Chips, discoloration, or gaps between your teeth don’t have to mar your smile forever thanks to veneers. At Mirror Cosmetic Dentistry in Northridge, California, Homa Shahriari, DDS may recommend veneers as a conservative but effective alternative to crowns, especially in the front teeth. Use the online booking form or contact the Mirror Cosmetic Dentistry office now to arrange a visit to talk about veneers with Dr. Shahriari.
Veneers are thin porcelain panels that Dr. Shahriari attaches to the front of your teeth. There are several possible uses for veneers, including:
Certain types of teeth stains, such as those caused by tetracycline, are so deep within the teeth that they aren't removable with teeth whitening. Veneers can fully conceal that level of discoloration while looking completely natural.
If you have teeth that are oddly shaped, too small, or have other shape or size issues, veneers can help. They cover your natural tooth and extend to create the desired size or shape.
Fillings in the front teeth can be particularly noticeable, but veneers can cover the fillings perfectly.
Small chips and cracks, if left alone, can leave your tooth vulnerable to bacteria and infection. Veneers can serve the dual purposes of hiding the damage and protecting your tooth.
Dr. Shahriari prepares your teeth for veneers by removing a very small amount of tooth enamel while your tooth is numb. This serves two purposes: The veneer will better adhere to the tooth’s surface, and it allows your new veneer to be even with the other natural teeth.
Dr. Shahriari then uses dental cement to permanently attach the veneer to your tooth.
Veneers typically last for many years, often 10 years or more. Although every patient is different, you can maximize your veneer longevity by using good dental care and having regular checkups.
Veneer care is very easy. You'll need to continue your regular brushing and flossing routine, with a few minor adjustments. Switch to a nonabrasive toothpaste if you're not using one already. This helps prevent enamel scratches.
While flossing, be cautious around the veneers. Although your veneers are firmly cemented, the dental floss could get trapped under the edges of a veneer and pull it loose if you're not careful. Just take flossing slowly and carefully.
Soon, you'll use extra caution around the veneers as a matter of habit and it won't take any extra time.
Want to know whether veneers are right for you? Use the online booking tool or phone the Mirror Cosmetic Dentistry office to schedule your visit with Dr. Shahriari today!