Have you ever found yourself looking at your smile and thinking, “If only this chipped tooth were fixed, I could have a perfect smile” or “If only I had white teeth, then I wouldn’t be embarrassed to smile”? If so, our Edgewood, KY dentists, have a solution to hide your minor flaws: dental veneers.
Our lifelike dental veneers are made of durable porcelain and are placed over your tooth surface. They can cover a multitude of flaws in your smile, including:
- stained or discolored teeth
- cracked, chipped, or broken teeth
- uneven teeth (too long or too short) or oddly shaped teeth
- worn-down teeth
- slightly crooked teeth
What are veneers? Veneers can even help maintain good oral health if you use them to repair damaged teeth. This is because you are protecting your tooth to prevent more damage, such as completely breaking a cracked tooth.
How Do Veneers Work?
Veneers take about 3 visits to our office for your updated smile. First, our Edgewood, KY dentists will have a consultation with you to determine whether veneers are the best option for you. If you decide veneers for teeth can improve your smile, then we will begin planning your smile. We may take digital X-rays that can let us see in minutes if your mouth is in good condition to receive veneers.
There are basically two options for veneers; one would be a bonded veneer which is a resin or plastic veneer. The advantage to that is that it is immediate. The dentist does have some control over the color because he is placing it that day and people walk out the door with a new white smile. The disadvantage to that is that it is not as stable as a porcelain veneer which does not stain or chip, it is more powerful and a porcelain veneer, I think, overall, would last longer for someone depending on their bite and their situation. It just depends on what is best for the patient.
Next, Edgewood, KY dentists will prepare your teeth. Using our painless anesthesia, he will remove a very thin layer of your enamel to make room for the veneer. If you are anxious about the procedure, we can increase your comfort with sedation options. Dr. McMahon will then need to take impressions of your teeth to send to our dental lab, where your custom veneers will be created. He’ll also use a guide to help you pick out the color that closely matches your teeth. If you have one tooth that will be covered with a veneer, he will make sure it’s the same color as your other natural teeth. If you are using veneers to cover stains, you can choose a brighter shade than your natural teeth.
On your last visit, Dr. McMahon will fit and bond your custom veneers to your teeth. Dr. McMahon will check to make sure your veneers fit comfortably. If he needs to make any final adjustments, he can do it before bonding the veneers. When your veneers are perfected, he will use a tooth cement and special light to harden the bonding to your enamel. Then, he’ll polish your veneers until they are shining and your smile is perfect!
How Long Do Veneers Last?
With proper care, our high-quality porcelain veneers can bring you beautiful smiles for as long as 20 years. Porcelain veneers are stain resistant, but it can help to limit staining drinks like soda, coffee, and tea to help keep them as bright as possible. It’s also a good idea to stop chewing on ice or hard candy that can damage your veneers and your natural teeth, too.
Dental veneers are no different from your enamel when it comes to your oral hygiene. You still need to brush and floss your teeth regularly and come into Edgewood Dental Care for regular dental cleanings and exams.
If you have minor flaws and want a quick, inexpensive way to fix them, we may recommend dental bonding instead. If your damage is more severe, you may be a better candidate for dental crowns. You can discuss these options with Dr. McMahon at your consultation.
Contact our Edgewood, KY office today to find out if dental veneers can give you the Hollywood smile you deserve. Call our Edgewood, KY dentists office at 859-474-7830 or fill out our convenient online form to request your consultation.