Outstanding Beautiful Teeth With Dental Veneers in West Virginia

What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers may be comprised of various materials; however, porcelain remains the standard of choice for dental veneers. Kevin C. Lucky, DDS PLLC uses thin pieces of porcelain to recreate a tooth that looks natural. Porcelain dental veneers also provide additional strength and resilience when compared to natural tooth enamel. Dental veneers are often the material of choice for those looking to make slight position alterations, or to change tooth shape, size, and/or color.

Achieving Superior Smiles With A Veneer Consultation

The first step in achieving a superior smile is with a veneer consultation with Kevin C. Lucky, DDS PLLC. Your dental veneer consultation will give you a complete review of the process, where you can discuss the right option for you. Communicating with the dentist is an important part of having your dental problem corrected properly and to your satisfaction. Successful results begin by spending time clearly identifying the type of improvement goals you may have in mind.

How the Porcelain Veneer Process Achieves “Perfection”

Porcelain laminate veneers consist of an assembly of several thin, ceramic layers that come together to replace original tooth enamel and an adhesive layer. It is through this layering veneer process that brings the application so close to “perfection”. In applying the veneer, a very small amount of the original tooth enamel must be removed, usually less than a millimeter. This is essential, as it creates room for the porcelain veneer to fit within the mouth and most accurately restore natural tooth function as it creates an even better appearance than the original tooth.

The bond between original tooth and porcelain veneer is important. A strong bond not only provides the esthetic perfection desired, but is also essential for correct veneer function. Light-sensitive resin is placed between the original tooth and the veneer and then hardened using a special curing light.

Porcelain veneers are a very successful option in many situations where the original tooth has developed poor color, shape, and contours. It is also a good choice for fractured teeth, gaps between teeth, and in some situations where the tooth position is compromised and there are minor bite-related problems. For some people, superficial stains do not respond well to tooth whitening or bleaching. In these situations, a porcelain veneer may be the best option.

Minimal-Prep or “No-Prep” Veneers

The use of minimal or “no-prep” veneers is possible for some patients; however, this treatment option is not always appropriate for everyone. As the name implies, the minimal-prep or “no-prep” veneers typically do not require the dentist to remove as much of the tooth material. They are bonded to the front surface of your teeth and can often be done with less discomfort than traditional veneers.

Not every patient is a candidate for minimal-prep or “no-prep” veneers. The doctor will advise you if this may be an appropriate option for your particular tooth.

Veneers & The Benefits

One of the primary reasons veneers are so popular is because they are individually sculpted for each patient. The customized results patients get with veneers are not only cosmetic but also functional. Unlike natural teeth, the high-tech, custom-made veneers resist stains from drinks like coffee and tea, or nicotine from cigarette smoke. The results are so close to the natural tooth that is is hard to tell the difference.

The use of veneers requires that your natural teeth remain largely intact, with only a minimal amount being altered to fit the veneer. This process means that if your natural teeth are dark and do not whiten sufficiently, the application of veneers can make a big difference in sustained whiteness of your smile. In addition, applying veneers can fix minor twists, overlaps, and small gaps, giving you a fuller, more complete smile.

The Easy Maintenance of Porcelain Veneers

Because veneers are so much like natural teeth, patients enjoy the routine care of brushing and flossing. Using non-abrasive, fluoride toothpaste will typically keep veneers looking and working their best. There is usually a one-week follow-up appointment so the dentist can check how well they are doing. While many patients feel comfortable a week after they are applied, this routine check-up is extremely important to the success of your future dental health.

Being aware of the habits that may compromise the effectiveness of the veneers can enhance each patient’s experience and success. If you grind or clench your teeth while sleeping, the dentist may fit you with a bite guard to wear at night so you do not damage your veneers. Visiting the dentist regularly can provide additional maintenance, such as having the veneers inspected for potential failure or to be polished by professional cleaning.