Do you ever see the perfect smiles of Hollywood celebrities and feel jealous? Do you wish you could have a smile as flawless as them? The good news is you can – with veneers! These custom-made restorations can conceal virtually any smile flaw you may have. To learn more about veneers and whether they’re the right treatment for your smile, keep reading below, or just give us a call.
Veneers are thin coverings, usually made of durable dental porcelain, that are placed on the front surface of cosmetically flawed teeth to correct all kinds of imperfections. They are famous for their ability to perfectly blend in with the rest of your smile, as well as being able to last a decade or even longer with proper maintenance.
If you have any of the following flaws in your front teeth, you might benefit from veneers in Indian Land:
To make your veneers look like a natural part of your smile, your cosmetic dentist in Indian Land will remove a tiny sliver of enamel from the affected teeth. Dr. Candon will then take a mold of your prepared teeth. This impression will be sent to our partnered dental lab, where your brand-new smile will be custom crafted. In the meantime, we can place temporary veneers to protect your teeth and let you get used to the way they feel in your mouth. After a few weeks, when your permanent veneers are ready, we’ll remove your temporaries and place your restorations, adjusting them if needed so that they fit perfectly within the line of your smile.
The great thing about veneers is they can last for years to come as long as you take good care of them. That entails:
At BridgeMill Dental Care, we don’t believe in cookie-cutter cosmetic dental services – each treatment is fully tailored to meet the unique goals and needs of the patient. As a result, the cost of veneers in Indian Land is not set in stone and can vary greatly from one patient to the next. While veneers are not exactly a cheap cosmetic dentistry option, it’s important to remember that in terms of dental work, you tend to get what you pay for. If you want to achieve a picture-perfect smile, investing in veneers is a wise choice. However, you should take the time to choose the service that will best meet your specific goals.
It’s understandable to be nervous about committing to porcelain veneers when you’re not entirely sure how the process works or how the results will turn out. Dr. Candon is happy to answer any questions you might have about veneers so that you can be confident in moving forward with your smile makeover. Below are some common questions that many patients ask during their initial consultation for veneers. If you have other concerns, you can either bring them to our attention during your next visit, or you can call our office right now to ask.
While the veneers themselves are not technically considered permanent – as they’ll have to be replaced sooner or later due to wear and tear – the process is considered to be irreversible. A small amount of enamel has to be removed from the teeth so that the veneers fit properly. Since enamel contains no living cells, it does not grow back, and that means you’ll always need to cover your altered teeth with crowns or veneers. Veneers typically last anywhere from 5 to 10 years before you need to replace them, but you can extend their lifespan significantly with the proper maintenance.
You might develop a temporary lisp when you first get veneers. Your tongue is used to moving in a certain way whenever you talk, but the thickness of veneers, no matter how small, is sometimes enough to affect the movement. Eventually, the tongue will adjust on its own, but in the meantime you can speed up the process by practicing the pronunciation of problematic sounds. Reading aloud can be a good way to help your tongue get used to your veneers faster. Depending on the situation, we may intervene to get rid of a lisp by slightly reducing the thickness of your veneers.
That’s a question that will have a different answer for everyone. The goal with veneers is for all of your visible teeth to match. As such, the number that you actually need depends on the corrections you want to make. Some people only want to improve one or two teeth and thus will only need one or two veneers. Those who are looking for more extensive changes, however, may need 6 to 8 veneers, and there are even cases where you might get 10 to 12. We’ll consider your situation carefully before we suggest a specific number of veneers.
Veneers are not the same as tooth enamel. Even if they become stained, traditional whitening techniques do not work on them; they’ll need to either be replaced or re-shaded instead. It’s important to note that whitening will still work on the teeth that are not covered by veneers. As such, it’s recommended that you have whitening performed before you have veneers placed; that way, your restorations can be appropriately shaded based on the way that your teeth currently look.