Your smile is the first thing that people notice about you. It is very often the first impression that you leave. Your teeth are one of the major components of your smile. If they are damaged, your smile may not be what you want. Your smile, or your attempts to hide your smile, can leave the wrong first impression. Even minor damage can have a major effect. At Shenandoah Family Dentistry, we can restore the appearance of teeth affected by minor damage with porcelain veneers.
Restoring The Appearance Of Your Teeth
Minor damage that only affects the enamel layer of your teeth may not have an impact on your oral health, but it can significantly impact your smile and your confidence. Fortunately, these minor imperfections can be corrected, and the quality of your smile improved. Veneers are small, very thin shells that are made to be bonded to the fronts of your visible teeth. They cover over the flaws, restoring, or enhancing, the beauty of your smile and giving you back your confidence.
Veneers are typically made out of either composite resin or porcelain. We offer porcelain veneers. While composite resin veneers are more affordable, they are not as strong as porcelain. The material is also more likely to become stained if not properly cared for. Porcelain, on the other hand, can stand up to most normal daily wear and tear. It also looks much more like your real teeth, perfectly mimicking color and light reflection properties.
The process for getting your porcelain veneers requires two separate appointments. At your first appointment, we prepare the teeth and take impressions. Preparing your teeth involves removing a thin layer of your enamel, which creates the space necessary for the veneers to sit perfectly in line with the rest of your teeth. This is done under a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. Once the teeth are prepared, we take impressions.
The impressions are sent to our dental lab, where they are then used to design and fabricate your custom veneers. It can take upwards of two weeks for your veneers to be completed. Once they have been sent back, you return for your second appointment. At this appointment, we check the veneers to make sure that they fit properly, look natural, and that your bite is good. If no adjustments are needed, we then bond them into place on your teeth.
There are several benefits associated with porcelain veneers, including:
• The material is biocompatible. Ceramic will not irritate your gum tissue.
• Porcelain mimics the properties of your natural tooth enamel, creating a perfect restoration. No one will be able to tell the difference between the veneers and your actual teeth.
• Porcelain is stain resistant. In fact, it is more stain resistant than your natural enamel.
• Porcelain veneers are fairly strong and can withstand most normal daily use. With proper care, including brushing, flossing, and avoiding biting anything hard, they can last up to 15 years or longer.
Porcelain veneers provide a beautiful, seamless restoration for teeth affected by minor damage. Call Shenandoah Family Dentistry to schedule your consultation today at (540) 667-8731.