Tooth discoloration, chipping and fractures, or gaps between your teeth; all of these factors can diminish the appearance of your smile and affect how you feel about it. When you're not confident about smiling, you may appear unhappy or unapproachable to other people.
If this sounds familiar to you, you should know that there are excellent options that can help you achieve the smile you've always dreamed of! Here's what you should know about porcelain veneers.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Dental veneers are micro-thin layers of porcelain that fit over your teeth and conceal the imperfections underneath. They are directly bonded to your tooth, which makes them capable of changing the shape, size, and shade of your teeth. Veneers are also very durable, and they can potentially last for 12 to 15 years with excellent home care and regular checkups with your dentist.
What are Lumineers?
Lumineers, or no-prep veneers are very similar to veneers in that they fit over your tooth structure; however, since they are even thinner than traditional veneers, they do not require the preparation and loss of minimal tooth structure that traditional veneers require.
The Process for Completing Veneers
Whether you choose traditional or no-prep veneers, it still typically takes two appointments to complete your new smile. Your teeth will be prepared for your veneers during your first appointment, and you will leave wearing temporary veneers while your permanent restorations are being created at a local dental laboratory. Your temporary veneers will help you acclimate to the look and feel of your final restorations.
After 1 to 2 weeks, when your final restorations are ready, you'll return to your dental office to have your final restorations placed. Your dentist will make any adjustments necessary to complete your smile during this time. Then you are off to enjoy your new smile!
Would you like to learn more about what veneers can do for your smile? Contact Maine Family Dental Practice today and schedule a commitment free consultation with Dr. Travis Buxton.