Dental veneers are multifunctional by nature and can help you achieve the smile you want through a simple procedure. Whether you are looking to change the color, shape, or size of your tooth; seeking to repair a damaged or chipped tooth; or trying to prevent enamel breakdown in the future, veneers from Dr. Alaa AlWazzan DMD PC can do it all!
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are thin pieces of plastic or, more commonly, porcelain that can be attached to one’s teeth in order to accomplish a variety of cosmetic and/or dental goals. These goals may be color or shape correction, strengthening, or repair after a previous dental procedure. The veneers themselves are made of thin layers of ceramic material and are attached to the teeth with another thin adhesive layering.
Why should I get dental veneers?
Dental Veneers are a great option for those seeking to alter or correct minor flaws in their teeth. The reasons that many people request veneers can be color correction, tooth protection, shape reformation and more. Whether your reasons are cosmetic or medical, veneers may be the perfect way to help you feel more satisfied and confident in your smile. Some of the reasons people get veneers include, but are not limited to fixing problems such as:
- Uneven surfaces on the teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Discoloration from smoking, coffee, or tea
- Uneven spaces between teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Minor malocclusion
- Discoloration from injury or previous procedures
Pros/Cons of dental veneers:
When making the decision whether or not to get veneers, you should talk with your dentist and consider these benefits and possible setbacks of the procedure:
- Veneers are customized to each individual patient, making them indistinguishable from one’s real teeth.
- Not only do they look just like your normal teeth, but they act like it too. Veneers are strong, durable, and able to withstand most anything.
- Veneers can prevent future enamel breakdown and future staining from coffee, smoke, or tea.
- The procedure is fairly quick with only three appointments: planning, preparation, and bonding.
- In contrast to getting crowns, veneers leave your teeth mostly intact with only a minor alteration performed.
- The whitening power of veneers is unmatched by other treatments, strips, or procedures.
- When applying veneers, a portion of the natural tooth is altered, making it an irreversible procedure.
- Once the veneers are prepped using your teeth as a mold, it may take up to a week to create the actual set and apply them.
- After the procedure, due to the reduction in enamel, you may experience some heightened sensation to hot and cold temperatures.
What is the process of getting veneers?
Prior to getting veneers it is important to meet with your dentist and make sure this is the right choice for you. Your dentist will assess your smile, answer any questions, and plan your next appointment if together you decide that veneers are the best option to accomplish your goals.
During the preparation appointment, about ½ millimeter of your tooth enamel is buffed off in order to prepare for the veneers. This is done so that the new veneers fit correctly and look natural on your teeth. This appointment is also when your dentist will make a mold of your teeth in order to create the best-fitting set possible.
In the last appointment, the fabricated veneers are placed on your teeth in order to correct any color discrepancies or to alter any size problems. Once the “perfect set” has been created, we clean your teeth and will then apply a light-sensitive bonding agent between your teeth and the veneers. The bond is then set using a special light and your new, beautiful smile is ready to go.
Post-care treatment is important, but very simple: treat your veneers as you would your teeth. Brush and floss regularly, protect them from injury, avoid nail biting, and remember teeth are not tools. Post-procedure checkups are highly recommended to make sure everything has set well and that all your cosmetic goals have been met.
Making an Appointment with a cosmetic dentist in Quincy, MA:
If veneers sound like the right option for you, contact us today! Our office in Quincy, MA and our team of highly skilled professionals would love to sit down with you and answer any questions you may have. You can schedule your appointment online, or call us today.