For those dental patients looking to improve their smile, porcelain veneers are a successful option. Unlike a crown that completely covers the tooth, a veneer is a super thin layer of a very tough porcelain, composite bonding, or ceramic. When bonded to a tooth, the veneer creates a natural, translucent, and perfect new surface. It improves the appearance of the visible portion of your tooth instantly.
To begin, you will need a consultation with your dentist, who should have know-how in cosmetic procedures. You should examine what you do not like about your smile and ascertain how you want it improved. Veneers may not be optimal for you. Other cosmetic dental procedures are available that may be a better fit for the characteristics you wish to change.
Porcelain veneers can fix many minor to moderate issues, including the size, shape, and color of your teeth. Gaps between teeth can be filled, as well as the lengthening or shortening of teeth to complete your attractive smile.
Your dentist will also discuss both types of veneers: “traditional” and “prepless.” Before a traditional veneer is put on the tooth, the dentist first removes a very thin layer of enamel. Enamel cannot be replaced, which is one reason this treatment plan is irreversible.
The second method is called “no-prep” or “prepless.” With this type, enamel removal is generally not needed. When no enamel is removed, the treatment can be reversible. However, this treatment plan has specific criteria.
Moreover, it is possible to use both types of veneers for multiple teeth, depending on the condition of each tooth.
Your dentist will help you evaluate your unique needs and advise you on how to reach your goals. Once you and your dentist have created a dental plan, your dentist will work with a laboratory and dental team to assure everything is carried out as discussed.
If you do not have a cosmetic dentist, we invite you to visit us at Yuma Family Dentist. WE offer dental implants, Invisalign, sedation dentistry and more. Call 928-783-0804 today to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation.