Your smile can have a surprising impact on your life. It affects how people perceive you, and it can have a dramatic impact on your self-confidence as well. If you’re not comfortable with your smile, porcelain veneers may be a good option.
Porcelain veneers are small, custom-shaped shells that are attached to your teeth. Porcelain reflects light in much the same way natural teeth do, and it’s a very durable material. With proper care, your veneers should last 7-15 years before they need to be replaced.
Dental veneers can correct a host of problems, including:
- Gaps or spaces between your teeth
- Oddly shaped teeth
- Damaged enamel
- Worn down teeth
Are you a good candidate for veneers?
There are a few things that will make you a poor candidate for veneers. For example, your teeth need to be healthy. If you have tooth decay or gum disease, those problems need to be addressed.
Also, if you grind your teeth, you’re probably not a good candidate. The grinding can crack or chip your veneers.
You’ll most likely need two or three visits for your veneers to be completed. During the first visit, Dr. Saeghi or a member of his staff will prepare your teeth by removing a small amount of the enamel to make room for the veneer.
After your teeth are prepared, Dr. Saeghi will create a model to use to create a veneer that fits your teeth perfectly. He will make sure the color matches, as well as the size and shape.
It may take some time for your customized veneers to arrive back from the laboratory. When they do, you return for an appointment to have the veneers bonded to your teeth with a specialized resin cement. You may need to come in for a follow-up appointment in a few weeks.
Caring for your veneers
One of the advantages of porcelain is that it’s stain resistant and durable. However, you’ll need to follow a careful oral hygiene routine. Brushing twice per day and flossing once, along with regular visits to Modern Age Dentistry, are recommended.
Although porcelain veneers are stain resistant, all of the things that can stain your natural teeth might also stain your veneers. Coffee, tea, and smoking, for example, may stain your veneers. Foods that are high in acid, such as lemons or sugary foods, can wear down the stain-resistant resin on your veneers.
Basically, you should care for your veneers just as you would care for your natural teeth. Good oral hygiene at home, regular dental visits, and being careful with what you eat and drink should keep your veneers looking great for as long as possible.
Most people who get veneers are satisfied with the results. A study published in 2014 found that the most important factor in satisfaction involved the skills of the clinician. Dr. Saeghi and his staff are highly experienced, skilled professionals with a history of performing stellar work.
If you’re ready to change the way the world sees you, book an appointment online or by phone at Modern Age Dentistry for a consultation. Find out if you’re a good candidate, learn more about getting porcelain veneers, and what kind of results you can expect from the procedure.