Dental Veneers in Amherst
A beautiful, healthy smile matters… for a number of reasons. Smiling is good for your social and emotional health. Cracked, chipped, discolored, or uneven teeth can make you less willing to engage in conversation, go out to eat with friends, or participate in social situations. They can damage your self-esteem and even contribute to depression or anxiety.
Are you looking for a way to restore a less than stellar smile? Veneers may be the answer. Your Amherst dentist Dr. Edwards can use veneers to correct a variety of cosmetic dental issues and give you the red carpet smile you've always dreamed of.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are a thin shell made of tooth-colored porcelain or resin. These wafer-thin shells are bonded to your natural teeth.
We can use veneers to improve your smile whether you have cracked or chipped teeth, discoloration from prior dental work or tetracycline medication, gaps between your teeth, uneven or worn teeth, or other issues that are making your smile look less than perfect.
Resin or Porcelain: Which Is Right for Me?
There are pros and cons to both resin and porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are more stain-resistant and reflect light in a way that better mimics natural teeth. Resin veneers, on the other hand, can be made thinner, which means less removal of your natural tooth. Dr. Edwards will advise you on the material that's best for your needs.
How Do I Get Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers can be used on just one tooth or several – even all of your teeth if you wish. The veneer treatment process usually takes three visits:
- Consultation and treatment plan: Dr. Edwards will examine your teeth and discuss the results you want to determine if you are a candidate for veneers and if it is the correct treatment for your desired outcome. If you have questions or concerns, this is the best time to bring them up.
- Tooth preparation: During your second visit, we will prepare your natural teeth for the veneers. A thin layer of tooth enamel must be removed to make room for the material of the veneers. This ensures a seamless fit and prevents your veneers from looking bulky or fake. We will also take an impression of your mouth so that the veneers can be customized to fit your teeth perfectly.
- Final adjustments and placement: At your final visit we will check the fit of the veneers and make any adjustments necessary. Once the fit is perfected, the teeth will be cleaned and lightly etched. This helps the veneer adhere to the tooth. The veneers are bonded with a special cement and cured with UV light to create a strong, long-lasting bond.
Are Veneers Permanent?
Like all dental restorations, veneers can eventually wear down and need replacement, but with proper home care and regular examinations and cleanings, you can ensure your veneers can last five to ten years or longer. You can improve the life of your veneers by avoiding hard foods such as ice or jawbreakers, which can cause veneers to crack or pop loose.
Hollywood has been using veneers to create movie star quality smiles for years. Now you too can have the bright, beautiful smile you've always dreamed off. Call today to schedule an appointment and find out more about how veneers can improve your smile.