If you’re like most people, when you’ve finally made a big decision, such as what your new hairstyle should look like or how that kitchen renovation should turn out, the last thing you want to do is wait.
Nor do you want to wait to do something about that chipped or cracked tooth that stares back at you in the mirror everyday. Think veneers, says our own Scott McPherson, DDS, here at Ballpark Heights Family Dentistry.
Maybe you’re wondering how dental veneers differ from a much more familiar dental treatment: dental crowns.
Both crowns and veneers are dental prosthetics that can address issues like a chipped or cracked tooth, but it all comes down to the goal of the procedure and the location of the flaw.
Specifically, the overarching goal of a dental crown is to save, restore or shore up a tooth that was damaged or weakened from things like trauma or a deep cavity.
In contrast, veneers are an increasingly popular cosmetic treatment option with the express purpose of transforming the appearance of your smile.
A veneer is a custom-made, color-matched thin layer of porcelain or resin that covers up issues like crowns do, but your dentist places veneers on the front surface of a tooth to address aesthetic flaws.
Your dentist can fix a wide range of problems using veneers, such as:
At your first visit, Dr. McPherson talks to you about your smile goals, and the team administers a dental exam, teeth cleaning, and X-rays, if needed, to make sure you’re a good candidate for the procedure.
Although there are slight variations depending on the type of veneer you go with, the next step is typically preparing the tooth for treatment. After giving you a local anesthetic, Dr. McPherson thins out or shaves a very thin layer of enamel from your tooth to comfortably accommodate the veneer.
Next, Dr. McPherson takes molds or impressions of the tooth or teeth being treated to make sure the veneer fits properly. These molds are sent to a dental lab, where your custom veneer is made. Dr. McPherson may adhere a temporary veneer in place in the interim.
During the last step, Dr. McPherson bonds the veneer to your tooth, and voilà, you have that picture-perfect smile you’ve always dreamed about.
Keep in mind that if you have general dentistry issues like cavities or gum disease, we address those issues prior to starting a cosmetic procedure like veneers.
As if getting your best smile quickly wasn’t enough, proper oral hygiene and a little TLC can keep your veneers in great shape for a decade or so. Simply brush and floss everyday with a gentle toothbrush, visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings, and button up any bad habits like using your teeth instead of scissors.
If your smile could use an update and you want to know if veneers are right for you, call us today at Ballpark Heights Family Dentistry in the Grand View University area of Des Moines, Iowa, or request an appointment online.
Dr. McPherson and the team provide compassionate, judgment-free comprehensive services such as preventive general dentistry and restorative treatments, including root canals, dentures, bridges, and dental implants, as well as orthodontic services like Invisalign®.