The Many Uses for Porcelain Veneers
Discover how your smile’s appearance could greatly benefit from dental veneers.
Whether it’s a movie star or a sibling, there is probably someone in your life whose smile is so perfect that you can’t help but both envy and admire them. Of course, you don’t have to sit around green with envy. Our McDonough, GA, cosmetic dentist Dr. Robert Brooks can also help you achieve the perfect smile with porcelain veneers.
What are veneers?
Veneers are contact lens-thin porcelain shells that are made to look like natural tooth enamel. Each shell is custom made to fit over a tooth, so whether you decide to improve the appearance of one or all of your teeth, getting dental veneers can help.
What should I know about dental veneers before I get them?
Our McDonough, GA, dentist believes it’s important that every patient understands the full treatment process before they choose any cosmetic or restorative dentistry. Before getting dental veneers you should understand these things,
- Traditional veneers are only applied to the front of your teeth but some tooth enamel will need to be removed prior to placing them.
- Since only about 0.5mm of enamel will be removed this can usually be done with local anesthetic. Of course, once enamel has been removed, it will not grow back so it’s important that you understand that veneers are meant for life.
- Veneers can last up to 10 years or more before needing to be replaced. Brush and floss them daily and treat them just like natural teeth. Keep up with your professional dental cleanings to make sure your veneers remain healthy.
- Veneers are made from porcelain so they are stain-resistant; however, over time the resin may start to darken if you consume a lot of staining foods and drinks. Limit these items from your diet.
- Some tooth sensitivity is normal for a couple days after enamel has been removed and veneers have been placed. This sensitivity should go away after a few days.
- Talk to your dentist about whether no-prep veneers are an option. Unlike traditional veneers, no-prep veneers are very thin and won’t require enamel to be removed prior to application.
- Jaw clenchers, nail-biters and teeth grinders are more likely to damage dental veneers. Talk to us about ways to stop these behaviors to protect the integrity of your restorations.
Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in McDonough, GA, is here to give you the smile you’ve always wished you had. Don’t wait any longer to find out if porcelain veneers are right for you.