Are veneers right for me?
Veneers offer a simple way to improve your smile, although they're not appropriate for every situation. Warren Gase, D.D.S., shares information with Cincinnati residents about the process for obtaining veneers.
What are veneers?
Dental veneers are very thin shells that fit over the front of your teeth. Veneers may be made of porcelain or plastic and are used to change the color or shape of your teeth.
Who can benefit from veneers?
Veneers can hide a variety of problems, including the following:
- Tetracycline stains
- Darker areas in your teeth caused by large fillings or a root canal
- Gaps between teeth
- Crooked or uneven teeth
- Dull or yellow teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Oddly shaped teeth
What's the first step?
Will I experience any pain?
During your second appointment, your dentist will remove a very thin layer of enamel on the front surface of your teeth. Removing this layer is necessary to ensure a good fit for the veneers. Some patients are more comfortable with a little local anesthesia during this step, but others don't find it painful and don't need anesthesia.
When will I get my veneers?
During the second visit, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and send it to a dental laboratory. Lab technicians will use the impression to create custom veneers, which will take a week or two. At your next appointment, your dentist will bond the veneers to your teeth. Before he attaches the veneers to your teeth, he'll make sure that the color and fit is correct. When you are both satisfied with the look of your new veneers, a laser will be used to help harden the dental cement.
Is it difficult to care for veneers?
If you can brush and floss, you can care for veneers. It's best to avoid abrasive toothpaste because it can scratch your veneers, but otherwise, you'll follow your normal oral hygiene routine.
How long will veneers last?
Veneers can last 20 years or more if you follow care instructions.
Veneers offer a permanent way to improve your smile without extensive dental work. If veneers sound like the right option for you, call Cincinnati veneers professional Warren Gase, D.D.S., at (513) 931-3001 today.