Your teeth are a very important component of your smile. Even the smallest flaws can affect their appearance. As a result, the quality of your smile is significantly diminished. This can also greatly impact your confidence, leading you to try to hide your smile from those around you. Fortunately, minor flaws can be corrected. At Dental Arts of Frederick, we can improve the appearance of your teeth, and the quality of your smile, with dental veneers.
What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are a cosmetic treatment used to improve the appearance of teeth affected by my minor flaws. They are small, thin restorations that look almost like shells, and are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth. They effectively cover over the affected teeth, completely transforming their appearance.
Veneers can be used to correct some minor cosmetic flaws. These include:
|Small chips or cracks in your tooth enamel.
|Minor spaces between your teeth.
|Discoloration that cannot be treated with whitening.
What are Veneers Made From?
Veneers are typically made from either composite resin or porcelain. Both of these materials match the color of your natural teeth, providing a realistic appearance. Composite veneers cost less than porcelain, but porcelain is often the preferred material. There are a few different reasons for this.
|It provides a more realistic appearance. In addition to perfectly matching the color of your teeth, it also reflects light like natural enamel. This provides you with a much more realistic appearance to your smile.
|It is stronger than composite resin. Porcelain is stronger than composite and can withstand more daily wear and tear. Composite veneers typically last 7 to 10 years while porcelain can last 15 years or more. Even so, it is important that you take good care of your veneers to ensure that they last.
|It is stain-resistant. Composite resin is porous and can collect stains very easily. Unlike your natural teeth, however, composite cannot be whitened. Porcelain can resist stains and can resist them better than your natural tooth enamel.
Why Get Dental Veneers?
There are several benefits to dental veneers. Benefits include:
|Improving the appearance of your teeth and the appearance of your smile.
|Veneers look just like your natural teeth.
|Boosting your confidence.
|Biocompatibility. Both composite and porcelain are biocompatible and will not irritate your gums.
How are Dental Veneers Placed?
The process for getting dental veneers typically requires two office visits. During the first visit, the teeth are prepared, a process that involves removing a small portion of the enamel from the front surfaces of the affected tooth. This creates the space necessary for the veneers to fit naturally in with the rest of your smile. After preparing the teeth, impressions are taken and sent to a lab. The lab creates the veneers and sends them back. At the second appointment, the veneers are fitted and bonded to the teeth.
With our in-office lab and porcelain ovens, we can create veneers in one appointment. After your teeth are prepared, the impressions are sent to our in-office lab and used to create your veneers. When they are complete, they are fitted. Any adjustments can be done right there. You leave the appointment with your beautiful new smile. There is no need for additional appointments.
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Dental veneers can transform the appearance of your teeth, enhancing the beauty of your smile. For more information, and to find out if veneers are the right solution for you, contact Dental Arts of Frederick at 301-732-7277 to schedule your consultation today.