It’s amazing how much a tiny chip, crack, gap, or other imperfection in your teeth can affect the appearance of your smile. When you are not happy with your smile, you may become self-conscious about it. You do not have to live with a flawed, imperfect smile. Summit Dental Care can greatly improve your smile’s appearance with veneers.
The most popular material used for veneers is porcelain. This material provides incredible aesthetic benefits. Using a special shade guide, we can select a shade for your veneers that perfectly matches the color of your natural enamel. In addition to looking perfectly natural, porcelain is also fairly durable. The bite pressure at the front of your mouth is much less than the pressure at the back of your mouth, and porcelain can typically stand up to the normal forces exerted there.
A Minimally Invasive Procedure
Veneers are a minimally invasive procedure. While we do have to remove some enamel from the front portions of each tooth receiving a veneer, the amount we need to shave off is very small. We generally only need to remove about ½ a millimeter of enamel to properly fit them onto your teeth. This is much less enamel than we need to remove for dental crowns. You also require much less local anesthesia. In some cases, you might not need any at all.
Alter the Appearance of Your Teeth
Using veneers, we can completely transform the appearance of your teeth. Using veneers, we can eliminate the appearance of tiny chips or cracks. We can add length to short teeth or change the shape of oddly shaped teeth. Veneers can also eliminate stubborn stains that will not respond to whitening treatments, instantly whitening and brightening your smile.
An Alternative to Minor Orthodontic Issues
Gaps and overlapping are two common orthodontic issues. Even slight orthodontic issues can affect your smile. In many cases, orthodontic treatment is necessary to correct these issues. This might mean wearing braces or using Invisalign® aligners. These treatments are effective, but they may not be necessary for minor alignment issues. If your issues are small and do not impact your overall health, we can instantly improve them with veneers. Veneers can cover over gaps and slight overlapping, giving you straighter teeth in significantly less time than it would take with orthodontic treatment.
Veneers are Easy to Maintain
Maintaining your veneers is as simple as maintaining your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing normally are essential habits. In addition to protecting your tooth enamel from cavities, these habits help to reduce your risk for gum disease. Gum disease can lead to gum recession, which not only affects your oral health but ruins the aesthetics of your veneers as well. Brushing and flossing, along with routine dental visits, help to prevent cavities from developing along the borders of your veneers. Good oral hygiene can also help to keep your veneers bright and white. While porcelain is stain-resistant, it is not stain-proof. With good care, your veneers can last 10 to 15 years, or even longer.
If you are unhappy with your smile, we can help you to achieve one that you can be proud to show off. For more information on veneers, and to find out if they are the right solution for you, call Summit Dental Care at (208) 490-8141 today.