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As you go through life your smile can take a beating. Whether it’s from the food you eat, the things you drink, or other things, over time your teeth can darken and yellow. While doing some things—such as avoiding tobacco and wine—can help slow this process, the fact of the matter is that without intervention your smile will gradually change color. Even if you’re happy with the color of your smile, sometimes your teeth sustain minor damage such as a chip or unsightly crack. When this happens, you have a few options. One you may want to consider is a veneer. A custom-built porcelain veneer can restore the beautiful smile you once had, or help you get the smile that you have always wanted.
Video: What are Porcelain Veneers?
What is a veneer?A veneer is a very thin piece of porcelain that fits over your existing tooth. It can be used to change the appearance of your teeth, both in terms of color and shape. A veneer can be used to close a gap between adjacent teeth, fix a chip in the enamel, and cover stains or cracks. What’s more, once it’s in place, you will never be able to tell that it’s not a real tooth.
How is a veneer installed?The first time you come in to see us, we will lightly etch the surface of your teeth to assist in the adhesion of the veneer. We will also take a mold of your teeth so we can fabricate a veneer that fits perfectly.
When you come back, first we’ll clean your teeth with a special solution to ensure proper adhesion. Then, we will use a special cement to bond your new veneer right over the top of your existing tooth. We’ll use a specialized light to cure the cement, and your veneers will be ready for use!
What happens next?Nothing! The best part about having veneers is that they become a part of your tooth. You simply continue to brush and floss on a regular basis, and make sure to come in and have your regular cleanings. Maintain them like normal teeth, and they will last you for years and years to come.
Are they for me?Veneers are an option that are certainly available to just about anyone; however, they are not your only option. Come see us and let’s talk. We can help you understand exactly what your various options are, and what the pros and cons of each option will be. We are here to help you make the best educated choice for you.
We at NorthView Family Dental are proud of our reputation as honest, friendly, and hard-working. We will sit down with you and review your situation. Then we will give you our recommendation and answer any questions that you might have. We are here to help you get the beautiful smile you have always hoped for. We look forward to working with you!