Everyone’s mouth is different and whether or not you’re a candidate for veneers depends on your desired smile outcome. Come into the offices of Lee Dental for an honest consultation, try on veneers, and see if the smile you want is actually possible.
Veneers offer a natural appearance and can create a uniform look to your smile. The porcelain is unlikely to irritate your gums and the surface is resistant to staining. Veneers require less invasive work and shaping than other cosmetic solutions, such as crowns.
Before veneers are applied, the dentist will remove less than a millimeter of your enamel to make room for the porcelain covering. This ensures that your teeth remain about the same size and your bite stays true. You may need to be numbed during this part of the process.
First, a bonding glue is painted on your teeth and then the veneers are applied, using a specialized light to activate the adhesive. Next, the dentist removes excess glue, polishes your “new” teeth, and evaluates your bite, making corrections if they’re necessary.
Plan on two or three visits for a veneer application. Your first visit is a consultation and the second visit is the preparation and application. You’ll need a third visit sometime after the application to ensure that the veneers feel and look the way you want them to.
Depending on how you care for them, they’ll last for seven to 15 years. You’ll need to replace them to keep a consistent look.
Good dental habits should keep your teeth, including the veneers, looking and feeling good. Be sure to brush and floss daily. Although veneers are stain resistant, you might still want to avoid foods that cause discoloration, such as red wine and coffee.
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