As people age, the look of enamel lightens and becomes more translucent. Discolorations happen over time as well. These are among the common reasons why people get veneers, however, there are many cosmetic concerns that our dentist in Seattle, Timothy J. Butson, DMD, MSD, can correct with veneers. Veneers are an extremely thin layer of material used to cover teeth. They resist staining and ensure that all teeth are equal in shape, color, and size. Veneers are made of porcelain or a composite of resin material. They are custom made and are permanently bonded to the front-side of teeth.
Natural Appearance of Veneers
Veneers are shaped and custom-made for each individual. This way they are uniquely fit to look natural.
Some teeth are resistant to whitening techniques. Veneers instantly correct this issue. The high-
tech material will stay white and resist staining from the usual culprits, such as smoking, coffee, and certain prescription medications.
Veneers also address the issue of unwanted gaps. Your dentist in Seattle can lessen or close the spaces between teeth with the sizing and placement of veneers. Along those same lines, veneers also correct the look of teeth that have been worn down, chipped, or broken. The look of misaligned or uneven teeth can also be aided by adding veneers.
This versatile solution to so many cosmetic dental concerns makes it an appealing one.
Veneers are often a preference over crowns, as there is minimal alteration to the natural tooth. Generally, less than a millimeter of natural enamel needs to be removed in order to make space for veneers. We first place the veneers on teeth, temporarily, to check their fit and appearance. Small adjustments are then made to get the look and feel perfect. The custom veneers are then bonded to the tooth, ensuring they stay in place and offer the desired aesthetic improvements.
Long-Lasting Low Maintenance Veneers
There is not much that is necessary for the maintenance of veneers. They are brushed with a non-abrasive toothpaste, as you would your natural teeth. Only the recommended amount of brushing and flossing is needed. We will schedule a follow-up appointment shortly after your veneers have been placed to see how your mouth is adjusting to them. This is a preventative measure to be sure everything looks good and is staying put. After that initial check-up, only an annual cleaning is recommended. This is similar to the annual cleaning you get with your natural teeth.
In cases where a person tightly clenches his or her jaw or grinds teeth in the night, a special night guard may be fitted to avoid damaging the veneers. That is all that is necessary to care for veneers.
Veneers are virtually impossible to tell apart from natural teeth. They are durable, resistant to staining, and cover small imperfections in natural teeth. Because they hold up so well over time and do so much to improve a person’s smile, Veneers are a popular solution to many dental cosmetic concerns. Call us today for a consultation to see if the veneers we offer are the right solution for you.