Most of us take a healthy, beautiful smile for granted. Normally we smile, speak, and eat naturally without even thinking about it. However, if you have missing, cracked, or chipped teeth, these simple everyday things become embarrassing and frustrating.
Advances in dentistry have provided us with a wide array of treatments that restore the look and function of damaged or missing teeth. Porcelain veneers are by far one of the most popular and versatile treatments available for making changes to your smile.
Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain that is bonded securely to the front surface of your teeth. In the hands of an experienced professional, veneers can be designed to mimic your natural tooth enamel perfectly. Since porcelain veneers can be shaped and colored to resemble natural teeth, they are very effective for eliminating flaws like severe stains or chips.
In order to create a natural-looking restoration, we usually need to remove a tiny bit of your tooth enamel to make space for the veneers to fit properly. The process of placing veneers is pain-free and can often be completed in as little as two visits. Keep in mind, though, that since we have to remove a bit of your natural tooth enamel, the process is not reversible.
Choosing to have veneers placed is a commitment of time and money on your part. Well-made veneers can last for many years, so you owe it to yourself to make sure you’re doing everything possible to keep them in good condition.
As usual, proper oral hygiene is vital. Without regular dental cleanings and visits, you run the risk of allowing problems to develop that may compromise your veneers.
You can also avoid chipping or cracking your veneers by following a few simple guidelines: Don’t bite down on hard foods like nuts, and if you’re in the habit of chewing ice, stop. Also, if you’re prone to teeth grinding, you should protect your investment with a custom night guard that will prevent damage.
Our doctors have the training and expertise necessary to make your new teeth look both beautiful and natural. Porcelain veneers are just one type of cosmetic treatment that can take years off your appearance and help you feel good about smiling again.
We encourage you to explore the life-changing effects that come along with a fresh, beautiful new smile. If you are unhappy with the look of your front teeth or dislike your smile, give us a call today. We’ll be happy to arrange a consultation with one of our Salt Lake City dentists to discuss veneers as well as your other options.