These days, there is no shortage of cosmetic dentistry services that can improve an imperfect smile. But if your teeth have so many flaws that need fixing, it can be difficult to decide where to even begin. Thanks to a treatment called veneers, the team at Brush Dental can give several of your teeth a complete makeover at the same time! If you’ve been dreaming of having a flawlessly gorgeous grin but have no idea where to start, we recommend calling our office to schedule a consultation and learn more about how veneers can help.
A veneer is a thin porcelain shell that resembles a fingernail in size and shape and fits over the entire front-facing surface of a tooth. Once a veneer has been bonded over your tooth, virtually all of its aesthetic imperfections disappear at once, including:
Each veneer is personalized to match the appearance of your natural smile, making them the ideal treatment to improve multiple aspects of your smile in one fell swoop.
The first step in the veneers process is having a consultation with either Dr. Kuan or Dr. Lam. They’ll examine your mouth, talk to you about the goals you have in mind for your smile, and whether veneers are the best way for you to achieve them. If so, then we can go ahead and schedule the first of the two appointments it will take to get veneers.
To begin with, we’ll prepare the teeth that will receive the veneers by shaving off a thin outer layer of enamel. That way, the veneers won’t look or feel bulky compared to the rest of your smile. Next, we capture impressions of your mouth to make a mold of your teeth, which will be used to create your veneers. We’ll send the mold to a partnered dental lab and place temporary veneers to protect your teeth in the meantime. You’ll return to our office in a few weeks, once the final veneers arrive at our office, to place them and instantly beautify your smile!
There’s a good reason why veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments currently available. Here are some of the benefits you can look forward to after getting veneers:
It’s no secret that veneers are considered to be a commitment. That means you’ll want to be sure that you want to complete treatment beforehand, and Brush Dental is more than happy to help you determine if they are the right cosmetic option for you. Below, we’ve answered a few of the most common questions we’ve received over the years for your convenience, so feel free to take a look ahead of your consultation.
Since veneers do involve removal of existing enamel to place, they are considered to be a permanent treatment. Our office makes sure to be as conservative as possible when preparing teeth for veneers. If you’d prefer a treatment that was less permanent, cosmetic dental bonding may be a better solution based on your preferences. We’ll compare the two treatments and help you decide which one will help you achieve your dream smile the closest.
Keep in mind that just because a tooth is covered with a veneer does not mean it’s protected from bacteria that cause cavities. That means you’ll still need to brush at least two times a day and floss daily to ensure they last. Additionally, if you have a teeth grinding and clenching habit, you should wear a nightguard when you sleep to protect both your teeth and veneers from damage.
Dental crowns or “caps” are designed to cover the entire flat surface of a tooth. In comparison, veneers only cover the front visible portion of teeth, which is why we only recommend them for teeth that are noticeable when you smile. We would not recommend veneers for back teeth, for example. Thankfully, our office provides metal-free restorations, so whether your visible or nonvisible teeth are in need of repair, you have options when you visit Brush Dental. Just keep in mind that both restorations do involve minor removal of natural enamel to place.
Not at all! Our office makes sure to apply a local anesthetic to the teeth receiving treatment before we begin modifying them. While you may feel a small amount of pressure as the enamel is removed, you should not feel any discomfort during treatment. With that said, if you are receiving several veneers in a single visit, such as eight or more, you may feel some soreness following the end of your treatment. However, this discomfort is relatively mild and can be managed with over-the-counter medications if needed.
Yes! Eating your favorite foods should be indistinguishable from your natural teeth. However, you should stick to a soft food diet immediately after you receive your temporary veneers. That means anything tough, chewy, or crunchy should be held off until you’ve had your permanent veneers placed. This is the best way to avoid accidently chipping or losing veneers, which can cause discomfort as well as negatively affect your smile’s appearance.