Do you have a less-than-perfect smile? You’re not alone. Most of us have one or more issues that detract from the way our smiles or teeth look to ourselves and to others. Since our smile is so noticeable (in fact, it’s often the first feature people notice), it’s no surprise that even a minor flaw can have a major impact on our self-confidence.
At Dr. Darj Dental, state-of-the-art porcelain veneers are a great option for hiding and masking all sorts of cosmetic issues. And, because they’re custom-made for each individual patient, you can get just the results you’re looking for, so your smile looks healthy and beautiful.
How veneers “work” to improve smile aesthetics
Porcelain veneers are super thin — about as thin as a contact lens. Dr. Darj uses special dental adhesives to adhere the veneers to the front surfaces of your teeth so your teeth look even, healthy and symmetrical. The porcelain is tintable, so the final veneer will blend in with the rest of your teeth, improving the appearance of your entire smile.
Veneers typically can be applied in just two visits. At the first visit, your tooth surface is prepared. That means a small amount of tooth material needs to be removed to make room for the thickness of the veneer. Even though it’s very thin, without removing a tiny amount of the tooth surface material, the veneer would still “stick out” above the surfaces of the neighboring teeth. Removing that small amount of material means the veneer will be even and flush with the rest of your teeth, so the end result looks natural and feels comfortable.
After the tooth surface is prepared, Dr. Darj will make an impression of your tooth and send it to the lab where your veneer will be made. The impression acts like a mold or model for the lab technologist to ensure your veneer will fit perfectly. Before you leave the office at your first visit, you’ll receive a temporary veneer to protect your tooth while you wait for the permanent veneer to be made. Once your permanent veneer is ready, you’ll come back to the office for your second visit. Dr. Darj will carefully remove the temporary veneer and clean your tooth surface. Then he’ll apply the veneer and adjust it for a perfect fit.
What can veneers “fix”?
Veneers are extremely versatile, and Dr. Darj can use them to correct a wide variety of cosmetic flaws, including:
- deep stains and discoloration that can’t be removed with professional teeth whitening
- gaps between teeth
- crooked or “angled” teeth
- teeth that look too small or otherwise “unbalanced” with the rest of your smile and facial features
- chipped or cracked teeth
- teeth that are misshapen or have very worn edges
Because the veneer material is resistant to stains, they’re easy to care for with regular brushing and flossing and routine dental checkups to make sure the tooth stays healthy and sound. However, that resistance to stains also means that, unlike natural tooth material, your veneers can’t be whitened with professional whitening treatments. To make sure your veneers will always blend well with your other teeth, even after future whitening treatments, many patients schedule a professional whitening session prior to having veneers applied. That way, you can feel confident your teeth and your veneers look their best now and in the future.
Find out how veneers can help your teeth look their best
At Dr. Darj Dental, we know how important it is to have a beautiful smile. Our porcelain veneers can be used alone or as part of a complete smile makeover comprising a series of treatments designed to transform the way your smile looks. To learn how veneers can improve the look of your smile, book an appointment online today.