If one or more of your teeth are discolored or have aesthetic defects, dental veneers may be a good solution for you. Veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells made of materials like porcelain. They are an excellent alternative to crowns, and are used for aesthetic assistance and small chips than to actually repair major teeth issues. Veneers can transform a smile and restore self-confidence for those who have been hiding behind a smile they are not happy with.
Veneers can change the color of your teeth, correct small imperfections, and even change the shape of the tooth to look more natural. They can also mask chips or cracks, as long as they are not serious dental health issues.
Veneers are typically made from either porcelain or a resin composite. Porcelain veneers usually look more natural, and resist stains, but resin veneers can be made thinner, and require less removal of the surface of the tooth before being bonded. Dr. McCray will be able to determine the best material for your situation.
The process of applying veneers usually involves three basic steps. In the first step, Dr. McCray will discuss what results you want to see, and do a thorough examination to make sure your teeth are ready for veneers. Once the veneers are ready to be applied, a very small amount of the enamel will be removed, to achieve the best look and fit for your veneer. A mold will then be made of the tooth, and sent off to the lab for the actual veneer to be constructed. The final step is the bonding of the veneer to the tooth.
Veneers usually last between 5 to 10 years or longer. They do not require special attention or care, but good oral hygiene is imperative to keeping them in the best shape. For more information on veneers you may view this video from Mouth Healthy, from the ADA, Mouth Healthy Veneers
If you think you could benefit from dental veneers, contact Dr. McCray here at Diley Ridge Dental today! He and his team will carefully go over the process again with you, and find the best solution to give you a healthy and fabulous smile you will be proud of!