Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth. They’re the same color as teeth and are designed to mask imperfections and create a beautiful, natural-looking smile.

Veneers are typically made from either porcelain or composite resin. Unlike crowns, which cover the entire tooth to provide strength and protection, veneers only cover the front surface and are mainly used to improve the appearance of teeth. In addition to giving you a great smile, they can provide a confidence boost and enhance overall oral health.

When Should I Get Veneers?

Veneers can address a wide range of dental concerns. Consult a cosmetic dentist if you would like to take care of any of the following problems:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth: Veneers seamlessly cover up chips and cracks.
  • Discolored or stained teeth: Veneers cover up stubborn stains and discoloration, providing a bright and even appearance.
  • Gaps between teeth: Veneers fill in gaps for a unified and perfectly spaced smile.
  • Unevenly shaped or sized teeth: Veneers can reshape and resize your teeth for a harmonious look.
  • Misaligned teeth: Veneers can subtly adjust the position of your teeth for a straighter and more balanced smile.
  • Worn-down teeth: Years of wear and tear can leave teeth looking short and stubby. Veneers can rebuild the length and shape of your teeth.

The Veneer Process

Dr. O’Leary bonds veneers to teeth to create a more attractive smile. The process involves the following steps:

  1. Consultation: Dr. O’Leary will discuss your goals and concerns to determine if veneers are the right option for you.
  2. Preparation: Minor adjustments might be made to your teeth to ensure a perfect fit for the veneers.
  3. Impression: Dr. O’Leary will take impressions of your teeth to create custom-made veneers.
  4. Bonding: The veneers are permanently bonded to your teeth using a strong dental cement.

Taking care of your veneers is crucial to ensure their longevity. Brush and floss regularly, avoid hard foods and beverages that can chip or stain your veneers, and steer clear of teeth whitening products, as they can damage the veneer material. Regular dental checkups for cleaning and maintenance will keep you beaming for many years to come!