleaning is done and then the veneer is placed and securely bonded to the tooth using dental-grade cement and a specialized blue curing light.

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