Even though the damage to your teeth may be minor, it might not feel that way to you. When you look in the mirror, that small chip, or discolored or misshapen tooth may be the first thing you see. It might even be the only thing you can see, and you may feel self-conscious about it. Dental veneers are thin shells, often made of porcelain that fit over the fronts of your teeth. They are great for covering up small chips, and stains, and teeth that aren’t properly shaped or unevenly spaced.
To place a veneer, your dentist will first remove a small portion of your tooth enamel. Then he will make an impression of your tooth. That impression will be sent to a dental lab, which will craft a veneer designed to fit your tooth and blend in with a smile. Your dentist will fit you with a temporary veneer. When your permanent veneer is ready, the dentist will place it on the tooth with dental cement. If you take proper care of your veneer, it should last from ten to fifteen years before it needs to be replaced. To get the most out of your veneer, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. Remember that while your veneer protects the front of your tooth, the back is still vulnerable to decay. You will need to continue to see your dentist every six months for your regular cleanings and exams. Your veneer will fare better if you don’t subject it to hard or tough foods, chew on ice or pens or other objects. If you habitually grind or clench your teeth, which is a condition known as bruxism, you can chip your veneer. Your veneers can be stained by long-term exposure to dark-colored foods and drinks. If that happens, your dentist can polish it. The cement holding your veneer in place may wear away over time. If that happens and your veneer falls off, save it and bring it with you to the dentist, he can reattach it, or fit you for a new one.
If you have a tooth that could use some sprucing up, or if it is time for your routine dental appointment, than it is time to meet our dentist, Dr. Samuel Lambrecht. If you live in the Orangeburg, South Carolina, area and would like to schedule an appointment at Orangeburg Dental Associates, call 803-534-1020 today. Let’s get started on your dream smile!