Porcelain veneers are thin, shell-like coverings placed over your teeth' outer surfaces. They are often recommended as a conservative option to restore or improve the appearance of your smile. If imperfections such as chips, cracks, discolorations, or gaps between your teeth keep you from feeling confident when you smile, you may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers. At LaBry Family Dentistry, the custom-fit shells will fit perfectly over the surface of your natural teeth, providing you with a beautiful and bright new smile.
With proper maintenance, you can expect your porcelain veneers to last between five to ten years, if not longer. Caring for them is simple. Continue to attend your regular checkups every six months for cleanings and exams with your dentist. Brushing and flossing with a soft-bristled toothbrush twice daily will help remove plaque and prevent bacteria buildup between your teeth and gums. This will help to ensure your veneers stay bright, white, and healthy throughout their lifetime.
How Are Dental Veneers Placed?
Before placing the veneer, your dentist will prepare the tooth by removing a small amount of enamel from the tooth surface. This ensures that the veneer covers each part of the tooth and is thick enough to provide a solid bond to the natural tooth. In some cases, the preparation may be more extensive if the teeth have decayed or are chipped. After the teeth are prepped for the custom fit of the veneer, an impression will be made and sent to the lab for fabrication. The impression will also be used to create a temporary restoration worn during this time while the permanent veneer is being made. When the veneer is ready, the temporary will be removed and replaced with your custom-fit veneer. The veneer is then bonded to the tooth using a resin cement that hardens quickly and provides strong adhesion once set. Once in place, veneers cannot be removed without damaging your teeth.
Are Veneers a Good Option for Me?
Veneers are an excellent option for many patients looking to improve the appearance of their smile. Veneers are thin shells placed over the front surfaces of teeth to mask imperfections, including stains, chips, cracks, and gaps between teeth. Many patients choose veneers because they are non-invasive and require only minimal tooth preparation before placement.
If you are interested in getting veneers or learning more about the procedure, visit LaBry Family Dentistry at 100 Tennyson Drive, Broussard, LA 70518, or call (337) 330-8480.