We provide dental veneers so that patients can restore damaged teeth or transform their smile into something beautiful. At Minty Smiles Dental we often treat patients that have a variety of dental concerns. Some patients visit our because they break their tooth, while others are looking to create a Hollywood smile. Most people are candidates for the procedure as long as their tooth structure and roots are in place. If, however, you have a cavity or gum disease, this will need to be treated before we complete the procedure.
If you want to learn more about dental veneers, we recommend that you call (469) 759-6964 to schedule an appointment or fill out appointment form. We are a provider of veneers and can let you know if they will help you to achieve the goals that you have for your smile.
What is a Dental Veneer?
A veneer is a thin shell that is made out of porcelain or ceramic. The shade of the veneer, along with its shape and size will be made to match your surrounding teeth so that it blends in perfectly.
How is a Dental Veneer Used?
We can accomplish a variety of things using dental veneers. By placing veneers on top of the teeth, we can close gaps, make teeth even in length, cover dark stains and create a uniform looking smile. In this way, veneers can create a smile that rivals the most famous Hollywood stars. The nice thing is that you do not have to be famous to improve your smile. You simply need to call (469) 759-6964 and schedule an appointment to see Our Team.
We also use dental veneers for restorations. When teeth become cracked, chipped or broken, a veneer can restore the tooth to its full functionality. As long as the tooth structure is intact, we can restore the appearance of a tooth while making it possible to eat and speak without feeling any discomfort.
When patients visit our Minty Smiles Dental office, we will take an impression of their teeth to create the veneers in a lab. The veneers will match the size, shape, and color of your teeth, taking a week or more to create.
In order to place dental veneers, we will first prepare your tooth by removing a portion of the enamel. This helps the veneer lay flat and in line with your gum tissue. After preparing the tooth, we will secure a temporary veneer using removable glue. While wearing a temporary veneer, it is important to brush your teeth gently and avoid eating any foods that may push it out of place. Since it is secured by removable glue, it can be moved fairly easily.
When your permanent veneers are ready, you will come back into our office so that we can remove the temporary and ensure that the new veneer is a perfect fit. It is typically attached using a water based solution to see how it looks. If any adjustments need to be made, it will be done at this time. Otherwise, the tooth will be cleaned, and the dental veneer will be bonded to the tooth. Patients will enjoy how the results look. They are instant, and you can start flashing your smile right away.
After the Procedure
Your teeth will typically be sore for a few days after the preparation phase and after placing the permanent veneers. During this time, you can take pain medication to help you stay comfortable. Patients can also benefit from getting rest and using a cold compress to reduce any swelling. We recommend that patients watch what they eat for a few days and stick with foods that are soft. While there is a short recovery time when getting veneers, the procedure is entirely worth it because in the end, you will have a beautiful smile.
Benefits of Dental Veneers
One main benefit of veneers that patients enjoy is how the veneers make their teeth look. This procedure is an excellent solution, since the veneers can transform your smile into one that looks perfect and beautiful. The veneer uses your natural teeth, so there is no need for surgery, and the recovery time is reduced. Since the veneers are made to match your other teeth, they will look natural, and no one will be able to tell that you had any cosmetic dentistry work completed. Another benefit is that they are made out of a stain resistant material. This means that your teeth will stay whiter and brighter, even if your favorite beverage is a hot cup of coffee. We can use dental veneers to transform your smile.
As with most cosmetic procedures, there can be some discomfort associated with getting dental veneers installed. This is to be expected, however, we do our best to keep patients comfortable during the procedure so that you will not experience any pain while the veneers are being placed or your teeth are being prepared. The process can take several weeks so there will be a period where you need to be careful about what you eat and what activities you engage in. In other words, do not play football after getting temporary veneers placed onto your teeth. You should schedule the procedure for a time where you will be close to home and able to take easy.
At Minty Smiles Dental we understand that your insurance company may or may not pay for veneers. We will work with you and your insurance company to ensure that you receive the dental care that you need, regardless of how much they are willing to pay. We offer a variety of financing solutions for those that are uninsured, as well. By creating a payment plan, we make getting veneers affordable.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
The good news about veneers is that they are so low-maintenance, you don’t even have to worry about them. Our veneers last anywhere from five to ten years based on their treatment, your care of them and a number of other factors. However, they need not be replaced on a regular basis as they do last a long time and provide you with the beautiful smile you love for just as long.
Schedule a Consultation with Our Dental Veneer Expert
Call us today at (469) 759-6964 to schedule a consultation or fill the appointment form to visit with our Dentist at Minty Smiles Dental. The first step to improving your smile is to make the call or fill out the form. The sooner you call, the faster we can get started making sure your teeth are as beautiful as they should be.
Definition of Cosmetic Dentistry Terminology
An allograft is a graft of tissue from a donor within the same species as the patient that is not a genetic relative.
The alveolar ridge is the bony ridge for one of the jaw ridges located on the roof of the mouth or on the bottom of the mouth.
An autograft is a graft of tissue from one portion of an individual’s body to another.
Bleachorexia is when people continue to abuse teeth whitening solutions without consulting professionals, causing significant damage to their enamel and gums in the process.
A cap splint is a plastic or metallic device that professionals may use to treat mandible or maxillary fractures and cover crowns of teeth.
Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person’s teeth, gums and/or bite.
Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure that increases the extent of a tooth structure for restorative or esthetic purposes.
A crown is an artificial tooth, usually consisting of porcelain, which covers the top of the implant to provide people with an aesthetically pleasing and fully-functional tooth.
Dentin hypersensitivity is when the enamel wears down on the tooth enough that the dentin faces exposure and will cause great levels of pain when a person applies pressure to the tooth or drinks hot/cold beverages.
A dentist, also known as a dental surgeon, is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity.
Can You Whiten Dental Veneers?
People generally assume that dental veneers have the same characteristics as our real teeth. That can be true when it comes to restoring the appearance of teeth, but there are major differences between these dental prosthetics and real teeth.
What are dental veneers?
Veneers are a shell of porcelain or resin made to fit over the front of teeth in order to improve their appearance. They are popular with people looking for a perfect smile. People often assume that once they get veneers and start feeling confident about their new natural smile, it will stay that way forever, but it is sadly not true.
While veneers are often made out of stain-resistant materials, they can be susceptible to staining over time, especially if they are made from composites. Research shows that porcelain veneers do not get discolored or stained easily, but those made from composite resins do.
These composites are more susceptible to the same staining that real teeth are. It is often noticed that stains appear on the surface of veneers after regular consumption of drinks like tea, coffee, wine, etc. Also, smokers are likely to develop a yellowish to brownish stains on their veneers.
Some people start looking into home remedies that can whiten their veneers. The truth is that these prosthetics do not respond well to most homemade solutions. It is best to consult a dentist once stains or discoloration are noticed.
Whitening dental veneers
While it is difficult to whiten veneers, their appearance can be improved when they become stained. Professional cleanings can help remove and reduce some stains from the surface of veneers. If the veneers are extremely stained and discolored, the dentist might decide it is better
to replace them.
It is well known that prevention is better than cure, and that old saying holds true in this case. It is important to take proper care of veneers, just like one looks after natural teeth. People with veneers should try staying away from colored foods and drinks that could stain the veneers. This includes drinks with powerful coloring agents like coffee, tea and wine. The wearer also needs to make sure they floss their teeth regularly. Developing healthy oral hygiene habits is necessary to maintain the condition of veneers.
While veneers become an integral part of a person’s appearance, proper care and precautions should always be taken to ensure these devices stay in good condition. Refraining from habits that will stain them, brushing teeth regularly and visiting the dentist twice a year are minor steps a person can take to ensure they get the most out of their veneers.
There is no need to be unhappy with the condition of your veneers. If you have stains and discoloration, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists and explore your options.
What You Need to Know About Oral Hygiene for Dental Veneers
If you have ever worn metal braces, you will be glad to know that taking care of dental veneers is nowhere near as tiring as caring for braces. These devices do not come with any special cleaning needs. Simply taking care of your mouth and avoiding certain things will keep your veneers in great condition for years.
Important things you should know about taking care of dental veneers
Here are simple things that can keep your veneers in good condition for years:
1. Properly cleaning the mouth daily
Veneers only cover the front part of the wearer’s teeth, so the remaining parts of the person’s teeth are still vulnerable to tooth decay. Tooth decay can also weaken the bond a veneer makes with a tooth, leading to it becoming damaged or falling off.
Good oral hygiene includes brushing with a fluoride toothpaste each day. Teeth are most vulnerable to decay while a person sleeps, so brush before going to bed. This prevents bacteria from wreaking havoc on teeth at night.
Flossing is equally important since it removes plaque and food particles from places a toothbrush cannot reach. Dentists recommend flossing after every meal, but at the very least, it should be done once a day.
A quality mouthwash provides an extra layer of protection. It cleans the hard-to-reach areas of the mouth and the spots that flossing misses. It can also help remineralize teeth enamel and kill bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease. People who wear veneers should opt for non-alcoholic mouthwashes since alcohol can soften the bonding agent used to attach veneers to teeth. It can also make the prosthetics more susceptible to discoloration and wear.
2. Address teeth grinding
Medically termed bruxism, teeth grinding wears down a person’s teeth and any prosthetics on them, like veneers. It can also lead to problems with the temporomandibular joints. People who suspect that they grind their teeth while they sleep should talk to our dentist about an occlusal guard. These devices can help reduce the strain put on teeth when the person sleeps.
3. Stick to softer foods
Chewing on crunchy or hard foods can damage teeth and veneers. Avoid habits like chewing on ice, bones, nails and hard candies.
4. Use protective gear
People who have their smiles restored with veneers should always take the extra step to protect their teeth when exposed to things that can damage them. For example, people who participate in contact sports like football or basketball should wear a mouth guard.
A dentist can provide better quality mouthguards than those sold at drug stores.
5. Visit the dentist as recommended
When a person visits their dentist regularly, any issues that arise with their veneers are immediately dealt with. This prevents minor issues from leading to the loss of one or more veneers.
Veneers last longer when you take care of them
Veneers can give you the smile that you have always wanted, and they can last for years if you take good care of them. Stop by our clinic to learn more about how they can be used to improve the way your teeth look.
Call us today at (469) 759-6964 to schedule a consultation or fill the appointment form to visit with our Dentist at Minty Smiles Dental.