Dental veneers are shells or casings used to cover teeth. Although originally invented for cosmetic purposes, veneers not only hide blemishes, they also protect teeth from abnormal wear and tear.
Veneers can be made from pure porcelain or from different composite materials. The professionals at Alabama Family Dentists use only porcelain veneers. Porcelain looks more like real teeth than resin compounds, and it resists stains from tea, coffee and cigarette smoking even better than real teeth. In addition, porcelain offers the added advantages of superior strength and longevity.
Why Choose Veneers?
Veneers give many patients the chance to have the beautiful smile they have always dreamed of. A skilled dentist can use veneers to make your teeth look the way you want them to. Veneers can fill gaps created by unequal spacing of teeth, correct areas that have been chipped by accidents or injuries, and cover stains or even out color shades. No longer just the territory of movie stars, many people are choosing veneers for both cosmetic and restorative purposes. Whether you need to correct one tooth or many, ask your dentist whether veneers can help you.
The Veneer Process
Once it is determined that you are a candidate for this procedure, your dentist will prepare your teeth by removing an extremely thin layer from the surface of each tooth being treated. This makes room in your mouth for the veneers once they are ready to be applied. In some instances a local anesthetic might be used during this procedure. Next your dentist will take an impression of your teeth so that the veneers can be made to fit each tooth exactly. A perfect fit is necessary for optimal bonding of the porcelain to the natural tooth. A distinct advantage of going to Alabama Family Dentists is that, once they are made, your veneers can often be applied on the same day.
Are Veneers Permanent?
While not considered permanent, dental veneers frequently last for decades. Should they ever need to be replaced, the process is simple and routine.
Ask Your Dentist
If you believe that dental veneers may be right for you or a loved one, the professionals at Alabama Family Dentists can help. Schedule a consultation today to discuss your needs.