Achieve the Smile of Your Dreams with Porcelain Veneers
If you have one or more teeth that are crooked, broken, too small, or discolored, then you may feel self-conscious about your smile. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry can offer you a choice of solutions for these problems. With veneers, you could have a whole new smile in just three visits to your dentist in Seattle.
Crooked teeth can appear straighter; unattractive colors can be hidden; chipped edges can be fixed; gaps can be filled; and teeth can be reshaped, repaired, and restored — all with veneers.
What are veneers?
Veneers, sometimes known as “caps,” are thin white porcelain shells that are permanently affixed to the front of the teeth. They’re slightly translucent, to mimic the appearance of teeth, so your smile looks completely natural. Veneers can be used for many different problems with the appearance of the teeth, including chipped teeth, broken teeth, severely discolored teeth, and small gaps in teeth.
Veneers can also give the appearance of straight teeth to those with a crooked smile. Veneers will not actually straighten the teeth, but will only give the appearance of straight teeth, so they aren’t used for patients who have problems with the alignment of the bite. Your dentist in Seattle will evaluate your bite and advise you on whether it’s a concern.
What is the process for getting veneers from your dentist in Seattle?
The process of getting veneers takes only three appointments. At your first appointment, you’ll have a personal consultation about your options for your smile. Dr. Caggiano will examine your teeth and determine whether you would be an ideal candidate for veneers. You’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
Next, you’ll have an appointment to prepare your teeth to receive the veneers. This involves your dentist in Seattle removing a small amount of enamel (about one millimeter) from the front of the teeth, so there’s room for the veneers. This ensures that your veneers will look natural and not bulky. Impressions are then taken of your mouth; these are sent to a dental laboratory, which creates your custom veneers.
At your final appointment, your dentist in Seattle will place the veneers on your teeth and check their fit. Adjustments can be made to the veneers if necessary, until every veneer feels like a natural fit in your mouth. Then they’ll be permanently affixed to your teeth. Porcelain veneers actually fuse with and become part of your teeth. They will enhance your smile for years to come.
What are the benefits of veneers?
There are several options for fixing cosmetic problems with your teeth. Veneers have certain advantages, while other options have different advantages. Your dentist in Seattle can go into more detail about the advantages and disadvantages of veneers in your particular case.
If you have crooked teeth that are primarily a cosmetic concern, an alternative option would be orthodontic treatment. Veneers can give you a very quick result, while orthodontic treatment with Six Month Smiles® is a longer commitment on your part. In fact, many dentists refer to veneers as “instant orthodontics,” because they provide the look of straight teeth in two appointments with your dentist in Seattle, instead of in months. However, if your misaligned teeth are causing other problems, such as problems with your bite or your jaw joint, then full orthodontic treatment may be necessary; your dentist in Seattle can refer you to a trusted orthodontist.
If you have teeth that are broken or chipped, then dental bonding is another option for you. However, the porcelain of veneers has advantages over the material used for bonding; it lasts longer and is more resistant to staining. Additionally, if several teeth have problems, then the placement of veneers will be faster and may provide a better overall result for your smile than doing bonding on all of the affected teeth.
For teeth that are discolored, professional teeth whitening by your dentist in Seattle can provide some benefit. However, if your teeth are severely discolored, or are discolored in the deeper layers of the tooth where bleaching agents can’t reach, then teeth whitening may not be able to affect the color significantly. Veneers can provide a better result by covering the discolored tooth with a natural-looking white layer.
Are you considering getting veneers from a dentist in Seattle?
If there’s something about your teeth that bothers you, you have several options for improving your smile. To decide which is the best option in your particular case, you’ll need personalized advice from a dentist in Seattle. Dr. Mark Caggiano of Seattle’s Best Smiles can advise you based on his wealth of training and experience. He also offers sedation dentistry in Seattle, which could help you during your procedure if you have anxiety when you visit the dentist. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Caggiano, contact us.