If you have issues with the alignment, shape, and color of your teeth, then you may not necessarily need a number of different procedures to transform your smile. In fact, your Albuquerque, NM, dentist could actually completely change your smile with the placement of custom porcelain veneers. How do we create and place these custom cosmetic restorations?
How Do Veneers Makeover a Smile?
A veneer is a cosmetic restoration that fits over the front of your tooth. Once in place, they instantly change the overall shape and color of your tooth. We’ve used them to help lengthen worn down teeth, address minor damage, such as cracks or chips, and even correct misshapen teeth. They help close gaps between the teeth and even correct the appearance of minor misalignment, so you may not need to undergo orthodontic treatment. If you have permanent teeth stains, the kind that form underneath the enamel and may not respond to teeth whitening, then we can mask them completely.
We start by removing a thin layer of enamel from the surface of the tooth. Next, we take detailed impressions and measurements of the tooth. Using the details we gathered, we can begin to design and craft the restoration from porcelain. Not only is porcelain translucent like tooth enamel, but we can shade it to match the color of adjacent teeth. The material contains stain-resistant properties and can withstand and absorb serious bite forces and pressures. When we complete your new restoration, we place it with a powerful bonding agent, the same we use to secure crowns, inlays, and onlays.
After we place the restoration, you will return home and enjoy a newly brightened and beautiful smile. While stain-resistant, the material could still become discolored due to poor oral hygiene. The tooth the veneer is attached to is also still vulnerable to decay, infection, or gum disease. To ensure it lasts for decades to come, you should brush your teeth when you wake up and again before bed for two minutes each session. You also need to floss thoroughly before going to bed at night. Make time to see our team every six months, as a checkup allows us to monitor your smile and watch for signs of trouble, and a cleaning removes all plaque buildup, safeguarding teeth against tooth decay and gum disease. If you have any questions about our cosmetic restorations, then contact our team today to learn more.
Ready for a brand-new smile for 2020? We can help with a full array of cosmetic treatment options, form teeth whitening to bonding and veneers. For more information on our cosmetic improvement options, then schedule a consultation with us by calling Snow Park Dental in Albuquerque, NM, today at (505) 596-4479.
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