Cosmetic dentistry helps our Independence, MO, patients obtain stunning smiles, smiles they’ll feel eager to show the world. In order to help our patients, we offer a host of different cosmetic treatments, such as teeth whitening and bonding and contouring. We also have porcelain veneers, a thin restoration that completely transforms the smile’s appearance in just two visits. What advantages do our veneers offer?
Since they cover the front and sides of the teeth, we can address a number of esthetic issues. For example, when permanent teeth stains form, the kind that may not respond to teeth whitening, we will mask them with veneers. We can also help close embarrassing gaps between your teeth or even correct the appearance of minor misalignment, providing an alternative to braces in some cases. The material we create them from is porcelain, a strong material that also contains stain-resistant agents. We also shade porcelain to better match your surrounding teeth, offering a natural looking cosmetic improvement.
What about the restorative benefits? Since they cover so much of the tooth structure, we may opt for them to lengthen worn down teeth, repair minor chips and cracks, and reshape malformed teeth. By correcting damage, we reduce the risk of tooth decay and infections, as even minor damage could potentially expose sensitive inner tooth structure to harmful bacteria.
Creating and Placing Veneers
How do we create and place them? First, we need to make room for them. We accomplish this by removing a small layer of enamel from the teeth receiving them. We then take detailed impressions, which will be used in the design process. At a dental lab, an expert ceramist will employ the impressions to create custom-made veneers. When the patient returns to the office, we check the fit and if needed, make adjustments to the restoration. Finally, we place them with a powerful bonding material.
Once in place, they will stay bright and strong for many years to come with proper care and attention. You should look after them just as you would a natural tooth. Routine care protects them from gum disease and other issues that would threaten a tooth’s stability. You should brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes, floss nightly before bed, and cut back on sugary foods and drinks. We also suggest seeing us for a routine checkup and cleaning every six months.
Do You Want to Try a Cosmetic Restoration?
Cosmetic dentistry helps transform smiles, addressing an array of esthetic concerns. For more information on our lifelike cosmetic restorations, schedule a consultation by contacting Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808. We also proudly serve patients who live in Grain Valley, Liberty, and all surrounding communities.