Dental Veneers | Ballwin, MO
Veneers can dramatically improve the shape, shade, and position of your teeth, giving you a beautiful smile that you can feel confident about.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Veneers are a thin shell of porcelain or composite resin that is cemented to the surface of teeth. The material itself is long-lasting and since veneers are bonded to your existing tooth structure, it gives them strength. Additionally, veneers are individually sculptured for each patient, which makes it nearly impossible to tell the difference between a veneer and a natural tooth.
What Can Veneers Do?
Whether you are looking to replace or restore teeth that have lost structure, improve the shape of your teeth, or make them whiter, veneers can give you the smile you have always wanted.
Veneers can correct teeth that are:
- Unevenly spaced
- Broken or chipped
- Oddly shaped or uneven
- Stained or discolored
Dental Veneers Procedure
Since veneers are very thin and don’t require extensive work below the gum line, they are considered one of the most conservative cosmetic treatments available. In most cases, the veneer application process only takes two office visits!
Step 1: Your dentist will inspect your teeth and discuss your options. Once we determine you are a good candidate for veneers, we prepare your teeth for the veneers by removing a tiny bit of enamel. Most of the time, very little or no tooth structure is removed before placing veneers.
Step 2: We will make impressions of your teeth to send to the lab to create your custom veneers. They will be made to look like natural teeth.
Step 3: We will fit temporary veneers that you will wear until your custom veneers are placed during your next visit.
Step 4: On your placement visit, the veneers will be bonded permanently to your teeth. We will make any needed modifications to ensure your veneers are a comfortable fit.
Step 5: You are ready to go and enjoy your new smile!
Tips for Maintaining Your Veneers
Caring for your veneers does not take extra effort, just treat them as though they are your natural teeth. Here are some tips to help you maintain your veneers as well as your oral health:
- Brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day
- Switch to a whitening toothpaste to prevent your veneers from becoming stained or discolored
- Floss daily but don’t put too much pressure on the veneer, be gentle to avoid breakage
- Limit tooth-staining foods and drinks such as soda, coffee, tea, curry, soy sauce, etc. and brush or rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash afterward
- Continue regular dental appointments