In an age of social media and selfies, more and more people want to improve their appearance. For many, this means improving their smile. At Victor Nitu DDS, we provide numerous cosmetic treatments designed to help you achieve a gorgeous, confident smile. One of these options is veneers.
What Do Veneers Do?
Even little issues with your teeth can leave you feeling embarrassed about your smile. Veneers offer a cosmetic solution for dealing with these small flaws. This treatment involves the use of small, very thin pieces of tooth-colored material that are then bonded onto the surfaces of your teeth. Once in place, they render the imperfections invisible, effectively covering them over. You are left with a beautiful, natural smile.
Types of Veneers
The most common materials for veneers are composite resin and porcelain. Composite resin is a tooth-colored plastic material. While fairly durable, it is more susceptible to damage than porcelain. These veneers typically require less enamel removal than porcelain however and are also more affordable. Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, may be more expensive, but they are also stronger and more natural in appearance. Regardless of the type of material you chose for your veneers, both of them are much less conservative than dental crowns. They are also a stronger alternative to dental bonding.
What Can I Expect During Veneer Placement?
Before placing veneers, we first conduct a consultation. This allows us to get a full picture of your smile so that we can make sure they are the best solution to meet your needs. To get veneers, we do need to remove a very small layer of enamel from your teeth. This is to ensure that they sit flush with the rest of your teeth, avoiding a bulky, unnatural appearance. Your veneers are then made from impressions we take of your mouth.
When we place your veneers, we first need to apply a special material to your teeth that create a rough texture. This is done to help enhance the bond between your teeth and your restorations. A special bonding agent is applied, and your veneers are secured into place. While the process does take two appointments, you do not typically require temporary restorations like you would with crowns. The result of your treatment is a beautifully restored smile that can also help to boost your confidence.
What Should I Know Before Getting Veneers?
Before you get your veneers, it is important to know that you will need to be in good oral health. This means that if you have any issues like gum disease or cavities, they will need to be addressed first. While we only remove a very small amount of enamel, once the enamel is removed, it cannot be undone. If you suffer from bruxism, veneers may not be a good solution. The dental cement between your veneers and teeth can come loose over time, resulting in the need for new veneers. You should also know that if you drink a significant amount of alcohol, this substance can dissolve the bonding agent, which can affect the stability of your veneers.
If you are interested in learning more about how veneers can help to improve your smile, call Victor Nitu DDS at (480) 536-8228 today.