Porcelain Veneers in Longmont
Are you satisfied with the appearance of your smile? If the answer is no, you may be hiding your smile, even if you don’t realize it. Even small chips or staining can diminish the appearance of your teeth and make you feel self-conscious. And when you don’t smile with confidence, it can make you seem unapproachable or unhappy.
The good news is that there are excellent cosmetic options such as porcelain veneers that allow you to customize the smile you’ve always dreamed about.
How do Porcelain Veneers Enhance My Smile?
A dental veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that is customized to fit over your tooth and cover imperfections such as:
- Small fractures or chipping
- Stains or discoloration
- Size or shape discrepancies
- Gaps or spaces between teeth
- Slight misalignment issues
A veneer can repair one or two teeth, but they are best when utilized to enhance your entire smile as they can change the shape, size and shade of your teeth. They are durable and stain resistant, so you won’t have to worry about whitening your teeth as they don’t discolor at the rate a natural tooth does.
Are Veneers Right for Me?
Porcelain veneers work well for many patients; however, the first place to start learning about your options is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dan. He will take the time to discuss your desires and concerns about your smile with you to help determine which treatment options will best suit your needs.
Caring for Your Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers have the potential to last for 10 to 15 years with the right home care and regular checkups with your Longmont dentist. You’ll be able to brush and floss your veneers as you always have, and you’ll want to be sure to use a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste.
If you’ve suffered from bruxism, or teeth grinding in the past, talk with Dr. Dan about your options for wearing a night guard while you sleep in order to protect your teeth and veneers from damage.
It’s also good to keep in mind that your porcelain veneers can be damaged just like your natural teeth; so be careful about biting directly into hard foods or chewing on ice or your fingernails. Treat your veneers as carefully as you would your natural teeth.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
Before having your porcelain veneers in Longmont placed, you probably have some questions or concerns about the process, aftercare, and maintenance of your new smile. When preparing to make a big investment in fully transforming your smile, it’s natural to want to know as much as possible to ensure you’re getting the most out of your venture. At Longmont Complete Dentistry, we’ve compiled several frequently asked questions about porcelain veneers that should help to ease your mind and clear up any uncertainties you might have.
How Are They Created?
Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin coverings that fit nicely over the front of your tooth. Think of them as little masks, hiding any and all imperfections. Once your cosmetic dentist in Longmont preps your teeth, he will take an impression of your mouth and send it off to the dental lab. There, there will create your customized veneers, matching the color, size, and shape to your desired look.
Will My Regular Teeth be Affected?
As part of the porcelain veneer placement process, it is necessary that one of our dentists “prep” your teeth. This requires removing a small portion of the enamel from each tooth. Why do we do this? Because we need the veneer to lay flat against the surface of your tooth and adhere correctly once the bonding agent is applied. Most of your natural tooth will remain.
Does it Hurt to Have Veneers Placed?
When receiving your veneers, we will make sure you are completely comfortable by administering a numbing agent. Once the areas are completely numb, you will feel no pain or discomfort throughout the procedure. After the veneers are placed, your gums might be a bit sore, as well as your jaw, but only if you are receiving multiple veneers (more than 2-4). To help reduce the amount of soreness you may feel, an over-the-counter pain reliever should help.
What Should I Do if a Veneer Comes Off?
There are a few things you should remember in this type of situation. First, this is extremely rare, so don’t think your veneers can easily come off. Two, if this does happen, don’t panic! Stay calm, and if possible, save the veneers. Whatever you do, do not try to reattach it yourself. Call our office, and we will work to get you scheduled as soon as possible. In the meantime, avoid cold foods or beverages, as your tooth may be quite sensitive without its veneer.
How Much Do Veneers Cost?
Each case is different, and there are various factors that must be considered when determining the price. Some of these include:
- The number of veneers being placed
- The state of your oral health prior to placement and if any dental work needs to be completed first
- The material used
- The type of veneer (porcelain veneers or Lumineers)
- Anesthesia or sedation
The only way to get a solid estimate is to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.
Contact Longmont Complete Dentistry
Are you ready to learn more about how porcelain veneers can benefit your smile? Give Longmont Complete Dentistry a call today to schedule your consultation.