Do you have a single discolored tooth that’s affecting your smile? Are your dental injuries making your smile uneven? Try dental veneers. Veneers can cover chipped, discolored, misshapen, and even rotated teeth. Dental veneers cover the front surface of single teeth.
Dr. Rachel Barone and her dental team offer porcelain veneers in Boulder, CO. Veneers may be composite or porcelain. Dental veneers are a cosmetic dentistry treatment that can create a brighter, straighter, and more even smile.
Getting Porcelain Veneers in Boulder, CO
Dental veneers require multiple appointments. Dr. Barone sends a dental impression to a local dental lab on the first visit. There, technicians will create a model of the mouth for the temporary and final veneers.
Dr. Barone prepares the treated teeth at the next visit and takes another dental impression. She sends this impression to the lab, where ceramicists use the two impressions and tooth model to create the final veneers.
Dr. Barone will place temporary veneers over the teeth after the second impression. Once the final veneers are complete, Dr. Barone will remove the temporary veneers and use bonding liquid to place the final veneers on the teeth. She always double-checks the size, shape, and shade of the veneers.
The Uses of Porcelain Veneers
Veneers are a go-to solution for almost any cosmetic dentistry problem. Typically, when we treat discolored teeth, we use professional tooth whitening. However, not all discoloration responds to this treatment. Staining deep in the tooth or discoloration caused by trauma won’t respond to teeth bleaching. Porcelain veneers provide an optimal alternative. We color-match veneers to the shade you desire for your smile. They’re stain-resistant and can be an effective solution for years.
As we age, our teeth wear down with everyday use. They may also chip and crack over time. Combine this with discoloration, and it’s easy to tell your age based on your smile. Veneers take years off of your smile, restoring the even appearance of your teeth and giving you a whiter smile. Teeth may also get weaker with time and damage. A veneer can restore your natural tooth function, restoring strength to chew and bite foods properly.
Veneers can even correct gaps between your teeth or tooth misalignment. While orthodontics are the usual solution, they take time and can be uncomfortable. Also, some alignment issues aren’t severe enough to warrant orthodontic treatment. The lab crafts each veneer individually, making it easy to create natural-looking veneers that cover those gaps seamlessly.
Lastly, veneers are the perfect solution to create an even, balanced smile. If you have small teeth or those that are irregularly shaped, veneers transform them into the smile of your dreams. The lab ensures the veneers are a size, shape, and color that blend in well with your natural smile.
Veneers and TMJ Conditions
Though veneers are usually thought of as an aesthetic solution, they can have a positive impact on patients struggling with TMJ. One of the main causes of TMJ is an uneven bite. Because the bite doesn’t come together properly, the jaw joint isn’t tracking as it should. Porcelain veneers reshape the teeth and give you back a balanced bite, aggravating the jaw joint much less. This can improve symptoms like facial pain, chronic headaches, and tension throughout the face, neck, and head.
Feelings of stress and anxiety contribute to TMJ, too. When stressed, you’re more likely to grind and clench your teeth, irritating the jaw joint. The look of your smile can play a big part in this. When you’re unhappy with your smile, you feel insecure and are more likely to be anxious in public and professional situations. Porcelain veneers are a popular choice for a complete smile makeover, giving you back confidence in your smile.
Porcelain Veneers Benefits
Their versatility is just one benefit of porcelain veneers. The porcelain dental labs use to craft veneers is the most natural-looking material, miming your natural teeth. It’s nearly impossible to distinguish a natural tooth compared to a veneer. We color-match the veneer to a shade that blends in perfectly with your smiles while it mimics a natural tooth’s sheen.
Veneers can provide functional support to your teeth. Porcelain is incredibly durable and resists staining and chipping. If the tooth we’re placing a veneer on is weakened or damaged, it protects and provides support. You can feel confident in eating various foods without ruining the veneer.
This restoration can help improve your overall oral hygiene. They’re bright and white, motivating you to take care of them so that they maintain their color and shine. Proper brushing and flossing and regular dental visits also support the longevity of veneers. The better you take care of them, the longer they’ll last.
Dental Veneer FAQs
Read more about dental veneers with answers to these common questions:
Am I a candidate for dental veneer treatment?
Good veneer treatment candidates need enough tooth structure and gum tissue. Patients with severely crooked or misshapen teeth do not benefit from veneers. We may recommend braces or crowns for those patients. Veneers are a great option for patients with severe tooth stains, enough tooth enamel, and cosmetic imperfections in their smile.
How long do dental veneers last?
Porcelain veneers can last ten years, while composite veneers can last 4 to 8 years. Patients need to care for their veneers to ensure that they last. Brushing and flossing daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste will prevent stains on the veneers and natural tooth enamel. We do not recommend that patients chew on ice or hard foods that can damage their cosmetic restorations. Scheduling regular dental checkups helps our team track patients’ oral health and dental veneers.
Do I need dental veneers if I have stained teeth?
We will often recommend dental veneers if patients have intrinsic tooth stains. Intrinsic stains are caused within the tooth. Professional teeth whitening treatment does not affect these teeth because discoloration occurs as the teeth grow or the dentin shows underneath the tooth enamel. Patients with dental injuries or tooth wear benefit from porcelain veneers.
Schedule a Dental Appointment
Do you want a more even smile? Are you looking for a way to address deep tooth stains? Call Gunbarrel Dental Center for treatment with dental veneers today at 720-881-0614. You can also request a dental consultation with Dr. Barone and her team online. Feel free to ask questions about dental veneer treatment at your next visit.