Have you ever felt as though your smile just wasn’t good enough? First, let us tell you that ANY smile is good enough. Everyone should be able to smile, to express their joy, without fear of criticism. But, having said that, we know that dental issues can make you feel self-conscious. Teeth that are chipped, broken, misaligned or discolored can make you feel unhappy about your smile. So if you want to have it back the way it used to be or the way you think it should be, then you might want to consider porcelain veneers.
You could also think about dental crowns, and indisputably crowns will give you the ultimate smile. But they’re expensive and realistically, sometimes a full restoration isn’t warranted. Porcelain veneers can give you back your smile more economically than crowns, assuming that the damage isn’t too extensive.
Porcelain veneers are cheaper than crowns and that’s the main benefit. Why are they cheaper? Because they don’t cover the whole tooth – just the front. Like crowns, they can alter the shape, size, color and length of your teeth, but they’re a partial restoration – not a full restoration – and as such, they’re less costly.
Porcelain veneers can solve a multitude of problems, from discoloration to misalignment and more. But they will not restore the entire tooth. Sometimes, the entire tooth does not need to be restored and veneers can do what is needed.
If you are thinking about porcelain veneers, you should come and see Dr. Roger Buzbee at Chesterfield Family & Cosmetic Dental Center in Springfield, MO. Dr. Buzbee will talk with you about porcelain veneers and if you decide that you want to have them installed, he can get you started at the first visit.
First, Dr. Buzbee will remove a bit of your tooth enamel so that the porcelain veneers will bond properly and feel comfortable in your mouth. Then, he will take some impressions of your teeth and send them to a lab, where a master ceramicist will make your porcelain veneers.
When the veneers are delivered by the lab, they are ready to be installed. Dr. Buzbee will place them on your teeth, make a couple of adjustments to ensure that they fit the way they should, and then use a special cement and a curing light to install them. Then he’ll check your bite to make sure that your veneers feel just right in your mouth.
The procedure is done under general anesthesia, so you won’t feel any pain. Afterward, you might find that your teeth are a bit sensitive. This is because of the need to scrape off a bit of enamel. Usually, if you use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth, you will find that the discomfort goes away.
Caring for Your Veneers
Porcelain veneers don’t require any special care. Just brush and floss the way you normally would and see Dr. Buzbee for regular checkups. Porcelain veneers will not decay and they won’t stain. However, you do still have to take care of your teeth. If you don’t practice good oral hygiene, your gums could become diseased and if that happens, then your veneers could fail.
No one should ever have to live with an unsatisfactory smile. Call Chesterfield Family & Cosmetic Dental Center at 417-888-0771 to book an appointment. We would welcome an opportunity to talk with you about porcelain veneers and let you know if you are a good candidate. You can also use the form on our Contact Us page.