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If you have cracked, stained, chipped, or even gapped teeth, it can feel like the best thing you can do is to not smile. Unfortunately, many people think that there is simply nothing that they can do to fix this issue, or if they do, that it is going to involve a major costly and painful surgery. At City Life Dental, we believe that every person should have the option to have a beautiful and flawless smile. That is why we offer dental veneers for our patients.
This simple and straightforward method can help to hide blemishes or unwanted characteristics with your teeth. It also acts as a protectant for the underlying tooth to help keep your natural teeth intact.
Dental veneers are thin strips, usually a porcelain or composite resin, that cover the front of the teeth. This strip is fitted and shaped to your teeth, and can even be given the correct tint to match your existing teeth. Veneers can be used to help hide cracks, stained, crooked, misshapen, worn, or even gapped teeth.
There are slightly different processes for placing porcelain vs. resin veneers, but both are simple procedures that can help protect your teeth and give you a smile you deserve. Because the veneer is attached to the front of the tooth, our staff will first remove a small layer of the enamel from the front of the tooth. This helps the veneer to feel like your natural teeth when it is in place. Removing some of the enamel also allows for a better bond of the veneer and tooth, which helps them last even longer.
Typically, porcelain veneers are more durable, have a longer lifespan, and can appear more natural than resin veneers. However, they also require more of the tooth to be removed and can cost more than the resin counterparts.
It is important to schedule an initial consultation with our office so that we can ensure that you are a good candidate for veneers. During this consultation, we will evaluate your medical and family history to ensure that we understand the issues that you may have during the procedure. This also helps us to understand better what treatment options are available to you.
One factor that may affect your ability to get veneers is the presence of bruxism or grinding your teeth. Grinding your teeth can prematurely crack or damage a veneer, and you may want to consider other options. Once we have identified that veneers are your best option, we can schedule your procedure.
Before the procedure begins, you should be in good oral health so that there is a reduced risk of spreading bacteria or infection into your body.
Once the procedure has been completed and you have your new veneers, there are a few things that you should note. Veneers are not as durable as your natural teeth. While they can withstand many of the stresses that we put our teeth through, you should avoid certain foods, or habits, like chewing ice.
While it generally takes a few days for the veneers to feel completely natural, it is important to let your dentist know if something feels out of place while you are still in the office. While your veneers have been custom-fitted to your teeth, adjustments can be made to help them be more comfortable.
You should also maintain a good routine of dental hygiene that includes brushing and flossing regularly. Maintaining your regular dentist appointments can also help our staff monitor and check your dental work and correct any issues while they are small.
If you want to have the smile you have always dreamed of, call City Life Dental today to schedule your consultation and get the look you want now!