Of all the methods available today for changing and improving the look of your smile, Dental veneers are among the most popular and successful with our patients. One veneer can be used to restore a damaged tooth, or several veneers placed in the smile zone can enhance your entire image.
The transformations that we can achieve with Dental veneers can be miraculous. Now anyone can have the smile they’ve always wanted. To talk to us about your smile goals, please call (702) 873-0324 or email Dr. James B. Polley in Las Vegas for an appointment.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin facades of advanced ceramic that are used to replace the visible surface of your tooth and sometimes extend the length of a tooth. They can be used to correct almost any complaint you may have about your smile, including:
- Discolored teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Short or misshapen teeth
They can be used to treat just one tooth or to reshape your entire smile.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Veneers?
Most people are candidates for dental veneers. In order to be a good candidate for dental veneers, you should have a treatment goal that veneers can achieve, have good oral health, and not a bruxer.
We will talk to you about your cosmetic goals and help you decide whether dental veneers are the right treatment to achieve those goals.
We will also gauge your oral health to see whether your teeth can support dental veneers. Dental veneers depend on a healthy tooth for support, so teeth that are decayed are usually not good choices for veneers (although sometimes we can achieve similar results with dental crowns). Teeth affected by gum disease should have the disease treated before considering veneers.
Bruxism can damage dental veneers the way it damages your natural teeth. We will evaluate your bruxism and decide if you need a bite guard to protect your veneers.
Advantages of Dental Veneers
Dental veneers are among the best cosmetic dentistry treatments because they are attractive and durable as well as versatile. Dental veneers can use a ceramic that has the same translucency and luster as your natural teeth. With properly placed veneers, no one will be able to tell if you have one, a few, or all your teeth veneered.
They are very stain resistant, and if cared for properly they will not discolor, even if you drink dark-colored beverages or smoke. And when properly cared for, they can last ten years or more. In fact, studies show that 90-95% of Dental veneers are intact and in place after ten years, and nearly 85% are in place after 20 years.
Designing Your New Smile
If you want a smile that is natural-looking as well as attractive, you’ve come to the right place. Dr. Polley personally designs your smile according to your desires and the unique features of your face, lips, and bite. To be successful, a smile must be beautiful and functional. The process then involves removing a small amount of tooth structure to make room for the veneers. Provisional veneer restorations are created on your teeth to test the design. Our Master Dental Lab will then follow the design to fabricate the veneers. After placement, the veneers look like natural teeth.
The Dental Veneers Process
The dental veneer process is relatively quick. After we decide on your treatment goals and the ultimate appearance of your smile, we will prepare your teeth to receive the veneers.
Preparing your teeth for veneers means removing a small amount of tooth enamel. This is typically half a millimeter or less. Making room for veneers helps them to fit in your smile with a natural appearance. It also means that you won’t have a shelf on your tooth that can collect food debris or bacteria. The process doesn’t cause discomfort for most people, but we can numb your teeth if you would like.
Once your teeth are prepared, we will take digital images of your teeth that will be used to custom-craft your dental veneers. This information and the design of your veneers will be sent to the lab where your veneers will be custom-crafted.
In the meantime, you will wear temporary veneers. These are very attractive, although not as attractive or as durable as your final veneers. You may have some restrictions to your diet while wearing temporary veneers.
When your veneers are ready, you will visit our office for the final fitting. Once we ensure the veneers fit and meet your cosmetic goals, we will bond them permanently to your teeth.
Care and Maintenance of Dental Veneers
Getting the longest life out of your veneers depends on taking proper care of them. The good news is that care for your veneers is relatively simple.
Your veneers depend on the support of your teeth, so it’s vital to make sure those teeth stay healthy. Brush and floss your teeth normally. You don’t have to use a special toothpaste for your veneers. If you’re following our advice using a toothpaste with low abrasiveness, you don’t need to make a change. You will also want to make regular dental checkups.
If you have been given a bite guard, follow instructions for its use. Make sure you are using it regularly to protect your veneers.
You don’t have to change your eating habits, but you should take extra care to avoid biting and chewing non-food objects like pen lids, fingernails, and ice cubes.
If you experience discomfort or sensitivity shortly after your temporary or permanent veneers are placed, you can control it with over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Advil or Tylenol). If discomfort persists, please contact us for guidance. We may want to evaluate your situation in person.
If you chip a veneer or lose one from your tooth, don’t swallow the veneer or veneer part. Please contact our office for an appointment and we’ll get your veneer repaired or replaced right away.