Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers
Sometimes, people with dental imperfections feel a bit awkward when meeting people in social situations or during the course of their employment. If your smile embarrasses you because your teeth are gappy, cracked, chipped, or stained, there are a number of solutions available to you. One is dental crowns, but the reality is that crowns can be very expensive, and unless they are needed as a restorative treatment, your dental insurer is not likely to cover the cost.
Fortunately, there is an alternative that is often every bit as effective – porcelain veneers. Unlike crowns, veneers do not cover the entire tooth, just the front. That is why they are less costly. Porcelain veneers can hide a plethora of cosmetic dental issues, including misalignment, discoloration, gapping or crowding. They can make your teeth longer if you have a gummy smile, too.
To get your teeth ready to receive your porcelain veneers, first your dentist will rough up your enamel a bit. This is to ensure that the veneers will bond effectively to your teeth. Then he’ll take impressions of your teeth, and send them off to a special lab where master ceramists make veneers and other dental prosthetics. Once the veneers come back, you will have an opportunity to examine them to make sure that they are the right shape and color, and then the dentist will cement them in place.
The procedure for Lumineers may be a bit different because they are thinner than traditional porcelain veneers. They often need less preparation, and sometimes they can be installed without the need for any preparation at all. Lumineers are appropriate for most people, but depending on the severity of the condition being corrected, you may not be a candidate. At Redford Dental Care, our dentists can advise you as to whether Lumineers are appropriate for you.
Caring for Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers
You can be assured that porcelain veneers and Lumineers will be impervious to decay. It is important to keep in mind, though, that the teeth they cover are still vulnerable, and so are your gums. If the underlying tooth structure becomes compromised, or if you develop gum disease, then your veneers might fail. This would not be a good thing because once veneers are cemented in place, it is difficult to remove them – sometimes, it is impossible. If you take care of them, though, your veneers will last for a very long time. So brush and floss every day, and see Dr. Redford or Dr. Davey every six months for a checkup.
If you would like to know more about porcelain Veneers and Lumineers, get in touch with us at Redford Dental Care. Our office is located at 6246 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Carmichael, CA 95608. You can reach us by phone at 916-972-8851, or use the convenient form on our Contact Us page to request a consultation.
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