The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry recently found that having an attractive smile makes you appear more intelligent, friendly, interesting, and successful. One very effective and popular way to improve your smile is with porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are placed on the surface of your existing teeth. They are used to improve the appearance of teeth that have become unsightly for a variety of reasons. Some veneer candidates have teeth that have become discolored due to their diet, oral habits, previous dental work, or prescription drugs. Others have chipped or uneven teeth, and some have alignment problems and distracting gaps between their teeth. In all of these cases, porcelain veneers can be a fantastic solution, and they are undetectable when placed in your mouth.
Before We Begin
Before the veneer process begins, you will have a thorough examination and consult with Dr. Schuster about your goals and what results you can expect. You may receive x-rays and dental impressions at this visit, and our staff will provide you with a treatment plan and cost estimate.
The Veneer Process
The first thing Dr. Schuster will do is remove a thin layer of enamel from each tooth to prepare the surfaces for the veneers. Another impression of the tooth will be made at this time and sent to the dental lab, and your permanent veneers will be made from that model. In the interim, you will have temporary acrylic veneers that will look and function just like your normal teeth.
At the next and final visit, your permanent veneers will be custom fitted to your teeth. Dr. Schuster will put the teeth in place and check for proper fit and color. Your natural teeth will be cleaned and slightly roughened to allow the veneers to bond strongly. After the veneers are attached permanently, Dr. Schuster will adjust your bite and make any final tweaks.
Caring For Veneers
Porcelain veneers require the same care as your other teeth. Good dental hygiene includes brushing twice a day and flossing. You should avoid beverages that can stain your teeth. Eating hard objects such as ice is discouraged. With proper care, your veneers can last ten years or more.
If you feel self-conscious when you smile, make an appointment to consult with Dr. Schuster and the Stonebridge Ranch Dentistry team about porcelain veneers. A beautiful smile is only a few steps away!