At one time, dental veneers were typically only available to Hollywood movie stars and other celebrities. Recent advances in dentistry have allowed the veneers to become more affordable and more accessible to everyone who is looking to make significant cosmetic improvements to their teeth.
Dental veneers are essentially very thin layers of material, usually porcelain or resin, that are applied over the top of your regular teeth after removing a small amount of enamel to provide space for the veneers so that they look natural. Veneers can be used to conceal a number of cosmetic dental flaws including:
- Teeth that are too small
- Teeth that are too narrow
- Teeth that are chipped
- Teeth with ridges or other malformations
- Teeth that are stained or otherwise discolored
Once you have chosen to have dental veneers placed, it’s important to understand that the procedure is not reversible. The veneers themselves are not permanent and will need to be replaced after approximate five to ten years. How long the veneers last will depend on the type of material used to create them and your own oral health hygiene habits.
Are You a Candidate for Veneers?
If you’re curious as to whether dental veneers are a good option for you, call Rehoboth Beach Dental today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Leciejewski. Some of the things we will check for to make sure that dental veneers are right for you include:
- Your goals are in line with what veneers can accomplish
- You have a sufficient amount of enamel
- Your teeth are overall healthy and free from decay
- Your gums are healthy and you are either free from gum disease or have mild, well-controlled gum disease
- You are committed to practicing good oral hygiene habits
- You do not grind or clench your teeth
If you are a good candidate for dental veneers, we will schedule you to begin the veneer process.
Placing Dental Veneers
To prep your teeth, we will need to remove a thin layer of enamel. This usually requires a numbing agent or other anesthesia. Once this is complete, we will take impressions of your teeth and send them to the dental lab we trust with our restorations. We only choose top U.S. dental labs to perform our restoration work. This allows us to ensure that your restorations are of the best quality and that the work is done right the first time.
When your veneers are ready, it’s time for you to return to our office. Before we place your veneers, we will need to etch your teeth to give the bonding material a better gripping surface. Once we’ve checked the fit of your veneers and made any necessary adjustments, we will bond the veneers to your teeth with a special type of dental cement. A special light is then used that cures the cement to create a permanent bond.
Once we have made any final adjustments necessary, you will be free to go about the rest of the day and show off your new, beautiful smile!
Call our office today to discuss dental veneers with Dr. Leciejewski.