If you have chipped, broken, or unusually shaped teeth, veneers can transform your smile. At Creating Smiles Family Dentistry PC in Bloomfield, New Jersey, the expert general dentists specialize in the development and application of veneers. To achieve your dream smile, book an appointment online, or call the office to speak with a staff member today.
Veneers are thin, custom-tailored shells of porcelain bonded to your teeth. They provide a safe and effective way to cover imperfections that won’t respond to other types of treatment such as teeth whitening.
You can get one or two veneers, but Creating Smiles Family Dentistry PC typically recommends between six and eight. Once bonded to your teeth, veneers restore symmetry to your smile.
Creating Smiles Family Dentistry PC uses veneers to address various issues, including:
You might also benefit from veneers if your teeth are slightly crooked or smaller-than-average.
Getting veneers usually takes two appointments spaced a few weeks apart.
At the initial consultation, your dentist conducts an oral exam, reviews your dental health history, and asks about your goals for treatment. They then take X-rays to assess the health of your tooth roots, jaw, and alveolar bone.
If you have a cavity, extremely crooked teeth, or gum disease, Creating Smiles Family Dentistry PC recommends treating these issues before moving forward with veneers.
If your teeth and gums are healthy, your dentist administers a local anesthetic and prepares your teeth. To do this, they remove a thin layer of enamel. Afterward, they take impressions of your teeth and send them to a laboratory that makes your veneers.
Several weeks later you return to Creating Smiles Family Dentistry PC. Your dentist lines up your veneers and bonds them in place. They then trim any excess material, assess your bite, and polish your teeth.
Veneers typically last 10-15 years, but it’s possible to extend their lifespan. To prevent damage, Creating Smiles Family Dentistry PC recommends practicing good oral hygiene and visiting the dentist at least twice a year for oral exams and cleanings.
In addition, avoid bad habits like nail-biting, opening objects with your teeth, or chewing on ice. If you skateboard, rollerblade, or play contact sports, wear a mouthguard. Consider a nightguard if you grind your teeth or clench your jaw while sleeping.
To further explore the benefits of veneers, request a consultation at Creating Smiles Family Dentistry PC. Book an appointment online, or call the office to speak with a staff member today.