Do your front teeth suffer from multiple aesthetic imperfections? Instead of undergoing a whole bunch of different cosmetic dentistry treatments, you can address all of them in one fell swoop with veneers. Using this incredibly versatile treatment, Dr. Tristan J. Parry can essentially give your whole smile a makeover at once. If you’ve been dreaming of having a flawless smile but you’re not quite sure where to start, contact Magnolia Shores Family Dental to schedule your consultation for veneers in Summerfield.
A veneer is a thin shell the color of tooth enamel. While older veneers were made of composite resin, most dentists today use dental porcelain because it’s much more durable and stain-resistant. When placed over the front-facing surfaces of your teeth, veneers can instantly conceal a wide variety of cosmetic imperfections, such as:
First, you’ll need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Parry. During this visit, you’ll have the chance to discuss your smile goals with him. From there, he can develop a personalized treatment plan for you. If you decide to move forward with veneers, know that the process usually takes two appointments.
We’ll begin by preparing the teeth that will receive the veneers. This step involves removing a bit of enamel so that the veneers won’t look bulky in your smile. Next, we’ll take impressions of your prepped teeth. While the lab is crafting them to perfectly mimic your natural pearly whites, we can place temporary veneers in the meantime.
Your final veneers will be ready in about two or three weeks. At that point, you’ll come back to our office and we’ll permanently bond them into place, instantly transforming your smile!
Here are just a few of the numerous advantages of veneers:
Do you want to know more about veneers in Summerfield? Dr. Parry answers some of the most common patient questions about veneer treatment in the section below. If you still have concerns after reading these frequently asked questions, do not hesitate to give our office a call!
Technically speaking, veneers are not permanent since they will eventually have to be replaced. However, a small portion of enamel is removed to make room for veneers. Since enamel does not grow back, this makes veneer treatment irreversible. Once your teeth have been prepared for veneer treatment, they will always need to be covered with crowns or veneers.
Veneers are designed to attach to the front of teeth to conceal dental imperfections. In contrast, crowns are shaped to cover an entire tooth and are roughly twice as thick as veneers. That extra thickness helps crowns to protect worn or cracked teeth or restore a tooth after a root canal. Instead of restoring damaged teeth, veneers are primarily a cosmetic treatment that can rejuvenate the appearance of a person’s smile. In general, veneers require much less trimming of enamel to place and don’t show a gum margin after several years the way crowns often do.
While wearing temporary veneers, you should avoid hard foods like candy, raw fruits and vegetables, and ice, as they could break the restoration. In addition, beware of sticky foods like caramel or toffee that could pull the veneers off your teeth.
Once your permanent veneers are in place, you will be able to enjoy most of your favorite foods again without worry. However, you’ll still want to avoid extremely hard or crunchy foods.
In addition, although permanent veneers are more stain-resistant than natural teeth, drinking excessive amounts of coffee can still darken them over time. Finally, if your teeth are sensitive for a few days after getting veneers, avoid consuming hot or cold foods and drinks.
Research has shown that wider smiles are considered more attractive because the asymmetrical teeth are more balanced. “Narrow smiles,” on the other hand, are more likely to hide teeth. If you want to widen your smile, veneers from a cosmetic dentist in Summerfield are one of the quickest ways to do so. When in place, veneers can make teeth look fuller than they actually are. If you need more extensive change, you may be better off getting braces to widen your smile.
While veneers are an excellent cosmetic solution for many people, not everyone is a good candidate. For instance, you should not get a veneer placed on a tooth that has a cavity. The tooth decay would likely grow worse underneath the veneer and become more difficult to treat.
Gum disease can also interfere with the veneer process. Infected gums often swell and bleed, which can make it difficult to obtain the impressions needed to craft custom veneers. Gum disease can also lead to receding gums, which would reveal the margin of the veneers.
Finally, if you grind your teeth at night (also known as bruxism), you may not be a good candidate for veneers. A 2017 study published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) website found there was a higher rate of debonding (falling off) porcelain veneers in bruxism patients.