A beautiful smile can boost your confidence improving your personal and professional lives. As a simple, yet dramatic way to improve an individual’s appearance, cosmetic dental procedures have increased in recent years. Located in Phoenix, AZ, the team at Biltmore Dental Center offers dental veneers as an option to transform your smile. Our team is available to help you make an informed decision for all of your dentistry needs.
What are veneers?
Originally designed to enhance Hollywood actors’ and actresses’ smiles, veneers are no longer for the Hollywood elite. Veneers are used to transform the appearance of a tooth. They can be used on a single tooth or multiple teeth as part of a smile makeover. Made of porcelain, the ultra thin shells are bonded to the front of the teeth to change the aesthetic. Veneers can address various cosmetic issues including discolored, chipped, gapped, or misaligned teeth.
What you need to know
Once you have decided to alter your smile, you need to understand the purpose, process, advantages, and disadvantages of potential procedures. During your consultation with Biltmore Dental Center, your dentist will examine your teeth, discuss your medical history and lifestyle, and discuss your cosmetic options including the pros and cons of each procedure. This allows you and your dentist to choose the best procedure to meet your unique needs. For veneers, there are key points to remember.
- Veneers are custom-created for each patient.
- The porcelain material looks like tooth enamel. It is also durable enough to act as a natural tooth.
- Aesthetically, veneers have multiple uses to transform your smile.
The veneer process
During your dental consultation and examination, your cosmetic options will be discussed to determine the most appropriate treatment to improve the appearance of your smile. To begin the veneer process, the teeth must first be prepped. This is done by removing a tiny amount of enamel from the teeth to be treated. Veneers are less than 1mm in thickness. That amount must be removed from the tooth to make sure the veneer lies flat and flush with the tooth. This creates a smooth, natural look. Impressions are taken of your teeth. Your dentist writes down notes about the size, shape, and color of your teeth. The teeth are color matched to a shading guide to ensure a natural look. If the goal is to improve stained or discolored teeth, the desired shade of whiteness is selected.
Your dentist’s notes and the impressions of your teeth are sent to a laboratory where the veneers are fabricated. The information and impressions are used to create your custom veneers ensuring a proper fit and aesthetic. Once ready, another dental appointment is needed to have the veneers bonded. First, the teeth are cleaned and polished with an acid etching gel. This creates a rough surface to which the veneers can bond. Then, the veneers are cemented to the teeth. Any residual material from the application process is removed. You can leave the office with your brand new smile in place.
Multiple uses for veneers
Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dental option. They may be the first line of treatment for patients or an option for patients who have tried other procedures without achieving the desired results. Veneers may be used to change the appearance of a single tooth or multiple teeth as part of a smile makeover. Using personal customization based on color, size, and shape, the end result is a natural-looking smile. Once adhered, veneers provide immediate gratification in addressing cosmetic imperfections and improving your smile. Veneers may be an option for the following concerns:
- Discolored or stained teeth, including tetracycline stains
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Uneven teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Crooked or misaligned teeth
Benefits of veneers
Veneers effectively disguise dental imperfections giving a number of smile enhancing benefits.
- Veneers are ultra thin porcelain shells. About the thickness of a fingernail, veneers lie flat and blend with the natural tooth.
- They are versatile and can address various cosmetic concerns.
- The material is sturdy, durable, and long-lasting.
- Veneers are custom-created based on impressions of your teeth for a natural result.
If you are searching for ways to alter your smile, consider porcelain veneers. Let the team at Biltmore Dental Center protect the health and beauty of your smile. We keep Phoenix smiling. Call (602) 954-8200.