Unlike much of the rest of our bodies, our teeth don’t heal themselves, or at least not very quickly. In the case of a chipped tooth or severe tooth decay, the problem will only get worse rather than the body healing the issue. So if you have a chipped or broken tooth or if the enamel on one or multiple teeth has been damaged, it will most likely require some sort of cosmetic dentistry repair to renew your smile.

There are several options for repairing chipped or damaged teeth, including veneers, dental implants, and bridges. Veneers are a popular choice for fixing cosmetic dental issues since it’s a relatively easy process that doesn’t involve extracting any teeth, which is done when a patient gets dental implants.

At James W. Mellert DDS and Associates, we offer several cosmetic dentistry services, including bonding, veneers, inlays and outlays, teeth whitening, and Invisalign. Our team specializes in aesthetic, periodontal, and implant dentistry. Because we know how important a beautiful smile is, we are committed to providing our patients with the very best service. We understand that these processes can be intimidating, so we’ll do everything we can to make you comfortable. If you’re considering getting porcelain veneers, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation so we can go over the entire process. In the meantime, there’s some basic information about veneers to help get you started.

What You Need to Know About Porcelain Veneers

What Are Veneers?

Dental veneers are very thin shells that are bonded to the front of your natural teeth. Veneers are made of porcelain, which is a very strong and durable material.

Some Quick Info On Veneers

  • You don’t have to get veneers for the whole mouth, only one or two teeth are needed.
  • They are good at resisting stains.
  • They can still chip and crack like normal teeth.
  • They are not removable.
  • You can choose the shade of white.

What is the Process Like?

The first step in getting dental veneers is consulting with your dentist to determine if you’re a good candidate. They will examine the structure and health of your teeth and create a plan for you going forward.

When you decide to go forward with the veneers, you’ll schedule the first of two visits that make up the process. The first appointment is to trim down a thin amount of the enamel off the teeth. This is done so that the veneers don’t add any extra width to your teeth. What many people fear about veneers is that their teeth will need to be ground down significantly, but a majority of your teeth will be left intact. Your dentist will then make an impression of your teeth and determine the shade of white that you want. The impression of your teeth will be sent to a lab where your veneers will be made. While the veneers are being made, temporary veneers can be placed so that you can continue smiling without worry.

During your second appointment, the veneers will be examined to ensure a perfect fit, and then they will be bonded to your teeth. In order to “cure” the veneers to your teeth, a special light is used for about 60 seconds to make the bonding permanent. If there is any extra bonding material, your dentist will use special instruments to smooth it down.

When You Also Need Treatment For Disease

In many cases, dental veneers are used because tooth decay has affected the aesthetics of the teeth, or there may be a cavity that needs to be filled. In this case, your dentist may need to apply a veneer inlay, which is a porcelain veneer attached to a porcelain filling. If there is a disease or cavity that needs to be treated, veneers and inlays or onlays can be combination treatment.

How to Care For Dental Veneers

After the procedure is completed, your gums may feel sore for a few days, but this can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication. Long-term care for veneers is just like your regular teeth. You need to continue brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist for regular checkups. You may also want to avoid hard, crunchy foods to prevent chips. Veneers typically last up to 20 years.

Schedule a Consultation With James W. Mellert DDS and Associates

Our team serves the greater Torrance, California area, and we are here to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted. Call our office today to schedule a consultation.