Veneers are individual covers for the front part of teeth. They are an extraordinary way to repair a myriad of tooth imperfections such as chips, stains, yellowing, unattractive shape or minimal misalignment.
Have you ever wanted a minimally-invasive facelift for a tooth without getting an entire crown? Veneers are your answer! 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 upgrade and the overall condition of your teeth. Dr. West will counsel you on the best strategy.
The thickness, color, alignment, and shape of your teeth influence 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 created in the same “batch” at the lab.
The first step in the veneer process is to make a model of your teeth to work from. After that, a dental technician will use the model to create the veneers to the precise size, shape, color, and level of translucency. Experienced cosmetic dentists and dental technicians elevate the level of artistry in this painstaking process.
Many patients wonder if veneers are as strong as their natural teeth. Though the veneer tooth-prep process weakens the tooth slightly, with proper care, veneers can last up to 15 years. Porcelain veneers are more durable than dental bonding, which is sometimes used to correct the same types of imperfections. Dental bonding generally has a shorter life span than veneers, so keep this in mind when comparing the costs of the two procedures.
If you are looking for a dentist with an artistic eye for stunning porcelain veneers, give Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry a call. My name is Dr. Gordon West and I have been serving Lafayette, Colorado since 1998.
The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/v/veneers.aspx, accessed on March 5, 2014
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