Discover How Veneers Transform Your Teeth
If you are not satisfied with the appearance of your teeth, discover how veneers are often the right choice to transform your teeth and enhance your smile. Veneers are thin coverings of ceramic or porcelain that are bonded to your tooth with little or no modification of your natural tooth. They are great for improving the appearance of your teeth, including lightening the color by several shades. Our dentists will help you select a shade of porcelain that is both natural looking and beautiful. Drs. Mark and Christen Simpson may recommend dental veneers in Charleston, West Virginia, to transform your teeth and improve your smile by:
- Closing spaces and gaps in between teeth
- Correcting slight tooth misalignment
- Giving your smile a more uniform, even appearance
- Improving irregularly shaped teeth
- Lightening your smile and covering staining or discoloration on the teeth
- Repairing chips or cracks in teeth
- Restoring very worn teeth
Veneers Offer State-of-the-Art Durability
Veneers are the long-term, durable solution to correcting problem teeth. In just one or two visits to Simpson Dental Associates, we can place your custom dental veneers and help achieve a smile that is more beautiful and inviting. Veneers, thin coverings of porcelain also known as dental porcelain laminates, are the state-of-the-art in conservative aesthetic dentistry. The dental professionals at Simpson Dental can make subtle changes or complete makeovers with veneers. These durable restorations consist of custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials, made from porcelain or from resin composite, designed to cover the front surface of teeth. The shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.
Learn the Dental Veneer Process & What to Expect
Getting a dental veneer usually requires three trips to the dentist—one for a consultation and two to make and apply the veneers. One tooth or many teeth can simultaneously undergo the veneering process described below.
Diagnosis and treatment planning: This first step involves active participation between you and Drs. Mark and Christen Simpson. Explain the result that you are trying to achieve at the time of your consultation. The doctor will examine your teeth to make sure dental veneers are an appropriate option for you and discuss what the procedure will involve and some of its limitations. Taking X-rays and making impressions of your mouth and teeth may be part of the early treatment planning.
Preparation: To prepare a tooth for a veneer, the doctor removes about ½-millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface, which is an amount nearly equal to the thickness of the veneer to be added to the tooth surface. Be sure to discuss with the doctor any need for a local anesthetic to numb the area. Next, the model or impression of your tooth is sent to our in-house dental laboratory, which constructs your veneer.
Bonding: Dr. Simpson places the veneer temporarily to examine its fit and color before it is permanently cemented to your tooth. There may be repeated removal and trimming of the veneer, as needed, to achieve the proper fit. The color of the veneer can be adjusted with the shade of cement used. To prepare your tooth to receive the veneer, your tooth is cleaned, polished, and etched—which roughens the tooth to allow for a strong bonding process. Special cement is applied to the veneer and the veneer is then placed on your tooth. Once it is in proper position on the tooth, the doctor applies a special light beam to the dental veneer, which activates chemicals in the cement causing it to harden or cure very quickly. Final steps involve removing any excess cement, evaluating your bite, and making any final adjustments in the veneer, as necessary. You may be asked to return for a follow-up visit to check how your gums are responding to the presence of your veneer and to once again examine placement.
Lumineers: Lumineers are just a name brand for a veneer. They are the same as any veneer. The only difference is that generally no tooth structure is removed. Veneers work fine if adding to the tooth is your goal.
If you have questions about veneers, or any of our cosmetic dentistry services in Charleston, West Virginia, contact us to schedule your appointment today at Simpson Dental Associates!