Dental veneers are often clumped in cosmetic repair, but for the patients who need them, there are several restorative reasons for their placement. Using a thin shell of porcelain, we can make significant change in the look of a single or multiple teeth.
At Pacific Ave. Dental, our team, including Dr. Hablutzel, can improve your look, increasing your overall satisfaction with your smile, while possibly protecting the surface of a damaged tooth, with the simple placement of dental veneers.
Who are dental veneers for?Patients may inquire about dental veneers when one or more of their front teeth have a variety of undesirable effects. Veneers are designed to cover only the front face of your teeth, making them an excellent alternative to crowns because we are able to remove less of the natural tooth structure for placement. Veneers provide a much more conservative approach when altering the tooth’s shape, color or size. Patients seek veneers to cover teeth that are:
|•||Fractured: Dental veneers can be placed over teeth that have been fractured, including cracks and chips. This will offer the teeth some protection and visually give them a perfect look.|
|•||Stained: From teeth that are severely stained from smoking, coffee, an over-fluorination known as fluorosis, or from a variety of medications, including tetracycline, that can cause staining.|
|•||Gaps: For patients who want to have gaps visually closed without the long process of orthodontia, gaps can be filled with the placement of veneers.|
|•||Mis-shappen: We can visually help teeth look longer, shorter, or even straighter with dental veneers.|
|•||Worn: Dental disorders such as bruxism can rapidly wear down teeth or cause breakage. We can repair those effects with dental veneers.|
How Veneers WorkUnlike dental crowns, veneers cover only the front facing surface of your teeth. Your veneers appointments generally consist of two office visits, varying on the necessary preparatory work. At your first appointment, Dr. Hablutzel begins with reducing the natural tooth structure to allow space for placement of the veneer. The tooth is then etched to increase surface area and allow for better bonding. A mold is taken of the tooth for customized fabrication of your veneer shell. The veneer is made of porcelain or acrylic and customized for your bite. Once we receive the veneer from the dental lab, you will be contacted for placement. Dr. Hablutzel will check the fit, make adjustments as needed and then bond the thin porcelain shell directly to the front of your teeth with a bonding cement.
Following placement, you will be able to care for your veneer as you do your other teeth. Your care regime will including daily brushing and flossing. You can resume eating your normal diet, your veneer is designed to withstand normal chewing motions, and just like your regular teeth, you would want to use caution and not chew ice, or other hard materials.
Generally, veneers will last for many years, and the technique has shown remarkable longevity when properly performed.
Call us at (360) 373-3515 to schedule your appointment and start your journey towards a beautiful new smile today.