• A Brief Overview: Dental Veneers

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    Chances are, you’ve seen a set of acrylic fingernails. These are a lot like dental veneers, in the way they cover your natural nails for a nicer overall look. Dental Veneers cover your natural teeth as a solution to dental aesthetic issues, for instance, if you have noticeable stains. Here we will discuss dental veneers so you can decide if they are a great solution for you! 

    Who Should Get Dental Veneers?

    As stated above, dental veneers are a great solution for people who have discolored teeth and want a brighter smile. They can also help make your chipped teeth look perfect again, or fix those small gaps. In general, dental veneers can benefit you if you want to reshape your smile. 

    What are They Made of?

    Dental veneers are either made of composite resin or porcelain. Composite resin veneers are made of filling materials, making them relatively easy to fix if they are damaged.  

    The superior option is porcelain, as it’s a close match to your natural teeth. Porcelain is also thin and resistant to stains. They are very strong; however, porcelain veneers are not able to be fixed if they ever do break. 

    How Are My Teeth Prepared?

    The Crestwood Dental Group team will give your teeth an assessment first to make sure you’re eligible for veneers. If you have any oral issues, like cavities, those will be handled first. If you pass the assessment, your teeth will be prepared for your veneers by removing a thin layer of enamel to make room. This is generally a half millimeter or less, and you will have local anesthetic to counteract and discomfort you may feel during this process. After they’ve been filed down, the dental team will take digital or putty impressions of your teeth to be sent to a dental lab. Your custom dental veneers will also be matched in color to your teeth, to make them look as natural as possible.  

    How Long Does It Take to Get My Veneers?

    The entire process will take at least two appointments with your La Grange KY dentist. During your first visit, they will assess and prepare your teeth. You will get them fitted and cemented during your second visit. 

    Is That All?

    It’s that simple! After they are cemented onto your teeth, we can make minor adjustments for comfort. It’s best to wait at least a few days while you get used to your veneers before coming in to have adjustments made or have them polished. 

    How Long Will They Last?

    Your dental veneers may last several years if you take care of them well to prevent chips and cracks. Talk to your La Grange KY dentist about what to avoid and how to keep them in perfect condition.  

    Why Should I Get Dental Veneers? 

    If you’ve been a coffee drinker or cigarette smoker for years, then dental veneers would greatly help with your stains and discoloration. Not only will they improve the color, but they will stay white for longer than your natural teeth-as they are more resistant to stains.  

    If you’ve had years of exposure to acidic food and drinks, then your enamel has likely worn down over time. This erosion could make you vulnerable to further discoloration or sensitivity. Dental veneers would replace the missing enamel and make your teeth stronger. 

    Why Wouldn’t I Want Veneers?

    You should know that the process of getting veneers is invasive. The preparation, removing enamel from your teeth, makes the process of getting the veneers irreversible.  

    You should also consider that by removing enamel from your teeth, the softer dentine is closer to the surface, resulting in heightened sensitivity to temperature and pressure.  

    I’m Still Not Sure if Dental Veneers Are Right for Me

    Call Crestwood Dental Group or request an appointment so we can answer your remaining questions about dental veneers. We want you to be confident with your decision to get veneers. If you decide that veneers are not the right solution for you, let us help you find an alternative that works!