Everyone wants a beautiful white smile, but unfortunately, life can get in the way of that. Beverages such as coffee, tea and wine stain teeth. A smoking habit will discolor teeth as well. Some people grind their teeth in their sleep or when they’re stressed, leading to further damage.
Even if you abstain from all of the above, sugary foods or letting your oral hygiene take a back-seat is enough to seriously change the appearance of your teeth. Thankfully, with modern dentistry and porcelain veneers, damaged teeth can look beautiful with a few short visits.
Veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic (porcelain) or a composite resin material, which are bonded to the front of teeth. This procedure requires little or no anesthesia and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth.
THE TYPICAL DENTAL VENEER VISIT
Patients typically choose dental veneers for aesthetic reasons. Your first visit would include a discussion with the doctor regarding your aesthetic goals and the kind of smile you would like to achieve. If the patient decides to move forward, pictures and a mold of your teeth are taken which are then sent to a dental laboratory. The laboratory fabricates the veneers based on the requirements that were discussed by the doctor and the patient. Afterward, the patient returns to have the veneers permanently inserted.
Maintaining porcelain veneers is actually quite simple: Treat them as you would your original teeth, with routine brushing and flossing. If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, we may recommend fiting you with a nighttime bite guard so you do not damage your veneers.