Teeth Veneers Madison AL
Just like anything used on a daily basis, your teeth and gums undoubtedly become subject to wear and tear. Your teeth may lose their brightness and are unable to be whitened, or a tooth may have become chipped or misshapen over time. Or maybe your teeth have shifted, leaving a small gap between. Veneers are a solution used by our dentists at Singing River Dentistry to treat the many types of damage your teeth have endured.
What Is a Dental Veneer?
A veneer is a cosmetic improvement to your teeth using a thin shell-like covering that is placed over the front part of your tooth. It can be made out of either porcelain or composite resin. These thin shells are made to look like natural teeth both in size and color. They are used to fix the areas of your teeth such as stained teeth that can't be whitened, chipped or misshapen teeth, and can fix uneven spaces or gaps between your teeth. A veneer is able to restore your teeth to their full functionality. If the tooth structure has not been affected, we can not only improve the appearance of your teeth, but also make it possible to speak and eat without discomfort.
Porcelain or Ceramic Veneers
One type of veneer is made from porcelain. These are built from a custom mold taken by our dentist after a small portion of tooth enamel is removed to make room for the veneer. Once the veneer is made, our dentists place the veneers on the teeth and bond them to the tooth to remain in place. Since the molding was created unique to your teeth, no other shaping will be necessary. Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, have a natural appearance, and are a strong and durable solution. Porcelain veneers often require more than one office visit.
Composite Resin Veneers
The other type of veneer is made out of composite resin. This type is done in often one visit to the dentist, unlike porcelain veneers which sometimes need a few days to be made. After the tooth is prepared and a small amount of tooth enamel is taken off, our dentist bonds the composite resin veneer, and then sculpts it. A special light is used to harden the composite and finish the bonding process. Our dentists then smooth and polish the composite resin to make it a perfect and natural fit. The composite resin veneers may require less enamel to be removed than porcelain veneers and, in many cases, can be done with just one office visit.
Prior to Getting Veneers
Before our dentists begin the process of fitting either the porcelain or composite resin veneers, your teeth and gums must both be cleaned and examined for any tooth and gum disease or any other complications. It is important to note, placing veneers is not a reversible process since it requires some tooth enamel to be removed. Additionally, they may need to be adjusted or replaced over time. However, veneers can drastically improve the look and feel of your smile.
What Is the Process for Veneer Placement?
The process of getting veneers is easy and relatively fast. After doing a full dental examination and taking x-rays of your mouth, we will determine where the veneers should be placed and what type of veneers will work best for you. Next, we will remove a small amount of enamel and take a putty impression or scan of your teeth. The impression or scan is then sent to a dental laboratory that uses it to make your veneers. Temporary veneers will be placed over your teeth until the permanent veneers are ready. Once the permanent veneers are fitted in your mouth, we will bond them permanently to your teeth.
Read More Here About Veneers vs. Crowns for the Front Teeth
Aftercare Tips for Veneers
After you have had your veneers placed, you can expect the teeth to become sore for the first few days. During this time, take pain medication to ease any discomfort. Make sure to get enough rest and try using a cold compress as this will help minimize any swelling. Also, watch what you eat in the first few days after your veneer placement. With your new veneers, it will be important to break any bad habits such as biting on hard objects. Do not chew on hard objects, such as biting on pens or eating ice, since they can damage your new veneers. You should stick with soft foods for the first few days. Porcelain veneers have a shorter recovery time than composite resin veneers.
Benefits of Veneers
Getting dental veneers is a minimally invasive process that helps boost self-confidence by improving your smile. Dental veneers are durable and easy to care for. They are also stain-resistant, though drinks like coffee or wine can stain them the same way they can stain your teeth. Porcelain veneers are more stain-resistant than composite veneers.
Veneers are always custom-made, so you can be assured they will be the perfect fit for your mouth and your smile. They are stronger than dental crowns and do not require as much shaping of your teeth. Veneers are also popular because they do not need any special care after they are placed on your teeth.
Veneers generally last seven to 15 years, after which time they need to be replaced. Scheduling regular dental checkups and maintaining good oral hygiene are good ways to care for your veneers after they are placed.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Veneers?
You may be a good candidate for veneers if your teeth are chipped or discolored, if you have gaps between your teeth that you want to eliminate, or if you have teeth that are situated unevenly or are overcrowded in your mouth. You may also be a good candidate if teeth whitening was not an effective solution to restore your teeth to their natural color.
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If you are around Madison, AL and unhappy with the look of your teeth and are looking for a way to improve your smile, veneers may be a solution for you. Contact our team, Singing River Dentistry, at 256 - 562 - 4001 today. Our dental professionals want to help preserve and improve your smile!
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