Dental veneers today provide a natural tooth appearance and can last for many years. If you have chipped, broken, or discolored teeth, veneers may be the solution for you, as they’re a minimally-invasive method of improving your smile. At First Choice Dentistry in Bakersfield, California, Dr. Allen Mossaei can prepare a customized veneering plan for you. Book an appointment online today to get started.
Veneers are ultra-thin shells of porcelain or composite materials that cover the front surface of your teeth, improving their appearance. Veneers are custom-made, and Dr. Mossaei bonds them directly to your tooth enamel. In addition to enhancing your teeth cosmetically, veneers can also make your teeth stronger and more resilient.
Dental veneers are commonly used to cover up:
At a consultation with Dr. Mossaei, he examines your teeth to see if veneers are a good fit for you and maps out your treatment plan. At this time, he may also take X-rays or digital images of your teeth.
At the next appointment, Dr. Mossaei prepares your teeth for the veneers by buffing off about a half a millimeter of enamel. Depending on your teeth sensitivity, a local anesthetic can be used for this step, though it isn’t necessary. You can talk to Dr. Mossaei about this before your treatment.
Then, Dr. Mossaei makes an impression of your teeth, which is used to create the veneers. He may or may not place a temporary veneer for you to wear while waiting for your permanent ones. When your veneers are ready, Dr. Mossaei fits them to your teeth and then cements them in place. He makes final adjustments and ensures that your bite is perfectly aligned.
When correctly placed, porcelain veneers last around 10-15 years, and composite veneers can last between five and seven years. Because veneers are made out of thin porcelain or composite shells, over time they can crack, chip, or become unbound. To prevent this from happening, Dr. Mossaei may advise you against certain foods and recommend wearing a mouthguard at night.
Veneers offer an excellent alternative to dental crowns or braces because they’re less invasive and don’t require as much shaping as crowns. However, veneers are not always the best option depending on how much existing enamel you have on your teeth, or whether you have decay or gum disease.
To see whether you’re a good candidate for veneers, schedule an appointment online at First Choice Dentistry.