Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you. And even if the damage to your smile is minor, such as a chipped, stained, or unevenly spaced tooth, that minor damage may seem like a major flaw every time you glance in a mirror. The good news is that dental veneers can fix that damage, by concealing stains and chips, or closing that gap between your teeth. Dental veneers are thin shells, often made out of porcelain that fit over the fronts of your teeth.
To place your veneers, your dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from your tooth, and then take an impression of it. That impression will be sent to a dental lab, which will create a veneer not only customized to fit your tooth, but designed to blend in with the rest of your smile. Because the dentist must remove some of the enamel, the process is irreversible, and you will need to take care of your veneers. With the proper attention, your veneers can last from 10 to 15 years.
Your veneers protect the fronts of your teeth, but not the backs, and your teeth will still be vulnerable to cavities. With that in mind, you need to brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss at least once a day. Additionally, you should see your dentist at least twice a year for your routine cleanings and exams. Your veneers can be damaged by tough or hard foods, or by chewing on ice, pens or other objects. If you habitually grind or clench your teeth, which is called bruxism, you should talk with your dentist about that problem. The cement on your veneers may wear away over time, and if you lose veneer, you should save it if you can, and bring it with you to the office.
If you have chips or stains on your teeth and you would like to find out if veneers are right for you, you can talk to our dentist, Dr. Michael J Leahy at Michael J Leahy DDS. If you live in the Columbus, Ohio area and would like to schedule your appointment, call 614-848-4900 today.