Imperfections are a thing of the past! Get to know dental veneers to correct cracks to gaps, chips to stains
Veneers represent one of the dental services we often perform at Heritage Dental in Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania. They say practice makes perfect, right? And, certainly, when you do something often enough, you tend to get good at it. Our dentist, Dr. Beth Skovron, combines her considerable experience with top-notch training. She graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine. And it has been her great privilege to apply her technical expertise and artistic skill to makeover gap-toothed, chipped, and otherwise “imperfect” smiles with dental veneers.
Veneers are a thin layer of dental material applied to the front surfaces of the teeth. Once the material is prepared to function and appear like healthy, attractive tooth enamel, it is bonded or secured to the natural tooth. In doing so, the material or veneer covers up cosmetic imperfections. These imperfections include:
- Stubborn stains or discoloration
- Small cracks
- Gaps between teeth
The material may also be shaped in such a way as to give the appearance of more evenly-spaced teeth. Additionally, in Dr. Skovron’s competent hands, veneers can be contoured to add height to a worn or short tooth or make an irregularly-shaped tooth look more in proportion to the surrounding teeth and smile.
What to expect
Veneers are most often made of dental ceramics, such as porcelain. Dental porcelain is known to be incredibly durable and to replicate the natural appearance of tooth enamel. We can discuss other alternatives for veneers, too, including composite resin. This material is generally made of plastic and small glass-like particles.
The first step in the process is to prepare the natural tooth. To do so, a thin amount of enamel is gently removed. Modern veneers are very slim, so little enamel must be altered to accommodate the thickness of each veneer. The process is generally well-tolerated by most patients and is associated with minimal discomfort. We can discuss additional ways to keep you comfortable before treatment.
We collect information about the teeth to be treated with veneers. This information is used to make your veneers. Dr. Skovron is exacting in her attention to detail, down to the exact shade blended to create the most realistic appearance. The color of your veneers should complement your features, including your skin tone. Once the veneers have been made, she will apply them to the front surfaces of the prepared teeth.
Veneers can last a very long time with good care. We look forward to answering your questions and discussing your options for treatment. Call Heritage Dental at (215) 792-2227 today or request an appointment online. We’ll see you soon!
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.