Improving the way your smile looks and functions is easy with the help of veneers: oral devices that are made to replicate your natural teeth. They are placed on top of the existing surface of the teeth to correct and prevent any further damage. They can also be used to add protection and reduce tooth sensitivity when eating or drinking.
Read on to learn more about veneers, what they do, and how they can enhance your smile.
Different Types Of Veneers
There are many different types of veneers, including composite resin and porcelain. Composite resin allows our dentist in Boynton Beach to remove less enamel than porcelain veneers. They are easier to both repair and replace, in addition to being the most cost-effective option.
Porcelain veneers are the strongest option and look the most natural, which makes them difficult to stain. They are also the most durable, which means there is less of a risk of needing repairs.
What Can Porcelain Veneers Fix?
These thin porcelain shells are bonded directly to the front of your existing teeth. What is so great about them is that they can instantly improve how your teeth function and look. Dr. Ty Eriks, DMD, uses veneers during smile makeovers in Boynton Beach to fix several concerns, including:
- Broken, cracked, or chipped teeth
- Crowded or overlapping teeth
- Stains or discoloration
- Crooked teeth (as an alternative treatment to Invisalign)
- Gaps in your smile
- Gummy smiles
- Uneven alignment
Veneers help protect the existing surface of damaged teeth and reduce the need for more extensive dental procedures in the future.
The Process Of Getting Veneers
There are a few steps that must be taken before getting veneers. First, a dental exam will ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy. Any existing dental issues must be addressed prior to getting your veneers. This helps protect your oral health so no decay or cavities underneath the veneers can grow further. Those who grind or clench their teeth should avoid this procedure as it may cause them to chip or beak.
After this initial exam to determine if you are eligible for veneers, we will take impressions of your teeth. Impressions of your custom veneers will be made. In the meantime, our dentist will place temporary veneers until the permanent ones are ready.
At your second visit, Dr. Eriks will look at the color, shape, and fit of the veneers before permanently bonding them to the front of your existing tooth enamel. Lastly, he will check your bite and make any adjustments before you leave our Boynton Beach office.
Taking Care Of Your Veneers
Learning how to take care of your veneers ensures that they look and feel their best. Here are some tips for how to effectively care for yours:
- Brush twice a day and floss daily.
- Schedule regular teeth cleanings and dental exams.
- Don’t use your teeth as a tool for opening packaging.
- Snack smartly, as candy and soda both increase your risk of decay.
Veneers And More In South Florida
At Eriks Dental, we pride ourselves on giving our patients a smile they love. We recommend bi-annual teeth cleanings and annual dental exams.
To learn more about the dental treatments we offer, including veneers, call our Boynton Beach dental office at 561-733-4004.