Dental veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells made of porcelain or resin composite materials that fit over your natural teeth to hide flaws such as discoloration, chips, and cracks. Veneers dramatically improve the look of your smile without orthodontics or invasive procedures.
In addition to covering stains, cracks, and chips, dental veneers can be used to:
If you’re interested in dental veneers, Dr. Stonisch first evaluates your oral health and teeth to make sure you're a good candidate. Your teeth and gums must be healthy and free from infection before getting veneers.
During your veneer fitting, Dr. Stonisch prepares your teeth by sanding off a thin layer of enamel. The amount of enamel removed is equivalent to the thickness of the dental veneer.
Next, you bite into a soft mold that leaves an impression of your teeth. These molds are sent to a lab, where your custom-designed veneers are manufactured.
You and Dr. Stonisch also pick the perfect shade for your veneers so they either whiten your smile or match your current color. Before going home, you’re fitted with temporary veneers to protect your teeth while your permanent dental veneers are being made.
At your next appointment, your final veneers are fitted. Dr. Stonisch applies a gel to your teeth to facilitate bonding, then cements the dental veneers in place.
Dental veneers last up to 15 years or more with proper care. Because your surface enamel was removed in preparation for the veneers, if your current set becomes damaged or wears out, you will need to replace them.
You should avoid biting hard foods with your veneers. If you grind your teeth at night, your dentist can fit you for a custom-made mouth guard to protect your dental veneers.
Caring for veneers is just as simple as caring for your natural teeth. You should brush and floss at least twice daily. You should also visit the dentist every six months for a thorough examination and professional cleaning that keeps your smile healthy.
If you’re ready to improve your smile with dental veneers, call the friendly and professional team at Faircourt Dental Smile Studio or use the online appointment form.
Feel free to email us regarding any scheduling or general questions!