If you are unhappy with the color, shape, or sizing of your tooth, you may be looking for a way to fix it. At Dr. Steve Kim DDS, we have the solution for you and we are more than happy to discuss your options with you.
Porcelain veneers are a great alternative when you have a tooth or two that do not look the way you want them to. Unfortunately, we cannot all be born with perfect teeth, and most of the time, most people are not.
From a lack of enamel to some discoloration over time, you will experience one or two teeth that you believe are flawed or could use some improvement.
When it comes down to it, porcelain veneers are a great option and will improve your smile quickly and without anyone knowing the difference.
If you are interested in discussing this option with Dr. Kim, give our office a call today to schedule your appointment.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
If you are unfamiliar with what porcelain veneers are, they are a thin shell-like covering that is placed over top of your tooth to cover up any flaws or damage. The veneer is made from a porcelain material and will be cemented onto your permanent tooth once it has been prepared.
Porcelain veneers are often the choice material because they are durable and stain resistant. This means that even if you drink coffee or eat tomato sauce, your veneers will not become discolored. In addition, the color of the veneer can be matched to your natural teeth.
Many patients have their own reason for getting dental veneers and some of the most common reasons include:
- Closing a gap between teeth
- Reshaping a tooth
- Covering a worn down tooth
- Covering a fractured or broken tooth
- Cover discolored teeth
- Correct unevenness
Dental veneers are also a great choice for patients who want to straightened their smile, but do not want to undergo an orthodontic treatment, such as braces.
Veneer Consultation and Procedure
If you are interested in dental veneers, you will need to first come in for a consultation with Dr. Kim. He will look over your teeth and take x-rays of your mouth. Once it is determined that you are a good candidate for veneers, Dr. Kim will discuss your options with you.
It is important to keep in mind that you may need to have a procedure or two done BEFORE you receive the veneers. For example, if you have cavity or gum disease, this will need to be treated first.
Once you arrive for your dental veneer procedure, Dr. Kim will begin to remove some of the enamel from the tooth that is receiving the veneer. The removal process is quick and you will not even notice that any enamel is missing. The process is done to shape the tooth and get it ready for the veneer to be placed.
Once the enamel is removed, Dr. Kim will then take an impression of your tooth and send the mold out to the lab. It can take a week or two to receive the veneers back, but once they arrive, you will be rescheduled for an appointment.
The veneer will be temporarily placed onto your tooth to make sure that the trim and fit is right before it is permanently bonded. If the shape or color is incorrect, it can be adjusted easily without any downtime for you.
Once the right shape and color is achieved, the veneer will be cemented to your tooth and a light will be placed over the tooth to help activate the cement and seal the deal.
After the veneer has been permanently placed, your dentist will then re-check the tooth to make sure that it is correct and that any extra cement is removed from the tooth. It is not uncommon to return for a follow up appointment to make sure that the veneer is doing well and looks the way it should.
Are Dental Veneers Permanent?
No. Dental veneers are not permanent, but, they can last up to 10 years, if taken care of properly. You can reasonably expect them to last up to five years without any type of replacement or problems.
How to Care for Dental Veneers
Porcelain veneers are easy to care for and you do not have to do anything special to them. It is important that you do follow a routine care schedule to ensure that you are brushing and flossing your teeth.
You will need to still have regular dental checkups, which typically occur every six months or twice per year.
Are There Any Risks or Downsides to Veneers?
Of course there are just like any other procedure. The biggest downside is that the you cannot simply take the veneer off if you are unhappy with it – it is a permanent procedure. Also, you will need to have the veneers replaced every five to ten years depending on their wear and look.
It is possible for veneers to fall off, especially if a sticky substance latches onto them or if you bite your nails, chew on ice, or other rough surfaces including pens, etc.
One thing to keep in mind is that a tooth that has a veneer on it can still develop tooth decay, which may result in the tooth needing to be extracted or covered with a crown.
If you are worried about any of the possible downsides or risks, speak with Dr. Kim today. He will provide you with all of the information you need to make a decision about whether or not the process is right for you.
Call Our Office Now to Schedule an Appointment
If you are interested in dental veneers or you would like to discuss your options when it comes to improving your smile, give us a call today to schedule your appointment.
Dr. Kim wants you to be happy with your smile and will do what it takes to help you improve it.