You've heard of porcelain veneers, but could they enhance your smile? Find out from Dr. John Lewis, your cosmetic dentistry expert in Wichita, KS. Chips, deep stains, hairline fractures, spacing problems--veneers literally erase them from view, making them one of today's most popular aesthetic dental treatments.
Enhance their appearance
Your teeth are healthy, but those top teeth right in the "smile zone" are brown and chipped. Too much coffee and some simple wear and tear have caused those embarrassing problems. Whitening doesn't work, and you don't want to get dental crowns for flaws that are, on balance, relatively minor.
That's where porcelain veneers come in. A history of veneers, detailed on SmileSteps.com, says that the technology and materials needed for veneers became well-developed in the 1980's. Since then, literally millions have beautified their smiles across the globe.
What are they? Porcelain veneers are tooth-shaped pieces of ultra-thin dental ceramic. Permanently bonded over the front of teeth with obvious small flaws, veneers even tooth length, color and shape. Plus, veneers strengthen enamel for a smile that's durable and attractive.
Can you qualify?
Dr. Lewis will be able to educate you if porcelain veneers are right for you. During a personal consultation at Wichita Dental Group, he will examine your teeth. They must be free of decay and gum disease. Also, Dr. Lewis will discuss your smile goals so you both understand how you wish your teeth to change and if veneers can achieve the proper look!
In addition, your Wichita dentist will prepare your teeth by removing a small amount of enamel--about 1/2 mm per tooth. This resurfacing allows the veneers to fit properly and bite comfortably. With a completed treatment plan and oral impressions, Dr. Lewis will send detailed instructions to a trusted dental lab where a skilled technician will craft the veneers. In the meantime, you'll wear temporary veneers.
On your return visit, Dr. Lewis will remove the temporary veneers and then permanently cement the new ones in place. He ensures their color and shape are natural-looking so you feel confident when you smile.
Caring for your porcelain veneers
While veneers don't stain and are fracture resistant, you should brush them twice a day with a non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft brush. Floss every day, too, as the American Dental Association advises.
Dr. Lewis wants to see his cosmetic dentistry patients every six months for cleanings and check-ups. He'll check on the condition of your porcelain veneers. Likely, they'll last ten years or more with good care!
Smile, smile, smile
That's what you'll do when you enhance your teeth with brilliant porcelain veneers from Wichita Dental Group. For more information or to arrange a cosmetic dentistry consultation, call Dr. Lewis' friendly dental team in Wichita, KS at (316) 265-0849.