Cosmetic Dental Veneers are a cosmetic dental treatment used to improve the appearance of teeth with slight imperfections. If the teeth are discolored, chipped or slightly crooked, veneers will give the teeth a better shape and color. So, when are dental veneers a good cosmetic treatment? You would need a dental exam and a dentist’s feedback to know that. As for the rest of the questions you may have, keep reading and have them answered in our guide to Cosmetic Dental Veneers.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN GETTING COSMETIC DENTAL VENEERS
- Dr. CHERRY WILL ONLY RECOMMEND VENEERS AFTER A DENTAL EXAM
Each dental patient has their own unique needs. Their overall health, their oral health and the alignment of their teeth will determine if cosmetic dental veneers will improve their smile. That is why Dr. Cherry will conduct a thorough dental exam before recommending veneers.
Depending on the results of the dental exam, Dr. Cherry and his experienced staff will do one of three things. They may start the process of putting in dental veneers, or they may start the patient on other cosmetic dental treatments as preparation for the dental veneers. Dr. Cherry may also recommend an entirely different dental treatment. Here are some common scenarios Dr. Cherry will have to deal with when putting in dental veneers.
Severely crowded, gapped or crooked teeth that need to be corrected with orthodontic treatment before cosmetic dental veneers are fitted.
A narrow jaw that causes crowded teeth, which must be corrected with a jaw expander before dental veneers are fitted.
Cavities, gum disease, TMJ and any other existing conditions, which need to be resolved before dental veneers are put in.
For certain conditions, Dr. Cherry will recommend alternatives to dental veneers. For example, teeth whose structures have been severely damaged by bruxism, injury or decay will have to be restored with crowns or even dental implants.
- COSMETIC DENTAL VENEERS REQUIRE A TWO-STEP PROCEDURE
Cosmetic Dental Veneers are not fitted in a single dental visit. During the first visit, Dr. Cherry will perform a complete dental exam, and if a patient is deemed suited for dental veneers, Dr. Cherry will start the process of fitting them and then he will make a mold of the patient’s teeth.
The mold will be sent to a lab and used to make the dental veneers. Meanwhile, Dr. Cherry will help the patient design the perfect smile and choose the shape and color of the veneers. They will then prepare the surface of the patient’s teeth for the placement of the cosmetic dental veneers and conclude the visit by placing temporary dental veneers on the teeth. During the second visit, Dr. Cherry will place the permanent dental veneers.
- THE RESTORED TEETH WILL BE SHORTER WITH THINNER ENAMEL
To accommodate dental veneers, the surfaces of the teeth must be prepared by removing some enamel. The teeth may also have to be made shorter and thinner to make space for the dental veneers. While placing dental veneers is not as invasive a process as dental crowns, it still involves altering the structure of the teeth. Not to fear, however, as an anesthetic is used to numb the teeth before they are altered, so getting dental veneers is a painless process.
- HOW LONG VENEERS LAST
The durability of cosmetic dental veneers depends on two things: how well they are cared for and the material they are made from. Most veneers are made from porcelain or dental resin. Porcelain is tougher and more durable than resin, but if a person has bad dental habits, the dental veneers will chip and stain no matter what they are made of. When taken care of, veneers will last decades.
GIVE YOUR SMILE A BOOST WITH COSMETIC DENTAL VENEERS
If you want to improve the appearance of your teeth, call Dr. Cherry and find out if dental veneers will do the trick. They are a popular cosmetic treatment that gives great results.
Request an appointment: Dr. Marti Cherry at (704) 831-6349 for an appointment in our Charlotte NC Dentist Office.