Here at Jon C. Packman DDS, we can fix your dental flaws and help you achieve a more beautiful, confident smile. With our veneers, you don’t have to suppress your smile any more due to gaps, stains, chips, or deformed teeth. Our veneers are natural-looking and are an ideal option for patients who want to make minor alterations to the appearance of their smile.
What exactly are dental veneers? Well, they’re thin shells that are fitted on the front area of teeth to enhance their look. They have the same color as teeth and are made from resin-composite or porcelain materials. Also, they’re permanently bonded to teeth.
Veneers can help treat a variety of cosmetic issues, including discolored, broken, chipped, or smaller-than-normal teeth.
Some patients may only require a single veneer if they have a chipped or broken tooth, but many require 6-8 veneers to create a symmetrical, even smile. Veneers are most commonly used on the top eight front teeth.
Types of Veneers
Most dental veneers are made of porcelain. Traditional dental veneers usually require more intensive preparatory work before application compared to “no-prep” dental veneers. The latter alternatives, which include options such as Vivaneers and Lumineers—are less invasive to apply and require less time.
To apply traditional dental veneers, our dentist grinds down the patient’s tooth structure, often removing part of the tooth beyond the enamel to enable proper placement. However, this is also an irreversible process that can be too painful to endure and usually calls for a local anesthetic.
On the other hand, no-prep veneers may require a bit of tooth preparation or adjustment from our dentist, which is minimal. Rather than remove tooth layers beneath the enamel, these veneers affect only the enamel. More often than not, no-prep veneers require no local anesthetics.
Benefits of Veneers
Whiten your smile easily: We can bleach your stained enamel, but it may become stained again. Dental veneers are a simpler way to whiten your teeth as they’re largely stain-resistant permanently. Thus, you won’t need to worry about the tooth discoloration.
Fix minor, aesthetic issues: Slightly gapped or crooked teeth can be fixed with braces or other cosmetic treatments. However, veneers can also sometimes be used to help with these issues. Although veneers don’t change the positions of your teeth, they do cover up minor orthodontic flaws once they’re applied.
Replace damaged enamel: Even though enamel is strong, it’s not indestructible. It can still be damaged by highly acidic drinks or foods or overzealous tooth brushing. The stomach acid caused by acid reflux disease may also destroy your enamel. This could be a cause for worry as lost enamel never grows back.
Thankfully, it may be replaced. Dental veneers are a great solution for teeth affected by enamel erosion or abrasion and are at the same time aesthetically pleasing.
Dental veneers are a great way to hide your discolored, damaged, or crooked teeth. For additional information about veneers and to find out whether they’re right for you, please contact Jon C. Packman DDS at (704) 978-7060 today to set up a consultation.