Glendora, CA, patients ask, “What are Dental Veneers?”
Teeth that are crooked, misshaped, broken, discolored, or worn down can hurt your self-esteem and keep you from smiling as often as you’d like. However, patients of Dr. Brianne Luu of Gentle Care Dentistry are finding ways to improve the appearance of their smiles through cosmetic dentistry.
One cosmetic dentistry option that is working well for many of Dr. Luu’s patients is dental veneers. Veneers are a thin shell, created for each individual patient out of either composite resin or porcelain. The shell is bonded to the front of the teeth to cover cosmetic imperfections such as an undesirable shape, discoloration, or misalignment.
Applying veneers typically takes several trips to Dr. Luu over the course of several weeks. However, when the process is complete, patients can be proud of their straighter, whiter, more beautiful and natural-looking smile.
Veneers have several advantages. First, they don’t require extensive reduction of the teeth like other dental procedures do. Therefore, this option results in stronger and more natural looking results for patients who only need to make slight adjustments to their teeth. Additionally, because the veneers are created uniquely for each patient, the shade of the veneers can be an exact match to your natural teeth. If you want a whiter smile, you can boost the shade. Finally, veneers are strong and function just like your natural teeth.
When considering dental veneers, patients can choose between two choices of material – composite resin or porcelain. The resin veneers are thinner than the porcelain veneers. However, porcelain veneers are typically not as likely to be discolored as resin. The porcelain veneers reflect light just like natural teeth and they are tolerated better by gums.
With the right oral hygiene practices like brushing, flossing, and avoiding bad habits, veneers can last for more than 10 years. Patients should take care to avoid biting or chewing on hard objects such as ice or pens as the veneers can chip or break. If you believe that it’s time to improve the appearance of your smile, call Dr. Brianne Luu of Gentle Care Dentistry in Glendora, CA, to schedule a consultation.