If you are unhappy with your smile, you’re not alone. There are many people who are looking for ways to fix issues with their smile. For many, major treatments aren’t needed. Instead, minor cosmetic solutions are enough. The great thing about minor cosmetic procedures is that not only are they minimally to non-invasive, they also have the power to transform what your smile looks like completely. At Advanced Dental Associates, we can fix many small issues affecting your teeth with veneers.
A Simple Solution for Fixing Small Cosmetic Concerns
It doesn’t matter how small the imperfections in your teeth are. If you notice them, others most likely have, too. Moreover, once you notice them, they are very difficult to ignore. Veneers are specifically meant to fix the small issues affecting the appearance of your front teeth. They are purely a cosmetic solution and are often described as looking like little shells. Veneers, which are typically made from composite resin or porcelain, are secured onto your teeth using a special bonding agent. They effectively cover over the imperfections in your teeth, completely transforming their appearance as well as the appearance of your smile.
Is Getting Veneers Painful?
It is not painful to get veneers. While we do need to remove just a few millimeters of enamel from your teeth, we do this under a local anesthetic. The anesthetic numbs your teeth, as well as the surrounding bone and soft tissue. Because of this, you will not feel any pain.
What are the Pros and Cons of Getting Veneers?
Veneers are incredibly effective. Not only do they eliminate imperfections, but they also look exactly like the rest of your teeth. The materials are well-tolerated by the gums and will not irritate. Porcelain veneers, in particular, are resistant to staining. They also require only just a few millimeters of enamel.
While we only need to remove a small amount of enamel, this removal is irreversible. Once the enamel is removed, it will not grow back. Veneers are fairly strong, but habits, like biting fingernails or chewing on ice, can damage them, as can conditions such as bruxism.
Am I a Candidate for Veneers?
If you have small issues affecting your teeth and are looking for a solution to fix them, you may be a candidate. It is important to keep in mind that veneers are only cosmetic. If you have tooth decay or more significant tooth damage, a different treatment will be necessary. For instance, cavities will need to be treated with fillings. For cavities affecting front teeth, tooth-colored fillings can help to improve the appearance of your smile while also improving your oral health. For larger decay or significant damage, a crown, such as a ceramic crown, may be recommended.
How Many Veneers Will I Need?
Typically, it is recommended that you get veneers in even numbers. If you are only treating one tooth, this means two veneers. Based on your consultation, we can help to determine the exact number of veneers you need to provide you with the best results.
If you are interested in improving the overall appearance of your smile, veneers may be able to help. Call Advanced Dental Associates at (210) 714-5589 today to schedule your consultation.