Chipped, discolored, or misshapen teeth can make people lose their confidence and self-esteem. At Tualatin Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer several options to restore your lost smile. One of the most popular options today is dental veneers.
What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin custom-made shells of ceramic or composite resin that are bonded to the surface of the tooth to provide a natural look. Dental veneers can be used to permanently hide discolored, chipped, misshapen, misaligned, worn down, and abnormally spaced teeth.
Types of Dental Veneers
The two most common types of dental veneers are porcelain and composite resin. Both these veneers are fabricated at a dental laboratory. Porcelain material becomes very strong when it is bonded to teeth and hence is more durable than composite resin.
Placement of Dental Veneers
The placement of dental veneers may require two visits, depending on the technology being used.
To prepare your tooth, we will first remove a small amount of the tooth surface to accommodate the veneer. A mold is taken of the tooth with the help of a putty-like substance or with the use of digital technology. The impression is sent to a dental lab to fabricate the veneer based on your tooth and mouth specifications.
On your second visit, the veneer is bonded to your tooth with resin cement.
Taking Care of Your Dental Veneers
Dental veneers should be taken care of like your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing your teeth can help get rid of food debris and prevent bacteria build up. We may also recommend nonabrasive fluoride toothpaste, which can clean your teeth without dislodging the veneer.
Also, make sure you are regular with all your appointments with Dr. Emerson Rowley, DMD. He may suggest a polish during your dental visit or recommend a mouthguard if you have a habit of clenching your teeth.
Even those who are the most self-conscious about their smile can see a big change with porcelain veneers.
Benefits and Limitations of Your Dental Veneers
Are Dental Veneers A Good Option For Me?
Candidates who have teeth that are chipped, misshapen, mid-sized, or discolored can benefit from veneer treatments. They are also ideal for situations when you have a slight gap between two adjacent teeth as well as an abnormally short tooth.
If you are interested in getting a dental veneer, call us at (503) 878-7474, and we will discuss your treatment options.