Flaws on teeth like cracks, chips, or stains can be embarrassing for many people. These flaws may cause them to smile less, earning them a reputation for not being nice or having a sense of humor. Fortunately, Dr. Shah at Hardy Oak Family Dentistry can make suggestions for repairing your teeth, including veneers, to cover the flaws.
A veneer is an ultra-thin shell of material that fits over a tooth to improve its appearance. It goes onto the front of a tooth after repairing any damage it has. For instance, if the tooth has a chip in it, the dentist may trim the enamel to eliminate the chip and then cement a veneer in place.
Most veneers in San Antonio and Stone Oak, TX, consist of porcelain, porcelain laminate, or composite resin. Porcelain is a popular choice because it looks like enamel with the way it reflects light, so many people will not realize you’ve had work on your teeth.
Before applying a veneer to the front of a tooth, the tooth needs prepping. The fronts of the teeth need roughening so that the dental cement and veneer doesn’t slide off. Our dentist near you at Hardy Oak Family Dentistry will use a chemical to slightly etch the tooth so that the cement stays in place.
Dr. Shah will place temporary veneers on your teeth until your custom ones arrive at their office. The temporary ones can break and stain as they only last for about 10 days to two weeks. As soon as the permanent ones arrive, you will receive a call to come in and get them fitted.
While fitting them, our dentist in San Antonio and Stone Oak, TX, will hold up the material to your teeth several times to ensure the trimming is accurate so that they fit perfectly. After gluing them in place, they will look like your natural teeth, and no one will be able to see the work you’ve had on them.
Contact our office to consult with our dentist about getting veneers near you to correct your teeth’s flaws. They are a great, non-invasive way to improve the appearance of your teeth quickly and get you smiling again.