Long-Lasting Cosmetic Treatment
Veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells of porcelain that are meant to fit over the front surfaces of your teeth and cover up a wide variety of cosmetic flaws. This includes chipped teeth, gaps between teeth, stains, uneven and misshapen teeth, and more. Dr. Dean is an experienced cosmetic dentist, and can improve your smile and your self-confidence with veneers in Reno. Contact your Reno Dentist for an appointment now stop by our office located at 620 Humboldt Street, Reno, NV 89509.
Veneers look and feel completely natural, since they’re made of enamel-like porcelain materials. They also last up to 10-20 years, and require minimal special care beyond routine brushing and flossing. Veneers also are highly versatile, and can be used to treat almost any cosmetic problem with your smile. And, of course, this all adds up to more self-confidence and higher self-esteem. Your new smile will make you feel proud of your appearance once again.
Veneers may be a good option if you have multiple cosmetic issues with your smile, but your smile is healthy and free of oral health problems like gum disease and cavities. To find out if veneers are right for you, just contact WestSide Dental Studio for a cosmetic consultation.
To begin the process, you’ll need to see Dr. Dean for an initial consultation. After a comprehensive oral exam, she will discuss veneers and your other cosmetic dentistry options to ensure veneers are the right treatment for you.
At your next appointment, Dr. Dean will clean and numb your mouth, then remove a thin layer of enamel from each tooth that’s getting a veneer. After this, she will take molds and images of your teeth, and send these to a dental lab. You’ll be sent home with a set of temporary veneers.
Our lab partners will craft a set of beautiful, lifelike veneers based on the molds and images of your teeth sent by Dr. Dean. Once your permanent veneers are done, they’ll be sent back to WestSide Dental Studio. This usually takes 2-3 weeks.
Once your veneers arrive at our office, you’ll come back for a final appointment. Dr. Dean will remove your temporary veneers, clean your teeth, and do a final fit check for your porcelain veneers. If everything looks good, she will use dental cement to permanently attach them to your teeth, completing the procedure.
This depends on many different factors, including:
Most people opt to get 6 veneers placed on the front teeth because these are often the only teeth that show when you smile. However, this depends on the size of your grin. Some people have larger mouths that show up to 8 or 10 teeth when they smile.
There’s also the possibility that you only have a problem with a single tooth or a few teeth that you want to cover because of discoloration or chips and cracks.
In this case, you only need to cover these individual teeth. It is also an option to place veneers over the lower teeth, though this is less common because it adds to the cost of treatment and these teeth aren’t usually visible to other people.
Make sure to continue to brush twice a day and floss once per day to keep your mouth healthy and prevent cavities and gum disease.
You’ll need to avoid chewing non-food objects like pencils and pens. It’s also bad to use your teeth as “tools” to open packages or tear tape, since this could damage your veneers. We also recommend chewing extremely hard foods like nuts with your rear teeth, not your veneers.
Finally, come to WestSide Dental Studio every six months so that Dr. Dean can examine your mouth and provide you with a clean bill of health.
Veneers are fabricated out of porcelain, which is a stain-resistant material. This gives them a better defense against stains than your natural teeth. However, if you consume staining foods and drinks on a regular basis, then surface stains will start to build up over time.
Veneers are not completely immune to becoming discolored. You need to use your discretion to limit exposure to stains. You shouldn’t smoke or use tobacco products if you have veneers, as these will cause discoloration and increase your risk of oral health problems.
Common offenders for stains include coffee, tea, red wine, soda, and dark sauces. However, if you don’t want to give these up, you can drink through a straw and rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking.
Yes, we will need to shave your enamel down to prepare your teeth for veneer placement. The reason we need to do this is that they’re .5 mm thick. Without shaving down a proportional amount of tooth enamel, they will stick out and cause aesthetic disturbances to your smile.
However, don’t worry, this won’t damage your teeth. Once the veneers are bonded, this will restore the strength and durability of your teeth. Veneers act as a protective layer that fills out the missing enamel. It’s important to know, however, that you are making a lifelong commitment by getting this procedure.
The change to your enamel is permanent and will require you to continually replace your veneers for the rest of your life. Your natural teeth will be too thin to go uncovered because it will increase their risk for damage and oral health problems.
There’s no time like the present to get started on your journey to your best smile yet. We can’t wait to meet you, so be sure to get in touch today with your local dentist in Reno!