Business meetings, birthday parties, holidays… we all have reasons to look and feel our best! Our smiles especially have a major impact on our appearance. But you may have noticed that your once brilliantly white teeth are much dimmer than they used to be. As we age, our teeth become stained, yellow, and weakened. They may even lose shape or become uneven in appearance.
Veneers are an excellent solution to help restore your teeth to a healthy appearance while also reinforcing them. Veneers are simple to apply and transform your teeth, giving you a radiant smile!
What are Veneers?
Veneers are exceptionally thin shells made of a tooth-like material such as porcelain or a composite material. At Old Town Smiles, we prefer using porcelain because the material provides our patients with the most natural appearance. Porcelain is a sturdy material that interacts with light the same way natural tooth enamel does. Veneers are custom-made to fit onto your teeth and correct exterior imperfections. This customization makes the teeth look more natural and aesthetic while maintaining the integrity of the tooth’s base.
Veneers are bonded to the fronts of the teeth that need correction from staining, cracks, damage or are misshapen. If you are concerned about gaps in your teeth, you don’t need to worry anymore! With Veneers, the positioning of teeth can be corrected as well. Non-congruent, yellow, discolored teeth can make you look older than you really are. A healthy, white smile will take years off your appearance!
The Benefits of Veneers
Veneers benefit men and women of all ages and will help correct many cosmetic problems we feel self-conscious about. Gaps or spaces in our teeth can prove to be unattractive as well as lead to gum discomfort. Veneers are a practical improvement for irregular spacing and large gaps. This solution is particularly beneficial to adults who do not want to undergo the process of braces or Invisalign.
Braces and Invisalign can take years to correct spacing and bite problems. Veneers can correct these problems in two weeks! Veneers are simple and provide a dramatic, beautiful change.
There are many benefits to Veneers, other advantages include:
- A natural smile; Each veneer will be customized to reflect the natural shape and structure of your teeth.
- Veneers are an excellent solution for deeply stained, discolored teeth. Veneers will provide a new, brighter color that is resistant to staining and discoloration.
- This procedure is perfect for people who have misshapen teeth, either from chips or cracks.
- Veneers are beneficial both cosmetically and practically because they improve the appearance of the tooth without interfering with the base of the tooth, leaving it intact.
- Porcelain veneers mimic the function of enamel to create a very natural-looking product.
- Veneers are long-lasting to create beautiful, enduring results.
Veneers make a big difference in your appearance. They transform your smile to become bright and welcoming, making you more approachable to others! Over-the-counter products like whitening strips do not treat each tooth individually, leaving your teeth inconsistently colored. The gel used in whitening strips is also unable target to each tooth, causing gum discoloration and sensitivity. These products will not give you the consistent color or comprehensive treatment that veneers will. For a transformative improvement, veneers will produce your best results!
Are Veneers Right For You?
Veneers are available for almost everyone! Young adults with adult teeth and adults can receive veneers. Veneers are perfect for people who are self-conscious of the appearance of their teeth.
Ideal candidates for veneers are people with:
- Misshapen teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Chips or cracks in their teeth
- Unequally spaced teeth
Veneers can improve these unwanted imperfections in two weeks! Making veneers a perfect alternative to more invasive, long-term procedures such as braces. If you want to look your best and have a brilliant smile, veneers are right for you!
However, sometimes veneers are not a good solution for a patient depending on their case. In these cases, our highly-qualified dentists will suggest alternative solutions that will achieve your desired goals. Veneers cannot be attached to decomposing or unhealthy teeth, they need a healthy base to attach to. Veneers are also not recommended to people who grind their teeth. However, with a mouth guard the patient may be able to receive veneers.
Patients with gum disease may not be an ideal candidate for veneers as the porcelain needs a sturdy base to mount without causing discomfort or irritation to the surrounding gum tissue.
At Old Town Smiles, we strive to solve our patient’s concerns and will work with you to create a tailored plan that fits your goals.
Meet Dr. Ahmed at Old Town Smiles
Veneers require a level of expertise and eye for detail that you can only get from a well-experienced dentist.
In your consultation at Old Town Smiles, you will get to discuss your concerns, aesthetic goals and the outcome you hope to achieve with veneers. It is common for an impression to be taken of your teeth in the consultation. This will help Dr. Ahmed better prepare the veneers to match your natural smile.
If you are interested in veneers and would like to pursue them as an option to your cosmetic concerns, schedule a consultation today! We will work with you to build an individualized treatment plan that achieves your desired outcome.
Your Veneer Procedure
Everyone’s procedure length will vary based on how many veneers they are receiving. Your procedure will reflect the plan created in your personal consultation.
Prior to the placement of permanent veneers, your teeth will need to be prepared. This process involves the reshaping of your teeth. Dr. Ahmed will use a fine drill called a bur to delicately shape the tooth. This will allow the veneer to attach to the tooth flawlessly. The reshaping of your teeth is important because it will help make the teeth look like they transitioned naturally to a whiter, smoother form. This will also help teeth look less bulky. If a veneer is placed on the teeth before they are shaped, the veneer will add an extra layer that makes the teeth stick out and appear bulky.
The base of the tooth will remain intact and a temporary dental veneer will be placed on the tooth to protect it while the final veneer is made. You may continue routine dental care while wearing the temporary veneer.
Two weeks after your teeth have been reshaped, you will come in for your final appointment to receive your permanent porcelain veneers. Dr. Ahmed will keep you relaxed and comfortable during her dental work.
Comfort options include, in addition to anesthetic, nitrous oxide and oral sedation. Make sure to discuss this option with your dentist in your consultation.
The temporary veneers will be removed and the final, custom veneers will be bonded to the front of the tooth. The veneers will then be polished to create a smooth and beautiful smile. The polishing step is important because it gives the dentists an opportunity to blend the veneers in with the rest of your smile. At Old Town Smiles we pride ourselves on providing beautiful, healthy smiles!
With an expert dentist like Dr. Ahmed, our patients can expect attention to detail and a caring touch. Our dentist has years of experience and provide our patients with beautiful smiles they are proud of!
Enjoy Your Veneers
Veneers are a simple, convenient solution to your cosmetic dental concerns that require no downtime! A check-up appointment one week after the procedure will be necessary to ensure the health and condition of the veneers, teeth and gums.
You will notice your results immediately and will enjoy them for a long time. Your personalized veneers will boost your confidence and give you the brilliant smile you’ve always wanted!
Caring For Your Veneers
Veneers are easy to maintain and care for! They are to be treated just like regular teeth.
Regular dental care such as brushing, flossing and using mouthwash will help preserve the veneers. Practices such as eating hard, sticky foods, nail-biting, and teeth grinding should be avoided. These are practices to avoid regardless if you have veneers because they significantly increase the likelihood of a tooth injury. Patients can continue enjoying their favorite drinks like coffee and red wine without worrying about staining. They are advised to always brush and floss their teeth after meals to ensure the longevity of the veneers and as a good general oral care practice.
If you are interested in how veneers will improve your teeth and give you a flawless smile, schedule your personal consultation today at (703) 836-7000!