There are times when you want to make just a few small changes. Then there are times when you want a dramatic change, and you want it now. When it comes to your teeth, that means dental veneers.
Call our Rochester, MN dental office today at 507-315-2932 and schedule your next appointment for this cosmetic dentistry treatment. Our dentist have the right mix of training and experience to use dental veneers to give you an amazing smile.
What Are Dental Veneers
By this time in your life, you could easily have problems with your teeth. Drinking all that coffee and tea for so many years can turn even the whitest smile dark and stained.
Dental veneers are ultra-thin shells for the front of your teeth. They are made to look and feel like healthy enamel, and they’re shaped to fit your teeth in particular. Once our dentists artfully place them on your teeth, any stains and imperfects are hidden.
In addition, dental veneers seal damage like chips and cracks. This prevents them from getting worse over time as you chew repeatedly each day.
Getting Dental Veneers
The dental veneers process is simple and routine. First, our dentists give your teeth a thorough exam to make sure there is no damage hiding inside the teeth. Then our team will carefully measure your teeth. A lab will use these measurements to make your custom dental veneers.
Once they are complete, you’ll come into our Rochester, MN dental office to have them placed. Our dentists will gently remove a thin layer of enamel from the teeth getting veneers. This is so your veneers will sit flush with the rest of your teeth and look normal. Finally, the veneers will be bonded to your teeth just right.
There you go — as soon as dental veneers are placed on your teeth, all those stains and damage will be hidden. Instead, your smile will look amazing.
How Veneers Came About
Where did the idea of dental veneers even come from? From the place where looks matter — Hollywood.
Back in the early days of film, it was common for people to have some bad teeth. Dentistry (especially cosmetic dentistry) was still improving. When actors smile during filming, everyone could see the stains and damage up close.
Eventually, they invented cheap acrylic veneers. The problem was that they only stayed on teeth for about one scene. That wouldn’t work for everyday living. After many years of trying new techniques, someone finally remembered why house painters scuff up walls; paint sticks to a rough surface much better.
That’s another reason for our dentists to remove a thin layer of enamel. This helps our modern dental veneers bond stronger with your teeth. By now, acrylic veneers have given way to porcelain and similar materials. This helps your dental veneers look like healthy enamel.
Dental Veneers Benefits
You can probably already guess the biggest benefit of dental veneers: It makes your smile look fantastic. But here are three other benefits from this cosmetic dentistry treatment.
Your smile will look like you had teeth whitening done.
Dental veneers are colored to look like healthy, unstained enamel. If you have darker teeth thanks to years of drinking coffee, tea, or wine, these will cover those stains. Even if your teeth are yellowish due to tobacco, veneers will make your smile look bright, white, and healthy.
Your smile will look like you just finished orthodontic treatment.
By now, you could easily have small gaps between your teeth. That’s because your teeth never fully stop moving. Although they’re small, such gaps stand out against your white smile. Our dentists have the training needed to make your veneers a bit larger in spots. This can cover those gaps so your smile looks like you had orthodontics and moved your teeth closer together.
Any damaged teeth will be protected.
Even though your enamel is tough, you can still get chips or cracks in your teeth. Ignoring them is a bad idea because they can grow bigger over time. Dental veneers seal up such damage and prevent it from getting worse.