Do you have cosmetic goals? Most people do, whether it's losing a few pounds, changing hairstyles or adding to their wardrobe. Many Americans have aesthetic smile goals, too, such as brightening tooth color or covering defects such as chips and gaps. If you'd like to enhance your teeth with a cosmetic service that's lifelike, durable and custom-made just for you, explore porcelain veneers with your cosmetic dentistry expert at Chesapeake Family and Implant Dentistry in Chesapeake, VA, Dr. Paul LeTellier.
What are porcelain veneers?
Also called dental laminates, porcelain veneers are an extremely popular cosmetic dentistry treatment. At Chesapeake Family and Implant Dentistry, Dr. LeTelliier uses veneers to disguise the front surfaces of teeth marred by:
- Deep stains from tobacco or prescription medications
- Chips, cracks, and enamel defects such as pitting
- Uneven tooth shape and length
- Minor tooth alignment issues such as small gaps or overcrowding
Custom-designed, fabricated and placed in just two visits, veneers are super-thin, tooth-shaped shells of fine-grade dental ceramic. They are individually sculpted and colored to cover flaws and to improve the overall appearance of teeth in the smile zone in the front of the mouth. Requiring far less enamel preparation than porcelain crowns, veneers are realistic and durable, beautifying, and strengthening selected teeth.
Getting porcelain veneers in Chesapeake
First, you'll come to Chesapeake Family and Implant Dentistry for a consultation with Dr. LeTellier. He'll do a complete oral check-up and X-rays to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy enough to receive veneers. Then, you'll discuss the look you wish to achieve, looking at factors such as color, tooth shape and alignment, dental flaws and more.
Finally, Dr. LeTellier will write a detailed treatment plan and take oral impressions to send to a trusted dental lab in the area.
Additionally, your dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from each tooth. This reduction allows the veneers to fit properly and for your teeth to bite together accurately after veneer placement. As you wait for your laminates, you'll likely wear temporary ones.
When you return to the office, Dr. LeTellier will remove the temporary veneers and use a shade-matched adhesive to permanently bond your new veneers in place. The Oral Health Foundation says that your dentist will make minor adjustments after a week or so when your mouth has become accustomed to the veneers.
Porcelain veneers last ten years or even more, reports the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. You'll enjoy their dazzling appearance as you brush, floss, and get routine check-ups and cleanings with Dr. LeTellier. Also, please avoid extra-hard foods and chewing non-food items, such as pencil tops, so you don't chip or displace your veneers.
Find out more
Porcelain veneers could help you achieve your long-desired smile goals. Find out how by arranging a cosmetic dentistry consultation at Chesapeake Family and Implant Dentistry in Chesapeake, VA. Call (757) 436-0026 to speak to a friendly office team member.