What bothers you about your smile aesthetics? Do you have chipped teeth or so stained that professional whitening can’t help? Drs. Dallas Steele and William Halliday at Arrowhead Foothills Dentistry create artistic changes with porcelain veneers in Glendale, AZ. See your smile improve dramatically!
Just What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers, or dental laminates as they are often called, are super-thin shells of dental ceramic.They are custom-fabricated according to precise imaging and a careful treatment plan formulated by your dentist in Glendale, AZ.
Bonded to the frontside of selected teeth, porcelain veneers disguise:
- Dark staining (from oral injury, prescriptions, food and beverages and the aging process)
- Chips, pits, and cracks
- Congenital malformation (odd size or shape)
- Small gaps and mild overcrowding
Why Do People Get Veneers?
While your teeth may be healthy, you dislike their appearance. You cover your mouth when laughing, smiling or talking in public.
When your teeth look bad, self-esteem suffers, and your interpersonal and professional relationships can, too. Your teeth can make or break that all-important first impression. So, porcelain veneers can rescue how you look and how you feel about yourself, too.
Should You Get Porcelain Veneers?
To begin the veneer process, your dentist in Glendale, AZ performs a comprehensive oral exam. Digital X-rays and other imaging, along with photos, a discussion of your goals and a smile preview, complete your consultation. The dentist wants patients to participate in treatment planning, including realistic expectations of their finished smiles.
Moreover, cosmetic dentistry patients must have healthy teeth and gums to be successful candidates for porcelain veneers. They cannot:
- Grind or clench their teeth (bruxism)
- Have extensive decay or restorations
- Have untreated gum disease
In other words, cosmetic dentistry candidates should be in good oral health.
The Veneer Procedure
Veneers typically require removal of 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the front side of each tooth. This preparation is quick and comfortable and allows good bonding and fit.
The dentist sends oral impressions, photos and instructions to the dental lab where the ceramist crafts a three-dimensional model of the teeth. He or she sculpts the laminates, considering the shape of the teeth and the patient’s facial features.
During the next appointment, Dr. Steele bonds the veneers in place and adjusts:
- Tooth color by varying the shade of the bonding adhesive
- Dental bite
- Fit of the laminates on each tooth
Porcelain veneers blend in really well with the patient’s natural teeth. Plus, while veneers are primarily a cosmetic treatment, they do add a measure of durability to teeth.
Caring for Porcelain Veneers
Patients with porcelain veneers brush twice a day with a soft brush twice a day and floss daily. The dental team at Arrowhead Foothills Dentistry advise six-month check-ups and cleanings as usual. Most patients retain their veneers for many years.
Learn about Cosmetic Dentistry
For great aesthetic dentistry services, contact Arrowhead Foothills Dentistry. Find out if porcelain veneers can enhance your smile.