A less-than-ideal smile can cause a number of issues, from someone not feeling comfortable smiling to always feeling the need to cover his or her mouth when smiling or laughing. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry boasts multiple treatments, such as veneers, that can help improve a smile.
Veneers restore chipped, cracked, discolored and mildly misaligned teeth. But how? That’s the question our cosmetic dentist that offers veneers in Kingston is answering today:
What are veneers?
Dental veneers are wafer-thin durable “shells” that adhere to a tooth’s surface. They are made from either durable porcelain or composite resin that is pliable and matched perfectly in color and shape to surrounding teeth. Veneers make it appear as though no work has been done, leaving you with a seamless smile.
How are veneers applied?
Minimally invasive, the procedure involves scraping a bit of enamel off the surface of the tooth before adhering the shell, which is made from wafer-thin, durable porcelain or composite resin. Scraping the enamel will ensure the teeth properly fit inside the lips and the bite pattern remains intact once the permanent veneers are bonded into place.
Our cosmetic dentists in the Harriman area will then select a color from a shade card to ensure the veneer complements your natural teeth. We will also take an impression of the teeth to guarantee a perfect fit and bite. That impression is sent to our dental lab for the veneer’s creation. Meanwhile, our dentist will place a temporary veneer on the tooth while the permanent one is being fabricated. Once we receive the final veneer from the lab, we will cement it into place, and — voila! — you leave the office with a brand-new smile!
How do I care for veneers?
Care for veneers is no different than caring for natural teeth: brush twice a day, floss once daily and visit a family dentist, like our dentist in Rockwood, twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning. In addition to that, we recommend avoiding hard, crunchy, sticky or chewy foods because they can damage veneers. Also, avoid using teeth to open packages or bottles as the cement adhering the veneer to the tooth may not withstand the pressure, which could cause a veneer to crack, break, or come off completely.
Dental Veneers in Kingston, Harriman and Rockwood, TN
Do you see a mouth full of imperfect teeth when you look in the mirror or see yourself in photos? You’re not alone. Fortunately, our cosmetic dentists at Lakeview Dental Arts can transform your smile with help from veneers. If you have questions, we’d love to answer them. Give us a call at (865) 376-9687, or contact us online to schedule a consultation today.