Thursday, October 30, 2014

How veneers can change your smile!

Did you know, many celebrities have veneers to help hide any discoloration in their teeth, change the shape of their teeth and cosmetically change their smile? 

Veneers are made of a thin, porcelain,  tooth-colored material and is bonded to the front of each tooth. They're a great alternative to crowns to hide tooth discoloration from tetracycline (staining of teeth from different prescriptions) or even fluorosis (fluorosis is common when there is a lot of fluoride in your drinking water. Your teeth become very white in some spots and very stained yellow in others).

Veneers are known to have longevity and are very comfortable. Many patients can't even tell they have them after the process is complete. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, "this procedure can greatly enhance your smile and can heighten self-esteem." They act as your natural teeth and should be treated as natural teeth when it comes to brushing and flossing. Although staining on veneers is greatly reduced, it is still highly recommended to brush after having red wine, tea, soda, coffee or marinara sauce.
The veneer process takes about three appointments to complete. The first step is an initial consult to see if the patient is a good candidate to have veneers put on. If the patient is, the process begins with impressions of the teeth that the veneers will be placed on. At Glacier Dental, we send these impressions off to a lab to have them make some models. When the models are returned to us, the patient is brought back in the office for preparation of the permanent veneers.

The second appointment is a little longer that the first because the teeth need to be lightly buffed
and the temporary veneers need to be created and placed. At this time, more molds and paperwork is sent off to the lab for the final steps of the process. Once the permanent veneers return from the lab, the patient is called back in for the final stage and the temporary veneers are removed and the permanent veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth. The above picture is a great close-up example of how amazingly veneers transform a smile.

One of the assistants at Glacier Dental, Liz, had veneers placed for her wedding about seven years ago and loves them. She said she tried several whitening options with no luck, and veneers were the best solution for her. Dr. Steckbauer did all of Liz's cosmetic work for her in office and the results are fantastic. Call today to schedule your veneer consult at 920-235-3251!

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