Brighten Your SMile
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are porcelain shells that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth to cover up dental imperfections such as discoloration, chips, cracks, gaps, crooked teeth, or unevenly shaped or sized teeth. Veneers match the shade of your natural teeth or can be made lighter than the shade of your natural teeth for a whitening boost.
Veneers are typically placed on the teeth located at the very front of the mouth which show when you smile. They are effective at drastically changing the appearance of your teeth and overall smile.
They can also cover up minor damage to the teeth as an alternative to crowns and dental bonding. When they are bonded to your enamel, they strengthen your teeth. If you’re interested in improving your smile with veneers, contact us at Waterfront Dental today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dawn Merguerian in Baltimore.
Am I A Good Candidate For Veneers?
A good candidate for veneers is someone who is in good oral hygiene with no active tooth decay or gum disease. You should also not have severe damage, orthodontic problems, or large gaps. While veneers can cover up minor issues like slightly crooked teeth, small gaps, and worn down enamel, or small chips and cracks, they can’t fix everything.
You may need to undergo orthodontic treatment before receiving veneers if you have more severe malocclusions. If you are in overall good oral health with minor aesthetic problems with your teeth, you’re a great candidate for veneers!
The Veneer Placement Process
At your consultation in Baltimore, we’ll examine your mouth and take x-rays of your teeth to determine if you’re a good candidate for veneers. If veneers seem like a good option for you, we’ll file down .5 mm of your tooth enamel and take impressions of your teeth. We’ll also use a shade guide to match the shade of your teeth to the veneers.
The impressions will be sent to a dental lab that will create your veneers. It will take a few weeks for them to be ready and we’ll place temporary veneers over your teeth in the meantime. Once your veneers are ready, you’ll return to the office for another appointment.
We’ll prepare your teeth for the bonding by cleaning them and roughening the surface with an abrasion tool. An etching liquid will then be applied and then we’ll bond the veneers to your teeth with dental cement.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
Porcelain veneers last for about 10-15 years before needing to be replaced. However, because we remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth, this procedure is irreversible and you will need to keep your teeth covered. To extend the longevity of your veneers, you should:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
- Floss at least once a day
- Wear a mouthguard if you grind your teeth
- Reduce consumption of staining foods & drinks
- Don’t chew hard or sticky foods with your veneers
- Don’t use your teeth to open packages or chew on objects
- Regularly visit your Baltimore dentist every 6 months