Every day dental veneers are growing in popularity. People turn to this cosmetic dentistry procedure for a range of reasons, but regardless of why patients choose veneers, the result is the same—they get a great, beautiful, natural looking smile. Wondering about veneers? Here’s what you need to know.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Sometimes referred to as dental porcelain laminates, veneers are thin sheets of ceramic or porcelain that are placed over your teeth. They mimic the color of your teeth, and they are stain resistant so you don’t have to worry about coffee or wine staining your veneers.
When Do You Need Veneers?
There are a number of situations where veneers work perfectly. They can help cover misshapen or damaged teeth, but they can also cover discolored teeth. If your teeth are stained from diet, medication, or damage to the roots, veneers may be a solution to consider. They restore the natural color of your teeth.
When it comes to misshapen teeth, veneers can contour pointy teeth, cover chipped teeth, or even make uneven or misaligned teeth look more uniform. In some cases, your dentist can even fix a small gap between two teeth with veneers. If you have any of these issues or if you have another dental issue, your dentist can tell you if veneers are the right answer for you.
What’s the Process for Getting Veneers?
At our family dental clinic in Suwanee, most of our treatments start with a consultation. That gives our dentists a chance to examine you and talk with you about the options. Depending on your situation, the dentist may need to take X-rays or make an impression of your teeth. This information is sent to a lab and used to create your veneers.
If you decide to go with veneers, you make a follow up appointment. That’s when the work happens. After giving you a local anesthesia (usually novocaine) and nitrous oxide if you want additional relaxation, the dentist prepares the surface of the tooth by removing just a bit of enamel. Then, the dentist fully cleans the tooth to ensure that it is completely germ free.
At that point, the dentist bonds the veneer to your teeth. Bonding simply means that the veneer is permanently glued in place. Finally, the dentist checks your bite and makes any adjustments as needed. If you have dental anxiety, you can even consider dental sedation through this procedure.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
With proper oral hygiene, veneers can last a lifetime. However, if you end up getting a cavity in the underlying tooth, it may become necessary to remove some or all of the veneer to treat the cavity. Similarly, if you ever lose that tooth, you will also lose the veneer, but luckily, in both of these situations, there are all kinds of prosthetic solutions.
Where Can You Get Veneers in Suwanee?
If you decide that you want veneers, it’s time to contact the Suwanee Center for Family Dentistry. Conveniently located on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, our office takes appointments Mondays through Saturdays. We would love to see you and your family. Contact us for an appointment today.