It is very rare to meet a person who is completely satisfied with the appearance of their teeth and smile. This could be for a variety of reasons. Most people seek to have the whitest teeth possible, as they’re usually dissatisfied with the discoloration from foods, health factors, habits, and your layer of enamel. The shape and size of teeth can be discouraging and cause distaste as well. This could be because of the natural shape or the tooth or because you may have chipped it in the past. Lastly, teeth shifting and gaps could also contribute to these ill feelings. It is normal for you to feel this way, as you want to have the best possible smile. Veneers are the solution to achieving a smile that you are happy with. Veneers are a less intrusive option than crowns or braces. They can be used to close gaps or correct crooked teeth. Patients also choose veneers as a cosmetic solution to enhance the brightness of their teeth and to straighten their smile, correcting issues like discoloration, fractures, or chips.

A veneer is a “thin piece of porcelain used to re-create the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel.” Porcelain veneers are placed over the front of teeth that appear to small or too large, slightly discolored, or simply are not cosmetically pleasing to the patient. Porcelain veneers are the preferred solution for correcting issues of shape or color. They can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years. The cost can range anywhere from $800 to $2,000 per tooth. It’s important to know they will need to be replaced eventually. They are custom-made to the contour of your own teeth and are bonded to the tooth’s original enamel during a series of in-office procedures.

The procedure process begins with the preparation of the tooth or teeth. This entails removing the discolored or unsightly portion of the tooth and meticulously shaping the tooth in preparation for the new veneer(s). Once we have shaped the tooth, an impression will be taken. This impression will be sent to a lab where your new restoration will be crafted. While the new veneers are created, you will be provided with temporary restoration. This temporary restoration will resemble your natural teeth so that you can continue with your daily life without worrying about a missing or incompatible tooth.

During your second visit to the office, you will proceed with the placement of your final restoration. The veneers will be fitted comfortable into your mouth, leaving you with a beautifully restored smile.

When it comes to caring for your veneers, you should brush and floss just as you would your regular teeth. Proper daily brushing, and use of non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste would be best. Consider limiting coffee, wine, and other stain-inducing foods. It’s important to remember that veneers will need to be replaced at some point, no matter how well you take care of them. Proper oral hygiene will help them last as long as possible.

If you’re deciding on veneers, consult your dentist and be sure you understand every part of the process and cost. A beautiful smile feels great and can increase both your confidence and well-being.