Porcelain veneers in Redmond could be the answer you need, if you’re looking for an effective cosmetic solution to problems like chipped, worn, stained, uneven, or widely spaced teeth. Veneers require minimal preparation and can last for over 10 years with proper care.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are parchment- thin restorations that the dentist applies to the front of the patient’s teeth using a medical-grade adhesive. Veneers are like a facelift for your smile. They can erase the appearance of years of aging, wear, and results of lifestyle factors. Veneers have enabled thousands of Americans to face the world with a rejuvenated smile.
Who’s a Good Candidate for Veneers?
Veneers may be the answer you’ve been looking for, especially if you fall into the following categories:
- You’re in good to fair overall health.
- You’re concerned about the appearance of your teeth, due to stains, chipping, widely spaced gaps, unevenness, yellowing, or the effects of aging.
- Your dental care needs are primarily cosmetic; i.e., your teeth are basically healthy, but have lost some of their original sheen.
Only a qualified cosmetic dentist can tell you if veneers are right for you. He or she will perform a complete oral examination and discuss your options with you at that time. Be sure to tell him or her about any medications you take, and any symptoms you may be experiencing.
What Is the Procedure for Receiving Veneers?
The process of receiving veneers is both comfortable and gentle. Anesthetic is usually unneeded. During the first treatment, your dentist will apply a gentle etching solution to the front of your teeth. This helps to ensure a good bond with the final restoration. You will probably leave this first appointment with a temporary set of veneers in place.
After this appointment, your dentist will send information about your oral profile to a dental lab, which will fashion your customized veneers. Once they arrive, which is usually about 10 days from the first appointment, you’ll return to your dentist to have them fitted.
Once everything is in place and you’re satisfied with your new look, your dentist will use a special light-activated bonding agent to join the veneers to your teeth. You’ll leave your second appointment ready to show off your new, improved smile.
Are Veneers Difficult to Care for?
Veneers require only the same amount of care that you would expend in caring for your natural teeth. You should brush at least twice-daily, using a nonabrasive toothpaste and a soft bristled toothbrush. You should also floss daily.
Your dentist will probably recommend that you limit consumption of strongly colored beverages, especially coffee, red wine, and tea. These products contain pigments that can stain both your veneers and your natural teeth.
Enjoying the most benefit from your veneers does require that you avoid tobacco products. Ask your dentist about new medications that can help you to stay smoke-free for the rest of your life.
Veneers are a great way to give your smile a fresh start. Talk to your dentist about veneers and other restoration options during your next visit. Chances are, you’ll come away from the appointment with plenty of reason to smile.
About the Author
Dr. Steve Schwam is a skilled cosmetic dentist with decades of experience in caring for patients. Dr. Schwam earned his DDS degree from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. He’s a proud member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists. You can reach his office online or by calling (541) 526-5661.