Veneers can protect and dramatically improve the appearance of damaged teeth. At Missoula Dental in Missoula, Montana, the team of dental providers offers custom-made veneers to enhance any smile. Whether your teeth are chipped or stained, veneers can transform your smile. Call Missoula Dental today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
What are veneers?
Veneers are extremely thin porcelain shells that adhere to the surface of your teeth. Not only do veneers act as protective coverings, but they also change the shape, size, or color of damaged teeth. Veneers are primarily cosmetic solutions, but bringing uniformity to your teeth also has restorative advantages by preventing additional damage.
What dental concerns can veneers treat?
Once bonded to your teeth, porcelain veneers can hide a wide range of cosmetic dental concerns, including:
Cracked or broken teeth
Overly long or short teeth
Teeth worn from bruxism (teeth grinding)
One of the main benefits of porcelain veneers is that they’re stain-resistant, so you never have to worry about discoloration.
What can I expect from the veneers process?
Creating custom veneers is a multi-step process that typically takes at least two visits to Missoula Dental. At the first appointment, your dentist evaluates your teeth and gums to determine whether you’re a candidate for veneers.
The next step involves preparing your teeth for veneers. To ensure veneers don’t look bulky and blend in with the rest of your teeth, your dentist must remove a small portion of your tooth enamel. Next, they take impressions of your teeth to fabricate your custom-made veneers.
Since the preparation process leaves your teeth exposed and vulnerable without protective enamel, you must wear temporary veneers while you wait for your permanent restorations. Most veneers take around 2-3 weeks to create.
At your final visit, your dentist removes and replaces the temporary shells with your custom veneers. They may make minor adjustments to the devices before cementing them in place.
How do I care for veneers?
Most people can expect their veneers to last for around 10 years with proper care. However, it’s possible for veneers to last for up to 20 years. The best way to ensure your veneers hold up over time is by practicing optimal oral health habits, such as:
Brushing twice a day
Flossing between meals
Avoiding chewing on ice and hard candies
Protecting against bruxism
Rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash
Visiting Missoula Dental for bi-annual teeth cleanings
If you’re interested in learning more about dental veneers, call Missoula Dental or schedule an appointment online today.