There are several ways to improve your smile. The simplest is regular brushing and flossing. However, sometimes individuals find themselves self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth even though they practice good oral hygiene. Over time your teeth may shift or discolor slightly, leading some to feel less confident in their smile than they once were. Lovett Dental Corpus Christi offers cosmetic dentistry and a range of options to patients. Among these specialty dental services are dental veneers.
Why Consider Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are a good option if you have worn down or chipped and broken teeth. Veneers can cover or fill gaps between teeth. Also, if your teeth are misaligned or irregularly shaped, dental veneers can fix the imperfections. But perhaps the most common reason patients have for getting veneers is tooth discoloration. Sometimes a root canal leaves your teeth with differing colors. Other times stains from drinking coffee or tea for a long time cause discoloration. Staining can even result from properly using prescription drugs. There is a myriad of reasons to consider dental veneers, including:
- Providing a natural appearance
- Not requiring extensive shaping before the procedure
Long-lasting, up to fifteen years, and requiring little special care, veneers are a very good way to revitalize your smile. However, veneers are permanent. Thus it’s wise to talk about the decision thoroughly with your dentist.
The Veneers Process
Usually, the process of getting dental veneers involves three steps. The first is the initial consultation with your dentist. This meeting will determine what you’d like to see done, what your dentist thinks would be good for your oral health, and what kind of veneers could work for you. The next step is making the veneers and finally applying them. All in all, patients can expect at least two visits to their dentist’s offices.
During the first step, your dentist will examine your teeth. As they do so, you’ll learn about the procedure. Your dentist may take impressions of your mouth or x-rays, setting up the next step. Making the veneers takes anywhere from two to four weeks. If you’d like, dentists sometimes offer temporary veneers during this time. With the veneers made, your teeth will be prepped. This involves reshaping the tooth’s surface and trimming its enamel before permanently cementing the veneer to your tooth.
All care and patience will be taken to make sure the veneer fits and is the correct color. When properly positioned, a special laser will harden the cement bonding the veneer to your tooth. You or your dentist might want to schedule some follow-up teeth cleaning appointments to make sure your mouth responds well. However, the entire process is usually quick and almost entirely pain-free.
Learn More About Dental Veneers by Reaching Out to Lovett Dental Corpus Christi
Dental veneers are an excellent option for restoring the look and feel of your teeth. With the technology dentists have available, veneers can look no different from your natural teeth giving the boost in confidence you’ve been missing. However, cosmetic dental services are only one part of Lovett Dental Corpus Christi’s approach to total oral health. Aside from offering dental veneers, Lovett Dental Corpus Christi provides pediatric dentistry for children and teens. We provide care to individuals and whole families, ensuring that positive oral habits begin at a young age and carry on through adulthood. Some of the general dental services we offer include:
- Regular exams
- Teeth cleanings
- Fillings and sealants
- Fluoride treatments
- Root canal treatment
- Dental crowns and bridges
Because our experienced and compassionate staff cares about your well-being, our general dentistry is exceptional. Keeping you healthy and giving you a smile you want is our top priority. Contact us today to schedule a consultation or an appointment at 361.256.7896.