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What are Veneers?

If you’re reluctant to smile and show off your teeth or afraid that your teeth are aging you, the thought might have crossed your mind: what are veneers? And would I be a good candidate? Let’s take a look at this effective way to give you a Hollywood smile in Madison, Wisconsin with minimal effort.

  • What are They?
  • Benefits
  • Am I a Good Candidate?

What are They?

Veneers are thin pieces of durable, custom-made porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of teeth to create a more attractive smile. The shells give the appearance of whiter, longer, and wider teeth.
Often used as alternatives to crowns, these devices can totally reshape your smile and can be the ideal solution for treating many dental conditions. While not permanent, they are very durable and should last for many years before needing to be replaced.

To have them put on, your dentist will first trim the veneers after they’ve been made to achieve the desired fit and look that’s just right for you. Your teeth will then be cleaned, polished, and then etched to better bond with the veneer. A cement is then applied, followed by the veneer. After, a light is shone on the cement to activate the chemicals, causing it to harden. After they have been placed, you may need to return in a few weeks for a follow-up for your dentist to check on them.

Veneers are cared for just like natural teeth, with twice-daily brushing and flossing. Proper oral hygiene will extend their life.

Benefits of Veneers

Dental veneers create a beautiful smile by covering up any imperfections your teeth might have. They hide crookedness, stains, chips, rotated teeth, and gaps in your smile. Having veneers placed is a much faster method of correcting these issues, compared to, for instance, doing a full-mouth restoration.

With proper maintenance, veneers can last for ten years or more. In order to get the most out of your veneers, you may be instructed to avoid beverages that stain, such as coffee, tea, and red wine, and avoid exceptionally hard foods.

Am I a Good Candidate for Veneers?

You might be a good candidate for veneers if your teeth are healthy but resistant to whitening procedures or if they are chipped, rotated, or misshapen. You may also opt for veneers simply because you don’t like the look of your natural teeth.

They are not a good option if you are suffering from tooth or gum disease, as covering up these areas could make the problem worse. Additionally, if your teeth are weak or lacking structure, they will not support the veneers well enough. Problems such as these might be better treated with different procedures, such as dental implants. Veneers also could be problematic for people who grind their teeth, as the veneers are at risk of cracking. However, your dentist might provide you with a mouthguard to wear at night to prevent this.

Affiliated Dentists in Madison, Wisconsin

If you are considering if veneers might be right for you, please call us today to schedule a consultation. Here at Affiliated Dentists, we offer general and cosmetic dentistry in Madison, Wisconsin.

What are Veneers? brought to you by:
Mark Gustavson DDS, Madison Dentist

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