October 10, 2016
That special time of year is just around the corner. The trifecta of family dinners, office parties and year-end celebrations: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Why not make sure you have a winning smile with veneers? Farmington cosmetic dentist Dr. Thomas Peters and his team have enhanced the smiles of many people in the area, and he can do the same for you.
Porcelain veneers or just veneers are very thin coverings of dental porcelain or composite resin that are bonded to the front side of your teeth in order to present an attractive smile. Because both of these dental materials are translucent, they reflect light similarly to your own teeth and therefore look more natural.
What Can Veneers Correct?
Because veneers are cover-ups, they are designed to conceal a number of cosmetic flaws that might be marring your teeth. Some of these include:
- Teeth that are chipped or cracked
- Broken teeth
- Teeth worn because of grinding and clenching
- Teeth that are proportionally smaller than others
- Misshaped teeth
- Stained and discolored teeth that whitening has not improved
- Gaps between your teeth
Receiving Veneers in Farmington
Before beginning the process of placing veneers on your teeth, Dr. Peters will meet with you to determine whether or not you are a qualified candidate for this cosmetic procedure. Most patients are, but first we’ll need to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy. Then, placing veneers usually requires just two appointments. At the first, Dr. Peters will anesthetize your teeth and remove a slim layer of tooth enamel in order to make room for the veneers. Then, we’ll take a molded impression of your teeth that our dental lab will use to handcraft your veneers. While this happens, you’ll wear temporary veneers to protect your teeth and give you some time to adjust to the feeling. At your final visit, the temporaries are removed and Dr. Peters bonds the permanent set in place.
Pros and Cons of Veneers
Of course, we think the pros far outweigh the cons, but it pays to be fully informed. On the positive side, veneers really do look just like your natural teeth and even better they resist coffee, tea, red wine and tobacco staining far better than your pearly whites. And speaking of white, your porcelain veneers can be as white and bright as you like. However, Dr. Peters cautions against going too white, which can look unnatural.
The downside to veneers is rather short: they do require removing some natural tooth structure, which is a permanent alteration, and your teeth may be a bit more sensitive after this layer of protective enamel is filed away.
Contact Your Farmington Cosmetic Dentist about Veneers
To learn whether or not veneers are the right cosmetic dentistry treatment for you, call the dental office of Dr. Thomas Peters in Farmington, CT.
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