Are Veneers for You?

Advancements in cosmetic dentistry make it easier than ever to obtain a picture perfect smile. If you have teeth that are stained, chipped or have gaps, you may be self-conscious about smiling. Dental veneers (also called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) can be an ideal cosmetic dentistry option for creating a beautiful smile and boosting confidence. Veneers are very thin specially crafted shells of tooth-colored materials that cover the front side of teeth. Many patients are delighted with the difference they see in the mirror after veneers.

If you want to change the appearance of your smile with veneers, contact Dr. Anthony Marra at Huntersville Cosmetic & Family Dentistry. Before making a decision about veneers, consider this information below.

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Veneers are custom made.

An impression is made of your teeth and sent to a lab to create a tailor-made fit for your mouth. The veneer is then bonded to the tooth with a cement resin.

Veneers are an irreversible process.

A small amount of tooth enamel must be removed from your tooth to fit the veneer or shell. Once bonded to the tooth, the veneer changes the color, shape, size or length of the tooth.

Veneers can be costly.

Because of cost, many people find it helpful to budget for veneers. Insurance often does not cover many cosmetic dentistry procedures. Flexible spending accounts can be another way to help prepare for the cost.

Eventually veneers must be replaced.

Chips and cracks can occur in veneers over time.

Proper care can extend the life of veneers.

As dentists like to say, only brush and floss the teeth you want to keep. Good oral hygiene, such as brushing your teeth at least two times a day for two minutes and daily flossing, will keep your veneers in good shape for a longer period of time. Also, use a nonabrasive fluoride toothpaste for brushing.

Avoid or limit staining foods and drinks.

Some foods and drink are prone to discolor teeth. Tea, coffee and red wine are among the biggest staining culprits. To keep veneers in tip-top condition, consider eliminating these food and beverages from your diet or enjoy occasionally.  Porcelain veneers are more resistant to stain than those made with resin.

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