Petaluma dentist explains what you need to know about dental veneers treatment
Your smile and self-esteem are linked. A stunning smile helps you make a good first impression and makes you feel more confident in your personal and professional relationships. Cosmetic dental procedures such as veneers help patients achieve the brilliant smiles they deserve. Located in Petaluma, Dr. Jurina Smida and Dental Care and Wellness of Sonoma County explain the dental veneers treatment process as an option to transform patients’ smiles.
Porcelain dental veneers
Dental veneers were originally developed for actors and actresses. The veneers allowed them to temporarily transform their smiles. The technology, materials, and application process have improved over the years. Now porcelain dental veneers are available to everyone, not just celebrities.
Veneers are ultra-thin shells of porcelain. These shells are about the thickness of a fingernail and are adhered to the front of the teeth to alter the size, shape, or color. Various cosmetic issues are addressed with veneers. Common problems that veneers correct include:
- Discolored teeth, including tetracycline stains
- Chipped or fractured teeth
- Uneven teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Gapped teeth
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What you need to know about the dental veneer process
Before any cosmetic procedure, a consultation is necessary. This allows the dentist time to examine your teeth, review your health history, and discuss your goals and expected outcomes. The dentist can discuss the pros and cons of each option to help you make an informed decision based on your personal needs. We strive to provide quality treatments for patient satisfaction. Key points about dental veneers include the following:
- Veneers are custom-designed for each patient.
- The porcelain material looks and functions as natural tooth enamel.
- Veneers have multiple purposes in transforming the smile.
- The treatment is appropriate for addressing a single tooth or for transforming the entire smile.
Once you and your dentist have settled on porcelain veneers, the teeth must be prepped. The teeth are prepared by removing a tiny amount of surface enamel from the front of the teeth. An amount the thickness of the veneer is removed so the veneer lays flush with the tooth. Impressions are taken of the teeth and the dentist makes notes regarding the size, shape, and color of the teeth. A shading guide is used to select the appropriate shade of whiteness. The goal is to achieve an even, natural-looking smile.
Your information, dental impressions, and your dentist’s notes are sent to a laboratory. The information is used to create your custom veneers ensuring a smooth, natural finish. When the veneers are ready, you will return for an appointment to have them placed. Before placement, your teeth are cleaned and polished. An etching gel is applied to create a rough surface on the front of the teeth. This allows the veneers to bond more securely. If any residual bonding material remains, it is removed. Your dentist checks your smile and bite to ensure there are no problems. You can leave the office with a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
Uses for veneers
Veneers have multiple uses. They may be a first line of treatment for patients who are seeking options to transform their smiles or as an option after trying other procedures without getting the desired results. Veneers can address a single tooth or multiple teeth, depending on the individual’s needs. The custom design process ensures the veneers are fabricated in the appropriate color, size, and shape to naturally fit your mouth. Once applied, cosmetic imperfections are immediately covered, and the smile is enhanced. Dental veneers address teeth that are discolored, chipped, uneven, gapped, or crooked.
Cosmetic dental treatments have increased in popularity. Enhancing the smile is an easy way to boost self-confidence and improve the way you look. Veneers are a popular treatment with several smile-enhancing benefits.
- Thin – The material is no thicker than a fingernail so only a small amount of the tooth is prepared ahead of time. The ultra-thin porcelain lays flush with the natural tooth.
- Versatile – Veneers address and correct a variety of dental concerns.
- Long-lasting – Porcelain is sturdy and durable enough to withstand the natural functions of a tooth.
- Individualized – Veneers are custom-created using impressions of your teeth for a natural result.
To learn more about the dental veneers treatment process, contact Dental Care and Wellness of Sonoma County. Call (707) 781-8550 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Jurina Smida.