Veneers are often the secret behind stunning smiles. Are veneers right for you?
A beautiful, healthy-looking smile is something we all want. Not everyone is born with perfect teeth, though. Illness, decay, poor dental care, and trauma can all damage or discolor teeth.
If your smile isn’t all you want it to be, dental veneers may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Yuma dentist Dr. Sam Carroll offers high quality, natural-looking dental veneers to restore your smile.
Dental veneers can be used to correct a wide range of cosmetic dental problems. They can be used to cover damage such as chipped or cracked teeth, whether oral trauma or previous dental work caused damage. Veneers can improve the appearance of teeth that are uneven, too small, or crooked. They can also be used to fix gaps between your teeth.
Veneers are also an excellent solution to discolored or stained teeth. Some discoloration just can’t be fixed through any amount of whitening treatment, particularly when teeth are stained from tetracycline, a medication that can give teeth a grayish tint. Dental work such as root canals or large fillings can also cause the tooth to appear discolored. Veneers can cover these problems to give you beautiful, white, even teeth. They can be used on just one tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth, depending on your treatment needs.
Dental veneers are very thin sheets of tooth-colored material that are bonded directly to your natural teeth. They may be made of porcelain or of tooth-colored resin. Both materials offer pros and cons: porcelain veneers mimic the light-reflecting properties of natural teeth better and offer more stain resistance, while resin veneers can be made thinner, requiring less removal of your natural tooth material.
Properly customizing veneers is a multi-step process and will usually take approximately three appointments. During your initial consultation, you and Dr. Carroll will discuss your treatment options. Dr. Carroll will determine if veneers will provide the solution you desire and help you choose the treatment that will best serve your needs.
Once you have chosen to proceed with dental veneers, we will schedule an appointment to prepare your teeth. Dr. Carroll will remove a thin layer of the tooth enamel, giving the veneer somewhere to sit and ensuring it will look natural, not bulky or out of place. An impression will be made of your mouth to create a perfect fit for your veneers.
When the veneers are complete, our Yuma dental office will schedule your final fitting. During this appointment, we will check the fit of each veneer being placed and make adjustments as needed. Once the veneers look perfect, we will clean and lightly etch the area to be bonded, giving the surface the proper texture to ensure a good, strong bond. The bonding cement is applied and cured with a special light to harden quickly. Once any excess cement has been removed, you’re done and ready to show off your new smile!
If you are interested in making over a less-than-perfect smile with dental veneers or have any questions about our cosmetic dentistry services, contact our office today to schedule an appointment!