Veneers are excellent choices for total smile makeovers. Veneers deliver dramatic results, completely restoring teeth for a brighter, more beautiful smile. They are very natural looking – no one will be able to tell what you did, but they will definitely see a difference! The right veneers can completely change your appearance. Don’t take our word for it – come to our office in Bend and we’ll show you stunning before and after photos. Let us tell you how veneers can change your life.
WHAT ARE VENEERS
Veneer is a thin ceramic or porcelain material that can beautifully recreate the natural appearance of teeth. They are strong, resilient, and safe for the gum tissues. Veneers are resistant to stains and keep teeth strong, as they don’t require the shaping of teeth underneath like crowns do. They may be the ideal approach to smile restoration if your teeth are healthy, but require aesthetic help, such as reparation of chips, cracks, gaps, crooked teeth, and discoloration. Your dentist will custom-fit your veneers to perfectly match the look you want. The process for getting veneers typically requires three office visits:
- Initial consultation. During your first visit, you and your dentist will discuss your long-term smile goals. Your dentist will examine your teeth, gums, and root system to make sure veneers are an appropriate solution. Veneers aren’t ideal for people with gum disease, tooth decay, weak teeth, or those who clench or grind their teeth. Our dentists can help you explore all your restoration options.
- Preparation of teeth. If veneers are the best option for you, we will schedule an appointment to prepare for the procedure. Your dentist will need to remove a bit of your enamel to make room to add the thin layer of veneer. You may or may not need local anesthesia for this process – it’s up to you! We will then create a model or impression of your teeth to design the perfect veneers, using top modern technologies.
- Placement of veneer. After a few weeks, you will come back to the office for final placement of your new veneers. The dentist will first temporarily place the veneers on your teeth to check for fit and color. Once modifications are made to make them perfect, the dentist will begin the adhesive bonding process, securing the veneer to your tooth, and the process is completed!
CARING FOR VENEERS
Unlike some other smile restoration options, you do have to care for veneers with special attention. They are not indestructible, but for the most part will be fine with regular care of your teeth. Brush and floss veneers like you would your regular teeth, using a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste. Reducing your intake of stain-inducing foods and drinks like red wine and coffee is a good idea with veneers, to keep them looking like new.
No matter how well you care for your veneers, you will eventually need to replace them. The material will not last forever. Proper oral hygiene, however, can extend their lifespan. Veneers can completely transform your mouth. You’ll be amazed at how much of an improvement veneers can make to even the most troublesome smile. You can have the smile you’ve always wanted with our help! Come to Contemporary Family Dentistry for your initial consultation about getting veneers, to see if you’re a good candidate. We can also go over other restoration options with you.