Your teeth perform numerous important functions. One of these functions is to provide you with a beautiful smile. However, when your teeth are affected by imperfections, even minor ones, the quality of your smile is diminished. Your confidence may also be shaken. At National Dental Hicksville, we can provide veneers, giving you a solution to minor imperfections.
What are Veneers?
Veneers are thin “shells” that are designed to fit over the front portion of your teeth. Once in place, they can fix a variety of minor cosmetic flaws. They require the removal of a small amount of enamel, unlike bonding, but require less enamel removal than a dental crown. This process ensures that your veneers will fit in perfectly amongst the rest of your teeth.
What are Veneers Made Of?
Veneers are typically made from one of two materials. Composite resin is a mixture of fine glass, plastic, and other materials. The other option is porcelain. At National Dental, we use porcelain, because it offers several benefits over composite resin. Porcelain is stronger. Moreover, while both materials match the color of your natural teeth, porcelain can better mimic the color (it can be stained and finished to perfectly match the color of your natural teeth), and it can imitate the light reflecting properties of enamel as well.
What Imperfections Do Veneers Fix?
Veneers can be used to fix some different minor dental imperfections:
- Small chips or cracks that only affect the enamel layer of your teeth.
- Gaps between your teeth.
- Slight overlapping of your teeth (that does not affect your oral health).
- Teeth that are misshapen or smaller than normal.
- Discoloration in your teeth that cannot be fixed with even professional whitening procedures.
Placing your Veneers
Placing your veneers is a fairly simple process that can be done under a local anesthetic. Once the anesthetic takes effect, your teeth are prepared or trimmed, a process that involves the removal of a small amount of your enamel. Next, we take an impression, which is then sent to our lab. The lab designs and creates the veneers. The process can take up to two weeks. You may not need temporary restorations while you wait, but they can be provided for aesthetic purposes.
Once your veneers are ready, we will check them for fit, and then place them. We first apply an acidic gel to the surface of your teeth, which goes to work creating a rough texture. The gel is then washed off and your tooth dried. Then we apply the bonding agent and set your veneers in place. The rough texture helps the bonding agent, and your veneers, to better adhere to your teeth. When you leave, you will have a bright, blemish-free smile.
Do Veneers Require Special Care?
Veneers do not require special care. They can be treated just like your natural teeth. This means that you should be brushing and flossing on a daily basis, which will help to eliminate plaque and oral bacteria. Avoid biting and chewing on anything too hard, as the porcelain can crack or chip. Moreover, be sure to maintain regular dental visits for cleanings and exams at least twice a year. By taking care of your veneers, they can last 20 years or more.
Veneers provide you with a beautiful, natural looking solution to minor dental imperfections. Contact National Dental Hicksville today at (516) 629-5086 to learn more.