Everyone wishes to have a beautiful smile. Unfortunately, teeth often have issues such as tooth decay, staining, cracks, etc. that make us keep our mouth closed instead of brightly smiling. With the advancements made in dental technology, thankfully, there are ways to restore a smile, creating a straight and white smile that you want to show off. One option for restoring a smile is known as dental veneers. The process involves adding custom created ultra-thin shells to the front surface of the teeth to create a cohesive look. Here at Colin M. McKinney, DMD, we can help with dental veneer applications to restore your smile.
What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are ultra-thin shells we custom made from materials such as resin composite or porcelain to cover the outer surface of the teeth. The shells are created to give you a white and straight smile, improving the overall appearance of your teeth. The shells will be bonded to the front of the teeth, customized to your appearance.
Our office can easily review your teeth and determine if dental veneers will provide you with the look you would like to see with your teeth. There are several instances in which veneers can work to improve the smile.
Common Issues Veneers Can Repair
There are several conditions affecting the teeth that can be repaired with dental veneers. When your teeth are discolored, from stains, too much fluoride or root canal treatments, veneers can provide a cohesive look. When teeth are worn down, veneers can be used to increase the size for a perfected smile.
Teeth that are chipped or broken can also be repaired with veneers. The affected area can be covered with the veneer, allowing the issue to be unseen. Uneven teeth shaped oddly or misaligned can also benefit from veneers. If you have gaps between your teeth, veneers can be used to close the space.
Dental Veneer Procedure
The process of applying dental veneers can take a few trips to our office. We will have to complete a consultation as well as having the veneers made and then applied. We begin with the diagnosis and treatment planning stage. We will examine your teeth and discuss whether or veneers will work and how the procedure will be completed. X-rays may be taken or impressions for the veneers.
When it is time for the application phase, the teeth will have to be prepared. A small portion of the enamel will need to be removed from the surface so that the veneer can be bonded to the tooth. Once the veneers have been created and the teeth prepped, the veneer will be bonded to the tooth. The veneer will be placed in the right spot, with the dentist ensuring a perfect fit. Any trimming will be done at this time to ensure the veneers look as normal as possible.
Cement is applied to the veneer which is then placed on your tooth. In no time, you will have a beautiful smile that you are proud of, free of any imperfections.
For more information about dental veneers, call the experienced professionals here at Colin M. McKinney, DMD at (772) 266-2223 today!