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The Lowdown on Veneers
Your smile is one of the first things people notice when they meet you. For better or for worse, first impressions are solidified within milliseconds, meaning the appearance of your teeth is critical in the professional and social world.
A great smile is also a confidence builder. When you have stained, chipped, discolored, cracked, misaligned or unevenly spaced teeth, the way you greet others can be negatively impacted and self-confidence can take a hit. Veneers aim to solve this problem with a minimally-invasive, permanent approach to better looking teeth. Learn about Brosy Family Dentistry’s dental veneers and how they can help you approach daily life with a healthy, confident smile.
What to Expect with Veneers
Veneers are extremely thin layers of porcelain or ceramic designed to sit on top of your teeth. Their purpose is to provide cosmetic improvements to teeth while simultaneously strengthening them. In essence, when you get veneers, it’s not unlike adding new enamel to the teeth. Using a non-surgical, minimally invasive process, the team at Brosy Family Dentistry has more than 30 years of experience in cosmetic dental procedures including veneers.
Veneers are considered a permanent solution because they can last up to 15 or even 20 years in some cases before needing to be replaced. If you’ve ever wanted a “do-over” with the shape and appearance of your mouth without pain, expense and hassle of surgery, veneers might be the solution you’ve been looking for.
Veneers Treatment Overview
Here’s how it works. First, you’ll have a consultation with Dr. Erin Anderson, who will walk you through the procedure and discuss expectations before deciding whether veneers are right for you. Veneers do not need to be applied to all teeth in most cases. Some patients may only have a single tooth treated, but in most cases, Dr. Anderson will treat multiple teeth with the veneer application.
In your consultation with Dr. Anderson, you can select your desired shape and shade of veneer to complement the color and alignment of your existing teeth. Dr. Anderson will then prepare your teeth for the veneers, usually by drilling off a very thin layer of enamel from the top layer of the tooth. Veneers come in partial or full options, with partial veneers covering only a portion of the tooth and full veneers completely covering the tooth.
On your second visit, Dr. Anderson will take an impression of your newly-prepared teeth. The impression is then sent off to a lab, where a team of dental professionals will fabricate the product. This process usually takes two weeks before your next visit. During the waiting period, you’ll be provided with a temporary solution to wear until your veneers are delivered. Once the veneers arrive, Dr. Anderson will bond them to your teeth. Local anesthesia is often used in this step, which generally takes a couple of hours, depending on the number of teeth you’re having treated.
Veneers Post-Op Instructions
With the veneers applied, you can expect a little soreness, but it will subside after a few days and can be treated with ibuprofen. If anesthesia is used, it’s important to not eat for several hours until it wears off. If you feel unable to drive, make sure you have someone to take you home after the procedure. Veneers require regular maintenance to be most effective, and Dr. Anderson will offer you tips and techniques to keep your veneer in shape for years to come.
And, voila, that’s it! Brand new smile.