Are Dental Veneers Right for You?

As more and more people give notice to their vanity, smiles that aren't bright white and aesthetically pleasing can take a real toll on your self-esteem. Fortunately, dental veneers are a great option to help enhance the natural look of your smile. This dental procedure may just be what you've been looking for to get a beautiful smile that you can be proud of sporting day after day.

What Are Dental Veneers?

Veneers are thin sheets of porcelain that are attached to your existing teeth. They cover unpleasant attributes and give your smile a more classically shaped look. Most veneers are permanently installed and are to be taken care of like your normal teeth. These oral veneers are very strong, natural-looking, and don't stain very easily. This makes them perfect to create a beautiful white smile that you'll love.

Who Should Get Dental Veneers?

Veneers can be used to correct a wide variety of oral health problems. Probably the most common reason that individuals invest in veneers is that they have uneven spacing and large gaps between their front teeth. Veneers can create a more natural-looking smile with aesthetically pleasing spacing.

If you have misshaped or crooked teeth, veneers can fix that. Teeth that are chipped or worn down can benefit easily from having a veneer placed over them. Lastly, if you have intrinsic staining on your teeth that can't be professionally whitened, veneers can be the solution to getting a brighter smile.

How Are Porcelain Dental Veneers Installed?

If you decide that veneers are the perfect option to enhance your smile, it's important that you understand the process that goes into installing them. First, Dr. Bridget Singh will remove a small amount of enamel from the front and sides of your teeth. When compared to the enamel removed for crowns and caps, veneer enamel removal is very minimal.

Next, a mold of your teeth that are to receive the veneers are made. At this point, Dr. Singh works with you to determine the right shade of white for your new veneers. The mold is sent off to a dental lab that manufactures your custom veneers. This can take several days to a few weeks, depending on the current demand.

Once your new veneers are received, it's time to get them installed. Dr. Singh carefully checks the fit of each new veneer to ensure that it's right. After making any necessary adjustments, you will receive thorough teeth cleaning. Finally, Dr. Singh will bond your new veneers to your teeth so that you can enjoy your new smile.

It's essential to note that there are composite resin veneers available. These don't last as long as porcelain veneers and aren't as durable. However, they are cheaper. The installation for these veneers is a bit different. Instead of getting custom veneers made in a lab, Dr. Bridget Singh will apply a composite resin material to the front of your existing teeth. Once the resin is shaped, a special light is used to harden the composite resin so it bonds to your teeth.

If you're interested in learning more about how veneers can help your smile, contact Bridget Singh, DDS in Downtown Seattle today!