So many people are getting veneers to improve the appearance of their smile including celebrities, so it’s natural to wonder whether this restoration could be what you need to finally get your dream smile. Most people assume that in order to get the perfect smile that they have to undergo invasive and serious dental procedures but it could be as simple as getting veneers from our Folsom, CA, family dentist Dr. Shaina DiMariano at DiMariano Family Dentistry.
What are dental veneers?
Veneers are mega-thin shells, often made from porcelain, that are adhered to the front your teeth to hide cosmetic imperfections or flaws that keep you from having the ideal smile.
Veneers have been around for nearly a century, but modern-day technology has altered and improved the way veneers look and feel. The medical-grade porcelain ensures that veneers mimic the appearance of real tooth enamel. Veneers are also extremely durable and stain-resistant.
What problems can dental veneers address?
If you’ve ever wished that your smile was whiter, straighter, more even or that teeth were longer than you could be ideal for porcelain veneers. After all, by covering the front of your teeth we can completely reshape, resize and even realign your smile. You could be right for dental veneers if you are dealing with,
- Discolorations and stains that are resistant to teeth whitening
- Cracks and chips
- Misshapen or malformed teeth
- Uneven or worn teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Slightly crooked or overlapping teeth
Patients who have minor misalignment problems such as front teeth that overlap one another could get a straighter smile without ever needing to get braces.
How are veneers placed?
The treatment process will really depend on what type of veneers you choose. The most common type of porcelain veneers requires some tooth preparation; however you can also opt for no-prep veneers, which require absolutely no tooth enamel removal prior to getting veneers.
With traditional veneers, our cosmetic dentist in Folsom, CA, will need to file down a small amount of enamel from the front of your teeth (approximately 0.5mm of enamel). Most patients tolerate this tooth preparation well without needing local anesthesia to numb the area.
From there, we will need to take molds of your teeth so a dental lab has the exact tooth measurements necessary to make your custom veneers. We will place temporary veneers on your teeth until you can come in for your final veneers fitting. Bonding veneers to your teeth is easy and painless. All we have to do is apply dental resin between the tooth and the veneer and then harden the resin with a special light. Once this occurs the veneers are permanently bonded to your teeth.
Dr. DiMariano at DiMariano Family Dentistry in Folsom, CA, is dedicated to meeting your cosmetic and restorative dental goals to give you a beautiful and natural smile that you can’t wait to show off. Call our office today at (916) 983-6655 to let us know that you are interested in getting dental veneers.