Many individuals have significant aesthetic flaws in their teeth. For example, years of coffee and red wine consumption may have led to staining. An accident may have caused a tooth to get chipped. Genetics can also play a role in making teeth look less than their best. If your smile is not as attractive as you would like, visit New Haven Dental Group in Branford for a cosmetic consultation. We may be able to use porcelain veneers to help you achieve your dream look.
Porcelain veneers are very thin pieces of porcelain that we attach to the fronts of a patient’s teeth. The veneers thereby cover flaws like chips, discoloration, minor misalignment, small gaps, and more. We design each veneer to complement the patient’s surrounding teeth and facial aesthetics. Since the porcelain is virtually identical to tooth enamel, the end result is extremely natural-looking.
The remarkable beauty of porcelain veneers is just one of the reasons why they are so popular. They are also quite durable. The porcelain is nonporous, which means it is highly resistant to stains. It is strong enough to stand up to the rigors of normal eating and drinking. With proper care, your first set of veneers could maintain its original appearance for a decade or longer.
Following your consultation and any necessary preliminary treatment (such as teeth whitening or crown lengthening), we will prepare your teeth to receive the veneers by removing a sliver of enamel from them. This step is necessary to ensure that the veneers do not make the teeth look bulky or unnatural. Once the teeth are ready, we will take an impression of them. We will send the impression, along with detailed notes about the desired design for the veneers, to a trustworthy dental laboratory.
While the laboratory creates your permanent veneers, you will wear temporary ones to protect your teeth. After the lab sends your veneers to our office, you will come in for a second appointment. Once we verify that the veneers are the right size, shape, and color, we will permanently attach them to your teeth.
You may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers if:
To find out for sure if you are a candidate for porcelain veneers, contact us to schedule a consultation. We will examine your teeth, talk to you about your goals and expectations, and recommend a treatment plan. We will also discuss the cost of your treatment and resources that may be able to help you afford it (such as financing through CareCredit).