Porcelain veneers transform everything from crooked teeth to chips in your smile, naturally and with ease!
Veneers at the office of New Leaf Dental are designed to improve the appearance of many different types of conditions. These conditions include teeth that are crooked or otherwise unevenly spaced. Since they do not actually reposition the teeth, veneers are not appropriate for cases of misalignment or bite problems that require orthodontic treatment. Fortunately, our dentists, Drs Nathan Williams and Adam Dixon are skilled and experienced at providing a range of cosmetic, restorative, and orthodontic procedures. There is certain to be a way to achieve a more symmetrical, uniform-looking smile from our practice in Meridian, Idaho.
Brush up on porcelain veneers
Veneers are thin layers of dental material. They are designed to replicate the structure of the natural tooth enamel. Drs Williams and Dixon may recommend them if you develop:
- Slight cracks
- Gaps between teeth
- Wear and tear, which makes a tooth look overly short or irregularly-shaped
- Stubborn stains or intrinsic (internal) tooth discoloration
Veneers are a cosmetic treatment. Once they are made, the veneer is placed on top of the tooth to be treated. It is then bonded or fixed securely to the front surfaces of the natural tooth. In this way, the veneer covers up or disguises damaged enamel, excess spaces between teeth, or other cosmetic imperfections.
Direct veneers are primarily made from composite resin. Indirect veneers are generally made from a type of dental ceramic: porcelain. The latter material is lauded for its ability to perfectly recreate the natural tooth enamel’s appearance.
The all-important consultation
Our dentists can’t arrive at the best treatment option for you until they have evaluated your teeth and gums and discussed your concerns and preferences. Some conditions, such as cavities, can present as stains or black or brown pitted areas. So, what was originally a cosmetic concern may be a symptom of dental disease. In cases where tooth decay or periodontal disease is present, we will recommend restorative therapies. These may include attractive tooth-colored fillings or periodontal treatments to build up the supportive gummy tissues.
Since veneers are designed to cover up many imperfections, rather than to repair or correct these conditions, we may find that alternative treatments such as Invisalign® are best-suited to your needs. Invisalign®, for instance, presents a discreet way to straighten crooked or crowded teeth with a series of transparent aligners instead of with metal braces.
If we determine that porcelain veneers are appropriate for you, the process generally starts by preparing the teeth to accept the veneers. That involves removing a small amount of enamel. Each veneer then fits on top of the slightly reduced tooth. We also make impressions or models of the prepared teeth, used to precisely fabricate each veneer from quality dental porcelain.
Call (208) 896-2284 to schedule your consultation. We can also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different types of veneers (composite and porcelain) during your appointment.
Veneers are thin handcrafted porcelain shields worn on the front of the tooth which improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, cracked, stained or worn. Veneers are thin as contact lenses, and are an aesthetically pleasing option of closing gaps, lengthening teeth, and providing symmetry to make your smile more natural. Veneers are intended to last for many years without changing color. They are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in dentistry. Ask your dentist if veneers may be right for you.