Are a number of aesthetic problems keeping you from enjoying the smile of your dreams? At Conklin & Ward Dental Group, we offer porcelain veneers, a great way to improve the color, shape or size of your teeth. This popular cosmetic service will help you recreate your smile while you strengthen and enhance the beauty of your teeth.
Porcelain veneers are made of very thin layers of fine dental porcelain. They are designed one by one, so you know that each is the correct shape and size for the tooth that it will conceal. A dental lab custom crafts your veneers and then ships them to our office where they will be carefully bonded to the facial side of your teeth. The finished result is a smile that is beautiful and natural looking.
Because porcelain veneers are attached to the facial side of your front teeth, they can be used to hide a variety of cosmetic flaws. For instance, veneers cover teeth that are chipped, cracked or broken. Also, a porcelain veneer can make a small tooth look larger or a crooked one look perfectly aligned. Veneers can also be used to close gaps between teeth that are unevenly spaced.
And remember, we don’t need to cover all of your teeth with porcelain veneers in Millersville. If only one or two of your teeth require alteration, then the dentist can specify veneers for just those. You won’t be able to tell the difference between teeth with veneers and adjacent teeth.
Most patients are qualified to have porcelain veneers. But as with all cosmetic dentistry in Millersville, your oral health will need to be assessed first. We’ll check for signs of tooth decay and gum disease. If cavities or weakened gum tissue is present, then these will need to be taken care of before we can begin prepping your teeth for veneers.
Only two or three appointments are needed to complete the veneer process. At your first visit, a thin layer of enamel is removed from the front of your teeth. This is how we make sure your veneers lay evenly with your other teeth and bond securely. Then, an impression is taken of your prepared teeth, which we use to make temporary acrylic veneers for you to wear while the lab handcrafts your permanent veneers.
In a few weeks, the veneers arrive in our office. Each one is checked before bonding to make sure it is the specified size, shape and color. If necessary, small adjustments can be made in the office. Then, the temporaries are removed and your customized veneers are permanently bonded to your teeth. With good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, porcelain veneers can last for up to 10 years.