When it comes to self-presentation, a great smile can go a long way. Your beautiful smile is quite often one of the very first things that people you meet will notice about you. If you are not happy with the appearance of your teeth, even the smallest of flaws can result in you wanting to avoid laughing and smiling. At Prosthodontics of Princeton, we offer ceramic dental veneers — a great cosmetic dentistry treatment that can improve your smile and appearance dramatically.
The appearance of your teeth is an important aspect and has more influence than you might think. With the right treatment like dental veneers, anyone's mouth can be transformed in just a short amount of time.
A great smile has become increasingly important to us. This is especially true if your teeth aren't white and straight as it can make you feel self-conscious and lower your self-esteem.
What Are Veneers?
Dental veneers have proven to be a popular cosmetic solution. They are made from hard-wearing materials like ceramic and porcelain and are custom-fitted to your teeth exactly, so you get the perfect fit that's tailor-made just for you. Veneers resist stains well and cause minimal interference with how natural your teeth look.
Wafer-thin slivers of material are attached to the front of the teeth. They can be fitted to just one tooth, but increasingly they are placed in rows of six or more to create your perfect smile. They are stain-resistant and can last for years provided you look after them carefully and avoid bad habits, such as crunching ice cubes or biting your nails. They can be used to conceal imperfections, flaws and discolorations on teeth. Veneers can also protect teeth against further damage.
Porcelain veneers are the better and more popular choice as these veneers can be better color matched to surrounding natural teeth.
Porcelain is also the stronger material and can usually withstand the normal bite force. Resin does have its place but can also sustain damage quite easily. With the right care, porcelain veneers can last for many years.
What Are Veneers Used For?
Ceramic veneers offer a reasonably quick solution (much shorter than orthodontic work if you have misaligned teeth) and can transform your damaged, chipped, broken or discolored teeth. As an example, a small gap between your front teeth can be concealed with strategically placed veneers. Veneers can also fix all of your tooth problems - all at one time.
Uneven wear on the teeth, along with discoloration can be concealed with veneers. This is particularly helpful in situations where teeth cannot be effectively whitened by professional whitening techniques.
The Benefits of Dental Veneers
There are several benefits of dental veneers including the fact that veneers are a solution that is long lasting. Ceramic veneers offer a natural appearance. Once they are in place, no one will be able to determine that your teeth have veneers on them.
Ceramic veneers are known to be stain resistant, which is something that everyone can appreciate. They offer an instant makeover for one or more teeth.
What Materials Are Used for Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are mostly made of porcelain or composite resin material and require preparation of your teeth before the veneers can be applied.
Porcelain veneers require a small amount of tooth removal, but the material is stronger than composite resin.
For ceramic, porcelain, and composite resin restorations, it is important that you avoid biting on anything too hard, as your restorations can chip or fracture.
The Process of Getting Veneers
The process when getting veneers will usually take about two visits. During your first visit, each tooth being placed with a veneer will be prepared. This preparation will involve removing a slight amount of enamel from the front of each tooth. This is to ensure that there is a natural and seamless look when the veneers are in place.
Once the tooth is prepared, impressions or scans will be made. The impressions or scans are sent to the lab so that the veneers can be fabricated. Temporary veneers may be placed, to protect the prepared teeth until the permanent veneers are ready.
Once the veneers are ready, you will return to the office to have the veneers placed. Any minor adjustments needed will be made prior to cementing them to the front of your teeth. The results will be instant and beautiful.
Am I a Suitable Candidate for Veneers?
Cosmetic dentistry treatments are best for people with excellent dental and oral health and veneers are no different. You must not have any cavities in your teeth, show no signs of gum disease, or be a person who grinds their teeth as these can cause the veneers to break more easily. Be sure you're committed to cleaning and flossing regularly so that after your treatment your veneers will last and not impede your oral health.
Veneers in Princeton NJ
If you are thinking about repairing all of your tooth issues with veneers, come in and see us.
Have less-than-perfect teeth? Want to try veneers? We would love to talk to you about how great veneers are. For further information about veneers and whether they are suitable for you, get in touch with us at Prosthodontics of Princeton. Call our office at (609) 924-1975.