When it comes to perfect teeth, you can't beat a Hollywood red-carpet smile. What you may not know is that the secret to a beautiful smile worthy of the silver screen isn't out of reach. If you would like to improve the appearance of your smile, our Naugatuck dentists, Dr. Almeida and Dr. Tannenbaum, can help with custom veneers.
Veneers are thin shells of porcelain designed to fit over your natural teeth, and they can be used to correct a wide variety of cosmetic dental issues, including discoloration, uneven teeth, gaps between teeth, crooked teeth, or teeth that are too small. The veneers can be fitted to just your front teeth or your entire mouth depending on your desired outcome and oral health.
Porcelain veneers are an excellent way to find the smile of your dreams. With proper care, the veneers can last for years and will give you a healthy, beautiful smile that looks completely natural.
If you are looking for a lower-cost alternative to porcelain veneers, we also offer dental bonding at our Naugatuck, CT dental office. Bonding consists of veneers made of tooth-colored resin, the same material used in tooth-colored fillings. These veneers are less expensive than porcelain veneers but are not as strong, stain-resistant, or long-lasting. However, resin veneers can still last for several years with proper care and regular dental visits.
How Do I Get Dental Veneers?
Whether you choose porcelain veneers or bonding, some healthy tooth material must be removed to prepare your teeth. This is necessary to avoid a "bulky" appearance when the veneers are in place. For porcelain veneers, we will take an impression of your mouth to send to the lab.
Resin veneers can usually be placed in a single visit. The dentist will match the color of the resin to your natural teeth and apply it to the selected teeth after lightly etching them to increase the strength of the bond. The resin is shaped to create a natural-looking veneer and then polished. Once the resin is cured and set, you will leave our office with a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
For porcelain veneers, once the veneers are ready, we will schedule you for a follow-up appointment. Your dentist will check the fit of the veneers and make any necessary adjustments in our office before cementing them into place over your natural teeth.
Caring for Veneers
Caring for your dental veneers is an important part of keeping your smile beautiful for years to come. While both porcelain and resin veneers are stain-resistant, they can become stained over time, particularly if you eat or drink staining foods or are a smoker. Remember that unlike natural teeth, stained veneers do not respond to whitening treatment.
Veneers can also crack, chip, or come loose from the tooth if they are subjected to extreme pressure. Avoid chewing on hard foods, such as ice or hard candies, and try not to chew on non-food items, such as pens or pencils. If your veneer does become damaged or pops off, call us to make an appointment as soon as possible. We can inspect the veneer and let you know if it can be fixed or must be remade.
Find Your Best Smile with Dental Veneers
If you have wanted to improve the appearance of your smile and would like to find out if dental veneers are right for you, contact us now to schedule a consultation.