With celebrity-grade teeth progressively becoming society’s standard for dental hygiene these days, professionally and socially, it’s understandable why more and more people seek to reach these heights through dentistry. Fortunately, we are up to the challenge of providing that dream smile to everyone we can. Even just over the past 20 years, our knowledge, technology, and resources have improved significantly when it comes to dental veneers, allowing us to produce superior products in both aesthetics and function. Moreover, we’ve increased success rates while lowering costs.
Obviously, the road to such innovations has had its share of adversity for the dental industry, but it’s worth it to see our important work pay off, reflected in the smiles of our satisfied patients. Today, we here at Roth Family Dentistry will be answering some of the most frequently asked questions about veneers, including details regarding crowns and the bonding process. If you or a loved one are considering getting veneers and have any questions not covered below or wish to schedule a consultation, please feel free to give us a call today at 406-728-2745.
What Are Veneers?
A veneer is a thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded onto a tooth, custom-modeled off of your specific teeth to improve their appearance, shape, size and durability, not entirely unlike an artificial crown.
What Are Veneers Made Of?
Commonly, veneers are constructed from porcelain resin or a tooth-colored plastic substance also used in fillings. The manufacturing normally takes place in a lab, where we model every set carefully to match your individual teeth. Exactly how long this process takes may vary from case to case.
Why Should I Get Veneers?
Veneers are a popular and effective solution for people who suffer from oral discoloration, tooth wearing, chipping, damage, malocclusion, deformed teeth, or closing gaps between your front teeth.
What Types Of Veneers Are There?
The two most prevalent veneers are porcelain and composite variations. Which type you get is up to you, provided of course that Kathy Roth, DDS agrees with the choice. Porcelain is the more commonly requested of the two, chiefly due to lasting longer and having greater stain resistance than other materials. This may also be your preferable option, depending on the severity of your teeth’s dysfunction and what dental habits you personally have, such as grinding your teeth.
What Is The Process To Get Veneers?
This dental procedure usually takes place in three steps:
|Step 1 - After scheduling a consultation, Kathy Roth, DDS will review your dental history, explain the process, answer questions and address any concerns you may have. X-rays or molds of your teeth may also be taken.
|Step 2 - Preparation begins. A tiny amount of your tooth’s structure will be removed before an impression is taken. Temporary veneers will be provided until the procedure, at which point, they are removed. For patients with veneers made using colored filling material, this will be a one-appointment process.
|Step 3 - The final, complete veneers are bonded onto your teeth.
What Are The Benefits Of Veneers?
|The prep for veneers preserves the most amount of your tooth structure since so little needs to be removed.
|Drastically improved appearance to your smile, with immediately noticeable results.
|As said, veneers are more durable than natural teeth and provide better stain resistance.
|Patients may choose their own color, to make sure the smile they get meets every standard.
|Your periodontal tissue will respond well to the veneers, having no difficulties or irritation.
What Are The Disadvantages Of Veneers?
|When preparation is complete, the process is irreversible.
|If your veneers chip or crack, they can be difficult and time-consuming to repair without replacing the entire piece or set.
|Veneers are not advised for people with poor gum health.
|Harmful oral habits such as grinding or clenching teeth, and nail biting are more likely to damage veneers.
|While artificial, a veneer is still vulnerable to decay. Just because they aren’t the same as real teeth doesn’t mean you should care for them any less diligently with brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits).
If you are interested in getting veneers, our dentists at Roth Family Dentistry would be happy to see you for a consultation. Give us a call at 406-728-2745 to schedule your appointment.