How Porcelain Veneers Can Improve Your Smile

Do you wish for a better looking smile? If you look at yourself in pictures or in the mirror and you aren’t satisfied with the look of your teeth, there are ways to make improvements. A smile makeover can transform your smile using a variety of treatments. Veneers are one cosmetic dental procedure that can give your teeth a facelift.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are a thin, artificial tooth layer that attaches to the front of your existing teeth. Veneers are usually applied only to the front teeth that are the most visible when you smile.

What are Veneers Made of?

Veneers can be made of porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain is usually the best choice because it more closely resembles natural tooth material. It is also strong and resistant to stains. 

Composite resin is the same material that is used to fill cavities. It can be made to match the color of your existing teeth. It is not quite as strong and durable as porcelain and it is also prone to staining or yellowing.

What Cosmetic Issues Can Veneers Correct?

Veneers can conceal a variety of cosmetic tooth issues, such as:

  • Gaps between the teeth
  • Discoloration of teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Cracked, chipped, or broken teeth
  • Teeth that are different lengths
  • Teeth that are slightly crooked (severely crooked teeth may require orthodontic intervention)

How are Veneers Applied?

Once your dentist determines that you are an ideal candidate, the process of getting veneers applied to your teeth requires just a few steps: 

  • Preparing the teeth. The dentist will prepare the teeth by shaving a thin layer (about half a millimeter) off the front of the teeth that will be receiving the veneers. 
  • Making an impression. A digital impression or mold of the teeth will be made and sent to a dental lab to create the veneers. This will take a week or two. 
  • Fitting the veneers. When the veneers come in from the lab you will go back to the dentist to have them fitted. The dentist will check to see that the veneers fit properly and that they are the right color to match your existing teeth. If there are any problems, the veneers will be sent back to the lab for adjustments. 
  • Attaching the veneers. If they fit properly and look right, the veneers will be permanently cemented into place. Before cementing, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and the surface will be roughed up a bit to help the veneers attach. The cement is applied along with the veneers and an ultraviolet light will be used to harden the cement.
  • Follow up. A few weeks after permanent attachment of the veneers, you’ll return to your dentist for a follow up appointment to ensure that they are functioning properly and remaining firmly in place. If there are any problems, the necessary adjustments will be made.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

Porcelain veneers can last at least 10 to 15 years, sometimes longer. Composite veneers tend to last only about 5 to 7 years before needing to be replaced.

Get a Dazzling New Smile at Smile Makers Comprehensive Dentistry

If you want a brighter, whiter, or better looking smile, veneers are a great way to get it. Smile Makers Comprehensive Dentistry can fit you with porcelain veneers so that you’ll feel confident enough to smile in pictures. In fact, you’ll be so happy with your veneers you’ll want to smile at everyone you meet. 

Ready to discuss the possibility of veneers with a dentist? Call 334-277-5498 today to schedule a consultation or request an appointment. We look forward to being a part of your smile transformation.