Dental Veneers: An Easy Bridge to a Brilliant Smile

What Are Dental Veneers?

Made from porcelain or resin, dental veneersare an overcoat for teeth that are less-than-perfect. They're used to correct a number of dental flaws, including:

  • Stains
  • Gaps
  • Irregular spacing
  • Pits or craters
  • Chips
  • Irregular shape

A veneer simply slips over your existing tooth, and through a quick bonding process, affixes permanently to it. You're left with a bright, white tooth that nobody would ever suspect is not your own. Adding a veneer is one of the easiest orthodontic services used to improve the intensity of your brilliant smile.

The Process of Adding Dental Veneers

Having veneers applied to your teeth typically requires several visits to your dentist's office. The first visit is reserved for the consultation. During this time, your dentist will explain the veneer process and examine your teeth to ensure veneers are a workable solution. He or she may take x-rays during the first visit. The second visit typically involves filing your teeth in preparation. Your dentist needs to shave less than a millimeter off of the teeth that will be receiving the treatment. The dentist will then take an impression to send off to the laboratory.

Finally, on your return visit, you'll be fitted with your new dental veneers. This usually requires trimming, polishing, etching and more of both your natural teeth and the veneers themselves. Once you and your dentist are satisfied with the fit and appearance of your new veneers, the process concludes. Depending on how well you take to your new smile, your dentist may require a simple follow-up visit to check on your progress.

Caring for Veneers

Dental veneers require a little extra care if you want them to last a lifetime. This includes regular brushing and flossing and maintenance visits to your dentist for cleaning and inspection. You should follow any special recommendations your dental professional provides, which may include avoiding abrasive toothpaste and wearing a protective mouth guard while you sleep. If your smile has lost its shine over time, stop by Great Lakes Dental Arts today to discuss the benefits of dental veneers. With more than 30 years of experience, our dentists are proud to serve the Ohio area.