A smile makeover is a popular way to improve the way the teeth and gums appear and dental veneers remain one of the most preferred options to do that. Dentists use veneers as a single procedure or include it in a comprehensive smile makeover plan and the results are incredible. Continue reading to learn how veneers are used and when to consider them.
Overview of dental veneers
Veneers are thin sheets of porcelain that are produced individually for the patient in the dental laboratory to fit perfectly over the front side of the tooth. They are then bonded onto the tooth to make a durable and long-lasting restoration that masks dental imperfections and improves the smile.
The process of placing veneers is easy and straightforward. The dentist will only need to remove a small portion of the tooth enamel from the front side of the teeth receiving the veneers. The shaping and preparation process is necessary to provide a natural-looking and cosmetically-appealing result. Otherwise, the tooth will appear oversized and artificial. After the dentist is satisfied with the preparation, they will take impressions of the teeth, which will be used by the dental lab to produce veneers that match the exact specifications.
The dental lab will only use high-quality porcelain material to give the teeth a lifelike appearance. Porcelain has features similar to the natural teeth – it is strong and has the translucence of the enamel. The color can also be customized to match the rest of the teeth.
How dental veneers give the perfect smile
By covering the front side of the teeth with veneers, the dentist can create a smile that looks more pleasing to the eyes, a common goal for smile makeover patients. Veneers are applicable in multiple situations and are suitable for those who have worn or chipped teeth with severe discoloration that cannot be whitened with traditional whitening treatments.
The dentist might also suggest using porcelain as a quick teeth-straightening alternative to braces for closing or reducing gaps in between the teeth. Sometimes, wearing braces for several months might seem overboard if only one or two teeth are somewhat out of place. The dentist can fit a veneer over those teeth to restore them to their proper alignment, saving the patient from long orthodontic treatments since the process can be completed in only a few dental visits.
Using dental veneers with other treatments
Dental veneers are used regularly for smile makeovers as they can be highly effective when used along with other procedures. For instance, placing a veneer on every front tooth might not be all that is needed to get a perfect smile, since teeth whitening might also be beneficial. In this situation, the dental professional can whiten the smile and design the veneers to match the newly brightened smile. The veneers can also be customized to work with new crowns and bridges.
When wanting to learn more about dental veneers and how they pertain to a smile makeover treatment, contact the dental office to schedule a consultation with the dentist.
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