One method to improve your smile that is becoming more popular is the use of porcelain veneers. They are simple and versatile. Veneers are thin shells of ceramic that are bonded to the front surface of the teeth to improve appearance. Many things can be corrected by use of veneers including:
- Discolored teeth
- Worn down teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Uneven teeth
- Irregularly shaped teeth
- Gaps between teeth
What are the benefits of veneers?
When bonded to your natural teeth, the porcelain veneers are almost undetectable. They will look just like your natural teeth. They will be highly resistant to coffee, tea, or cigarette stains.
How long will porcelain veneers last?
With the proper care, porcelain veneers will last for over ten years. It is best to be careful when eating with veneers and never use your teeth as tools to cut or open things.
Am I a candidate for veneers?
If you are interested in getting veneers, first consult with your dentist if it is the best option for you. Dr. Burt and his staff at South Shore Dentistry is experienced with placing veneers and would love to help you determine if veneers would work for your situation. Once it is decided that veneers are to be placed on your teeth, an appointment will be made to get started. Dr. Burt will need to remove a small amount of enamel from the teeth to be treated. Impressions and x-rays will help in the creation of the correct size, shape and color of your veneers. The veneers will need to be created off-site and there will be a waiting period. Another appointment will be needed to attach the veneers with a strong bonding material.
Bonding is a process that uses resin, a durable plastic material, to fill in cavities, cracks, chips, improve color and close spaces between teeth. It can be used to restore a natural smile in only one office visit.
The process of applying bonding can be done in 30 to 60 minutes per tooth. First, the tooth surface needs to be roughened and a conditioning liquid will be applied. Dr. Burt will match your natural tooth color to one of the shades of resin. The putty-like resin will then be applied to your tooth. A process of molding and smoothing will take place as the bonding is formed to look natural. Once the correct shape is achieved, an ultra-violet light will harden the resin. Further shaping and polishing will then take place. You will leave the office with a beautiful, natural looking smile!