Why Choose Veneers?
Dental veneers offer a simple way to change the appearance of one tooth or all of them. Dr.John Monaco, your Saint Louis, MO, dentist, share some information about veneers.
Veneers hide imperfections
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are attached to the front surfaces of teeth. Although they're no thicker than a fingernail, veneers easily conceal a range of dental flaws, including:
- Slight gaps between teeth
- Discolorations due to tetracycline use, large fillings or root canals
- Crooked or oddly shaped teeth
- Short teeth
Whitening your smile is easy with veneers
Eating and drinking brightly colored foods, such as coffee, tea, wine, cola, popsicles, and berries can stain your teeth. Although teeth whitening can improve the appearance of your smile, the results must be touched up occasionally, and whitening may not lighten your teeth quite as much as you expected. Veneers provide long-lasting results and allow you to choose the shade of white you prefer
Limitations of Porcelain Veneers
There are some situations in which veneers would be inappropriate. For example, if you have significantly misaligned teeth or a large gap, orthodontics might be a more appropriate solution than veneers. And if you have lost a lot of tooth structure from decay or trauma (or a particularly severe grinding habit), it might be better to restore your teeth with porcelain crowns that cover the entire tooth.
Creating a New Smile with Porcelain Veneers
The first step in creating a new smile with porcelain veneers is to communicate exactly what you don't like about your smile as it is now. It's a great idea to bring in pictures of smiles you do like, as a starting point for discussion. It's possible to see how veneers would look on your teeth in one of several ways. A model of your teeth can be created over which wax “veneers” can be placed; sometimes acrylic (plastic) or tooth-colored filling material can be placed directly onto your teeth to demonstrate the effect veneers would have on them.
Once the plan has been agreed upon, your teeth will be prepared by removing a small amount of enamel, if this step is necessary. Molds of your teeth will be taken and used by a skilled dental laboratory to create your veneers, and you will receive a temporary set of veneers to wear during the few weeks it will take to create your permanent veneers. When the veneers come back from the lab, they will be cemented onto your teeth.
Caring for Your Veneers
Just like the teeth nature gave you, teeth restored with veneers need gentle brushing and flossing every day. This will remove dental plaque and ensure good gum tissue health around the veneers. Regular checkups at the dental office will remain as important as always to your oral and general health. And keep in mind that as tough as veneers are, they may not be able to withstand forces that come from using your teeth as tools (to open packages, for example) or biting into very hard foods like candy apples — which isn't good for your natural teeth, either! And if you grind or clench your teeth at night, you might be advised to get a custom-made nightguard to protect your veneers — and your investment.
Interested in veneers from John Monaco, DDS, PC in St. Louis, MO?
Call (314) 892-5343 to schedule an appointment today!
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