Transform Your Smile with Dental Veneers

Transform Your Smile with Dental Veneers

Jul 27, 2021

A dental veneer is an ultra-thin porcelain or composite resin shell bonded to the front surface of a tooth to alter its appearance. Dental veneers treatment is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures, and for good reason. Veneers are versatile and can correct a wide range of dental issues. They also transform a smile dramatically and are one of the best pathways to a smile makeover.

If you’re looking to get veneers, please reach out to Raynham Dental Group, the Office of Dr. Michael Scanlon, for a consultation. Dr. Scanlon has extensive experience in providing cutting-edge cosmetic dental solutions to patients of all ages. So whether you require only veneers or need other cosmetic treatments, you can count on the dental practice of Dr. Scanlon to give you the smile makeover you deserve.

Who Needs Dental Veneers?

Veneers resolve a wide range of aesthetic concerns. You’re likely an appropriate candidate for dental veneers if you’re struggling with any of these issues:

  • Severe tooth discoloration. Intrinsic discoloration resulting from excessive fluoride, tooth fillings, certain medications, and root canal treatment cannot be resolved via teeth whitening. Under such circumstances, the best way to whiten your smile is through dental veneers treatment.
  • Worn teeth. Worn teeth can become increasingly sensitive. You can rebuild your worn teeth and combat sensitivity when using veneers.
  • Chipped or broken teeth. A chip or fracture on your tooth can increase your susceptibility to cavities while negatively impacting your smile’s aesthetics. Veneers will solve both problems.
  • Misaligned or misshapen teeth. Not every case of dental misalignment requires orthodontic treatment. If your teeth are slightly crooked, veneers treatment can help you resolve this issue quickly and without the need for braces. Misshapen teeth can also be corrected using veneers.
  • Gap teeth. Want to close the gaps between your teeth? Veneers can quickly get the job done in as few as two to three appointments.

Types of Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are usually made of porcelain. Porcelain is preferred because it has outstanding characteristics. For instance, it’s incredibly stain-resistant. It also has impressive light-reflecting qualities that enable it to mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel. Veneers can also be crafted from composite resin material.

Traditional dental veneers require several dental visits to apply. If you would like to avoid multiple appointments, you may opt for no-prep veneers such as Lumineers. These are less invasive and don’t require extensive tooth preparation. They also take less time to apply.

Dental Veneer Treatment Procedure

The steps involved in dental veneers treatment are as follows:

Preliminary Appointment/Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

The patient meets with our dentist to discuss their needs and find out if veneers are a viable treatment. During this stage, the dentist obtains x-rays and other information regarding the patient’s dental health. The dentist checks for cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems at that time as well.

Tooth Preparation

The dentist trims off approximately half a millimeter of tooth enamel to make room for your new restorations. Depending on the dentist’s determination and the patient’s request, local anesthesia may be used for this procedure. After reshaping the patient’s teeth, the dentist obtains dental impressions and shares these with the dental lab.

In the meantime, the dentist uses temporary restorations to cover the reshaped teeth.

Placement of Dental Veneers

It takes roughly one to four weeks for the dental lab to manufacture the patient’s custom veneers. Once the restorations are ready, the dentist schedules the patient for their final appointment.

The dentist cleans, polishes, and etches the teeth in readiness for the restoration process. Then, using dental cement, the dentist attaches the veneers to your teeth. A curing light speeds up the hardening process, after which the dentist removes any excess cement and polishes the teeth to achieve the desired look.

Recovery and Aftercare Instructions

Veneers treatment isn’t an invasive procedure, and the recovery process is pretty straightforward. Once the veneers are in place and the anesthesia has worn off, you can use your teeth to chew as you usually do. However, if your bite feels off after your veneer treatment, give your dentist a call as adjustments may be required.

Veneers don’t require any special care. Remember to brush and floss your teeth carefully and regularly, and schedule regular dental exams too. With adequate care, porcelain veneers can last anywhere between 10 to 15 years.

Schedule Your Smile Makeover

Are you struggling with cosmetic dental issues? Veneers can help you overcome dental imperfections and the self-consciousness that such issues trigger. If you’re looking for a dental practice that’s well-versed in placing veneers, please call Raynham Dental Group, the Office of Dr. Michael Scanlon, to schedule your appointment.

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