Your teeth go through a significant amount of wear and tear every day. Chips, cracks, stains, and other cosmetic imperfections can arise over time and undermine your smile. Fortunately, porcelain veneers are a simple cosmetic dental treatment that can correct a wide range of aesthetic dental flaws. These porcelain shells fit over the front surface of your teeth to conceal aesthetic drawbacks. Dr. Bryan J. Shanahan at Peak Family Dental Care in Flagstaff, AZ, are proud to provide high-quality porcelain veneers that look and feel as natural as the rest of your smile.
Candidates for Porcelain Veneers
Almost any patient with cosmetic defects affecting one or more teeth can qualify for veneers. They are most often suggested for:
Discolored or stained teeth
Misaligned or angled teeth
Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
Gaps between teeth
Crowded or overlapping teeth
However, dental conditions such as gum disease or tooth decay take priority over cosmetic treatments. If you have any underlying oral health problems, the doctor will recommend treatment for these first in order to lay the groundwork for long-lasting cosmetic results.
Placing Porcelain Veneers
Treatment begins with a consultation with Dr. Shanahan. During this discussion, he will review your oral health, evaluate your smile and bite patterns, and ask about your treatment goals. Based on this conversation, you and your doctor will develop the details of your treatment plan. In some cases, he suggest an alternative treatment that suits your goals more closely, such as dental crowns or teeth whitening.
If veneers appear to be an appropriate option, we can schedule your first appointment. Placing veneers typically takes two visits. During the first, the doctor removes a small portion of enamel from the surface of the tooth or teeth under treatment. He will take a conservative approach, removing only enough enamel to create sufficient space between the teeth for the veneers. He can then take impressions of the teeth and make a note of the shade of your surrounding teeth. This information is used by the ceramicist to custom-craft your veneers.
In most cases, the veneers are ready within about two weeks. At this time, we will reach out to you to schedule the second appointment to place the veneers. During this meeting, the doctor will first clean and buff your teeth to optimize the bonding process. Next, he will double-check the shape, shade, and fit of your veneer to ensure that it blends in seamlessly with your adjacent teeth. The veneers are then carefully placed over the tooth or teeth and secured with a specialized dental cement.
With porcelain veneers, patients can have a natural-looking, camera-ready smile.
Getting the Most Out of Your Porcelain Veneers
Although veneers are made of a strong porcelain material, patients will still need to take care of them to ensure they last as long as possible. Patients can get the most out of their veneers by avoiding certain habits that can compromise the integrity of the veneer, like biting their fingernails, or chewing on hard substances like candy and ice. For patients who grind their teeth, the dentist may recommend a night guard to protect their veneers.
Good oral hygiene is another key to extending the longevity of your veneers. Cavity prevention is important, since a decay underneath a veneer can only receive treatment by removing the veneer. Daily brushing and flossing, as well as biannual cleanings from your dentist, help keep your mouth cavity-free.
Enhance Your Smile with Veneers
With porcelain veneers, patients can have a natural-looking, camera-ready smile. You can call us at (928) 774-2500 or contact us online to set up a consultation with one of our dentists.