If you have healthy teeth but you’re unhappy with your smile, porcelain veneers from your Stow, OH dentist may be the right solution. Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain facings that are bonded to the front of the tooth. Porcelain veneers hide imperfections like gaps between teeth, large fractures and severe stains. Veneer can be applied on one tooth or several teeth at the same time, completely transforming your smile’s appearance. Dr. Murphy uses the highest-quality porcelain to create veneers that look healthy and natural.
Versatility of Porcelain Veneers
Veneers can be used to improve any of the following characteristics of your teeth:
- Color — Teeth can become stained by the foods and drinks we like, from smoking, and even normal aging. Veneers are available in numerous shades, from the most natural to the brightest Hollywood white.
- Size & Shape — Teeth can become worn down from grinding habits, or may not have the shape or size you want to begin with. For example, some people consider rounder teeth more feminine and squarer teeth more masculine. Veneers can be shaped and sized in whichever way is most flattering to your face.
- Alignment & Spacing — Veneers can be used to close small gaps between teeth or make slight corrections in alignment while improving tooth color and shape.
Limitations of Porcelain Veneers
There are some situations in which veneers would be inappropriate. For example, if you have significantly misaligned teeth or a large gap, orthodontics might be a more appropriate solution than veneers. And if you have lost a lot of tooth structure from decay or trauma (or a particularly severe grinding habit), it might be better to restore your teeth with porcelain crowns that cover the entire tooth.
The Dental Veneers Procedure
Dental veneer application can take two or more visits to the dentist. After Dr. Murphy checks your teeth (may require photos and X-rays), he will determine if veneers are the best solution. The tooth is then prepared by shaping the enamel to make room for the veneer. This step is important and creates the most natural look. After buffing the surface, your dentist will take a mold of the tooth. You and your dentist will then decide on the color of the veneer.
On your next visit, your dentist will clean the tooth and apply bonding cement to the surface. Next, the veneer is attached and exposed to a special light that hardens the bond. Finally, the veneer is buffed and polished. The whole procedure is painless and performed under little or no anesthetic.
Find out if you are a candidate for porcelain veneers. Call 330-694-5005 now or click here to make an appointment at Aesthetic Image Dental.
Consider Porcelain Veneers If You Have:
- Severely discolored teeth that do not respond to regular whitening treatments
- Crooked or misshapen teeth
- Too-small or too-long teeth
- Gaps or spaces between teeth
- Fractured, chipped or worn teeth
Caring for Your Veneers
Just like the teeth nature gave you, teeth restored with veneers need gentle brushing and flossing every day. This will remove dental plaque and ensure good gum tissue health around the veneers. Regular checkups at the dental office will remain as important as always to your oral and general health. And keep in mind that as tough as veneers are, they may not be able to withstand forces that come from using your teeth as tools (to open packages, for example) or biting into very hard foods like candy apples — which isn't good for your natural teeth, either! And if you grind or clench your teeth at night, you might be advised to get a custom-made nightguard to protect your veneers — and your investment.
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