Ultra-thin Dental Veneers, The Ultimate Smile Makeover
A beautiful smile exudes confidence, helping you to feel great and self-assured in any personal or professional encounter you might have. But when your teeth are stained, crooked or chipped, you may be less eager to participate in social situations. You may not realize it, but your smile is a big part of who you are and often the first impression someone has of you.
Just because you aren't satisfied with the look of your teeth doesn't mean you have to tolerate it. Visit your cosmetic dentist in Shakopee to learn about the many treatments available that can whiten, re-shape and enhance your smile in just a few appointments. An increasingly popular treatment is veneers; ultra thin porcelain laminates that are bonded to the front of your teeth to enhance their size, shape and color.
Ultra-thin Veneers: Minimal Tooth Reduction, Maximum Results
Veneers are custom made shells of tooth-colored porcelain. These thin shells cover the surface of a natural tooth, masking stains and other dental blemishes such as gaps, cracks, chips and more. The translucent quality of porcelain produces a very natural smile. Porcelain veneers are also highly stain resistant and can last several years with proper care.
Traditional veneers require that a very small amount of tooth enamel be reduced in size in order to accommodate the veneer. With the introduction of ultra-thin, minimal prep veneers, teeth do not generally need to be reduced in size. Ultra-thin veneers feature half the thicknesses of traditional veneers, making them a great option for patients with sensitive teeth or damaged enamel. With minimal prep veneers, drilling or anesthetics are also eliminated making the process faster and far more comfortable than the traditional veneers method.
Am I a candidate?
To determine if you are a good candidate for veneers, visit your dentist for an evaluation of your current dental health and treatment goals. You may also be a good candidate if you have the following:
*Discolored teeth- Veneers cover up stains by giving the tooth a new surface.
*Worn down teeth- Veneers can extend the length of a worn down tooth.
*Chipped or broken teeth- Veneers can protect severely chipped and broken teeth from further injury, while restoring your smile.
*Gaps between teeth- Veneers can fill in the gaps between teeth that are spaced apart.
*Irregularly shaped, uneven or misaligned teeth- Veneers can provide pointed or rounded teeth a more traditional contour; they can also re-align teeth that are not properly aligned.
Despite the many benefits of veneers, this procedure is not for every patient. Always consult with your dentist to determine the best cosmetic procedure for your dental needs and treatment expectations. If you are embarrassed or self-conscious about your smile, veneers can help.
by: Gen Wright