Having stained, cracked, or chipped teeth may seem like a minor problem until you realize how much these issues affect your confidence and your smile. The same is true for having a misshapen tooth or a large gap between teeth. The good news is that you can disguise these blemishes with teeth veneers, a simple cosmetic dentistry procedure. Now that you know that, your next question is likely to be “How do veneers work?”
Understanding Dental Veneers
Veneers are typically constructed from porcelain because this material allows Dr. Desai of Glendora Family Dentistry to easily shape the veneer to the shape of your tooth. He also takes extra care to match the shade of the veneer to all of your teeth. A veneer, which is paper-thin and attaches to the front of your tooth, is a fast and permanent way to improve the appearance of your smile. In some cases, Dr. Desai must remove a small amount of enamel from the treated tooth to enable the veneer to fit securely.
The Process of Receiving Dental Veneers
During your first appointment with Dr. Desai, he completes an oral exam and takes an impression of your tooth. Our dental laboratory uses this impression to customize your veneer. You will also have the opportunity to review various shades of veneers at this appointment. When the laboratory returns your tailor-made veneer in approximately two weeks, someone from our office will contact you to come in for a final fitting. Dr. Desai then applies an adhesive, places the veneer on top of it, and uses a light laser to force the material to harden.
Dental veneers can last up to 10 years before requiring replacement. You can prolong its lifespan by brushing and flossing regularly as well as avoiding chewing extremely hard foods with the treated tooth. One of the major benefits of porcelain veneers is that they resist staining much better than natural teeth do. However, it’s still important to avoid eating dark-colored foods frequently, smoking, or consuming too much caffeine.
Getting dental veneers is a simple non-invasive procedure that can make a big difference in your confidence level. Please contact Glendora Family Dentistry today with additional questions or to schedule a consultation.