Dental veneers are an increasingly viable option for Pro Health Dental patients who prefer not to go through the experience of having braces or Invisalign. It’s a fast and easy way to make drastic changes to a compromised or less-than-ideal smile. Many celebrities opt to get veneers because they need to be camera ready now.
Think of veneers as a non-surgical, non-invasive alternative to braces and oral surgery. Veneers allow Pro Health Dental to correct cosmetic concerns without removing much healthy tooth material in the process.
What Veneers Can Address
Dental veneers can be used to address a wide variety of concerns, including:
- Tooth Discoloration / Stained Teeth
- Chipped, Damaged Teeth
- Gaps in Between Teeth
- Enhance, Augment, or Diminish Tooth Size
- Visible Fillings (as an Alternative to Amalgam or Mercury)
- Damaged or Diminished Tooth Enamel
What’s in a Veneer?
To put it simply, a dental veneer is a thin shell made of porcelain or ceramic. This cosmetic shell is made custom to fit in with your surrounding teeth. To ensure gripping, a small amount of tooth enamel will need to be removed (only about the width of a hair). Once this is done, impressions are taken and sent to a lab to fabricate your brand new, personalized veneers.
We only shave away a tiny portion of tooth in order to place your dental veneers. In the case of, say, a dental crown, we would need to take significantly more natural enamel away, which ends up leaving only a nub of natural tooth which is then covered by a crown. Dental veneers don’t require nearly as much enamel subtraction.
Porcelain Veneer Appeal
People are calling dental veneers “Instant Orthodontics,” which is largely true. Porcelain veneers are long-lasting and look exactly like natural teeth. Veneers are one of the most popular treatments utilized for masking stains, discoloration, and correcting minor cases of misalignment.
Indirect vs. Direct Dental Veneers
Indirect dental veneers are more common than direct veneers. Indirect dental veneers (porcelain veneers), are made off location in a lab. To get the right fit, color, and shape, Pro Health Dental will take exact measurements, impressions, and precise images to send to the lab, where we’ll fabricate your dental veneers and send them back to our clinic for placement. Typically, indirect dental veneer placement takes two visits.
Direct dental veneers are an even quicker remedy and are placed the day of your appointment. We make them from a composite resin and place them directly on your natural teeth. Your direct dental veneers take longer and are often more labor-intensive, since we’ll need to shave away a little more tooth enamel than we would when we place indirect dental veneers.
Duration, dental veneer cost, and how long your veneers can last are all subjects we will discuss with you during your initial consultation.
Applying veneers requires no invasive surgery or long-term corrections. You can treat them as you would your normal teeth once they’ve been placed. Of course, keeping a healthy diet and brushing and flossing routine will extend the longevity of your dental veneers. Veneers are among the safest dental procedures available on the market. Schedule your initial consultation with Pro Health Dental today to learn more.
If you have damaged teeth, badly discolored teeth, or teeth that are anything less than newsworthy, dental veneers might be an excellent treatment option for you. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment. We’ll answer any lingering questions you might have.