Veneers

Paola Family Dentistry -  - Family Dentist

Travis Howard, D.D.S.

Family Dentist located in Miami County, Paola, KS

Veneers
Veneers are a perfect solution for improvement to that perfect smile. Those in Paola, Kansas and the surrounding Miami County area can visit Dr. Travis Howard at Paola Family Dentistry for their veneer needs.

Veneers Q & A

by Travis Howard, D.D.S.

What are porcelain veneers?

Veneers are an alternative cosmetic dental option used to correct color and shape problems in teeth to give you a brighter, whiter smile. They can also adjust minor problems in the teeth such as gaps, chips, or cracks. Some of these problems are the result of:

  • Aging
  • Genetics
  • Staining or discoloration
  • Chemical damage from medications
  • Excessive tobacco use

Veneers use a thin layer of porcelain material to cover the teeth. Though it is thin, the material is strong, durable, and built to last for many years if properly cared for. Porcelain veneers are used to:

  • Improve the shape of your teeth
  • Whiten teeth
  • Hide stains and discoloration
  • Corrects the gaps between teeth

How are veneers different from whitening?

Teeth whitening can provide a whiter, brighter smile for teeth with a mild degree of discoloration. When stains are much deeper within the enamel, veneers can be a comparable option. Porcelain veneers can also change the shape of teeth and enhance your appearance.

What is the procedure for veneers like?

First, the teeth are examined to discover any pre-existing conditions and the type of veneer options that are best for you will be discussed. Your tooth color is also considered and the veneers will be made to match the color as close as possible to your natural teeth. At the conclusion of the exam, a veneer treatment plan is created specifically for you. An impression of your teeth is taken and sent off to the dental laboratory where your new veneers will be made. During this time, a mold is created from the impression. This mold will be used as a temporary veneer until your permanent veneers are complete. You will need to wear the temporary veneer until the permanent veneer is prepared and specific adjustments are made in the permanent veneer. For the placement of the permanent veneer, the teeth are cleaned prior to the veneer being adhered onto the tooth. The glue/cement is hardened under the assistance of a special curing light. After veneer treatment, a week or two are needed to get used to your teeth.

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