Something to Smile About
Feeling the need or desire to change the appearance of one or more teeth? Veneers can be done discreetly yet allow a person to dynamically change the way they are perceived with their new smile. They are placed on the front surface of the teeth to improve the shape, color, close spaces, repair decay and or to correct wear and trauma. They are no thicker than a finger nail, but do not let their dainty size deceive you, the transformations can be impressive! Please read on to learn more about enhancing your smile.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a thin, semi-translucent laminate permanently bonded to your teeth. While they’re not suitable for every patient, porcelain veneers are the most aesthetic alternative for a variety of dental conditions involving the front teeth, including:
- Diastemas (spaces between teeth)
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Unsightly, stained or washed out fillings
- Permanently stained or discolored teeth that can’t be bleached
- Crooked teeth
Advantages and Benefits of Dental Veneers
There are many benefits and advantages to having porcelain veneers placed on your front teeth:
- The procedure of placing cosmetic veneers takes only two appointments
- A conservative amount of tooth structure is removed during the porcelain veneer procedure
- Porcelain veneers are the most biocompatible material you can use next to the gingiva (part of the gum tissue that immediately surrounds the teeth and alveolar bone)
- A healthy “natural” look is achieved; in fact, porcelain veneers are the most esthetic restoration in dentistry
How are Cosmetic Veneers different from Bonding or Dental Crowns?
Bonding is a resin filling material that was used for several years to cover the front surface of teeth. Today, we generally use bonding only to fill in small surfaces or cavities and repair chips in teeth. A full dental crown is used when a tooth has had root canal treatment, or when a substantial amount of the entire tooth structure (enamel) has been lost. Cosmetic veneers can be placed on teeth to make your smile look natural and beautiful, while keeping as much natural tooth structure as possible.
How are Porcelain Veneers prepared and placed?
At the first appointment with Dr. Ty Etheridge, the teeth are prepared for the dental veneers and an impression is taken. This impression is then sent to a lab where each porcelain veneer is custom made to Dr. Ty's specifications. Beautiful temporaries (temporary dental veneers) are fabricated to simulate your new smile so you can expect to leave the first appointment looking better than when you came in. At the second appointment the new porcelain veneers are permanently adhered to the natural teeth.
What to Expect with Dental Veneers
Dental veneers can last indefinitely, depending on how well they are taken care of by the patient. Because porcelain veneers are stronger than simple bonding, they are also more resistant to stains and chipping. Even so, you must maintain regular oral hygiene at home, and visit us for routine cleanings and exams. This is to ensure that your new cosmetic veneers will continue to look as good as new. Another important point is that oral habits that damage natural teeth such as nail biting, opening bobby pins, and chewing on hard objects can also damage your new dental veneers. Once porcelain veneers are applied, just treat them like natural teeth. They look great and are extremely durable.
Seattle dentist Dr. Ty Etheridge has extensive experience with placing cosmetic veneers. We invite you to come to Etheridge Family Dentistry in the Seattle area to learn more about dental veneers and find out if porcelain veneers are right for you.
The Etheridge Team will custom design the veneers based on the clients needs, desires and personality.
Don't wait another day for your dazzling new smile, call for a complimentary consult today.