Do you have small imperfections in your teeth like chips, cracks or small misalignments? Do they make you feel embarrassed or self-conscious? If so, the answer to your problems could lie in dental veneers. These fast and easy dental restorations completely transform your smile into one that you have always dreamed of. Learn more with help from your Hilton Head Island, SC dentist.
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are dental restorations which fit over the front of the teeth to mask imperfections. Veneers are often made from porcelain though are also available in composite resin materials. If the veneer is made from porcelain, a dental laboratory customizes each veneer. If they are made from composite materials, your dentist molds the veneer directly onto the tooth and uses a special light to harden and set the material.
What can veneers do for me?
Veneers cover the teeth to repair numerous imperfections, including:
- chipped teeth
- cracked teeth
- yellowed or stained teeth
- slight gaps
- small overlaps
Veneers feel and function just like your natural teeth, allowing you to eat, chew and speak normally. Though veneers repair many things, they cannot substitute orthodontic treatments in severe cases. Sometimes, more aggressive treatment than veneers, such as braces, is necessary to correct misaligned teeth or bite issues. Your Hilton Head Island dentist can help you determine which procedure is best for your situation.
What is the procedure for dental veneers?
Porcelain veneers require a mold of your mouth for the dental laboratory to create them. Before placing the veneers, your dentist prepares your teeth by shaving off a tiny portion of enamel, usually about half a millimeter, from their surfaces. Since the dental laboratory needs several weeks to customize the permanent porcelain restorations, temporary veneers take their place until they are ready. Once your dentist places the permanent restorations, you will see the results immediately.
If you would like more information on dental veneers, please contact your dentist at Hilton Head Dental Team in Hilton Head Island, SC. Call (843) 681-9666 to speak with an associate about scheduling your appointment for dental veneers today!