When the Hollywood elite want a more beautiful smile, they often turn to dental veneers.
Dental veneers are sort of the “holy grail” of all dental cosmetic treatments because they allow you to conceal a multitude of smile imperfections with just one procedure. If you’re self-conscious about discolored, broken, or misshapen teeth, dental veneers could be the key to getting the beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of.
But taking that important step of making an appointment can be daunting. Read on to learn more about dental veneers and how to decide whether they’re right for you.
Then, trust the dental professionals at Dream-Dentistry & Sleep Care to transform your smile! We’ll listen closely to your smile goals and together, we’ll create a plan that you’ll feel great about.
Call our Quakertown, PA office today at (215) 804-4777 to schedule an appointment.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin but durable shells custom-made to look like healthier versions of your natural teeth. They’re bonded to the front of your teeth to conceal dental imperfections such as:
- Discoloration. Bleaching treatments are only effective at removing stains on the outside of the teeth. If a tooth has been discolored from the inside, the natural color can only be restored by covering it up.
- Worn down teeth. Dental veneers are often used to “reverse” damage from years of teeth grinding.
- Teeth that are chipped or broken. As an added bonus, dental veneers have some restorative benefits because they strengthen and support the tooth.
- Misshapen or misaligned teeth. Dental veneers can make teeth more uniform in size and shape, which will correct irregularities in shape and spacing.
- Small gaps between teeth. Dental veneers are sometimes referred to as “instant orthodontics!”
Are There Different Kinds Of Dental Veneers?
Yes! At Dream-Dentistry & Sleep Care, we’re proud to offer two kinds of dental veneers: all-porcelain veneers and Lumineers®.
All-porcelain dental veneers are sort of the “classic” dental veneers. They’re thin pieces of porcelain or ceramic that are custom-made to look like natural teeth.
Porcelain veneers are thicker than other types of dental veneers, which makes them great for patients whose dental imperfections are quite extensive. They’re often lauded for their durability and stain-resistance.
Lumineers are a popular brand of dental veneers that are ultra-thin — about the thickness of a contact lens. Because of this, they require less preparation of the tooth before placement. They’re also highly translucent, so they look like a natural tooth. Like porcelain veneers, Lumineers can last 15 years or even longer with proper care.
How Are Dental Veneers Placed?
The process of getting your dental veneers generally takes several appointments. After our initial consultation, we’ll prepare your teeth for your dental veneers. This involves removing a small amount of enamel — the hard outer layer of your teeth — to accommodate the dental veneer.
It’s important to note that the amount of enamel we remove during this stage depends on the type of dental veneer you choose and your individual case. In some cases, we may not have to remove any enamel at all!
Then, we’ll take some images and impressions of your teeth. This will help us create veneers that look natural and fit seamlessly with the rest of your smile! It can take a couple weeks for your custom dental veneers to be ready for placement. Depending on your case, we may place temporary veneers for your comfort.
When it comes time to place your dental veneers, we’ll check the fit and appearance of the dental veneers to ensure they give you your desired look. Then, we’ll bond the dental veneers to your teeth with a special cement and harden or cure it with a light beam.
After we make any final adjustments, you’re free to leave our office and show off your beautiful new smile!
Are There Any Special Considerations Once You Have Your Dental Veneers Placed?
For the most part, you won’t have to do anything special to take care of your dental veneers. You’ll just treat them like your normal teeth, brushing twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing at least once a day.
You may want to be careful with certain habits and stain-causing foods and drinks. It’s best to avoid chewing pens or biting your fingernails to prevent dislodging a dental veneer. And enjoy problematic foods and drinks — like tea, coffee, and red wine — in moderation. These substances can stain your dental veneers. Bleaching treatments won’t effectively remove these stains from dental veneers; you’ll have to replace them altogether.
Call Us Today For Your ‘Dream’ Smile
Of course, the best way to find out whether dental veneers are right for you is to consult with a dental profession like Dr. Roeder or Dr. Kulp. They’ll be able to walk you through the specifics of your case, as well as whether there are other cosmetic dentistry procedures that will help you more effectively reach your smile goals.