If you’ve developed chips, cracks, stains and even gaps over the years, you might think that cosmetic dentistry can’t help you. However, there’s no reason to hide your smile any longer; St. Albans Dental offers one of the most comprehensive cosmetic treatments available today. With high-quality, natural-looking, and durable porcelain veneers from Dr. Aten and Dr. Saini, you can make your smile look truly radiant from top to bottom! To learn how the process works or schedule your first consultation, give our office a call today!
It doesn’t matter if you have multiple imperfections in your smile; porcelain veneers can effectively cover all of them simultaneously. Whether you have permanent stains that whitening cannot seem to remove, you have cosmetic chips and cracks that stick out in your smile, or you have gaps that you’d prefer to cover rather than resolve with orthodontics, porcelain veneers can hide them all! This means you won’t have to complete multiple treatments to make your smile look the way you want it to.
Porcelain veneers are designed to be incredibly thin, making it easy for them to cover existing teeth. Of course, in order for the veneers to sit flush, a small amount of tooth enamel is removed. For this reason, it’s important that you are ready to commit to veneers as tooth enamel that is removed cannot be brought back afterwards. Once we’ve completed your exam, we’ll prepare your teeth, then capture detailed impressions so they can be used to create your restorations. Until then, you’ll wear a temporary veneer/set of veneers so you can get acclimated to your future smile.
After the veneers are created, which takes about two weeks, you’ll come back for your final appointment to have the temporary veneers removed and your permanent restorations placed. We’ll make sure that they look as natural as possible and blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
In most cases, you can expect a set of porcelain veneers to last for about 10 years. However, this requires daily maintenance, such as brushing your veneers twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste and flossing in between them, just like you would with natural teeth. It also means making sure that you watch out for foods and beverages that can stain teeth easily (i.e. red wine, dark-colored fruits, coffee, dark teas, mustard and tomato sauce.) Veneers are smoother and less porous than tooth enamel, which makes them less susceptible to staining. With that said, you still need to remain dedicated to oral care and be mindful of the foods you eat to keep them looking natural for as long as possible.