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What Are Dental Veneers?

Do you have discolored teeth that make you feel self-conscious? Have you been avoiding getting a chipped tooth extracted to avoid infection or other dental issues? Do you have a small gap in your teeth that makes you think twice before smiling for photos or laughing out loud at family gatherings? If so, veneers may be a possible solution to your dental problems. At Cornerstone Dental Center, we can help you decide what options would help you achieve the perfect smile!

Dental veneers are a thin layer of porcelain or composite materials that are designed specifically to fit over the front of your teeth much the way fake fingernails fit over the front of a natural fingernail. Veneers are used to improve the way a patient’s natural teeth look without removing the teeth or using braces to change their position. If you have discolorations, issues with the shape or the position of your teeth, dental veneers may be able to solve the problem quickly and easily and at an affordable cost. At Cornerstone Dental Center, we choose the precise shade of porcelain to match the color of your natural teeth so that the appearance is seamless even if only a single tooth is covered by a porcelain veneer. No one will know that you have porcelain veneers.

Dental veneers give patients additional options beyond braces or bridges for improving the appearance of their teeth. A veneer can be used to make a chipped or broken tooth look whole again, for example. They can be used to fill in small gaps in the teeth when orthodontic braces aren’t a suitable option. Teeth that are slightly out of position can sometimes be fitted with veneers to create the appearance of a perfect smile. A wide range of aesthetic dental problems can be resolved using veneers.

In reality, the porcelain veneer is very thin, but it’s held in place by a super-strong adhesive. Once the veneer is in place, it won’t move. The process of putting veneers in place is relatively straightforward so there’s little prep needed. The dentist will usually require two appointments with you to complete the process from beginning to end. Veneers are often a quick fix for dental problems that otherwise seem unresolvable or that might require tooth extractions, bridges, or even dental work. Patients who don’t want to invest a lot of time into resolving aesthetic dental issues may be good candidates for veneers.

How do veneers work?

The porcelain veneer1 works by covering the front of the tooth from the gum line. In some cases, the shiny, outer enamel surface of the tooth may need to be sanded down so that the veneer can be properly bonded to the tooth. At Cornerstone Dental Center, the amount of enamel that we remove from the tooth is minimal and it reflects the thickness of the veneer that will be glued to the surface of the tooth. So when the procedure is finished, the teeth that have been fitted with veneers are still the same thickness. As a result, they look and feel like the patient’s natural teeth, except the aesthetic issues have been resolved.

During the procedure to put veneers into place, we give patients a local anesthetic so that the patient feels no pain or discomfort. In fact, the procedure for placing veneers is so easy and pain-free that anesthetic is often not needed (though some patients may want it anyway). Once the tooth or teeth have been prepared, the dentist takes an impression of the teeth and hands this off to a technician who then prepares the veneers to precisely fit the patient’s needs.

The color of surrounding teeth can be an issue with dental veneers so, at Cornerstone Dental Center, the dentist carefully selects the right shade to perfectly match the patient’s natural teeth. Once the procedure is complete, no one will know that the patient has veneers. The look is seamless and appears completely natural.

It typically takes two visits to complete the process. During the first visit, the tooth is prepared for placement of the veneer and the shade of the teeth is carefully matched. Molds are taken so that a technician can prepare the veneers which are ready for placement at the second visit. Between visits, your teeth may feel slightly less smooth, but no one will notice that your teeth have been prepped for veneers. And you probably won’t notice the difference very much. At your second appointment, you’ll get to see the veneer before the dentist places it permanently in your mouth. A special adhesive is used to glue it firmly to the tooth.

Fitting the Dental Veneers

Minor adjustments can be made once the veneer has been fitted. At Cornerstone Dental Center, we usually recommend that patients wait for a few weeks to get used to the veneer before making any changes. You’ll need to visit us for a follow-up appointment to polish the new veneer and make sure that you’re happy with the look and feel of it.

Dental veneers typically last for many years, but it is possible for a veneer to break just as your own natural teeth can chip or break. Different veneer products have different lifespans, but feel free to ask the dentist how long your veneer will last. Small chips in a veneer can often be repaired, but if more serious breakage occurs, a new veneer may be necessary.

Though there are a number of alternatives to dental veneers, these prosthetics are some of the easiest and most affordable treatment options available to patients. Porcelain veneers are very strong and they tend to last a long time. They look natural and they require very little preparation in order to produce noteworthy results. Porcelain veneers don’t generally stain easily so tooth whitening may not be necessary if you get veneers. They look white, bright, and shiny with only a regular dental hygiene routine.

Dental veneers offer an alternative to braces and they can help patients avoid tooth extractions by covering up unattractive discolorations and broken teeth. Many patients prefer to visit the dentist the requisite two times in order to get veneers rather than visiting the dentist once a month for many months or years to straighten teeth using braces. And when given the choice, most patients would wisely choose veneers over a tooth extraction.

Resources

  1. https://www.cornerstonedentalcenter.com/dental-veneers

Covid-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Update

Dear Patients of Cornerstone Dental Center,

In order to better serve the community, to limit your and everyone’s potential exposure and conserve important medical resources during the Covid-19 challenge, we ask the following:

Please do not come into Cornerstone Dental Center if you have a fever (100 F or higher) or recent onset (last 2 weeks) onset of cough.
Please do not bring another person with you to your appointment unless you are a parent or guardian of the patient being seen.

We will need to take your (and your companion’s) temperature and ask a few questions before you come into our facilities.

If you believe you are ill with Covid-19 or influenza please call your primary care doctor’s office or your local urgent care rather than going in.
Testing for Covid-19 is recommended for you if you meet the following conditions:

  1. If you have a fever over 100 F and a cough, and have any chronic health conditions or are over the age of 60,
  2. If you have a fever over 100 F and a cough, and have had contact in the last 14 days with a known Covid-19 patient or recent travel to affected areas

People with mild symptoms and no underlying chronic health issues (chronic lung or kidney disease, diabetes, immune suppression are examples) are advised to STAY HOME until symptoms (cough, fever) have resolved for 72 hours.  But do call your primary care doctor’s office to find out if you need testing.  If you have shortness of breath, you should go to the Emergency Room (but call first, or have someone call for you).

The Panhandle Health District has set up a hotline if you have questions: 1-877-415-5225

Kootenai County is a strong community and we will get through this by working together to limit the spread, and to protect our medically vulnerable friends and neighbors. Thank you for helping us and each other in this challenging time.