It doesn’t take much for teeth to become dingy, chipped, and misaligned over the years. Even patients who spend an incredible amount of time and energy caring for their teeth might find themselves dealing with unwanted cosmetic issues that drive their self-confidence into the ground. While those blemishes might seem overwhelming, our cosmetic dentist can quickly and safely rebuild your smile with porcelain veneers. These simple and effective devices will completely cover those imperfections so that you can once again smile with confidence.
What Exactly Is a Veneer?
A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that is cemented to the front of a patient’s tooth. While veneers can be made from many different materials, most dentists now use porcelain because it is durable and resistant to bacteria. Porcelain also has the tone and texture of natural teeth, and many people can’t tell the difference between their real teeth and veneers once they have fully recovered. Dr. Jirik makes porcelain veneers custom for every patient so that they match the size, shape, and color of the surrounding teeth.
Many different imperfections can be treated with dental veneers, including severe internal stains, chips, cracks, and gaps between the teeth. Before getting veneers, patients must first speak with our dental team to explore their options and learn what the process entails. During your initial consultation with us, we will help you decide if porcelain veneers are right for you.
The Benefits of Veneers
The biggest benefit of porcelain veneers is that they can completely cover most imperfections. Patients don’t need to wear braces for years or have their teeth extracted and replaced in order to have the smile of their dreams. Once in place, veneers are also extremely durable. They often last for a decade or longer with the proper aftercare, and patients don’t need to carry out additional hygiene tasks to care for them. In other words, you can care for your veneers just like you would your natural teeth.
Your Dental Appointments
After your first consultation, you will then be able to schedule a second appointment to have your teeth cleaned, trimmed, and measured. Those measurements are used to create custom veneers that feel comfortable and look natural. Once the veneers have been made, it takes just a few hours to cement them to the teeth.
Modern porcelain veneers can last a significantly long time with the proper aftercare, and they can be cleaned just like natural teeth. Once you have received them, you can easily take care of them by brushing, flossing, and gargling with mouthwash every day.