Do your teeth have imperfections? Even minor imperfections can lead you to cover your mouth when you laugh or refuse to smile altogether. When you hide your smile, you could be giving off the wrong impression to others around you. At National Dental Douglaston, we understand how important a beautiful smile is. For this reason, we offer several cosmetic options to restore your teeth. One option we provide is veneers.
WHAT ARE DENTAL VENEERS?
Veneers are thin, shell-like restorations. They are designed to cover the front portion of your visible teeth, masking minor imperfections in your teeth. To blend in with the rest of your teeth, the affected tooth needs to be prepared. This involves removing a small amount of enamel. Once the veneers are set in place, you are left with a gorgeous smile and no hint that any damage lies underneath.
USES FOR DENTAL VENEERS
There are multiple uses for veneers, including:
- Covering small chips and cracks
- Masking gaps between your teeth
- Providing a natural shape to misshapen teeth
- Giving you back a white smile when professional whitening cannot
WHAT MATERIALS ARE USED FOR VENEERS?
There are two types of materials often used for veneers – composite resin and porcelain. While composite resin is more affordable and can blend in with the rest of your teeth, the material is highly susceptible to damage. Porcelain, on the other hand, can be made to perfectly match the rest of your teeth. It is also stronger. Although it’s not invincible, it can stand up to normal biting and chewing forces. Porcelain can last 20 years or more.
HOW YOUR VENEERS ARE PLACED
Veneers are a cosmetic option that requires two visits. During the first visit, we prepare your tooth, which is done under a local anesthetic, removing a small amount of enamel. We then take an impression of your mouth. The impression is sent to our lab and used to create your custom veneer. It can take up to two weeks for the veneer to be sent back to us. For many patients, a temporary veneer is not needed, but one can be provided for a temporary aesthetic fix while you wait.
When your veneer is ready, we will check it for fit. If it looks good, we then move on to placing it. This involves the use of an acidic gel, which creates a rough texture on your tooth. A rough texture helps the veneer to bond better. The tooth is cleaned and dried, and the dental cement applied. Your veneer is set securely in place, and you are left with a beautiful new smile.
CARING FOR YOUR NEW SMILE
Caring for veneers is no different from caring for the rest of your natural teeth. First and foremost, regular brushing and flossing are a must. While veneers cannot experience decay, they can still collect plaque and bacteria, which can lead to gum disease and decay to surrounding teeth. Avoid biting down or chewing on anything hard, as you can fracture the porcelain. Regular dental cleanings and exams are an important part of maintaining good oral health and ensuring that your veneers are in tip-top shape.
If minor imperfections have marred your smile, veneers can help. Contact National Dental Douglaston at (718) 557-9882 to learn more!