What Are Veneers?
Veneers are a dependable, affordable solution to imperfect smiles. We provide this cosmetic dentistry service to our patients in Mobile, AL. They are thin, tooth-colored porcelain shells that cover your natural teeth. Long-lasting and natural-looking, they can protect your teeth from further damage and give you the beautiful smile you desire.
How Do Veneers Work?
Because they are as resilient as tooth enamel, veneers protect the teeth from damage and can last many years. Veneers are custom-made to the contour of the patient’s teeth and bonded to the enamel over the course of one or two in-office procedures.
The Veneer Placement Process
Veneer placement follows these steps:
- If the patient’s teeth are particularly sensitive, local anesthetic may be used, but it usually isn’t necessary. The dentist cleans the tooth and determines the ideal shade, then removes a thin layer of enamel to make room for the veneer.
- The dentist takes an impression of the tooth and places a temporary veneer.
- Once the custom veneer has been delivered, the tooth is cleaned and the veneer is etched, rinsed, and dried, and finally cemented onto the tooth.
- A curing light helps harden the adhesive to attach the veneer to the tooth. The dentist polishes the veneer and removes any excess material.
Are Veneers Right for You?
Veneers are a fantastic option to address certain esthetic issues with one or more teeth, but they are not the best solution for every dental problem, as they can be pricey and some amount of natural enamel must be scraped away to make room for them. The best candidates are patients with:
- Worn down, chipped, or broken teeth
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Uneven or irregularly shaped teeth
- Gaps between teeth
Whether we are helping fill in a gap, lengthening a worn-down tooth, or covering cracks or chips, veneers can give you a fuller, more symmetrical smile — one that you can show the world with confidence. For patients with alignment issues or less severe discoloration, orthodontic and whitening treatment will usually be preferable. More severe damage to a tooth would likely benefit better from a crown.
Taking Care of Your Veneers
It’s important to take good care of your veneers once you have them so that they will last as long as they should before they need replacement. This mainly consists of the same good brushing and flossing habits you maintain for your natural teeth, and you can minimize the risk of them becoming stained by avoiding foods and drinks that stain, such as coffee and red wine.
Veneers Can Be Part of a Smile Makeover
A smile makeover goes beyond responding to dental problems as they arise. A smile makeover is a comprehensive cosmetic dentistry plan that’s uniquely suited to your own facial features and aesthetic preferences.
Our caring team and doctors focus on transforming ordinary smiles into brilliant, stunning smiles through our smile makeover process, often including veneers. Regardless of what your smile looks like today, we are confident that we can improve your smile.
How We Can Help With Veneers
You greet the world with your smile, and if you have discolored, uneven, or cracked teeth, it may be difficult to do so confidently. The good news is that we have a solution for you. Using veneers, we can help you change the color, shape, length, alignment, and spacing of your teeth.
Veneers may be the quickest, easiest way to enhance your smile. Often, in just two to three visits to our practice, you can have a brand new, gorgeous smile. Call us today at (251) 342-5323 and together we’ll determine if this is the best solution for you. If you’d like to learn more about our Mobile, AL practice, you can check out our business page. Make sure to get directions before you head our way!