When all you need is a minor adjustment to the appearance of your smile, extensive procedures are neither desired nor necessary. The Hawley Lane Dental team is proud to present porcelain veneers to our Stratford-area patients, a simple yet effective solution to minor dental imperfections. Our skill, experience, and unsurpassed service is frequently commended by individuals from not only Stratford but also the communities of Bridgeport and Trumbull.
WHAT ARE PORCELAIN VENEERS?
Porcelain veneers, such as Lumineers, are an esthetic solution to improve your smile. Veneers are custom made by a dental laboratory. They consist of thin layers of porcelain that are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth to improve the color and overall appearance of the teeth.
VENEERS VS LUMINEERS
Many people ask “What’s the difference between veneers and lumineers?”, and there isn’t much difference between the two. Lumineers are a brand name and veneers are the generic name. Talk to your dentist to help you decide what type of veneer is right for you.
YOU MAY BENEFIT FROM VENEERS IF YOUR TEETH ARE:
- crooked or crowded
- spaced apart
- discolored and do not respond to teeth whitening
- chipped or broken
- too short or too long
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR VENEERS?
Veneers usually take 2 visits to complete. They may be done with or without local anesthesia (Novocain). On the first visit, your dentist may shape the front surfaces of the teeth that are to have veneers. This will prevent the veneers from looking too thick or bulky and give the finished veneers a natural appearance. An impression or mold of the shaped teeth and opposing teeth will be taken and sent to the lab. The dentist may place temporary veneers depending on how much tooth was shaped. At the next appointment, the dentist will try on the finished veneers and check the fit, color, shape and bite. It is best to look at the veneers once they are in place but not cemented to approve the way they look in the mouth. Once the veneers are ready to be affixed to the teeth, the dentist will use strong cement that will hold them in place over the teeth.
DAILY CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Caring for veneers is simple. Proper brushing and flossing accompanied by regular dental checkups and dental cleanings ensures that the veneers and underlying teeth maintain their appearance and integrity. Patients with veneers are discouraged from biting into any food that may crack the porcelain (such as apples, hard candy or a hard crust).
HOW LONG DO VENEERS LAST?
Veneers are meant to last for several years but may need to be replaced for several reasons including:
- chipping, cracking or wear
- staining or discoloration
- decay (cavities)
- gum recession
Most patients with mild imperfections and good dental health may be candidates for veneers. Patients with poor oral hygiene, active periodontal disease, severe gum recession, large cavities or fillings, severely crooked or misaligned teeth or patients that heavily grind their teeth may not be veneer candidates. Your dentist will be able to discuss other alternatives to help improve your smile.
CONTACT US TODAY!
If you are unhappy with the look of your smile, veneers may be the best option for you. Contact Hawley Lane Dental at 203-377-9300 to schedule a consultation about your candidacy for porcelain veneer at our Stratford dental office today.