Veneers are thin shells made from either porcelain or composite resin that are custom-made to fit over the front surface of your teeth. These shells are designed to improve the appearance of your smile by masking imperfections such as discoloration, chips, gaps, and even slightly crooked teeth.
How Are Veneers Made?
First, a consultation with our dentist is necessary to determine if veneers are the right option for you. If they are, then our dentist will take impressions of your teeth and send them off to a dental laboratory. At the laboratory, skilled technicians will use these impressions to create wax models of your teeth. These models serve as a blueprint for crafting your veneers. The technician will carefully shape and mold each veneer to achieve the desired size, shape, and color.
Once the veneers have been fabricated, they are sent back to your dentist's office for placement. Before bonding them permanently onto your teeth, our dentist will prepare each tooth by removing a small amount of enamel. This ensures proper adhesion and creates room for the veneer. By using dental cement or adhesive material, each veneer is securely bonded onto its corresponding tooth. Our dentist will make any necessary adjustments in terms of fit and appearance before polishing them up.
The Benefits of Veneers
Veneers offer a multitude of benefits for those looking to enhance their smile.
- One major advantage is the ability to dramatically improve the appearance of teeth that are discolored or stained. Whether it's from years of coffee consumption or certain medications, veneers can provide a bright and white smile that lasts.
- Another benefit of veneers is their versatility. They can be used to correct a variety of dental issues, such as chipped or cracked teeth, uneven spacing, and even misaligned teeth. This means that instead of undergoing multiple procedures, veneers can address several cosmetic concerns in one go.
- One often overlooked benefit is the durability and longevity of veneers. With proper care and maintenance, they can last for many years, providing patients with a long-lasting solution for their smile makeover needs.
- Additionally, veneers are stain-resistant compared to natural teeth. This means you won't have to worry about avoiding your favorite foods or beverages for fear of staining your new pearly whites!
Unlike other dental treatments like braces or crowns, which require extensive time commitments and numerous appointments at the dentist's office, getting veneers is typically a quicker process. In just a few visits, you can transform your smile without disrupting your daily routine too much.
How To Care for Veneers
Taking care of your veneers is crucial to ensure their longevity and maintain that beautiful smile. Here are some simple tips on how to care for your veneers:
- Maintain good oral hygiene: Brushing and flossing regularly is essential for the health of your natural teeth as well as your veneers. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste, and don't forget to clean along the gumline.
- Avoid staining foods and drinks: While porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, it's still a good idea to minimize exposure to foods and beverages that can cause discoloration. Coffee, tea, red wine, berries, and tomato-based sauces are some common culprits.
- Quit bad habits: If you have habits like biting your nails or chewing on ice or pens, try breaking them! These actions can damage both your natural teeth and veneers.
- Wear a mouthguard during sports: If you participate in contact sports or activities with a risk of dental injury, wear a custom-fitted mouthguard to protect your investment.
- Regular dental check-ups: Visit your dentist at least twice a year for routine examinations and professional cleanings. They will be able to monitor the condition of your veneers and address any concerns promptly.
By following these simple steps, you can help extend the lifespan of your veneers while maintaining optimal oral health overall.
Looking for a dentist in West Los Angeles, CA? Please reach out to the Dillon-Costantino Dental team in West Los Angeles, CA, to schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Dillon, Dr. Costantino, Dr. Pomerantz, or Dr. Kemper. We look forward to receiving your call at (310) 475-0617.