How many people do you know that have a perfect smile? Probably not too many. And if you’re reading this, chances are that you are less than satisfied with your smile.
You are not alone. Most people have dental issues that they would like to have improved. Even if you were born with the best smile ever, chances are that in the fullness of time, things happened – things like chips, stains, and perhaps even a bit of crowding or gapping. These problems might not be serious enough to warrant treatments like dental implants or crowns, but they might be a little more serious than something that would respond to, say, a whitening treatment. Porcelain veneers could be the perfect solution.
Porcelain Veneers Explained
Porcelain veneers are different from dental crowns and implants in that they are a partial restoration, not a full restoration. A full restoration is something that replaces the tooth (implants) or covers it completely (crowns). Dental veneers cover only the front of your teeth, so they are a partial restoration.
Porcelain veneers are made from thin layers of dental ceramic that are bonded together and then attached to the front of your teeth. They can change the color, length, size and shape of your teeth, and can also hide chips and stains. Most patients are candidates for this cosmetic dentistry procedure.
Porcelain veneers are easily made and installed. First, the dentist scrapes a bit of your tooth enamel away. Then, he takes impressions of your teeth to be sure that once your veneers are made, they will fit properly. Once the veneers are made, a little fine-tuning may be necessary, just to be sure that the color and the fit are perfect. Once everything is as it should be, the dentist will cement your veneers in place using a special adhesive and cure them with a special light to make sure that they will stay in place. Finally, he will check your bite, and perhaps do a few final adjustments. That’s all it takes – you have a brand new, beautiful smile!
Unless you want to tell people, “Look at my new porcelain veneers,” chances are they won’t even know that you have had work done. Porcelain veneers look completely natural and are also impervious to decay. This does not mean that you can neglect your oral health. You still have to think about the teeth that are under the veneers – they can still decay and you can still be vulnerable to gum disease.
Generally speaking, all you have to do to take care of your veneers is brush, floss and see us at Martin Dentistry for regular dental inspections and cleanings. As long as you look after your veneers, you can expect them to last you for a long time – possibly even decades as long as you care for them properly. There are many benefits of porcelain veneers.
With the cosmetic dentistry treatments that are available today, there is absolutely no reason why anyone should feel that they have to live with a smile that is not pleasing to them. To learn more about porcelain veneers and other cosmetic treatments, contact us at Martin Dentistry. We are located at 1310 East Swain Road, Suite 2, Stockton, CA 95210. You can call us at 209-951-4251, or if you prefer, request an appointment using the form on our Contact Us page. If you have any questions, see if the answers are on our FAQs page.