If you’re self-conscious about your smile, flashing your pearly whites might be the last thing you’ll feel like doing. However, it doesn’t have to be. You can take the first step toward achieving the smile of your dreams by setting up a consultation with an expert in cosmetic dentistry. Porcelain veneers in Solana are one of the most popular treatment options they’ll likely recommend.
A porcelain veneer is a wafer-thin, custom-made, tooth-colored shell that dentists place over a tooth to improve its appearance and protect its front surface from damage.
Unlike other cosmetic dentistry procedures that require you to lose more of your natural teeth to get them, porcelain veneers involve minimal enamel removal. Dentists usually shave around 0.5 mm off the tooth to prepare it for a veneer procedure. Otherwise, the tooth will look large and awkward once the dentist attaches the veneer.
However, it’s worth noting that tooth health is vital for this treatment. Patients with tooth decay or other issues affecting the amount of enamel on their teeth may not be good candidates for porcelain veneers because the 0.5 mm of enamel that dentists remove could compromise the tooth’s structure.
Since porcelain veneers are custom-made to match your teeth, they’ll feel natural in your mouth. Additionally, porcelain material mimics the natural teeth’s light-reflecting properties. For this reason, you can expect them to fit your smile perfectly.
Unless you told your family, friends, and coworkers you had cosmetic dental work done, you and your dentist would be the only ones who’ll know you have veneers.
Did you know that porcelain veneers are better at resisting discoloration than your natural teeth? Since these customized shells work to brighten up your smile, they eliminate the need for periodic teeth whitening treatments. However, it’s important to note that good oral hygiene practices and being conscious of the foods you eat are necessary if you want your veneers to look their best for up to ten years or more.
Porcelain veneers can address multiple cosmetic issues, such as chips, cracks, and gaps, visible whenever you smile or talk. Some people choose dental bonding, which involves painting a tooth-colored resin onto the treated tooth to repair it and restore its appearance. However, countless others choose porcelain veneers to accomplish the same results that last far longer than bonding.
Patients with proportionally larger gums than their teeth can also benefit from getting porcelain veneers. If you have smaller teeth that make your smile look gummy, your dentist can use this treatment to make your teeth look larger.
After getting your porcelain veneers, all you have to do to keep them in tip-top shape is to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, and visit your dentist every six months. Since veneers are non-porous shells, they resist stains and cavities better than natural teeth. Additionally, they won’t require periodic adjustments or touch-ups.
At Inspire Smiles, our mission is to transform your experience of dentistry. We’re here to provide you with the highest level of comprehensive and individualized care in a relaxing environment. Contact us today to make an appointment.