A Simple and Versatile Way to Improve Your Smile
The concept of veneers is simple and versatile: mask aesthetic imperfections to create more beautiful teeth. The thin layers or shells of porcelain are placed over the front surfaces of the teeth to hide cosmetic flaws. Unlike crowns, which encapsulate the entire exterior of a tooth, veneers are smaller and require little-to-no removal of tooth structure.
Treatment with porcelain veneers is only successful when designed and placed by a talented cosmetic dentist. Individuals seeking beautiful veneers in Sugar Hill trust the team at Dentistry of Sugar Hill for extraordinary results.
Are Veneers Right for Me?
Veneers may be a good cosmetic dentistry option for you if your teeth are healthy and structurally intact, yet cosmetically imperfect. Veneers can cover up any of the following problems:
- Small chips or cracks
- Stains or discoloration
- Small spaces between the teeth
- Unevenly sized teeth
- Abnormally shaped teeth
- Slightly crooked teeth
- Worn enamel
Keep in mind that veneers don’t address the root of the problem; they simply cover it up. Porcelain veneers are strong and can protect the surface of the teeth from further damage — possibly eliminating the need for more extensive dental treatment — but they are primarily used as a cosmetic solution.
If your dental problems are more significant or serious in nature, a reconstructive treatment option, such as a crown or orthodontic treatment, may be needed. A member of our dentistry team can evaluate your specific needs and recommend an appropriate solution.
The design and delivery of porcelain veneers usually takes two dental visits to complete.
To begin, the dentist will remove a small bit of your natural tooth structure to make room to accommodate the thin veneer. Although it is only a small amount of tooth enamel, the tooth will always need to have a restoration covering it.
A mold will be taken of the tooth or teeth receiving veneers. You and the dentist will pick out the shade of porcelain that most closely matches your natural tooth color. This information will be sent to the dental laboratory that customizes your veneer. A temporary veneer can be placed over your prepared tooth to protect it until your permanent restoration is ready.
When your permanent restoration is completed, it will be delivered to your dentist to place it. During that appointment, the temporary veneer will be removed and the permanent veneer placed over the tooth. The dentist will check the fit and make sure the veneer supports a healthy bite. Then, he will cement it into place over the tooth. Any final adjustments can be made as needed. Finally, the veneer will be polished so it looks beautiful and translucent.
Porcelain is a strong material that can withstand the normal forces of chewing and biting. However, it is not impenetrable. You must avoid chewing on anything hard that could fracture the porcelain. Also, continue to brush and floss your teeth normally, and schedule dental appointments every six months to have your veneer checked.
With the right care and attention, your veneer can last for many years.
Schedule a Veneers Consultation
If you would like to discuss porcelain veneers or another cosmetic dentistry treatment option with trusted dentists, schedule an appointment at Dentistry of Sugar Hill. Call or email our office today.