Do you feel that your smile has lost its luster? Are your chipped, misaligned or discolored teeth making you embarrassed to throw your head back and laugh freely? If so, dental veneers can breathe new life into your smile and make you look and feel fantastic. Your Seymour, IN dentist can help you better understand what dental veneers mean for your smile.
How do dental veneers work?
Dental veneers are super-thin shells made from porcelain which cover the front of the tooth to mask its imperfections. Your dentist bonds the shells onto the teeth using dental-grade adhesives. Veneers can also be made from composite materials, in which case your dentist molds the veneer directly onto the teeth. Before placing the veneers, a small portion of enamel must be removed from the front of the teeth. A laboratory requires time to fabricate porcelain veneers, meaning that temporary veneers protect the prepared teeth until your dentist’s office receives the permanent restorations.
What imperfections can dental veneers repair?
Veneers can fix many issues with your teeth, including:
- discoloration or staining from darkly-pigmented foods and drinks or tobacco use
- yellowing due to normal wear of the tooth’s enamel
- wear from a tooth grinding habit
- chips or breakage which has changed the shape of the tooth
- slight under crowding causing gaps or slight overcrowding causing overlapping
- teeth with an odd or irregular shape
Are dental veneers right for me?
If you find yourself wishing your smile was brighter, straighter or whiter, you could benefit from dental veneers. Veneers create a whole new smile, allowing you to enjoy the effects of increased self-confidence. Great candidates for dental veneers have good general and dental health. Any procedures such as fillings or root canals should be finished before your appointment for veneers. Candidates should also have a strong at-home oral care routine to extend the life of both their natural teeth and new veneers.
The easiest way to determine if dental veneers are right for you is to consult with your dentist. For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Matthew Pierce, DDS at Jackson County Dental in Seymour, IN. Call 812-522-8608 to speak with an associate about your consultation for dental veneers today!