When might a Greenwood area dentist recommend dental veneers?
One popular restorative solution for patients in and around the Greenwood areas is dental veneers. Also called porcelain veneers, these restorations are used to cover up areas of imperfection. They are known for their beauty and ease of use, among other benefits. However, many patients may be wondering when dental veneers are most beneficial to improve the aesthetics of their smiles.
Dental veneers may be suggested by a dentist when patients want a long-term solution to problems such as pits, unusually shaped teeth, misalignment, or permanent staining. Porcelain veneers are custom-made to match the other teeth within the smile so they look completely natural when placed. They are semi-translucent, extremely thin, and mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel, making them one of the best solutions out there. Patients who want to take an economic approach, and want to address a concern immediately, may choose dental bonding instead, but there are many disadvantages to using composite resin to repair a tooth. The material will only last a few years, requires replacement, and it is prone to staining and discoloration over time. Porcelain veneers are better for a permanent way to address the natural tooth.
The process of dental veneers requires approximately one to two weeks. Patients visit Dr. Griffin for a consultation appointment during which diagnostics may be done—including x-rays and an examination. Patients will point out the concerns they have with their smile and talk to their dentist about the many ways they can improve aesthetics. If porcelain veneers are determined the best solution, patients will have their natural tooth prepared for treatment. This requires the removal of a thin portion of enamel before impressions are made. These molds are sent to an outside laboratory where a ceramist will fabricate the veneer over the course of a week or two. The dental veneer is sent to the dental office, and it is bonded in place for immediate results. Patients leave the dental office with a dramatically changed smile!