Today’s message focuses on an effective and versatile cosmetic dental procedure—porcelain veneers.
Veneers are individual covers for the front part of teeth. They are a wonderful way to fix a myriad of tooth imperfections such as chips, stains, yellowing, unattractive shape or minimal misalignment.
Have you ever looked for a minimally-invasive facelift for a tooth without getting an entire crown? Veneers are your solution! Super-strong, tooth-colored porcelain laminate is shaped into thin shells and custom-fitted for each patient’s unique set of teeth.
How many veneers should you get? This depends on how many teeth you want to brighten and the overall condition of your teeth. Doctor Mahoney will counsel you on the most beneficial strategy.
The thickness, color, alignment, and shape of your teeth affect the outcome as well as whether you have any gum recession. Veneers are matched to your existing teeth so they will blend seamlessly, but if you are planning to treat several teeth, you definitely want to have them constructed in the same “batch” at the lab.
The first step in the veneer process is to make an impression of your teeth to work from. After that, a dental technician will use the model to fabricate the veneers to the perfect size, shape, color, and quality of translucency. Experienced cosmetic dentists and dental technicians elevate the level of artistry in this exacting process.
Many patients wonder if veneers are as durable as their natural teeth. Though the veneer tooth-prep process weakens the tooth slightly, with proper care, veneers can last up to 15 years. Doctor Mahoney will advise you in detail on proper care of porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are more durable than dental bonding, which is sometimes used to repair the same varieties of imperfections. Dental bonding generally has a shorter life span than veneers, so keep this in mind when comparing the relative prices of the two procedures.
If you are looking for a dentist with an artistic eye for flawless porcelain veneers, give Timothy G. Mahoney DDS a call. My name is Doctor Tim Mahoney and I have been serving Wetaskiwin, Alberta since 1983.
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