As we get older, our years will also begin to show on our teeth. Even though you may brush and floss daily and see your dentist at least every 6 months as recommended by the American Dental Association, regular wear and tear will still occur. These cracks, gaps, chips, discoloration, and misalignments can make you feel self-conscious and about how your smile looks and hesitant to show it off. Perhaps you feel overwhelmed by all the different issues you see in your smile. Maybe you’re worried about the cost and discomfort of various procedures that you’ll need for your smile to look revitalized. Dental veneers can correct these problems in just a few office visits with only one procedure instead of multiple.
Refresh Your Existing Smile With Dental Veneers
With porcelain dental veneers, Monroe, NC dentist Dr. Leonard Hess can improve the appearance of your smile by correcting the color, shape, and spacing of your teeth. Dental veneers can be used to reduce wide spaces between your teeth, enlarge or reshape small or misshapen teeth or whiten stained teeth. Maybe your teeth are chipped or are showing other minor cosmetic damage? Porcelain dental veneers can protect them against further damage while also restoring their appearance in a way that looks and feels natural.
Eating foods with dyes or that are acidic such as coffee, most fruit, and sugar can damage your tooth enamel, resulting in tooth sensitivity or discoloration. Although teeth whitening can address this problem, dental veneers may be a better choice for you if you have multiple concerns that need to be addressed in addition to whitening.
For issues such as minor gaps between teeth, or a few misaligned teeth, dental veneers can be a simpler, easier and more affordable way to resolve the issue than orthodontic treatment. Porcelain veneers are customized for each patient’s mouth and placed over your existing teeth, so Dr. Hess can design yours to cover any minor misalignment, gaps, or cracks.
Are Dental Veneers Right For Me?
The veneers are installed by Dr. Hess after he removes the outermost layer of enamel to allow them to fit in your mouth without feeling overly large or changing the shape of your face. A digital impression of the teeth will be taken and used to design the dental veneers. Then, your porcelain dental veneers will be made in a dental laboratory by skilled artists. In approximately 2–3 weeks, your new porcelain veneers will be ready to be permanently attached to your teeth. You will have the opportunity to review the shade and look of the veneers before they are permanently cemented to your teeth. The resulting smile will still be your own, but covered with a protective layer of lifelike porcelain, resulting in a fresher looking version of your smile!
There are some situations where porcelain veneers may not be a good choice at this time. For example, individuals who suffer from bruxism (habitual grinding of teeth) may want to consult with Dr. Hess about addressing this issue before any veneers are installed. Patients with very sensitive teeth may not want to undergo the procedure unless their dentist has been informed of this issue and has been addressed. Fortunately, once these roadblocks have been bypassed, most patients are able to benefit from veneers or are able to consider other cosmetic options provided by Dr. Hess.
Dental Veneers In the Charlotte, NC Area
To learn more about whether porcelain veneers are right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hess and his dental care team in Monroe, NC. Call 704.240.5045 or schedule a consultation online today.