Your smile is very, very important. Sure, you need healthy teeth to eat and talk right. But when your smile looks bad, people don’t know how to react to you. Do they come right out and say it, or do they wait until you’ve walked away to ask someone else what’s wrong with your mouth? Even worse, you know that’s what they’re asking themselves. That’s why cosmetic dentistry procedures have become more and more accepted, and our dental veneers are no exception.
Porcelain and e.max Veneers
At our dental office in Port Charlotte, FL, our cosmetic dentists use porcelain and e.max veneers. Both types are very thin covers made from porcelain colored to look like healthy teeth. But because e.max veneers are made from a special porcelain, they are incredibly strong and durable. Veneers only cover the front of your teeth, since that’s the side everyone (including you) can see. There’s no need to worry about the look of the back of your teeth. We’re the only ones who see that.
But how exactly can dental veneers bring your smile back to life?
- Cover chips and lines: Your teeth are designed to last your entire life, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get banged up along the way. It’s normal for your teeth to collect small imperfections like chips. Then there are craze lines, small cracks that do not penetrate the enamel and are not a big risk but still look bad. Veneers will cover over any visible problems. This not only hides them from view, but it also can seal them and stop them from growing worse.
- Cover stains: Your teeth are supposed to be white. But over time, drinking all those Starbucks coffees and good red wine can make your teeth look dull and dingy. Even plaque can stain your teeth and make them look ugly. Dental veneers are made to look like your healthy, original teeth, so once they are in place, they cover up any stains and give your smile a dazzling white look.
- Even out worn teeth: Your teeth are very durable. The enamel on your teeth doesn’t have any nerve endings, but it’s super strong and can take a beating. After all, your teeth smash together over and over again whenever you eat. But “strong” is not the same thing as “invulnerable.” All of that smashing together does wear down the teeth, especially on the surface used to chew. A veneer won’t cover up the top of a molar, but it can cover over a jagged, rough edge of a tooth created by all of that chewing over time. This is especially true if you suffer from bruxism or unconscious teeth grinding.
- Straighten crooked teeth: OK, this one is a bit of an illusion. Your teeth can slide out of alignment over time. It doesn’t have to be a traumatic injury or anything drastic like that. It could just be the way your teeth move or grew in. Wisdom teeth coming in can do this as well. Regardless of why, the effect is the same: one or more teeth don’t look straight. While a veneer cannot fix a major issue with crooked teeth (you need orthodontics like ClearCorrect for that), the veneer that covers your tooth will be put on straight. That means a tooth that’s just a little bit crooked will look even and level.
- Fill in gaps between teeth: Because your smile is supposed to be white, even a small gap between your teeth can really stand out. As with straightening crooked teeth, veneers cannot help with large problems. And if you’re missing a tooth, you would need something like a dental bridge or implant to fill the space. But since veneers can be made to different sizes, they can cover small gaps between your teeth.
How Veneers Are Placed
Before you can get veneers, our dentists will give you a thorough exam to make sure there are no bigger problems hiding in plain sight, like tooth decay or gum disease. Then we will take careful measurements to determine the exact size and shape of the veneers. How many teeth you want covered is an important question, as that can really affect the cost and time needed. Once everything is figured out, we craft the traditional porcelain veneers or e.max veneers to your specifications.
Prior to placing the veneers, we will remove a very thin layer of enamel. This makes sure your veneers can rest flush with your other teeth and look normal-sized. Then the veneers are carefully and artfully bonded to your teeth. Then you are done! Those stains, gaps, and chips are covered, and your smile looks better than ever.
To make your first appointment for getting veneers, or to learn more about any of our cosmetic dentistry options, call us at 941-625-7877.