People often don’t realize the amount of wear and tear their teeth experience throughout their lives. Eating hard foods can chip off or crack your enamel. Additionally, over time, acids from food, oral bacteria, and oral health conditions like bruxism can damage teeth and gums. These issues can erode surface enamel and cause cavities, inflammation, and stains.
Without oral intervention, your oral health and the look of your teeth can suffer. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Veneers can help. Veneers are one of the many solutions dentists recommend to improve their patients’ smiles.
Most people invest in veneers to treat a problem that doesn’t require more extensive orthodontic work. In a lot of cases, patients don’t have the money, time, or desire to invest in other cosmetic solutions, so they get veneers.
Veneers are similar to artificial fingernails. Imagine thin-yet-hard barriers that protect each of your teeth and perfect the appearance of your smile.
Although many types of veneers exist, the most common ones consist of porcelain or resin colored and shaped to look like your existing teeth. Whatever type of veneers you get, they serve the same purpose. They strengthen the teeth and hide cosmetic problems like mild chips, cracks, erosion, and stains. Veneers can even hide a gap between two teeth or other types of slight misalignment.
Additionally, when teeth-whitening treatments for deep stains fail, veneers can give you a whiter, stain-resistant smile.
During the initial consultation, you’ll receive an exam and x-ray and then another appointment will be scheduled to prepare your veneers. At the follow-up, we take away a thin amount of enamel from each tooth to guarantee that the veneers fit close enough to your teeth to look natural and prevent discomfort. We make an impression of each surface that is then used to shape the veneers and provide a color-matching service. We apply temporary veneers to protect your teeth until your fitting appointment.
Within approximately two to four weeks, we remove the temporary veneers and clean and polish your teeth thoroughly. We follow this process with a mild surface etching designed to help the new veneers adhere to your teeth. We then affix each one to your teeth and, if necessary, make additional tiny changes to ensure they fit comfortably.
Veneers can give you clean, healthier, stronger teeth and take years off your appearance. The best part is that you take care of them the same way you’d care for your natural teeth.
Dr. Izaz Khan at Ikon Dental Group in Plainville, CT helps you improve oral health. We want you to leave our office with a bright, happy, and healthy smile. We use proven general and cosmetic dental procedures and tools to make your experience as comfortable as possible.
For more information and to schedule a consultation, call our office at (860) 400-0196 or use our online contact form.