Over time, our teeth withstand a lot of forces with all the work they put in for us from day-to-day eating and drinking. This can lead to discoloration as well as chipping or cracking of front teeth. Good news is that there is a wide variety of options available in cosmetic dentistry to fix this wear and tear. From Invisalign to whitening to veneers to fillings and crowns, you have an array of options available to you here at Energetic Smile. We will work with you as we listen to your concerns and your goals to make the best cosmetic plan for you!
For more information about Invisalign, whitening, and crowns please see their respective pages under services!
What is a Veneer?
A veneer is a thin, custom-made shell, usually made out of porcelain, designed to cover the front surface of your tooth to improve its appearance. A veneer may be indicated for teeth that are worn down or chipped, discolored, misaligned, or irregularly shaped. It can sometimes be used to fill a small gap noted between two front teeth.
Types of Veneers
Direct Composite Veneers: Sometimes, esthetic enhancement can be achieved by adding tooth colored filling material directly over the entire front surface of the tooth. It can sometimes be more difficult to sculpt ideal contour directly onto a patient’s tooth than it is to produce the ideal shape in the lab with an indirect veneer; however, it is a good way to get an esthetic enhancement without having to remove tooth structure.
Porcelain Veneers: After local anesthetic is applied to your tooth, a small amount of enamel is removed from the front and sometimes sides of your tooth to make room for the veneer. An impression is then taken of the tooth; the lab uses this to make a custom-made veneer to ideal contour for your smile. A temporary veneer is made for you to wear while the lab fabricates your veneer. At your next appointment, the temporary veneer is removed and your new veneer is tried in and adjusted to ensure proper fit. We evaluate the esthetics together to see if you are satisfied. If any adjustments are required, the veneer is sent back to the lab to be adjusted. If you are satisfied and the dentist agrees, the veneer is cemented! With good care, a veneer can last 5-10 years!
To change the size or shape of your teeth, we offer several restorative options. Ask a team member which is right for you to keep your smile looking energetic!