Veneers in Gig Harbor, WA
Stained Teeth From CoffeeDental veneers offer a simple way to change the appearance of one tooth or all of them. Dr. Elton and Dr. Clarke, your Gig Harbor, WA, dentists, share some information about veneers.
Veneers hide imperfections
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are attached to the front surfaces of teeth. Although they're no thicker than a fingernail, veneers easily conceal a range of dental flaws, including:
- Slight gaps between teeth
- Discolorations due to tetracycline use, large fillings or root canals
- Crooked or oddly shaped teeth
- Short teeth
Whitening your smile is easy with veneers
Eating and drinking brightly colored foods, such as coffee, tea, wine, cola, popsicles, and berries can stain your teeth. Although teeth whitening can improve the appearance of your smile, the results must be touched up occasionally, and whitening may not lighten your teeth quite as much as you expected. Veneers provide long-lasting results and allow you to choose the shade of white you prefer.
The veneer process only takes two appointments
After your initial consultation, you'll only need to return to the dentist's office twice to receive your new veneers. During the first appointment, your dentist will file the front of your tooth slightly. This step is essential and ensures that your veneer doesn't feel bulky. After your tooth is filed, your dentist makes an impression of your teeth. A dental laboratory uses the impression to create a veneer that will fit your tooth perfectly. It usually takes about two to three weeks to create veneers. Until it's ready, you'll wear temporary veneers.
When your new veneers arrive, you'll return to the office. Your dentist will attach the veneer and check the fit. After any necessary adjustments are made, your veneer will be permanently attached to your teeth with dental cement and cured with a special light.
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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