Your smile is often the first thing that people notice about you. If you have chipped or stained teeth, or you have large gaps between your teeth, you make not look forward to smiling or laughing, and you may be getting tired of finding creative ways to hide your damaged teeth.
If that is indeed the case with you, you might want to consider porcelain veneers. These are small porcelain shells that adhere to the front of your teeth to conceal stains and damage, and are also used to close the gaps between teeth.
The dentist will clean the teeth that will receive the veneers, and remove a small portion of the tooth enamel. An impression of your teeth will be sent to a lab so that the veneers can be created and the dentist will place temporary veneers on your teeth. Your new veneers will be matched to the color of the rest of your teeth to ensure that they are not noticeable by others. When your permanent veneers are ready, the dentist will clean and then etch the surface of your teeth, and place the veneers on them, using dental cement.
With proper care, your veneers can last from ten to fifteen years. You need to continue to brush twice a day and floss once a day. You will need to see your dentist for your regular cleanings and exams. Although your veneers are strong, they can still be damaged. Chewing on ice, your nails, and other objects can crack or chip your veneers, and they can be stained by dark-colored food and drinks. Over time, the dental cement holding the veneers to your teeth can wear away, and they can fall off. If you have any problems with your veneers, you should make an appointment to see you dentist as soon as possible.
If your smile could use an upgrade and you are considering cosmetic dentistry, Dr T.F. Chen and the staff at T.F. Chen DDS would love to see you for an exam and to discuss your options with you. If you live in the Glendale, California, area, you can call 818-502-1991 to schedule an appointment.