What You Need To Know About Dental Veneers
Porcelain veneers are a modern, revolutionary dental solution to improve the color, shape and look of your front teeth. There are many temporary solutions out there which provide little to no result or need to be repaired frequently. Porcelain veneers are different because they produce a dramatically white, beautiful smile that is permanent. Your dentists at Santa Rosa Dental Care in Santa Rosa, CA want to tell you the facts about porcelain veneers and why they are the state of the art way to improve your smile.
Porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile treatments available to fix many esthetic issues with your front teeth. They can restore your smile to greatness by fixing front teeth that are:
- Damaged or broken by injuries, accidents or trauma
- Cracked, chipped or unevenly worn from aging and other factors
- Overlapped or rotated due to genetics and other factors
- Spaced or gapped apart or improperly aligned
- Heavily stained or discolored from coffee, smoking or medications
Porcelain veneers are an investment in your smile that will pay many dividends. These are just some of the reasons why people in Santa Rosa, CA choose porcelain veneers:
- Porcelain veneers are natural-looking. They have a translucent quality that reflects light just like your natural teeth.
- They look delicate and beautiful, but they are durable, strong, and will last for many years.
- They are stain resistant, remaining sparkling white. They are the perfect choice for smokers and coffee drinkers who still want a white, beautiful smile.
- Porcelain veneer treatment is conservative because very little of precious tooth structure is removed to place the veneers.
Creating a New Smile with Porcelain Veneers
The first step in creating a new smile with porcelain veneers is to communicate exactly what you don't like about your smile with your Santa Rosa dentist. It's a great idea to bring in pictures of smiles you do like, as a starting point for discussion. It's possible to see how veneers would look on your teeth in one of several ways. A model of your teeth can be created over which wax “veneers” can be placed; sometimes acrylic (plastic) or tooth-colored filling material can be placed directly onto your teeth to demonstrate the effect veneers would have on them.
Once the plan has been agreed upon between you and your Santa Rosa dentist, your teeth will be prepared by removing a small amount of enamel, if this step is necessary. Molds of your teeth will be taken and used by a skilled dental laboratory to create your veneers, and you will receive a temporary set of veneers to wear during the few weeks it will take to create your permanent veneers. When the veneers come back from the lab, they will be cemented onto your teeth by your Santa Rosa dentist.
Caring for Your Veneers
Just like the teeth nature gave you, teeth restored with veneers need gentle brushing and flossing every day. This will remove dental plaque and ensure good gum tissue health around the veneers. Regular checkups at the dental office will remain as important as always to your oral and general health. And keep in mind that as tough as veneers are, they may not be able to withstand forces that come from using your teeth as tools (to open packages, for example) or biting into very hard foods like candy apples — which isn't good for your natural teeth, either! And if you grind or clench your teeth at night, you might be advised to get a custom-made nightguard to protect your veneers — and your investment.
Are you interested in learning more about dental veneers?
Call Santa Rosa Dental Care at (707) 921-1970 today!
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